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Cubot P9. Lowest ever price.
Seems to be a lot of bang for your buck. I know it's Chinese but hey what's not these days?
Come with a 1 year warranty and is fulfilled by amazon.
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Rimi
Build quality is ok but cheap parts inside,very sensitive and if you drop it-thats the end of its life.
Also wi-fi interferes with other equipment... all in all its cheap chinese crap which i would never buy for myself and not recommend to others.

Sorry, are we talking about the Cubot or have you jumped straight to iPhone discussion?
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If I do ever buy one of those cheap Chinese imports, I think I'll be flashing stock rom straight away, after this story came out last month...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-27908105

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#1
yeh, most things are made in china :)
#3
I have one of these phones, if you want a phone that can do most jobs this is the phone for you, build quality is very good for the money.
2 Likes #5
A few specs for those not wanting to click through (OP, you might want to add it's dual SIM to the title as people may search for that specifically):

- Support 3G: WCDMA 850/2100MHz ;2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
- 5.0 inch large capacitive screen with 960*540 pixels QHD screen resolution
- Supports Android Navigation, built-in GPS navigation with A-GPS assisted, makes the positioning swiftly and accurately
- Android 4.2 with 1.2GHZ MTK6572W Cortex-A7 Dual-core processor and 512MB RAM + 4GB ROM
- WiFi + Google Maps + FM + Bluetooth

Black also same price: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cubot-P9-Unlocked-Smartphone-Bluetooth/dp/B00G7HNKU2/ref=pd_sim_ce_4?ie=UTF8&refRID=1J8H7DNVYZGAPXYBSGN2


Edited By: Rickardo on Jul 20, 2014 06:04: .
#6
does anyone know how the dual sim works i.e are 2 networks connected at the same time and either will ring ?
#7
you can get a JIAKE J12 for a few quid less which is pretty much identical but with a 1.3 quad core processor and 1gb ram, I was pretty amazed how good a £60 chinese phone can be, time will tell but if it gets through its year without needing to call on the warranty I will have had my monies worth.
#8
jough
you can get a JIAKE J12 for a few quid less which is pretty much identical but with a 1.3 quad core processor and 1gb ram, I was pretty amazed how good a £60 chinese phone can be, time will tell but if it gets through its year without needing to call on the warranty I will have had my monies worth.

Is that also from Amazon?
1 Like #9
scottydoobuy
does anyone know how the dual sim works i.e are 2 networks connected at the same time and either will ring ?
yes one can use as 3G and another 2G. two network active at same time
#10
jough
you can get a JIAKE J12 for a few quid less which is pretty much identical but with a 1.3 quad core processor and 1gb ram, I was pretty amazed how good a £60 chinese phone can be, time will tell but if it gets through its year without needing to call on the warranty I will have had my monies worth.
please provide the link or upload the deal
1 Like #11
Not a bad price or specs either, suspect though that the 512mb will restrict the phones capabilities considering most new phones have 1 or now 2 gigabytes
1 Like #12
Build quality is ok but cheap parts inside,very sensitive and if you drop it-thats the end of its life.
Also wi-fi interferes with other equipment... all in all its cheap chinese crap which i would never buy for myself and not recommend to others.
23 Likes #13
Rimi
Build quality is ok but cheap parts inside,very sensitive and if you drop it-thats the end of its life.
Also wi-fi interferes with other equipment... all in all its cheap chinese crap which i would never buy for myself and not recommend to others.

Sorry, are we talking about the Cubot or have you jumped straight to iPhone discussion?
5 Likes #14
If I do ever buy one of those cheap Chinese imports, I think I'll be flashing stock rom straight away, after this story came out last month...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-27908105
2 Likes #15
hermano2
Rimi
Build quality is ok but cheap parts inside,very sensitive and if you drop it-thats the end of its life.
Also wi-fi interferes with other equipment... all in all its cheap chinese crap which i would never buy for myself and not recommend to others.

Sorry, are we talking about the Cubot or have you jumped straight to iPhone discussion?


substitute iPhone for any manufacturer unless its carved from pure Carbonfiber

any phone can break on its first drop its all about luck, height, surface etc.

no need to try and be smart dragging the brand hatred into it.
As for the comment you quoted. its a phone with decent specs under £80 were you expecting it yo fly and cook a Michelin star grade dinner.
2 Likes #16
I've not seen the cheap China phones on here for some time, I thought people have finally come to learn of all the problems these phones suffer from.

I've had the P9, first thing you will learn is the GPS will not work. If you want to use the GPS function as a regular SatNav (it will not work) unless you have a constant data connection with A-GPS switched on (and then its still poor performance)..

