UMi Hammer Review: One tough cookie


umi hammer review

The UMi Hammer is on sale right now, but we have been lucky enough to have a sample on test for a few weeks. Keep reading for our hands on UMi Hammer review.

UMi are taking a different approach to the Android phone market. While some companies are happy to launch device after device, UMi have been slow and steady. After the release of the UMi Zero, the team behind the brand have worked on building a community, forums, alternate ROMS and even a one click flash tool called Rootjoy. Now that the pieces are in place new phones are coming!

UMi Hammer Review: First Impressions

UMi Hammer Review: Design

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The design of the UMi Hammer might appear to be similar to a few other devices on the market. It looks just like the Doogee Ibizia F2, which in turn looks like the Vivo Xshot. It’s interesting that UMi and Doogee have gone for the Xshot look, it’s a nice looking phone, a good size and only those of us in the know will realise it’s a clone of the Vivo camera phone.

umi hammer review

UMi promise the UMi Hammer to he durable, hard-hitting phone suitable for active people enjoying live. An strong alloy chassis forms the foundation of the device, while a “double glass” screens with Corning Gorilla Glass protection keep the display safe.

To be honest I was a little sceptical about UMi’s claims of the Hammer being a durable phone. Even after watching a few video’s testing the strength I wasn’t convinced, it all looked a little staged. The only wat to be sure was test for myself, I wasn’t disappointed!

UMi Hammer Smash Test

As you can see in the video the phone isn’t indestructible, but it will take a hell of a lot of abuse and still remain functioning. Even after all that all our test model needs is a new front panel and it will be as good as new (well except the dings and scratches).

Looking around the phone there is nothing really to indicate that this is a tougher than average device. There are no rubber bumpers, there are is no bulky protection, just a good strong chassis with tough glass and simple plastic rear.

A few of you have asked if the Hammer is waterproof. UMi don’t claim it is, and I haven’t tried it, but I don’t think it will be. The plugs are standard phone plugs with no seals and the rear panel is removable to access the battery, dual SIM and SD card slot. So don’t buy this for water skiing, choose it for sky diving instead.

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Last few details. No the Hammer does not have back-lit navigation buttons, but it does have a very bright LED notification light.

UMi Hammer Review: Specifications

The UMi Hammer costs $139.99 to international buyers which put’s it up against the current crop of 64bit LTE phones running Mediatek processors. Thankfully UMi have kept their specification in check and kept the hardware on par with competing models.

A 5-inch HD 1280 x 720 display is more than acceptable at this cost, there is a quad-core 64bit MT6732 chipset under the hood, 2GB RAM, 16GB memory, 2250mAh battery, 13 mega-pixel main camera, 3.2 mega-pixel front, and dual LED rear flash.

umi hammer review

The MT6732 means that once Lollipop comes along we should see better performance from the Hammer, it also means 4G LTE support is native to the phone (a first for UMi). The Hammer actually supports the following networks GSM 850/900/1800/1900, WCDMA 900/1900/2100, FDD 800/1800/2600.

umi hammer review

The alloy, glass and plastic phone isn’t as thin as some with overall dimensions of 144 x 71.6 x 7.9mm, and at a weight of 170g it is hardly light, but this is all the extra material add for a strong, impact ready body.

UMi Hammer Review: Performance

The UMi Hammer has a 64bit Mediatek MT6732 quad-core chipset and 2GB RAM. Performance is good on this set up in other phones for the money, but not as high as the octacore MT6752 which is seen in slightly more expensive devices.

Benchmarks are about right for a phone of this calibre. They don’t really get our heart beating, but for the money they offer solid performance, and most importantly solid real world performance.

Currently the Hammer has Android 4.4 Kitkat out of the box which isn’t really optimised for a 64bit chipset. Hopefully UMi’s development team are working on an Android 5.0 Lollipop update which should eke out a little more performance, and bring with it all those lovely Lollipop transitions and animations.

UMi Hammer Benchmarks

  • Antutu: 31,559
  • Quandrant: 10,101
  • 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme: 4,956
  • Geekbench Single Core: 726
  • Geekbench Multi Core: 2115
  • Nenamark: 58.9fps
  • Manhattan: 505.2
  • Vellamo Metal: 1015
  • Vellamo Multicore: 1531
  • Vellamo Browser: 2119

UMi Hammer Benchmarks Screenshots

UMi Hammer Review: Network performance and connectivity

The Hammer comes with all the mod cons i.e FDD LTE, WIFI 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS. Using a Vodafone 4G SIM while in Europe the Hammer performed well. LTE connectivity was a good as our MX4 (only switching to 3G when LTE was weak) and call performance is good, although the receiver speaker is nothing to right home about.

