MediaTek-powered JIAYU G3 phone packs WCDMA, Quadband, GSM, dual SIM and PowerVRTM SGX Series5 3D
TweetHere is another superphone from JIAYU: a Shenzhen based Electronic Technology Company from China that evidently tries to cut a risky figure, supposing a dual-core personality reinforced by firmness of the ’80s-esque, tough-lined facial edges and a seductive aluminum-like rear that all but cries modern industrial design. This association of old appealing values blended with contemporary, sharp edges on soft and scratch with comfort grip should prick you off to the behavioral disorder disproving this 3G handset. Let’s come all the way from the top and then work our way down. This is, definitely, the first Jiayuyutong smartphone flagship we’ve touched.
Whereas we’re poised the handset’s build will both strike chords of applause and discontent from inquisitive onlookers, it somehow seems soiled by the presence of its brand marking on the front lower surface. Even the customary array of android capacitive keys, each accentuated by dormant slivers of white light, and the notification light above the phone succeeds to interrupt the well divided shades of grey (top/lower edges) of what its front face could’ve been. If only it had found a way to plant that corporate flag on its back, the JIAYU G3 would assume a superior level of visual majesty, akin to the minimally branded Galaxy Nexus.
That equivocation aside, surprisingly this clash of artistic ideals didn’t fuse into any kind of ergonomic value. We noticed holding the phone for any extended periods, even though with smooth contour of its soft aluminum-like back, will slowly become niggling. With its 4.5-inch display, the G3 measures up in size as other substantial-screen phones, measuring (135 x 65 x 10.8 mm). As you can see, the G3 doesn’t cut the slimmest of figures and, we somehow wish it would.
We believe this simple-looking slab could’ve profited from a sleeker profile, affording it a severer RAZR-like quintessence. On its back, it’s all soft-touch plastic grey: a removable slit up top that’s also home to 3.5mm headphone jack, while splitting the phone’s back cover you’ll be blessed with dual SIM G+G W+G slots, a vacant microSD slot (the handset also sports 16GB of internal storage). Go further up and you’ll meet the 2.0 megapixel camera and a visible speaker grill.
Together with Ice Cream Sandwich, G3 threw an interesting UI twist. On the new software, JIAYU set out to unveil new functionality in a modest manner, and to that degree, it’s thrived. Granted, its UI is still an exit from stock ICS, but the appearance is much cleaner than we had anticipated. Immediately obvious is the new lock screen, where users can swipe at any direction to unlock the phone.
The verdict: Well, if you’ve been with us all along you already know JIAYU has two conflicting faces – and one persuasive price tag. We as smartphone doctors, we see that treatment for ICS, an aluminum body-like diet and perhaps some dermabrasion of the muddled-up, JIAYU logo-bedecked lower front face would be in line. JIAYU G3 wants that heavyweight scope of smartphones by the looks of its 1280 X 720 pixels display, HD mirroring, 8-megapixel camera and it has done rightfully so.
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