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    China Phone Discussion [Part 2]

    Xiaomi Poco/Pocophone F1 gives the OnePlus 6T a run for its money and is significantly cheaper. Just got one but haven't started using it yet.
  2. Ah - I didn't realise that ARB protection could be circumvented. Good to know that it can be - thanks.
  3. Check Kimovil for specs and prices. https://www.kimovil.com/en/ I can't remember what the best Xiaomi phone in the €120 range is but there's definitely something at that price point. Note that on most or all Xiaomi phones the bootloader is unlocked but can be unlocked officially by using the Xiaomi tool and instructions. So generally you can install TWRP, root and install a custom ROM if you prefer that to MIUI. I liked MIUI for a long time but now I find that it contains too much bloat/crap/adware so I'm moving back towards LineageOS. I installed LineageOS on my son's new Redmi Note 5 recently. Note that some Xiaomi (and other?) phones may have ARB (https://www.xda-developers.com/xiaomi-anti-rollback-protection-brick-phone/) so you want to avoid such an update if you want freedom to install certain ROMs. Hope this helps.
  4. dalyer

    China Phone Discussion [Part 2]

    I've enjoyed using Xiaomi phones for the past few years. I was fond of MIUI but then they started putting all sorts of bloat into it that I don't like. So these days I prefer to get LineageOS installed and use that instead. Xiaomi make this a little bit of hassle (e.g. having to unlock the bootloader etc.) but there's plenty of help and guides out there. Still tempted by the Pocophone F1 but I'm resisting for now...
  5. dalyer

    China Phone Discussion [Part 2]

    Comparison here: https://www.gsmarena.com/compare.php3?idPhone1=9227&idPhone2=9293 And as usual Kimovil is a useful site for checking specs/prices etc. www.kimovil.com The crack is not that noticeable and doesn't affect functionality but it is starting to annoy me and I don't think that I really want to do a teardown and DIY replacement myself. It's years since I did that sort of thing and these days I reckon life is too short (must be getting older... :-D)
  6. dalyer

    China Phone Discussion [Part 2]

    Xiaomi Pocophone/Poco F1 has similar specs for a lot less money (c. US$300). https://www.gsmarena.com/xiaomi_pocophone_f1-9293.php I'm tempted by it but am still using my Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro (even with a cracked screen!) happily enough. I had even bought a new Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 but ended up giving that to my son for his birthday to replace the Uhans A101 that was driving him mad with crap battery life etc.
  7. Ha ha - wouldn't you know it - I got caught this time and had to pay an extra €50 (€40 VAT + €10 post office handling fee) on delivery. Bit of a bummer but still cheaper than buying locally (a few places now stock Xiaomi phones including the Note 5 here in Dublin nowadays). However a colleague said that he imported a load of 3D printer parts and they got through OK but then he got an additional small part in an envelope which was stopped and charged. So it looks like it's still pot luck but I presume that they're wiser to packages coming from the likes of China/HK etc. these days and are more likely to pick them out for inspection...? BTW - apologies @KennyPowers for the delay in sending the battery - definitely this week. P&P seems to be only €1.50 so don't worry about it.
  8. Thanks but I don't have any Messages option in that menu...
  9. Sorry - didn't get a chance to check the P&P costs to UK over the weekend - will do so this week. I can't seem to see how to enable private messaging here. In fact I don't see any PM options at all for some reason.... :-| Regarding import taxes/duties I'm not sure what the story is (at least here in Ireland) but I recently ordered a Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 to replace my Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 which I am passing on to somebody else and I will probably find out soon if that gets stopped. :-)
  10. OK - let me price the P&P (from Ireland) an get back to you.
  11. I don't know why PM didn't work. Yes - I still have the battery. You are welcome to it - where are you located just to assess P&P costs? I'll see if I can get PM working if you want to follow up on this.
  12. How is it dying? Battery or something else? I have a spare battery that was never used in case that's of any use and you're welcome to it (subject to reasonable P&P costs). Or maybe there's something else wrong with it? I presume you're already aware of Kimovil for searching for Chinese phones? I usually use that and then check reviews when looking for something new... https://www.kimovil.com/en/ Hope this helps.
  13. I don't have much to hide. :-)
  14. FWIW I'm running MIUI 7 (still haven't updated to 8!) on my Xiaomi Note 3 Pro and it offers the option to encrypt: Settings > Additional settings > Privacy > Encrypt phone However using this MIUI (also 7 I think?) on Coolpad F1 I don't see any option to encrypt: http://www.needrom.com/download/f1-miui-v7-2-1-stabile/ I don't know about other MIUIs for Coolpad F1 - I did try another (kouskous's?) at one stage but can't recall if there was any encrypt option. When I try Jpower73's one (see above) I'll check there too. Personally encryption is of no concern to me. :D
  15. You should be able to find and install an APK or install something to fool Play Store into showing apps that it would not otherwise show due to "incompatibility".
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