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Our test version of the phone did seem to have weaker than average WIFI. It showed fewer WIFI bars than other devices at the same distance and seems to drop WIFI a little easier. This could be due to the alloy chassis of the phone, or the early pre-production nature of the phone, but it is something to be aware of.

Bluetooth is there and useable when you need it and GPS lock on speeds are as fast as other MT6732 phones we have tested this year. The initial lock on was around 25 seconds, but after that first lock connection was much quicker, around 2-3 seconds (I was fortunate enough to have nothing but blue skies during the test which probably helped).

UMi Hammer Review – Camera

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The main camera of the UMi Hammer is a claimed 13 mega-pixel sensor. We have seen other companies make similar claims and simply interpolate the value from 8 mega-pixel to 13 mega-pixel. What ever UMi have going on though it does not really matter though as camera performance isn’t the phones strong point.

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Images tend to look very pale in comparison to your actual subject making photos look dreary and uninteresting. Playing with the manual settings offers a better image, but as most of us simply want to point and shoot, UMi really should optimise the automatic mode for better performance.

As mentioned above, the weather during our review time was bright and blue, but you wouldn’t think this from the images captured. As you can see from the rear of the phone, there is a bright dual LED flash on the rear, it isn’t the brightest we have used, but not bad for a budge phone.

UMi Hammer Photo Samples

UMi Hammer Review – Battery

The battery in my sample was a 1600mAh (according to the sticker) not the 2250mAh battery that the specifications on the UMi website claim. The battery in my phone just looks like a generic battery that has been used just for test purpose.

umi hammer review

With a quad-core processor, and HD 720p display the device isn’t as power hungry as some phones on the market, but with only 1600mAh in my sample the the hardware is more than enough to run the phone down easily in a day.

Just sitting on my cupboard with WIFI connected (after my smash test) the battery finally went flat in 3 days. So with the 2250mAh you could be looking at the full 3-4 days of standby with a SIM UMi claim on the official specifications page.

For my normal day to day use I can get from first thing in the morning to the end of a work day (7pm ish) on a single charge. As you may know I am pretty camera heavy, have a couple of email accounts on push and am very lazy i.e leave WIFI and GPS on constantly. I feel that the correct battery should get a light user through the day but heavy or power users will want to carry a spare battery, powerbank or charger.

UMi Hammer Review: Android OS

Stock Android 4.4 Kitkat is what the UMi Hammer ships with. There are no custom icons or added UI, just stock Android how Google intended. UMi have added a few features for air gesture, screen gestures etc but that’s about it.

While it is great to see another stock Android experience it would have been better if Lollipop came out of the box. Fingers crossed for an Android 5.0 update soon.

UMi Hammer Review: Conclusion

Costing $139.99 (or there abouts) the UMi Hammer is one of the cheaper phones with alloy chassis, LED notification, and LTE. It also benefits from a quad-core 64bit processor, 2GB RAM, dual LED flash and a good-looking design.

umi hammer review

With the strong, durable design, the UMi Hammer is a nice package that you don’t need to worry about dropping a few times. LTE means you can enjoy fast data, and the quad-core processor and 2GB RAM is enough for casual gaming and keeping social apps running.

A longer battery life would have been nice, but perhaps that what we will get with the official 2250mAh battery, and perhaps Lollipop (if it is on the way) will also help to boost battery life too?

If a solid phone, LED notification, good performance and good looks are what is important to you then give the UMi Hammer a look.

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132 Comments

  1. MaxPower
    April 22, 2015

    Great review, so far is the best budget phone out there, but I’m not sure if MT6732 will sell well.
    A good MT6732 costs ~140USD while a good MT6752 cost ~200USD.
    Prices are too close in my opinion.
    People are more likely to find an extra 50$
    And get bigger battery, bigger display, better resolution. At least this is what I would do

    • Marco Lancaster
      April 22, 2015

      Absolutely agreed. In my opinion, this Hammer is the most relevant option with MT6732 until now, also maintaining a good price without many sacrifices and way resistant on a good price.

