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Gigaset GS185 Smartphone Review

Daniel Schmidt, 👁 Daniel Schmidt, Felicitas Krohn (translated by Marius S.), 07/04/2018

Made in Germany. With the GS185, Gigaset launches the first smartphone designed and assembled in Germany. Considering the price is significantly below 200 Euros (~$233), expectations should not be pitched too high. However, the GS185 offers a trendy 2:1 display and a strong 4000 mAh battery. Find out where it is lacking in this review.

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With the GS185, Gigaset chooses an entry-level model as opposed to a flagship smartphone to be manufactured in Germany for the first time. The expression made in Germany is technically already overselling things, since the required parts continue to arrive from the Far East. The phones themselves are assembled in Bocholt; design and repairs happen there as well.

The Gigaset GS185 possesses a comparatively diminutive display, with the small HD resolution, a 2:1 aspect ratio and a diagonal screen size of 5.5-inches. We regard the latter as reasonable, since smartphones with small displays are becoming rarer. The GS185 is powered by an older 400 series Snapdragon. In addition, 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage are available, the latter of which is expandable through a microSD card. A 13 MP camera can be found both on the front and on the back. The battery is quite large at 4000 mAh. With an MSRP of 179 Euros (~$208), the Gigaset cell phone is sure to be an exciting alternative.

In this review, we chose the Honor 7C, Xiaomi Mi A1, Huawei Y6 2018 as well as the LG K8 (2017) as competitors, since they have an MSRP in the same range. However, smartphones such as the Nokia 6 or Samsung Galaxy J5 have now become available for the same price as well.

Gigaset GS185 (GS Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
2048 MB 
Display
5.5 inch 2:1, 1440 x 720 pixel 293 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, 5 multi touch points, IPS, 2.5D glass, scratch-resistant and dirt-repellent glass, glossy: yes
Storage
16 GB eMMC Flash, 16 GB 
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: combined headphone and microphone port (3.5 mm jack), Card Reader: microSD up to 256 GB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Position and proximity sensor, accelerometer, digital compass, FM radio, USB-OTG
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.2, GSM/GPRS/Edge (850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz), UMTS/HSPA+ (900 and 2100 MHz), LTE Cat. 4 (800, 900, 1800, 2100 and 2600 MHz), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.8 x 147 x 70.6 ( = 0.35 x 5.79 x 2.78 in)
Battery
15.4 Wh, 4000 mAh Lithium-Polymer, 3.85 volts, Talk time 2G (according to manufacturer): 35 h, Talk time 3G (according to manufacturer): 17 h, Standby 2G (according to manufacturer): 550 h
Operating System
Android 8.1 Oreo
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix (f/2.0, PDAF, Full HD video)
Secondary Camera: 13 MPix (LED flash)
Additional features
Speakers: Mono speaker, Keyboard: onscreen, Charger, USB cable, SIM tool, headset, manual, 24 Months Warranty, head SAR: 0.190 W/kg, body SAR: 1.109 W/kg, HD voice, VoLTE, VoWiFi, two color notification LED, fanless
Weight
149 g ( = 5.26 oz / 0.33 pounds), Power Supply: 50 g ( = 1.76 oz / 0.11 pounds)
Price
179 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case - GS185 with scratch-resistant glass

The Gigaset GS185 is available in Metal Cognac and Midnight Blue colors and is made of plastic. The front is protected by a rounded-off, scratch-resistant 2.5D glass, which can be easily cleaned. The Gigaset phone is also one of the lightest smartphones in the comparison; only the LG K8 (142 grams/~5.01oz) is even lighter.

The quality of the workmanship is good. Clearances are tight and even. However, twisting causes it to creak audibly and firmly pressing on the screen results in the characteristic corrugation of the liquid crystal display.

The battery is permanently installed into the device and cannot be swapped out by the user. The card slot is able to accommodate two nano-SIM and one microSD cards and is entirely made of plastic.

Size Comparison

Features - Basics plus radio sounds

As per usual in this price range, the Gigaset GS185 still relies on a micro USB 2.0 port. It supports OTG in order to enable connecting external input devices or memory sticks to the device. It is also possible to charge other smartphones with the GS185.

According to Gigaset, the microSD card slot supports memory cards with up to 256 GB, which corresponds to the SDXC standard. Since there are larger cards using this standard, they should work without issues as well. The additional storage can be formatted as internal storage.

Furthermore, there is Bluetooth 4.2 and an FM radio receiver, but there is no NFC. The two-color notification LED informs the user about new messages, missed calls and the battery charge level.

Right: power, volume control
Right: power, volume control
Left: card slot
Left: card slot

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Software - Gigaset - Handy with Android Oreo

The relatively new Google Android 8.1 Oreo operating system runs on the Gigaset GS185. At the time of testing, the latest available security patches are from February 5, 2018. However, Gigaset has announced that the GS185 will receive quarterly updates for two years. There are no plans for a major update to the next Android version.

Gigaset did not change the interface and the inclusion of the company's own apps was kept within reasonable limits as well. The Gigaset app only links to further articles from the online store and the appropriate manuals can be quickly and easily downloaded through the Help app. Moreover, there is a sound recorder and a radio app. The latter is able to store five stations and also has a recording feature.

Android user account control is active as well and able to manage guest access.

