Doogee is a rising Chinese smartphone OEM that is becoming popular with each passing day thanks to products such as Doogee X5 Pro, and Doogee F5. However, today we have a powerful device from the company called Doogee F3 Pro. As the name suggests, the smartphone is packed with impressive hardware, but does its $159.99 price tag do justice with all the hardware and features that is packed in to it. Let us find out in our review.
Doogee F3 Pro: Design and appearance
As far as looks go, Doogee F3 Pro is a wonder to look at. The smartphone’s design and appearance are all top notch, which obviously means that the company invested a large portion of its time and money in making sure that the gadget did not look dull by any means. The front camera sensor has its own unique color combination, which looks even better in distinguishing the body of the smartphone and the camera lens. A combination of both metal and glass makes Doogee F3 Pro a masterpiece in its own right, and that is what we should expect from premium smartphones feature.
Furthermore, the rear of the device is even prettier to look at and shares the same traits as the front side of the device. For consumers who always base their smartphone purchases on first impressions, let us tell you that this product here, will leave you with an everlasting and long impressive that will be projected in the form of eye candy for as long as you can live. Unfortunately, aesthetics are not the only thing that helps a smartphone to sell well. There should always be balance, which we will be finding out shortly. Has Doogee incorporated its F3 Pro with high-end components that perform well just as much as the device looks appealing to your eyes? Looks like we will find out soon enough.
Doogee F3 Pro: Button placement
Despite the fact that this segment of the smartphone happens to be the least important one in our books, there are thousands of consumers who are extremely picky about what they purchase, especially when button and port placements are concerned. We are telling you now that the rear side of the smartphone is not removable, so do not try to pry it out with any amount of force just because you see a small opening on the lower right corner of Doogee F3 Pro. However, you will be pleased to know that the device does provide you with sufficient flexibility thanks to two SIM card slots, which will have to be reduced to a microSIM form factor in order to fit.
Additionally, there is 16GB of internal storage, which is quite low for a premium smartphone, but you will be pleased to know that Doogee F3 Pro has a microSD card slot that allows you to expand your storage up to 64GB. In order to maintain the level of performance from your Android handset (since performance breaks down overtime due to severe operating system fragmentation), it is highly recommended that you purchase high-end microSD cards from reputable companies such as SanDisk and Samsung.
These storage might be a lot more expensive as compared to regular ones, but trust us when we say this, you will thanks us later. Coming to the buttons, the device has volume and power ones present on the right hand side of the smartphone, which might make it difficult when you want to take a screenshot with just a single hand.
There is no physical home button; just capacitive buttons that are extremely responsive. A 3.5mm jack is present right at the top, while a microUSB charging port is right at the bottom.
Doogee F3 Pro: Display and resolution
Doogee F3 Pro has a screen size of 5.0 inches that will cater to nearly everyone since its size is placed directly in between a phablet and a miniature sized form factor. The display of the phone looks absolutely stunning because its gives off a resolution of 1080p. Several readers over here must be thinking that while viewing content in the dark would be very discomforting to their eyes, we have to say that the experience is far more pleasant than anything that we have ever seen before.
The visibility of the content was exceptional, and the display was extremely vibrant. Image quality would not decay if we tilted the screen, which shows that the company invested a great deal of effort in incorporating a very high quality display, just so we get the best possible viewing experience according to the price we pay.
Doogee F3 Pro: Interface impressions
In addition to a 1080p display, we were thrilled to see that the device is running Android Lollipop 5.1 and it does not lag in any manner whatsoever. Since it is running an updated Android platform, there is a high probability that Google will release a compatible update of Android Marshmallow later on in the year.
As for the performance of the interface, we have to say that we were really impressed. The stock interface delivers much better in functionality as compared to what you normally get to see in Android handsets. The interface is very simple in aesthetics and design and in order to deliver the most amount of performance, it features a flat design, with strong yet ‘not too flashy’ app icons that make the interface as smooth as butter.
Doogee F3 Pro: Camera performance
For most consumers, having a smartphone that sports a very capable rear and front camera sensor is always a welcome feature. The rear camera is 13MP (and is a product of Samsung’s ISOCELL tech), and it is thoroughly impressive in terms of the quality of images being snapped. The only thing that we missed having from the front camera sensor was that it was void of a LED flash, which would make images appear brighter in low light conditions.
Coming to the image results of the primary camera sensor, we were amazed to see the image quality of the rear shooter, even after we decided to see how the images would turn up if we decided to zoom in on an object. The results were quite impressive, as you will see from the images that have been posted below. While these is not DSLR quality images, we still got to experience the next best thing.
Doogee F3 Pro: Performance (Processing and connectivity)
Now let us come to the core segment as to why consumers want to purchase a smartphone in the first place? Raw performance. We fired up AnTuTu and Geekbench to see how the device would fare when pitted against the remaining competition and we have to say that the smartphone might have missed its mark, but it is still able to achieve a satisfactory score, as you can see in the image below.
One of the reasons why the device is able to obtain a high score was that not only it packs an octa-core processor running at a speed of 1.3GHz (Cortex-A53), but the custom interface features a flat design, and has been optimized for performance. This contributed to the overall performance, as you will see in the scores posted below.
Coming to the connectivity side of things, we fired up the 4G connection and immediately ran a speed test to see what kind of results we would get. Since China Telecom is known for its blistering speeds, particular on the 4G network, given below is the speed that we got after successfully running the test.
Doogee F3 Pro: Battery life measurement
Let us come to second most important aspect of a smartphone after performance; battery life. There are very few handsets that possess large battery capacities, and sadly, Doogee F3 Pro does not fit that category thanks to its 2,200mAh cell. We tested this out with the screen brightness of the smartphone set to 100 percent. In this way, you will be able to experience the worst case scenario when you purchase Doogee F3 Pro.
Despite the small battery, we were impressed to see that the device is able to last a whole day while connected to the Wi-Fi network and while engaged in casual web browsing. The disappointing part is when we were connected to the 3G and 4G network. Understandably, 3G and 4G modems are much more power hungry as compared to Wi-Fi adapters, and Doogee F3 Pro was only able to last 11 hours on 3G, and 7 hours on 4G.
There are some devices that have performed much worse than this, so when we heard about the battery capacity, we were actually surprised that it could deliver this much battery life.
- Chipset: MediaTek MT6735
- Processor: Octa-core Cortex-A53 at 1.3GHz
- RAM: 3GB
- Memory: 16GB (supports a microSD storage card up to 64GB)
- Battery: 2,200mAh
- Display size: 5.0 inch IPS panel
- Screen resolution: 1920 x 1080
- Charging port type: microUSB
After looking at each and every aspect of Doogee F3 Pro, we have summarized the following scores below:
- Build Quality: 10 out of 10
- Appearance: 10 out of 10
- Button placement: 9 out of 10
- Interface experience: 9 out of 10
- Display quality: 9 out of 10
- Price/performance ratio: 8 out of 10
- Camera performance: 7 out of 10
- Battery performance: 6 out of 10
Even though we had a little hiccup when we were testing out the battery, Doogee F3 Pro happens to be remarkable phone when its price is concerned. Its interface, button placement, performance, and best of all, build quality were all top notch. Performance was very good, even though we were hoping that the clock speed of the processor could have been slightly higher.
All things said, if you have $159.99 in spare change remaining, then we highly recommend that you purchase this smartphone, especially if your primary concern is looks, performance, image quality and of course a healthy price/performance ratio.