Smartphones are becoming more and more affordable, and Gionee has recognized that with the Pioneer P1. It comes with a 3.5-inch HVGA screen and is 12.7 mm thick, and also has a 1 GHz Cortex A9 CPU with 256MB of RAM and 512MB of internal memory (expandable via microSD). This phone runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), and gives the user a 2 mega pixel snapper on the back of the phone and a 0.3 mega pixel one on the front. This phone also comes with connectivity options such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, all powered by a 1 SOOmAh battery. Don’t want to get a second phone because you’re on multiple networks? This phone is also dual-SIM and dual-standby.
First Published in Gadgets Magazine, April 2013