Gigaset GS185: Android homescreen
Gigaset GS185: Android menu
Gigaset GS185: FM radio
Gigaset GS185: microSD
Gigaset GS185: Software

Communication and GPS - The bare necessities are included

The communication features of the Gigaset GS185 are in line with those of its class and provide the user with a solid amount of basic features. The phone connects to mobile networks via LTE Cat. 4. While the maximum transfer speeds of mobile data networks cannot be exhausted this way, they are more than sufficient for mobile browsing or streaming.

The user gets the bare minimum in terms of Wi-Fi as well, since the module merely supports the IEEE-802.11 b/g/n standards and only receives 2.4 GHz signals. Accordingly, the transfer rates with our reference router Linksys EA8500 are moderate, yet they are slightly higher than usual for a smartphone with this configuration and are particularly stable. All in all, the Wi-Fi of the GS185 is convincing in day-to-day use, it has a good range and there are no disconnections.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Duos
Mali-T830 MP1, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
278 MBit/s ∼100% +408%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.9 - 939, n=297)
205 MBit/s ∼74% +275%
Gigaset GS185
Adreno 308, 425, 16 GB eMMC Flash
54.7 MBit/s ∼20%
LG K8 2017
Adreno 308, 425, 16 GB eMMC Flash
54.1 MBit/s ∼19% -1%
Huawei Y6 2018
Adreno 308, 425, 16 GB eMMC Flash
50.5 MBit/s ∼18% -8%
Honor 7C
Adreno 506, 450, 32 GB eMMC Flash
46 MBit/s ∼17% -16%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Duos
Mali-T830 MP1, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
281 MBit/s ∼100% +423%
Average of class Smartphone
  (9.4 - 703, n=297)
200 MBit/s ∼71% +272%
Gigaset GS185
Adreno 308, 425, 16 GB eMMC Flash
53.7 MBit/s ∼19%
Honor 7C
Adreno 506, 450, 32 GB eMMC Flash
53 MBit/s ∼19% -1%
Huawei Y6 2018
Adreno 308, 425, 16 GB eMMC Flash
52.2 MBit/s ∼19% -3%
LG K8 2017
Adreno 308, 425, 16 GB eMMC Flash
49.2 MBit/s ∼18% -8%
GPS test: Outdoors
GPS test: Outdoors
GPS test: Indoors
GPS test: Indoors

The Gigaset GS185 supports the satellite navigation systems GPS (including A-GPS) and Glonass. During the test with the app GPS Test, the smartphone was also able to detect BeiDou satellites. The satfix is established very quickly outdoors and is also very precise with an accuracy of within three meters. Indoors, locating takes around 10 seconds, although it does level out at a reasonable value.

The GS185 has to prove itself against the bike computer Garmin Edge 500 on a small bike ride. On the route with a total distance of 9 km, the two only differ by 20 meters. Looking at the route in detail confirms the good locating qualities of the Gigaset phone.

Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Gigaset GS185
Gigaset GS185
Gigaset GS185
Gigaset GS185
Gigaset GS185
Gigaset GS185

Telephony and Call Quality

We were pleasantly surprised by the Gigaset GS185's telephony, something that is not a given in this price range. The telephony app matches the Android standard and is clearly arranged. Additional SIP accounts can be set up in the settings. Likewise, VoLTE and VoWiFi including HD-voice are supported.

The speech quality is really good. When the phone is put up to the ear, we are understood clearly and we can talk to our conversational partner without issues. We were surprised about the high range of the microphone in speakerphone mode. This is advantageous for being able to move farther away from the Gigaset phone, but a disadvantage of this is the recording of ambient noise, which is transmitted as well. The included headset makes for decent communication, but it is not a replacement if you make a lot of calls.

Gigaset GS185: Telephony app
Gigaset GS185: Telephony app
Gigaset GS185: SIP accounts
Gigaset GS185: VoLTE and VoWifi

Cameras - Not amazing but surprisingly good

Front camera picture taken with the Gigaset GS185 (no filter)
Front camera picture

The Gigaset GS185 offers a 13 MP camera on both sides. The front model (f/2.2) has a fixed-focus lens and an LED for recordings in the dark. Under good lighting conditions, the pictures turn out well. Additionally, Full HD video, which can be recorded, is of decent quality as well, as long as you refrain from using the electronic image stabilization (EIS).

The main camera on the back presents itself as slightly more light-sensitive (f/2.0) and takes good pictures in daylight. Only under varying lighting conditions does the camera tend to overexpose the bright areas. We very much like the color representation and the sharpness of the image is consistent as well. While there is a small decrease in sharpness towards the edges, it stays within reasonable limits. The Galaxy J5 is only marginally better in this area, but its color balance is significantly cooler. Low-light pictures are similar. Here, the GS185 and the J5 achieve similar results as well, while both being far superior to the Honor 7C. The shutter lag of the test smartphone is reasonable, but it takes a relatively long time for the camera to start up.

The Gigaset phone captures Full HD video at 30 frames per second. The sound is good and there is an EIS that is significantly better than the one on the front. The image quality is decent, but it does not reach those of more expensive models.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

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Accessories and Warranty

The Gigaset GS185 comes in a printed cardboard box. The quick-start guide includes safety instructions as well as warranty information and is unilingual, causing it to be very slim. Gigaset banks on sustainability in many regards and, if the worst comes to the worst, prefers repairing a smartphone in Bocholt directly to completely replacing it or sending it to the Far East for an expensive shipping fee.

Aside from the modular charger (5 volts, 1.5 amperes), there is a USB cable, a SIM tool as well as a headset. The cell phone has 24 months warranty.

