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Overall satisfaction
9.2
  • 16
  • 1
  • 0
  • 1
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18 opinions
  • Screen8.9
  • Performance9.4
  • Camera7.5
  • Connectivity9.2
  • Battery8.0
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Design & Materials

Is it a drop-resistant and scratch-resistant smartphone?
8.1

18 opinions

Do you think it's a nice phone?
9.3

18 opinions

Is it comfortable?
9.4

18 opinions

Can you see it well in the sunlight?
8.8

18 opinions

Performance & Hardware

Does it have good sound?
8.5

18 opinions

Does it work smoothly in everyday use?
9.9

18 opinions

What's your experience been with demanding games?
9.7

18 opinions

Camera

Quality of daytime photos
7.8

18 opinions

Quality of nighttime photos
6.5

18 opinions

Quality of selfies
7.3

18 opinions

Does it have a powerful flash?
8.3

18 opinions

Connectivity

Does it have good coverage for calls?
8.7

18 opinions

Quality of the GPS
9.7

18 opinions

And the WiFi?
9.1

18 opinions

Battery

How long does the battery last?
  • 0%
    Less than half day
  • 6%
    Less than a day
  • 44%
    One day
  • 39%
    More than one day
  • 11%
    Two days or more

18 opinions

Software

Did it come with preinstalled applications?
  • 83%
    It comes with a clean operating system
  • 17%
    It has preinstalled apps but they don't bother me
  • 0%
    It has preinstalled apps that I can't uninstall

18 opinions

Do you regularly receive updates?
  • 0%
    Never
  • 0%
    Once a year
  • 0%
    Every six months
  • 100%
    Every two months or less

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User reviews

User Reviews

  • Wish the company was still around

    • 10
    • Screen9.5
    • Performance8.3
    • Camera5.5
    • Connectivity10
    • Battery7.0
  • A SPEEDY SMARTPHONE THAT GETS ALL THE LATEST SECURITY PATCHES

    Incredible phone so far and I should know, I've had plenty of smartphones before this. If you're looking for regular security updates and a beautifully designed device this is one of your best choices. I bought mine used, in great condition, for just $250CDN. Phone works perfectly with Rogers here in Canada as it has all the required LTE bands for incredible coverage.

    My favourite part is the clean Android install with zero bloatware. Also it gets updates every month. Fantastic for security minded users. I'm currently running official Android Q Beta 3, Android Version 10. May 5, 2019 security patch.

    Positives
    • Clean Android install, no bloatware
    • Excellent LTE bands for maximum coverage
    • Beautiful design with ceramic backing
    Negatives
    • No headphone jack
    • No IR blaster
    • No IP/water resistance rating
    • 10
    • Screen8.2
    • Performance10
    • Camera6.7
    • Connectivity10
    • Battery7.0
  • Very good phone

    I love this phone and his possibilities.
    I bought it for $200 from second hand(OLX). For this price it is very nice bargain.
    It has only one bug and it is sometimes during charging with old cable, touch screen has (I don't know how to write it) a problem, but with new cable it doesn't appear.

    Positives
    • Battery
    • Screen
    • Notch
    • Snapdragon 835
    • Build quality
    • Takes amazing everytime photos
    Negatives
    • It has one bug
    • 9.9
    • Screen10
    • Performance10
    • Camera9.7
    • Connectivity10
    • Battery9.0
  • Gorgeous Phone and very well equipped for the sub $300 USD price range if you can get it for that price.

    Just about everything with this phone is gorgeous, the screen, the performance, and the price I paid for it.
    It beats out the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ in performance for a fraction of the price!

    Positives
    • Build quality is fantastic
    • Updates nearly as fast as the Google Pixel devices
    • Very fast and responsive
    • Screen to body ratio still one of the best
    • Powerful for the price, beats Galaxy S8+
    Negatives
    • Camera is not as great as the specs would suggest
    • 10
    • Screen7.0
    • Performance8.3
    • Camera7.0
    • Connectivity8.3
    • Battery9.0
  • Excellent smartphone - low light photos could be better

    This is one of the best deals still available in the market. The build and design are beautiful, android Auto integration is flawless, NFC does as required, updates keep coming, even for the camera which is much improved over early days.

