To be frank, I wasn’t expecting much from this phone when I unboxed it for one had the fallen in love with the Gtel X3. But it was short lived for reason I shall not talk in this post maybe in future post .And Second, it was yet another Android phone from Gtel . So you can imagine how astonished I was when I used the phone for just one day of use, the Gtel A727 Infinity Pro replaced my Astro V2 as my primary device.
After using this phone for a week, I believe that the Gtel A727 Infinity Pro doesn’t only get the job done, but actually punches way above its weight class? Buy the Gtel A727 Infinity Pro . If you want to find out why? Keep reading.
The budget market is one of the most competitive and thrilling areas of the smartphone marketplace right now. In early 2016, $200-400 can now get you a shockingly good handset without any of the usual contract-related strings attached. Many of the most competitive middle range phones brands in this space are new upstarts, Chinese phone and local makers who’ve yet to make it big in the Zimbabwe.
Among them is Gtel a huge local phone brand, now name familiar by those outside the technology bubble in Zimbabwe. The Gtel has always produced head-turning designs, including the ridiculously big battery phone the X3. But like local rival Hisense, has highly-customized software has been a point of disputation.
The latest affordable phone from Gtel is the A727 Infinity Pro, priced at just $320. At that price, it goes up against the likes of the Hisense Infinity Pure Shot and the Astro Slide Series. So how does it stand against the competitors? Read on to find out!
The Gtel A727 Infinity Pro features a 5.5-inches (13.97 cm). It has resolution of HD (2560 x 1440) with HD AMOLED. According to the pros who test all things smartphone displays, A727 Infinity Pro has one of the best on the market, meaning Gtel is still cranking out good quality panels.
To my eyes, I prefer HD AMOLED panels over the other types you would find from HTC or LG, as the colors are usually more saturated than you’d find elsewhere. Some folks don’t care for high saturation, but with a little tweaks in the settings, you can actually change the amount of saturation you will see. Out of the box, the Screen Mode is set to Adaptive, which attempts to give the best experience based on what it is you are doing on your phone. If you want the colors toned down a bit, switch the Screen Mode to either Basic or AMOLED Photo.
Just like its bigger sibling the Gtel X3, it also houses an earpiece, sensor array and the front camera. Though there are no physical buttons on the front, you still get the soft-touch Home, Back and Task Switcher keys that offer decent feedback. Sadly, these haptic keys are not backlit, so identifying their location in the dark is a bit of a problem.
Performance and Camera
The key specs of the phone include:
Memory: 16GB expandable with 8GB SD card
OS: Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop)
CPU: 1.3GHz Octa-core
RAM: 2GB RAM
Connectivity options: 4G, 3G, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth v4.1 and GPS
Sim :Dual Sim (GSM/WCDMA/LTE)
Looking at the overall specs, the RAM and battery seem to be the high points of the Gtel A727 Infinity Pro. The rest of the specs are pretty standard for a budget smartphone. In terms of performance, we did not encounter any issues in our time with the smartphone. It was reactive and smooth while opening and switching between apps or playing casual games.
The call superiority was great even in weak reception areas, was good. It also offers FM radio. We were able to play most popular video and audio file formats effortlessly. The sound output through the phone’s speaker outlet was loud and offers good sound quality. Gtel A727 Infinity Pro also offers good gaming performance. We were able to play games like Asphalt 8 and free flow without encountering frame drops or freezes.
On the battery front, the smartphone comes with a removable 3150mAh battery. It can last up to a day and half easily with moderate usage, but if you are a heavy user, you will get only one day of juice from this smartphone. Coming to the cameras, the Gtel A727 Infinity Pro smartphone comes with an 13.0MP camera at the back with autofocus and LED flash and 5.0MP front camera. The rear camera supports 1080p video recording, too.
The rear camera is certainly not among the high points of the Gtel A727 Infinity Pro. Images captured by the rear camera in day light turned out to be grainy and missed details. Low-light shots were also underwhelming. Video capture was functional at best. The front camera is good for taking occasional selfies and video chats.
Gtel came up with the Pro version of the A727 Infinity to capture the budget segment. But with all that it is offering, in terms of specs, it is difficult to recommend this phone fully. At $320 cash or $42 * 12, the smartphone is at par with the competition in terms of price range.