Dual sim error, 2nd sim slot may not work, the UK phone networks may not recognizer the 2nd IMEI sim slot number. These phones use fake IMEI numbers or numbers already in use (so they are rejected by the UK networks).

Build quality issues regarding components and circuitry, firmware failure, basically one day the phone will not turn-on (start-up failure), its not 'IF' it will happen, its 'WHEN' it will happen. Everyone I know thats had one of these phones, the phone fails to turn on within weeks/months of ownership.
1 Like #17
MMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!
cat fight lol :D
#18
Rimi
never heard of them. Probably wont get it after you pay

Rimi
Build quality is ok but cheap parts inside,very sensitive and if you drop it-thats the end of its life.
Also wi-fi interferes with other equipment... all in all its cheap chinese crap which i would never buy for myself and not recommend to others.
Are you a bit of an idiot? Do you have the phone?
Wifi is fine with the c7 I have, so I doubt there be any problem with this.

As for the 'Chinese crap', which granted some things can be poor. Though, have you not consider that most of your electronics are these so called Chinese crap, your talking about!

I engaged your brain next time, before shooting it off!


The proof in the pudding, I just knew i was right, that i not heard of this company before. Then i am extremely wary of dealextreme, and how there business works.
1 Like #19
Rimi
leeparsons
never heard of them. Probably wont get it after you pay

Rimi
Build quality is ok but cheap parts inside,very sensitive and if you drop it-thats the end of its life.
Also wi-fi interferes with other equipment... all in all its cheap chinese crap which i would never buy for myself and not recommend to others.
Are you a bit of an idiot? Do you have the phone?
Wifi is fine with the c7 I have, so I doubt there be any problem with this.

As for the 'Chinese crap', which granted some things can be poor. Though, have you not consider that most of your electronics are these so called Chinese crap, your talking about!

I engaged your brain next time, before shooting it off!


OH WHAT AN IDIOT YOU ARE!!!! Feel sorry for you mental patient...
Rimi
leeparsons
never heard of them. Probably wont get it after you pay

Rimi
Build quality is ok but cheap parts inside,very sensitive and if you drop it-thats the end of its life.
Also wi-fi interferes with other equipment... all in all its cheap chinese crap which i would never buy for myself and not recommend to others.
Are you a bit of an idiot? Do you have the phone?
Wifi is fine with the c7 I have, so I doubt there be any problem with this.

As for the 'Chinese crap', which granted some things can be poor. Though, have you not consider that most of your electronics are these so called Chinese crap, your talking about!

I engaged your brain next time, before shooting it off!


OH WHAT AN IDIOT YOU ARE!!!! Feel sorry for you mental patient...
Rimi
leeparsons
never heard of them. Probably wont get it after you pay

Rimi
Build quality is ok but cheap parts inside,very sensitive and if you drop it-thats the end of its life.
Also wi-fi interferes with other equipment... all in all its cheap chinese crap which i would never buy for myself and not recommend to others.
Are you a bit of an idiot? Do you have the phone?
Wifi is fine with the c7 I have, so I doubt there be any problem with this.

As for the 'Chinese crap', which granted some things can be poor. Though, have you not consider that most of your electronics are these so called Chinese crap, your talking about!

I engaged your brain next time, before shooting it off!


OH WHAT AN IDIOT YOU ARE!!!! Feel sorry for you mental patient...

You've been a member on this site long enough to know that personal insults are not tolerated.
1 Like #20
theyiddo
If I do ever buy one of those cheap Chinese imports, I think I'll be flashing stock rom straight away, after this story came out last month...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-27908105

It was the stock ROM for the phone in the report that was infected with malware...

Edited By: omgpleasespamme on Jul 20, 2014 16:51
#21
omgpleasespamme
theyiddo
If I do ever buy one of those cheap Chinese imports, I think I'll be flashing stock rom straight away, after this story came out last month...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-27908105

It was the stock ROM for the phone in the report that was infected with malware...


...ok, to clarify....stock kitkat or jellybean rather than the manufacturer's spyware infested rom, and if thats not possible then a custom rom.


Edited By: theyiddo on Jul 20, 2014 17:13
#22
theyiddo
omgpleasespamme
theyiddo
If I do ever buy one of those cheap Chinese imports, I think I'll be flashing stock rom straight away, after this story came out last month...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-27908105

It was the stock ROM for the phone in the report that was infected with malware...


...ok, to clarify....stock kitkat or jellybean rather than the manufacturer's spyware infested rom, and if thats not possible then a custom rom.


We should talk terminology. To me a 'stock ROM' is the one that ships with the device from the manufacturer, malware infested or not. Anything else would be a 'custom ROM', something third party that has had some form of customisation to enable it to work on the device.
#23
I was looking at Cubot, they seem to be highly rated and good value.