    • Riccardo Benzoni
      April 22, 2015

      2250 mah battery will be more than enough with this SoC and HD resolution. This phone has his real plus into offering heavy resistence (which is not common with this nice design) paired with good performances (you have to go for ugly and underpowered rugged phones otherwise, who wants to buy one of those?). The perfect workhorse for me 😀

    • Lazar Prodanovic
      April 22, 2015

      MT6732 is in a real life usage around 12% slower than MT6752 GPU is around 33% slower thanks to smaller clock rate. You won’t notice any difference in real life usage. 30% difference in price is actually not so small. If you want to play games 720p display is about what MALI T760 MP2 really can handle & on a 5″ it’s close enough to 300 PPI what’s still considered as a good photography quality. People are ducks that fell to marketing and larger numbers.

      • MaxPower
        April 22, 2015

        In fact I didn’t mention CPU, nor GPU.
        The MT6732 is as good as the MT6752.
        Chinese manufacturers that opt for MT6732 usually comes with small batteries, smaller displays and lower resolution.
        I really don’t mind of big screens,5″ works well for me, I can also deal with 720p, it saves on battery.
        My biggest turn off is battery and 3000 mAh is getting too small for my needs.
        MT6732 phones always come with small batteries (below 2500mAh)
        And for this reason I would put few extra bucks and get the big brother that sometimes comes with up to 5k mAh.

        • MaxPower
          April 22, 2015

          Now people will say that this SoC is gentle with batteries but this is not the point, battery is never enough. If a 2.5k man lasts a full day why should I give up on a 5k mAh that might last 2 full days?

          • Lazar Prodanovic
            April 22, 2015

            It’s not about people but proven tests based on Exunos SoC’s with similar hardware (same A52’s & same MALI all do MP6), never the less power consumption curve is the same.

            • MaxPower
              April 22, 2015

              Holy hell,It seems like I’m talking to my wife.
              Is that you Jess?

            • balcobomber25
              April 23, 2015

              Not gonna lie that interaction made me laugh out loud.

            • Lazar Prodanovic
              April 23, 2015

              No Terens Hill hire honey.
              We will talk about this when you get home & no dinner among other things for you.

            • MaxPower
              April 23, 2015

              😀

            • balcobomber25
              April 23, 2015

              This just went from hilarious to very awkward….

        • Lazar Prodanovic
          April 22, 2015

          Not thrilled with capacity either but it’s at least litium-polymer & they do hold litle better. I am however thrilled with blue light tempered glas especially at this price point as it protects, helps with sun light & blue light LED emissions.

          • MaxPower
            April 22, 2015

            In my very first comment I said that so far is the best budget phone out there.
            My concern was if the price between MT6752 and MT6732 were too close to each other.
            But I have to agree with you that 30% is not too small.

            • Lazar Prodanovic
              April 22, 2015

              It’s actually more up to 50% that is if you compare cheapest available options 100$ MT6732 vs 150$ MT6752.
              Best regards!

  2. Muhammad Yasir
    April 22, 2015

    again , camera is a bummer…
    plz chinese bros , LEARN SOME LENS PHYSICS !

    • bassa
      April 22, 2015

      you again >:(

      • Muhammad Yasir
        April 22, 2015

        glad to see you too , random citizen !

        • Claymore
          April 22, 2015

          There are enough chinese phones with decent cameras. What do you exspect from a 140$ price tag? You keep posting the same bullsh** over and over again. I really understand people getting annoyed…

          • balcobomber25
            April 23, 2015

            I can’t speak for Muhammad but I know of some sub $150 phones with very good cameras. Why should anybody settle for “decent” when they are spending their hard earned money? For example the Redmi 2 is a phone that sells for $140 ($130 officially), it has a very good camera. I compare the camera on that to any other $140 phone. Muhammad wants the best specs he can get for his budget, nothing wrong with that.

            • Muhammad Yasir
              April 23, 2015

              That last line is the emphasis !

            • Steven Fox
              April 24, 2015

              You can never go wrong witha XIaomi device, he can even get the Redmi 2A which has the same camera, but is 10-15$ cheaper, due to the 32bit chipset, but don`t be alarmed the Leadcore SoC is just as good if not better than the S410.

          • Muhammad Yasir
            April 23, 2015

            no one FORCES you to read it , now do they?
            many other people post even worse crap and we avoid all that crap by simply , NOT LOOKING at it….
            you should try that sometime..