Input Devices & Handling

The capacitive touchscreen of the Gigaset GS185 possesses good gliding properties and is able to recognize up to five simultaneous touches. The inputs are reliably recognized all the way to the edges, but the command execution speed could be snappier, which is something that can be attributed to the overall somewhat meager system speed.

The fingerprint sensor on the back unlocks the Gigaset smartphone very reliably and supports swiping gestures, for example to scroll through screen content, open and trigger the camera as well as accepting or ending calls. Up to five fingers can be stored. The large amount of time that the GS185 needs to wake up from standby is a disadvantage that becomes apparent in day-to-day use. Sometimes, up to three seconds can elapse between pressing the power button and the screen lighting up.

Gigaset relies on the Google GBoard keyboard layout. Alternatives can be installed from the Google Play Store. Typing is haptically confirmed through a gentle vibration.

Display - GS185 with mediocre brightness adjustment

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

The IPS display of the Gigaset GS185 measures 5.5-inches (13.97 cm) diagonally. It has a resolution of 1440x720 pixels, resulting in a good pixel density. When looking at it closely, the pixel pattern becomes discernible, but it did not stand out during the test.

The brightness is average for the class. The Illumination is good, but the black value of 0.7 cd/m² is slightly too high, making black areas appear dark gray. The measurements are similar with the ambient light sensor enabled and an even distribution of bright and dark areas. We were not quite convinced by the light sensor itself. Although the adjustment of the display works and the luminance increases particularly outdoors, the sensor is quite stingy otherwise, often causing the screen to be too dark for our taste.

405
cd/m²
413
cd/m²
388
cd/m²
429
cd/m²
426
cd/m²
382
cd/m²
442
cd/m²
425
cd/m²
402
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 442 cd/m² Average: 412.4 cd/m² Minimum: 7 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 86 %
Center on Battery: 426 cd/m²
Contrast: 609:1 (Black: 0.7 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.3 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3
ΔE Greyscale 6.3 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
88.2% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.4
Gigaset GS185
IPS, 1440x720, 5.5
Honor 7C
IPS, 1440x720, 5.99
LG K8 2017
IPS, 1280x720, 5
Huawei Y6 2018
IPS, 1440x720, 5.7
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Duos
Super AMOLED, 1280x720, 5.2
Nokia 6
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.5
Screen
6%
-7%
20%
25%
24%
Brightness middle
426
392
-8%
358
-16%
483
13%
448
5%
512
20%
Brightness
412
403
-2%
351
-15%
460
12%
451
9%
501
22%
Brightness Distribution
86
85
-1%
93
8%
88
2%
91
6%
94
9%
Black Level *
0.7
0.61
13%
0.49
30%
0.4
43%
0.36
49%
Contrast
609
643
6%
731
20%
1208
98%
1422
133%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.3
5.4
-2%
7.1
-34%
5.8
-9%
2.7
49%
6.4
-21%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
10.2
9.7
5%
14.9
-46%
12.6
-24%
9.8
4%
10.9
-7%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
6.3
4.2
33%
6.5
-3%
5
21%
1.6
75%
7.2
-14%
Gamma
2.4 92%
2.59 85%
2.12 104%
2.6 85%
2.06 107%
2.28 96%
CCT
8073 81%
6734 97%
8166 80%
7709 84%
6557 99%
7904 82%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
4.42

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 2315 Hz ≤ 3 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 2315 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 3 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 2315 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8773 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

We analyze the color accuracy of the Gigaset GS185 using the analysis software CalMAN and a spectrophotometer. The grayscales show a blue tint that is particularly apparent in white and brighter gray tones. The colors are all rather dark, which in day-to-day use creates a fairly matte image that comes partly from the weak contrast ratio. The GS185 does not provide a reference display, which should come as no surprise.

Grayscales (target color space: sRGB)
Grayscales (target color space: sRGB)
Mixed colors (target color space: sRGB)
Mixed colors (target color space: sRGB)
Color space (target color space: sRGB)
Color space (target color space: sRGB)
Saturation (target color space: sRGB)
Saturation (target color space: sRGB)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
16 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 7.6 ms rise
↘ 8.4 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 13 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
36.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 18.4 ms rise
↘ 18 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 30 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (41 ms).

The Gigaset cell phone's outdoor performance is solid. It can be used well in the shade; however, it struggles in direct sunlight even at maximum brightness.

The viewing-angle stability of the IPS display in the GS185 is less than impressive for this type of panel. A noticeable loss in luminance can be observed at shallow angles, the image becomes even cooler still and an IPS glow effect can be seen in dark areas.

The Gigaset GS185 outdoors in cloudy weather
GS185 outdoors
Viewing-angle stability of the Gigaset GS185
GS185 viewing-angle stability

Performance - Old SoC with hardly any surplus performance

The Gigaset GS185 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 from 2016. In 2018, this is a fairly old entry-level SoC, which may already cause disillusionment when looking at the data sheet. The reason being that this is a weak quad-core processor with a maximum clock speed of 1.4 GHz that was manufactured using the comparatively inefficient 28 nm process. Also included are 2 GB RAM and an Adreno 308.

The mediocre performance shows in benchmarks as well, since the GS185 is one of the slowest smartphones in the comparison and is only able to pull ahead of the LG K8, which uses the same SoC, in some areas. The system performance in particular reflects this. Even in day-to-day use, the smartphone seems to require a second to think here and there, in order to start an app or even to wake up from standby. Here, the manufacturer would have been well-advised to install a more modern processor.

