Summary: The Panasonic Eluga looks super-sleek and stylish but its beauty is skin deep. Under the waterproof surfaces lurks an underwhelming engine and disappointing camera. It doesn't run the latest Android operating system and has awkward buttons.
Cons: Android Gingerbread OS not Ice Cream Sandwich; Disappointing camera; Poor button placement; No microSD card slot.
Conclusion: Dated by the fact it ships with Gingerbread as opposed to ICS, a few other faux pas like a solid camera with no flash and an interface that stutters as much as it glides set the Panasonic Eluga off to a shaky start. Perhaps the least forgivable shortcoming however is the minuscule amount of non-expandable user-available storage on-board (4.28GB). That said, it does offer some charming, considered UI quirks and is the best looking life-proof handset we've seen.
Pros: Thin, attractive design, Waterproof and dustproof, Bright display
Cons: Low user-available memory, No camera flash, UI stutters
Summary: We like it, it’s better than a lot of Android phones out there, with a great, slim case that makes it feel smaller and lighter than other phones with similarly sized displays. It’s just a shame Panasonic hasn’t pushed the boat out and shipped its return to smartphones with a more polished, modern version of Android.
Conclusion: The Panasonic ELUGA and its bigger brother, the ELUGA Power will be available in the second quarter of 2012, but the price has yet to be announced. It should cost a pretty penny, though, seeing as it’s a well-built device with a decent amount of features under the hood.
Conclusion: We love the Eluga's unique, thin design and top build quality, but we just can't forgive the shoddy placement of the power and volume keys and currently the Eluga has a few stability issues. Sure, the phone can take a dunking (more than can be said for 99 per cent of smartphones), but give us the choice and we'd much rather have expandable storage and a removable battery, as they'd be far more useful in every day life than the ability to survive a rare dip in a toilet...
Conclusion: The phone has a non-removable 1150mAh battery, sealed within the rear of the chassis. This low-powered battery gives the phone a thin design and a light-weight that will be a notable selling point. I did expect a larger battery in the handset, as the last time I saw anything this small was in the BlackBerry Curve 8520, from 2009. In our testing, we drained the battery while calling another mobile.
Excerpt: The Panasonic Eluga is the first smartphone to arrive since the Japanese electronics manufacturer announced its plans to shift over 1.5 million handsets by the end of March 2013, following its re-entry to the European market.