UMIDIGI F1 lowlight

1/15sec, ISO 459

Bokeh

The rear 8MP does a reasonable job of separating the foreground from the background. It is a little soft but not bad.

Selfie

The 16MP, 1.0 um, f/2.0 is fine in good light down to office lights (500 lumens). Fill flash (screen) is erratic and simply makes faces harsher.

Video

[email protected] with passable EIS. Again good in daylight and office lights.

AI software

Negligible and you don’t expect it at this price.

GadgetGuy’s take: UMIDIGI F1 is a well featured, great value, mass market phone.

I don’t usually review too many mass-market devices. Manufacturers want to inspire you with their flagships and establish brand cred. Apart from the UMIDIGI F1 Play (with a 48MP rear camera), this is its aspirational model at $279.99.

This is a good all-round phone with very few compromises – Wi-Fi AC and a camera that is good – not great.

On the plus side is the huge battery with fast charge, and over a week of use, I could not fault it. In fact, I quite liked it.

In Australia, we tend not to buy unknown brands so it will be for those that want maximum value for the best price and are prepared to accept any trade-offs.

We rate by paradigms and price. UMIDIGI F1 meets or exceeds all mass-market paradigms, and its price is well below the competition.

UMIDIGI statement on after-sales policy

  1. If the product does not meet your expectations, you can request a refund or exchange within seven days from the delivery date (buyer pays return freight).
  2. If the product has a manufacturing defect within 15 days of receipt, you can return it for a full refund or replacement. (UMIDIGI will pay both freight costs).
  3. Beyond 15 days but within the 1-year warranty, a full refund is not available, but a part refund or repair is negotiable. You pay return freight, and UMIDIGI will pay return freight of the repaired unit.
  4. If the issue is not a manufacturing defect, there is no refund or replacement. You can elect for repair and will pay any service charge, freight and other fees.

Note under Australian Consumer Law (ACL); an Australian retailer must pay for freight both ways, and you, not the retailer, have the option of a repair or refund. Other than that and some heavily edited Chinglish, the intent is fine but there is always an added risk buying from a company not under ACL.

UMIDIGI F1 – incredible value for a big battery phone
Name: UMIDIGI F1 Price (RRP): $279.99 Manufacturer: UMIDIGI
Price includes 128GB storagePure Android but not part of the Google Android One programHuge 5105mAh batteryWell-made and love the red lava back Lots of features like NFC not seen at this price
IP rating not declaredFingerprint sensor is erraticNo notification LEDUMIDIGI is a Chinese company not governed by ACL so the risk is with warranty, update and support.
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