Gionee Elife S5.1 Review: Johnny Slim: Multimedia: Gallery, Players, Radio, Audio Quality

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A custom gallery app

The Gionee Elife S5.1 comes with a custom Gallery app. It defaults to a pre-defined folder view of Albums, Wallpapers, Screenshots, Videos and Others. You can't change this view, nor can you customize the default folders.

Gallery • Others • Albums • People

The available features when viewing a single image are pretty standard - set image as wallpaper/contact image, share it, delete it or acquire a menu with more functions.

The image editor offers various effects, frames, tools (crop, mirror, straighten, rotate) plus light adjustments that let you bring out the shadows or the highlights or even create a tiny "planet photo".

Editing options

Oppo-like music player

The Gionee Elife S5.1's player has a simple interface and is very easy to utilize and navigate. It supports customizable Digital Theater System (DTS) audio customizations.

The Digital Theater System (DTS) audio enhancements apply on all music-related apps and games no matter whether you are using headphones or the loudspeaker. There are a few Digital Theater System (DTS) presets you can use, but you can also customize one preset by yourself. Loudspeaker booster mode is also available.

Digital Theater System (DTS) settings • Audio filter size

The music player UI is pretty straightforward - your music library is organized into a local list of all music, favorites, artists, albums and folders. There isn't an option to add a playlist.

Music player • Now playing screen

The Now playing is pretty much a standard affair. One fascinating feature you acquire is the Sleep Timer. There is also a Digital Theater System (DTS) on/off switch for easy control over the equalizer.

While the player is on, the notification area lets you control the playback via an expandable notification. There are music controls on the lockscreen, too.

Frequency Modulation (FM) radio with recording

The Gionee Elife S5.1 also features an Frequency Modulation (FM) Radio aboard, but there is no RDS support or at least our unit didn't have that. The app offers stereo Frequency Modulation (FM) recording in the .OGG file format and the recorded files can be accessed via the Sound Recorder app.

Frequency Modulation (FM) radio and Frequency Modulation (FM) recording

Video player

Besides the Gallery, there is a separate Video app that lists all of your videos. The video player does play 1080p files but only as long as those are XviD or DivX AVI files or MP4 and MKV's. However Digital Theater System (DTS) and AC3 audio tracks are not supported, which makes the MKV compatibility rather questionable.

The video player

There are no advanced options and no subtitle support.

Interestingly, pop-up play is available, so you can watch a video while doing something else on the phone.

Pop-up play

Mediocre audio output

The Gionee Elife S5.1 started out very promising in our audio quality test. When plugged in an active external amplifier, the smartphone posted remarkable scores top to bottom and demonstrated very high volume levels to round up one of the better performances for the day.

Plug in a pair of headphones however and things quickly go south. Volume levels plummet, stereo crosstalk spikes and a notable amount of intermodulation distortion creeps in. Noise levels and dynamic range are affected too although they still remain very good. Still, the overall result is rather disappointing, which is made worse by the fact that this is the more vital test scenario.

And here go the detailed results so you can check them out for yourselves.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic

rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk

Gionee Elife S5.1+0.03, -0.23-


Gionee Elife S5.1 (headphones attached)+0.57, -0.90-83.888.70.019


Motorola Moto G (2014)+0.01, -0.06-91.692.40.0089


Motorola Moto G (2014)(headphones attached)+0.02, -0.09-91.692.40.011


Motorola Moto G+0.08, -0.85-


Motorola Moto G (headphones attached)+0.10, -1.03-


Oppo R819+0.04, -0.09-92.492.30.017


Oppo R819(headphones attached)+0.58, -0.13-


Nokia Lumia 625+0.13, -0.10-90.390.30.013


Nokia Lumia 625 (headphones attached)+0.24, -0.00-


Samsung Galaxy S5 mini+0.03, -0.04-92.690.70.016


Samsung Galaxy S5 mini (headphones attached)+0.23, -0.05-86.786.20.052


Gionee Elife S5.1 frequency response

You can learn more about the whole testing process here.



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