Open Thread: What Chinese phones have you owned?

As technology progresses, it’s as sure as the rising sun that your smartphone preference will change, too. Change is inevitable, but what never changes is your love for old smartphones.

Somewhere out there, whether in the possession of a family member or friend, or even in your own special box, lies a smartphone that you bonded with, a smartphone that had a design you like, or stand-out software that makes you miss it, even now. Yeah, that smartphone.

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What Chinese phones have you owned?

Once again, we’re back with another open thread that will allow you to travel back down memory lane. Is there a special memory of a special smartphone that you have? If so, feel free to share a list of smartphone(s) you fell in love with, why you love that/those smartphone(s), and any funny or interesting moments with your preferred smartphone. We can’t wait to interact with you in the comments!

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  1. Mladjan Pajkic
    July 8, 2015

    Jiayu G3, Huawei G300

    • george
      July 8, 2015

      Jiayu G3S, ZTE V5, Meizu m1 note. Thats the ones owned more than two months.

      • Luis Martinez
        July 8, 2015

        Owned a note 2 clone. Jiayu g3 and g4
        Xiaomi mi2a
        Oppo find 5
        Oppo find 7
        Cubot numerous phones
        Dapeng numerous phones
        ZTE-Nubia 5 mini
        Oppo n1
        Vivo xplay 3s
        Vivo 5x Max
        Lenovo k900
        Blackberry z10
        One plus one
        Iocean numerous phones
        Inew Numerous phones

  2. MaxPower
    July 8, 2015

    it’s going to take a full day to read balcobomber’s list .

    anyway, in pretty young into this passion which started with a “no name” Samsung clone
    then a Cubot One, RedMi 1s, and MI4.
    The next one is going to be the LeTV I’ll win tonight for my wife 🙂

    • Marco Lancaster
      July 8, 2015


    • pa5t1s
      July 8, 2015

      Umm, what happened to the GizStore’s giveaways… any winners so far (I mean , excepted you :D) ?

      • allen_b
        July 8, 2015

        yeah, I won first giveaway xiaomi mi4i

        • pa5t1s
          July 8, 2015

          Congrats then 😉

          • allen_b
            July 8, 2015

            thanks, good luck to you with next giveaway 🙂

      • MaxPower
        July 8, 2015

        I’ve not won anything (figures)
        they announced the winner of last night though. it’s on their page.
        today’s giveaway was the LeTV Le1

        • balcobomber25
          July 8, 2015

          I dont even enter these contests the winner is always someone who never even visited this site before and just saw something on FB. I get the whole attracting a new audience thing but how about rewarding the ones who made this site into what it is. Not even talking about myself either, I have enough phones.

          • MaxPower
            July 8, 2015

            yeah, between you and me fighting all the time people is starting to leave this blog LOL.

            hey, now that i think about it, where the heck did the guy i use to argue with go?
            i haven’t seen for long time.
            i kinda feel bad now.

            • Marco Lancaster
              July 8, 2015

              The one who sounds as your wife?

            • MaxPower
              July 8, 2015

              lol, no! he’s funny.
              he only has an issue for not being able to stay on the subject without taking a detour starting to talk about something completely different (just like my wife) 🙂

              the guy i meant is the one who used to mock any phone because of lack of sd card slot and rom using storage space.
              he used to mock other users too

          • MaxPower
            July 8, 2015

            I’ve been looking into comments trying to see how you look like.

            Don’t worry, I’m not that kind of creep, i saw some of the pics of frequent commenters and it was kinda sweet seeing them with their families and life.

            despite few silly arguments i like this community, sharing the same passion for Chinese phones.

            • balcobomber25
              July 8, 2015

              Not creepy at all we have all become like a small dysfunctional family lol. Really dont have a family just me the wife (finance actually) and our poodle lol.

          • Chico Migraña
            July 9, 2015

            Still believe Yasir must win sometime 😛

          • iKosh
            July 9, 2015

            Well said!

          • pa5t1s
            July 9, 2015

            I’m starting to think exactly the same, unfortunately 🙁

          • July 10, 2015

            Totally agree that’s why on Saturday and Sunday we will ask the GizChina community to tell us which commenter they think deserves to win the phones. So it will be up to you guys to vote 😀 The phones up for grabs will be a Meizu MX5 and Bamboo OPO. More details today.

            • balcobomber25
              July 10, 2015

              I wasn’t trying to call you guys out and hope that post didn’t cause problems. But I like that idea and already know who my vote goes to.

        • pa5t1s
          July 9, 2015

          Yep, another anon wins…

          • MaxPower
            July 9, 2015

            Entropy rules this world my friend. 🙂

            I joined last two giveaways but i guess I’ll stop here. i don’t want my friends think I’m doing that bad and offer to buy me a new phone LOL.

            Like Balco said, i wish one of us would get more chances to win, for example i would be happy if Yasir won one.

            i understand the point, hopefully they will get customers for the new shop.

            • Yossi
              July 11, 2015

              Oppo find 7

  3. IvBi
    July 8, 2015

    Jiayu G3, G5, Xiaomi Mi4 W.

    • andersoc
      July 8, 2015

      Jiayu G2F, Jiayu 4S, Xiaomi Mi2S, Nubia Z5S, Huawei Honor 6, Xiaomi mi4i, Lenovo Vibe Shot.

