Doogee V10 review: the first RUGGED with 5G and integrated thermometer

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Doogee we know it well. Over the years, the Chinese company has accustomed its users to devices capable of giving that “something extra”, responding above all to particular needs which, let's face it, make the brand's smartphones not really suitable for all types of people. And if there are all types of rugged smartphones on the market, we cannot but admit that those of Doogee have always had the foresight to enrich their models with very special features: we have seen it with the Doogee S80 which integrated a walkie talkie module, we have seen it with the Doogee S90 which had the peculiarity of being a real modular smartphone.

Well, this "innovative" spirit can also be found in the very new Doogee V10, the new rugged smartphone with which the brand has managed to combine excellent technical specifications, including 5G, at a decidedly competitive price for the category. But there's more: the Doogee V10 is one of the very few devices to integrate an infrared thermometer capable of measuring the temperature of objects and people, with a margin of error of 0.2 degrees Celsius.

Review Doogee V10: the indestructible smartphone with thermometer and 5G

Design and materials

That the Doogee V10 it is not a light and compact smartphone is quite obvious. The appearance continues to be characterized by that iconic design of the company, with mostly squared lines and excellent attention to detail. In short, although it is not the most "portable" of smartphones, the weight and size of the Doogee V10 they are ensured by the excellent level of protection offered by its entire structure.

Just like its predecessors, the Doogee V10 it is characterized by a metal structure wrapped in a special rubber that allows it to withstand very important shocks and impacts, as well as withstand high temperatures. It is classified IP68 and IP69K which, incidentally, are certifications that attest to protection far beyond the typical "resistance to water and dust", to the point of making it drop-proof from a height of up to 1.5 meters.

In our tests, we also dropped it from greater heights and from around 2 meters high, the sturdy structure that protects the device was solid enough to avoid any damage to the display, even if it chipped slightly on the corners. But, hey, 2 meters is well beyond the 1.5 declared by the company, so test passed.

To ensure this robustness, those of Doogee had to separate the fingerprint sensor from the power key, positioning it completely independently on the right side of the device, while at the bottom there is the input for the USB-C cable, which is protected by a rubber cap able to guarantee a more than reliable waterproofing.

The whole front is dedicated to the screen which, as it should be, has very evident bezels. A punch hole front camera has been inserted inside it, while the ear capsule has been positioned along the upper frame. And here comes the first compromise to accept when it comes to rugged phones: in reality, to ensure resistance to the screen, the company was forced to use a protective layer of glass thicker than those we are used to, with a consequent decrease of the typical sensitivity of the touch surface. In short, in order to control the Doogee V10 it will be necessary to pay much more attention to gestures which, if done too superficially, could be inefficient.

Finally, the camera module has been positioned in the rear area: although the company writes "AI-Quad Camera", in reality there are three modules but they are flanked by an infrared thermal sensor that will allow the Doogee V10 to measure the temperature of objects and people.

Display

Doogee V10 integrates a 6.39-inch IPS HD + display, protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass layer which, despite the rather low resolution, guarantees a good density of pixels per inch. And yes, I am of the opinion that those of Doogee could have made an extra effort with the screen, perhaps aiming to offer a FullHD + panel, but it is also true that for the use cases this device is aimed at, the performance of the screen Doogee V10 they are more than adequate.

We are faced with an all-in-one panel balanced thanks to colors that, although they tend to a little cold temperatures, are discreet but not very contrasted. If you are not satisfied with the calibration of the display you can go to the settings and change it as you wish.

Finally, the viewing angles are good, although not excellent, even if a criticism of the visual experience must be made: it is clearly only a problem of optimization of the graphical interface, but I am of the idea that the developers of the company should have done a little more attention to the optimization of some graphic elements: the clock, which is positioned at the top right, in my opinion is too far towards the frames and the effect obtained is decidedly asymmetrical. But I am quite obsessed with these details.

Hardware and Performance

As for hardware it is clear: the Doogee V10 it is not a smartphone that aims at performing complex operations or playing 3D games in maximum detail. But I must admit that, with these premises, I was rather surprised. Under the hood the new rugged 5G integrates the now known MediaTek Dimensity 700, often present in the mid-range 5G currently on the market, flanked by 8 GB of RAM of the LPDDR4X type and 128 GB of internal memory of the UFS 2.2 type manages to guarantee a rather fluid user experience.

And thanks to Mediatek's chipset, the Doogee V10 is able to support as many as 13 5G bands: and, especially in the rugged sector, this is probably the feature that could help the new Chinese smartphone stand out from the competition in the market.

