Many of you are probably raising your eyebrows at the “Doogee” name, but I assure you, this company is as serious as any other and they proved it quite well with their latest few phones. This time, the Doogee Valencia 2 Y100 Pro is the subject for review and before getting into what this phone is all about, a little incentive to continue reading: it’s more powerful than you would think and benchmarks don’t mean a lot. When I first heard of Doogee, I dismissed them as a low-par company that tries to make it in a congested industry. But then I got my hands on the Doogee Valencia 2 Y100 Pro and the Doogee Nova Y100X, both of which impressed me quite a lot.
The Doogee Valencia 2 Y100 Pro has many pros and quite a few cons to go with it, and I found that overall, my experience with this Chinese flagship is a positive one. Not overwhelming as it was with the Mstar S700, as the Doogee Valencia 2 Y100 Pro is not exactly a flagship if you look at specs, but it was pretty close. After almost a month with this phone, I have become accustomed to using it as my daily driver, even though I have other handsets on hand in case I’m not satisfied with something. I often find myself taking pride in this phone, which is a bit odd as my first impressions of it were not as positive as they are now. This Doogee Valencia 2 Y100 Pro review will be structured into chapters, so that it’s easier for you to find the aspects that interest you most and easier for me to avoid rambling, as I usually do. With that, let’s delve in!
Chapter 1: Doogee Valencia 2 Y100 Pro design
The design of this phone is not special and it doesn’t stand out of the crowd that much. Actually, upon a first viewing and first usage, most people will probably find it less comfortable than what they are used to. But in the long run, I’ve found the bulky design of the Doogee Valencia 2 Y100 Pro a pro rather than a con, and I’ll explain why at the end of the chapter. First, let’s see what this bland design actually is and why it’s an important aspect of the smartphone itself.
The Doogee Valencia 2 Y100 Pro comes with a metal frame and a plastic body, which might not sit well with those looking for premium smartphones like the iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy S6, Sony Xperia Z3+ and others. Old-time Samsung fans might find the feel in the hand of the phone very similar to the Galaxy S4, as the Doogee Valencia 2 Y100 Pro is rather bulky, heavy and thick. Going from the Mstar S700 to the Doogee Valencia 2 Y100 Pro was surprising, as the former is light as a feather and thin as leaf, while the latter one is rather thick and at least double the weight.
Nonetheless, bezels are minimal on the phone, which makes the Doogee Valencia 2 Y100 Pro footprint rather standard and comfortable. Since it’s not a phablet but a 5-inch smartphone, its size is comfortable enough to be held in one hand and handled in one hand as well. One-handed use with the Doogee Valencia 2 Y100 Pro is rather ok, and this is coming from a person with unusually small hands. If I can work with this phone one-handed, everyone that has passed the 13-year mark will be able to do so just as well, and in my mind, that’s a plus. Nowadays, thanks to or because of phablets, one-handed use has become less common, but that makes cell phone use a bit more demanding as it would be nice to have a free hand when using the device.
The Doogee Valencia 2 Y100 Pro came with a silicone case of its own and I’ve left in on for most of the time I’ve had this phone in use. That’s because the case is so thin and light that it doesn’t change the user experience whatsoever and hey, it was free, which is always good. Although heavy af, the handset grew on me quite fast because I came to enjoy never forgetting that it was in my pocket or in my purse and I never woke up to panicking about where I left my phone, trust me. This phone you won’t lose easily. At the same time, its heavy body contributed to the ease of use, in the sense that it’s not the easiest to drop and even if a drop occurs, it’ll brush it off as if nothing happened.
That translates to: durability. Yes, the Doogee Valencia 2 Y100 Pro is quite durable. I’m quite aggressive with phones that I review for you guys so that every use case can be demonstrated, and I dropped this phone quite a lot, hit it against the table a few times, splashed water over it twice and it had no comments and no beef with me whatsoever. Compared to mainstream phones like the iPhone which can’t handle abuse at all, the Doogee Valencia 2 Y100 Pro was a champ and sat like a rock sits through a Japanese Yakuza tattoo. Yes, that’s how durable it is, even though it wasn’t advertised. This is the biggest pro of the phone, and this aspect is why I decided to keep this one as my daily driver until it konks out.
