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Review: AGM Glory G1s Smartphone

Walter Shillington writes about products he knows firsthand. His articles focus on healthcare, electronics, watches, and household items.

Back view of the AGM Glory G1S smartphone

Back view of the AGM Glory G1S smartphone

Many years ago, I endured four water-drenched days participating in a firefighting refresher course. I led a hose team tasked with extinguishing a fire within a warship mockup.

The mockup’s metal shell enclosed a passageway and six dark and damp compartments. The deck was composed of a metal grating through which the instructor had just poured and ignited a pail of oil.

I cracked the hatch leading to the passageway and urged my Hoseman forward. He did so, inhaling heavily from his Chemox breathing apparatus.

By then, black and impenetrable smoke had filled the mockup. I grimaced and tightened my grip on the D-ring that clung to my teammate’s back.

As we dragged the hose forward, spraying a steady stream of water, I pulled the bulky thermal camera’s eyepiece to my faceplate. The screen remained blank.

By the time we reached the fourth compartment, I was wet, tired, and discouraged. And then, a yellow and wavering blob appeared on the thermal camera’s display.

I closed the compartment’s hatch, lodging it tightly against our hose. Then my Hoseman sprayed water into the room, starving the fire of oxygen until it sputtered and died.

Today I am examining a smartphone that, among its many other features, functions as a thermal camera.

Setting up the phone

Setting up the phone

Description

The AGM Glory G1S weighs 11.1 ounces. This 5G smartphone is 6.8 inches tall, 3.26 inches wide, and 0.58 inches thick. Its gray plastic outer surface is brightened by orange highlights and boasts a 6.53-inch FHD+ touchscreen with a resolution of 3240 x 1080 pixels.

This rugged smartphone meets MIL-STD-810H and IP68/IP69K standards, ensuring it can survive drops of up to 4.7 feet and can take photographs underwater at depths of 4.7 feet.

The Glory G1S is fitted with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G 8nm Octa-core CPU, an Adreno 619 GPU, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of ROM. Android 11 serves as this smartphone’s operating system and a 5500mAh nonremovable battery provides power.

While this device benefits from features such as Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, and a fingerprint sensor, its ability to take photographs under a wide range of conditions is its greatest strength. The Glory G1S is fitted with a 48MP primary camera, a 16MP selfie camera, a 2MP macro camera, a 20MP night vision camera, and a thermal imager.

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Specifications

  • Manufacturer: AGM
  • Model: Glory G1S
  • Weight: 318 grams (11.2 ounces)
  • Dimensions: 172.8 x 82.8 x 14.8 millimeters (6.8 x 3.26 x 0.58 inches)
  • Display: 6.53-inch LTPS TFT touchscreen
  • Display resolution: FHD+ 2340 x 1080P
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G
  • CPU: 8nm Octa-core CPU up to 2.0 GHz
  • GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 619
  • RAM: 8GB LPDDR4X
  • ROM: 128GB UFS2.2
  • Sensors: Proximity, light, accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, fingerprint
  • Operating system: Android 11
  • Bluetooth: BT 5.0, BT LE
  • SIM slot: 1 nano SIM + 1 Micro SD card or 2 nano-SIM
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax-ready (2.4GHz, 5GHz)
  • GPS: A-GPS/GPS/Glonass/Galileo/Beidou Dual-frequency GNSS
  • Battery: 5500 mAh Lithium-Polymer, nonremovable
  • Cellular Technology: 5G
  • Bands:
  • GSM: B2, B3, B5, B8
  • CDMA: BC0, BC1, BC10
  • WCDMA: B1, B2, B4, B5, B6, B8, B19
  • LTE-FDD: B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B7, B8, B12, B13, B17, B18, B19, B20, B25, B26, B28AB, B66
  • LTE-TDD: B34, B38, B39, B40, B41
  • 5G NR: n1, n2, n3, n5, n7, n8, n28, n41, n66, n77, n78
  • Rear cameras: 48MP primary, 2MP macro, 20MP night vision with infrared LED, and a thermal camera
  • Front camera: 16MP selfie
  • Features: Fingerprint sensor, NFC technology, laser pointer, and customizable side key
  • Waterproof: IP68/ IP69K
  • Drop-proof: MIL-STD-810H
  • 18-Watt fast charge support: Yes
  • 10-Watt dock support: Yes. Optional dock available
Charged using optional charging dock

Charged using optional charging dock

Charged using supplied cable

Charged using supplied cable

Design

One of my friends just purchased the latest iPhone, and she absolutely loves it. This device is light, powerful, attractively designed, and fitted with a bright OLED display. The iPhone is generally considered the perfect phone for the white-collar crowd, but no matter how well a device is designed, it cannot satisfy everyone’s requirements.