    • Steven Fox
      April 23, 2015

      Dude, the phone costs 130$, for that build quality and those specs, you can live with an average camera. The Samsung A3’s camera is not worlds apart and the phone costs 250 Euros and it has a basic S410 SoC that`s meant for budget devices, yet Samsung thinks it can get away with a premium price phone with a low-end SoC.

      • Muhammad Yasir
        April 23, 2015

        Samsung and a bunch of other few are total c*nts ! we all know they just rip you off … BUT , chinese phones avoid QC and other several procedures these companies spend cash to test their products…
        so at least offer us a great camera in that range… no ?

        • Steven Fox
          April 23, 2015

          Because a great camera costs money, they have to win money on something. A good 720p display and 2GB of ram and 16GB of space, a really rugged build and powerful GPU in expense of the camera, which is not shit and it is usable, with no carrier contracts applying and all that for 129,99USD.
          You can`t seriously expect a lower price point or a much better camera with those specs.

          • Muhammad Yasir
            April 23, 2015

            but.. but… even a $200 Iocean is CWAP in low-light photography , waddya have to say about that ?

            • bassa
              April 23, 2015

              its $200 not $130

            • Muhammad Yasir
              April 24, 2015

              did u read what i just said ?

            • Steven Fox
              April 23, 2015

              Some companies think their devices and brand costs more, so they cheat you to pay for it. You have youtube, watch reviews and read the feedback and you`ll find devices that aren’t, but you must understand there is never a jack of all trades in the tech department. Nothing can do everything better or the same as the competition that cost twice as much or thrice as much. As long as you know what you want a device for, you may make some sacrifices in areas that you don`t probe as much, compared to others that you are engaged in, and therefore pick up a cost-effective device that has all you need at a better price.

            • Muhammad Yasir
              April 24, 2015

              Thanks man , this’ll help in choosing the next phone…

          • balcobomber25
            April 24, 2015

            Why can’t he? The Redmi 2 offers everything you mentioned as well as a great camera and can be found for as little as $135.

            • Aron
              April 24, 2015

              Can you show me where I can buy a 2GB Redmi 2 for as little as ä$135?

            • balcobomber25
              April 24, 2015

              Aliexpress has it as low as $128, I have had bad luck with them, others love them. Xiaomiworld has it for $139.

            • Steven Fox
              April 24, 2015

              I wouldn’t call the weak S410 chipset as something that wasn’t selected to cut costs, and also 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. The camera on the Redmi 2 is very good I have to admit, a friend of mine has it, but I got a Huawei G620S(aka 4 play in Asia) for 99$ brand new, which offers exactly the same specs and the camera is also good.

            • balcobomber25
              April 24, 2015

              My whole point was that there are sub $150 phone that offer good performance and great cameras. You should never settle and say “at this price range I can’t expect everything”. They might never match the performance/cameras of a flagship model but for most people they are more than enough.

            • Steven Fox
              April 25, 2015

              Xiaomi even offer a Redmi 2 with 2GB of RAM, but it costs 170$ after re-sellers, although if the price went down to 150 it could actually be the ideal device, unless you are willing to experiment with Ulefone, Elephone, MLAIS and all the rest MT6732-52 phones that cost around that amount. They offer performance, but you might be getting a raw deal there.

            • balcobomber25
              April 25, 2015

              I have seen the 2GB model listed for as low as $140 at various times, you just have to wait for the random sales resellers have.

  3. michal
    April 22, 2015

    photos doesnt look the worst… in my opinion…looks quite good

  4. MaxPower
    April 22, 2015

    Great review, so far is the best budget phone out there, but I’m not sure if MT6732 will sell well.
    A good MT6732 costs ~140USD while a good MT6752 cost ~200USD.
    Prices are too close in my opinion.
    People are more likely to find an extra 50$
    And get bigger battery, bigger display, better resolution. At least this is what I would do

    • Marco Lancaster
      April 22, 2015

      Absolutely agreed. In my opinion, this Hammer is the most relevant option with MT6732 until now, also maintaining a good price without many sacrifices and way resistant on a good price.

