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Looking for a New Gamephone
« on: November 11, 2014, 09:44:08 pm »
Well, my phone broke recently. Couldn't have picked a better time, because it's basically being phased out of support by Apple (iPhone 4S - can't run iOS 8 effectively - and thus can't get any app updates).
I thought about waiting for Project Ara, but ALL of the modules I've seen are still WiP or worse - just in the concept stage. I don't want to be surprised it the end, so I've decided against it.
So, I'm looking for a new one, and I would really like having some gaming controls on it - mainly because I find touch frustrating for most games.
Can someone recommend me another phone?


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Re: Looking for a New Gamephone
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2014, 12:48:20 am »
The MUCH i5 is relatively cheap and well made hardware wise. But some people have reported screen refresh problems for some games.

There is also the G2 which has gaming buttons and is even cheaper at most stores.

I just bought the more powerful/expensive 78dian P01, but have not tried it yet, as it is stuck in the mail.

Otherwise, if you want to wait, word is that Snail Mobile, will be releasing a 4g game phone by January. But no specs or pics have leaked yet.


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Re: Looking for a New Gamephone
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2014, 02:06:22 am »
I've actually considered the Much i5, but I've heard some really bad reviews about it - wonky framerate that kind of kills emulation, bad controls, shitty firmware. The JXD S5800 has the same SoC and it has a lower price, but I didn't hear much about it - but I've asked some questions in the JXD forum. Does anyone have an in depth review of it?
The G2, however, is a no go. I love its design, but it just doesn't have enough buttons - no shoulder buttons = no SNES, N64, PS and PSP.

I'm interested in the Much W1. I've already heard one review of it that wasn't that positive, but I'm hoping it was more of the exception rather than the rule. I'd very much like to hear about your experiences with the device, because I saw video of it running MH3 at almost full speed. That's amazing, and if it lives up to that - I'd be more than willing to shell a few bucks for it.

Also, didn't Snail buy Much? It's kind of weird hearing that they'll have a new phone, they literally just released the W1.


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Re: Looking for a New Gamephone
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2014, 06:01:36 am »
Snail is now in charge of MUCH. This is true.

Regarding the new phone from snail. i read it from a translated press conference. The only things it mentions about the new phone are "4g", and "December"

It could be a 4g version of the w1/78 p01 or it could be something different we haven't seen yet. I don't know.

But I liked the i5. The ui is much better than the jxd ui (stability and user friendliness) but not perfect. And it is better supported with easy updates that fix a few (not all) of the problems that it had at launch.

As far as the refresh rate, most games and roms, i didn't notice any framerate problems.
 But there are a few that may cause headaches.

My i5 broke after being thrown to a tile floor at full force, so i won't be able to do a side by side comparison. But i bought my brother a jxd7300c and i could do a comparison video with that if i have spare time once my 78p01 arrives.


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Re: Looking for a New Gamephone
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2014, 03:03:10 pm »
I recommend staying away from any of the "game phones"  - they all have major problems of some kind or another.  If you really want a phone for gaming just get something with good specs and get one of those controllers that holds your phone or snaps on.

I *love* the idea of a game phone, but every single one currently on the market is complete garbage.  The JXD S5800 has bulky analog sticks that don't fit in a pocket, bad battery life, and a host of other problems.  Plus JXD is exiting the gaming market so you won't see a single update to the phone, including the OS, and there's no community support for it here either.

The Much phones are much nicer form factors, but suffer from similar problems - they have terrible support from their manufacturers and the community can't do much to fix these problems because Much refuses to publicly release their firmwares/sources, so there's little hope of the (many) problems/bugs being fixed.

Another really important thing to remember is that if you're not in China, these phones don't work very well on foreign networks.  If you're in the US these phones will only work with certain carriers, and they only have 3G and not 4G speeds.

Seriously though, if you really want to game on your phone (and believe me, I've done a lot of research on this) your best bet is just to get a decent phone and one of those controllers like a Moga and carry it around in your other pocket all the time.  So far, every attempt to make a phone with gaming controls has fallen completely flat :(


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Re: Looking for a New Gamephone
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2014, 04:38:55 pm »
Actually, Chinese phones work perfectly here, with Huawei tried and tested. We also have only experimental 4G, so 3G is the way to go for me.

The thing is that it just isn't practical to have a gaming attachment. It doesn't fit the immediate nature of the phone - I don't want to wade through my backpack and plug in the attachment just to play - the most I'm willing to do is "open" it like a DS.

The gamephones I'm currently considering is the Much W1 and the S5800, waiting for the reviews on the former and getting some really good reviews through the JXD board on the latter. I would really like to make a more informed decision, so I'm waiting for W1 impressions.

Are there any other gamephones except those ones? I mean, given enough time, and if there's a major fault in every one, there must be someone who've learned from that and built a good one. There must be more.


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Re: Looking for a New Gamephone
« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2014, 02:00:58 pm »
I choose Much G2, because I love the design and I prefer to play casual games like games on the emulator MAME, NEO GEO, NES, SNES, etc. I also just bought Much G2 on ebay last week and now awaiting his arrival  :). I hope that Much G2 is gamephone is right for me  :)


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