The NFC module is present, the audio in the capsule is of excellent quality as well as the hands-free one: from this point of view the company has done an excellent job, making the user experience very similar to that of a traditional smartphone. , and not forcing users to make any compromises.

The hardware made available by the smartphone manages to make us carry out the simplest and most simple daily operations without any problem and the opening of the apps takes place in a rather short time. Unfortunately, sometimes the software makes everything seem more cumbersome but, despite everything, the Doogee V10 does its job without noteworthy imperfections.

As for the gaming the Doogee V10 it behaves quite well, managing to play all the heaviest games including midrange by default Call of Duty Mobile, which, apart from some sporadic fps drop, runs smoothly.

Camera

The photographic sector of the Doogee V10 is entrusted to a main camera with a 48 megapixel sensor, flanked by an 8 megapixel wide-angle lens with a 117 ° field of view and an additional 2 megapixel camera used for macros and depth calculation. And thanks to its structure, it will be possible to take photographs and record videos underwater without the need for any accessories.

The real problems are due to the software that it really is poco taken care of, despite the multiple shooting modes: but, let's be clear, already having different modes available is a big step forward for a rugged smartphone that, it is clear, was not designed to take the "photo of life".

In good light conditions photo taken are discrete. The level of definition is sufficient as well as the colors, but often the latter are contrasted a little too much or too marked by HDR. In backlit conditions this may appear normal, but it usually also occurs when a light source partially illuminates an object.

In night the quality inevitably drops and the photos will tend to show digital noise and we should hold the hand steady so as not to make the photos move. In short, the sufficiency is not reached.

Without praise and without infamy the 16 megapixel front camera, as well as the videos, which can be recorded at a maximum resolution of 2K, with which, however, the lack of a good optical stabilization system is very much felt, despite the EIS performing his work to the fullest extent possible.

But it doesn't stop there. Together with the 3 rear cameras, Doogee has also integrated an infrared thermometer which, in addition to the 5G module, is a real innovation for the sector. This sensor will allow users to measure body and object temperatures, with a margin of error of only 0.2 degrees. Not bad.

Software

As for software, it's really there poco to say, and the reason is simple: the Doogee V10 is powered by Android 11 updated with the security patches of June 2021 and (not) customized by the company interface. In a nutshell, the user experience is that of a stock Android, with all the pros and cons that follow. There is a game mode, the whole operating system can also be managed with gestures and the few customizations of the company have been integrated into a series of specific applications.

What I liked most was the company's idea of ​​implementing a whole series of features intended for the real use of this smartphone, that is, at construction sites. And all these functions are found in the "Tools" app, in which Doogee has well thought out to insert, in addition to the typical compass, the magnifying glass and the contact, even much more specific modes, such as the sound level meter, the meter, the pendulum, the protractor and so on.

In a nutshell, the design of this UI it is certainly not the best but it must be admitted that the Mediatek SoC has provided excellent support to the software and, in general, it is rare to encounter great lag or freeze: the use experience seems a little limiting and cumbersome, but the functions specific work designed by Doogee could be very useful for the type of user the product is aimed at.

Battery life

The battery of Doogee V10 it is a monstrous 8500 mAh capable of guaranteeing autonomy to say the least poco exceptional. In my tests I managed to even exceed 3 days of use on a single charge, exceeding 20 hours of screen on. And let's be clear, we are talking about 7 hours of active display a day, and it is a result to say the least poco exceptional, in my opinion perfect for the type of users who will buy the product.

It also supports fast charging at 33w, but the most interesting feature is that the Doogee V10 it also supports OTG reverse charging, with which (via a wired connection) you can transform your smartphone into a real power bank.

Selling price and considerations

The official selling price of the Doogee V10 is 391,29 euros, but through our coupon (found below) you could take it home at 339,99 euros at a discount, by applying a coupon of 20 euros directly on the product page on Amazon. And let's be clear, for a rugged phone in my opinion the technical characteristics and performance should not be evaluated too much (although they are still an essential factor to be taken into consideration), when the robustness of the product and its ability to be useful in very specific situations .

And that's where the Doogee V10 excels. Okay, it's the first rugged 5G, and it does its job very well. Among other things, despite not being among the most compact, when you realize that it integrates an 8500 mAh battery, you realize that it basically has double the capacity compared to traditional smartphones, which then leads to the reasoning according to which the size they could also be quite compact (if evaluated by characteristics).

In a nutshell, the Doogee V10 is one of those rugged that could carry out all the operations of a normal smartphone without problems (albeit with some compromises), but that could be a perfect choice for all people who love to do outdoor activities or who work on construction sites or in places where resistance is one of the most important characteristics.




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