This is MY experience on my F1 Play. Ymmv.
I picked up the Umidigi F1 Play on Amazon prime days. All in, $240 CAD... Killer deal.
So far this thing is very impressive. Almost no bloatware, stock Android. I threw Nova launcher on it and have it set exactly how I like. The camera app got updated as soon as I had a wifi connection and it made a BIG difference. It's quite good in daytime shots but fairly weak in any kind of low light, even with night mode. Reasonable, but a fair amount of noise. Possibly could be improved with another app.
That's my only complaint at all. The phone is wicked fast for me. My usage pattern is social media, email, books, YouTube, web surfing. I would not say I am a 'power' user. I use the phone a lot but no gaming.
My wifi and cellular (Rogers) connectivity seem good/fine. I was using Spotify on cellular no problem. Speedtest shows my F1 being about 90 percent as fast as my old nexus 6P. Cellular was about the same.
I connected one BT speaker up so far without issue.
Battery life for me is insane (good) so far. Easily 10 hours of SOT.
Memory management seem OK as well. The 'Play' version has 6GB, which is what drew me to this version. I was surprised at one point how many apps I had open (a dozen or more) and there were no slowdowns on the phone. My nexus 6p would seem to be impacted around a half dozen and I had to do some of my own app management.
It comes with a screen protector already installed, so another $20 I didn't have to spend. It came with a nice but basic case, which is good as aftermarket cases seem hard to find.
The LCD display looks good, brightness and colors look good to me.
For context, I have had the phone for 3 days, so new device shine is in full force.
jharrison1185, 17 Jul 2019No doubt. I was seriously considering a Xiomi Redmi Note 7. Then I noticed there was no 700 LT... moreXiaomi just unlock LTE 700 on your Redmi Note models, increase battery size and I promise whether or not you ever do a US launch, your phones will find there way to the U.S. market. We are sick of overpriced pgonesc
phones and contracts!
Anonymous, 27 May 2019Please show me a Xioami with similar specs at a comparable price. Battery? Number of radio fre... moreNo doubt. I was seriously considering a Xiomi Redmi Note 7. Then I noticed there was no 700 LTE band on the global model. Using AT&T (cricket) that is a no go. I don't necessarily need 700 where I live, but would if I traveled. Sorry Xiaomi but you need LTE 700 to sell in the US as that is a HUGE LTE band for AT&T one of the 2 largest GSM carriers in the US.
nick, 24 Jan 2019Can anyone tell us about the sar value of this phone ? Is there an official certificate ?The F1's 179-page FCC SAR Report is included in a zip file on the Umidigi downloads page, in the Product Certifications section...
You can also download the F1 User Manual from that downloads page, as well as system software ROM files and the flash tool.
Umidigi's official Facebook page provides contact info, including a phone number...
They're also on Twitter...
The "My Device" app reports a remarkable number of sensors in the F1: Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Orientation, Gyroscope, Light, Proximity, Gravity, LinearAccel, Rotation_Vector, Uncali_Mag, Game_Rotation_Vector, Uncali_Gyro, Significant_Motion, Step_Detector, Step_Counter, Geomagnetic_Rotation_Vector, Tilt_Detector, Wake_Gesture, Glance_Gesture, Device_Orientation, Stationary_Detect, Motion_Detect, Uncali_Acc, In_Pocket, Flat, Gyro_Temperature, and Step_Detector_WakeUp.
Note that the F1 does have an FM Radio, supports dual-band 802.11ac wifi (even for its Hotspot), and Wi-Fi Calling.
The microSD card occupies the SIM1 slot, leaving the SIM2 slot available for your nano-SIM.
Veiran, 14 Feb 2019Kind of weird, but I noticed this phone doesn't have Wifi 802.11ac listed. Is this an oversigh... moreThe Umidigi F1 supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz wi-fi (802.11ac), and can also provide a dual-band Hotspot.
Hi does anyone have problems with Google pay. The NFC works ok with my headphones.
All the NFC seting for Google pay are on, but it doesn't work when trying to pay with Google pay.
Nice specs, but, along with the F1, has the terrible memory management bug that renders it almost unusable.
Despite what some people say we all have this issue and they've never addressed it. Some folk may not notice not but it's driving me mad!
The issue is that there's a memory leak that results in apps in the background being killed prematurely, even though there's several GB free. So when you go to recents (the scrolling page with screenshots of all your running apps) and tap on one, instead of it instantly resuming from RAM it'll reload from scratch.
Means that it's useless having 4GB or 6GB as the phone behaves as if it has 2GB or less (chucking apps out of memory as it thinks it doesn't have enough). A reboot briefly fixes it but it's back once you open and switch between apps a few times.
The battery life is amazing however, I regularly get 4 days or more, and I've never been able to drain the battery fully in a day with 9+ hours screen on time and heavy use.
Big mike, 23 Jun 2019It’s good looking phone . Bad reception with T-Mobile. Dropping call 2 out of 10 calls. Came... moreThat's nothing to do with the phone. That's your network. I have the same phone and have not had one dropped call. Only have it five days. Had six or seven calls and it's perfect. Call up your provider.
It’s good looking phone .
Bad reception with T-Mobile. Dropping call 2 out of 10 calls.
Camera seems below average. Customer service non exist .no any updates to fix problem.
Tzar, 17 May 2019Does this phone have a feature where you can block unknown calls?Your question is "Does Android 9 have a feature to block unknown numbers?"
I dunno but probably!
I got this phone on a Monday. The battery was already at 95%. I still had not charged it on Saturday afternoon. Reception is not quite as good as my wifes LG V35. But at $169 on Amazon it is absolutely the best value I have ever had in a cell phone. I have Cricket wireless in the USA which it works fine with. My rating is 5 stars!
Bought this phone through GearBest. I'm finding that apps (including the settings) keep "stopping" and the phone just shuts down whenever it likes. Thinking this is a fault with this phone only? Had an Umi Super prior and it is much better that this poc.
jakkub6, 11 Jun 2019I bought an F1 Play. The battery life is great. I get good connection to the internet. However... moreI use my F1 play with T-Mobile. I think Metro PCS may use T-Mobile towers. T-Mobile gives me service in Taiwan, Spain, and I am sure many other countries. I love my F1 play so far. I have used it in Taiwan, Spain, and the US with no problems. The internet is faster than my old phone. The battery lasts about two days which is good for today's smart phones. Apps open quickly and updates and installs are quick and easy. Much better than my old phone.
Got a F1 Play. Garbage phone, garbage company. weak sound, terrible battery drain. The phone died in 3 weeks, useless piece of plastic I spent $300 CAD on. There is no help from the company, no answer from the seller (Official Umidigi Store on AliExpress). Stay away from these crooks they are out there only to make a quick buck and dont give a toss about troubles they are getting you into. Go spend your money on something more trustworthy and do not endorse those scammers.