Aside from durability, the design also includes a couple of things that many Android users are fond of: removable battery, dual SIM slots and microSD card slot. I’ll talk about the battery life and charging in an upcoming chapter, so scroll down if that’s what you’re interested in. One odd thing about the Doogee Valencia 2 Y100 Pro is that it’s fricking hard to open up and take the back panel off to get access to the slots and the battery. On a first time, I had to recruit the help of a more powerful being to open it up and get the packaged separately battery inside so that I can start the phone. Although we pulled on it quite hard, the plastic back panel didn’t break, rupture or bend, which was pleasing, as I thought I wouldn’t even get the chance to try the phone as a whole because I was afraid I was going to break the back panel. But it held up nicely against my witchy nails and the other beings’ super-powered finger-action. Sounds dirty, but it’s not, trust me.
After opening up the Doogee Valencia 2 Y100 Pro and getting the battery inside, everything went according to plan. I only use one SIM card, so making use of the SD card slot and other SIM card slot was not the case. Nonetheless, I tried both slots out and they work just fine. There’s a certain convenience and comfort associated with dual SIM and microSD yielding smartphones, and that is something many people are looking for in tech nowadays.
Chapter 2: Doogee Valencia 2 Y100 Pro display
The display of the Doogee Valencia 2 Y100 Pro is one of the compromises the company made when engineering this smartphone in order to keep its price affordable and the features they considered more important of high quality. As such, on the handset, we only get about an average quality display that left me with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Although perfectly usable and with a good viewing experience, the display could have been much better with little investment or extra costs. But if we consider that using a superior display on a mid-range smartphone would definitely add to the price point of the device, I think it is a fair trade-off and you will most likely agree with me at the end.
First off, the display of the handset measures 5 inches and it is comprised of an IPS OGS display with a 2.5D Gorilla Glass coating on top. The screen is only a -point touchscreen and while that shouldn’t be a problem, the inferior quality of the display does surface in gaming or editing situations. The resolution is 1280*720, so you can imagine that it cannot compete with the iPhone 6 or other flagship devices, but it still manages to offer a good viewing experience. While viewing angles and brightness settings are quite awesome, the responsiveness of the touch screen could be improved.
Although in the developer tools the touch screen reacted well and could sense touches all over the screen, it couldn’t sense different pressure values. At the same time, in real world use, the touch screen of the Doogee Valencia 2 Y100 Pro can be a bit disappointing. On the edges, when in games or various apps, the screen sometimes doesn’t pick up your touches at all or mistakenly allocates them to functions you didn’t tap. This fault is especially noticeable in the dialer, where I had to tap the search bar a couple of times each time I started the app up in order to try and write a number or name. In games, the touchscreen is rarely bothersome, but the small discrepancies and lags between registering the touch and actually tapping can become annoying over time.
Although this touch screen aspect might be a bit annoying, the overall experience I had with the display was pretty decent. I especially applaud the brightness levels and auto brightness, because they work quite well and I can see the phone’s screen even in bright sunlight. Aside from the odd touch issues, the screen itself is pretty neat and even though I used it for more than two weeks without a screen protector and I kid you not, I’ve no scratches. That’s surprising to me, because I even let cats play with the phone to see if there would be any scratches left and to my delight, there weren’t any.
As you can imagine, I had a positive experience with the Doogee Valencia 2 Y100 Pro display, even if there were some problems that I encountered on occasion. The fact that the resolution is a bit low and the touch screen is not as responsive as on other phones is equaled by the strong and sturdy quality of the 2.5D display and that adds a bit of a plus to the chapter about display.
Chapter 3: Doogee Valencia 2 Y100 Pro Performance
When it comes to performance and software, the Doogee Valencia 2 Y100 Pro does a good job at offering a balanced and smooth experience. Although it will stutter and freeze, it happens very rarely, as with any other top-tier phones. I never had to do a factory reset on the phone, and as I’ve mentioned earlier, I did abuse it. I installed at least 50 different apps and games, uninstalled them and did it all over again and the phone handled it well without stuttering that much. Android 5.1 Lollipop is running the show with a skin from Doogee on top.
