Another, and probably a bit late, reviewthe popular THL 4000 phone. I will try to dwell on some aspects that have not been sufficiently disclosed in other reviews. I’ll try to compare it with a classmate sold offline, as well as with a premium segment phone. And I’ll tell you a long story, which ended with the purchase of this phone. Maybe someone will be interested ...
There was a need for a second phone, and allold phones were either broken or broken, or with a dead battery. At first I looked at simple cheap tubes. More or less worthy were around $ 30 and a cheap smart about $ 50. Since the price difference was not critical (and it was at the end of the summer of 2014 with a buck of 35 rubles), it was decided to take smart on the android. And away we go ... Since the smartphone, let it not be the slag, namely: a processor with 2 cores, at least 1 GB of RAM, an IPS screen ... What is most interesting is that I found such a smart for $ 50! It was a Lenovo S400 aliexpress.com/snapshot/6220700992.html
Of course, I suspected that Lenovo did not know thatShe has such a model, but the characteristics and price were more than happy with me, and the presence of several positive reviews was encouraging. The phone was ordered and his track soon appeared. Judging by the track, he rode only 9 days. And on the 18th, among other things (this is important), I took the box from the post office. Here is the track (don't you notice anything strange?): But this review would not be if everything went accordingthe plan ... Having arrived home, when the line reached the box with the phone, it already seemed to me that it was too light, but there were no obvious signs of an autopsy, and it opened ... inside it turned out to be empty, except for a lump of bumps. Later, after carefully examining the box, Inoticed that it was neatly opened and then sealed with transparent tape. but it was done very carefully. Of course, it’s my fault that I did not pay attention to the real weight in the track, that it did not correspond to the weight indicated in the declaration glued on the parcel, or rather, the weight in the track was 158 grams by hand. Of course it was necessary to refuse to receive, which by the way is difficult, because we first sign the receipt of the parcel, and after picking up the receipt with the signature they bring you the parcel. Well, or at least, having discovered a weight mismatch, open the parcel directly at the post office in the presence of a postal worker. On the other hand, the weight of the received package corresponds to that indicated in the track, the weight did not change all the way, how should I know how much the package weighs. One way or another, I had to open a dispute, then escalate it and in the end I was returned 100% of the cost!
And then, I should have stopped, andTake a closer look at offline models. And they were, albeit a little more expensive, but from a well-known brand and with a guarantee. For example, the same LG L40 D170, in the spring of 2014 I bought this for my daughter at the end of the kindergarten
I haven’t found such a model, and once,looking through special offers, I came across a Lenovo A820 - 4 cores, 1 GB of RAM, a 5-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280 × 720, android 4.4 with a “49% discount” it was only $ 89.31 “I wasn’t!” - I thought , and made an order. After a while, I was not without pleasure, tracking his progress around the world, with a normal weight of 353 grams. But the joy was not long, from 10.11.14 location information ceased to be updated, the phone left the marshalling center in St. Petersburg and never got to my post office. I waited a week, two, three, to no avail. As a result, 11/26/14 I opened a dispute and 01/01/15 I received again received a 100% refund.
Well, not bad, I thought. Is it even possible to get the phone in the mail?
By the way, I do online shoppingFor several years now, and in only one aliexpress page with purchased goods I have more than 20, and I also buy on ebay, dx, hobbyking and not only that. And I almost never lost parcels in the mail! Literally all the time, 2-3 parcels, and then some little thing like a cover for a phone or a bicycle computer. In fairness, I must say that I try not to make expensive purchases online, however, there were tablets and RC models, and robotic vacuum cleaners, in general, parcels cost much more than $ 50 and $ 89. I think that it’s easier for a thief’s employee to steal a phone and carry it through the checkpoint, if you carry it without a box and even insert your SIM card, then who will find fault? My phone is all! And the presence, for example, of a robotic vacuum cleaner in the bosom, going from work, it will be much harder to explain. Then I remembered the discussion on some forum (maybe here too) in the era of ordering iPhones from America. The man asked if there was a great chance that the iPhone would disappear on the way or in the package would arrive buckwheat instead of the phone, to which he was told that there was a chance that the phone would arrive, and someone even knew a person whose friend had reached the phone. Then I thought people were kidding. I don’t think so anymore.
