I have purchased two Vowney V5's and none of them have that issue with the white spot and I am able to use google maps on both of them, although gps lock can take anywhere from 30 seconds to 2 minutes to get first lock but after that it locks up in a few seconds. Also I live in London and my network is Giffgaff which uses O2 and I always connect at H/H+ or sometimes 3g. It works like this for both of the phones I have purchased, but I have to say if I had your experience I would be just as frustrated as you and as for the compass app that does appear stay pointing north for one of the phones.
Would I purchase another Vowney, well if they had something that meets my needs, and is in the right price range, then of course. I knew of potential problems with GPS when buying from China but this wasn't an issue for me as it wasn't and still isn't a requirement for this particular purchase I have made. I wanted an HD IPS 5" screen with a decent enough camera and seeing as this was my first purchase, in this price range, from China then I wanted to spend as little as possible and the V5 ticked all the boxes for me personally.
I do hope that small companies like Vowney see the potential of selling to western markets and hopefully enough phones were sold for them to tailor their next generation of phones accordingly.
it appears that the screen problem was bounded to the first bunch of v5 sent to Spain, a new bunch is arriving today and screen seems to be OK
It also seems like lots of V5s also have compass problems too...
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