  4. Yury
    July 8, 2015

    Was THL W3+
    Now IUNI U3

  5. Marco Lancaster
    July 8, 2015

    It was in early 2013, I never had been in the smartphones world before and to be honest living in Brazil and with a limited budget I can’t even! Having less than $200 for a smartphone also would be buy things as Galaxy Y, Galaxy Ace with nice 512MB of Rom, that’s everything available in the Brazilian market in that time. So I started to search in the “grey-market” not internationally yet, but searching interesting international phones brought here by importers. My knowledge about Android or Smartphones was very limited, again, But I know having a such crap tablet that a good phone in that time would need at least a Dual-Core and 1GB of Ram, So I found a MTK6577 Star Note 2 knock-off, and that thing opened my eyes, and brought me to this world like fanatic! I started to see more and more about the SoC and the Chinese smartphone, and started to love it, and prefer it over any bullshit sold in that time in my country, So the things was perfectly well with my phone so I’ve made one shit decision and bought a MTK6589 clone of Note 3, thinking would be cool… Anyway was cool in the start, but the months pass and you see what the clones are made of… turd quality. My MT6577 was taken by a Burglar =( And I was left with the poor clone… (The MT6577 served my well, but I hope it have really exploded in the thief’s hands) Now I’ve finally moved to a Jiayu S3, using the crap bad optimized MTK6589 aside of a turd rom, tested some Snapdragons 800, 801 and 805, the MT6752 performance blows my mind, And I’m happy with it. Hehe sorry for the massive text guys =D

    • MaxPower
      July 8, 2015

      the story of the thief cracked me up!

      maybe it was Hugo Barra and when he found out it was a Chinese phone he got in love with it and started to work for Xiaomi

      • Marco Lancaster
        July 8, 2015

        Haha Perhaps that is the story! Lol

      • PerixXPro
        July 8, 2015


  6. pa5t1s
    July 8, 2015

    My love story started back in 2009!
    1- iPhone 3 clone 🙂
    2- HDC/Daxian 9300
    3- HDC N7100 Samsung Galaxy Note II clone 🙂
    4- iPhone 4 clone 🙂
    Then, the real world…
    4- iOcean X7 Elite
    5- Zopo ZP998
    6- iOcean X8
    7- OnePlus One
    … and the story still goes on and on…

    • MaxPower
      July 8, 2015

      Glad I’m not the only one to have owned clones 🙂

      • pa5t1s
        July 8, 2015

        Lol, s**t happens sometimes 😛
        BTW, you always have to start at the beginning…and, back in 2009, there was less ‘respectable’ and ‘safe’ online-stores, where you can pay with your Credit Card 🙁
        HDC and Goophone were quite popular at that time… Now, chinese phones makers have grown up, hopefully 😉

        • balcobomber25
          July 8, 2015

          2009 was around the time I bought my first clone and I believe it was HDC. I bought it at a market in Malaysia, but it was actually a very well done clone. I only figured it out by trying to get something fixed at a Samsung shop.

          • pa5t1s
            July 9, 2015

            Lol, right, they actually sold something you won’t even think to sell today! Time have changed fortunately… HDC and FCT: combo breaker, lol

      • BenShenzhen
        July 8, 2015

        My old flatmate had the worst iPhone5 clone I have ever seen. I’d like to say it was made by DOOV but I can’t remember. It looked good from a distance but could barely do anything without freezing. He changed to a Xiaomi 2s on my advice and never looked back.

        Another friend in Beijing had a Samsung Galaxy S3 clone with a similar user experience. This one even said Sansung on it.

      • balcobomber25
        July 8, 2015

        I am willing to bet many of us started with a clone whether we want to admit it o or not. My first few Chinese phones were clones of a Samsung. I was impressed by how well of a job they did that I started researching the company which led me into this addiction I have now.

        • MaxPower
          July 8, 2015

          mine had the logo too, i think the battery was original, or a really good reproduction.
          too bad it was a MT6577.

  7. cselti
    July 8, 2015

    Jiayu G2S, Jiayu G4S, Ecoo Aurora plus

  8. RRRobert
    July 8, 2015

    I’m a China phone user since 2013:
    – JiaYu G3S (poor build quality)
    – Xiaomi M2S (32 Gb version, the best phone I ever owned)
    – Huawei Ascend G6 (4G version, bought it for my wife, she’s still very happy with it)
    – Elephone P3000S (4G version, currently in use, and already looking for a 5″ replacement)

  9. allen_b
    July 8, 2015

    Cubot s200
    Ulefone U7
    Ulefone Be Touch

    • MaxPower
      July 8, 2015

      and Xiaomi Mi4i 🙂

  10. monkeytree
    July 8, 2015

    – No name iPhone clone
    – FAEA F1 (actually a nice phone, despite very poor build quality)
    – JiaYu G3 (great phone, despite non-existent GPS)
    – Xiaomi Redmi 1S (very happy with it)
    – Xiaomi Redmi 2 (wife is very happy with it)

    • MaxPower
      July 8, 2015

      back in time i was going to buy the FAEA F1.
      i thought it had a great build quality.
      they actually advertised as waterproof.

      • monkeytree
        July 9, 2015

        I can safely assure you it wasn’t waterproof, can’t remember they advertised that. The F1 had a very nice (albeit vulnerable) 4.5 HD screen. And some ahead-of-time nifty features like NFC and a multi-coloured ‘breathing’ home button light.

  11. July 8, 2015

    Zopo C2. Neken n6. Doogee dg550. Kolina k100!

