This is my brand new Cubot phone and replaces the excellent Doogee Mix 2 I bought in November last year. I never stick with any phone for too long (I kept my first iPhone for 2 years and first Samsung for well over a year) but no longer wanting to contribute to the wealth of Samsung and Apple who I’m convinced are taking everyone for a ride, I’ve tried a number of Chinese phones over recent years. Doogee and Cubot have shown to be winners.
Picture below shows my Doogee Mix 2 …
My first Cubot was/is the Cubot Note+ and I’m also the proud owner of a Doogee Mix 2 which has been marvellous other than occasional unexplained behaviour in the heat of Spain in August and a niggling doubt about key pressure consistency which could well be down to installed apps or my carpal-tunnel-tainted fingers. At this point it’s a little early to proclaim my latest purchase an outstanding success but it LOOKS like the Cubot Power is a winner. Both the Doogee and the Power have excellent cameras and that is a key selling point for me.
There is no doubt that the Doogee is the prettier of the two, but where the Doogee has a more than adequate 64GB storage with 6GB RAM, the Power has a staggering 128GB memory along with the same amount of RAM and a bigger screen. Both take excellent photos but whereas the Doogee is chugging along nicely with Android 7.1.1 (8 promised but not yet delivered). the Cubot Power has Android 8.1 which brings with it some improvements.
Between that and my recent decision to go with a Spanish mobile service provider and roam while in the UK (as against the opposite way around and giving the advantage of holding over unused data which none of our tight-wad operators will let you do) and a new home VPN and blacklisting facility (which as a side-benefit stops me getting Google.es thankfully), I’m pretty much making the best of the mobile experience right now.
Both phones have great default camera software and in addition I’ve kitted them out with “Open Camera”, Camera FV-5 and SnapSeed (I could not manage without the latter) to finish off images.
The Cubot Power came from GearBest – in their promotions (link might expire after end of Oct 2018). No, I didn’t get discount for mentioning the link, this is off my own bat as AliExpress don’t seem to have these and others are more expensive:
On the right is the smaller, cheaper but perfectly functional Cubot Note+ which I call my night phone – I used that if I wake up in the middle of the night while the larger phone is charging. /No doubt about it, the Doogee is a stunning-looking phone but it is looking like the more visually boring Cubot has the edge on performance.