But having gathered his will into a fist, and repeating to himself "Godloves the trinity ”I firmly decided to bend the world for myself, and ... made another order. Since I didn’t lose anything in money, and given the steeply changed ruble to dollar exchange rate (be it wrong!), I can say that I got it, because they returned me the amount in dollars every time, but initially I paid in rubles through kiwi, according to the August exchange rate . While I just read the review of the THL 4000 phone here, I liked it (both the review and the phone), so this time I didn’t suffer the torment of choice, and I ordered the THL 4000 exactly. This is where the background ends and the review of the phone itself begins.
The phone was ordered and paid on 01/05/15 and 01/28/15 I picked it up by mail. 23 days, average delivery time.
Processor MediaTek MT6582M, 1300 MHz 4 cores.
RAM 1 ROM 8 GB
Video Processor Mali-400 MP2
4.7 "screen, resolution 540 × 960, multi-touch 5 touches.
5 MP camera, autofocus
microSD slot (TransFlash)
dual SIM support (regular and mini), OTG support
Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11b / g / n, 3G, GPS, A-GPS
4000 mAh battery
weight 184 g, WxHxT 68x140x11.20 mm
Everything arrived in a standard bubble wrap package, inside which there was already a company box.
The contents of the box: smartphone, plastic case, car and network charger, USB cable, wired headset, 8 GB memory card. Grade 6, a card reader and a spare film on the screen.
And here is the phone itself. The form factor is classic, the size is not too big, and the thickness of the case is significant, due to which it is more convenient to hold the edges than any ultra-thin Samsung. In my hand lies perfectly. It is worth adding considerable weight - 184 grams, you need to get used to it, otherwise you can easily drop it with careless taking. A kind of brick, no grace. The case is entirely plastic, the border is made of metal, but in fact it is plastic, the back cover has a scratch-resistant relief coating, but due to this it glides a little. Nothing backlash, no creaks. At the bottom of the screen are touch keys, with very low backlight. However, in complete darkness, they are quite distinguishable, but in the light of the backlight is not needed. The only complaint about the backlighting of the buttons is that it goes out quickly enough, much faster than the screen, and it is not clear where to change it. The ergonomics of the key layout are convenient in my opinion. All three buttons are located on the right side (above the volume rocker, just below the power button), when grabbed with either hand, they are right under your finger. This is more convenient than, for example, in the Phillips w8510, where the power button on top and with one hand to turn on is not convenient. The USB connector and headphone output are on top. A film was already pasted on the phone, and another one was included. The camera eye was also covered with film.
I will not start all possible synthetictests, this is already in excess in other reviews. I will limit myself to AnTuTu. Feels like there is enough work speed in everything. As for the convenience of the interface, it’s difficult for me to judge, since I'm from another camp, but everything is quite convenient, it works smoothly and does not slow down. I didn’t take it for games, and I didn’t plan to conduct game tests, but the games that I started worked without brakes. I think based on the results of AnTuTu at 19,000 points, you can evaluate its multimedia capabilities as sufficient for most tasks.
While testing this unit, Iturned up Phillips Xenium w8510 with a broken screen. I managed to change the screen and I decided to conduct a comparative test. With Philips, as with a practically classmate, the same Chinese, but from a localized brand, and with my main phone Iphone 5. Yes, yes, you already guessed that the review was written for the sole purpose - to demonstrate iphone 5!
Next will be a more detailed testing and comparison of phones. To save your time and traffic, I divided the review into categories. You can view only those that are interesting.
Let's start from the screen.
Phillips - THL - iPhone
Subjectively, the screen is pretty good. And despite the fact that the number of pixels per inch (PPI) of THL is only 234, pixelation is practically invisible. Those. the difference with Philips is certainly noticeable, but it does not bother. The colors are natural, although the white balance is slightly shifted to the cold side.
Viewing angles, thanks to IPS technology, are quite wide, but the anti-reflective coating is worse than that of a peer. Due to this, in the sun it glare more than others.
Pay attention to the reflection on the display.
The coating looks like glass, at leastwith a metal object, with medium pressure, it was not possible to scratch it. But, since it has not been stated anywhere that Gorilla Glass is used and the presence of as many as 2 films in the kit, they practically do not leave any hope for this.
Camera (carefully - 15 photos!)
But the camera in the phone failed. And here it is not that the inexpensive and not very high-quality module is worth it. It's a shame that most of her problems could be fixed programmatically, which is what enthusiasts with w3bsit3-dns.com do. Sometimes even successfully.
