Star N8000, SIM free, £94 delivered @ Amazon

Star N8000, SIM free, £94 delivered @ AmazonGet this Star N8000 deal @ Amazon

If you’re on the lookout for a cheap-as-chips Samsung Galaxy Note clone, you’ve come to the right place, broski. Amazon seller Meilyhouse is offering the Star N8000 for £93.80 (order fulfilled by Amazon).

Star N8000 specs include a 5in display, 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), and 5MP rear camera.

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matt101101 / MOD  May. 8, 2013 at 13:45

So it's a 2010 HTC Desire wrapped up in a case which looks vaguely like the original Galaxy Note and is probably of the same quality as an average black bin bag? Great, I'm sure everyone will be using these by this time next week...

cicobuff  May. 8, 2013 at 14:20

There are some very good quality quad core Mediatek based chinese phones coming out, the UMI XII and the Jiayu G4 .

matt101101 / MOD  May. 8, 2013 at 14:31

There are some very good quality quad core Mediatek based chinese phones coming out, the UMI XII and the Jiayu G4 .
Of which this doesn't appear to be one of them.

cicobuff  May. 8, 2013 at 14:34

There are some very good quality quad core Mediatek based chinese phones coming out, the UMI XII and the Jiayu G4 .
Of which this doesn't appear to be one of them.


True, I am aware of that..just commenting that there are some actual good chinese android phones out there.

matt101101 / MOD  May. 8, 2013 at 14:58

There are some very good quality quad core Mediatek based chinese phones coming out, the UMI XII and the Jiayu G4 .
Of which this doesn't appear to be one of them.


True, I am aware of that..just commenting that there are some actual good chinese android phones out there.

No doubt, but cheap crap like this is what gives Chinese phones a bad name, unfortunately.

cicobuff  May. 8, 2013 at 15:23


No doubt, but cheap crap like this is what gives Chinese phones a bad name, unfortunately.


Rubbish...Huawei, ZTE, Lenovo all have muscled into the mobile telecommunications market effectively, and other chinese brands that are interested in doing the same are gaining market share.

There are cheap crap and good phones regardless of manufacturer...economics. Unfortunately this example here is nowhere near a "clone" of a Note to have been compared to it in the title.

The Jiayu G4 is comparable to the Samsung Galaxy S3, and the Premium version of the UMI XII comparable to the Galaxy S4...both phones are less than half the price of each of those whilst still having high build specs with gorilla glass faced digitisers. Worthy of anyones consideration.

CTPAHHIK  May. 8, 2013 at 16:42

Good points.
I have looked at quite a few of them when looking for new phone. They are readily available from private stores outside of core EU countries. They look quite similar to originals and it's quite difficult to tell whether it's genuine or not. First thing I noticed was lag that is not present on original Samsung phones further worsened by lack of software features and lame S-Pen (closer examination). This was a $340 model I was looking at. $250 clone was clearly a fake and I didn't bother at all with it.

I don't believe that there is acceptable clone available for less than $300, which puts it around half price of original.
Would you be willing to get a device with no warranty, update or support @ 50% price cut?

I got Xperia XL in the end.

cicobuff  May. 8, 2013 at 18:35

@CTPAHHIK

I think it depends what you are looking at, there are those that claim to "clone" and others that may take some stylings of the likes of Samsung, HTC, Apple etc but have their own identity.

Check out the Jiayu G4 Advanced available at Pandawill.com for $248...with courier shipping it comes in at around $275, £176 and very comparable spec-wise to the Galaxy S3.

Also the upcoming UMI XII, a full 1080P 5" screen with 2GB RAM and quad core processor comparable to the Galaxy S4 for $320.

You do get warranties (admittedly would be a pain in the butt to get it sorted), and updates and support from these companies, there is a video on Youtube of Jiayu and there current expansion to drive their phones into the Indian marketplace.

Also a lot of these phones have support in custom roms, the Jiayu G3 was well supported and a well built phone, interest in the Jiayu G4 is very high.

Jiayu, UMI, Zopo and Newman particularly are respectable companies trying to muscle in on the telecommunications marketplace that are already seeing the likes of Huawei, ZTE, Lenovo (already popular in the Computing industry) and Oppo (already popular in the A/V industry) gain ground, especially Huawei and ZTE gaining popularity in europe.

shuwaz  May. 8, 2013 at 18:59

In December 2012 I bought the Star W007 (iPhone clone) from DracoTek via Amazon. Cost me £99 including delivery. It was a temporary phone as I had then sold my contract phone and it had the dual sim feature.

The phone literally started to fall apart within month one. I dropped in and the back cover cracked in about three different places. The next month, another drop and the back cover looked like some sort of pop art feature that you would pay good money for.

Finally in month three one of the three battery pin connectors fell off. There was no way of powering the phone on, not even via cable to PC. No shop would touch it and CFW just laughed in my face with that 'serves you right, you get what you paid for' look on their faces.

Amazon weren't interested but DracoTec advised that if I sent it back they would replace it and refund my postage money.

I sent it back last week (£6, via Royal Mail - five working day delivery, trackable only inside the UK). I got a response from DracoTec saying email a scan of the postage receipt and they would send a phone straight out. But since my reply with their scanned receipt attached I've heard nothing.

Regardless, the point is these are a cheap toy for someone who has plenty of money to play with (and by cheap I mean both cost and quality).

Okay Android ran fine, it was poor on memory performance and the provided 8GB micro SD card (that turned out to be 256MB) was a joke. But most importantly, these phones have virtually zero resale value. I reckon I will get about £40 for mine - if I ever get the replacement and can sell it on eBay!

If you're interested in knowing how much I do get for the replacement phone (brand new of course) then let me know and I'll report back on this page once it is sold. Of course this is hugely dependant on whether I actually get a replacement phone from DracoTec!

cicobuff  May. 8, 2013 at 19:10

Simply don't buy cheap crap Chinese Phones, buy from branded Chinese companies.

Stress test on the UMI XII

CTPAHHIK  May. 9, 2013 at 08:40

I'm using http://www.chinasmartphonereview.com/ to keep track of them.

I was looking at Hero H7500+, Zopo ZP810 and Butterfly's. I was able to find something that looks like all three. With bad English of sales people it wasn't clear if phones they had were actual phones or something else, but they did look like pictures on review site and had legitimate (at least to me) branding. I wasn't impressed with anything that I saw.

Biggest and best selection I stumbled upon was NY Chinatown with phones that I couldn't identify. Everything in $300-$400 range looked very solid and would be worthwhile spending time for a closer look and actually paying for it. Unfortunately, I already had Xperia XL on me and didn't come prepared as I wasn't looking for a phone anymore.

From my experience I don't believe anything posted on YouTube, nor I would buy from panda or any other website. I would actually need to hold a phone in my hand to make a decision due to so many different quality standards coming from China.

I think shuwaz's experience is a corner case. I'm sure he wouldn't buy if he would see actual phone beforehand. Nevertheless, it's a viable possibility that will screw a lot of buyers and keep off potential customers.

As I’ve experienced personally, there are cheap clone phones and there are quality alternatives. All of them look the same online and there is no way to tell which one you are getting. Until there is a respectable website standing behind their merchandise I cannot recommend buying Chinese made clone online.

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