Hello guys I'm reading this forum since a long time and now i've decided to subscribe cause i've bought my first android phone and now im part of the family. As a little gift to you I've written a review about it i hope it will be useful since is not a big brand phone many may not even know that it exist. You may find it a little bit strange that i've bought a chinese phone as my first android phone: well i needed badly a dualsim, a friend of mine showed this to me and i fell in love with it and so i did it. The phone i'm talking about is the
i’ve bought it some days ago and I must say that I’m actually very impressed by the way it performs. This is a “made in china phone”. To someone this could bring to mind the idea of a slow and cheap product we are used to see on the web by now but this is really not the case. This is not some slow iphone wannabe, this phone can stand on his legs and can do it quite well. It’s based on the Mediatek MTK6575 chipset. This means it has:
RAM 512 MB - ROM 4 GB
CPU: Cortex A9 @ 1Ghz GPU: SGX531T
Screen 4.3’’ resolution 960 X 540 5 fingers capacitive multitouch.
3G/2G Dual Simm
5 Mpx rear Camera with flash led and front 0.3 mpx camera
Light sensor, proximty sensor, compass, accelerometer, Fm Radio.
Andoid ICS 4.0.3 ( rootable )
The package is a carton box, well made and strong enough to give a good protection during the shipping. In the box there are a manual and the warranty ( in chinese but if you already know android you mostly won’t need them ) some earphones, a microusb cable, and a charger. Here in this picture I’ve found on the web you can see what the full package include:
It’s a 4.3 inches with a 960x540 resolution. I find it quite amazing probably the most outstanding part of the phone. It has a 16:9 aspect ratio so it’s quite good both for movies and for surfing the web. As I said the screen is amazing, it’s hard to believe that this is a 200 euros phone, and it’s even cheaper in china. It may not be a retina display but you cant absolutely see the single pixels with your naked eyes. The backlighting is good and make the screen good even in the open during a sunny day. I cant say if it’s glass or plastic.
It keeps up quite good even with a lot of apps installed. I haven’t experienced a single lag or stuck until now. The Cortex A9 is a quite good cpu and it can play even mkv at 1080p. The boot is quite fast. I’ve tried a couplo of Benchmarks.
Antutu score: 3441
Quadrant score: 2601
It means that the zopo is faster than phones like Samsung Galaxy S or Iphone 4
it’s a 5mpx camera, it has autofocus and flash led. Can record 720p videos and the quality is above average, I find it ok. This is a video I found on the web:
Zopo Zp100 Test Video - YouTube
Zopo Zp100 Test Video 2- YouTube
To me it’s good. The calling quality is good, I’ve never experienced problems during phonecalls. The quality of external speaker and earphones are good both during calls or reproducing music ( it has just a bit of distortion at loudest volume ).
It’s ICS, you should already know it. On this phone i find it quite stable and performing. Not a single problem, not a single reboot so far. There are no brandings except for the boot animation and a couple of Chinese apps you can install at your will. It comes not rooted but you can root it in a quite simple way, with a procedure directly explained by zopo: you just need to plug the phone to your pc, launch a specific software, wait a couple of minutes and the phone is rooted. On the brand new ICS installation there’s a market compatibility issue with a certain number of applications but it has already been solved with a fix.
Just like many chinese phonese this is a dual sim phone. It’s a DSDS: this means that the two sim are online simultaneously bur while you are calling with one you can’t be called on the other one. A noticeable thing is that when you are surfing the web using 3G with one sim you can receive incoming calls on both the sims. Only one Sim can be set on 3G at a time: you can select wich one to activate 3G on without fisically swap the two sim, just entering an ICS menu, simple as that.
I’ve tryed it for more than 100km by now and it works quite good. It’s fast to start up in the open and it never loses the signal, at least it hasn’t during all the tests I’ve done.
It’s a 1650 mah and it’s life it’s average with all of the smartphones, I’ve no complains with the battery life. It works barely a day under intensive usage, it can stand two or three days under light usage.
It’s quite good. Not a single problem so far. It keeps the signal well even moving far from the router. It always stay connected and works well. Once again no complains.
CASE AND MATERIALS
The phone is quite light. It looks almost identical to the HTC Evo 3D but the position of the 3.5mm jack and the on/off button are swapped, that means that you can’t use the HTC covers on this device, or at least you can do that but they are not fully compatible. The device size is 125 x 65 x 12 mm. To be honest the back cover looks a little too weak and this is, by now, the only thing I think it should be improved. The screen seems to be polycarbonate and not real glasses ( you decide if this is good or bad ) but I can’t swear on it.
The four capacitive buttons at the bottom of the screen have a good sensibility and are backlighted. I’ve found these pictures on the web of an opened zopo, so you can see by yourself how it’s done inside
Zopo is a new brand to me. The phone has basically the same carachteristics of the others MTK6575 but the good thing about this one is the support the zopo is giving to his phone They have an official website, an official forum ( it’s in Chinese ) , you can find the official roms, the official rooting software, I’ve never seen anything like that with a Chinese phone ( if you don’t consider big brands like huawei or miui ). To my personal opinion all these facts put the Zopo above the others MTK6575 phones you can find around.
Chinese price is about 200 $ but another good thing by Zopo is that they’ve put on an European website and an European shop, so basically you can buy it from their european site and they’ll send it to you directly from Europe, so you’ll bypass all the usual problems related to an international shipment from china. That’s another big deal to me.