    All broken skreen…

    Mstar s700 inkoming…

  12. Torsten Koplin
    July 8, 2015

    Oppo Find 5
    Xiaomi Redmi Note
    Oppo Find 7a
    Umi Zero
    Huawei Mate 7
    … to be continued ?

  13. mf1gt3r
    July 8, 2015

    Jiayu g3
    THL V11
    Lenovo A800
    Zopo ZP810
    Neo N003 Advanced
    ZTE Grand S2
    Nubia Z7 Max
    Umi Hammer
    Ulefone be touch 2

    • MaxPower
      July 8, 2015

      wow dude, it seems like you change a phone any other month. so jealous! 🙂

    • July 9, 2015

      Ah, the Neo N003 Advanced… where have Neo disappeared since?

      • mf1gt3r
        July 10, 2015

        They’ve gone down the drain. Been reduced to common cloners of the Galaxy S6. Dissapointing.

        • July 10, 2015

          So disappointing. If I’m not wrong the N003 was the cheapest available FHD phone back in the day… and it was quite a decent phone if I’m not wrong.

          • mf1gt3r
            July 10, 2015

            Yes it did good. Severally i pitted against Sony Xperia Z and it held its own. The camera was even better than that of the Xperia Z.

          • amirexpressir
            July 11, 2015

            Not just FHD but 1080P and full-packed features like NFC and 3000mAh batttery(which wasnt in any competitors) and one of the first manufactures to use popular camera lens(sony exmor imx135),,,
            yess miss them and (newman, although they have released their phone but again no reviews which shows customers had turned their attention from them)

    • ljan ryan
      July 10, 2015

      be touch 2 , umi hammer , jiayu g3

      • mf1gt3r
        July 10, 2015

        How does your be touch 2 fair in comparison to the other 2 Ijan ryan?

  14. Ermes Bellazzi
    July 8, 2015

    I owned a wiko cink king mt 6577, a french rebranded micromax phone. I also owned a star kingelon s7589, a zopo ZP980T a zopo zp998, an inew v3 (awful one), a xiaomi mi3, an elephone g4, a gionee elife e7 mini, and I ordered yesterday a ulefone be touch 2. Hope it’ll be good. I was hesitant with the lenovo k3 note. Future will tell.

  15. spyridonas
    July 8, 2015

    Cubot GT99. I regret every single of the 2 months moment is spend with that phone.

  16. Thomas Andee
    July 8, 2015

    I used Meizu M1 Note. But if you are making marketing research for your e-commerce service, don’t sell that phone. Because Flyme Os is not well optimized and last firmware consists of full buggy softwares! No, thanks!

  17. Jose Suares
    July 8, 2015

    1. Jiayu g3 (dual core 1Ghz), I had 3GN (dual core 1,2 Ghz) and 3gs (quad core).
    2. Lenovo a820
    3. Zopo zp 910+
    4. iNew V3 The best phone (witch I have). Only battery is week
    5. iOcean G7
    6. Doogee DG 800
    7. Elephone P6000
    8. Now I wait for Huawei Honor (Mediapad) x2

    my opinion: Jiayu it’s my first Chinese phone and a have best memory of
    them. But I love big screen so ZOPO 910+ and now iOcean G7. Other
    phones i have very short time, only iNew V3 I give to my wife. She is
    very happy, only the poor battery 1800mAh.

  18. Dr.Guida
    July 8, 2015

    Coolpad F1 since May 2014… And… It’s enough! Everything works fine since the first day i received it!

  19. snelleboi
    July 8, 2015

    I started with the dual sims tv phones; the first had no brand,worked fine and the second was a online missorder instead of a samsung. I still have it but it doesn’t unlock as water got in to it. then i had a STAR N6000 6575MTK or some number like that ; stay away from the star brand as they are real CRAP BRAND. That star last less that 6mnths before totally crashing ! Will NEVER buy another STAR brand ever again. Then came a samsung galaxy ace then another RUBBISH, MAXWEST. I regret the 3 mnths with that until i got a Blu Studio 5. October coming will be 2 years and it still works just fine…limited to 512 mb ram though

  20. BenShenzhen
    July 8, 2015

    – Huawei Honor U860 – great for 1 year and 1 of the first phones to get android 4.0
    – ZTE (something) – thin, terrible battery, stopped working after 6mnths.
    – Xiaomi 2s – Now I wish Xiaomi still made a smaller screen phone with good specs.
    – Xiaomi 3 – (best all round phone I’ve used. I like MIUI, haven’t found it buggy, gets updated regularly and the screen on this was great)
    – IUNI U3 – Good camera, clean ROM but dropping the phone once has ruined it. Back creaks, mic on videos doesn’t work well at all, screen popped up in corner and down 1 side and it heats up in heavy usage too much.

    Next one in a month or 2 will be Xiaomi 4, Smartisan t1, Huawei P8 or Meizu MX5.

  21. slartiblart
    July 8, 2015

    Mi2s, redmi note 4g, in focus m2, telephone p6000, lenovo a830, a806 and k3 note. Honor 6 plus, jiayu g4s, zopo zp999, star w450,

  22. Marco Abbate
    July 8, 2015

    – Newman n2
    – Jiayu g3
    – Jiayu g3s
    – Jiayu g3t
    – Jiayu g4s (x2)
    – TCL idol x s960
    – iOcean x8
    Not all for me obviously 😉

  23. Roger
    July 8, 2015

    Star A3 – my first Chinese phone which I bought just over three years ago to replace my damaged Motorola Defy. The build quality was very good, and the phone worked well once I replaced the included ROM with a more stable one). This was back when Chinese phones had a built in TV tuner.

    iStar (Ulefone) V1277 – Also good quality.

