The two Snapdragon 800 powered devices, the Gionee Elife E7 and LG G2 are two perfect competitors to be chosen from, when you are looking for Android smartphones with the latest software, brilliant hardware and the ones which are in the category of under Rs. 40000 pricing in the Indian market. One comes from a brand which was once well known for the smartphones, but now has got a beating because of the innovations which aren’t really much needed, and the other comes from a brand which hasn’t made an impact, and has entered the market not long ago. But the latter has been coming with some promising devices, although the after-sales service is what buyers are a little concerned about.
Let us compare the Elife E7 and the LG G2 in the various aspects, and see which one wins the race. We did get to hear a few rumors about the LG G3, the next best from the South Korean brand, but we are pretty sure that by then, Gionee too might be launching their next or a couple high-end smartphones.
Gionee Elife E7 vs LG G2
Design, Display and Screen
Both having a 1080p Full HD display, the screen size is a little different. LG has given a 5.2-inch display, while Gionee decided to make this a little bigger and compete the likes of the Galaxy Note 3, and thus it has a 5.5-inch display. It’s the JDI display used in the Elife E7, while the LG G2 uses the IPS display, and the protection provided in the Elife E7 is the latest Corning Gorilla Glass (v3), compared to the Gorilla Glass 2 protection in the LG G2.
Design wise the Gionee Elife E7 doesn’t look the best by any means, because there is a standard design with the glossy back, which is a lot different from the Elife E6, and when compared to the LG G2, it looks very different because the LG G2 has the physical buttons on the rear side below the camera, instead of the standard side panel areas. The G2 looks better in looks when we compare these two smartphones.
Processor, RAM and Storage
Both the smartphones have got the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with the Quad Krait CPU clocking at 2.2 GHz. But Gionee also has a 4G LTE version for the Elife E7, which comes with a different processor – Qualcomm 8974AC clocking at 2.5 GHz. There is 2GB RAM in the LG G2, and that is the same in the 16GB and 32GB versions of its, but Gionee has different RAMs for the two storage versions – 2GB RAM in 16GB model, 3GB RAM in 32GB model.
The camera is where both the companies claim to have the best in the Android smartphone market, with their own features. We frankly didn’t see much of a difference in both of them, although Gionee has a 16-megapixel lens. The LG G2 comes with a 13-megapixel camera with the Optical Image Stabilization, and that gives it some stability to the photo with no shakes, while the 16-megapixel camera in the E7 does a good detailed capture. Both the cameras can capture 1080p Full HD videos and they come with loads of options, capture modes and settings to play around with.
With regards to the front camera, Gionee has included an excellent 8-megapixel self shooter when compared to the 2-megapixel front one in the LG G2, and the capture quality too is very good. This is surely an advantage of the E7 over the G2, for those who are looking to have a smartphone having a rather better camera, than being better in the other specs.
OS, Interface and Apps
Both the smartphone run the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS, and LG is soon going to send the Android 4.4 KitKat OS update to it, while there is no official word about the future updates in the Elife E7. LG runs its own customized interface which looks good in all ways, and the Elife E7 has the Amigo 2.0 interface which comes with some good features, special apps such as Phone Accelerator, Battery monitor etc., but the lack of an App drawer in the interface would be uncomfortable for those who have been using the Samsung, LG, HTC smartphones for a long time.
LG G2’s 3000 mAh battery clearly wins, not just because of the number but also because of the optimization done by the company. We did test the G2 for a lot of days, and the battery lasted quite well on the normal usage, and when compared to the E6 from Gionee having a 2000 mAh battery, it was a lot better. We expect the case to be the same with the E7, which although has a little improved 2500 mAh battery, will easily eat away that to run the Snapdragon 800 processor and the 5.5-inch large display.
There are 3G and 4G variants available in the Elife E7, but the LG G2 has the models only based on the storage, as the smartphone suggests 4G LTE connectivity and both the smartphones have a lot of similar other connectivity options.
The pricing of the Gionee Elife E7 is quite lesser when compared to the LG G2, as you get to see the LG G2 White model at Rs. 38000, and the Gionee Elife E7 at Rs. 30000 with the 32GB model in question. The E7 comes with seven different color options, while you get only the Black and White options with the LG G2.
Taking all points into consideration, the Gionee Elife E7 seems to be a better smartphone, especially for the better pricing, a better camera and also the benchmark results which proved to be better than most of the other smartphones in the market. But if you are looking for a smartphone whose battery could last a little longer, then the G2 is not a bad option.