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Bluboo Dual real life review

This in life review written for Bluboo Dual. Thi is a smartphone from chana, built in daul camera and made with aluminium metal uni-body budget phone priced in around 100 USD from Aliexpress. Has no phsysical navigation buttons on bottom of screen, but some space left – maybe it was a plan for using touch navigation area as like others ? – and it may used to hold phone to watch something.

Whatever it is, this smartphone using on screen soft navi keys – maybe uncomfort for like me who doesn’t lile to using soft keys loosing whole screen resolution by displaying this useless shi* – I am really hate this soft key.

Something special features for good sales point may thoes of “”Dual lenses” and “Finger print scanner”. Finger print sensing speed was similar like to Xiaomi Redmi 3 or later series, quickly sensing my fingers like iPhone and Xiaomi Redmi3s of mine. Dual lenses meaning just a taste of DOF(Depth of field) – like DSLR out focused at point to anywhere on screen and picture.

But not recommended to feeling as real DSLR effect, just hardware leveled blurring effect. Not real DOF and qulity is coarsened.

But normal pictures from camera, it is certainly enhanced a little from previous Mediatek ISP. Dirty noises has enhanced to more detailed but still not enough feels like “IT IS AMAZING!”. Just worth for this price around 100 USD.

Dual lenses may good for feeling looks good as like ” I have dual ! like iPhone 7 plus!”, but not real iPhone 7 plus, swag. Positive side is fast sensing speed of my finger print, it is one of fastest device among I had that from China.

Ear speaker is best point of this budget one, voice hears with heavy bass, supports UMTS AMR (not sure VoLTE). But loud speaker hears like cheappy vinyl, don’t expect like iPhone.

Here is a simple conclusion.

Pros.

  • Cheap, may around 100 to 110 USD on market.
  • Bright&Sharp 1080p Full HD resolution at 5.5″ IPS LCD.
  • Dual Lens, DOF effect (w/ built in SLR camera app)
  • 3000 mAh battery holds a day for ordinary usage.
  • Slim metal uni-body.
  • Fast finger-print sensor.

Cons.

  • Fake dual standby SIM, one must be for GSM only with 3G/UMTS or LTE.
  • Useless in North America include almost of United states
  • No more update for air. Latest version marked as V3.06
  • Uncertified Google Apps. ( manufacturer Bluboo not registered to Google )
  • Not supports Quick Charge
  • SCweather : built-in malware

Depends on your flavor, yeah

  • Damn soft navigation key.
  • Useless bottom side wide bezel – what for ?
  • Built in 3000 mAh Battery.

 

bonus issue: How to remove SCweather ?

First, you can disable app in setting menu, or if you got TWRP and ready to flash, use my zip flashing script.

This zip flashable patch disables these system apps : (and disclaimer, all problems used my patch zip is up to your decision, before doing this flash, you must allow all problems not belong to me.)

  • AdupsFota
  • AdupsFotaReboot
  • AutoDialer
  • BSPTelephonyDevTool
  • FWUpgrade
  • FWUpgradeProvider
  • MtkFloatMenu
  • MTKLogger
  • MtkQuickSearchBox
  • SCweather
  • ThemeStore
  • PrizeFactoryTest
  • Baidu_Location

If you like edit apps to removed, just extract zip file and change script in META-INF\com\google\android.

Fixing SD card unexpected unmounting problem of Oukitel U20 plus SIM tray.

Oukitel U20 plus was a good budget smartphone has FHD resolution and dual cameras priced under 100 USD in the world from China.

But some people may have experience about “Unexpected SD card unmounted” problem in real life. All apps turned to gray and it doesn’t run while SD card mounted again by hitting back side of SIM tray again.

So I have to fix this prblem, and tear off back cover with some stripping tools.

Now I understand why U20 plus so heavy, and astonished Oukitel grown up well to architecting better than before about times of K6000. Some lacks by mistery of price under 100 USD, may acceptable – inside back cover color was white, I was expected black or dark inside.

Examined why SD card going unmounted in unexpected times, and found reason of this.

