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...
Excerpt: The Panasonic Eluga AKA Panasonic DL1 looks slick and screams business. Alongside the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and iPhone 4S , the Eluga is a slim slice of matt black style with more than a few quirks which take cues from the Nokia Lumia 800 and Sony Xperia S .
Pros: Slim body, Waterproof spec, Fast charge time
Cons: 8GB storage, Sluggish performance, Bizarre placement of buttons
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.