    Positives
    • Android auto integration
    • Updates
    • Build/design
    • Performance
    • Stock android
    • Price
    Negatives
    • Camera
    • 9.6
    • Screen10
    • Performance9.7
    • Camera9.0
    • Connectivity10
    • Battery9.0
  • Excellent

    Absolutely stunning...fast updates, very good battery, extremely handy, good quality photos. Maybe signal is a bit below the rest

    Positives
    • Fast updates
    • Battery
    • Camera
    • Size
    • 9.7
    • Screen9.8
    • Performance10
    • Camera10
    • Connectivity9.0
    • Battery10
  • Speedy phone with incredible price, and very nice now with Oreo update

    This phone is now super cheap here in Canada. It is 360 CAN$ (280 US$ - 230 Euro) with my provider (Koodo).

    With the latest updates, the phone now has OREO 8.1, and the phone scores even higher in Antutu (I got 203059 on my phone).

    The latest version fixes most issues people have seen with the phone, and the 360 camera you can get is also very nice. I got it for 60 CAN$ (47 US$ - 38 EURO - Tax included).

    The ONLY issue I have is that it sometimes is not as responsive as I would like in games for quick touch response. For example, in subway surfer, it sometimes doesn't respond as quickly as I would like when playing.

    Other than that, I have just the best experience with the phone.

    Positives
    • Very fast phone
    • Latest updates (Oreo 8.1)
    Negatives
    • some touch response can be slower than optimal
    • slipery phone
    • 9.7
    • Screen8.3
    • Performance10
    • Camera9.3
    • Connectivity10
    • Battery7.0
  • Auto
    Fluency and optimization

    • 10
    • Screen10
    • Performance8.6
    • Camera6.2
    • Connectivity8.6
    • Battery7.0
  • Auto
    Different

    Except for the camera application, as well as the usability of it I loved this equipment.

    Positives
    • software
    • Design
    • performance
    Negatives
    • Camera
    • 8.1
    • Screen8.5
    • Performance9.5
    • Camera2.5
    • Connectivity8.6
    • Battery7.0
  • Auto
    I expected more

    I had really been excited about the Specs, but I find a battery that barely comes up to date, a screen with barely acceptable angles and with a wasted resolution, a horrible sound, lousy connectivity, camera rescued by the gcam without salvation for the video, and a questionable resistance, since I only dropped once from a height of twenty centimeters and with that it was enough for the gorilla glass to yield, the panel was not affected, which would be the last straw, but to change the gorilla glass This team blocks almost one thousand Mexican pesos. Not worth what it costs, Amazon is at 18-20k pesos, with that better buy a Note 10+

    Positives
    • Pure Android
    • Updates
    • Titanium frames
    • Gcam
    Negatives
    • Camera and microphone
    • Resistance
    • Panel type, screen resolution and notch
    • Connectivity
    • Battery
    • Additional features
    • 2.7
    • Screen4.0
    • Performance6.3
    • Camera3.0
    • Connectivity4.6
    • Battery5.0

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7.5
Ki Price/Quality
Score
  • 8.0 Design & Materials
  • 7.7 Performance & Hardware
  • 6.7 Camera
  • 8.3 Connectivity
  • 4.9 Battery
What is a Ki score?
Ki is an automatic score based on the specifications and prices of devices. It is calculated using over 200 variables to rank smartphones, tablets and other devices from best to worst.
How do we calculate the Ki?

In this case, to determine the score we evaluate 5 general aspects:

  • Design and screen
  • Hardware and performance
  • Camera
  • Connectivity
  • Battery

Once these 5 factors have been rated, we introduce the price variable. This means that any two devices with the same ratings get a different Ki score for quality vs price.

Even a device objectively worse than another may have a higher Ki score if it has a better price.

Does the Ki score change?

The Ki varies as time goes by. As new devices with better specifications enter the market the Ki score of older devices will go down, always being compensated of their decrease in price.