Dany Genius G5: Affordable and Decent Dual SIM Tablet [Review]

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For those who aren’t familiar, Dany is a name from consumer electronics business since 2001. In fact I remember buying a Dany TV device some 10 years ago.

Audionic, a popular audio equipment brand selling portable and multimedia speakers, is also part of Dany Technologies.

Dany launched its very own Android “Genius Tablets” few months ago but its only now that they are massively marketing them.

You might have seen TVCs lately featuring renowned cricketer Wasim Akram promoting Dany Genius Tablets.

We got our hands on Dany G5 Dual SIM tablet (read phablet) — priced at just Rs. 12,900 — and decided to do a short review for you guys, let’s start with the un-boxing.

Design & Build Quality:

The first thing you will notice about this tablet is its design as it takes most of the elements from HTC One and One Max.

The second noteworthy thing is Dany G5’s unconventional size. The slim body is all plastic, but the aluminum, leather feel and the build quality is remarkable.

Dany G5 is very light weight and just 8.9mm thin.

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The front side on Dany G5 is dominated by a 6.5 inch capacitive touch screen with a SVGA resolution (190ppi density), which feels a little squeezed.

The screen isn’t IPS and doesn’t feature any protective coating, so a screen protector is recommended.

Above the screen there is 2-megapixel camera along with proximity sensor that divides the big speaker design. Actually there are two speakers in the upper part (an ear-speaker and a loudspeaker). Another loudspeaker is located below the screen along with a microphone incorporating the same speaker design.

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There is nothing on the right of Dany G5 tablet, on the left side we have power/unlock key and volume rocker. The place is very odd but the raised key design makes it very easy to press them. Micro-USB port and 3.5mm headphones jack are located on the top.

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The backside of Dany G5 has faux leather appearance, although it doesn’t feature stitches as seen on Galaxy Note 3.

There is a 5-megapixel fixed focused camera along with LED on the top along with a lid-covered micro-SD card slot. The Dany logo can be seen in the middle.

The backplate isn’t removable except the bottom portion, which reveals two SIM card slots. One takes Mini-SIM and the other takes a micro-SIM (you can use micro-SIM in both).

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Operating System:

Dany G5 comes with Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 out of the box. There is no bloatware and no fancy UI customizations. This device runs pure (vanilla) Android, except the bootscreen and the app drawer icon is changed with Dany logo.

Dany G5 comes pre-installed with Play Store and other Google apps as well as popular social media applications and book reading software.

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The company promises to provide OS upgrades and bug fixes in the future, We would love if they upgrade it to the latest Android KitKat 4.4 in the near future.

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Performance:

Genius Tab G5 is packed with mediocre hardware featuring MediaTek MT6572 dual-core processor, Mali 400 GPU and 1 GB of RAM.

You won’t feel any lag while using basic functions on Dany G5. Browsing websites is snappy and you can easily run 4-5 applications at a time without any compromise on performance.

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I’ve tested it by playing resource hungry 3D games on it and Dany G5 does a very good job. You won’t feel any lag in the games but don’t expect high graphic details.

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Other demanding applications like Maps, Facebook & YouTube also run flawlessly. You can play 1080p videos on this device and can make VoIP calls over Skype & Viber. The front camera can also be used for video conferencing.

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Genius Tab G5 can also take SIM cards so you can use it as phone too. The regular calling is nice and clear and the signal reception is also good. Though it doesn’t support 3G.

Battery

Dany G5 is equipped with a 2800mAh battery, which gives decent backup. Heavy users can get 1 day out of it and for normal users the battery can stretch up-to 2 days.

Other than the charger provided in the box you can charge it via USB cable from your Laptop or any other tablet/phone that supports OTG function. It takes almost 3 hours to charge fully. The unit we got had some kind of bug in the software, as it didn’t pop up any notification when the battery was low.

Camera & Video:

This tablet has a primary 5-megapixel (fixed focused) camera with single LED flash and a secondary 1.9-megapixel camera on the front for video calling.

