Chinese phone fans ! What are we missing out on?

Ive been reading about Chinese smartphones and it seems there are some that aren't coming out over here. Are there any really good ones that we're missing out on, or that would be worth importing maybe? Or is it best to stick with what's released over here?

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JanSt / MOD  May. 15, 2013 at 21:03

AhmadCentral will surely chime in here - he knows a lot about Chinese mobile phones.

A problem I see is warranty/repairs... That aside. I'm not into Android all that much, so I'm not paying much attention.

matt101101 / MOD  May. 15, 2013 at 21:14

Unless: you're totally strapped for cash, don't fancy having any warranty support (in the real world), like your phone being worth about 45p when you come to sell it, love waiting ages for your phone to arrive and think that holding/seeing a phone in the flesh before purchasing it is a total waste of time, I don't see why anyone would buy a phone which is only sold in the far east.

AhmadCentral  May. 16, 2013 at 02:23

Jan and Matt make good points.

Chinese phones can be split up into two major groups, Dual sim devices and Single sim devices.

In China/Taiwan a lot of single sim devices are produced by big worldwide companies like ZTE, Huawei, HTC etc... These ones usually make it over to the UK and are sold here and receive great product support, warranty, and value for money. So there is no point importing these phones when you can buy them in the UK. Also in this group you have premium domestic manufacturers like Meizu or Xiaomi, these companies make similar high end single sim devices to the above manufacturers. However these companies sell in China only and so if you import you won't get a warranty or any support in the UK. They're great phones but why would you take the risk importing when you can get a similar spec phone from Huawei/HTC in the UK for more or less the same price after tax/fees.

In the second group we have dual sim devices. These are made by a huge amount of companies like Huawei, HTC etc... and lots of domestic companies like Jiayu, UMI etc...

This is were Matt and Jan's comments come in. Dual sim phones are not very popular in the UK so no Chinese manufacturer sells their dual sim phones in the UK with warranty/support. Also a lot of domestic Chinese manufacturers use budget parts to keep the price of the unit down.

This can lead to some great phones for great prices, but like Matt mentioned there is no real reason to import it unless you want high end spec on a budget. To be honest i wouldn't even recommend it then. The only time i recommend importing dual sim phones is when you actually need the dual sim functionality. You cannot get better value for money dual sim phones than ones coming out of China. So if you need a dual sim phone then importing is the best way to get one. You don;t get a UK warranty or support but at the price you're paying you don't really need one. And if something does go wrong you do have a warranty in China so you can send it back there. Or if it's something small you can try fixing it yourself or getting a repair shop to have a look.

So to sum up, no point importing the expensive single sim phones from top end manufacturers. If you need a dual sim phone then China is your best choice and you should buy one from there. If you have no idea what i'm talking about or don;t need a dual sim phone then i wouldn't recommend importing. It's just not worth it and you can still get good phones in the UK that do the job at a good price.

CTPAHHIK  May. 16, 2013 at 10:49

There is good review from respectable site for Ainol ->

Ainol is readily available in UK as an import and comes with warranty support, but you need to ship it back.
Read entire review and then let us know would you buy Ainol or spend extra for Google Nexus? Whatever your choice will be, making a decision on Chinese smartphone should not be a any different.

AhmadCentral  May. 16, 2013 at 12:08

Ainol is readily available in UK as an import and comes with warranty support, but you need to ship it back.
Whatever your choice will be, making a decision on Chinese smartphone should not be a any different.

True, like i said above you can get great smartphones at low prices from China. and just to clarify every phone does come with a warranty but it does require you to send it back to China. So no UK support.

Despite this i still wouldn't recommend the average guy to go out and import one. Only if he is aware of the risks above/knows what they are getting then they can go for it. Also need to take into account that these Chinese phones are catered to the Chinese market so they will have to root the phone to delete any Chinese apps or whatever that come with the phone.

So yeh, they're great on price. But 99% of people would rather pay the extra for a UK product for obvious reasons.


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