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I've been visiting dealextreme.com and found some pretty good-looking Android phones for cheap. The problem is, well, these are chinese no-name phones.

Their specs seem to be pretty good. I won't lie. But to be honest, they seem too good to be true.

What I'd like to know is: Are they any good?

Look at the N6300 MTK6589 and the JIAYU JY-G3 MTK6589T in dx.com, for example. Their price tag is pretty low, and the phone look great on paper. But the thing is: Will they last, or fail quickly?

Also, I found a good deal on a used Sony Xperia Go on Latin America's eBay equivalent (MercadoLibre). For about $160USD.

Which phone should I pick and why? What opinion do you have about chinese Android phones? Would you trust these phones for your daily use? Would YOU buy one of those? Or should I just buy the used Xperia Go?

I live in Mexico, so getting a smartphone for $199 + contract is pretty much impossible here. They still cost an arm and a leg even under plan.
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I saw a Meizu that was really good. I think it was the MX 2. Held it IRL once and it felt so solid. If you don't mind owning a big brand, I don't see why not cheaper + unique.
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I've heard bad things about such phones, though. That's why I don't feel fully convinced to buy one.
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I don't have experience with such android devices but I have had a few bad and mediocre android devices in my time and there is almost nothing more frustrating.
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Performance should be pretty good. The chipsets used nowadays are a whole lot faster compared to the ones on older clones. Battery life tend to be pretty poor, though. Seems like that's the area Chinese manufacturers tend to skimp on most. Warranty support is another thing you won't be able to expect from Android devices imported directly from China. More likely than not, it'll be cheaper to just buy a new device than pay for international shipping in case the device breaks. Chances are the device will last (at least past the normal 1 year warranty and likely longer). You're just kinda screwed if it doesn't.
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