AnTuTu v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
Gigaset GS185
37339 Points ∼50%
Honor 7C
54731 Points ∼73% +47%
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Duos
45613 Points ∼61% +22%
Huawei Y6 2018
39089 Points ∼52% +5%
LG K8 2017
30924 Points ∼41% -17%
Xiaomi Mi A1
63101 Points ∼84% +69%
Nokia 6
47066 Points ∼63% +26%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) (30924 - 39106, n=11)
36649 Points ∼49% -2%
Average of class Smartphone (23275 - 250848, n=382)
74754 Points ∼100% +100%
AnTuTu v7 - Total Score (sort by value)
Gigaset GS185
45092 Points ∼39%
Honor 7C
71167 Points ∼62% +58%
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Duos
61825 Points ∼54% +37%
Huawei Y6 2018
46710 Points ∼40% +4%
LG K8 2017
32557 Points ∼28% -28%
Xiaomi Mi A1
77161 Points ∼67% +71%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) (32557 - 46710, n=6)
42950 Points ∼37% -5%
Average of class Smartphone (17073 - 348178, n=163)
115424 Points ∼100% +156%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Gigaset GS185
3229 Points ∼66%
Honor 7C
4736 Points ∼97% +47%
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Duos
3889 Points ∼79% +20%
Huawei Y6 2018
3629 Points ∼74% +12%
LG K8 2017
2986 Points ∼61% -8%
Xiaomi Mi A1
4895 Points ∼100% +52%
Nokia 6
3723 Points ∼76% +15%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) (2829 - 3629, n=10)
3285 Points ∼67% +2%
Average of class Smartphone (0 - 9868, n=247)
4493 Points ∼92% +39%
Work performance score (sort by value)
Gigaset GS185
3961 Points ∼69%
Honor 7C
5656 Points ∼99% +43%
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Duos
5006 Points ∼88% +26%
Huawei Y6 2018
4756 Points ∼83% +20%
LG K8 2017
4673 Points ∼82% +18%
Xiaomi Mi A1
5721 Points ∼100% +44%
Nokia 6
4980 Points ∼87% +26%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) (3681 - 4813, n=10)
4444 Points ∼78% +12%
Average of class Smartphone (3681 - 13211, n=415)
4907 Points ∼86% +24%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Gigaset GS185
632 Points ∼71%
Honor 7C
10 Points ∼1% -98%
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Duos
737 Points ∼82% +17%
Huawei Y6 2018
616 Points ∼69% -3%
LG K8 2017
616 Points ∼69% -3%
Xiaomi Mi A1
895 Points ∼100% +42%
Nokia 6
10 Points ∼1% -98%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) (616 - 802, n=10)
699 Points ∼78% +11%
Average of class Smartphone (7 - 1731, n=491)
691 Points ∼77% +9%
Graphics (sort by value)
Gigaset GS185
440 Points ∼26%
Honor 7C
955 Points ∼56% +117%
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Duos
534 Points ∼32% +21%
Huawei Y6 2018
443 Points ∼26% +1%
LG K8 2017
436 Points ∼26% -1%
Xiaomi Mi A1
1012 Points ∼60% +130%
Nokia 6
731 Points ∼43% +66%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) (433 - 447, n=10)
440 Points ∼26% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (18 - 15969, n=491)
1695 Points ∼100% +285%
Memory (sort by value)
Gigaset GS185
617 Points ∼41%
Honor 7C
1522 Points ∼100% +147%
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Duos
1249 Points ∼82% +102%
Huawei Y6 2018
1069 Points ∼70% +73%
LG K8 2017
634 Points ∼42% +3%
Xiaomi Mi A1
881 Points ∼58% +43%
Nokia 6
587 Points ∼39% -5%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) (582 - 1372, n=10)
806 Points ∼53% +31%
Average of class Smartphone (21 - 6283, n=491)
1218 Points ∼80% +97%
System (sort by value)
Gigaset GS185
1217 Points ∼38%
Honor 7C
2665 Points ∼84% +119%
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Duos
2218 Points ∼70% +82%
Huawei Y6 2018
1043 Points ∼33% -14%
LG K8 2017
1191 Points ∼37% -2%
Xiaomi Mi A1
3187 Points ∼100% +162%
Nokia 6
2135 Points ∼67% +75%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) (1043 - 1477, n=10)
1303 Points ∼41% +7%
Average of class Smartphone (369 - 12202, n=491)
2464 Points ∼77% +102%
Overall (sort by value)
Gigaset GS185
676 Points ∼54%
Honor 7C
442 Points ∼35% -35%
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Duos
1022 Points ∼81% +51%
Huawei Y6 2018
743 Points ∼59% +10%
LG K8 2017
371 Points ∼29% -45%
Xiaomi Mi A1
1263 Points ∼100% +87%
Nokia 6
307 Points ∼24% -55%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) (371 - 891, n=10)
719 Points ∼57% +6%
Average of class Smartphone (150 - 6097, n=495)
1229 Points ∼97% +82%
Geekbench 4.1/4.2
Compute RenderScript Score (sort by value)
Gigaset GS185
1460 Points ∼33%
Honor 7C
2800 Points ∼64% +92%
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Duos
2332 Points ∼53% +60%
Huawei Y6 2018
1419 Points ∼32% -3%
LG K8 2017
1203 Points ∼27% -18%
Xiaomi Mi A1
3678 Points ∼84% +152%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) (1113 - 1460, n=8)
1329 Points ∼30% -9%
Average of class Smartphone (836 - 21070, n=188)
4393 Points ∼100% +201%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Gigaset GS185
1871 Points ∼43%
Honor 7C
3913 Points ∼89% +109%
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Duos
3704 Points ∼84% +98%
Huawei Y6 2018
1939 Points ∼44% +4%
LG K8 2017
1737 Points ∼40% -7%
Xiaomi Mi A1
4396 Points ∼100% +135%
Nokia 6
2844 Points ∼65% +52%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) (883 - 1939, n=10)
1768 Points ∼40% -6%
Average of class Smartphone (883 - 11598, n=238)