    Haipai i9389 (S3 Clone) – It did not take long for the charging port to stop working, which was shame as I really liked the phone. It had an extremely bright display which was readable in direct sunlight if you turned the brightness up.

    Mini S4 i9500
    HTM/Feiteng H9503 (S4 Clone)
    HDC Spark G900F (S5 1:1 Clone)
    Cubot One-S (rebadged as a Tronsmart TS7)

    The HDC S5 clone with a MTK6592 processor was fast, worked really well, and I did not find the TouchWiz UI to lag at all. However, it had terrible battery life with the included battery. Battery life was good once I replaced the battery with a genuine Samsung one, but after a few months the phone’s screen started coming off because the new battery was thicker than the included one and put pressure on the screen.

    I am probably going to a Lenovo K3 Note, or a refurbished LG G2 to replace the Cubot when I have the money. Unfortunately at the moment by budget is extremely limited.

    The Cubot works quite smoothly when there’s not too many apps running despite only having a MTK6582 processor, and the build quality of the phone is very good.

  24. balcobomber25
    July 8, 2015

    As Maxpower pointed out it would take a year for me to list them all because I have the attention span of a 3 year old when it comes to phones haha. So let me list my favorites I have used:

    Xiaomi Mi4
    Blu Life Play (Gionee E3)
    Blu Vivo IV (Gionee S5.5)
    Gionee E7
    THL Monkey King
    Xiaomi Redmi 1s
    Xiaomi Mi3
    TCL Idol X
    Kingzone K1 Turbo
    THL T100

    I’m sure there is a few more too but as you can see my three favorite brands are Xiaomi, THL and Blu/Gionee. Blu/Gionee is probably my favorite overall because they offer very good looking, well made phones at a reasonable price. The best thing about them is they include everything you need like a case and extra screen protector.

    • July 10, 2015

      Yep, Gionee phones are truly made really well.

      • balcobomber25
        July 10, 2015

        If they could just work out the bugs of Amigo they would be my favorite brand. They look great, have great build quality and good specs but the software is always lacking.

        My first Gionee was the Blu Life Play (E3). That thing survived being dropped numerous times with not so much as a scratch. Still one of my favorite phones.

  25. Suskind
    July 8, 2015

    Oppo Find 5
    Xiaomi Redmi Note
    Oppo Find 7a

    Ulefone Be Touch 2(The ID is very nice)
    MeiZu MX4

  26. July 8, 2015

    Jiayu G3
    Jiayu G3C
    Jiayu G4
    Jiayu G4S
    Jiayu G5
    Xiaomi Mi2A
    Xiaomi Redmi Note based on MTK cpu
    Xiaomi Redmi Note based on Snapdragon cpu

  27. munzir1989
    July 8, 2015

    Elephone P7000
    Bluboo X550
    Pioneer E82L

  28. intruda
    July 9, 2015

    all meizu products up til meizu mx4 pro

  29. duyca
    July 9, 2015

    Unfortunately i found out about chinese phone to late but until now i only owned a Xiaomi Redmi 1s, which i sell it because its thickness and heat problem and now i own Tcl S720, which makes me very happy.
    My brother have a Iocean X8 mini which I ‘ve bought and i think its a nice phone.

  30. Herlambang Pamungkas
    July 9, 2015

    Oppo Find 7a, everything is perfect, except software upgrade, it taking so long to upgrade from jelly bean to kitkat, and kitkat to lollypop. and no OTA

  31. Atek
    July 9, 2015

    Oppo Find 7a

  32. Ming06
    July 9, 2015

    Meizu M1 Note (Green)
    Meizu MX4 Pro (Gray)
    uleFone Be Pro (Dark Blue)
    ECOO Aurora E04 (Blue)
    Mlais M52 Red Note (White)
    Lenovo P780S Phone Octa core 2GB MT6595 (Fake from Supper seller2014 Aliexpress)

  33. Esteban Cardenas
    July 9, 2015

    Cubot GT99
    Neken N6
    Kingzone Z1
    MLais Note Pro
    Elephone P3000
    Cubot GT90
    Phicomm c230w (by the way, it sucks!!)

  34. ChecchoT
    July 9, 2015

    hero h2000+ (iphone 5 clone) , amoi n828, newman n2 , redmi 1s , umi c1 , jiayu g4 – jiayu g4c

    Now I have an xperia z3 bought a couple of months ago, If I only could imagine meizu m2 note was going to cost 150 dollar internationally I would not spend 340 euros (by contract) for the z3

  35. Henrikki Kosunen
    July 9, 2015

    My first phone was some samsung copy 2008 and then was iphone 3gs copy… And then
    -newman n2
    -umi x2
    -zopo zp980
    -lenovo k900
    -2 x xiaomi mi 3
    -3 x oneplus one
    -2 x meizu mx4
    -jiayu s1
    -phicomm c230w
    -elephone p6000
    -umi emax

    And bougt to friends

    -cubot a8809
    -3 x newman n2
    -thl w11
    -zte v975
    -jiayu g5s
    -5 x oneplus one
    -lenovo s90
    -xiaomi redmi 2pro

    I can’t remember every phone 😀

    • ChecchoT
      July 9, 2015

      3 newman n2? I bought one and resell because I was afraid of it’s problems

      • Henrikki Kosunen
        July 9, 2015

        Yes, first was good and when I ordered 2 pcs half year ago from pandawill 70$ offer, they were full of shit..

