Advice on buying a China phone.
Posted 16 October 2012 - 08:06 PM
Posted 20 October 2012 - 12:15 AM
Edited by gitf@ce, 20 October 2012 - 12:17 AM.
Posted 20 October 2012 - 09:21 AM
As a general rule, I would recommend sticking with a non-clone brand for a phone out of China. It's very difficult to even be sure if one Clone device is the same as another. Often the molds are reused for a range of devices, some performing better than others. In that article I link to devices I've had some degree of experience with and with stores I've used before. I can recommend those devices as they perform well, especially for the price range! If you're after a 4" device I would really go for the Jiayu G2 - check out my review for the specifics. Short of it: The screen is stunning
Posted 20 October 2012 - 10:07 AM
Edited by gitf@ce, 20 October 2012 - 02:02 PM.
Posted 20 October 2012 - 10:12 AM
Thanks for the advice, and as I think many people will be interested in the topic - with Xmas coming up etc. I thought I should add my experiences, as I've just took the plunge and bought from China.
A interesting site is etotalk.com - I bought a Newman N1 for myself and a Zopo Z900 leader for the missus from there - you can pay a bit extra to etotalk and they will root the phone and stick on a rom for you (in my case a uk english rom).
I also asked for cases and protector screen for both phones, the Zopo case is a cracker and actually replaces the original back of the phone, and has a lid to protect the 5.3" screen.
You can specify delivery options - I chose DHL, this cost me £30 ish for the 2 phones (sent marked as a gift in one box).
Delivery took 5 days and this included DHL holding up the phone for a day in Glasgow as I got stung £25 for a customs charge.
Still two cracking phones for £370 - I found that all the sites at the end of the day come to around the same cost, just that some mask their "free shipping" cost in the actual phone cost.
Was keen to buy from a reputable seller/site and have no complaints - and have two phones ready to go without having to worry about rooting, or understanding how to do a recovery on a chinese language device.
Good comms all the way from etotalk (you have to signup to the site but the transaction was done through PayPal, and I found everything spot on) and DHL.
This may sound like a advert for etotalk - it's not - but I thought anyone wanting a easy to use site, that modded the phone for you - would be interested.
Hope this is of use to some - as earlier posters say, I would stick to well known brands and do a bit of research - but I found it well worth the plunge!
Posted 23 October 2012 - 09:00 AM
Posted 23 October 2012 - 06:54 PM
I may just buy myself a nice >5" China phone before Christmas though.
Posted 13 November 2013 - 01:25 PM
Hope you are lucky with your china-phone. I ordered myself a phone at focalprice and i had no problems. If you are looking for recommendable china-phone resellers, you can check the comparison at
....I think you can buy your phone without worries at the shops with a rating of more than 7.
Edited by everythingalright, 13 November 2013 - 01:28 PM.
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