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Gionee Marathon M6 - Nairaland Review by Hotdiamond(m): 10:28pm On Dec 17, 2016


Unboxing

Gionee has you covered right from the moment you unbox device. the contents include; the M6, a microUSB cable, a Noise cancelling stereo headset, a 2A power adapter, a flip case and a screen protector -not glass though.





Design
The Gionee M6 is a refresh of the Marathon M5 with a few design modifications here and there. this is the best looking member of the Marathon series yet, it screams premium all round. available in two colours- gold and champagne. sadly my preferred black colour will not be available.



the m6 is covered with metal with lines at lines at the back for the antennas.
At 152.3 x 75.3 x 8.2 mm, the M6 is slimmer than its predecessor and 25 grammes lighter at 180g. this is very noticable when held side by side.
the back glass curves inward at the edges and also at the front with the 2.5D glass construction- which was available in the M5 mini.
The aluminium at the back doesn't attract fingerprints at all but the glass up front attracts a lot of fingerprints and smudges but this is not really an issue since a simple wipe would take that all away.
the M6 feels more compact considering thr fact that it has the same screen size as its predcessor.





Display
The gionee maratho M6 comes with a 5.5 inch AMOLED display with FHD(1080 x 1920) resolution with a pixel density of 401ppi. for most people, this display size is the sweet spot for mobile displays. the diplay is indeed beautiful. this is mainly due to the infiite contrast that comes with AMOLED displays. Colours are saturated and vibrant. you can change the colour temperature in the settings too.
the display isn't the brightest in the market but it is bright enough to be legible under intense direct sunlight.










this is not a Pixel or an S7 edge, it may not even be a yardstick in any of these segments but the M6 deserves high scores for its design and display.

Features and connectivity
Above the dispaly is the earpiece flanked by notification light and the 8MP front facing camera to the left and light and proximity sensor to the right.



A home button is introduced to the M6 just like the m5 plus. it contains the speedy fingerprint sensor surrounded with a metalllic ring.



the volume contols, the power button sits and the dual micro SIM sits on the right side while the the microSD card slot sits on the left side.






Up top the IR blaster returns to the the M6 together with a 3.5 mm headphone jack.


the bottom of the phone soorts a speaker and a microUSB port



At the back of the M6 lies the 13MP rear camera sensor a secondary noise cancelling microphone, a dual-LED flash and a Gionee logo




connectivity options include
bluetooth 4.0
4G LTE cat 6
WIFI 802.11 b/g/n, cast screen
USB connectivity
IR blaster

User Interface and performance

the M6 runs on Android Marshmellow under custom skin amigo 3.5.0. this may not be the greatest UIs but it is an improvement upon the older versions - 3.1 and 3.2.
it is loaded with the Mediatek MT6755 Helio P10 with Mali-T860MP2. and so far its just a breeze. its fluid with no stutters or lags. this should be credited to the 4GB of RAM and the fast helio p10 processor. i am not into mobile gaming but i am very positive that the M6 can handle most of what ever is thrown at it.

On first boot you are greeted with the stock launcher with no issues. if you are a lover of the stock launcher, there are a bunch of preinstalled apps like the chameleon to change the look and feel. But i quickly set it up with the trusted NOVA launcher.




also you can also change the look of your recent apps





On first oot you have 51GB of free storage left and 2.8GB of RAM left.





Runing two apps side by side( split screen) has been introduced here. though this is a welcome feature it is limited to a number of applications.



In the gallery app there is a new feature called 'trash' that saves any deleted picture for 7 days. though you can permanantly delete any picture by going to the trash folder in the gallery.



Finally, the fingerprint sensor performs flawlessly and it's very fast. you pick up the phone and push the home button with your registered finger, the phone unlocks instantly. you can add up to five fingers.

Camera
Gionee opted for the 13MP IMX 258 sensor from Sony and an 8MP snapper for the selfie lords.
the 8mp selfie cam does well in low light also with a cool feature ' the screen flash'. although you'd want to take pictures in a well lit environment.


without screen flash


with screen flash
outdoor selfies shines with the M6. images came out bright and vibrant with a lot of detail.





