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Experience with Umidigi?

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Newbie
Apr 18, 2020
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Experience with Umidigi?

I read that this company has a pretty bad track record for phone build and customer service, but I wonder if the company has improved is build quality in their newer models.

They are selling two dirt cheap budget phones, a3s and a3x on Amazon.CA for under $140. The first is heavier with a bigger battery. The second has a smaller battery, lighter but 3gb ram instead of 2gb.

Not interested in Xiaomi. What do you think?
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Sr. Member
Jun 21, 2008
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mississauga
i've had an umidigi a5 pro for a few months, used it with PM and fido data plan, now used with tbaytel(not getting much use cos not going out much), pretty happy with it so far
Deal Addict
Oct 18, 2007
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I bought Umidigi X model back in Decemeber... It's not bad... the camera has a lot to be desired. I'm happy with the phone but there are a few things that could better...

camera software is ok

it's good for its value though
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Nov 22, 2003
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I've been using an F1 Play as my daily driver since December (replaced Xiaomi mi A1) and mine has been excellent. That said, I'm running it with a GSI as Umidigi generally doesn't provide many updates if any. The camera is crap but I don't care about phone cameras. Excellent battery. Good but not great build quality. Lots of RAM, good CPU. Fraction of the price of a phone with these specs from any better known manufacturer.

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May 22, 2015
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BC
I've had an F1 Play since they released (maybe more than a year ago?), they're hard to find though. No issues initially though the finger print sensor failed a month ago and the charge port is starting to fail (have to wiggle it to find the sweet spot).

That said the battery is huge, it's fast and does everything I need. Headphone jacks are hard to come by, the screen is bullet proof (many big drops, no issues).

I'll probably buy the F2 next because it has wireless charging.
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Nov 28, 2013
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Oakville
I went through a phase of reviewing these middle-tier cheap Chinese android phones a few years ago... Generally speaking, you'll get maybe a year or so (longer, if you're really cautious with your phone) before something on it fails. Software updates are almost nonexistent, and the software that ships on them is often buggy AF. The phones usually look decent, and feel ok, but the camera generally isn't very good. I stopped using them, and generally now will only recommend the higher end brands (Xiaomi for example) instead.
Jr. Member
Mar 5, 2017
117 posts
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vancouver
I wanted the cheapest dual sim to match Public voice with Fido data as a spare phone.
I bought the Umidigi A3 Pro from Amazon a year ago for $98 all in on a lightning deal.

It's been mostly on standby for a year but everything works - face unlock, fingerprint, camera, fm radio, battery and voice and data.

It has 3GB ram and 32 storage.

I'm glad I bought it and not a more expensive phone.
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Dec 12, 2009
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Toronto
I have the A5 pro and the F2. The A5 pro turned out to be too budget for my liking. So, it is sitting in the shoe box along with other retired hardware. The F2 is going strong. Battery life is exceptional. Unbelievably, Umidigi does provide firmware updates from time to time. I just installed a major update yesterday that included March 2020 security patch and some much needed upgrade to make hands free calling work better.
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Oct 16, 2013
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I have the Power and it works fine. Better than the ZTE Grand Max I had with Freedom.
Newbie
Jun 12, 2020
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I have Umidigi X since at least last December, 2019 and A7 Pro since released May, 2020. X had a keyboard repeat issue but got that corrected, nothing else wrong, no problems yet with A7 Pro. Please remember these are cell phones, get a real camera for serious pics, built-in cameras are a convenience for those who can't use a real DSLR or just want a quick selfie for posting. They're greatly loved by the TV ad grandma who wants to send 3 pics of pooch Cici each day to her grandchildren. The pics are OK for TM'g a LMAO moment to friends, shooting a TikTok post or capturing a rare event. Please review how the phone operates for its intended purpose.
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Apr 9, 2012
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wearysky wrote: I went through a phase of reviewing these middle-tier cheap Chinese android phones a few years ago... Generally speaking, you'll get maybe a year or so (longer, if you're really cautious with your phone) before something on it fails. Software updates are almost nonexistent, and the software that ships on them is often buggy AF. The phones usually look decent, and feel ok, but the camera generally isn't very good. I stopped using them, and generally now will only recommend the higher end brands (Xiaomi for example) instead.
A too general and vague statement and not at all accurate for my Umidigi A5, which after a year of heavy use has been great for me. It has gotten frequent OS software updates and the only software bug I encountered was with the camera, but which has greatly improved with the last update. Also, the top tier and incredibly expensive devices are also never bug free and also have had many hardware problems. Just search for the brand and model and you will find them. THAT is why I opted to try Umidigi as my other brand name devices had problems or lacked features that were not worth paying extra for. As well I did online troubleshooting for one major brand and the user problems and lack of fixes was many and again not worth paying for.
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Feb 16, 2006
4458 posts
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Vancouver
Umidigi F1 Play purchased July 2019

Front selfie camera has stopped working.

Is this something repairable by local cell phone repair shops or better to replace under credit card extended warranty?

Will a local shop even quote for a camera repair?

It looks fairly modular (I know this is the F1 and not the F1 Play).



Front Camera module YL-KWF1-3P3-F Q1928
https://www.sunsky-online.com/view/1042 ... 20Play.htm


https://www.amazon.ca/Watemallment-Char ... B07X6J3Y3J

Almost looks like something I could do myself.

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