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Customer Review

on 2 August 2013
Needed a backup phone should anything happen to my S3 and this looked like a good choice. I'm under no illusions that it was a clone but it had received decent reviews so purchased one.

Packaging: The box deliberately misspells 'Galaxy Note II' and claims to have a quad core processor, 8MP camera and ICS firmware. Inside the box there's two batteries, a USB lead for connecting it to the PC and a charger which is incompatible to the UK electrical system. No instructions or installation disc. The free phone case is a nice touch.

Phone: As pictured on here. Contains twin SIM slots and a slot for a microSD card. The screen is serviceable and is clear and sharp for regular use. The camera has a flash next to it. However, you can feel where the resistive areas are should you push too hard on the screen.

In operation: This is where things fall down. Processor is a dual-core MTK6517. Camera is 2MP rather than 8MP. The pictures are fair for a 2MP camera. The OS is Gingerbread with a patch saying that it is 4.1.1. Forget about finding OS updates, it simply will not be happening.

When in use the phone is sluggish to go into landscape and will not do so on the installed apps pages. It is also sluggish in general use, for example when starting apps. Call quality is not great and the sound is grainy.

Wi-fi works well when it connects; I only managed to connect to Google Play once in three attempts.

Connecting to PC: It is not recognised in either Windows 7 64-bit (Ultimate) or Windows 7 32-bit (Home). A long search revealed that Spreadtrum was the chipset. Downloaded drivers for the phone, installed them and it made no difference.

Conclusion: For me I ended up paying nearly £80 for a very expensive lemon. Sometimes you get lucky when playing the Chinese lottery. Sometimes you do not. The latter is one of those occasions.
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