Doogee Mix 2 review: A huge screen, four cameras, and a couple of compromises..The beauty is back with the new Doogee Mix 2..|
It’s been a very interesting year for smartphones. Samsung’s Galaxy line is hitting new highs while Apple’s iPhone X broke new ground with its edge-to-edge-to-edge display and sky-high price. But while these flagships stole the show, the one thing that we might remember most about 2017 is that it was the year that many tiny Chinese smartphone manufacturers decided that they wanted a piece of the US market.
You can find many budget phones with dual rear cameras, but it’s very interesting to see the MIX 2 comes with dual selfie cameras as well. The rear camera has 16MP+13MP sensors and the selfie camera has 8MP+8MP sensors. The second camera on the front allows for 2x optical zoom.
Specs wise, the Doogee Mix 2 looks pretty solid on paper:
The Doogee MIX 2 is a great phone for $199. If you’re looking for a phone with a great display, a unique design, and powerful specs
Performance wise, the octa-core processor and healthy helping of RAM make things feel quite snappy. I’d recommend ditching the default Android launcher for one of the other fan favorites, but aside from that I didn’t experience any real issues with app performance or speed. I tried out a handful of games — Pokemon Go, CSR Racing, and a few others — and they all played quite well. You’re not going to be blown away by anything this $249 phone can do, productivity wise, but I highly doubt you’ll be disappointed, either.
If there’s one aspect of the Mix 2 that reveals it to be the budget smartphone it truly is, it’s the camera. The rear-facing dual lenses fall well short, despite boasting large sensors. In bright sunlight you’ll get some great shots, but anything other than the clearest of conditions will result in blurry photos, especially if your hand isn’t perfectly still. Curiously, the smaller, front-facing dual-lens camera actually provided superior results for many of the photos I took. If you’re a selfie addict, you’ll be well taken care, but the rear camera won’t be winning any awards.
A couple of other downsides here include the lack of a headphone jack (shocker) and some spotty face unlock recognition. I’d say the face unlock feature works about a little better than half of the time, which isn’t great, but that’s pretty comparable with many other Android phones so I’ll give it a pass there. On the plus side, the fingerprint sensor works pretty much flawlessly, and if you can get used to dropping your print on the rear of the device without searching, unlocking is a no-hassle affair.
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