Hmm... i dno how i feel about this...Yet.. I work in media and I needed a quick and dirty phone with decent spec to run afew medical apps and get some quick captures...I go through phones like tyres..
I did some research but for the price, the Doogee was the highest spec CPU and Ram combo especially here in Australia... These go for about 300 on Ebay... My previous throwaround was a Huawei LYO L02, quad 1.3ghz with 1gb ram. No issues aside from performance as to be expected, but theres soooo much rubbish due to google updates, that im left with about 350mb ram to play with even though i install everything on 32gb TF card.
Needless to say, it kills apps and resets them, so if im hafway through running a scan of numbers, or remotely controlling a camera through wifi, it pukes, then i have to start again or jsut prayi didnt lose a shot.. even instagram simply shuts down and restarts as the ram resets itself (on the huawei)
So i ordered this dodgy Doogee, and it took 36hours to get to me from hongkong via DHL (impresive) and cost me $190AUD (about $150US) for the 4gb model, thinking 4gb would be enough.. I cleaned out the bloatware of the garish theme and got rid of the seriously ridiculous rear vision mirror ornament pull down browser launcher thats like an old fashioned blind...completely pointless and wastes resources...
Anyways, Im left with a little over 3gb ram to play with. Still a little too much useage IMO considering NOTHING is actually running yet aside from OS and google. Ive stopped the apps that launch on startup.
So i "froze" afew services like Google Music and the default browser, which is Opera but theres no actual update or app info on this. "freezing" is a function that lets you quarantine an app before getting rid of it altogether, but still, not much change...
So much ram being used, I honestly dont know how anyhting under 1gb ram can run these days.. but thats a Google thing, not a phone thing, as my Huawei also bloated with google and system rubbish...
Apparently this Doogee flies when using Nova Launcher, so we'll see once I install that.
Soooo i ran the camera app to see what the fuss was about.
Stills...... umm... underwhelmed.. for 2 lens' you'd think it would not only focus quicker, but offer afew new functions such as running the second lens as a focus assist in B&W EVF or ever providing a 3d capture option in a lower res, seeing as the lenses are side by side and the actual CPU spec should be able to do this. The second lens could also be used for redundant picture taking, ie one could be shooting video, while the other captures stills at a different focal length as you go along. Or it COULD actually do the 'bokeh" thing if they set it up right, but all this is, is just a blurred vignette which is completely useless. Id rather a high fstop shot, wiht everything in focus across 2 lenses and exposure ranges, and then muxed (HDR) in processin and let ME worry about how im going to blur the background. when there are enough apps out there that can simulate defocus and DoF.
There are many uses for multiple lense set ups but the saddest thing with this is that when i blocked one of the lenses, i saw absolutely NO difference. I really do think its a fake lens...
So image quality is average..
BUT not only does it focus' slower than my old huawei, but worse still, is that it doesnt give you proper res and bitrate options. The hardware in this thing SHOULD be enough to do this. This is purely a SW thing.. Other phones give you options to adjust res AND bitrate, this doesnt. You get resolution options and thats it..
Choose your res, but you cant choose the DPI or density or quality level. I also found the SCREEN has a slight magenta cast, so skin tones DO look a little reddish, not in the pics, but on the screen.
And the WORST of the lot... Video... if you can call it that...
Running everything to and from internal memory, twe get he same quality issue on resolution and bitrate... They refer differnt quality ranges to resolution, which is misleading. as 1080 isnt that much better than 720p especially on this screen.. especially if youre using crappy bitrates... With no option to tweak bitrate OR frame rate. Again this hardware SHOULD have the ability to provide these options, but it doesnt..
Oh and get this, whats even WORSE is that the video DROPS FRAMES no matter what youre shooting, no matter what youre doing, no matter what quality you select.
Completely UNUSABLE video.. Now admitedly, I havent tried recording to card, but thats the next option. If it still drops frames, im sending it back under warranty as its not doing what it was sold to do...
Ill be writing to Doogee about this, as even a basic working video camera at 720p is acceptable, but even at that res, you currently get obvious dropped frames DURING filming so playback shows these same frames dropping. If it skipped frames in the preview and gave you full framerate recordings it wouldnt be an issue... but it doesnt do that either..
So yeah, if you rely on your camera, as I do when im grabbing set up shots, stats, capturing camera settings off lcd screens, candids, etc, then you might want to try another camera app (which is what im about to do)
No issues with network, wifi, 4g etc. Audio from the speaker was TOO quiet even at its loudest. Speakerfone is only good if your in a quiet room, You cant change the colour cast or adjust colour levels on the display, fingerprint scanner is fine and fast, oh and theres NO notepad... The SMS and phone apps are horridly coloured and theres no way to adjsut them unless you install another SMS app, I also havent installed any games or standalone APKS until i clean out my TF from my old phone first.