However, this concerns me:
- Support 3G: WCDMA 850/2100MHz ;2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz


3g in the UK for O2 and vodafone uses 900/2100MHz, not the 850MHz specced for this phone, so am I right in thinking this will mean reduced 3G coverage, being only able to use the 2100 MHz 3G frequencies??


Edited By: gwapenut on Jul 21, 2014 10:19
1 Like #24
I have one of these generic dual sim phones and they are excellent. They are made by the same oem factories which produce branded models using the same quality components. The price is lower because they don't have the insane mark up branded handsets do.Plus they all use stock rooted andriod which is often better than the preloaded junk you get on others.
3 Likes #25
if you do buy dont forget to change the APN settings else the data side wont work Ive had this before with chinese phones
http://www.geeksquad.co.uk/articles/series/apn-mobile-network-settings-learning-series
4 Likes #26
sabbath2013
yeh, most things are made in china :)

China is made in Stoke :)
#27
I know I sound like I should be wearing a tinfoil hat but I'm not sure I'd trust one of these Chinese brand phones. I know most phones are made in China and all smartphones quietly gather data without explicit consent (often for unknown reasons) but stories like the one above send shivers down my spine.
#28
Dual core, and 512 ram.
Really isn't worth it.
An extra £40 can get you a Cubot GT99 quadcore with 1GB ram
4 Likes #29
I have had 2 phones from china. Both done even have a brand name on the phone apart from “Android”.
DO NOT believe the people who make a long list of the problems associated with these phones. I’ve had no problems whatsoever using these phones …
- build quality is good … dropped it several times on pavement while jogging .. remains unscratched
- 3G works fine with Three and EE (the only ones I tried)
- Cost 4 times less than a “branded phone” with the same level of performance
- GPS works straight out of the box .. no upgrades or tweaking needed.
- Usually includes cover, screen protector, spare battery in the box
- Already installed with google play and in English, or whatever language you tell the vendor to install it with
- Second sim slot works fine for calls and text. Not always with data – but then, UK spec phones don’t even have this option to begin with.

The only cons I can think of
- No 4g. Most Chinese phone do not support 4G although some are beginning to do so now.
- Unable to upgrade android version easily. But lets face it, at these prices, you will probably want to buy a new phone every 12 – 18 months anyway.
- The screen resolution is usually lower than its similarly specced branded counterpart. But I challenge anyone to notice the difference on such a small screen when not held side-by-side.
- Not had one fail on me, but yes, I’d imagine it would be difficult to get it repaired / replaced under warranty. However, that’s the risk you take when you are paying so little for it.


Oh, and as for this phone .. I don’t think its worth the money. If you are prepared to buy direct from China, you can get a quad core with 1gb ram for the same price. This spec is quite outdated .. you can get a UK specced Huawei with similar specs for a similar price, probably even from a place like CPW.

Edited By: machofairy on Jul 21, 2014 13:27
#30
better off spending a bit more on a Moto E
1 Like #31
I've had a cubot gt99 for a year now (as has my wife) can't recommend them enough. Have been dropped them, used them in RF sensitive lab environment at work. No problems whatsoever. Superb phones.
Sent on my Cubot GT99
#32
intranix
better off spending a bit more on a Moto E

Any facts to back that up?
#33
gwapenut
intranix
better off spending a bit more on a Moto E

Any facts to back that up?
Noone has mentioned what the screen quality is like on these Cubots? Any good - if not that's one area where the Moto E holds up really well for the price, like its bigger brother the M*to Rhymes-with-E (shh don't say the name or they'll be on here!*)


(*I actually have an E for work and G for home use!)
#34
jazzuk777

Noone has mentioned what the screen quality is like on these Cubots? Any good - if not that's one area where the Moto E holds up really well for the price, like its bigger brother the M*to Rhymes-with-E (shh don't say the name or they'll be on here!*)


(*I actually have an E for work and G for home use!)

Have a look on Youtube, several reviews there, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nk9ZrlpN6h0

Edited By: qavi23 on Jul 21, 2014 13:51: error
#35
Don't forget that you may get stung for customs duty/VAT.
2 Likes #36
David23
I have one of these generic dual sim phones and they are excellent. They are made by the same oem factories which produce branded models using the same quality components. The price is lower because they don't have the insane mark up branded handsets do.Plus they all use stock rooted andriod which is often better than the preloaded junk you get on others.

Lol, thats the funniest thing I've heard so far X) you may want to pay a visit to one of the small under the radar factories over in China that actually make these cheap phones.

