Amoi N820 Big V Review and first impressions

Amoi N820 Big V Camera

Amoi haven’t cut any corners with this budget dual-core Chinese phone, and have given the N820 a great 8 mega-pixel rear camera!

While it isn’t going to be a good as the camera on more expensive machines, it does a great job of capturing clear and bright photos for a $150 Android smart phone!

A nice feature is the ‘smile capture’ option which will take photos when your subject puts on a nice wide grin. It’s a great feature and a lot of fun, however it can be a little slow to register happy faces at times.

Auto focus along with touch to focus are both supported, but again they are a little slow.

Overall both photos and videos are good quality as long as you’re not expecting to much from such a low cost Android device.


Amoi N820 Big V Performance

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The N820 get’s Android 4.0 Ice-cream Sandwich which runs on the dual-core MTK Mt6577 cpu, which combine together to make for a very impressive and responsive device with performance almost on par with the much costlier dual-core Meizu MX.

The touch screen is responsive, but the glass feels a little too thick at times which can bother some users, other than that though the display is very good producing crisp colours and nice grain-free images.

Calling is good with no problems or dropped signals and Wi-Fi signal performance is also fantastic.

Due to the large 4.5 inch screen on the Big V Amoi have made the sensible decision to give the N820 a rather large battery. The 2050 mAh battery in the Big V is one of the largest we have seen in a phone of this price and in initial trials easily lasted a day and a half even when left to download apps during the night.

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  1. Fel
    August 19, 2012

    hi does it run google play and gorilla glass? couldn t find the latest updates on it. U really wonder if the G3 ever surfaces and its already outdated and lost a good bit of its appeal

  2. Smileyguy
    August 19, 2012

    Is this phone available in China already? Where can I get this in China? Thanks in advance for your answers.

  3. partha pratim dutta
    August 19, 2012

    chinese have done wonders for even the poor people of the world. their business encompasses all sections of the socoety on the world. hats of to them.

  4. Dexter
    August 21, 2012

    Hey, I recently founf this site and all these cheap awesome phones. But, i have 1 question: if you buy a chinese phone like this, will you need an adapter to charge it some where else than china? I dont know how they look there or if they are just like the ones in Sweden? Thanks.

    • August 21, 2012

      They come with a 2 pin plug usually.

  5. chibuy
    August 23, 2012

    Hi Andy, i gvive up on jiayu g3 so im gonna get this n820 but i cant find any complete review, this phone has google market preinstalled or not?

  6. mike
    August 23, 2012

    Thanks for the review but what do you mean by the glass is too thick?

    • August 24, 2012

      It isn’t like touching the actually apps and controlling the screen. The glass just sort of feels like its in the way. Strange to explain, and it doesnt bother everyone.

  7. pandajaune
    August 24, 2012

    thanks for the review.
    do you think amoi will update the phone to correct the red x bug?
    also it is weird not to find the n820 on the official website.

    • August 25, 2012

      I hope so as it really is annoying!

  8. Darren
    September 24, 2012

    Excellent website, really useful info on here.

    I’m from the UK and decided to take a punt on this phone. I’ve ordered the device through Etotalk and will update readers further when I receive the device

  9. Steve
    October 15, 2012

    hi Andi,
    Still have the N820? I am really trying to get it from some online shops but cant get a reliable one so far. any suggestions? where did you get your review unit? and you havent written any updates about stock or availability since the review, how come?

    • October 15, 2012

      Sorry I don’t have one. They should be in stores soon though I’ll keep you updated

  10. October 24, 2012

    Anyone who is interested in the N820, check out suppliers on
    They retail for ~$200 USD.
    Of course, buy at your own risk – check the feedback of the suppliers.
    I bought mine from UGoodBuy Android Store on , and they delivered appropriately – but once again, at your own risk.

    As with questions about Google Play, mine did NOT come with it. It came instead, with 360 Store (I hazard a guess, that’s the software company). It’s really similar to Google Play, but I ended up unhappy, and rooted the phone to Build 6.0 c.f. Build 5.8, and this allowed me to install Google Play.
    Anyone who is interested about N820, refer to the forums. There is a section there, and also more instructions on rooting and Google Play, etc.

  11. K V P
    October 27, 2012

    Is this Amoi N820/821 has notification led for missed call or when charging? Some site says, but some doesn’t. Can anybody using this phone confirm?


  12. Joost
    November 2, 2012

    Hi, I am thinking of buying the N820. I would also like to use this phone for navigation purposes in my car. Would you recommend this phone for navigation purposes as well? I read some posts on other forums that the N820 GPS is not working. Would you recommend another Chinese phone with a more accurate GPS?