    • July 9, 2015

      That’s a lot of phones!

  36. jolu
    July 9, 2015

    I have owned:

    – jiayu g3, s2
    – coolpad 9976a
    – zopo zp990
    – zte nubia z5s mini
    – meizu mx4, mx4 pro
    – no1 x2, s7
    – oneplus one
    – vivo xplay 3s
    – xiaomi mi3, mi4, mi4i, mi note
    – elephone p3000s, p5000

    I’m now waiting on ulefone be touch 2 (ordered).

    • mf1gt3r
      July 10, 2015

      Same boat mate. Same boat.

  37. willian40
    July 9, 2015

    Sorted on brand:

    Xiaomi mi3, mi4
    Gionee elife elife e7
    iOcean x7 youth, G7
    iNew v3
    Elephone G6
    Doogee dg 450
    zopo zp 980+
    haier w910
    jiayu s3

    I think this is the complete list. The phones with the best experiences are the: xiaomi’s, gionee elife e7 and the jiayu s3.

    • willian40
      July 9, 2015

      I forget 3(4) phones:

      Jiake v8/jiake x3s
      Blackview crown (Bought because of the design)
      Gth-9500 clone phone *It was the phone with the worst experience*

      I don’t know if my OnePlus One could be called Chinese?

      • Chico Migraña
        July 9, 2015

        Why so many??

        • willian40
          July 9, 2015

          Because I like phones (understatement 😉
          It is like a hobby for me to try different phones. The phones above are all working and in good condition.

  38. Chico Migraña
    July 9, 2015

    My First “smartphone” was a LG t310,
    Huawei U8160, Sony Live with Walkman, Xiaomi Mi2 (suddenly lost imei, baseband, wifi and now it’s useless), Nubia Z5s 16gb and now Xiaomi Mi3 64gb (16gb doesn’t work for me)

  39. Eli
    July 9, 2015

    Jiayu G3
    Newman K1
    ZTE V5S
    Xiaomi Redmi 1S

  40. Rob
    July 9, 2015

    Phones I’ve bought either for me or family/friends are:

    Neken N6
    Neken N6 pro (both excellent phones)
    inew V7
    HDC M7 clone (absolutely sh*t)
    Kingzone k1 (2 of them, both great)
    Pipo T8 (surprisingly good with amazing camera)
    Tianhe H920+ (amazing screen still going strong over 2 years later)
    Vivo Xshot
    Gionee E7
    Lenovo Z2 pro
    HDC Samsung S5 clone (absolutely awful)
    Fake Lenovo (can’t remember model) specs were a joke, screen was almost non-visible but had the best and fastest ROM I have ever used on a smartphone!
    Cubot P9 (ok phone with horrendous camera with a permanent blue tint)
    Kolina k100 (ok phone but some specs are fake, buggy ROM)

    I’m sure there are more that I can’t remember but there will definitely be more in the future.

  41. Rob
    July 9, 2015

    Perhaps we could have a thread of phones we would like to have next! lol

  42. Faress ElFarissi
    July 9, 2015

    Lenovo S650 ( still)

  43. Yeti hand
    July 9, 2015

    simdo d 98
    Timmy e 86
    bluboo x550

  44. Bekim
    July 9, 2015

    ZTE V9800

  45. resnick
    July 9, 2015

    For me Elephone P8000 and Elephone P6000

  46. Gtr3losz
    July 9, 2015

    Well my first phone was a zopo c2 with 1gb ram and 6589T suprisingly it still works after 2years !! Then a zte nubia z5s which had a great camera cpu gpu and was very very light . now for the last 12months i have a xiaomi mi 3 which is a very strong and well build cellphone it had such amount of abuse and still works…

  47. CiroD
    July 9, 2015

    I’m glad to know that many of us fall in love with chinese phones with honorable JiaYu G3 🙂
    My personal list in historical order:
    JiaYu G3 (my first Android smartphone after years of Nokia Symbian addiction)
    UMI X1 (sold after 2 days)
    JiaYu G3C
    JiaYu G4S
    UMI Zero (soft bricked with the damned Rootjoy tool, still in agony)
    JiaYu S3
    Meizu M1 Note

  48. Lildwell2
    July 9, 2015

    Jiayu S4 that crapped out on me and an Ecoo Eo4

  49. Bootleg
    July 9, 2015

    Currently Elephone P2000, now I’m thinking about ordering P8000.

  50. Thomas
    July 9, 2015

    No name HTC clone
    iOcean X7 Plus
    iOcean X7S
    iOcean X8
    iOcean X8 mini pro
    iOcean M6752
    iOcean X9

    • iKosh
      July 9, 2015

      You like iOcean don’t you?

      • July 10, 2015

        Man that’s SOME deduction skills you got 😛

        • iKosh
          July 11, 2015

          I wanted to be a detective when I was a boy.

    • mf1gt3r
      July 10, 2015

      Wow! Loyal fan.