4242 Points ∼96% +127%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Gigaset GS185
683 Points ∼55%
Honor 7C
758 Points ∼61% +11%
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Duos
732 Points ∼59% +7%
Huawei Y6 2018
692 Points ∼55% +1%
LG K8 2017
642 Points ∼51% -6%
Xiaomi Mi A1
881 Points ∼70% +29%
Nokia 6
667 Points ∼53% -2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) (541 - 692, n=10)
659 Points ∼53% -4%
Average of class Smartphone (394 - 4824, n=239)
1251 Points ∼100% +83%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Gigaset GS185
867 Points ∼42%
Honor 7C
1809 Points ∼87% +109%
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Duos
1685 Points ∼81% +94%
Huawei Y6 2018
907 Points ∼44% +5%
LG K8 2017
622 Points ∼30% -28%
Xiaomi Mi A1
2079 Points ∼100% +140%
Nokia 6
1238 Points ∼60% +43%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) (622 - 907, n=10)
859 Points ∼41% -1%
Average of class Smartphone (532 - 4150, n=376)
1522 Points ∼73% +76%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Gigaset GS185
54 Points ∼3%
Honor 7C
713 Points ∼45% +1220%
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Duos
277 Points ∼17% +413%
Huawei Y6 2018
55 Points ∼3% +2%
LG K8 2017
31 Points ∼2% -43%
Xiaomi Mi A1
390 Points ∼24% +622%
Nokia 6
495 Points ∼31% +817%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) (31 - 55, n=10)
45.1 Points ∼3% -16%
Average of class Smartphone (55 - 8312, n=376)
1599 Points ∼100% +2861%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Gigaset GS185
68 Points ∼5%
Honor 7C
824 Points ∼61% +1112%
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Duos
340 Points ∼25% +400%
Huawei Y6 2018
70 Points ∼5% +3%
LG K8 2017
39 Points ∼3% -43%
Xiaomi Mi A1
476 Points ∼35% +600%
Nokia 6
571 Points ∼42% +740%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) (39 - 70, n=10)
57.2 Points ∼4% -16%
Average of class Smartphone (69 - 6454, n=384)
1361 Points ∼100% +1901%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Gigaset GS185
10496 Points ∼66%
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Duos
12605 Points ∼80% +20%
Huawei Y6 2018
10344 Points ∼65% -1%
LG K8 2017
6656 Points ∼42% -37%
Xiaomi Mi A1
15816 Points ∼100% +51%
Nokia 6
8973 Points ∼57% -15%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) (3958 - 10556, n=10)
9408 Points ∼59% -10%
Average of class Smartphone (3958 - 37475, n=530)
12735 Points ∼81% +21%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Gigaset GS185
5474 Points ∼31%
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Duos
7484 Points ∼43% +37%
Huawei Y6 2018
5426 Points ∼31% -1%
LG K8 2017
2546 Points ∼14% -53%
Xiaomi Mi A1
13314 Points ∼76% +143%
Nokia 6
9605 Points ∼55% +75%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) (2546 - 5547, n=10)
5195 Points ∼30% -5%
Average of class Smartphone (2465 - 162695, n=530)
17607 Points ∼100% +222%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Gigaset GS185
6125 Points ∼41%
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Duos
8227 Points ∼56% +34%
Huawei Y6 2018
6067 Points ∼41% -1%
LG K8 2017
2951 Points ∼20% -52%
Xiaomi Mi A1
13799 Points ∼93% +125%
Nokia 6
9457 Points ∼64% +54%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) (2951 - 6186, n=10)
5709 Points ∼39% -7%
Average of class Smartphone (2915 - 77599, n=531)
14817 Points ∼100% +142%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Gigaset GS185
7.6 fps ∼25%
Honor 7C
21 fps ∼69% +176%
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Duos
12 fps ∼39% +58%
Huawei Y6 2018
7.7 fps ∼25% +1%
LG K8 2017
3.4 fps ∼11% -55%
Xiaomi Mi A1
23 fps ∼76% +203%
Nokia 6
16 fps ∼53% +111%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) (3.4 - 7.8, n=10)
7.26 fps ∼24% -4%
Average of class Smartphone (4.1 - 251, n=554)
30.4 fps ∼100% +300%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Gigaset GS185
13 fps ∼38%
Honor 7C
34 fps ∼100% +162%
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Duos
20 fps ∼59% +54%
Huawei Y6 2018
14 fps ∼41% +8%
LG K8 2017
6.4 fps ∼19% -51%
Xiaomi Mi A1
22 fps ∼65% +69%
Nokia 6
16 fps ∼47% +23%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) (6.4 - 14, n=10)
12.8 fps ∼38% -2%
Average of class Smartphone (6.9 - 120, n=557)
24.5 fps ∼72% +88%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Gigaset GS185
2.8 fps ∼17%
Honor 7C
9.2 fps ∼56% +229%
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Duos
5.1 fps ∼31% +82%
Huawei Y6 2018
2.8 fps ∼17% 0%
LG K8 2017
1.3 fps ∼8% -54%
Xiaomi Mi A1
9.8 fps ∼60% +250%
Nokia 6
7.1 fps ∼44% +154%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) (1.3 - 2.8, n=10)
2.64 fps ∼16% -6%
Average of class Smartphone (2.2 - 132, n=476)
16.3 fps ∼100% +482%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Gigaset GS185
5.6 fps ∼31%
Honor 7C
18 fps ∼100% +221%
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Duos
10 fps ∼56% +79%
Huawei Y6 2018
5.9 fps ∼33% +5%
LG K8 2017
3.7 fps ∼21% -34%
Xiaomi Mi A1
9.5 fps ∼53% +70%
Nokia 6
7 fps ∼39% +25%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) (3.7 - 6.4, n=10)
5.61 fps ∼31% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (4.1 - 115, n=479)
15.6 fps ∼87% +179%