    • Riccardo Benzoni
      April 22, 2015

      2250 mah battery will be more than enough with this SoC and HD resolution. This phone has his real plus into offering heavy resistence (which is not common with this nice design) paired with good performances (you have to go for ugly and underpowered rugged phones otherwise, who wants to buy one of those?). The perfect workhorse for me 😀

    • Lazar Prodanovic
      April 22, 2015

      MT6732 is in a real life usage around 12% slower than MT6752 GPU is around 33% slower thanks to smaller clock rate. You won’t notice any difference in real life usage. 30% difference in price is actually not so small. If you want to play games 720p display is about what MALI T760 MP2 really can handle & on a 5″ it’s close enough to 300 PPI what’s still considered as a good photography quality. People are ducks that fell to marketing and larger numbers.

    • MaxPower
      April 23, 2015

      In fact I didn’t mention CPU, nor GPU.
      The MT6732 is as good as the MT6752.
      Chinese manufacturers that opt for MT6732 usually comes with small batteries, smaller displays and lower resolution.
      I really don’t mind of big screens,5″ works well for me, I can also deal with 720p, it saves on battery.
      My biggest turn off is battery and 3000 mAh is getting too small for my needs.
      MT6732 phones always come with small batteries (below 2500mAh)
      And for this reason I would put few extra bucks and get the big brother that sometimes comes with up to 5k mAh.

    • MaxPower
      April 23, 2015

      Now people will say that this SoC is gentle with batteries but this is not the point, battery is never enough. If a 2.5k man lasts a full day why should I give up on a 5k mAh that might last 2 full days?

    • Lazar Prodanovic
      April 23, 2015

      Not thrilled with capacity either but it’s at least litium-polymer & they do hold litle better. I am however thrilled with blue light tempered glas especially at this price point as it protects, helps with sun light & blue light LED emissions.

    • MaxPower
      April 23, 2015

      In my very first comment I said that so far is the best budget phone out there.
      My concern was if the price between MT6752 and MT6732 were too close to each other.
      But I have to agree with you that 30% is not too small.

    • Lazar Prodanovic
      April 23, 2015

      It’s actually more up to 50% that is if you compare cheapest available options 100$ MT6732 vs 150$ MT6752.
      Best regards!

    • Lazar Prodanovic
      April 23, 2015

      It’s not about people but proven tests based on Exunos SoC’s with similar hardware (same A52’s & same MALI all do MP6), never the less power consumption curve is the same.

    • MaxPower
      April 23, 2015

      Holy hell,It seems like I’m talking to my wife.
      Is that you Jess?

    • balcobomber25
      April 23, 2015

      Not gonna lie that interaction made me laugh out loud.

    • Lazar Prodanovic
      April 23, 2015

      No Terens Hill hire honey.
      We will talk about this when you get home & no dinner among other things for you.

    • MaxPower
      April 23, 2015

      😀

    • balcobomber25
      April 23, 2015

      This just went from hilarious to very awkward….

  5. Guest
    April 22, 2015

    again , camera is a bummer…
    plz chinese bros , LEARN SOME LENS PHYSICS !

    • Guest
      April 22, 2015

      you again >:(

    • Guest
      April 22, 2015

      glad to see you too , random citizen !

    • Guest
      April 22, 2015

      There are enough chinese phones with decent cameras. What do you exspect from a 140$ price tag? You keep posting the same bullsh** over and over again. I really understand people getting annoyed…

    • balcobomber25
      April 23, 2015

      I can’t speak for Muhammad but I know of some sub $150 phones with very good cameras. Why should anybody settle for “decent” when they are spending their hard earned money? For example the Redmi 2 is a phone that sells for $140 ($130 officially), it has a very good camera. I compare the camera on that to any other $140 phone. Muhammad wants the best specs he can get for his budget, nothing wrong with that.

    • Steven Fox
      April 23, 2015

      Dude, the phone costs 130$, for that build quality and those specs, you can live with an average camera. The Samsung A3’s camera is not worlds apart and the phone costs 250 Euros and it has a basic S410 SoC that`s meant for budget devices, yet Samsung thinks it can get away with a premium price phone with a low-end SoC.

    • Guest
      April 23, 2015

      That last line is the emphasis !

    • Guest
      April 23, 2015

      no one FORCES you to read it , now do they?
      many other people post even worse crap and we avoid all that crap by simply , NOT LOOKING at it….
      you should try that sometime..

    • Guest
      April 23, 2015

      Samsung and a bunch of other few are total c*nts ! we all know they just rip you off … BUT , chinese phones avoid QC and other several procedures these companies spend cash to test their products…
      so at least offer us a great camera in that range… no ?

