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I want to buy the ZUK Z2, incredibly cheap considering the specs, however never bought a phone outside the UK. How would I set it up/would it be fully functional? I heard there's no play store or some… Read More
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7m, 1w agoPosted 7 months, 1 week ago
I want to buy the ZUK Z2, incredibly cheap considering the specs, however never bought a phone outside the UK. How would I set it up/would it be fully functional? I heard there's no play store or something like that, so just want some help, thanks
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7m, 1w agoPosted 7 months, 1 week ago
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#1
It should have a prompt for English during setup..

It is an android phone - so it will have play store..

The only thing - you sometimes have to pay UK tax when importing..
#2
Why bother ?
Cheap cheese rubbish that you will be hard pressed to sell on once it fails to live up to expectations.
The fact you say there is no play store says avoid immediately and buy a branded phone instead.
#3
SamSungTab
It should have a prompt for English during setup..

It is an android phone - so it will have play store..

The only thing - you sometimes have to pay UK tax when importing..


Im reading I have to flash the stock rom to get Google play or something like that. Note that I plan on buying it from Banggood, straight from China

Edited By: mattkkinng on Dec 18, 2016 10:00: spelling error
#4
I got one 6 months ago (something similar) from banggood
after 6 months things started to fail chucked in the bin
Got a Motorola play for £79,01
not worth the hassle in my opinion :|

Edited By: emmabee123 on Dec 18, 2016 10:12
#5
I bought a 5" Cubot for my Uncle who has a sight impairment 2 years ago and it has never missed a beat.
#6
The usual comments on here that wheel out the same flawed pointless criticisms of *all* Chinese phones, tell me is it a bot or do you guys need to still physically copy and paste every time?
#7
thedvdmonster
Why bother ?
Cheap cheese rubbish that you will be hard pressed to sell on once it fails to live up to expectations.
The fact you say there is no play store says avoid immediately and buy a branded phone instead.

Lenovo are a pretty big brand and as they own Motorola it puts them in the top 10 phone producers in the world.
#8
SamSungTab
It should have a prompt for English during setup..

It is an android phone - so it will have play store..

The only thing - you sometimes have to pay UK tax when importing..


What on earth are you talking about? just because it has android doesn't mean it automatically will have the play store installed!

Chinese phones sold in the domestic market do not have play store installed by default. A "global" ROM or a custom ROM would have to be installed first to add play store
#9
waynehardy
SamSungTab
It should have a prompt for English during setup..

It is an android phone - so it will have play store..

The only thing - you sometimes have to pay UK tax when importing..


What on earth are you talking about? just because it has android doesn't mean it automatically will have the play store installed!

Chinese phones sold in the domestic market do not have play store installed by default. A "global" ROM or a custom ROM would have to be installed first to add play store


Would it be hard to install? And once installed would it run like a normal UK phone?
#10
buying Chinese non branded phone is like a gamble. most of the time it will not work. if you try to return the item for any reason, it will take 6 months to complete the process. better you buy a branded phone with UK service centre, you never will regret.
#11
Global versions of phones from china are flashed so sellers open your new brand phone and install unoffical software on it before sending. This can cause problems

If you get Xiaomi 'Global' edition with band 20 (Note 3 or Redmi 3s) you wont have any problems with playstore etc.
It works and updates straight out of sealed box like any other UK phone and offers great value for money with high specs. Thats why they are so popular here
#12
The manufacturer is lenovo, who own Motorola I believe, I trust the brand, but I'm just a bit concerned on the complexity of making it being fully functional in the UK
#13
mattkkinng
waynehardy
SamSungTab
It should have a prompt for English during setup..

It is an android phone - so it will have play store..

The only thing - you sometimes have to pay UK tax when importing..


What on earth are you talking about? just because it has android doesn't mean it automatically will have the play store installed!

