T he Vibe P1m’s body is covered with a hydrophobic nano-coating to protect against accidental spills and water splashes. It feels bulkier than the Lava V2 3GB and Meizu M2, but its rubberized back panel offers better grip. You also get a vibrant screen with wide viewing angles.

Like the Asus ZenFone Max, the P1m comes with a battery that gives you more than a day’s worth of work done on a single charge, as well as the ability to charge other devices via an OTG cable. You also get a fast charger that replenishes the battery in a few hours. The P1m sports a dedicated toggle switch on its side which lets you switch the phone into a power-saving mode. In this mode, the handset turns into a feature phone, providing access to essential functions like phone, dialler, text messenger, contacts, calculator, etc.

The device handles productivity tasks, Full HD movies, as well as the odd 3D game. However, there were noticeable delays in launching resource intensive apps and switching between multiple tasks.

On the imaging front, the Vibe P1m’s cameras are average. You get 14 preset scene modes (night, sunset, party , fireworks…), but the results don’t appear sharp. Even focusing on subjects is a bit slow.

Its speaker is loud, allowing for clear hands-free calls and music via earphones sounds well-balanced with adequate bass. All in all, the Vibe P1m is a good alternative to the year-old Moto E, which also comes with a water resistant build.

SPECS: 5-inch (1280x720px) display | 1GHz MT6735P quad-core PRICE RATING processor | 2GB RAM | 16GB storage, microSD, USB OTG | 8MP (LED flash), 5MP cameras | Dual SIM | 3900mAh battery Rs.7,999