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Would you buy the v5 again?

  1. Yes (20 votes [62.50%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 62.50%

  2. No, I would opt for another chinese phone (11 votes [34.38%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 34.38%

  3. No, I would opt for a phone that's widely available in the UK (1 votes [3.12%] - View)

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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.

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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


ok ....believe what you want, I understand perfectly that all he means is check before you buy and is just trying to assist potential buyers of Chinese mobiles, I think you are just anti anything Vowney after your experience of buying one

Edited by bryfly, 29 July 2013 - 07:01 PM.

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ok ....believe what you want, I understand perfectly that he all he means is check before you buy and is just trying to assist potential buyers of Chinese mobiles, I think you are just anti anything Vowney after your experience of buying one


Thank you for explaining bryfly.. Of course you can buy many phones from China 100% working but wait until you know for a fact that the features you require are working before you buy, or you might end up on a forum reading into posts what ever you want too.

I don't need any, I just WANT them all.


LOL so do I. And you are right it's a quarter of the price and a great phone for the money.


I've had very little problems with GPS and find co pilot works well , I still think you get a lot of phone for your money , and my mate who as a Samsung s4 as to keep turning is data connection on and off as it keeps losing network connection , so no phone is perfect, there is just too much to phones these days


Yeah there's a lot going on inside these phones for sure.. My friend has a Galaxy S3 on Tmobile and it has to be the slowest connection I have ever seen... my other friend has an Xperia Z and I'm not kidding when I say you can't see anything on the screen if it's bright outside... nothing at all.

Edited by Rico_89, 29 July 2013 - 06:39 PM.

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I use a Chinese phone after being using brand ones, I know expensive phones have problems too, I've been struggling with them for years, with my Chinese phone and tablet I am quite happy, three of my friends are now using Chinese phones too, there are excellent chines phones, I agree with that, but this vowney is not an excellent phone, in Spain about half the units received are faulty they have hardware issues, not only a bad screen like mine, but inaudible sound, buttons not working, mobile asking for pin number every 15 minutes, black out of the screen, random and frequent resets, Wi-Fi not working, and so on .... I have never seen any phone with so many different hardware failures, a lot of then have traveled back to China, building quality of this mobile is dreadful, that is my experience and my forum mates' in htcmania Spanish forum

I think that paying 20 dollars less than other similar mobiles do not justify buying this vowney, not only for the failure rate, but also because of its useless compass , crappy sound and really bad camera quality

And if you are looking for a cheap mobile, go for a dapeng or tengda t94, you can buy it for 70-80 pounds, with the same specifications as this one, so I see really not one reason, except otg to recommend this mobile to anybody at all

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I have the Vowney V5 and have spent a load of time trying to get the GPS working satisfactorily. If you get all the A-GPS stuff sorted, it connects well, to 8 or 9 satellites and works fine as a satnav at normal speeds, whether using Copilot, Sygic or Google Navigation. The trouble starts when you are trying to wind your way through roads in a town and your 'location' wanders and your phone starts thinking you are on a parallel road and reroutes you. It's bad enough for me to really struggle with it, and I'm expecting it to go wrong so am watching it closer than I should. I'm going to pass the V5 off to my daughter, and get another, but need one that the GPS works well. Compass is not an issue for me.

Rico_89, where did you read about the MLais working well? Any other sources you have found discussing GPS and Chinese phones?

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I have the Vowney V5 and have spent a load of time trying to get the GPS working satisfactorily. If you get all the A-GPS stuff sorted, it connects well, to 8 or 9 satellites and works fine as a satnav at normal speeds, whether using Copilot, Sygic or Google Navigation. The trouble starts when you are trying to wind your way through roads in a town and your 'location' wanders and your phone starts thinking you are on a parallel road and reroutes you. It's bad enough for me to really struggle with it, and I'm expecting it to go wrong so am watching it closer than I should. I'm going to pass the V5 off to my daughter, and get another, but need one that the GPS works well. Compass is not an issue for me.

Rico_89, where did you read about the MLais working well? Any other sources you have found discussing GPS and Chinese phones?


the problems you are having navigating are caused by the non functioning compass, they are not gps, but compass related, when you slow down navigators rely on compass changes, but this mobile cannot do it

i have been using for several months a caesar h7500+, it is a zopo zp810 with different brand, I can assure you that navigation with this mobile is excellent too, and you can buy por 190 USD with a second battery and protector screen included

Thl models also navigate well, and you have several models to choose, you have a 5 inches hd ips screen with turbo processor, 8GB sd intern and two batteries for 199 USD with discounts of 15 USD in several popular chinese online stores

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Rico_89, where did you read about the MLais working well? Any other sources you have found discussing GPS and Chinese phones?


http://www.modaco.co...20#entry2143589


Read the next page too where he answers everyone's questions. :)

Edited by Rico_89, 30 July 2013 - 08:27 AM.

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I use a Chinese phone that works perfect as a navigation device, don't talk about what you don't know

this phone is cheap, well ten or twenty us dollars cheaper than others with everything working fine and good camera and audio...

it is your call, of course, but if you are looking for price you should look for the tengda t94, pretty much like the vowney but only 109$ price... that is 70 pounds approximately... compass is not working either, but that price really is a good reason to buy it



v5 is not


Are you familiar with the Tengda T94 at all? Struggling to find any reviews or online support for it at all.