Thanks to the powerful hardware on the M6, the shooting experience felt responsive with minimal delays between shots.

All the images produced are rich in detail, very good colour reproduction and adequate dynamic range.










SAMPLE HDR SHOT






the M6 shoots FHD videos with the rear camera and 720p videos with the front cam

Battery Performance
The battery in the M6 is 5000mAh pared down from 6000mAh in the M5 but this doesnt really mean a poor battery performance.The direct result of this is a thinner and lighter phone. the P10 chip promises a 30% more energy efficient than older MTK SoCs so nothing is lost.
I was able to squeeze out more than 5 hours of screen on time afer about 15 hours of usage with 66% battery left. That translates to two days of moderate usage though those numbers will vary with different usage habits.



The Gionee M6 supports "fast" charging which is achieved with the bundled 2A charger. Full charge takes about 1hour 30mins. Though you can disable this feature but who would?



What's Cool
the camera
Amazing Display
Fluid Performance
dedicated SD card slot
its light weight
IR blaster
excellent battery life

Whats not cool
No black colour option

final thoughts
The M6 series has never been this expensive at launch. but the ergonomics and the features matches the price. If you are a M5 user or a power user, the m6 is totally worth every Kobo spent. it retails at ₦120000

KEY SPECS

http://www.gsmarena.com/gionee_m6-8234.php

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Re: Gionee Marathon M6 - Nairaland Review by abimbawealth(f): 10:44pm On Dec 17, 2016
Great review

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Re: Gionee Marathon M6 - Nairaland Review by Goldenheart(m): 10:56pm On Dec 17, 2016
grin awesome

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Re: Gionee Marathon M6 - Nairaland Review by Nonsoco80(m): 11:24pm On Dec 17, 2016
good review. u said it all.

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Re: Gionee Marathon M6 - Nairaland Review by queenfav(f): 11:44pm On Dec 17, 2016
Well done @op...You covered all the basics..To assist him, gionee m6 guarantees maximum privacy like no other phone! The phone has a dedicated vault app named "Private Space." It hides photos, text messages, contact lists, files/documents. Once you put something in here, the information disappears from the rest of your phone.There's no way anyone can gain access to these info unless the person can get into the private vault by unlocking it via fingerprint sensor or passcode.

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Re: Gionee Marathon M6 - Nairaland Review by eleshin(m): 1:15am On Dec 18, 2016
This is very cool
Re: Gionee Marathon M6 - Nairaland Review by sogodihno: 2:10am On Dec 18, 2016
Dope
Re: Gionee Marathon M6 - Nairaland Review by Nobody: 2:46am On Dec 18, 2016
120k comman carry your phone and be going plix



team htc cool

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Re: Gionee Marathon M6 - Nairaland Review by NCP: 4:16am On Dec 18, 2016
Review.
Great. I love this. It is One of The Best Reviews On Nairaland PhoneSection

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Re: Gionee Marathon M6 - Nairaland Review by MilesLamar(m): 5:18am On Dec 18, 2016
Nice review, nice thread , nice phone.. I wish someone can buy this phone for me.. I totally love it..

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Re: Gionee Marathon M6 - Nairaland Review by 2kurupt(m): 6:16am On Dec 18, 2016
NCP:
Review.
Great. I love this. It is One of The Best Reviews On Nairaland PhoneSection


undecided This guy you had to quote the while stuff just to write this? Imagine everybody starts quoting the entire review angry angry

sexfabregas:
120k comman carry your phone and be going plix



team htc cool

You'll never see a decent HTC mid range with half of these specs for this price.


@OP Best review I've seen in a long while on the phone section. The device seems perfect too but lemme ask, is there any protective glass? (Inbuilt & not just tampered glass that is)

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Re: Gionee Marathon M6 - Nairaland Review by Hotdiamond(m): 7:13am On Dec 18, 2016
2kurupt:


undecided This guy you had to quote the while stuff just to write this? Imagine everybody starts quoting the entire review angry angry



You'll never see a decent HTC mid range with half of these specs for this price.


