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Doogee Voyager2 DG310 Owner Review

3rd September 2014, 07:43 AM   |  #1  
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My very first post!

Another user posted a YouTube video review of this phone in Russian. After almost a week of constant usage, I figured I will do a written review in English.

I currently own the LG Optimus G (which I am passing to my wife, who is on the ancient Samsung Nexus S) so that is my frame of reference throughout this review.

Summary – In the context of a $100 cell phone, I say it is good value for the money (FYI, I paid $695 for the Optimus G when it first came out and it was brand spanking new. Don’t think I can justify that kind of spending again). Fast enough for what I need to do, good reception, decent screen. But the camera is rather disappointing. And I simply cannot get Google Authenticator (or Authy) app to work (see below), any help is appreciated!

Here are the review details:

Packaging – Well packaged with screen protector pre-installed, and included a second screen protector in the box. I purchased it from DX and they threw in a clear plastic back cover for the phone, so it was nice of them.

Exterior – Decent looking. Thin. Plastic so it feels a bit light sometimes, but well made. It doesn’t have that heavy duty feel to it like my Optimus G.

Screen – Nice and bright. When outside there is no problem using it in the shade or inside the car. Haven’t tried it under the sun.

Screen Resolution – The phone’s screen resolution is low and it shows if you really look at it. When you stare down at the icons it is visibly inferior to my Optimus G. A low resolution screen also means you get less information displayed. Think of it as a 24 inch computer monitor but your graphics card can only output 1280x720.

Screen (Touch) – Responsive enough. Did not notice any problems.

CPU & Responsiveness – Quite good. I didn’t notice any lags when swiping and doing stuff. Launches apps quickly.

Games – I only played Subway Surfer. While it is very playable, it was not as responsive as my Optimus G. Without the Optimus G, however, it probably would not have occurred to me that it was slow.

Video – I loaded a 1080P MP4 into the phone and it played this file smoothly.

Wifi – No complaints. Fast connectivity to my lan.

Wifi Throughout (Ookla App) – 22Mbps down and 8Mbps up. My internet connectivity is 25Mbps down/10Mbps up.

Network – No complains. Very quick connectivity to Rogers/Fido 3G network.

Network Throughput (Ookla App) – on Rogers/Fido 3G, I get 7.8Mbps down and 1.2 Mbps up.

Call Quality – Works fine. It was clear, and the other caller can hear me fine.

GPS – I get GPS sync pretty quickly, probably the same lock time as the Optimus G, if not faster. Works well with Google Maps while travelling.

Camera – I think the biggest disappointment is the camera. Focus ‘appears’ to be quick, but I just can’t seem to get a good focus at anything I point at. Maybe it’s my high expectations? On the other hand, it scans QR code fine.

Bluetooth – Works properly when sync to our car. Bluetooth calls works fine. But the weird thing is that the Bluetooth audio volume comes across very low. I couldn’t find the setting to adjust that, but there are apps that supposedly can help. I will give it a try later. This issue seems to appear on other brands of androids phone, so it’s not unique to DG310.

Battery Life – I say it’s average. When in use the DG310 (2000mAh) seems to drain faster than my Optimus G (2100mAh). I say on average usage you can go day and a half. I do charge mine every night.

Sound – Nice and clear.

Memory Card – I put in a 32G microSD card and it works fine.

Antutu Score – 18381

Root – Rooted with Baidu Root 2.4.6 (in Chinese) app. There seems to be different versions/clones of this app floating around, and only version 2.4.6 worked. I first tried the newer 2.4.7 and that one did not work.

Google Authenticator (and Authy) – The app installed and runs fine, but it does not generate the correct 6-digit code. I spent hours searching through many forums, executed “Time correction for codes” within the Google Authenticator app many times, but it still does not generate the correct code. I rooted the phone and then used ClockSync app to sync the phone to NTP time. Still does not work. Poor clock/crystal quality inside the phone? Don't know. HELP!!!!

Other thoughts – I have now transferred all my apps and data off the Optimus G and onto the DG310. So far so good. My plan is to simply use it for a year and then upgrade to next latest and greatest $100 phone

Hopefully this review helped somebody.
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5th September 2014, 09:39 AM   |  #2  
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Clear, succinct, informative without overspilling or keeping important details. Excellent review indeed.

I ordered mine (DG310), but hasn't yet been posted, so waiting.

Can you -- following your review -- compose a clear, noob-oriented tutorial for proper root procedures?
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Originally Posted by voiceferous

Clear, succinct, informative without overspilling or keeping important details. Excellent review indeed.