  51. The Special Juan
    July 9, 2015

    I have had mostly rubbish fortunes, although mostly self inflicted as I got carried away buying too many replica phones:

    Star S5 Clone
    HDC I6 clone – Battery wouldnt last 3 hours
    2 other no name i6 clones (one wouldnt read sim and is now used as bluetooth wifi system, the other one was laggy as hell, with spelling mistakes galore on rom)
    recent no name s6 clone (plastic back, hardly any memory, dual core anyway….RUBBISH!)
    Elephone p6000 (still have, looking to sell if anyone is interested 🙂 )
    Elephone p7000 – current daily phone.

    • E8hffff
      July 10, 2015

      Are you happy with the Elephone service and build?

      • The Special Juan
        July 10, 2015

        P6000 was great, but only used for limited time.

        Now using p7000 for about 1 month. Am i happy?…mmm…..Yes and No!

        First, I will say that I am just an everyday user, not developer, not into flashing roms or anything technical.

        Given the above, 1) I wasn’t happy that out of the box I wasnt able to update OTA. I don’t have a windows pc, and have no experience of flashing. Yet to update to a ROM that was usable I had to learn – big thanks to XDA developers who talked my through it, (and borrow a friends windows laptop!) .. So for me, that was a big negative.

        Other negatives,
        2) I have three white spots on the screen, noticeable when the screen is a light / white colour
        3) the bluetooth keeps disconnecting from my Asus Zenwatch (could be the watches fault though)
        4) the annotate score has dropped down to about 28k for no apparent reason. 5) out of the box the microphone was not loud enough. Sound on recorded videos was non existent. This has since been fixed.

        Honestly I was expecting better from a “flagship”, however I realise now that this was probably a bit unrealistic of me….

        Other than that the phone has had no other major problems…and I genuinely like it and the design. The contradiction is that I probably wouldn’t buy an elephone again. For Elephone come across as just a bit too unreliable.

        Having said that I am going to stick with Chinese phones though, features vs price makes me never want to buy a “mainstream” brand again…I would love to try a Meizu , Oppo or Xiaomi….

  52. RuR‎
    July 9, 2015


  53. Olaf
    July 9, 2015

    Lenovo K3 Note

  54. Achilles
    July 9, 2015

    Noname feature phone with TV antenna around 5 years ago,
    NoName Iphone clone,
    Inew V3,
    Tengda Z2,
    Cubot S200,
    Jiayu S3

    I loved INEW V3 but Jiayu s3 is a beast!
    Tengda Z2 has the best design though.

  55. Cpaun
    July 9, 2015

    Zopo zp100
    Haier w910
    Tcl idol x
    Umi x2
    Jiayu g3
    Meizu mx3
    Xiaomi Mi Note lte

    For friends / family I bought:
    Zte v985
    K-touch kiss u86
    Iphone 5 clone
    Hdc legend S4 clone
    5 x Nubia Z5s
    2 x Newman n2
    Miz (can’t remember the model)

    Hope I didn’t forget anything 🙂

  56. zuma
    July 9, 2015

    thl 5000
    honor 6
    Meizu mx4
    Xiaomi Mi Note lte

    i am waiting for my bluboo x550 from

  57. Aeonia
    July 10, 2015

    My journey started not so long ago with the
    Cubot gt99
    Star HD 5000
    Tronsmart TS7.
    Inew V3..
    Jiayu g4s..current

    ..hopefully the One Plus One is my next

    • July 10, 2015

      Did you mean to say OnePlus 2?

  58. Eddy Bruin
    July 10, 2015

    Newman N2
    Xiaomi Redmi 1 (MTK version)
    Inew v3
    Umi Zero
    Ulefone be touch 2 (still needs to arrive)

    That’s what i’ve owned till now!

  59. July 10, 2015

    The phones I have actually owned and used for personal use are

    Meizu M9
    Xiaomi Mi2
    Oppo Find 7
    Oppo n1
    Oppo n3
    Meizu MX3
    Huawei Honor 6+
    Vivo Xplay 3s
    Vivo Xshot
    Meizu MX4
    Xiaomi Mi Note
    LeTV Le 1

    ( I am sure there are others but those are the ones I remember, plus there are tons of review phones not listed too)

    • mf1gt3r
      July 10, 2015

      You’ve got great taste Mr. Sykes. These were all flagship phones. My Bro just got the Letv X600. Good phone indeed. But am starting to think my Nubia Z7 Max was better.

    • iKosh
      July 11, 2015

      Which phone did you like the most? Xshot?

  60. ljan ryan
    July 10, 2015

    i’m waiting for the CM and MIUI ROM from be touch2 , i have another phone meizu note but battery is bad

  61. E8hffff
    July 10, 2015

    Owned non-smart phones before that
    * Huawei U8150
    * Jiayu S3 3GB. Purchased as temp phone and will gift.

    Most interested in Elephone Vowney due to it having 8MP front camera and 21MP back. ZERO INTEREST in finger scanner.

  62. Hellvetta
    July 10, 2015

    Huawei Ascend P1 (still in use)
    ZTE Nubia Z5 Mini/Nubia Z7 Max
    iNew V3/V7
    Cubot X6
    Jiayu G4/G2S
    Xiaomi Hongmi/Mi3

  63. Samir Maric
    July 10, 2015

    Xiaomi Mi4i

  64. Mesterio
    July 10, 2015

    Mine are Jiayu 2GF and the Jiayu G4S, excellent phones. I am sure this won’t come as a surprise and currently a Jiayu S3. See a trend?? ?.

