This N8000 dual-sim smart phone is not without its imperfections but the feature set, dual-sim capability and bargain price means that this is a fantastic gadget!
I wanted a dual-sim phone, to avoid carrying both a business and a personal mobile around. When it comes to dual-sim phones, the choices are pretty limited with all the models being a poor compromise in one way or other. On the other hand, when it came to a single-sim phone, I tended to stick to fairly "dumb" phones as I just can't justify spending many hundreds of pounds on sim-free iPhone or similar (fancy phones like the iPhone or similar are not available under my corporate plan and I just use a PAYG SIM for a personal number).
But then I found the N8000!
This phone has a large, clear 800x480 WVGA capacitive-touch screen which is smooth and responsive to the touch. It's 5" size means that it's certainly a handful but not uncomfortably so...although smaller handed folks might find it a bit more of a juggle. The colours are bright and vivid, with images and video being clear and smooth. However, this is NOT an iPhone - the touch screen accuracy isn't quite as refined as the iPhone and the display isn't a patch on the retina display! This might be an issue for me if I was buying a tablet...but for me, this is mainly a phone and given the substantially lower price of the N8000, I'm more than happy with the display quality.
The processor is a 1 GHz Media Tek MTK6575, which has plenty of performance for this form-factor and it powers the Android 4.0.3 easily. Using the device is generally a pleasure, although those new to Android may have to Google to find out how to personalise their settings, as the supplied user manual doesn't go into any detail. One of the first things you may have to do is adjust the input language, as my unit came with Chinese pinyin input enabled by default (go to Settings->Language & Input and change the default keyboard).
As for connectivity, the WiFi and GPS both tested fine. WiFi claims to be 802.11b/g and it certainly seems speedy enough, with an adequate antenna that seems to have reasonable reception, although nowhere near as good as, say, my laptop (the phone drops to zero reception while a laptop is still finding a moderate signal).
With good WiFi reception, it's fast enough to stream video from a DNLA server and the Android OS supports Xvid and DivX etc. just fine. High quality video streams did have a slight stutter now and then but whether this is due to the device's video codec, the OS or networking, I'm not sure yet.
The GPS locked on (took a little while) and located me with fair accuracy. Not as tight as my TomTom but close enough to find your way...but in fairness, more outdoor testing is required.
The dual-sim functionality is excellent, with clear profiles and SIM indicators on all messages, calls and so on. Call quality and clarity is good, with very satisfactory signal strength and reception.
The embedded sound speaker isn't great. Volume levels above about 75% tended to make the speaker sound a little distorted (mostly due to what sounds like vibration of the case) but fortunately the stereo headphones are much better. The mic and ear-speaker seem fine for phone calls, however.
One other minor quibble; the unit came fitted with a screen protector but whoever fitted it didn't properly wipe the screen first...there are two tiny specs of dust trapped underneath it which cause a tiny "air bubble" around them. These are hardly noticeable when the display is in use and presumably I can get another screen protector and replace the fitted one.
Also, the phone comes with an analogue TV function which is pretty much defunct now that the digital switchover has happened. There is an "FM Radio" application included but for the life of me, I couldn't get it to tune in to a single station...all it finds is static, despite using the headphones as an antenna (every other FM radio I have can access a multitude of stations just fine). Not a major problem but it would have been nice to have.
In conclusion, this is NOT in the same quality league as an iPhone but it's also not in the same price bracket. However, I definitely feel that the quality, features and functionality are very good given it's sub-£120 price! Add the dual-sim facility and I am quite happy with the few quality compromises described above.