These phones are NOT made by the large reputable factories using the same quality components as branded models, they are built in small limited factories mostly in Shenzhen China. These factories and nondescript buildings that are outdated in using the most up to date forms of manufacturing facilities, factories are small, rundown, dirty and do not have the advanced protocol and procedures that Samsung and other big brands use.

You have non skilled workers that assemble these components, many of them very young, they have no, or very poor high efficiency equipment for protecting themselves and the electronics they use.

Low end poor quality chips-sets and processors get used, many of the cheap phones have a fake android operating system that is hacked with spyware. Some of the cheap phones do have the genuine google android operating system, but NOT the google license to carry the Google Play Store app (the manufacture has to pay Google a license fee to load and register their product to use the play store app).

Lots of cheaps phones and other phone clones have hacked firmware or fake firmware which is unstable and will eventually caused system malfunction within its short life span. The other problem you also have to take into account when buying cheap phones from China are the clones and fake copies, you can actually get a copy of a clone (thats means a phone has already been copied and that copy then gets copied).(_;)

Also take note of the CE marking on these products, a CE marking is a mandatory conformity testing and certification mark requirement for all products offered for sale within the European Economic Area (EEA) covering the European Union (EU).

You may want to read THIS! the CE mark and the CE China export marking.


Edited By: Da11as on Jul 21, 2014 14:17: update
2 Likes #37
Da11as
David23
I have one of these generic dual sim phones and they are excellent. They are made by the same oem factories which produce branded models using the same quality components. The price is lower because they don't have the insane mark up branded handsets do.Plus they all use stock rooted andriod which is often better than the preloaded junk you get on others.

Lol, thats the funniest thing I've heard so far X) you may want to pay a visit to one of the small under the radar factories over in China that actually make these cheap phones.

These phones are NOT made by the large reputable factories using the same quality components as branded models, they are built in small limited factories mostly in Shenzhen China. These factories and nondescript buildings that are outdated in using the most up to date forms of manufacturing facilities, factories are small, rundown, dirty and do not have the advanced protocol and procedures that Samsung and other big brands use.

You have non skilled workers that assemble these components, many of them very young, they have no, or very poor high efficiency equipment for protecting themselves and the electronics they use.

Low end poor quality chips-sets and processors get used, many of the cheap phones have a fake android operating system that is hacked with spyware. Some of the cheap phones do have the genuine google android operating system, but NOT the google license to carry the Google Play Store app (the manufacture has to pay Google a license fee to load and register their product to use the play store app).

Lots of cheaps phones and other phone clones have hacked firmware or fake firmware which is unstable and will eventually caused system malfunction within its short life span. The other problem you also have to take into account when buying cheap phones from China are the clones and fake copies, you can actually get a copy of a clone (thats means a phone has already been copied and that copy then gets copied).

I'm guessing you don't know much about Cubot then.....they are fully licenced with Google for the first thing

They do not make clones of other phones, they only make their own designed phones

The radiation levels are no higher than the equivalent branded phones

I now own my first Cubot after being a Samsung S4 user since it's launch & have to say that my Cubot is superior in almost every way....it even has an octacore processor (which unlike my S4 the phone seems capable of using)
GPS locks on faster than my S4 & the benchmark scores I have achieved are also better than the S4....not forgetting the IPS screen.....I have friends with the new S5 who actually prefer my Cubot

The dual sims great meaning one phone for home & work with 3G on my home sim

Cubot are becoming one of the largest phone manufacturers in Asia & soon numbers will rival the majority of well known brands

Edited By: corred1964 on Jul 21, 2014 14:28
#38
I have the Cubot X6 and the Iocean X7HD , both Chinese phones neither have any problems with the frequencies that we use , 3G is as it should be. Build quality is excellent with the Cubot x6 being slightly higher , cameras are as good as the one in my daughters Xperia. Web browsing is fast and the 5 inch screens are much better than looking at the tiny screens available on comparable priced UK standard phones. Never used the dual sim feature but never needed to the Cubot is on EE and has no issues at all the Iocean is on O2 and has no issues.

You have a choice , believe the people who actually have and use these phones daily OR listen to the gobshites who have never touched one in their life but **** anything and everything off.

Bargain phone

Voted HOT.
#39
gwapenut
intranix
better off spending a bit more on a Moto E

Any facts to back that up?

1GB RAM, Gorilla Glass, water persistent splash guard better firmware & warranty support.

I have a device with MTK6572 & 512MB RAM, would not recommend.
1 Like #40
I've had similar phones and they really are hampered by the 4gb ROM. The use able space isn't great and even installing to an SD card I had to uninstall things often. The dual sim on these work well but only 1 slot is 3g. For the price its worth a punt but more of a back up.

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