The skinning that has been done to the phone is not horrible, but it’s not very appealing either. The icons are old-fashioned and reminiscent of early iOS days a bit. The rounded edges of the icons are a bit cartoonish, but the skin itself is pretty cool, as it is a dark theme more than anything else. Although I would have preferred to have stock Android like on most Mstar smartphones, the Doogee skin is not as bothersome as I thought it would be when I first saw it. I installed the Google Now launcher, my go-to launcher, and I felt just as comfortable with the software and user interface as I would have with a stock Android smartphones, especially since I don’t really customize that much when it comes to my smartphone.
The Doogee Valencia 2 Y100 Pro is outfitted with mid-range hardware as one would expect, but one notable pro that I’ve noticed with the hardware itself is that it doesn’t overheat. And I don’t mean that it overheats just a bit during long gaming sessions or video watching or when using the camera, I actually mean that it doesn’t overheat at all, even when used with a TPU case on the back. That’s one feature I certainly appreciate because it tells me that the CPU and construction of the phone is good enough to last for a long time without becoming too slow for normal use.
Under the hood, the Doogee Valencia 2 Y100 Pro has a Mediatek MTK6735 quad core 1.0 GHz CPU, backed by a Mali-720 GPU, 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. The CPU comes with a 4G LTE antennae, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and the normal sensor set. One problem that I’ve found is with the proximity sensor and gesture recognition. It’s not that it doesn’t work, it’s that it’s too sensitive. The phone would often turn on and take on a life of its own in my purse or pocket if I had smart gestures enabled. It would randomly call people thanks or because of the MMS call feature, which means that if you’re in a text message and bring the phone up to your face, it will automatically dial the contact that you were texting with. This is a feature and a curse at the same time, as it’s a bit too sensitive and will start dialing even if the phone is not next to your face.
The display rotation is not the greatest, as it does take a while to sense the direction in which the Doogee Valencia 2 Y100 Pro is pointed at, and as such, has a delay in rotating the screen. It’s not too bothersome, but it does feel like it slows down the user experience a wee bit. Otherwise, performance is admirable and Android 5.1 Lollipop is pretty easy to get used to. It’s designed in such a way that it helps users learn all its tricks and features quickly, within the first week of use. Stability is great and I have very rarely noticed stutter when multitasking or switching between apps. Of course it’s not as buttery smooth as top-tier smartphones, but for a mid-ranger, it’s very good and I can only say that I’m completely satisfied with the performance that the Doogee Valencia 2 Y100 Pro offers.
Chapter 4: Doogee Valencia 2 Y100 Pro camera
This is one of the aspects that I’m profoundly dissatisfied with when it comes to this handset. The camera setup is rubbish, even though on paper, it should be rather powerful and produce high-quality images. According to the company, the rear camera of the Doogee Valencia 2 Y100 Pro is a 13 MP Sony sensor with autofocus and an LED flash while the front camera measures 8 MP. Regardless of these, the experience I’ve had with the phone’s camera is sub-par. Compared to the same type of 13 MP camera on the back of the Mstar S700, it doesn’t even compared.
The photos that the Doogee Valencia 2 Y100 Pro takes with the rear camera are most often blurry, out of focus, grainy and noisy, no matter the lighting conditions. The same goes for the front camera, but in its own range, the front camera isn’t as much of a fail as the rear camera is, luckily. The selfie game of the phone isn’t as strong as on other devices, but it’s decent for Instagram photos and such. The rear camera is rubbish, though, and I actually chose not to use rather than use it and get mad at the low quality of the photos.
Although the software and manual mode of the camera app of the Doogee Valencia 2 Y100 Pro is pretty neat, offering you a lot of settings, there’s not much improving that you can do with them to the end result. Unfortunately, this makes the Doogee Valencia 2 Y100 Pro an inferior phone in my opinion, especially for those who tend to use their smartphone cameras a lot. I don’t use it that much and it’s good for quick shots of timetables and events, but not for any photos that you would want to frame or put on social media, unfortunately.
