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Deodand2014:
The Smoorez channel is an Australian based tech channel that reviews all kinds of gadgets. This includes mobile phones of the generic or 'clone' type. Many of these phones rather than having a name brand on their boot screen simply say 'Welcome' when they start up. He's taken to calling these types of phones 'Welcome' phones as if that's the brand name.

These are offered through websites like eBay, Wish.com, etc with overblown stats and priced well above what they are actually worth.

Here are a few sample videos showing just what is out there and the techniques used in making them...









Deodand2014:
Two more teardowns/reviews by Smoorez of generic Chinese mobile phones with a twist. These ones are branded XGody, what is XGody, well they are a real company and have a website from which product can be obtained. Their business model, buy the output that would normally be sold with a 'Welcome' startup screen and put their logo on it as well as replace the generic startup with their own startup screen.

The first review is of a phone purchased second hand, the second, well XGody reached out to Smoorez and asked if he'd review their 'best phone'. The first has slightly exaggerated specs, the seconds specs are brutally honest.



bob91343:
This is all well and good; however I have come away very confused.

My phone, a Samsung S5, has come to nearly the end of its useful life.  So I am in the market for a replacement (Verizon).  Does one of these phones appear to be one that can work for me?

Cyberdragon:

--- Quote from: bob91343 on July 08, 2021, 09:48:22 pm ---This is all well and good; however I have come away very confused.

My phone, a Samsung S5, has come to nearly the end of its useful life.  So I am in the market for a replacement (Verizon).  Does one of these phones appear to be one that can work for me?

--- End quote ---

Absolutely not. These phone are shit, just made to be scams. They are overpriced (on Wish), for a phone made with the cheapest junk parts they can find. They are the equivelent of early 2010s era tech, 3G only, dual core, up to 2G RAM (some as low as 512MB), up to 16GB storage, crappy camera and screen, dodgey bodged up firmware and OS that's really old, sometimes malware included, exc. They lag just doing basic stuff like watching a youtube video or running basic games and apps, the cameras are often aweful (laggy, poor colors, low res, lack of basic features like zoom), same with the screen, the LED light/flash is always as dim as a penlight with a near dead battery, the flash memory can have it's size faked internally so data gets lost when the system tries to write to nonexistant memory (like a fake memory stick or card), the included charger is dangerous as hell, the battery is only 1-2Ah max, exc.

They are built from trash, to be trash, they are never indended to be used, only to dupe the customer. You can get way better modern phones for the same price as a scam phone (unles you find it at a thrift shop).

bob91343:
You mean that's all that's wrong with those phones?  Ha.  So, with that in mind, what are my reasonably priced options?

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