The main jamb in both photos and videos, this is an ugly autofocus job. Honestly, it would be better if it were not at all. Photos and videos in 90% of cases will not work because they will be out of focus.
But let's see what the remaining 10% is
For starters THL
In general, if not for autofocus, in the afternoon it would not bebadly. In the evening, everything is much worse. Not only does autofocus remain without a chance to focus, but there is no hope for a flash. Honestly, they could just draw it, the light from it is less than from the flame of a lighter, and it is simply not able to light something beyond 50 cm. And this is not counting the uneven illumination and the blue-violet hue.
Let's see how Phillips shoots
What can I say, in my opinion it is very good. There are no problems with focusing, the flash is quite bright, the illumination is uniform, the color is white. It may close up a little in the frame, but in the end it's not a camera. The solid five.
Well, the iPhone, where without it.
Since the iPhone is, so to speak, out of competition, I will not comment on the photos, this is not the review. They are just for comparison.
THL still has the same problem - autofocus. But one more thing is added - the frame rate. It is very low, looking about 15 frames. Since I don’t know how to add uncompressed video to the review, I’ll just leave links to the video files. THL's video clearly demonstrates the full depth of the autofocus problem.
Thl original video
Format Profile: 3GPP Media Release 4
File size: 26.3 MB
Duration: 36 sec.
Total stream: 6034 Kbps
Duration: 35 sec.
Bitrate: 5999 Kbps
Width: 1280 pixels
Height: 720 pixels
Aspect Ratio: 16: 9
Frame rate: 19.952 frames / sec
Yeah, 19 frames per second. What about Phillips
Phillips original video
Format Profile: 3GPP Media Release 4
File size: 38.5 MB
Duration: 35 sec.
Total stream: 9149 Kbps
Duration: 35 sec.
Bitrate: 9031 Kbps
Width: 1280 pixels
Height: 720 pixels
Aspect Ratio: 16: 9
Frame Rate: 30,000 frames / sec
Phillips has 30 frames. Given the absence of problems with autofocus, the video goes to a qualitatively different level.
And optional iPhone
iPhone original video
Format Profile: QuickTime
File size: 64.5 MB
Duration: 31 s.
Total stream: 17.3 Mbps
Duration: 31 s.
Bitrate: 17.2 Mbps
Width: 1920 pixels
Height: 1080 pixels
Aspect Ratio: 16: 9
Frame rate: 29.970 frames / sec
The call speaker is located at the back, closer to the bottom, there is a small ledge above it due to which it does not overlap with the surface when the phone is on the back cover with the screen up.
The call volume is average, you need to selecta melody to sound loud and high enough. But I did it. Compared to Philips, the sound is slightly louder, but less deep. The iPhone is out of competition, as it should be.
The speaker does not cause negative emotions. The sound is natural, the volume is sufficient. Again, in comparison with Pillips, the sound is a little less deep, but for speech it will do.
I won’t linger on her, I’ll just say - she’sno. Not only is the sound in it terrible, but the quality of the plastic processing itself corresponds to the sound, I think it would be impossible to use it even for conversations, at least for a long time, not to mention music. I think its value is around the dollar, because the $ 5 headphones outperform it in sound quality and performance. To all this, it was also discovered that one ear does not play! Well, I won’t be upset. The Philips headset has a right to life, the sound quality is certainly not a fountain, but for conversations, audiobooks it is quite suitable. I cannot rule out that inexperienced users will listen to music in it, but only completely inexperienced. The quality of workmanship, at a very decent level, is sitting normally in the ears. As for the audio output, even compared to Philips, the sound is less voluminous, less bass, you can listen if you have never listened to anything else, I think most THL MP3 players will replay, in any case, the iriver E300 does this with a margin. I don’t even know whether to write about iPhone or not ... well, I think you understand ...
This is the main advantage of the phone. The size and weight of it causes respect 67 grams 3.7 v 4000 mA / h (14.8Wh) allowable voltage 4.2v. Although the Philips also has a rather large battery, it is inferior in capacity and weight - 53 grams 3.8v and 3300 mA / h (12.54Wh) and a valid voltage of 4.35v.
Test them both.
Strange, the capacity is much lower than declared,although I conducted the test 2 times, with different currents 0.3a and 1a. The difference of 18% is a lot, but for now we will not scold the Chinese. Take the Phillips battery, its characteristics are slightly different.
