Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 19th Feb 2014 14:21 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

Gionee has announced what the company claims is the thinnest smartphone in the world. Aside from boasting the most impressive 5.55mm waistline, the Elife S5.5 runs an Android-based Amigo OS, sports an octa-core 1.7 GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and a duo of 13 MP and 5 MP cameras (back and front).

I've already made the jump to Chinese smartphones early last year, and with still zero complaints about the Find 5, I have no intention of ever going back. Here, too, Gionee, shows that the stereotype we have here of Chinese devices being nothing but clones is starting to get very, very outdated. Influenced by lobbying from western companies, our governments will do all they can to block the influx of Chinese devices for as long as they can, but it won't take long for consumer demand for high-quality devices at low prices to overcome that.

Chinese companies like Oppo, Huawei, Xaomi, and others will do to the device market what Japanese and later South-Korean car brands have done to the car market. If I were a Korean, Japanese, or American device maker - I'd be worried.

Also, I totally want this phone. Beautiful.

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looks nice, but can I trust it?
by Adurbe on Wed 19th Feb 2014 15:06 UTC
Adurbe
Member since:
2005-07-06

Now, as I write this, I KNOW I dont have any facts to back this up. Its a difficult thing to articulate, but I don't quite 'trust' these devices.

I think it comes from how authoritative the host nation is, that I cant quite shake the feeling there will be "something" in the software or hardware(be that filtering or snooping). This is different from the Korean/Japanese who fully opened up during their westernisation push.

I must admit some of the stuff coming from china is looking better and better quality. However, I cant Quite bring myself to trust/buy them. This goes from Lenovo down to this phone.

If I got one of these, I wouldnt be comfortable without at least flashing it with a ROM from someone else which I trusted more(cyanogenmod?).

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Even a completely safe and trusted phone still has all its mobile/wireless data flow through access points and hubs that are tapped by our governments - so it's kind of a moot point.

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Adurbe Member since:
2005-07-06

That is probably true (UK was involved in a lot of the tapping stuff) but whereas I feel the UK agencies can be taken to account for their actions, and indeed they have been, I don't feel the Chinese could....

Things might be changing, but we arnt quite there Yet.

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drcoldfoot Member since:
2006-08-25

No disrespect, but if you trust the US based smartphones, then you're in for a big surprise.

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twitterfire Member since:
2008-09-11

No disrespect, but if you trust the US based smartphones, then you're in for a big surprise.


They still make smartphones in US?

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

So, basically, what you're saying is that you have no problem with devices made in China as long as the brand of the phone isn't actually Chinese.
Yeah, ok....

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Adurbe Member since:
2005-07-06

As long as the maker of the phone is accountable. That is the distinction. I don't feel that is yet true of many Chinese companies (in particular state backed companies).

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