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As you would expect from a low-end device, the camera on a Dany G5 isn’t extraordinary. The image quality is mediocre and colors are little washed out.

On the other hand, the camera interface on Dany G5 is very simple, there are not much options to play with. You can take 5 or 3 megapixel photos with the primary camera and record 720p videos. The front camera has a maximum VGA resolution for the videos. You can use both of them for video calling.

A 4x digital zoom is present, but resolution deteriorates as you start to zoom the scene.

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LED flashlight can also be used as a torch, there is no dedicated app but you can find many on the Play Store.
Have a look at the sample images:

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5-megapixel fixed focused primary camera
Image taken from secondary (front facing) camera
Image taken from secondary (front facing) camera

Price & Availability:

Dany Genius Tab G5 is available at all major computer & mobile shops across Pakistan for a price of Rs. 12,900. The tablet is available in two colors; black & white (I recommend you getting the black version).

The accessories box including, the leather case, screen protector, headphones and cleaning cloth can be bought separately. It comes with one year international warranty of Dany Technologies.

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Verdict:

The built quality of the tablet is good, it’s easy to handle and not so heavy. As compared to “Chinese Tablets” or other local brands it has better performance and ability to be used as a phone. There’s a need of improvement in the screen and camera departments but considering its price you have to make some compromises.

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It provides a decent battery backup and you can run almost any application on it. The software is highly optimized as there are no crashes and no bugs. So if you are looking to buy a low cost tablet as your daily driver, you should also consider this device.

Do share your opinion about it and if you have any questions feel free to ask us in the comments section below.


  • Where is the company’s Website who made this tablet we need to see the profile of the company, where is the support and warranty information online, i couldnt find anything by searching the name D Dany.

    I will not reccomend to anybody to buy this unless we know who is the company and how we can contact the in case of support and help arrangments.

    What if some body need help to upgrade the software or need support on setup who they will contact?

    So far there is only retail businesses are online advertising its sale information only.

  • I had worst experience with Dany when i gave it to my sister as gift, after every week or 10 days it had problems with OS, got fixed three times in warranty during 4 to 5 months time then i sold it on half price…
    Not Recommended at alll

        • btw.. your response was amazing, kinda cheap u knw mr danish.
          Model numbr btana phr baat karna, iphone4 mey issues tay pr 4s mey wo sb nae tay !!!

        • yar iska ye mtlb ni k Company Bekar hA :D mAy b Ap k Set me ProB hO kuCh Sets me ProB Ajati hA eveN Nokia k b KuCh MoBiles Masla kArte haN Software Ka, But wO Model ya Company ka Masla ni hota koi ek adha moBile kharab nikal ata ha to wo ap agr ziada masla ae to exchange karalo, yA phR Agr Software k Sath Cher Khani karogey to koi b mobile kharab hojaega

          • yar ap nokia ki bat karty hy :P :D yhan tu shabaz chachu k lapii khrb a rhy hy :P :D 1 sall phly mila tha or ab fan khrb hy :P :D

  • Are you kidding me @kofmzc:disqus
    with 2800mAh heavy use 1 day backup and normal use 2 days backup :P lol
    even IPAD that has the best battery uptill now dont last 1 day on heavy use :P
    get ur facts right .

  • Don’t generalize things, tell me where do you think this review is biased?

    Our job here is to cover all pros & cons of a device, buying or not buying is your decision. If you haven’t used a device how can you make a statement? Its easy to criticize, if you don’t like our reviews go make your own.

  • I’m using Dany Genius Tab Q3 and I haven’t faced any OS problems. Funny thing is when I was buying the tab, a person came to claim the warranty because he was facing OS problems. That scared me a bit but seriously I haven’t faced any OS problem. The tablet is overall good. The stuff you said about the battery is totally wrong and kind of hilarious. Q3 contains 3000 mAh Li-on battery but it can, at max, last 2:30 or 2:45 hours on continues usage.

    • G5 has a little smaller screen and MediaTek SoC as compared to Q3’s 7-inch screen and Actions SoC.