Legend

 
Gigaset GS185 Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917), Qualcomm Adreno 308, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Honor 7C Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Qualcomm Adreno 506, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Duos Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa, ARM Mali-T830 MP1, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Huawei Y6 2018 Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917), Qualcomm Adreno 308, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
LG K8 2017 Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917), Qualcomm Adreno 308, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Xiaomi Mi A1 Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Qualcomm Adreno 506, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Nokia 6 Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937), Qualcomm Adreno 505, 32 GB eMMC Flash

The Gigaset GS185 is able to claim one of the middle ranks in the browser benchmarks; only the Mozilla Kraken results are rather weak, even if it is still slightly faster than the Huawei Y6 (2018). The speed during browsing is still good, as long as you do not want to play online games through the browser. Loading complex web pages takes slightly longer, but it does not present a grave shortcoming.

JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (10.8 - 273, n=412)
36.1 Points ∼100% +103%
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Duos (Samsung Browser 5.4)
26.37 Points ∼73% +48%
Xiaomi Mi A1
26.077 Points ∼72% +47%
Honor 7C (Chrome 66)
22.35 Points ∼62% +26%
Huawei Y6 2018 (Chrome 66)
18.55 Points ∼51% +4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) (15.9 - 18.7, n=9)
17.8 Points ∼49% 0%
Gigaset GS185 (Chrome 66)
17.765 Points ∼49%
Nokia 6 (Chrome 59.0.3071.125)
17.558 Points ∼49% -1%
LG K8 2017 (Chrome 57)
17.124 Points ∼47% -4%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (1506 - 43280, n=549)
5464 Points ∼100% +77%
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Duos (Samsung Browser 5.4)
4968 Points ∼91% +61%
Xiaomi Mi A1
4756 Points ∼87% +54%
Honor 7C (Chrome 66)
3470 Points ∼64% +13%
Gigaset GS185 (Chrome 66)
3084 Points ∼56%
LG K8 2017 (Chrome 57)
3052 Points ∼56% -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) (2582 - 3289, n=10)
2998 Points ∼55% -3%
Nokia 6 (Chrome 59.0.3071.125)
2899 Points ∼53% -6%
Huawei Y6 2018 (Chrome 66)
2582 Points ∼47% -16%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Huawei Y6 2018 (Chrome 66)
16192.4 ms * ∼100% -18%
Gigaset GS185 (Chrome 66)
13666.4 ms * ∼84%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) (10742 - 16192, n=10)
12893 ms * ∼80% +6%
Nokia 6 (Chrome 59.0.3071.125)
12062.3 ms * ∼74% +12%
Average of class Smartphone (603 - 59466, n=569)
11571 ms * ∼71% +15%
Honor 7C (Chrome 66)
11370 ms * ∼70% +17%
LG K8 2017 (Chrome 57)
10742 ms * ∼66% +21%
Xiaomi Mi A1
9867.5 ms * ∼61% +28%
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Duos (Samsung Browser 5.4)
6784.4 ms * ∼42% +50%
WebXPRT 2015 - Overall Score
Average of class Smartphone (27 - 362, n=277)
108 Points ∼100% +37%
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Duos (Samsung Browser 5.4)
80 Points ∼74% +1%
Gigaset GS185 (Chrome 66)
79 Points ∼73%
Huawei Y6 2018 (Chrome 66)
71 Points ∼66% -10%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) (62 - 79, n=5)
68.6 Points ∼64% -13%
Nokia 6 (Chrome 59.0.3071.125)
60 Points ∼56% -24%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Average of class Smartphone (25 - 161, n=54)
60.1 Points ∼100% +123%
Huawei Y6 2018 (Chrome 66)
28 Points ∼47% +4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) (27 - 28, n=2)
27.5 Points ∼46% +2%
Gigaset GS185 (Chrome 66)
27 Points ∼45%

* ... smaller is better

The Gigaset GS185 offers just 16 GB of internal eMMC memory, which is not unusual for its price range, but the Honor 7C (32 GB) shows that there is room for more. After starting the device for the first time, users of the GS185 have around 9.3 GB at their disposal. The speed of the installed memory is decent and primarily shows its strength in reading operations, whereas the GS185 falls somewhat behind its competition in terms of writing data.