If you want it for gaming on a budget to play emulators and the like, by all means the specs and what ive seen on youtube have this thing screaming, but if you want it for media, photo/video and vlogging or archiving events then you might wanna skip it... Problem is skipping this, means throwing another $50-$100 on top of your budget..
GSM ARENA You should be ashamed of this review.. With as many small business that startup every day in China and how much competition the low-mid tier section has.. Because the Doogee Mix looks like a wannabe MiMix..... You give that bias ass review.. Please just keep it real.. The doogee mix blew your benchmark tests out of the building.. Never ever did I see those scores coming.. And the only comment after the tests are how poorly the device did in sound.. So what.. They didn't deliver great too notch sound.. It smashed the tests.. If your not blown away by that just quit your job man.. And please review the Doogee Mix 2. It's everything the 1 isnt.. Peace AND
P. S. THE DOOGEE MIX 2 AND ONE IS WAY BETTER THE MOTHER F'N S5. DID SOMEONE REALLY BUST OUT AN S5 IN COMPARISON.. AND THE DOOGEE MIX 2 CAME WITH A PERFECT CASE....
Anonymous, 12 Aug 2017Thanks GSM team for this review. And also to all nice people trying to be funny about this on... moreAmazing how you put things in perspective - there a big need for that here on this forum filled with close minded tech lovers. No offence to all you out there, but having a quick glance beyond your own comfort zone can do miracles for the way you look at the world guys.
-> i'll be receiving this phone one of the days, honestly can't wait to test it out and see how a sub $200 phone can still be competitive on a ton of levels
no more 4k after ota update. even using open camera app, uhd 4k is not available. perhaps we are waiting some improvement from oreo on october. if the video looks jerky or stuttery then fix it. do t remove it.
you get what you pay for. It's better to buy more popular and quality brands, even their older models
Did not know that only one camera on rear is actually real and working, and second one is fake, is this true???
This phone is a godsend for pple who want to be on the high end of things for the best price possible u cant say this is an expensive phone considering its pricetag and another thing should also be noted its design is that of any recent smartphone as well it is bezel less to a very understandable degree, i myself would buy it but i already got a great phone :D
After 4 OTA updates in 4 weeks since its launch the software side is much improved.
AnonD-637957, 14 Aug 2017The phone has seriously impressed me by the looks. Not so sure about the battery or speed test... moreOr you can take a look at a Galaxy S5, for example. You can find refurbished one for about the same price. Granted, it doesn't look that good compared to mix, but is more robust, with IP certification, has better and higher resolution screen, better autonomy and removable battery. Chipset is better in single core and graphics performance, while UI, despite being LagWiz, is still better than some chinese iCrapUI. Not to mention that if you know how to root it and use XDA, it will be supported for a longer time than Doogie. Also, instead of having 2 useless cameras that can't do even that lame bokeh effect properly, you get one that is still very good, and hard to beat in the price range.
My takeaway from the review:
- It's obviously a copy of Sharp and Xiaomi designs, but that's okay, it's a budget version, with OLED, so all is forgiven
- Stock Android would be a better choice for the OS/UI.
- Why did they use 2 cameras if they're both terrible? They should have invested in ONE decent camera instead.
- That's not bokeh! They just used a circular blur around the center.
- They should include a case like Xiaomi does. I'm assuming a case might be hard to find for this model.
Stay away from Doogee phones as their official firmware is loaded with malwares that will only be activated after a few weeks of usage. Try googling "Doogee malware" and you will find tons of thread about it and some have written on their site too. https://www.computersdealstore.com/doogee-smartphones-come-infected-with-malware/
Anonymous, 12 Aug 2017Thanks GSM team for this review. And also to all nice people trying to be funny about this on... moreOne of the few comments here that makes perfect sense some people criticized most of the flagships without taking into account that there is people that has to live with a much lower specs device and they don't complain as much as those who have a phone that is near perfect and yet they some bash them on the most ridicule details that at the end of the day make no difference.
The specs are great at that price point i must admit, and the AMOLED display is a plus. It's crazy what you can get for $200 nowadays. Doesn't look half bad either. What i'm skeptical about are the radios though.. signal, bluetooth, wifi you know all that good stuff. I'm curious is any of that stuff is any good.