Chapter 5: Doogee Valencia 2 Y100 Pro battery life
When it comes to battery life, the Doogee Valencia 2 Y100 Pro is a champ. It took my abuse like a pro and lasted me through two days with heavy usage, which is something I can’t say about any phones that I’ve tested so far, and they’ve been many from many categories. Although the battery measures only 2200 mAh, it holds up against heavy use on low or medium brightness without flinching. With heavy 4G and 3G use, that battery life is halved, but a day of entertainment using the data connection on the phone is a win in my opinion. I was very impressed with the battery life of the Doogee Valencia 2 Y100 Pro and I would definitely recommend this phone for those who want to be able to forget about their phones for a day or two, without finding it shut off after.
Although impressive, the battery life is not out of the ordinary, so don’t expect every type of user to get the same autonomy that I did. Nonetheless, I think most smartphone users, after going through three charging cycles, will get the same autonomy as I did. Charging time is normal, I would say, as the phone gets to 100 % in about 3 hours, which is much better than the 10+ hours the Mstar S700 needs with its own accumulator. Overall, I’m very happy with the battery life and autonomy of the phone, and I would definitely put in the top of best battery life mid-rangers.
Chapter 6: Conclusions and pricing
The Doogee Valencia 2 Y100 Pro is an excellent mid-ranger, but it’s not a flagship. Its display and camera make this phone inferior to what there is on the market, but in its price range, it’s definitely a strong player. This phone I think is designed for the general user who doesn’t focus that much on camera performance, but rather appreciates good performance overall and a good battery life. Since the display is a bit sub-par, I wouldn’t recommend it to those who like FHD and QHD resolutions more than they do anything else. Nonetheless, those looking for a new daily driver in the mid-range category will definitely be satisfied with the Doogee Valencia 2 Y100 Pro.
Its price is $120 unlocked with free shipping, and you can get it from Banggood. Considering the price that the company put on this phone, I would say it’s more than a smart investment. If its durability stays as high as it did in the past month, I would safely say that this phone is future-proof. As long as you don’t mind the horrible camera on the rear and the sub-par display, I think anyone would be happy with what this phone has to offer. It’s got nothing fancy, but the things that it does have work well enough to be a selling point of the phone.
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor Review
Star Wars is one of the few pop culture franchises that won’t die. Andor shows that even in the galaxy far, far away, good stories can be told. After the controversial Star Wars Battlefront 2, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order delivered a great game. Star Wars games are better three-and-a-half years later.
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, like God of War Ragnarok, may appear like a retread, but play it to find how much better it is. Cal Kestis’ story continues with new planets, side content, and quality of life improvements. Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is one of the franchise’s best games.
Our brief review process always agreed. We only confirmed it 24 hours ago. Before a Day 0 patch, frame rate drops and screen tearing were severe. We loved the experience, but the launch was unacceptable. Version 1.02 saved Star Wars Jedi: Survivor in the final hour.
Performance Mode now mostly hits 60 frames per second at 1440p resolution. The occasional frame rate drop is nothing compared to what was standard before. Screen tearing is also gone.
However, the smooth frame rate makes Star Wars Jedi: Survivor easier to enjoy without any issues. Its vast worlds and breezier Dark Souls formula return. The Pyloon’s Saloon on Koboh is your home base for a long list of side content and collectibles.
Cal arrives on the backwaters planet to repair his ship after a story-focused introduction. One of the game’s most satisfying loops is reviving Rambler’s Reach Outpost, which becomes more important later. You can recruit and bring friends to the cantina by doing quests and meeting people. Exploration becomes more rewarding with the promise of new conversations and more missions if you meet a friendly person.
Characters make the story. While your goal of a new Jedi home on Tanalorr is intriguing, it’s the Mantis crew and Pyloon’s Saloon that will make you care. They’re charming, funny, and worth talking to.
Even if you don’t find a new home base, exploration is addictive, giving you one more place to search. With verticality and a large map, you could easily double the 25 hours it takes to beat the story.
Compared to Jedi: Fallen Order, combat hasn’t been expanded, but a new stance system lets you choose a lightsaber and control its use. Dual wielding, twin blades, and blaster use depend on the opponent and number of them. It expands your Force experience.
