Secondary Camera: 5 MPix
Average of 3 scores (from 5 reviews)
Reviews for the Gigaset GS170
Back to the roots. A few years ago, smartphones with a removable battery were a dime a dozen. Nowadays such devices are rather rare. The new entry-level smartphone by the German manufacturer Gigaset is such a device. You can find out in our extensive test, how the GS170 model fares against the strong competition.
Source: c't - 21/17
Single Review, , Medium, Date: 09/01/2017
Source: Tech Stage DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/26/2017
Source: Curved DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/13/2017
Rating: Total score: 59% performance: 58% display: 55% mobility: 80%
Source: Inside Handy DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/12/2017
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Toms Hardware Italia IT→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/11/2017
Gigaset generally manufactures DECT phones and it is no surprise when users outside of the EU don’t recognize its name. It should be noted though that Gigaset is actually a subsidiary of Siemens AG. It’s quite common to know when they say the android market is over saturated it means there is going to be some lesser known brands vying for a slice of android’s market share. With that said just what is Gigaset offering with its GS170? For a blunt start the GS170 is equipped with a Mediatek MT6737 which is usually found on budget smartphones, 2GB of memory and 16GB of internal storage with expandability options via the microSD card slot. It also has a dual sim card slot for users who have multiple numbers but only wants one device. While the Made in Germany sticker does tempt users who knows what the Germans can do it is only by brand name because the production of the actual phone is still exclusively based in china which is already a strike 1 in terms of quality credibility, although let’s not jump to conclusions just quite yet. Having a feel of its build and construction reveals nothing impressive other than your generic plastic build budget android smartphone, however the actual device surprisingly does have a removable battery which most manufacturers have omitted in recent times. Another additional feature of the GS170 is actually the inclusion of a fingerprint sensor which seems to be finally trickling down the budget stack.
The camera included in the GS170 is of the 13-megapixel kind which is highly dependent on external factors such as good lighting in order to produce a somewhat decent image, although as with most budget camera sensors out there, it does suffer in quality when lighting is bad. That being said with HDR turned on it can somewhat compensate its already lackluster camera, nonetheless users should not over expect much from its camera other than being used for general usage. As for preloaded software, the GS170 does come with a stock android 7 nougat which should help with its performance since bloatware is probably going to overwhelm its processor. Being a budget smartphone means there is going to be some corners cut although nothing too drastic such as the screen only being an IPS 720p HD display, then again this should be a given for a device of this class. However, one plus point of its display is the brightness which is good, overall colors still do remain rich and vivid to the users viewing pleasure. Lastly to top it off is the Gigaset GS170’s battery life, included is a 2500mAh removable battery which is about average when it comes to capacity but because it’s hardware isn’t power hungry users should be able to get by a day and a half with general usage as claimed by the manufacturer although there seems to be some discrepancy whereby the battery does lose its charge extremely fast even when not in heavy usage. The Gigaset GS170 presents a very mixed result as it isn’t able to perform to its specs but seems to manage a very average score throughout which is analogous to an average student in a classroom. There are many other phones to checkout at the same price range. Some with much better offerings.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
ARM Mali-T720 MP2: Integrated graphics card in ARM based SoCs. Can be configured with up to 8 cores (T720 MP8) and 650 MHz core clock (at 28nm). Supports OpenGL ES 3.1, OpenCL 1.1, DirectX 11 FL9_3, and Renderscript.
These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.
MT6737: ARM based quad-core SOC (4x Cortex-A53) with 64-bit support and a clock of up to 1.3 GHz.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This display is tiny. You will probably see very little on the screen and be able to use mini-resolutions.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Gigaset Communications GmbH is a manufacturer of DECT phones, tablets and smartphones, headquartered in Germany and originated from a subsidiary of Siemens, but has been part of Arques Industries since 2008.
The market shares in the smartphone range are just as low as the amount of test reports. The achieved ratings are average (as of 2016).
65.63%: This rating is poor. More than three quarters of the models are rated better. That is rather not a purchase recommendation. Even if verbal ratings in this area do not sound that bad ("sufficient" or "satisfactory"), they are usually euphemisms that disguise a classification as a below-average laptop.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.