DOOGEE BL5000 – Review!

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DOOGEE sent me their latest phone to review. The DOOGEE BL5000. It comes at a price of around €130.

But with a massive 5050mAh battery, It weights 210g which is amazing for a phone. Never had a heavy phone like that before. Chipset it’s using is a MediaTek MT6750T, with the processor setup of: 4x 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A53, 4x 1.0GHz ARM Cortex A53. 8 cores in total. The RAM is 4GB clocked at 833MHz. 64GB of internal storage. The GPU is an ARM Mali-T860 MP2 at 650MHz.

The screen is a 5.5″ IPS Display 1080p resolution with Gorilla Glass 5 and 650nit.

Also in software it is using latest Android 7.0. Camera can record 1080p at 30fps. The phone is using Quick Charge 3.0 so can charge 40% in 10 minutes. The phone has a bit of a plastic feel on the back but it shines up nicely in the sun. On the sides it seems to have aluminium/metal material that feels like iPhone 7 material. The back of the phone reminds me about about the Huawei Honor 9 or Honor 8.

The UI is fresh and Doogee is using their own launcher. So they have put in some work into creating a unique experience. The notification area is in a dark theme with nice rounded toggles in a black and white and blue theme. The animations are smooth and I see no lag as I did with the Samsung Galaxy S8.

The custom launcher has various settings as: Search Bar, Know On Home Screen, Application Manager, Show all app in desk (Which takes away your app drawer and put all apps on the home screens), Magic finger (Which can make custom symbols when you swipe across the screen for example hearts!)

Another option you have in launcher is Shake to change theme, Gesture settings, Backup home screen, Restore home screen and Reset home screen.

The toggles on the phone to quickly change certain settings involves: Eye Protection, Flashlight, WiFi, Do not disturb, Bluetooth, Airplane mode, Location, ScreenRecord, HotKnot, Portrait, Sim Card Status & Battery Status. You can also add Hotspot, Invert colours, Data saver, Cast and Google Play Services Nearby.

The phone does have a fingerprint sensor you can set up. You need to use it either with: Fingerprint + Pattern, Fingerprint + PIN or Fingerprint + Password. You can also if you take PIN require a PIN when you start your device. Just as Sony did with Sony Xperia X Compact. You can also select if you want to show notifications on lock screen when device is locked. Or hide it all. The fingerprint is both fast to set up and works great.

The settings area has a white background and colourful small icons to the left. It’s easy to see things at a quick glance without having to go deep inside of the settings. You can see the amount of data used, storage used, average memory used, battery percentage, amount of apps installed, ringer volume, notification status all that just on the main settings page at a quick glance.

BL5000 also has an interesting DIY theme engine. Where you quickly can customise Icon size, Label Size, Colour, App Animation, Delete app animations. Icon sizes can go from small to big. Label size as well. With colour you can tweak the app label colour. App animation will change the animation when you launch an app. You can select between many: Slide Up/Down/Left/Right, Zoom and Rotate.

You can also change the transition animation when you change home screens. These are your options: None, Card Stack, Accordition, Cube In, Cube Out, Overview, Cross, Vertical Flip, Windmill and Wheel, Carousel Left/Right. All works smooth.

You can reach the multitasking page by holding in on the home button. When you scroll through many apps you get a smooth animation. Kind of like the effect you get on the iPhone 7. The scrolling inside the browser is also smooth. But can sometimes too slow load up a heavy websites content.

This phone got speaker down where the charging port is. An interesting thing with this phone is it can stand up on that side. Just like iPhone 5S can do. The phone has a news page if you flip to the left on the home screen. It doesn’t look like you can disable it. It will show you latest news in these categories: Local, World, Business, Entertainment and Sports. I wish they had a tech category.

The camera app has these different modes: Video, Photo, FaceBeauty, Blur, Mono, Panorama and PRO. The blur effect is my favourite. Because you can create the Photoshop effect fast and easy. The camera of course doesn’t take Galaxy S8 quality photos but for the price it’s decent. The focus is fast and taking new photos is fast as well. But a bit too much white most of the time.

The main selling point of this phone will be the large internal battery, the beautiful easy to use UI. Reminds me a bit about the ASUS Zenfone 3 but for half the price! And that it has Quick Charging 3.0. So charge up the battery fast which always is good. And also that it has Mali GPU. So many games will run nice with this phone. And I was a bit shocked at first the weight of this device. But for the low price it gives it a premium feeling. Sort of like the iPhone 4 and 4S had in their compact size. The curved sides makes for an easy grip and that it can stand up is also a plus.

For me it feels like Doogee put more work into the software than what HMD did with the Nokia 3. I like how the BL5000 has it’s own custom launcher that you can tweak. And that the UI isn’t stock Android but a tweak with a UI that stands out with the notification area.

There is also a built in System Manager where you can optimise these things: Power manager, Rubbish clean, Freezing room, App auto-boot, App Lock and auto clean. Many handy features that most people will find useful.

Quick Video: DOOGEE BL5000 vs. Xiaomi Redmi 4 – Which Is Faster?

So I did a quick speed test with two new phones around the same price-range.

A second video comparing new BL5000 vs. old DOOGEE DG310:

And a third video comparing BL5000 vs. New Nokia 3!

Overall I really like this device! The darker shade in UI will be perfect for people who enjoy darker colours. Even the Audio slider is a darker black colour. This phone is available a GearBest! The phone is also available at Banggood!

I will probably do many test’s with this device depending on what people wanna see.

Let me know in the comment section what phone you want me to compare BL5000 against. Have an awesome day.

Best Regards,

Adrian

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