Doogee F1 review: light power

Another Doogee’s smartphone just hit the shelves. It’s the beautiful and light Doogee F1 Turbo Mini. It’s named after Doogee’s last year flagship device – Doogee Turbo. Now several months later new smaller refreshment is in our hands. Doogee F1 Turbo Mini (let’s just call it F1 from now on) actually comes with better specifications, than the last year’s flagship device. We can’t remember any other case, where the mini version is actually better, than the bigger one. Let’s check more details about the new device

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Doogee F1 Turbo Mini specifications

  • Doogee F1 Turbo miniQuad-Core 64-Bit MTK6732 1.5GHz processor
  • Android 4.4 (should be upgraded to Android 5.0)
  • RAM 1GB+ROM 8GB+microSD card slot up to 64 GB
  • qHD 4.5″ multi-point capacitive touch screen with 960*540 pixels resolution
  • 5.0MP front camera and 8.0MP rear camera
  • 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz 3G: WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100MHz 4G: FDD-LTE: 800/1800/2100/2600MHz

Design and build quality

Doogee F1 has the following measures – 133.5 mm x 66 mm x 8.2mm. The phone is really light – just 112 grams. There are lots of similarities between Doogee Turbo and its smaller brother F1 Turbo Mini. The design is almost identical with a few differences. Doogee F1 has the same rectangle body with slightly curved back. The phone keeps the same metal frames on both left and right sides with tiny nits at the bottom and the top. There’s a thick silver frame at the top and the bottom of the phone, but it’s plastic, not metal. At the left side you’ll see the volume rocker, while on right side it’s just the power button. There’s nothing at the bottom of the phone (no microphone hole there). At the top you can see the micro usb port and the 3.5 mm audio jack. The back of Doogee F1 is really similar to the bigger Turbo. It has the same curved shape and tiny holes all around the back lid. However the back lid is not bendable like his older brother. The camera has the same design as Doogee Turbo, but it’s placed at the top left corner in Doogee F1 (the bigger Turbo has the camera placed at the top middle). Next to the camera you can find the flashlight. The last element placed on the back of Doogee F1 is the speaker, which is at the bottom. Let’s move to the front panel. At the bottom there are three capacitive buttons – back, home and menu (counting from right to left). Unfortunately there’s no back light and the buttons are simply drawings on the panel. There are big bezels at the top and bottom and what we call acceptable bezels at left and right. At the bottom left corner you’ll spot a small hole, which probably is the microphone. At the top there’s the conversation speaker in the middle, camera at right and sensors at left.

Removing the back lid will give you access to the battery, the sim slots and the microSD card slot. The sim cards and the microSD card are not hot-swappable, which means that you need to remove the battery in order to remove/insert any of them. The first sim card is a normal one (mini sim) and the second one is micro sim. The battery itself has a capacity of 2000mAh.

We found a few weak spots in the build quality of Doogee F1. Both buttons (the volume rocker and the power button) are loose. Actually it looks like they are made of metal too, so what you get is a rattle noise, when moving the phone. The metal buttons knock on the metal frame and the noise is noticeable. You can move the buttons with your finger, they are really loose. The plastic frame at the top of the phone is not stable too. It can be pressed and it makes squeaky sound. It gives us the impression that it may just fall apart from the phone someday. The back lid is really difficult to be removed. You need some muscles and nerve cells until you remove it. It gave us the impression, that it can’t be removed and it’s like you are about to break it, but luckily it’s tough enough and we didn’t manage to damage it (although we thought that we are going to break it by pulling it so hard).

In conclusion we think that it’s one really beautiful device. The design is good and Doogee F1 fits well in the hand. It’s comfortable, super light and you almost won’t feel it neither in your hand nor your pocket. The back lid has good design as well. We can forget about the squeaky top and the hard-to-remove back lid, but the loose buttons are bad and they make annoying sounds. If the buttons were fine we would say that it’s a great design and acceptable build quality. Now we can say, that Doogee F1 has a great design, but just a mediocre build quality.

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