The capacity is not the same as declared, and allthe same 18%! It's strange, because we have no reason not to trust phillips. Now we pay attention to the characteristics of the phillips battery, and we see that the maximum voltage when charging can be 4.35v. My imax B6, unfortunately, can not charge up to such a voltage and is limited to 4.2v. Therefore, the entire battery capacity is not used. I fully admit that THL also charges the battery up to 4.35v, but the Chinese forgot to write about it. In this case, a 4000 mAh capacity may well be real.
Many complaints about reviews on the native chargerdevice. Let's see what we are dealing with. Common OEM design. Stated 5v 1000ma. In practice, the voltage is slightly overestimated - 5.35 v when charged with a current of 1000 mA. Charging gave even a little more, about 1050 mA, and at the same time it was noticeably heated.
The charger is collapsibleWe’ll use it and see what's inside. For comparison, take the power supply of the TPLink TL-MR3020 router. I have been using it for a long time on trips, and it never let me down. Several times they even had to charge the iPad, and it has a charge current of more than 2A. And of course, we’ll take a look at Phillps charging.
As you can see, the characteristics of THL and TP-Link are the same, but only Phillips claims a slightly higher current - 1.2A.
Well look at the insides
As you can see, despite the scheme similar to TP-Link,THL saved again. I'm not an electronics engineer, but half the number of capacitors on one, and planar elements on the other side does not promise anything good. A careless soldering, crooked elements are not washed out flux, all this indicates the low quality of the native charge THL. Despite the fact that the TP-Link router is a very inexpensive device costing about 700 rubles. b / p in it is much better, and more accurately assembled. We will not talk about charging Phillips, it is clear that there is a completely different level. Nevertheless, when charging from all 3 devices, the phone’s sensor didn’t buggy and worked out the presses normally, which was somewhat surprising after inspecting THL charging insides.
3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS
The phone works in 3G GSM 900/1800/1900 networks. Of course, there is no LTE support.
Since I do not have 2 SIM cards of one operator, comparative testing will not work. But from myself I will notice that for a month of using it as a second phone, there were no problems with communication.
Wi-Fi catches well, on par with Phillps.
THL - Phillips
The speed of THL is slightly slower. The test was carried out several times, each time THL was slightly behind.
THL - Phillips
But I saw more networks.
iPhone here is out of competition, because sits at 5 GHz, but to make it clear that the speed does not rest on the width of the Internet channel or the bandwidth of the router, I will give its result.
Bluetooth also works flawlessly, found all my devices, and worked fine with them.
City, center, yard well. The search lasted 2 minutes 30 seconds. THL found satellites 10 seconds earlier. I apologize for the quality of the photo:
This photo just demonstrates how readable the image is on a bright sunny day.
Despite the fact that he is on almost all frontslost to Phillips, I liked the phone. Maybe due to the fact that I did not expect anything super-prominent from the phone at the price of 3000r (at the time of the very first order). With today's dollar exchange rate, I certainly would not take a phone in China, at least in this price segment, and I would look for something here. I didn’t have to use it as the main phone (I need an adapter for a SIM card), but as a second one it lasted more than a week, with several conversations a day, mail and rare games. I find it very good. During use, there was one glitch, with the display of the percentage of battery charge. It hung at 65% and lasted for several days, though the phone was almost always just in standby mode. Then, when I ran a test on it, he sat down in front of his eyes from 65% to 0 per minute! I had to climb on w3bsit3-dns.com and put a patch that solves this problem. No more freezes and glitches were noticed. It is quite possible to recommend a smartphone for use as a telephone, moreover, a long-living one, as a navigator, and even a power bank. As a camera, you won’t be able to use it normally, in any case, until you solve the problem with autofocus. For music, it is also not very suitable, unless of course you do not care what to listen to. It's a shame that having conceived a very good phone, the Chinese from THL started saving on trifles. Well, how much did they save on the flash LED? 20-30 cents? And on the charger? A dollar or two. A little better audio path? I don’t know, it seems to me this is also a dime. Autofocus work, obviously a software jamb. In general, adding $ 5 to the prime cost, we could get candy. In the meantime, it can’t be used as the only multimedia device for all occasions.
The review is written to showcase the soul iPhone. Phone bought on their own. This is just my second review, I will be glad to criticize, if possible in PM.
After writing the review, the air cameofficial firmware update that fixes some bugs and optimizes some functions of system. Mysteriously, not true here sort of solved the problem with the update. But I can’t check anymore, since the phone has found its new owner.
- audio section
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