JiaYu F1: the review of GizChina.it

JiaYu F1

After having tried it, used it and above all stressed it for about 1 week, today we are pleased to present you the Complete Review (find the video review at the end of the post) of JiaYu's super low-cost entry-level smartphone, ie JiaYu F1.

When I received the JiaYu F1 I was really anxious to try it (I do not think to exaggerate), because it is easy to get excited for a top of the range like Xiaomi Mi3, Oppo Find 7 (reviewed by us here in Italian Exclusive) or for the highly anticipated OnePlus One, but this does not mean that curiosity cannot be aroused even by an entry-level device like the JiaYu F1, on which the expectations of many weigh for the specifications but above all for the price.

Unfortunately, the version received is the one with network support TD-SCDMA, That not compatible with our 3G networks, of which, as is obvious, we have analyzed all the aspects with exclusion of the connectivity sector.

We would like to thank once again eJiaYu.it [authorized Italian distributor of JiaYu products] for sending us the JiaYu F1, but also for having reserved for our readers a discount on all the products present in the store, usable through the code GIZJIAYUIT.

JiaYu F1 - Full Review (the video is at the end of the post)

JiaYu F1 - The features

Those who follow us know it, those who are starting to follow us will have guessed it. While on one side of the market, the highest one, that of the top of the range, the Chinese mobile industry always anticipates global trends (ever larger displays leading to tablet dimensions, 2K Quad-HD resolution, 8-core processors, etc.) on the other, the lower one, the low-cost one, is undoubtedly the best and most dynamic.

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Smartphone with larger, less large displays, with higher or lower display resolution, quad-core, 8-core etc. they continually challenge themselves on specifications, price, updates and the result for us consumers is very positive. JiaYu F1 is the result of this battle of free market in which JiaYu has entered and wanted to say its, combining specifications of all respect at a price ABSOLUTELY paltry!

No more talk and see the specifics.

JiaYu F1 - Specifications

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JiaYu F1
Before continuing with the Full Review, take a break and take a look at our Unboxing.

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JiaYu F1 - Design

The design and build quality of the JiaYu F1 do not contradict the company's tradition at all. Anyone who owns or has owned a JiaYu phone in the past knows very well the quality of the materials used and the precision of the assembly that distinguishes this company. Having made the necessary proportions, this also applies to JiaYu F1.

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Having only seen it in photos it seemed different to me, from vivo instead it reminded me quite a old iPhone 3 or a more recent Xiaomi MI2. Obviously we are ABSOLUTELY not talking about a clone or a replica but certainly about inspiration, exactly an inspiration. Many of you will think “it's easy to produce a phone using the lines of a phone that has already been successful!”, well, no guys. It's absolutely not easy! However, it must be taken into consideration that combining lines, designs, etc. It's already a difficult operation in itself, let alone if you have to mix styles of companies with such different philosophies, development and production.

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On a front surface of 77,5 square centimeters it screen occupies about 59% of the total space. A display, surrounded along the entire perimeter by an aluminum strip with a width of less than 1mm and a thickness of approximately 2,5mm, to 4 inches with resolution WVGA 480 x 800 pixels, a TFT unit made by Sony (I already tell you that despite the resolution reduced it's very beautiful). On the front we also find the second camera, equipped with a VGA sensor (or, 3 mega-pixel), and the gravity sensor.

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The 3 classic backlit capacitive touch keys can be seen quite well. Only note: the lighting is slightly decreasing towards the left.

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The back of the JiaYu F1 is occupied by a black plastic cover, a mix between satin and glossy, I dare say slightly sandblasted, which presents the company logo in a central position towards the top and the writing at the bottom JiaYu. By removing the cover we have the rear camera from Mega-pixel 5 with LED flash, which through interpolation reaches the 8 mega-pixels.

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Obviously there is no shortage of the system speaker, which we find in the lower left corner, the two slots for the SIM cards (which, as we said, we could not use in 3G due to the only support for the TD-SCDMA network), the slot for SD card for expansion up to 64GB and finally the battery, a valid 2400 mAh unit.

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The location of the physical keys is rather standard: on the right side we find the volume rocker, above we find the on/off button right next to the 3,5mm jack for earphones.

Further down, in a central position, we find the plug-in for the micro-USB cable, while on the left side we see nothing, a completely free and clean end.