    • July 10, 2015

      I was so close to purchasing the G4S. Regret not buying it!

      • Mesterio
        July 10, 2015

        Yash you missed out! It is now rocking MG v8 and has knock to wake. It is a nice piece of kit!

  65. July 10, 2015

    For me it’d be:

    UMi X1
    OPPO Find 5
    Xiaomi Mi 2S
    Xiaomi Mi 3
    Xiaomi Mi 4
    Gionee Elife S7
    OnePlus One

    These are of course besides the review phones.

  66. July 10, 2015

    It looks like everyone commenting here has at one point owned the JiaYu G3 😀

  67. generationally
    July 10, 2015

    Umi X3
    Meizu MX4

  68. zedge13
    July 10, 2015

    xIAOMI mi3, HUAWEI ascend p1, g6 and p8 lite, ZTE v5 redbull, BLUBOO x5, ULEFONE note 3 copy, coolpad, umi, and so on!!!!!

  69. July 10, 2015

    Lenovo P780 – I actually pre-ordered the JiaYu G4s, but the shop was never able to stock it so I ended up getting this instead. The best thing going for it was the marathon battery life.

    Lenovo K900 (orange) – I was intrigued by Intel Inside. It ended up bent after a week in my front pocket, so I can identify with iPhone 6 Plus users. The terrible battery life made me longed for the P780 again.

    OnePlus One – The best Chinese phone I owned, but also the most expensive (still a great value though). After a couple days of honeymoon, I ended up giving it to my wife since her Note II was starting to act up.

    Lenovo Vibe X2 – I swear I’m not a Lenovo loyalist, but at the time I wanted a smaller, lighter phone and somehow things led me to my third Lenovo phone. It’s all around a decent phone, but nothing to get excited about.

    After this I started to get into Japanese phones, so now a Sharp Aquos 304SH is my daily driver ^-^.

  70. Jon Fell
    July 10, 2015

    First Chinese phone was a “I dunno, it was cheap off eBay, camera was rubbish but it did a job til I lost it”
    Next was à meizu mx4 pro that I never even got to know let alone bond with as I dropped it and broke it within 5 days of laying out £400+ to find the aftermarket care of meizu is only comparible to that of a people smuggler.
    Present is a cubot x9 which is serving me diligently with a wonderfully mosaiced cracked screen ( my fault not its) , in fact as a previous Samsung user I’m amazed its still functioning as the slightest crack in a Samsung screen always left me an £85 bill.
    So in summary, I praise the unknown, decry the established and hail the Cubot

  71. junior_poa
    July 10, 2015

    Flying FG8 (2011)
    XiaoCai X9 (2013)
    Jiayu S3 (2015)

  72. amirexpressir
    July 11, 2015

    unlike many,My experience started with 6575 and with “star” rather than “HDC”
    as I am an online shop seller,so I have used lots of phone till now,,,but to narrow it down from old times to current:

    star 001
    star s5 butterfly
    star one x
    star n9589
    newman n2/freelander i20
    star b93m
    umi x2
    zte v976s
    Jiayu g2f
    neo n003 advance
    thl w100
    cube talk 5h
    zopo c2/zp980
    infocus m320
    vivo xplay 3s
    lenovo k900
    inew v3
    inew v8
    lenovo s898t/a850
    coolpad f1
    pantech sky vega a880/a850
    zte nubia z7 max
    inew i6000
    umi cross
    elephone p7 mini
    oneplus one
    Meizu mx4
    those were phones I remember…
    still good to know so many sites and users are coming this way more and more…

  73. July 11, 2015

    I’m now cm12.0 gt-i9506 S4+
    tcl a506 -> lenovo a830 -> lenovo s939 -> mercury (meirose or melrose) -> and will be always samsung

  74. BrB
    July 11, 2015

    Still using my doogee dg550 dagger, perfect phone for the last 6 month

  75. Seb Star
    July 11, 2015

    Opo oneplus one, HTC

  76. stregas
    July 11, 2015

    Proud owner of a Doogee DG310!
    An excellent device for the money it costs!

  77. shaker
    July 11, 2015

    Huawei p1
    Andi I can’t believe you caved into a bunch of crybabys. It a contest and someone wins. Otherwise is it a reward. That’s unfair.