It was seems to reason of cost reduction, low cost componet problem of SIM tray + SD card. There’s nothing like shielding metal covers on component, just rare plastic itself made weakage on bending inside by pressure. Here I explained why it going worst:

To prevent unexpected unmounting SD card by any shock, I need put shomething to make depth to same beside EMI shielded block of right side. I put couple of transparency urethane film, and it made depth more thicker. And it made for better than befoe, test many shock by hitting area of SIM tray and it not happened to unmounting SD card again.

It may better put something to make fill gap between back cover and SIM tray component, and it may not considered on designing step or, lack of reason to cost reduction to make it more cheaper by Oukitel.

Hope make it better by reading my article who anybody looking for solution to fix this problem as like me.

Doogee Shoot 1 hands on

Doogee Shoot 1 is a budget smartphone among brothers of samely born from MT6737T. Brothers are came out each same shapes, Dual lenses with finger print sensor.

Here I writing some hands-on-review for checking package and until it boots up.

Package arrived,

It was arrived in a week with DHL shipping option from AliExpress. I have paid under 10 USD for this option and seller kindly serviced well. There’s some gifts: USB 5V2A single car cigar hole charger and short silver colored touch pen, fish bone shaped cable holder, small fabric piece to clean screen and some plugging rubbers.

Package box was made with Paper, like iPhone or its copycat – Sunshil Electronics, ha! Doogee saved useless spaces well – I loved this.

What’s inside ?

There’s one Shoot 1. It already applied screen protecting film and I can tear off thin printed outter film easily.  Let’s ignore it’s so familiar shape have seen before … Mmm …

Shoot 1 also kindly put wear protecting TPU jacket already. And under inside, there’s a SIM extracting pin, micro USB cable and 5V 2A travel charger with simple manual. It’s all of inside a box. Ah, one more protecting film inside.

Dual camera

Like other brothers, shoot 1 also designed to use dual lenses to make Depth of Focus(DOF) effect as like DSLR. There’s dual flahs also placed middle of lenses. But don’t expect real DOF not availed to this cheapy budget smartphone, It’s imitating effect. Don’t be deceived by their fake promotions. But each single shots and videos really improved than before.

Charging & USB port & Speakers ?

Shoot 1 is still used traditional micro USB port, and it is accepts 5V 2A charging. Unfortunately still most of Chinese manufacturer not ready to using quick charging solution as like Qualcomm’s. Bottom side looks has stereo spearks but don’t believe it, one side is blocked so no sounds from right side. It is imitation.

SIM tray

Doogee shoot 1 designed to use double slots in one tray. One micro SIM and one more micro SIM or micro SD card.

 

And …

Doogee shoot 1 is a budget phablet to buy in 100 to 110 USD. It has Full HD IPS LCD, dual lenses plus front selfie camera, extends up to 128GB micro SD card, well made body, moderated ARM CPU with MALi GPU for enjoying your economical life.

And this review will be continued to softwares.

OTA 3.10 released for Oukitel U20 Plus

Eventually Oukitel released new OTA update, verison 3.10 to fix many minor bugs ! Now I don’t need see blurred stripes on bottom of screen, and it is no longer need annoying me.

Everybody download new OTA binary from needrom site, and URL is here:

I don’t expect how many OTA updates awaits me, but I have to done with decision of disable many pre-installed apps like ADUP FOTA and some useless apps of this list:

  • AdupsFota
  • AdupsFotaReboot
  • AutoDialer
  • BSPTelephonyDevTool
  • FWUpgrade
  • FWUpgradeProvider
  • MtkFloatMenu
  • MTKLogger
  • PrizeFactoryTest
  • All operator app (Baidu Location)

My custom patch need cutomized recovery TWRP and modified boot image by installing Super SU once more. I’m using a way to installing TWRP and zip-flashing SuperSU to modify original boot image. Super SU zip-flashing wil change verification of U20 plus, and it makes help out “NEVER BOOTING UP” problem.

Here is my cusotm patch zip for TWRP and you may bear disclaimer in mind, all fault is depends on your decision and acting whatever you do. Link is from my MEGA.NZ drive:

Plus more, there’s a couple of app “PrizeLauncher” and “ThemeStore”. These are works together for default launcher and managing its theme. I strongly disable these and replace with other launcher as like NovaLauncher or AOSP launcher 3. It’s up to you.

Review of Ulefone Vienna.

