- Analysis by KJ David
Designed to survive the perilous outdoors, this fifth edition of Plum's Gator model banks on a rugged mix of pros and cons. Before we jump to its outdoorsy selling points, though, take note of some slight drawbacks that we caught while reviewing its technical specs. For one, it runs on a run-of-the-mill 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek 6580 processor that's no different from what its direct predecessor, the Gator 4, offers, not to mention that it kills any chances of this edition brushing elbows with some of the best octa-core smartphones listed here on Phonerated. At the very least, the Plum Gator 5 doubles its ancestor's measly 1GB RAM to 2GB, while retaining its budget-class Mali-400 MP2 graphics processor, though its overall hardware composition still sounds underwhelming compared to a good number of its closest rivals.
Another disgruntling con is the fact that the Gator 5 now only comes with 3700mAh of raw battery power , whereas the Gator 4 sits alongside some high-ranking big-battery phones with its hulking 5000mAh cell. Nevertheless, this 2018 edition promises some reassuring self-attributed battery scores, specifically, a 46-hour maximum talk time that translates to 2760 minutes and a 528-hour standby time , which equates to about 22 days.
Jumping over to its rugged pros, the Gator 5's body boasts an IP68 rugged rating , just like some popular rugged and waterproof smartphones available when it was unveiled. Its rugged certification makes this Gator model's physique impervious to dust grains, resistant to shocks and accidental drops, and waterproof -- it can be submerged under up to 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes. Up front, its modest (by 2018 mid-level Android phone standards) 5.2-inch 1280 x 720 HD 282ppi display is furbished with a Panda Glass finish , an alternative to the more mainstream Gorilla Glass solution from Corning that likewise promises to prevent everyday scratches and rigs the phone's facade with native impact-resistance.
Its multimedia pros and cons are led by the combination of a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing secondary cam, which was somewhat a typical budget-tier combination around the time we were writing this data-driven analysis. Its 16GB internal memory extendable by up to 64GB is far from impressive as well, although it sounds like a decent match for its not-so-ambitious feature set.
Topped off by a 4G LTE network adapter, the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system, and a Black coating with some Orange accent, Plum's 2018 Gator 5 sounds like a fitting phone for outdoorsy, power-cautious buyers.
** This phone is also known as: Plum Z519
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