Honestly if using your phone as a navigational tool is a primary feature you require then I would be careful buying a phone from China. Make sure the phone you choose has a fully working compass and GPS working out of the box, someone purchased the Faea F1 which has a completely different chipset to the V5 and they still have issues with the GPS. The only confirmed 100% working navigation on a phone from China so far is the MLais MX58 PRO for £160 from Merimobiles, there are probably more but that's the only one I know of right now. I can bet GPS won't be an issue on the next generation of phones from China but right now you should confirm it's working before you purchase so as to avoid disappointment.
Think you have misunderstood what Rico has said, all he is saying is if you want a chinsese phone for navigation and a working compass then check first, as there are some Chinese models where this does not work correctly....
I think I have understood well the red phrase, I know that afterwards he adds AFAIK ... but people that read that message, probably gets the message that all chinese mobile phones but one are useless as navigators, and that is not true at all, besides ricoh is an experienced contributor to this forum, and I appreciate his opinions quite a lot, that is the reason that his statements should be more careful
most of the new mediatek 6589 mobile phones are good navigators, but there are several models with a problem with the compass, and another bunch also that have problems with the circuitry that end up with weak gps signal detection, but they are a minority, and usually not from the most selled brands
cheap phones like this vowney have an awful quality control process, but if you pay just 20 or 30 more USD, normally getting some extras too like a second battery, rest asured that 99% of their units are working fine
Edited by elsita, 29 July 2013 - 04:27 PM.