The storage space can be expanded through a microSD card. We test the speed of the slot with our reference card Toshiba Exceria Pro M501. It is on an adequate level, even if the capabilities of the microSD card are not exhausted.

Gigaset GS185Honor 7CLG K8 2017Huawei Y6 2018Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) DuosAverage 16 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
29%
22%
11%
-11%
-30%
16%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
59.74 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
62.61 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
5%
52.23 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
-13%
64 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
7%
44.21 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
-26%
37 (6.38 - 65.4, n=110)
-38%
45.2 (3.4 - 87.1, n=313)
-24%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
84.28 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
83.87 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
0%
78.55 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
-7%
84.9 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
1%
72.22 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
-14%
55.6 (10.8 - 87.7, n=110)
-34%
63.5 (8.2 - 96.5, n=313)
-25%
Random Write 4KB
9.05
10
10%
12.5
38%
9
-1%
9.9
9%
7.33 (0.49 - 37.9, n=225)
-19%
15.5 (0.14 - 164, n=597)
71%
Random Read 4KB
31.71
30
-5%
41.6
31%
38.8
22%
24.07
-24%
19.9 (2.49 - 61.7, n=225)
-37%
37.5 (1.59 - 173, n=598)
18%
Sequential Write 256KB
45.54
115
153%
84.6
86%
65.6
44%
51.96
14%
41.5 (8.74 - 97.6, n=225)
-9%
78.5 (2.99 - 246, n=598)
72%
Sequential Read 256KB
275.68
297
8%
270.8
-2%
254.3
-8%
204.45
-26%
157 (9.66 - 294, n=225)
-43%
226 (12.1 - 895, n=598)
-18%

Games - Not everything is playable

The age of the SoC can be felt when it comes to games, since the Adreno 308 is not contemporary anymore. This is not just due to the raw speed but also because of the lack of support for modern APIs such as OpenGL ES 3.1 (and newer) or Vulkan. Still, simple games such as Candy Crush or Bubble Witch 3 do not bring the Gigaset GS185 to its limits. Should you wish to play modern games such as PUBG Mobile though, you will be disappointed. Using GameBench, we determined that the game does not run smoothly even at the lowest settings.

The touchscreen is sufficiently accurate, although it could be slightly more responsive in fast skill games. Furthermore, the speaker on the bottom edge is easy to cover up in landscape mode.

PUBG Mobile is no fun on the GS185
PUBG Mobile is no fun on the GS185
PUBG Mobile
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Emissions - Strong battery with average running times

Temperature

Gigaset GS185: GFXBench battery test T-Rex (OpenGL ES 2.0)
Load test

The surface temperatures of the Gigaset GS185 are largely cool during idle, just the front gets partially and noticeably hot even then. Under continuous load, the Gigaset smartphone becomes very warm, even if the temperatures still do not reach critical values.

Using GFXBench's battery test, we tested the performance stability under continuous load. While the smartphone did not reach high frame rates in the T-Rex test, they are stable and vary very little. We were unable to run the more intensive Manhattan test due to missing API support.

Max. Load
 41.7 °C
107 F
42 °C
108 F
39.4 °C
103 F
 
 41.3 °C
106 F
41.6 °C
107 F
39.3 °C
103 F
 
 40.1 °C
104 F
39.8 °C
104 F
38.6 °C
101 F
 
Maximum: 42 °C = 108 F
Average: 40.4 °C = 105 F
35.8 °C
96 F
38.6 °C
101 F
41 °C
106 F
36.4 °C
98 F
37.7 °C
100 F
40.7 °C
105 F
34.5 °C
94 F
37.9 °C
100 F
39.4 °C
103 F
Maximum: 41 °C = 106 F
Average: 38 °C = 100 F
Power Supply (max.)  33.8 °C = 93 F | Room Temperature 21.5 °C = 71 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 40.4 °C / 105 F, compared to the average of 33.2 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 42 °C / 108 F, compared to the average of 35.8 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the bottom side is 41 °C / 106 F, compared to the average of 34.3 °C / 94 F, ranging from 22 to 326 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 30.5 °C / 87 F, compared to the device average of 33.2 °C / 92 F.

Speaker

Pink noise
Pink noise

The Gigaset GS185 has a sufficiently loud speaker on the bottom edge. The sound quality, relative to the price range, is good as well. The sound quality when listening to a song or watching a YouTube video is decent, as long as the smartphone does not have to play them at maximum volume. Then, high frequency sounds are distorted and the sound becomes very dull overall.

The included headset is not quite able to convince us in terms of music playback and has a treble-prone sound that lacks strength. The audio jack output quality is good.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.243.42532.939.13137.2454031.741.45039.640.16328.333.28027.334.510026.932.912526.7321602433.120020.938.425020.940.131519.541.440018.549.450017.555.363017.559.280015.762.1100015.862.8125016.661.4160015.860.9200015.463.6250015.566.331501666400015.871.750001674.6630016.373.3800016.366.11000016.265.21250016.4651600016.450.7SPL28.680.4N1.142.5median 16.4median 61.4Delta2.11031.63225.438.425.33432.93033.629.631.628.528.429.32731.820.834.92243.421.349.120.855.521.260.719.463.719.567.417.770.217.971.417.868.917.37017.472.616.775.117.277.418.278.117.981.417.676.717.775.417.874.517.970.518.161.818.258.43086.81.370median 17.9median 701.39.5hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseGigaset GS185Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Duos
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Gigaset GS185 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (80.4 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 25.1% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (4.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.1% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7.7% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (6.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (23.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 36% of all tested devices in this class were better, 13% similar, 51% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 63% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 29% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Duos audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (86.8 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 24.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.2% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (4.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (19% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 8% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 88% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 36% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 58% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Battery Life

Energy Consumption

The energy consumption values of the Gigaset GS185 are almost all good; only the energy consumption in standby mode is way too high at 0.42 watts, which is reflected in the battery quickly losing charge. The GS185 loses around 20% of its charge in just eight hours, just by lying around. This is something Gigaset has to urgently rectify.