Ulefone Vienna was placed in my demand-list to buy when its cost comes down under 130 USD. And it was able to buy in 120 USD in a month ago. It delivered me with DHL from China while only a week.

Vienna was designed to perfect experience to listening music with professional level DAC as manufacturer description with FHD resolution in 5.5″ IPS display – I expected more better than LG G3, and it is exactly matched for me.

Bundled clear TPU case helped me carrying for while, and easily clean out any stains. But back-butt placed speaker gave to me bad position to listening any sound and any others. But it could be accept by price because its loud level is much bigger than any other android budget phones.

Camera, it is like any others, little bit better, maybe. But it could not be expect excellent picture on evening to night, or dark places. Just a same like most of Chineses budget phones.

Fingerprint scanner works well, better than modern budget phones price around 100 USD. It could be sens my finger in any degree like iPhone or Xiaomi. But ratio of corretly works not much better than as I expected.

Hardware touching area is my one of loved feature, it may much better than any software navi. It will be better if it has illuminations like small LED lights on back side, but there’s nothing like my hopes.

One more special feature, left side a button is useful or an obstacle as who using this, I couldn’t find how it be turned off but works too well. I thought it will better if it has any bumps around button to press not so easily. But it will be pleased by using TPU case for protect pressing button so easily.

Software – OS was upgraded to 6.0 with OTA thru WiFi easily. I could upgrade OS and testing well, but many preinstalled apps are also like previous Ulefone models.

So I need replace recovery partition to adjusting my app conditions with TWRP and my customized zip files. Then, it works so perfectly. Much longer battery life and nothing to annoying.

Vienna became to lowest price in a year, It should be good choice to listening music without external amp for your ( or my ) headphones what has high resistance.

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After a while, review of Doogee Y6.

Few monthes ago, I have trip to Vietnam with Emily for a week in Da Nang. It was impressed experience for me and lovely times for having past times of our country in my 40’s age. (sigh …)

I was planed to use Vietnam prepaid SIM cards for travel in 3G network of Vietnam. It was successfully worked in Da Nang in HSPA+ network and voice call also excellent for me.

Camera was just OK for day light, Not enough to took a scene in night, Everybody may not accept noisy and blurred picture. Dynamic range seems not much better than modern smartphones.

Here I took some pictures in Da Nang of Vietnam. All pictures just resized to 1024px in long side, and nothing else affected.

Difference of Bright area to Dark (shadow) side seems not flatten as like a centry ago. It just Ok for day light but not much good enough to take a shot in less lights – from evening to night. I was good for snap shot while traveling anywhere for searching google map and taking pictures in one hand.

Durability is verified for me by dropping solid bottom, actually it was not my fault, by some aunty smashed my hand in Lotte Mart in Hanoi (South from Da Nang, about a hour by van). It was smashed to bottom, side of screen exactly, I was really surprised and Phone gone for unstable to cannot detect external SD. Just I have reboot it and it became normal. Nothing broken or scratched, just my protecting film saved real glass. Everything was OK.

It was enough good for me. Need some work to disable many services apps. Some system UI not so good for recognized (specially system max memory indicating while app task screen by long press of home button) but it is not much bad for me by this smartphone price.

It could be recommended by looking for around 100 USD budget 5.5″ HD display with durable chasis. But I strongly recommend to user may possible to understand cusomized recovery and SP-Flash program to flash some customizes.

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New dual lenses smartphones awaiting.

Here I ordered to two different model but same SOC – MT6737T for supporting dual lenses – Doogee Shoot1 and Bluboo Dual.

Bluboo was made an order about 2 weeks ago, but a problem of China holiday (lunar’s day as I heard) was among day in resting term. So I need to wait for more weeks until it shipped to me. And doogee Shoot 1 will arrived to me more faster than Bluboo dual, because it ordered with EMS shipping option and seller promised processing will be soon – Before I had ordered Ulefone Vienna from them, it was extreamely faster than any other sellers, really impressed.

I had an Oukitel U20 plus, but it is not solved UI problem on bottom of screen – blurred stripes still annoying me and I don’t like to use it until solve by new Oukitel OTA be released – And I promised to myself, no more Oukitel, ever. Stop buying junk, again !

Bluboo Dual may not supports hardware touching navigation area in bottom side like other Chinese smartphones – yes, it is soft navi key on screen ! so I am worry about this.