    • Steven Fox
      April 23, 2015

      Because a great camera costs money, they have to win money on something. A good 720p display and 2GB of ram and 16GB of space, a really rugged build and powerful GPU in expense of the camera, which is not shit and it is usable, with no carrier contracts applying and all that for 129,99USD.
      You can`t seriously expect a lower price point or a much better camera with those specs.

    • Guest
      April 23, 2015

      but.. but… even a $200 Iocean is CWAP in low-light photography , waddya have to say about that ?

    • Guest
      April 23, 2015

      its $200 not $130

    • Steven Fox
      April 23, 2015

      Some companies think their devices and brand costs more, so they cheat you to pay for it. You have youtube, watch reviews and read the feedback and you`ll find devices that aren’t, but you must understand there is never a jack of all trades in the tech department. Nothing can do everything better or the same as the competition that cost twice as much or thrice as much. As long as you know what you want a device for, you may make some sacrifices in areas that you don`t probe as much, compared to others that you are engaged in, and therefore pick up a cost-effective device that has all you need at a better price.

    • Guest
      April 24, 2015

      did u read what i just said ?

    • Guest
      April 24, 2015

      Thanks man , this’ll help in choosing the next phone…

    • balcobomber25
      April 24, 2015

      Why can’t he? The Redmi 2 offers everything you mentioned as well as a great camera and can be found for as little as $135.

    • Guest
      April 24, 2015

      Can you show me where I can buy a 2GB Redmi 2 for as little as ä$135?

    • balcobomber25
      April 24, 2015

      Aliexpress has it as low as $128, I have had bad luck with them, others love them. Xiaomiworld has it for $139.

    • Steven Fox
      April 24, 2015

      I wouldn’t call the weak S410 chipset as something that wasn’t selected to cut costs, and also 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. The camera on the Redmi 2 is very good I have to admit, a friend of mine has it, but I got a Huawei G620S(aka 4 play in Asia) for 99$ brand new, which offers exactly the same specs and the camera is also good.

    • Steven Fox
      April 24, 2015

      You can never go wrong witha XIaomi device, he can even get the Redmi 2A which has the same camera, but is 10-15$ cheaper, due to the 32bit chipset, but don`t be alarmed the Leadcore SoC is just as good if not better than the S410.

    • balcobomber25
      April 24, 2015

      My whole point was that there are sub $150 phone that offer good performance and great cameras. You should never settle and say “at this price range I can’t expect everything”. They might never match the performance/cameras of a flagship model but for most people they are more than enough.

    • Steven Fox
      April 25, 2015

      Xiaomi even offer a Redmi 2 with 2GB of RAM, but it costs 170$ after re-sellers, although if the price went down to 150 it could actually be the ideal device, unless you are willing to experiment with Ulefone, Elephone, MLAIS and all the rest MT6732-52 phones that cost around that amount. They offer performance, but you might be getting a raw deal there.

    • balcobomber25
      April 25, 2015

      I have seen the 2GB model listed for as low as $140 at various times, you just have to wait for the random sales resellers have.

  6. Mark
    April 22, 2015

    Is it really just 7.9mm thin? It looks much thicker than that, more like 9 to 10

    • balcobomber25
      April 23, 2015

      A lot of the times the companies will measure a phone at it’s thinnest point and claim it to be that thickness. Completely ignoring any thicker point in the phone.

  7. Xiaolu
    April 22, 2015

    Nice review! And at that price, the device is interesting (not only aiming for niche users).

    BTW, Andi, are you in Spain? I envy you, man! 😉

  8. Guest
    April 22, 2015

    photos doesnt look the worst… in my opinion…looks quite good

    • Guest
      April 23, 2015

      HAMMER giveaway on efox-shop:

    • balcobomber25
      April 23, 2015

      I haven’t liked many UMI designs for instance the Zero to me looks like a hideous clone of the Gionee 5.5. But I love the looks of this phone, kind of reminds me of a Vivo device.

  9. Darevintage
    April 22, 2015

    Thanks UMI Hammer. Now I’ve seen Andi fully lol. He had so much smashing the phone. Years ago, this would be toddlers’ thing but see how grown Andi is having fun doing it

    • balcobomber25
      April 23, 2015

      You have never smashed an electronic device before? It can be a great way to relieve some stress, like the stress of having to test the Doogee Iron Bone!

