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post #1 of 19
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Looking at my Galaxy Note but would like something bigger honestly.

Looking online I've found that you can now get some pretty nice Chinese phones now. Looking at the GooPhone i9 that has a 5.7" 720p IPS screens, quad-core A9 processor, SGX544MP GPU, 1GB RAM, Android 4.2, and more...all for $200. $200 freakin dollars.

I can sell my Note for more than that. Really thinking about it...

Has anyone used any Chinese phones? How is the quality?

Link for anyone interested:

http://android-sale.com/goophone-i9.html
post #2 of 19
Well, I just bought myself a cheap chinese android, and for the money, it hasn't been bad. I too got a 720p screen (4.5") , but it was only a dual core, and an SGX531, with 1GB ram and 4GB ROM (split into 2x2GB) Full specs HERE

Over all it's been fine, its a little weak on the graphics side due to the weaker SGX531, but perfectly fine for my needs. I can watch 720p video from my PC with it (which has turned into a bedtime routine! rolleyes.gif ) And It does all the usual stuff. Plus with it being dual sim, thats been a bonus (actually the reason I got it) The only issue i've had is the battery life is a little weak (mine has a 2000maH battery) and it can overheat and become "choppy" when playing back video, as it thermal throttles. But the camera, GPS, and all the normal calling/texting has been fine. One other issue was I couldn't store apps on the SDcard - the SDcard showed as an ext SD which you couldn't save apps on to, but I've managed to circumvent that by rooting the phone, and modifying a config file, so with some research, it can be done. Otherwise I was limited to storing apps on the internal memory (about 800MB free) and the internal SD (1.96GB) Still, without rooting, songs and films could be stored/played back from the ext SD card.

If you buy one, just watch for the parts where they scrimp and save - check the camera quality, check it has all the sensors (mine doesn't have a compass), check it has wifi, and check the GPRS/3G/4G/LTE on the phone - you HAVE to make sure its compatible with your local networks. But with a bit of research, you could get a half decent phone for less than the main brands.

PROS

Dual sim
Not locked to a carrier
Price

CONS

Relatively short battery life with everything turned on (but it came with TWO batteries!), but this can be extended with careful management of Wifi/GPS/bluetooth/data.
Prone to overheating when watching long videos/playing CPU/GPU-intensive games
Long delivery time - it took a couple of weeks to get here (UK)
Accessories can be difficult to find

Thats my 2p's worth smile.gif
post #3 of 19
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Originally Posted by AndroidVageta View Post

Looking at my Galaxy Note but would like something bigger honestly.

Looking online I've found that you can now get some pretty nice Chinese phones now. Looking at the GooPhone i9 that has a 5.7" 720p IPS screens, quad-core A9 processor, SGX544MP GPU, 1GB RAM, Android 4.2, and more...all for $200. $200 freakin dollars.

I can sell my Note for more than that. Really thinking about it...

Has anyone used any Chinese phones? How is the quality?

Link for anyone interested:

http://android-sale.com/goophone-i9.html

bigger than the note?
I haven't owned any Chinese phones, but if you want big go for a 7 inch tablet and use voip, skype, etc.
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post #4 of 19
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Very good write up there.

I know the GooPhone I linked has like a 3500mAh battery, so I don't see me having any battey life issues there.

As far as the network bands used that's an interesting question. The GooPhone, according to the site link, supports "Network Band: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz + WCDMA 850/2100MHz". I'm using Straight Talk and according to their website they say they use 850 and 1900...so I'm guessing I shouldn't have any issues with that.

Sensors is a good point as well. Website says "G-sensor" which I'm guessing means the accelerometer but makes no mention of a gyroscope which I wouldn't mind having. All other sensors really don't matter to me as a compass is something I never use, light sensor doesn't matter (I always run 100% brightness), etc.

So it would seem that, barring build quality, it looks like I might be getting a GooPhone! thumb.gif

Edit:

Seems this site here says it has "Gravity, Proximity, Light, Gyroscope" sensors. What "gravity" is I have no idea (accelerometer?).

Another thing I wouldn't mind getting answered is that it says "2G Network GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900" and "3G WCDMA 2100 MHZ"...makes no mention of HSDPA...so does this mean that 3G may not be supported if I use my StraightTalk SIM card?

Edit (again):

The site I linked in my first post says "Data Technology: EDGE, GPRS (HSDPA 7.2Mbps, HSUPA 5.76Mbps; EDGE; GPRS)" so I'm guessing GPRS includes HSDPA? Just curious...I'm guessing if the the phone supports 850 and 1900 and that's what StraightTalk uses that I should be good then. Right...?