  78. franzrichardludmilla labouré
    July 12, 2015

    there’s been quite some…
    meizu m8 (amazing speakers and audio quality, screen resolution was impressive back then but the software was a constant struggle and beta state)
    a zopo zp100 (the great grand father of mtk phones,build was mediocre, it died due to a faulty usb port)
    a zopo field 300 (nice screen yet far too small battery _ still somewhere around
    a zopo zp998 quad core (quite pretty actually, but clumsiness caused a broken screen, zopo’s lack of support and firmware updates caused the end of my faith in them…)
    a jiayu g3 ( needs no introduction, survived a thousand drops, served as a weapon was killed by curiosity, impatience and a screwdriver)
    Umi’s x1s (was supposed to be a present, was actually a neat little phone no complaints..)
    star n920 (a present as well; htc clone with a really good camera, happened to fall of a balcony…)
    the jiake p6 was supposed to replace the n920, could have been a nice looking phone, but had some really bad and avoidable build issues like an awful sharp gap at the bottom, horrible battery life and struggles with two dying cameras these days.
    gionees elife e6 _ probabely the most beautiful phone i’ve ever owned and their flagship ..,for a month …was abbandoned by the the company for the not anyway as nice to look at e7_an unforgivable lack of updates, an awful buggy amigo os skin on top of a dated android version and an aging processor that already struggled the fhd resolution make the phone unfortunately no fun to use these days
    the green orange n1(also bought as a present) was well build with nice camera features but also missing the benefit of a kitkat update.
    umi c1 (ordered for a friend _ a huge phone, also a huge disappointment compared to the tiny yet nice umi x1s, all i remember was a non working announced gyroscope and an early death…)
    cubot gt99 a small quite ugly and cheap and cheap looking (due to the awful backcover) device that is a real surviver; a broken screen, a thousand drops, a dying battery yet it is still working…
    jiayu g5s the one that kept people waiting… despite the solid body less a survivor than the g3..
    the no1 mi4 was ordered for a friend again; cheap, very well build but the idea of selling it with some pretending to be kitkat 4.2 firmware and the aging processor were quite a let down
    oukitel’s u8 was supposed to be the supercheap 64bit lollipop spare phone to play with until i had to find out that it is running android in 32bit mode, an ugly device, really awful speaker yet getting ota updates from the company (which is until you mess with the partitons trying to install some custom recovery…)

  79. Mehmet Ayvaz
    July 12, 2015

    Zopo C2
    AMOİ N850
    Intex Aqua Style
    Huawei honor 6
    Lenovo s850
    Meizu mx3
    THL T11
    THL W11
    MEİZU M1
    JİAYU S2
    HUAWEİ g700
    Mi Note
    Lenovo k3 note
    IUNI u3
    Zte grand

    Girne elife e6
    Girne elife e7

  80. Drits
    July 12, 2015

    The first Chinese phone I bought was a Umi C1. My wife’s using it right now and she told me her colleagues are always curious about the price. She tells them she got it for a mere 400€, and they believe it (while it cost me only 80€).
    I’m using a OPO right now.

  81. Alaa
    July 12, 2015

    Nokia N95 Clone
    Hero 9300+

  82. Qidamin
    July 13, 2015

    ZTE V965
    ZTE V987
    Xiaomi Mi2A
    Iuni U3

  83. Zaki
    July 13, 2015

    Altek A806 (2010 – 2013)
    Lando L200G (2014 – Current)

    I must say the Altek was by far the best camera phone I have ever owned (I previously owned the Nokia N95, SE C905, and Samsung Omnia HD). True colors (if your ISO was set properly) and great detail, none of the over saturated and over sharpened garbage you got with other phone cameras at the time. Of course, it was actually just a digital camera with phone functionality. 1020 mAh battery and QVGA screen meant I only had to charge it once a week. Got it for cheap on taobao, around $120 or so. Lasted 3 years until the screen went out, the other parts still work though.

    And yes I had it in pink. It was awesome.

  84. iKosh
    July 13, 2015

    After almost two years on gizchina, my first chinese phone arrived two weeks ago. During this long period I was considering devices like: Redmi 1s, iNew V3, Oppo Find5, Redmi Note, Jiayu G4s, S3, Meizu MX2, MX3, M1 Note but never pulled the trigger on any of this. My final choice was the Gionee Elife E7 3GB32GB version. In my opinion it is the bargain of the year. It has an older processor and android but works fantastic, I’m very happy with my decision.

  85. bassa
    July 13, 2015

    UMI hammer

  86. Bailey
    July 13, 2015

    I now understand why people moan about price because if you own that much phones you dont want to be buying at an expensive price. I worked out that i could buy 1 phone every month but the people at my work place already think i am mad with the amount of phones i buy and sell Lol

    No1 mi4 clone
    Meizu mx 3
    Xiaomi mi4
    Xiaomi mi 4i
    Xiaomi Red Rice Hongmi
    Zte Star
    S4 clone

    Maybe we should do the phones that you feel tempted to buy because my list would be so long

  87. Patrick Van Reusel
    July 13, 2015

    My gadget addiction started with Chinese MP4 players, some iPod clones but also branded ones like Ramos, Ainol and Nationite players from MP4nation.

    With the phones, everything started with some clones, iphone 3 clones, Nokia E72, Blackberry clones. Also about a dozen of no-name china phones from the pre-android era.

    Then I changed to Windows Mobile Phones, a Qtek S200, followed by iMate, some QWERTY phone by Vodafone, PhoneOne S901 and Acer models (F900), all running on Windows Mobile . HTC Diamond clones

    I owned a Acer BeTouch E130, a full QWERTY phone running on android. This was followed by a tsunami of Chinese Android phones, most not branded, To give some name and types at random order:

    Haipai X720d
    no brand X825
    no brand X315e (HTC clone)
    (German) Mobistel T1,
    Mobistel T2
    Lenovo S920
    iNew V3
    XIAOMI Redmi 1S
    XIAOMI Redmi Note
    Haipai P6s
    NEO N003
    Kolina K100+
    (Thai) I-Mobile IQ X
    Bedove HY5001
    (Spanish) Energy Sistems, Energy Pro QI
    Elephone G6
    Gionee Elife E7
    Caesar A9600
    (Thai) Wellcom A99
    Zopo C2
    Cubot GT99
    no brand K7 MT6589
    Honor 4X
    (French) Wiko Rainbow
    Huawei Boulder
    (French) Alcatel Onetouch 918
    Motorola Milestone 2
    Motorola Moto G 2
    (Thai) i-mobile i693

    ..and still growing