      • Darevintage
        April 23, 2015

        Definitely have done that but not had the pleasure of a fresh new device out of the box. I doubt many people have done that. The phone isn’t really in the hands of customers yet. That should add some extra feeling of fun to the ‘smash-an-electronic device’ experience lol

        • balcobomber25
          April 23, 2015

          After owning a Doogee for 5 months I can say without a shadow of doubt that if someone gave me another Doogee I would smash it before it even left their hands.

          • Darevintage
            April 24, 2015

            Lmao! Buyer alert for me. Stay clear of Doogee. For the sake of the person’s hands, wait before u smash it lol

  10. Guest
    April 22, 2015

    Is it really just 7.9mm thin? It looks much thicker than that, more like 9 to 10

    • balcobomber25
      April 23, 2015

      A lot of the times the companies will measure a phone at it’s thinnest point and claim it to be that thickness. Completely ignoring any thicker point in the phone.

  11. Xiaolu
    April 23, 2015

    Nice review! And at that price, the device is interesting (not only aiming for niche users).

    BTW, Andi, are you in Spain? I envy you, man! 😉

  12. Guest
    April 23, 2015

    Thanks UMI Hammer. Now I’ve seen Andi fully lol. He had so much smashing the phone. Years ago, this would be toddlers’ thing but see how grown Andi is having fun doing it

    • balcobomber25
      April 23, 2015

      You have never smashed an electronic device before? It can be a great way to relieve some stress, like the stress of having to test the Doogee Iron Bone!

    • Guest
      April 23, 2015

      Definitely have done that but not had the pleasure of a fresh new device out of the box. I doubt many people have done that. The phone isn’t really in the hands of customers yet. That should add some extra feeling of fun to the ‘smash-an-electronic device’ experience lol

    • balcobomber25
      April 23, 2015

      After owning a Doogee for 5 months I can say without a shadow of doubt that if someone gave me another Doogee I would smash it before it even left their hands.

    • Guest
      April 24, 2015

      Lmao! Buyer alert for me. Stay clear of Doogee. For the sake of the person’s hands, wait before u smash it lol

  13. nick
    April 23, 2015

    Thanks for the review Andy
    Dayum an average camera and i already ordered it to give away my g4s to my girlfriend 🙁 at least this one doenst have a crappy gps.. and gonna do my own smash test as soon as the jiayu s4 wil be availalble!
    About the octa core quad core discussion the quad core solution seemed better in the previous generation mediatek phones (consumption, gps receiving,..) so i assume this quad core might have it’s advantages over an octacore again.

  14. Guest
    April 23, 2015

    Thanks for the review Andy
    Dayum an average camera and i already ordered it to give away my g4s to my girlfriend 🙁 at least this one doenst have a crappy gps.. and gonna do my own smash test as soon as the jiayu s4 wil be availalble!
    About the octa core quad core discussion the quad core solution seemed better in the previous generation mediatek phones (consumption, gps receiving,..) so i assume this quad core might have it’s advantages over an octacore again.

  15. Ada
    April 24, 2015

    mtk6532 phone is coming !

  16. Ada
    April 24, 2015

    mtk6532 phone is coming !

  17. Niko Nikic
    April 24, 2015

    Thanks for the late review, I’ve already ordered it -_-. It was more important to show design and smash test than GPS and WIFI quality… I should’ve gone for Elephone P6000.

  18. Niko Nikic
    April 24, 2015

    Thanks for the late review, I’ve already ordered it -_-. It was more important to show design and smash test than GPS and WIFI quality… I should’ve gone for Elephone P6000.

  19. Max
    April 25, 2015

    Not to nitpick but it should say write instead of right 🙂 :although the receiver speaker is nothing to right home about.”

  20. Max
    April 25, 2015

    Not to nitpick but it should say write instead of right 🙂 :although the receiver speaker is nothing to right home about.”

  21. Adi
    May 6, 2015

    About the battery I am disapointed.

    • nick
      May 11, 2015

      same here… got it two days. bad battery, bad camera, bad wifi reception and bad ear spealer makes this phone a true deception after giving my g4s to my girlfriend.. bought me a zte nubia z5s mini for 120 dollar on pandawill instead! Bad review you should warn people!