Chinese phones sold in the domestic market do not have play store installed by default. A "global" ROM or a custom ROM would have to be installed first to add play store


Would it be hard to install? And once installed would it run like a normal UK phone?


you would have to research what your doing first, after it had been done then yes, it would work as you'd expect
#14
I would suggest that you go for the z2 pro version as there is more Dev support for it. that means that there will be more help and advice should you need it
#15
Lol at all the Chinese phone experts here who are calling this a unknown brand. Zuk are a sub brand of lenovo who happen to own Motorola now. The zuk brand was made to try and compete with xiaomi making high spec phones at a low cost. This is a good phone as in the review here http://www.gizchina.com/2016/10/19/lenovo-z2-plus-zuk-z2-review/ most international Chinese resellers like bang good and gearbest will have the global ROM on it if now XDA forum will be your friend and flashing is simple. I would also look at letv phones in the same price bracket and xiaomi. Stay away from ulephone umi and elephone how ever. These are the Chinese brands which are giving the rest a bad name.
#16
waynehardy
I would suggest that you go for the z2 pro version as there is more Dev support for it. that means that there will be more help and advice should you need it


That costs too much for me :( the ZUK Z2 has to be the best phone for price, but yeah the stock rom is proving to be confusing... I can't find any UK reviewers on YouTube which makes it all the more hard to follow how to make it UK friendly. But IF i do get it, it is possible to make it UK and Google friendly, right?
#17
mattkkinng
waynehardy
I would suggest that you go for the z2 pro version as there is more Dev support for it. that means that there will be more help and advice should you need it


That costs too much for me :( the ZUK Z2 has to be the best phone for price, but yeah the stock rom is proving to be confusing... I can't find any UK reviewers on YouTube which makes it all the more hard to follow how to make it UK friendly. But IF i do get it, it is possible to make it UK and Google friendly, right?


yes it is possible, just do your research!
#18
waynehardy
mattkkinng
waynehardy
I would suggest that you go for the z2 pro version as there is more Dev support for it. that means that there will be more help and advice should you need it


That costs too much for me :( the ZUK Z2 has to be the best phone for price, but yeah the stock rom is proving to be confusing... I can't find any UK reviewers on YouTube which makes it all the more hard to follow how to make it UK friendly. But IF i do get it, it is possible to make it UK and Google friendly, right?


yes it is possible, just do your research!


Well at least that much is a relief :D i couldn't find anything on the XDA forum on the ZUK Z2, can you recommend me some places to gather info?
#19
Is bloatware a big problem?
#20
landros1
Is bloatware a big problem?


depends very much on the brand and what ROM you have.

for example xiaomi have lots of Chinese only apps installed on their phones (so not bloat per se but you wouldn't use them). some you can remove, others not. these tend to come with a Chinese app store and no Google anything.

to get google you have to do one of two things, install it manually. not horrific but a fiddle.
or install a rom with it on.

again, depending on brand, the support online etc, a new rom could be easy to put on, or it could be difficult.

other lesser know brands can be full of bloat and if they don't have a global rom, then it's a problem.

however where a phone has a global rom they tend to work like any other

me personally I bought the redmi 3 last year. for a while I had the Chinese rom installed and Google installed manually (I bought it on release which means typically it doesnt have a global rom). as it had the Chinese app store on ( you couldn't get rid of it without rooting ) it meant some play store links didn't work as they went to the Chinese version. think that was the only pain.

I then installed the global rom when it came out and then plain sailing from there. all the crud removed and Google on it. worked like any other phone. year in, still going strong.

I think the advice for these is do your research. there will always be something to do. for example even if a seller from china offered to install a global rom for you I wouldn't recommend it. they could have installed anything so you should do it.

specs will mean nothing if it doesn't work how you want. XDA is great for understanding the phone you want to buy.
#21
bdrl
buying Chinese non branded phone is like a gamble. most of the time it will not work. if you try to return the item for any reason, it will take 6 months to complete the process. better you buy a branded phone with UK service centre, you never will regret.


i never will regret buying a Chinese phone,
they have all been good, I've had a few.
#22
mattkkinng
waynehardy
mattkkinng
waynehardy
I would suggest that you go for the z2 pro version as there is more Dev support for it. that means that there will be more help and advice should you need it
That costs too much for me :( the ZUK Z2 has to be the best phone for price, but yeah the stock rom is proving to be confusing... I can't find any UK reviewers on YouTube which makes it all the more hard to follow how to make it UK friendly. But IF i do get it, it is possible to make it UK and Google friendly, right?
yes it is possible, just do your research!
Well at least that much is a relief :D i couldn't find anything on the XDA forum on the ZUK Z2, can you recommend me some places to gather info?

Many thanks for all your great advice.

It seems I shall have to pay the premium for a Samsung as it sounds a bit techy for an a 70+ owner to sort out any shortcomings.
#23
this is good info for the standard z2

some custom ROMs and good info

http://forum.xda-developers.com/t/lenovo-zuk-z2

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