Derailing my own thread, but as much as I know about Android phones and their hardware I know pretty much jack squat when it comes to actual mobile network stuff.
Edited by AndroidVageta - 4/1/13 at 2:37am
post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by Eggs and bacon View Post

bigger than the note?
I haven't owned any Chinese phones, but if you want big go for a 7 inch tablet and use voip, skype, etc.

Nah bro haha...5.7 inch would be a nice little boost from the Note but 7 inch is just way too big. I would like to keep it somewhat phone sized and pocketable...
post #6 of 19
Well I think with the bands, you are good to go, as for GPRS/3G I couldn't tell you - I'm not too experienced in the mobile front, and I haven't had 3G work on my phone yet, but it suspect that's because my sim cards don't have it enabled. (I had them from way before these things were available, I like keeping my old numbers!) I'm sure the gravity sensor will be the accelerometer - but your best double checking this online, again its new terminology/technology to me (to put you in the picture, my last phone was an ancient Treo 600). The GooPhone does look good, but still do your research, get reviews, look on YouTube (theres lots of product unboxing videos that'll give you an idea), and find specs for all the parts in the phone. That way your making an informed choice of if it'll fit your needs. I would try to get all the hardware features you can, because even if you think you'll not use them, you'd be surprised how some apps can have you thinking "Damn! I wish my phone had A/B/C" smile.gif Trust me, I know! (that how I know about my phones lack of compass!) smile.gif
post #7 of 19
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Hahaha I guess I should have been more clear...it's not so much I don't use different sensors it's more along the lines of I don't use many apps.

I think that besides a couple games and some completely sensor free apps I mainly just use my phone for phone things (calls and texting) and browing the web, Skype, YouTube, etc.
post #8 of 19
smile.gif Well You have a better idea of your needs than I do, so if you know what the phone has meets with your requirements, then run with it.
In my case it was my first android phone, and I was like "OOOO look al all these shiny new toys" I was downloading apps galore! lol! My main uses have evolved into phone,text, web surfing, watch videos, YouTube, music, a couple of games, eReader, Wifi analysis, torch (lol), remote control of my PC (including switching off from bed after watching video, and remotely turning on, so its booted for me getting out of bed! Yup, I'm a lazy cow!), GPS if I'm in unfamiliar territory, +more! I'm having huge fun exploring the types of apps you can get, and learning more about android every day. I think it'll have a side bonus of helping me learn Linux too, as I'm planning to run Linux Mint on an old PC I'm building up for learning purposes. smile.gif
post #9 of 19


Theres mine, different model to the one your looking at though (funny note it works with a proper iPhone dock).

It's been working fine as my secondary phone for over a year, my wife got it for me in China, when visiting her family, for basically pocket change.

Generally speaking these cheap Chinese phones work and do what they say on the tin but don't go in blind there are some givens that apply to most of them. These are

1 - Cr@p batteries, they normally come with 2 batteries as they know the batteries are pretty poor.

2 - Poor touch screens, compared to pricier phones the screen will seem a bit unresponsive.

3 - Bad Camera's, they rarely have the megapixels they claim

4 - Build quality, while its not bad do not expect the solid feeling construction of something pricier these things are built for peanuts and designed to be sold very cheaply to very poor people.

5 - Advertising, don't expect it to have all the features it claims or if it has them all don't expect them to all work perfectly, to find out what the phone does compared to what it claims it does you need to find an owner of the exact model and ask.
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post #10 of 19
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Good points there...but the phone I'm looking at is a GooPhone which I know to be a high-end brand in China...looks like your phone (no offence) is just some generic cheap iPhone knockoff.

Some of the reviews online (YouTube) seems to suggest that the i9 is a pretty good quality phone. Of course I have those things you pointed out to factor in.

Battery I'm not too worried about. I haven't read anything bad about the batteries GooPhone uses. Touch screen in the reviews looks good. Some game play action and normal use, don't see any lag or loss of touch response. Camera I have no idea about. I do admit that I hardly ever use my camera now though. I have to admit that the fact that they say it has a 8MP camera (and not something crazy like 22MP or something) and I'm sure it would be plenty good enough for the few times I do use it. As with the battery though I haven't found anything about GooPhone's having bad cameras. Build quality I'm sure is fine. It's all plastic, my Note is all plastic...so I doubt the difference will be night and day. Advertising is understandable...GooPhone, in my opinion, is too big to try and pull that on people.
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