JiaYu F1 - Display

As already anticipated, in spite of what one can think of a panel with reduced resolution which is the WVGA 480 x 800 pixels, the display from 4 inches of the JiaYu F1 is very, very nice. However, the surrounding frames are 3,5mm, not exactly very thin. Sufficiently bright and with rather sharp image reproduction. The colors are certainly realistic: the whites are white, the blacks could be a little blacker.

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In closed environments, visibility is good even if not set to max, in light of the sun instead it sins slightly; it is not really easy to see the JiaYu F1 when the sun is strong (fortunately these days it is ...).

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The touch sensitivity is also very good. I must be honest, from a device in this price range I never expected a display of this quality. Really, really satisfying!

JiaYu F1 - Performance and benchmark

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Speaking of performance I can not fail to give a brief remind of the technical specifications. The JiaYu F1 is equipped with a processor Mediatek MT6572 dual-core from 1,3 Ghz e 512MB of RAM. Initially I thought that the RAM was insufficient, but I changed my mind, the multi-tasking is discretely managed. Of course, do not expect to be able to play Asphalt or similar games though!

Let's move on to the naked and raw performances. If I simply quoted the data to you without the necessary preambles you would say "I thought better!". It is good to say that smartphones that can be purchased for around €70 dream of the score that, for example, the JiaYu F1 records on Antutu, Well 10.597 points.

These instead the results on VellamoMenu (HTML5 and Metal), NenaMark2 e Quadrant.

JiaYu F1 - Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth did not give me much trouble. As for the Wi-Fi, not being able to test 3G connectivity, it was thoroughly tested as it is the only way to connect the phone to the network. These are the results a 2, 5 and 7 meters:

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Il Bluetooth specifically it was used to send photos and screenshots from the JiaYu F1 to the PC and from the JiaYu F1 to another phone. No problem!

JiaYu F1 - Cameras

The JiaYu F1 is definitely not the most suitable phone if you are a photography lover. Let's put it this way, the phone doesn't take spectacularly bad photos, but don't use it indoors in the absence of light or when sunlight starts to fail, it's a piece of advice. The rear sensor, as mentioned, is a unit Mega-pixel 5 with LED flash (even this LED flash isn't the best) the front one on the other hand is a unit VGA.

If the rear camera, all in all, is decent, the front one for the "Selfie"(Yes, for the selfie, because Skype is perhaps too heavy for the JiaYu F1) is not at all satisfactory.

Here are some examples.

The outdoor videos are adequately good, certainly not incredible quality but for €70 you can't expect even a Sony EXMOR IMX214, right?

JiaYu F1 - Battery

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The battery of the JiaYu F1 is a XNUMXV unit 2400 mAh which certainly won't leave you dry. Except for some software problems (also found in other cases), which however do not interest us as the WCDMA 3G version will be equipped with a stock version of Android, the battery was reliable. Taking into account about 100 messages on Whatsapp, a continuous use of Facebook Messenger, two email accounts in push (Gmail and Hotmail), 30 min of video viewing on Youtube and 30 min of gaming, I arrived at 20:00 with still the 23% remaining charge.

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JiaYu F1 - Cofinal considerations

To conclude, I can not be satisfied with the JiaYu F1. This entry-level JiaYu is absolutely the phone for you if you have a budget or if you need a 2 ° phone, let's say, "battle". eJiaYu.it it is currently listed for €74 and frankly at this price there is nothing of this level.

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As already mentioned, except for the software problems that I encountered and which will be resolved with the installation of a stock ROM, the greatest doubts came from the cameras, the front one in particular. The version of Android you run is4.2.2 Android Jelly Bean with YunOs user interface 2.0.1, a Custom ROM that I personally do not like so much. It is not an aesthetically unpleasant ROM (functionality, app drawer, Settings and even the dialer are very clean) but personally since I tried Meizu Flyme, I found a standard hardly reachable.

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Would I buy the JiaYu F1? Well ... yes! A smartphone, again, "battle", which can be used in any situation and that when your 1 ° phone is unloaded will not leave you alone. Frankly a €74As I have already told you, I do not think there is anything better than that. The vote ? 7,5 full!

Thank you again eJiaYu.it for having sent us the JiaYu F1, but also for having reserved for you readers a discount on all the products present in the store, usable through the code GIZJIAYUIT!