I ordered mine (DG310), but hasn't yet been posted, so waiting.

Can you -- following your review -- compose a clear, noob-oriented tutorial for proper root procedures?

I saw some sites selling DG310 phone.Why do prices vary considerably?
5th September 2014, 12:15 PM   |  #4  
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I saw some sites selling DG310 phone.Why do prices vary considerably?

LINKS?
5th September 2014, 04:22 PM   |  #5  
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I got mine from eBay UK, They sell it really cheap on DX.com, I managed to root mine from some help from a member on this forum
5th September 2014, 09:20 PM   |  #6  
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Originally Posted by voiceferous

Clear, succinct, informative without overspilling or keeping important details. Excellent review indeed.

I ordered mine (DG310), but hasn't yet been posted, so waiting.

Can you -- following your review -- compose a clear, noob-oriented tutorial for proper root procedures?


Thanks voiceferous for your kind words!

As for my rooting experience, you know what they say, third time's a charm...

My first attempt was with Baidu rooting, PC version. This is were you plug the DG310 into the USB port of the PC and run the rooting application on your PC. The phone was detected by the application, but rooting simply did not work.

For my second attempt, I found an XDA user who used Baidu rooting app version 2.4.6 and reported success. I downloaded the latest 2.4.7 of that app and installed on the phone. It kind of worked, since it was able to install Baidu's version of super user app into the system (it didn't ask if I wanted that app installed), but the root does not persist after reboot (and the app forces a reboot). So I attempted to root again, and again on reboot the root goes away. So this is a fail. Worse still, I now have Baidu's super user app in the phone but it is completely useless because the phone is not rooted. And I can't uninstall it because it's a system app.

On my third try, I downloaded version 2.4.6 of that app, installed on my phone, execute, and this time it worked. The only thing is that I had to manually reboot the phone.

After I confirmed my root with the Root Checker app, I installed SuperSU from the Play Store, uninstall the Baidu root app and also uninstall Baidu's super user app. I reboot the phone to make sure my root is permanent.

A few things to note:
1. There seem to be different variants of Baidu rooting app floating around. Not sure if they are created equal or not. If you are interested I can either send you or post the link of the exact Baidu rooting app I used. Newbie question: am I allowed to post links like that here?

2. The app is in Chinese, but I say you don't need to know Chinese to use it. Just press that elongated button on the top half of screen and you are good to go.

3. Many people have apprehensions regarding Chinese apps like this one since it has access to the core system of your phone, and that is totally understandable. In my case, after I uninstalled the two Chinese apps, I was getting Chinese advertisements on my phone notification like once a day. Annoying! I traced those ads to an app called com.android.service.memmagr. I used the System App Remover app from the Play Store to remove it and now all seems good. When I googled com.android.service.memmagr, only a small number of Chinese websites turned up. So looks like it was installed by Baidu root. But I stand to be corrected.

I know some people have successfully rooted the DG310 using ClockmodWork. But the instructions are just too complicated for me to follow right now. As an aside, I have used CWM in the past to root my Acer Iconia A500 tablet, so I am familiar with it.

Let me know if you have any questions.
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Originally Posted by Krystyna

I saw some sites selling DG310 phone.Why do prices vary considerably?

I got mine from DX for $89 USD. I am in Canada so my $100 in the review is in Canadian currency.
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Please help me. i just got my DG310, but cannot connect to the internet vie sim. over wifi is working, but not from the provider of the sim. On my old HTC it works.
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Please help me. i just got my DG310, but cannot connect to the internet vie sim. over wifi is working, but not from the provider of the sim. On my old HTC it works.

Perhaps you already done it, but I would start by checking two places:

1. check the APN (Access Point Names) is setup properly. This setting is specific to your carrier, so they would have that published on their website somewhere. In my case my SIM has that info and it was setup for my automatically.

Settings > Wireless & networks > Mobile networks > Access Point Names

2. check that your mobile data connection is enabled.

Settings > Wireless & networks > Mobile networks > Data connection

Hope this helps.
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Originally Posted by Artog

Perhaps you already done it, but I would start by checking two places:

1. check the APN (Access Point Names) is setup properly. This setting is specific to your carrier, so they would have that published on their website somewhere. In my case my SIM has that info and it was setup for my automatically.

Settings > Wireless & networks > Mobile networks > Access Point Names

2. check that your mobile data connection is enabled.

Settings > Wireless & networks > Mobile networks > Data connection

Hope this helps.

Thank you very much. it was the APN's. It seems the phone cannot set the APN automatically.

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