The AGM Glory G1S is a rugged phone intended to attract the attention of tradespeople, engineers, hunters, fishermen, hikers, and photographers.

Bottom edge of phone

Bottom edge of phone

Charging port and 3.5mm aux.  There is a point for attaching a lanyard at the far right

Charging port and 3.5mm aux. There is a point for attaching a lanyard at the far right

Processor

The heart of this phone is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G chipset which includes an 8nm Octa-core CPU running at up to 2.0 GHz and an Adreno 619 GPU. This processor is aided by the smartphone’s 8GB of RAM and 128GB of ROM.

While my old Umidigi X could run multiple applications without a hitch, it downloaded photographs to my internet storage site at a painfully slow rate. The Glory G1S, which boasts a significantly faster processor, performs this function quickly and effectively.

Laser pointer at top edge of phone

Laser pointer at top edge of phone

Power and volume buttons

Power and volume buttons

Rugged Design

This phone meets the MIL-STD-810H resistance standard and can survive a 1.5-meter drop. It is rated IP68/IP69K and can take photographs for up to 30 minutes while immersed in 1.5-meters of water. The Glory G1S blocks 99% of dust, cement, and lime.

Its outer case is composed of double injection plastic with TPU protection, and the surrounding edge of the touchscreen is raised 0.3mm.

Two spare gaskets are provided to replace those covering the SIM slot and power input. A small hole in the corner of the phone allows for the attachment of a lanyard.

Rugged smartphones are bulkier than their more delicate competitors. My old phone is significantly thinner and more than two ounces lighter than the Glory G1S.

Center-located button can be configured for several different uses

Center-located button can be configured for several different uses

SIM slot

SIM slot

Display

This 10-point multi-touch screen is 6.53” in size and boasts a resolution of FHD+ 2340 x 1080. Its LTPS TFT display is capable of reproducing 16.7M colors.

I streamed The Tick from Amazon Prime. This super-hero comedy makes excellent use of color, and the Glory G1S displayed it crisply and correctly.

Sound

The onboard speaker is louder than expected and reproduces sound reasonably well. However, when playing music, I recommend that a Bluetooth speaker or headphones be connected.

Primary, macro, infrared,  and thermal camera plus flashlight and speaker

Primary, macro, infrared, and thermal camera plus flashlight and speaker

Primary Camera

The Glory G1S is equipped with five different cameras, allowing photographs to be taken under a wide variety of conditions. The 48MP primary camera is fitted with a Sony IMX582 sensor and an f/1.79 aperture. Images recorded by this camera are crisp, colorful, and well-focused.

The Blockhouse photo taken with primary camera

The Blockhouse photo taken with primary camera

Selfie Camera

This 16MP camera focuses quickly and takes excellent photographs.

Selfie photo

Selfie photo

Macro Camera

This 2MP camera is equipped with a Gcoreinc GC02M2 sensor. It takes good closeups, and the camera’s flashlight may be activated to provide additional light.

Macro camera

Macro camera

Infrared Night Vision Camera

The Sony IMX350 sensor and an infrared LED are fitted to this 20MP camera. It provides a decent grayscale image, even in completely dark conditions.

Velvet after dark with infrared camera

Velvet after dark with infrared camera

Thermal Imaging Camera

This camera supports a resolution of 256 x 102P at a rate of 25 frames per second. The image produced is based on heat rather than light, and temperature information is provided.

While any volunteer fireman would love this feature, its practical uses are limited. During my tests, I ran hot and cold water into the kitchen sink and monitored the pipes below with the thermal imaging camera. If a hot water line had been partially plugged, this device could have located the blockage.

My friend relaxing on the front porch

My friend relaxing on the front porch

Overall Impression

If you are installing insulation, fitting a pipe, running cable, or digging out a foundation, this is the phone you’d want to carry to the job site. While the Glory G1S is a little thicker and heavier than its competitors, it is tough enough to handle being banged around, covered in dust, or dunked in water.

The Glory G1S covers the basics well. It is G5 capable and includes features such as Bluetooth, GPS, and NFC. This smartphone is fitted with a fingerprint sensor and a laser pointer.

Those interested in photography will be impressed by a camera system that includes the ability to take photographs underwater or in the dead of night. The AGM Glory G1S Smartphone is strongly recommended.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2022 Walter Shillington

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