**** The Official Chinese Phones Thread ****

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Saw my mates elephone last weekend. I'd never heard of them before but he couldn't praise it enough. I didn't realise they were so high specced for the price.

I'll have to keep a look out for these in the future.
 
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What are your thoughts on this so far? I'm currently using my S5 which is battered so looking to get a cheaper phone to last me till early next year until my contract is up and the Zenfone 2 caught my attention.

The phone is good so far, loading apps/map+gps/webpage fast and pick up wifi/mobile signal quickly.

Sound quality is average compare to my old phone M7.

The big draw back is the low screen brightness, not very good under the sun even at max.
 
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My cheapy Imak Air II transparent case arrived today. Fits really well, looks nice and hopefully won't be too scratch prone. Good protection on side and corners and raises the screen ~1mm off any surface that you put it face-down on. Top and bottom protection is a little lacking however (corners only).
 
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Worth a pop chap. Especially at the price they go for. Just be warned.. The elephone phones have large black bezels/borders on their devices. Check a few youtube vids before committing :p
 
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I want to order the Elephone P7000 from GearBest. http://www.gearbest.com/cell-phones/pp_147582.html

What is shipping like to the UK? I'm reading they send it via the Netherlands, so there is no customs charge?

thanks.

I ordered my K3 Note from them, using PostNL(sf). Took 2 weeks with decent tracking once it had left China. I didn't have to pay any customs charges although no guarantees I guess.
 
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Ordered my ecoo from gear best too. Still hasn't arrived yet. Hopefully it'll be here Tuesday or Wednesday. Post from China takes ages :p
 
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OK, looking good so far... rooted, most of the crap removed, 45k in antutu and standing in the driveway GPS Status is getting a fix in a couple of seconds, 9/10 sats and accuracy of 2-16m (average about 6), for comparison my Xperia T takes about 4 seconds for a fix, 11/21 sats and accuracy of 3-12m (average 4-6). Haven't tried to nav anywhere yet though...

My T already seems comically small, haha.

Now just to hope for some CM loving.

Downsides so far... the main buttons don't light up (come on!) and I'd much rather a 'recents' button than a settings one, although long-press on the home button brings up the recent apps list.



Can you trust me the steps you went through to root and which apps removed please? I'm considering this phone but have read the software contains virus/spyware :confused:


Many thanks
 
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Can you trust me the steps you went through to root and which apps removed please? I'm considering this phone but have read the software contains virus/spyware :confused:


Many thanks

It was pretty straight forward, although I wasn't terribly organised in the way I went about it.

Root guide here - http://gadgetunlocker.com/how-to-root-lenovo-k3-note-k50-t5/

Then installed ESET anti virus and Jumobile system app remover and uninstalled anything that ESET flagged after doing a full scan, and anything else that looked like bloatware and basically anything that had Chinese characters in the name. Then installed a new launcher, dialer, etc etc but those are obviously personal choice.

There are still one or two system apps that I'm not 100 percent sure what they do, but ESET isn't finding anything to complain about and I'll look at them more closely when I can be bothered.
 
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It was pretty straight forward, although I wasn't terribly organised in the way I went about it.

Root guide here - http://gadgetunlocker.com/how-to-root-lenovo-k3-note-k50-t5/

Then installed ESET anti virus and Jumobile system app remover and uninstalled anything that ESET flagged after doing a full scan, and anything else that looked like bloatware and basically anything that had Chinese characters in the name. Then installed a new launcher, dialer, etc etc but those are obviously personal choice.

There are still one or two system apps that I'm not 100 percent sure what they do, but ESET isn't finding anything to complain about and I'll look at them more closely when I can be bothered.




Thank you - that's brilliant. At least this will be a start for me. Am almost certain to get this device as it seems like excellent tech for the money.
 
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Worth a pop chap. Especially at the price they go for. Just be warned.. The elephone phones have large black bezels/borders on their devices. Check a few youtube vids before committing :p

Thanks for the info, probably going to have a look into it more in the next month or so.
 
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This has just been added to gearbest. Looks interesting! I don't think the screen has one of those awful black borders.

http://www.gearbest.com/cell-phones/pp_188824.html

http://www.kimovil.com/en/where-to-buy-mijue-t500

Brief summary of specs.

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If you use the code 4GPHONES, you get $20 off.
(it's not released til early next month though)
 
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Took eleven days to get here but it's finally here.

Not a bad piece of kit at all. The screen is fantastic. The build quality isn't bad either! Wireless and 3g / 4g work great. Not too sure how the battery will last as I haven't had chance to test it properly yet. Overall so far impressed!

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http://imgur.com/YybdiPM.jpg
 
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Ugh, I ordered a Moto G on Tuesday (still hasn't arrived) for £95 and then I see this thread. I regret my purchase, even though I haven't even tried it yet!
 
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Took eleven days to get here but it's finally here.

Not a bad piece of kit at all. The screen is fantastic. The build quality isn't bad either! Wireless and 3g / 4g work great. Not too sure how the battery will last as I haven't had chance to test it properly yet. Overall so far impressed!
looks good,whats you think of the camera? I think its actually 13mp but they claim 16mp
 
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It's okay! It's nothing special but it does the job! :p I can't believe how good the screen is for the price. Very crisp. And good colors. No Chinese apps or anything on it either. Just gonna run antutu. See how it goes.

Antutu reckons it's a 16mp
 
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