After so long - finally - ours comes review . DOOGEE Valencia2 Y100 Pro. Unfortunately, due to various commitments, more than a month has passed from the arrival of the device to its publication (it is also true that I have tested it for a longer time), but let's not get lost in chatter and let's move on to the review.
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Let's find out if it's worth it!
DOOGEE Y100 Pro Box
Let's start by taking a quick look at the contents of the box which, in addition to the smartphone, contains a second film, the quick guide (not very useful - more than anything else describes the smartphone in short), the 1 Ampere European charger, USB cable and in-ear headphones. These, unfortunately, do not have spare rubber pads, so we have to like them as they are, however the audio quality is not bad at all, and the cable is flat to prevent tangling.
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Features | 8
The dimensions of the DOOGEE Y100 Pro are 14.26 × 7.21 × 0.935 cm for a total weight of 151 grams which initially make themselves felt: in reality it is not heavy, but the small size makes the weight seem a bit excessive; a few grams less would have been ideal. Discreet ergonomics, it holds quite well in one hand and you can easily reach every corner of the screen. It has a good grip even if the materials are nothing but plastic - polycarbonate exactly - despite the back cover has a metallic effect, but which has nothing of metal. The latter is well welded to the device: after a month of use there was no creaking, but the difficult part (if we want to say so) is in removing it. The only two colors available are silver (ours) and gray (slightly darker).
Below it we immediately find the battery from 2200 mAh, also removable, the microSD slot (for a maximum of 128 GB) and two SIM slots, one normal, one micro, both 4G, compatible with all frequencies, 800 MHz included; excellent switch from one card to another, as now on almost all devices that mount SoC Mediatek.
As for the rest, however, we find the power button and volume rocker on the right edge, only the microphone at the bottom, microUSB port and 3.5mm jack at the top and, finally, completely clean the left edge. Behind, however, in addition to the "13 MP" camera with flash, we have the case placed at the bottom.
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In the front we find the second camera from "8 MP", the brightness sensor and the proximity sensor that can also be useful to manage the now widespread Air Gesture. The keys, soft touch, Are without backlight and, unfortunately, the notification LED is missing which I can no longer give up.
Display | 9.5
Moving on to the screen, I have to say that it's really a great panel, which really deserves a lot. Let's start by saying it's a 5 "IPS with a resolution from 1280 × 720 pixel - so HD - with more than good colors considering the price range, especially as regards whites. Obviously black doesn't peak as it would on an Amoled display, but that was to be expected.
The viewing angle is also perfect.
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There is no shortage of off-screen gestures and among these we find some preset to perform certain actions 'on the fly' (unlocking, music, camera, ...) and others configurable to launch our favorite apps. Also present is the awakening with a double touch; each gesture can be activated individually.
With regard to the brightness, this also surprised me a lot, excellent in all light conditions, too under the sun; the brightness sensor does its job well, always giving the perfect brightness level; however, there is no lack of reflections, but this still concerns most of the displays on the market. The only flaw of this display is that unfortunately it is not oleophobic, For nothing, and easily tends to get dirty, maybe a little too much. Perfect as well touch, accurate enough without losing a touch. Congratulations to DOOGEE for choosing this panel (SHARP if I'm not mistaken), it deserves a lot. I find it even better than the display on my OnePlus One.
Data sheet and services | 9
|CPU||MediaTek MT6735 Quad-core 1 GHz 64-Bit|
|ROM||16 GB (12 + available) expandable up to 128GB|
|Display||5 ″ IPS OGS 1920 × 1080 HD pixels, 2.5D 320 PPI Gorilla Glass|
|Camera||13 MP with rear flash, 8 MP front|
|Battery||2200 mAh (3 + hours screen on)|
|Dimensions||14.26 × 7.21 × 0.935 x 151 grams|
|Connectivity||Dual SIM 4G Dual standby, GPS, A-GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0,
2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: WCDMA 900 / 1900 / 2100MHz
4G: LTE 800/1800/2100/2600MHz
|Other||OTG, Hotknot, proximity sensor, brightness sensor, air gesture, on-screen gesture|
This Y100 Pro is the demonstration that a good terminal is not judged at all by price, nor by hardware, which yes, it is important, but it is not decisive as regards the user experience. In fact, as a CPU we find a MediaTek 6735 Quad Core @1GHz side by side 2GB di RAM and an ARM Mali-T760 GPU (with a maximum frequency of 650 MHz). More than enough components to move Android 5.1 thanks to the fantastic optimization by the manufacturer: in fact, in this month there is no abundant use may manifested a single jamming of the device, nor reboots or various problems, and the 2GB of RAM are more than enough to manage multitasking excellently: the system occupies around 200MB of RAM, without running games we have up to 1.5 GB free. But above all, an aspect that should not be underestimated, the heating is not excessive even during intense gaming sessions, in which after exceeding 30-60 minutes the back becomes barely warm, nothing that can annoy (between 40 ° and 50 ° second CPU-Z). During normal use I never felt any type of heating (phone used during August)
Speaking of gaming, we've tried Asphalt 8, who recommended the default medium settings: we set them to maximum and yes, some micro lag happens rarely, but all in all the gaming experience is more than decent (I have played several games and unlocked several objectives without the slightest problem ). Finally, the score obtained with Antutu Benchmark slightly exceeds 19000 points.