@OP Best review I've seen in a long while on the phone section. The device seems perfect too but lemme ask, is there any protective glass? (Inbuilt & not just tampered glass that is)

Thanks boss. Ya both the m6 and the plus launched with gorilla glass screen protection. So you can totally forget about the additional screen protection accessories if you are a careful person.
Re: Gionee Marathon M6 - Nairaland Review by Defaramade(m): 8:01am On Dec 18, 2016
Hotdiamond:


Thanks boss. Ya both the m6 and the plus launched with gorilla glass screen protection. So you can totally forget about the additional screen protection accessories if you are a careful person.
very detailed and informative review, when are you starting your review website??
Re: Gionee Marathon M6 - Nairaland Review by Hotdiamond(m): 8:09am On Dec 18, 2016
Defaramade:
very detailed and informative review, when are you starting your review website??
Thanks boss.
Soon I hope. I could still write for others.
Re: Gionee Marathon M6 - Nairaland Review by hopsydboi(m): 8:19am On Dec 18, 2016
Phones are too expensive now... angry lemme just stick to my hot note!

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Re: Gionee Marathon M6 - Nairaland Review by Alasi20(m): 8:21am On Dec 18, 2016
I still dey gbadun my HTC











Thanks @ OP
Re: Gionee Marathon M6 - Nairaland Review by ipledge10(m): 8:21am On Dec 18, 2016
Chinko has no other name... tongue

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Re: Gionee Marathon M6 - Nairaland Review by Dsrooftiles: 8:22am On Dec 18, 2016
Ok

I still dey Rock my Gionee M5...

Standard phone.

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Re: Gionee Marathon M6 - Nairaland Review by kindnyce(m): 8:23am On Dec 18, 2016
MHENNNN
DAT PHONE IS A POWER BANK ITSELF...3DAYS WITHOUT CHARGING
Re: Gionee Marathon M6 - Nairaland Review by ITbomb(m): 8:24am On Dec 18, 2016
Why all Gionee dey get this same lame design with the rusty yellow color that turns ugly when some side begin to fade

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Re: Gionee Marathon M6 - Nairaland Review by Tobyshegz(m): 8:24am On Dec 18, 2016
Ok

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Re: Gionee Marathon M6 - Nairaland Review by Tynasparks(f): 8:26am On Dec 18, 2016
Nice one
Re: Gionee Marathon M6 - Nairaland Review by omolola15(m): 8:27am On Dec 18, 2016
NCP:
Review.
Great. I love this. It is One of The Best Reviews On Nairaland PhoneSection


Bros why na. Why do you have to quote the whole poo. You just wasted valuable space. Aye ma le ooooooooooooooooooo

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Re: Gionee Marathon M6 - Nairaland Review by fkdmods: 8:28am On Dec 18, 2016
Is this a phone or a toy?
Re: Gionee Marathon M6 - Nairaland Review by Proffdada: 8:29am On Dec 18, 2016
Too expensive for my liking shocked

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Re: Gionee Marathon M6 - Nairaland Review by hopsydboi(m): 8:31am On Dec 18, 2016
NCP:
Review.
Great. I love this. It is One of The Best Reviews On Nairaland PhoneSection


Mod can u block this guy please!

For wholly quoting the op! That wickedness na!
Make page load slower, waste space, time.

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Re: Gionee Marathon M6 - Nairaland Review by feodan: 8:32am On Dec 18, 2016
NCP and u ave 2 quote d whole page, just because of a single statement

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Re: Gionee Marathon M6 - Nairaland Review by zumarock9(m): 8:32am On Dec 18, 2016
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Re: Gionee Marathon M6 - Nairaland Review by Goldenheart(m): 8:33am On Dec 18, 2016
teamgionee

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