I will write down my experiences soon after Ulefone Vienna, A.S.A.P.

Vernee Thor TWRP script for disable system apps.

Here is a custom patch for TWRP zip flashing style to disable preinstalled system apps on Vernee Thor. (revision 2)

My patch will disables theses apps:

  • AdupsFota
  • AdupsFotaReboot
  • AutoDialer
  • FWUpgrade
  • FWUpgradeProvider
  • MtkFloatMenu
  • MTKLogger
  • MtkQuickSearchBox
  • uber
  • NbAgingTest (included in rev2)
  • All vendor, operator apps

 

Download will be able to here: (MEGA.NZ)

https://mega.nz/#!kk9UCRRB!Fc22DSISY_RDyyFqCHsx3biCQt5xCkOI0G3MyfEkJ0g

 

Plus, default Launcher3 disabler ( if it disabled, Lock screen not be changed )

https://mega.nz/#!wslm2SLZ!U5DjPk0hJEyWf8G7Ucmf3pvdjO0-RkhQd7ugNCGD7rE

 

And, if wanna enable again,

https://mega.nz/#!B8lXHS7L!CF5n8FDdsEh_qF5aTTIomlXsGThOAHqB-8ylaUmw-XE

 

After download, just copy to your sdcard, then reboot to TWRP. And just install zip.

If you want to edit script, just extract zip file to somewhere on your host PC/Laptop, then Edit updater-script in META-INF/com/google/android .

 

Desclaimer:

If you don’t understand what are you doing before download and flashing my zip, don’t anything. All doing by yourself makes your own risk. If any problems occurs, it’s not my fault.

Oukitel U20 Pro real review for weeks

Prologue:

It was second time to wait pre-sell item for new item from Ali-express. This wait required long wait for a month even I have made an option to shipping with DHL.

My Interesting was “Dual lens”:

It was special to me by this budget smartphone had dual lens as seen for iPhone7+. Oukitel described hardware level dual lens may help to shoot a picture that similar like DSLR, wow.

I was expected this dual lens really works like my DSLR/DSLT by stereo graphic differential algorithm likes, but reality was so harsh. too harsh.

 Here I left a balnk for later, inserting some pictures with dual lens, that dual lens results. harsh results.

 

Blur defection on bottom screen,

It was not a problem of only mine. Many people also reported this defection to XDA, and geeks found how it be fixed with rooted system, not for normies, damn.

It was a reason of UI rendering with wrong start position of state bar. -5 pixels rolled up so bottom blur defection occurs by -5 pixels of gone up.

No update.

I have been expected when it released new OTA for fix UI rendering problem, but still it doesn’t possible to check latest version.

Lastest version is “SSXSJS5.1210.V3.0.3”. But still this version not solved bottom screen defection, and there’s not many TWRP or CWM recovery with working touch sensor.

Much looks like Apple iPhone 6s, but not iPhone, has too many problems still not be fixed yet, Oukitel seems to still not good a company who mades smartphone in lowest price.

Maybe don’t be comapred with Doogee Shoot1 or Bluboo Dual.

Next is,

Blueboo dual. a much same smartphone with Oukitel U20 plus, without hardware navi keys. And Doogee Shoot 1. All phones are same CPU and similar camera module as like dual focusing system for making depth of aperture.

 

My little conclusion,

Don’t buy this junk until solve many problems. You may better buy this after a half of year.

How to fix 100% awake of Doogee F5 ?

If you are an user who using Doogee F5 phablet, you will already recognized battery drains so fast by many bloatwares.

So I recommend to use custom recovery ( a.k.a TWRP or CWM ) instead of stock image for modify F5 system apps to disabled by changing permission.

For this article, I like to exapin how I found always awake (wakelocked) reason one by one disabling system app with ‘chmod 000 [file]’ method with wakelock detector.

And now, Eventually I found what system app always my device awaken, and it is just one.

 PREVENT POCKET DIALS

It’s the name of system app. If you disabled it, you can see awake may no more draws cyan continous block at battery histroy details.

If you have installed TWRP or CWM to manage your phone by yourself, and want to use F5 for more hours, strongly recommend this useless system app by changing permission.

You may wonder increased battery using time.

Chinese softwares always need to something to do for use it for normal life. Sucks.