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Are you familiar with the Tengda T94 at all? Struggling to find any reviews or online support for it at all.


I am not, but there are a couple of forum mates that are using it, posting impressions and answering questions, that's how I know compass is not working either

http://www.movilesdu...80X720-DUAL-SIM

and they have posted some of the info in the thread as a review here:

http://taliandroid.c...del-tengda-t94/

both places are in spanish, use google translator if you don't read spanish, you can ask me too

the review talks about a weak gps signal, as there only two devices reporting data, we don't know if it is a characteristic of the model or it is a problem with their units, I don't expect much quality with that price anyway, but it seems the hardware problems we are having in spain with the v5 are much more serious and frequent

you can buy 10 pieces for 82USD each ...

http://www.pandawill...ite-p75792.html

Edited by elsita, 30 July 2013 - 06:00 PM.

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I am not, but there are a couple of forum mates that are using it, posting impressions and answering questions, that's how I know compass is not working either

http://www.movilesdu...80X720-DUAL-SIM

and they have posted some of the info in the thread as a review here:

http://taliandroid.c...del-tengda-t94/

both places are in spanish, use google translator if you don't read spanish, you can ask me too

the review talks about a weak gps signal, as there only two devices reporting data, we don't know if it is a characteristic of the model or it is a problem with their units, I don't expect much quality with that price anyway, but it seems the hardware problems we are having in spain with the v5 are much more serious and frequent

you can buy 10 pieces for 82USD each ...

http://www.pandawill...ite-p75792.html


Thanks! Almost went for one yesterday on eBay that was around £70 but today it's no longer available and they're now all £120+!

Would you be able to recommend me the best Chinese phone for around the £100 mark that will work on 3G in the UK? Compass/GPS issues aren't a huge problem for me. Would like a 4.5"+ screen, decent camera, and reliability more than anything.

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Thanks! Almost went for one yesterday on eBay that was around £70 but today it's no longer available and they're now all £120+!

Would you be able to recommend me the best Chinese phone for around the £100 mark that will work on 3G in the UK? Compass/GPS issues aren't a huge problem for me. Would like a 4.5"+ screen, decent camera, and reliability more than anything.


sorry, I don't look for the cheapest phone, just for a good working phone, thl and zopo clones (caesar and hero) are good cheap phones, but maybe the price is a little higher, I think there is a thl w100 model with 4.5 screen, qhd resolution that costs 140-150 USD, it works quite well from the reviews I have read, there is also a 4.5 lenovo model , the A820 in the same price range, a good machine also with similar price specs, a work mate has this lenovo

Edited by elsita, 31 July 2013 - 09:23 PM.

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http://www.modaco.co...20#entry2143589


Read the next page too where he answers everyone's questions. :)


Decided to go with the Mlais MX58 Air (not the pro), has shipped from Merimobiles apparently so hope to receive it early-mid next week. The GPS would be an important function for me, so hopefully everything will work as expected!

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http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Original-Support-Russian-lenovo-A820-mtk6589-Quad-Core-RAM-1GB-ROM-4GB-Android-4-1black-White/1116686802.html
Several buyers, reasonable price.


excelent price for a very good phone

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http://www.aliexpres...1116686802.html
Several buyers, reasonable price.


Just bought Lenovo A820 € 36,91 plus free dhl shipping from Aliexpress.
http://www.aliexpres...1153437453.html :)


Something is not right here.. are you selling them on Aliexpress? I don't know but I would stay away from this.

Decided to go with the Mlais MX58 Air (not the pro), has shipped from Merimobiles apparently so hope to receive it early-mid next week. The GPS would be an important function for me, so hopefully everything will work as expected!


Good choice, keep us inform, I'd like to know if everything is working too.. Right now I'm looking forward to the octa cores that should be out early next year, hopefully.. They score over 30K which is faster than an S4. :)

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excelent price for a very good phone


Looked odd to me too.....no feedback score ?

Sold By

Online Store 930962
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No feedback score.


Detailed Seller Ratings information is unavailable when there're less than 10 ratings.

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View PostCaTa Simion, on 31 July 2013 - 08:25 PM, said:


Just bought Lenovo A820 € 36,91 plus free dhl shipping from Aliexpress.
http://www.aliexpres...1153437453.html :)


Something is not right here.. are you selling them on Aliexpress? I don't know but I would stay away from this.


Agree with Rico be a bit careful, went to http://www.aliexpress.com/store/532941 which is the shop, was tempted by the price of the THL w8 then went and reloaded into http://www.aliexpress.com and searched for the phone and they did not show up as a supplier. did the same on the Lenovo phone with the same result, maybe it is not showing up because he is new supplier.....

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I don't trust this seller either, after viewing lack of feedback a friend of mine bought this morning one a820 from antelife, 150$ but trusted seller

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Don't Ali Express give you a full refund if you don't receive your goods or they aren't as described?

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Don't Ali Express give you a full refund if you don't receive your goods or they aren't as described?


Think the problem might be that it looks like a fake site

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Think the problem might be that it looks like a fake site

It's definitely a genuine site - go to aliSPAM.com, then click through to aliexpress.com using the links at the bottom. Search for the Lenovo A820 and the ad comes up.

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