      • Adi
        May 11, 2015

        the phone is heating, on 4g the battery drains very very fast!. At 44% battery remaining, after 9h and 2m with 4g off, the cell standby took 40%, phone idle 34%, the screen 10%(1h 22mm), android system 8%, voice calls 4% (47min). The camera is ok only on very good lightning conditions

        • Mebay M
          May 12, 2015

          Thanks for reply, im think in order but i guess im stay with my coolpad F1

  22. Adi
    May 6, 2015

    About the battery I am disapointed.

    • Guest
      May 11, 2015

      same here… got it two days. bad battery, bad camera, bad wifi reception and bad ear spealer makes this phone a true deception after giving my g4s to my girlfriend.. bought me a zte nubia z5s mini for 120 dollar on pandawill instead! Bad review you should warn people!

    • Adi
      May 11, 2015

      the phone is heating, on 4g the battery drains very very fast!. At 44% battery remaining, after 9h and 2m with 4g off, the cell standby took 40%, phone idle 34%, the screen 10%(1h 22mm), android system 8%, voice calls 4% (47min). The camera is ok only on very good lightning conditions

    • Mebay M
      May 12, 2015

      Thanks for reply, im think in order but i guess im stay with my coolpad F1

    • Niko Nikic
      May 18, 2015
  23. Adi
    May 12, 2015

    this happens when you take a phone consider it’s specifications and are you are not waiting to check what phones forums says.

  24. Adi
    May 12, 2015

    this happens when you take a phone consider it’s specifications and are you are not waiting to check what phones forums says.

  25. Kursat
    May 17, 2015

    any comments about music quality -especially with earphone?

    • Miss Montage
      June 10, 2015

      I’m just listening – sound with earphones is fine! Probably slightly better than on my former Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

      • Pontus Andersson
        June 30, 2015

        I wouldn’t say that. I find the sound a bit muddy – not as good as my old Galaxy S3 with SiyahKernel or my former phone, a sony experia. Not horrible, but not as good as I wish it were. Using AKG K518 and Poweramp.

  26. Kursat
    May 17, 2015

    any comments about music quality -especially with earphone?

    • Guest
      June 10, 2015

      I’m just listening – sound with earphones is fine! Probably slightly better than on my former Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

    • Pontus Andersson
      June 30, 2015

      I wouldn’t say that. I find the sound a bit muddy – not as good as my old Galaxy S3 with SiyahKernel or my former phone, a sony experia. Not horrible, but not as good as I wish it were. Using AKG K518 and Poweramp.

  27. Niko Nikic
    May 18, 2015

    Umi lied about the battery size [it’s not 2250mAh but 1750mAh]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9lGoF2uU80

  28. Niko Nikic
    May 18, 2015

    Umi lied about the battery size [it’s not 2250mAh but 1750mAh]:

  29. Ramona
    June 23, 2015

    Can anybody tell me how to make a screenshot with this phone?
    Thanks!

  30. Ramona
    June 23, 2015

    Can somebody tell me how to make a screenshot with this phone?
    Power button and -volume won’t work, also not power and home button. There’s nothing in the power button menu, too.
    Help would be awesome.
    Thanks

  31. Guest
    June 23, 2015

    Can anybody tell me how to make a screenshot with this phone?
    Thanks!

  32. Emanuel L Ferreira
    July 15, 2015

    I bought this phone a month ago. Looks good, but that’s all. Sound quality is 2 out of 5. GPS is is 2.5 out of 5. Bluetooth connection is random, Camera is 3 out of 5. Battery is too bad to mention. Shame.. or maybe I was expecting a bit too much for this price tag… I have to say I also “upgraded” to lollipop, so i’m not sure if this is bug free… Anyway i’m selling this one as quick as I can. Sorry UMI.

  33. July 26, 2015

    Dear friends – please HELP !!
    Bought a UMI Hammer six weeks ago through Banggood – I’m all in all very satisfied – had the 1750 battery problem but UMI sent 2250 replacement.
    The problem is that I cannot connect to the Internet through data connection – Wifi works perfect. Only Whatsap works through data – but browsers and other application have no connection.
    Any ideas or suggestions ?
    Meiki

  34. Meiki67
    July 26, 2015

    Dear friends – please HELP !!
    Bought a UMI Hammer six weeks ago through Banggood – I’m all in all very satisfied – had the 1750 battery problem but UMI sent 2250 replacement.
    The problem is that I cannot connect to the Internet through data connection – Wifi works perfect. Only Whatsap works through data – but browsers and other application have no connection.
    Any ideas or suggestions ?
    Meiki