      The one day timing doesn’t mean that the battery can last 24 hours on continuous usage. In my tests it gave almost 4 hours continuous usage, (Screen & Wi-Fi on).

  • I am bit concerned about its size. U shouldve a pic holding the device in hand so we can know better about the size and screen. And plz cmpare it with other brands of same price or specs. Thnks for review :-)

  • you never mention about GPS… does it have built in gps and a-gps…
    and can we use EDGE/GPRS on both sims?

  • My uncle bought Q3, and he had to sell it after 10 days on OLX. It was pathetic. It claims 5 Megapixel camera , but result was pathetic like 1 mega pixel. Its a piece of crap , this dany

  • I think you are couch potato, stereo type. My point was is where this company belongs to and i got the Answer its same 3rd grade chinese company.

    “Dany Technologies Shenzhen”

    2nd Point is on there website there is no FAQ’s no reviews about the product.

    why we lacking 3G pakistan because your 2 dearest uncles Zardari and Musharaf who i guess paid you well and now you have become couch potato becoze of them.

  • I mistakenly bought Dany Q3, and im regretting so much. Its the most poor Quad Core processor. I dont even want to call it QuadCore. It lags a lot in all the basic functions. Any how i haven’t yet tried G5. Maybe they’ve learned something.

  • @kofmzc:disqus bhai mujhe kuch is ki aur pixs bhej sakte ho ??? mein buy karna chata hon.ta k mujhe tsali ho jy !!
    Thanx :)

  • R u sure about the battery time bro ? And whats the bug issue , when it dosent pop us with a notification of battery low

  • wesy zabardast ha par ney chalta waqt speed bht slow ha camera ka result b bs thk he ha aur bettery time bht kam ha

  • whats the screen resolution..?? and which video formats does it play..?? n 1080p
    videos do run in quite impressive print..??

  • Dear Bro. Muhammad Zohair,First of all i want to thank You for this Review about Genius Tab(DANY) G5. second,i am willing to purchase it with in a month,please tell me can i purchase it?
    Any software or hanging problem or any other problem related to G5 Tab?

  • I want to purchase Dany Genius Q4 because its screen is 8 inches, ideal for me. Can anyone tell me about it and its performance.

  • how many tablets can be comparable in this price range? is Dany specs are unbeatable or branded ones rules the market

    • If you are looking for branded tablets, in this price range you can get Acer Iconia, Asus Memopad or a used (good condition) Google Nexus 7. The only advantage Dany Tab G5 has over branded tablets is the Dual-SIM feature.

  • dany g5 contain 4 in one accessories pack . is this pack is free with tablet or purchased seprately . plz replay .

  • HElloo buddy. i wanna buy this tab.. aalaa tab hai.. magar darr lag rha hai is ki battery timing kitni hai..? or is ki net speed kitni hai..? plzz inform about that.. overall its very nice tab.. im impressed of that tab.. :D <3 ;)

  • MR zohair can u tell me further k what is the difference between G5 or G4 which one is more best? i want to buy so among these which one is more better?

  • or haaan yar dany G4 ki screen ziada barri hai or wo 7.8 inch hai.. and dany G5 ki screen 6.5 hai.. agar screen k size se dekha jaye to g4 acha hai.. magar samajh nai araha G5 or G4 dono me se kis k functions or features ziada achay hai.. plzz tell me :( mene lena hai

  • WiFi signals catching is very slow or can say poor in q3 genius tab, why is this so, is it problem in other models also plz do confirm it as soon as possible

  • well i came here to find the reviews coz i wanna to purchase Dany tablet but did’nt find reviews useful :/ people just fighting here

  • i want to sale dany g5 only 2 weeks use braned new full waranty 10/10 condition black color there is no any type of fault in tab

    also with beautiful tv pouch rs 1000 abolutel

    free price 11000

    contact 03331879343 waqar no sms only call no exchang

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  • Can we use 2A charger with dany g5 tablet ? the stock charger which came with the tablet is charging the tab very slow else battery time and performance etc are superb.


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