We’ve spent a couple of weeks with the itel P51 and we recently published our first impressions and unboxing out of the wild for everyone to see. After the unboxing, we later on promised to come up with the review. Well, the wait is over and it’s about time we delivered on our promise.
A quick reminder here of the specs as we are going to detail how they work together to give you what is – The P51.
- 5.5-inch IPS Display, 720 x 1280 pixels (267 ppi)
- 1.3GHz quad-core Processor with 1GB RAM
- Android 7.0 (Nougat)
- 16GB Storage, up to 32GB memory card support
- 8MP Rear Camera and 2MP Front Camera
- 3G Data
- Dual Micro SIM
- 5000 mAh Li-ion Battery
Why we are here? That massive battery!
All these work in conjunction with each other but the most outstanding of all is the P51’s massive 5000mAh battery. Itel promises you it will last you a whooping 3days on a single charge and to my surprise, it did deliver in this and better.
I keep telling my friends that battery performance is determined by one’s usage patterns but not necessarily its capacity but anyways, all know both matter.
On normal usage that is random notifications, email, social media plus photos here and there, the P51 lasted more than the specified days while under heavy duress combined with the above, massive hours of YouTube and Netflix, it was about to hit the target promised above.
And for a week I ignored and relegated it to only receiving calls, but it lasted a jaw dropping week with a 11% battery count still on screen.
Not to say that we came to talk everything battery, let us delve into other components of the P51 as it is made up of an 8MP camera, a 5.5Inch 720p screen, Android 7.0 among others. So how do the above work?
One determinant of a consumer’s smartphone purchasing decision is a camera. There is no debate about and both the P51s 8MP primary + 2MP secondary camera came or scored as just okay. I must add, for the price. They won’t out-compete photos taken by your iPhone wielding self but then again it would be fair if the battle is against a similarly priced model, of which it still plays okay.
The Screen, Software, Memory and everything else
The 720p (read HD) screen played well to complement the battery as a more relaxing 5.5Inch screen real-estate and nits output had little effect on the battery drainage. YouTube videos were okay as well as other apps in dim conditions but somewhat, it disappointed when it came to well lit outdoor environs. This required one to adjust the screen brightness to better use the screen. Nonetheless, it will double down on the price where the P51 plays well.
The itel P51 comes preloaded with Android 7.0 Nougat, a host of apps including the surprise omission we outlined in the impressions of the user manual. This reflects itself as an app guiding you on how to get the best of the P51.
The only thing I didn’t like about it is the skeuomorphic UI design that made it look ugly otherwise the software plays in the ‘okay’ area.
On things flash, the 1GB of RAM paired with 16GB of ROM with Google’s Android 7.0 Nougat and its Quad-Core processor doesn’t differ a lot from the above assertion of being just okay. Well, the itel P51 is a budget smartphone with the battery as a headlining feature and surely delivers on this.SO anyone on a budget looking for a smartphone with a good budget, it is worth your consideration.
The itel P51 is available in most itel brand shops and retails around UGX 350,000 – UGX 370,000