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I want to buy a Chinese branded phone

The chase for buying my wife a phone has stepped up a little. I'm considering giving it a go with these Chinese branded phones, you know the ones with decent specs and dual sim (although we don't require dual sim capability)

So what are the websites, I can only think of dealExtrme but I'm sure there must be some UK based ones?

Most Useful Answer JanSt  Jul. 17, 2014 at 06:42

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JanSt / MOD  Jul. 17, 2014 at 06:42

I pinned your post to the frontpage where more people
notice it. A regular here - AhmadCentral - knows a lot about
about Chinese imports....

compo31  Jul. 17, 2014 at 08:46

This tmart is good I have used them a few times delivery is China/hong Kong but great service.


http://m.tmart.com/Doogee550-DG550-5.5-Android-4.4-Octa-core-1-16GB-Smartphone-EU-Standard-Black_p257293.html

Great deal on the link above :)

Hammex  Jul. 17, 2014 at 09:42

I've found the GPS on Chinese phones is very poor.

matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 17, 2014 at 09:56

I've found the GPS on Chinese phones is very poor.
I've not heard that before, but they do tend to use different (read: cheaper) SoCs to those on western phones, so it doesn't surprise me that it's a problem which only Chinese phones suffer from.

Hammex  Jul. 17, 2014 at 09:59

Its the mobiles with the MTK processors that seem to have the problem. I bought the Cubot GT99 and the GPS almost didn't work at all. So I sold it as finding the way is the main reason I have a smart phone.

Hammex  Jul. 17, 2014 at 10:02

shuwaz  Jul. 17, 2014 at 11:40

Meizu mx2 or mx3.

Very good reviews.

compo31  Jul. 17, 2014 at 13:36

I've got a cubit one and I use TomTom all the time I've bwvwr had a problem to be honest. Lucky dip I guess.

compo31  Jul. 17, 2014 at 13:37

bwvwr should read never :)

AhmadCentral  Jul. 17, 2014 at 17:28

Hi Loofer.

There are various websites you can buy Chinese branded phones from.

If you want a UK site then you can go for the standard Amazon and Ebay sites which ship direct from the UK but these prices are usually inflated. TMart is also a good one as mentioned above but I wouldn't recommend them for quality phones.

Dealextreme is popular and is quite a good site shipping can be slow though.
AliExpress is also another good site which ships from China and has a good payment system where payment is held from the seller until you receive the item.
Etotalk is another good website and probably the easiest to use as they provide a custom ROM and rooting service + send the phone set up for english users. It's fairly cheap and they usually have good deals on.
There are other sites as well.

Is there a particular phone you were looking for or a price you have in mind?

Also do you want a 4G phone as there are now a lot of 4G phones starting to be released onto the market over in China that will work on the Three or EE network in the UK.

spruceyb  Jul. 17, 2014 at 22:41

Geekbuying.com is probably the best china site I've ever used.

Downside of china phones is the warranty. Usually around £25 to send a faulty device back to china, most sellers will charge for return shipping too after say 6 Months, so around £40 to get a device fixed.

A Moto G+ is probably the best option if dual sim isn't important.

Although here's a couple of nice phones around at the moment
Doogee PIXELS DG350
Coolpad F1 8297W
Elephone P2000
TCL S830U
Oneplus One

loofer  Jul. 18, 2014 at 00:57

Hi Loofer.

There are various websites you can buy Chinese branded phones from.

If you want a UK site then you can go for the standard Amazon and Ebay sites which ship direct from the UK but these prices are usually inflated. TMart is also a good one as mentioned above but I wouldn't recommend them for quality phones.

Dealextreme is popular and is quite a good site shipping can be slow though.
AliExpress is also another good site which ships from China and has a good payment system where payment is held from the seller until you receive the item.
Etotalk is another good website and probably the easiest to use as they provide a custom ROM and rooting service + send the phone set up for english users. It's fairly cheap and they usually have good deals on.
There are other sites as well.