Thankfully, the GS185 comes with a relatively large 4000 mAh battery. It can be fully charged in around three-and-a-half hours using the included charger.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.01 / 0.42 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.54 / 1.74 / 1.78 Watt
Load midlight 3.55 / 4.66 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Gigaset GS185
4000 mAh
Honor 7C
3000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Duos
3000 mAh
Huawei Y6 2018
3000 mAh
LG K8 2017
2500 mAh
Xiaomi Mi A1
3080 mAh
Nokia 6
3000 mAh
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917)
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
-4%
31%
-86%
4%
-118%
-10%
-55%
-22%
Idle Minimum *
0.54
0.6
-11%
0.52
4%
1.7
-215%
0.65
-20%
2.2
-307%
0.63
-17%
1.245 (0.54 - 4.02, n=11)
-131%
0.883 (0.2 - 3.4, n=630)
-64%
Idle Average *
1.74
2.16
-24%
1.17
33%
2.5
-44%
1.6
8%
2.8
-61%
1.75
-1%
2.43 (1.2 - 6, n=11)
-40%
1.723 (0.6 - 6.2, n=629)
1%
Idle Maximum *
1.78
2.24
-26%
1.24
30%
3.2
-80%
1.62
9%
3.4
-91%
1.87
-5%
2.79 (1.62 - 6.64, n=11)
-57%
1.998 (0.74 - 6.6, n=630)
-12%
Load Average *
3.55
2.59
27%
1.66
53%
5.2
-46%
2.97
16%
6.2
-75%
3.56
-0%
4.44 (2.9 - 9.6, n=11)
-25%
4.03 (0.8 - 10.8, n=624)
-14%
Load Maximum *
4.66
4.11
12%
2.94
37%
6.8
-46%
4.34
7%
7.2
-55%
5.85
-26%
5.58 (4.3 - 7.34, n=11)
-20%
5.73 (1.2 - 14.2, n=624)
-23%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life - Good but could be better

The Gigaset GS185 is equipped with the largest energy storage (4000 mAh) in the comparison, causing it to achieve good battery running times. In our "Browsing via Wi-Fi" test, which we run at an adjusted display brightness of 150 cd/m², it manages to reach close to 11 hours.

This is a good result overall, but when looking at the competition, it is not very efficient. The Galaxy J5 lasts 80 minutes longer, despite having a 25% smaller battery. This is something Gigaset should be able to improve with an update. The prerequisites are certainly good.

Only the default Android system energy-saving mode is available. Even if the GS185's yield is suboptimal, it has more than enough stamina for a whole day.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Chrome 66)
10h 58min
Gigaset GS185
4000 mAh
Honor 7C
3000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Duos
3000 mAh
Huawei Y6 2018
3000 mAh
LG K8 2017
2500 mAh
Xiaomi Mi A1
3080 mAh
Nokia 6
3000 mAh
Battery Runtime
5%
12%
-2%
-10%
-4%
2%
Reader / Idle
1564
1329
1695
WiFi v1.3
658
693
5%
738
12%
643
-2%
594
-10%
633
-4%
670
2%
Load
449
279
280
228
H.264
917
702
542

Pros

+ large battery
+ decent cameras
+ expendable storage
+ great telephony features including VoLTE and VoWiFi
+ full-fledged dual-SIM
+ fingerprint sensor with gesture support

Cons

- high energy consumption in standby mode
- ambient light sensor adjustment unbalanced
- old SoC

Verdict

Review: Gigaset GS185. Test device provided by Gigaset Germany.
Review: Gigaset GS185. Test device provided by Gigaset Germany.

The Gigaset GS185 does a lot of things right and particularly wants to score through sustainability. This, on the one hand, entails a fairly long update span of two years for the price range, the slim package contents made of recyclable materials and the intention of repairing, instead of immediately replacing.

The "made in Germany" smartphone wants to shine with sustainability and offers a large 4000 mAh battery on top of that.

Even the relatively good cameras and the strong battery are not a given in this price range and speak for the GS185 as well. However, the manufacturer should do some fine tuning for the software, since the energy consumption in standby mode turned out to be too high and the system performance could be better, too. Waking up the Gigaset cell phone from standby in particular requires patience.

The installation of an SoC this old is incomprehensible to us however; with an up-to-date Snapdragon 450 being off the cards, we would have liked to see a 430, at least.

Gigaset GS185 - 06/29/2018 v6
Daniel Schmidt

Chassis
82%
Keyboard
66 / 75 → 88%
Pointing Device
83%
Connectivity
36 / 60 → 61%
Weight
92%
Battery
94%
Display
80%
Games Performance
7 / 63 → 10%
Application Performance
36 / 70 → 51%
Temperature
88%
Noise
100%
Audio
71 / 91 → 78%
Camera
63%
Average
69%
79%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Gigaset GS185 Smartphone Review
Daniel Schmidt, 2018-07- 4 (Update: 2018-07- 7)