The GPS is also excellent and the satellites can be hooked up quickly. The NFC is missing, replaced however by Hotknot, Mediatek's alternative to the NFC. We could not test it as it is the only device we have with this technology, but in short it should use a particular sensor on the display to transfer data. However, theOTG that works very well: tested with both mouse and USB key.
The total memory is approx 16GB, expandable up to 128GB via SD card. At the first start the memory dedicated to the user is little more than 12 GB. Unfortunately I have not had the opportunity to test an external card, but if I am not mistaken the apps can be installed easily on SD
Software | 9
We have already said that the smartphone thinks about it Android 5.1. A really well optimized version with few customizations by DOOGEE: very fluid, without lag, as I never expected from such a cheap device; I did not like, however, the style of the icons and the settings in very bright black, but they are tastes. Few pre-installed apps: among these we have two browsers that do not guarantee a good browsing experience, but can be easily solved with Opera.
A very interesting app is instead DG Xender that allows you to exchange files in LAN with the PC (quick access via QR Code) or with other devices; in the second case it gives us the possibility to access an already existing group or to create a new one to host more devices.
Beautiful interface in material design, both on the device and on the web interface, easy to use and quite complete: the web application allows you to browse the device's gallery, listen to music, manage all files, uninstall apps and more.
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Among the few customizations I have already mentioned the presence of App Permission which serves precisely to manage which applications can access certain functions (GPS, log access, calls, camera, ...). In addition to this we find Miravision, useful for managing colors, temperature, saturation and other screen parameters with settings already set or manually. It works quite well managing multiple users (Lollipop Guest Mode to be clear) that I remember completely absent on Elephone P7000, although they seem to have a fairly similar system.
Camera | 5
If in all respects seen so far it would seem an almost perfect smartphone, something that did not convince me there: camera. The shots, at first glance, do not seem to be so bad, but if you zoom in you notice a really high noise. There is little to do with the lighting conditions or anything else that can affect the quality. It is precisely the camera and its optimization that are poor. With or without flash, inside or outside… the photos don't give much satisfaction. Good autofocus instead.
The back camera, on paper, is one 13 MP but it is easy to see that even lowering the quality to 12 or 8 MP the result is almost identical. The internal one, on the other hand, is 8 MP and here too you can see the noise.
If you are looking for a device with an excellent camera, the DOOGEE Y100 Pro is not it's for you. Although I hope that in the future it can be optimized with some software updates.
Here are the shots, loaded up Google+ let us know yours!
Audio | 7.5
As we have already seen, the speaker is located at the rear, at the bottom. The quality is good, it does not excel: the volume is loud enough, but at most it loses some quality and the bass seems almost absent. There are optimization options but they do not do any miracle other than further altering the maximum volume level. Overall nothing to complain, more than good for a smartphone that is around € 100.
The audio in the capsule is normal, nothing to say. The same goes for the microphone, no one has ever complained about low voice or various disturbances.
Battery | 6
The battery is average. Let's talk about 2200 mAh.
Il Battery drain it is not excessive and the day is easily covered with normal use, but overall it is difficult to pass the 3 hours of screen on by alternating between WiFi and data.
You can get a few more minutes of autonomy thanks to the permissions of the app, a function similar to that of CyanogenMod but not as complete as the latter. Function that I find very useful for apps like Facebook that weigh so much on the battery.
However DOOGEE boasts the Y100 Pro as a device capable of achieving the 70% in just 30 minutes!
NO. It's not true. In an hour, from off, it is almost difficult to reach 50%. A full charge takes around two hours. An improvement can only be seen with a 2A.
Below are some screenshots of battery life. The photos are ordered two by two.
Conclusions | 8
Overall, the DOOGEE Y100 Pro is a really good Smartphone, perhaps the best in its price range (~ 100 €). It is perfect for those who love a simple but at the same time fluid and very stable device; a longer autonomy - and possibly a notification LED - would have made this terminal perfect (for me!). Therefore I would say that it is able to satisfy a good part of users.
However, it is not the ideal smartphone for those who particularly love photography as we have seen above.
If you are interested in this Smartphone at the moment the lowest price on the web is 88 Euros on Everbuying, using the coupon Y100PRO after adding it to your cart. -> Shop
NOTE: Shipping costs are free and the package takes around 20 days to reach the destination. Alternatively you can choose a faster courier, paying a few euros more. From experience, however, I recommend you choose free shipping and to wait a few more days, as it is more difficult for customs duties to be applied, as opposed to what happens with the paid one 😉