Is there a particular phone you were looking for or a price you have in mind?

Also do you want a 4G phone as there are now a lot of 4G phones starting to be released onto the market over in China that will work on the Three or EE network in the UK.

Thanks, I'm budgeting around the £70 mark. 3G should be sufficient.

Not overly interested in the 5" range, especially if they're going to have poor resolution. 4"-4.7" should be fine. Not expecting to get a quad core but a dual core should be within that range.

Would like decent front/rear camera.

There's just too many sites to chose from but I'll have a look at all the ones mentioned by everybody on this thread.

Thanks to everybody for all suggestions of websites and phone models.

spruceyb  Jul. 19, 2014 at 23:34

AhmadCentral  Jul. 20, 2014 at 09:25

Umi X1 pro is a good phone.

Good brand as well.

CTPAHHIK  Jul. 22, 2014 at 08:34

I had bad experience with Chinese phones due to bad software support and some hardware incompatibility.
If you don't want extra headache go with Moto G - it's only downside is bad camera.

loofer  Jul. 29, 2014 at 14:25

Checked out the Umi X1, Tronsmart TS7 and Doogee Velencia DG800.
Got a few questions...
a) what 3G frequencies should I be looking for? Currently use O2 but would prefer unlocked/unlockable to all. Most show 850mhz/2100mhz
b) camera specs seem very high res, even the front facing ones. What's the crack here?
c)Are they all Stock Android?

I'm guessing Battery power must suck at just 2000-2200mAH

spruceyb  Jul. 29, 2014 at 15:23

2100MHz is the one everyone uses. If you're on o2 one with 900/2100MHz would give you slightly better indoor signal as o2 do have some 3G over 900MHz band.

Cameras usually are quite good but if the number seems ridiculous then it probably isn't true and is down to interpolation.
If t says 13MP then the sensor is usually 8MP but the MediaTek chipsets have hardware interpolation where it uses some advanced algorithms to output a high resolution image.

Most are stock Android, although very few companies like to throw on some TouchWiz looking UI but you can tell which people are doing that based on the screenshots.

2000mAh battery, should be okay, depends on display mostly as that's what uses most power in a phone, MediaTek is quite power efficient chip though.

loofer  Jul. 29, 2014 at 16:49

2100MHz is the one everyone uses. If you're on o2 one with 900/2100MHz would give you slightly better indoor signal as o2 do have some 3G over 900MHz band.

Cameras usually are quite good but if the number seems ridiculous then it probably isn't true and is down to interpolation.
If t says 13MP then the sensor is usually 8MP but the MediaTek chipsets have hardware interpolation where it uses some advanced algorithms to output a high resolution image.

Most are stock Android, although very few companies like to throw on some TouchWiz looking UI but you can tell which people are doing that based on the screenshots.

2000mAh battery, should be okay, depends on display mostly as that's what uses most power in a phone, MediaTek is quite power efficient chip though.

Thanks,

I'm ready to take the plunge now. Just not sure which one.
In that £60-£70 range the phones are just so similar in spec, will have to do my own own comparison table in Excel to decide.

AhmadCentral  Jul. 29, 2014 at 17:06

I'd say UMI is better in terms of quality.

AhmadCentral  Jul. 29, 2014 at 17:09

spruceyb  Jul. 29, 2014 at 21:12

maheshkumarg3  Jul. 30, 2014 at 12:31

without any thought go for MI3. this phone is really good. am using it. It got all the high end features and yes even the quality is very good.

CTPAHHIK  Jul. 30, 2014 at 15:34

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 30, 2014 at 15:50

Excellent phone should you prefer MSS to NSA.
http://blog.gsmarena.com/xiaomi-secretly-sending-info-chinese-servers/


I'd rather 'our' enemy spies on me than our so-called ally.... China all the way FTW! :p

loofer  Jul. 30, 2014 at 17:34

without any thought go for MI3. this phone is really good. am using it. It got all the high end features and yes even the quality is very good.
MI3?

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