Meditation Points serve as Bonfires, death resets experience points, and the game has a slightly higher difficulty curve than other action-adventure games. You can customize the experience with multiple difficulty options.
Respawn Entertainment also brings back Metroidvania, teasing later powers and abilities in early areas. Puzzles are challenging and add to the exploration loop. The prize is customizing Cal, BD-1, and your lightsaber.
Star Wars’ quirky dialogue and music complete it. The former is stunning, with film-like tracks. Jedi: Survivor’s best feature is the latter. Before combat, droids and stormtroopers will talk about how they’ll kill the Jedi, only to be stabbed by a lightsaber seconds later. Good stuff.
Visuals aren’t. They’re inconsistent: cutscenes look great but gameplay doesn’t. In-game action could never match the game’s 147GB cutscenes. The PS5 version should support the DualSense controller, but its features are rarely used. Haptic feedback and adaptive trigger resistance rarely occur when using the Force.
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, like any good sequel, builds on the first game and improves it. Combat is fun and has more options, exploration is amazing, and Metroidvania puzzles and rewards are satisfying. It adds another crowning moment to 2023.
- Worthy sequel
- Fun combat
- Enchanting discovery
- Fun puzzles
- Fantastic cast
- Music and witty dialogue
- Minor framerate issues
- Visuals vary
The Season 3 DMZ Bundle in Call of Duty Warzone 2 has been labeled as ‘Pay-to-Win’ by some players
Activision is facing criticism once again as players of Call of Duty and Warzone 2 are accusing the company of introducing a “pay-to-win” bundle in the game’s real-money marketplace.
The Season 3 update in DMZ introduced a new progression system, as stated in the patch notes.
- It appears that the player’s usage of individual operators results in their activation for active duty. It is important to note that despite starting with 3 slots, only one Active Duty slot can be equipped simultaneously by players.
- It is worth noting that Active Duty Operators possess distinct persistent items, including Exfil Streak, Dog Tag Rarity, Backpack Type, Killstreak, Gas Mask, and Self Revive.
- It is imperative to note that in the event of a failed exfiltration, the gear, streak, and Dog Tag rarity of the specific Operator responsible will be reset. It is imperative to note that only the mentioned Operators will remain unaffected.
The only way to access more Active Duty Operator Slots and gain an advantage over your competitors is by paying a significant amount of money for exclusive perks. The development was met with disappointment from fans in the game’s subreddit, as anticipated. However, there were also instances of frivolity.
The reaction of the authorities is yet to be observed, considering the update was only released yesterday. Players have listed other grievances in similar threads.
The question of whether fairness truly exists in the contexts of love and war is a matter of great debate and scrutiny. The question of whether or not these Active Duty Operator Slots can be accurately labeled as pay-to-win is a matter that warrants critical examination.
Comfort and Durability Combined: A Review of Crocs Unisex-Adult Classic Clogs
Crocs Unisex-Adult Classic Clogs are a type of footwear that has gained popularity in recent years. These shoes have become increasingly popular due to their comfort, durability, and unique design. In this review, we will discuss the various features of the Crocs Unisex-Adult Classic Clogs, including their comfort, design, and durability.
Comfort One of the most notable features of Crocs Unisex-Adult Classic Clogs is their comfort. These shoes are made from a lightweight and flexible material called Croslite, which is a type of closed-cell resin. This material conforms to the shape of your feet, providing a custom fit that feels like you’re walking on air. The Croslite material is also odor-resistant, making these shoes a great choice for people who spend a lot of time on their feet.
In addition to their comfortable material, Crocs Unisex-Adult Classic Clogs also have a unique design that promotes comfort. The shoes feature a roomy, spacious toe box that allows your toes to move freely. The shoes also have a contoured footbed that provides arch support and helps to reduce pressure on your feet.
Another factor that contributes to the comfort of these shoes is their slip-on design. Crocs Unisex-Adult Classic Clogs do not have laces or straps, so you can easily slip them on and off without having to worry about adjusting them or tying them up. This makes them a great choice for people who are always on the go and need a pair of shoes that they can easily slip on and off.
Design Crocs Unisex-Adult Classic Clogs have a distinctive design that sets them apart from other types of footwear. The shoes feature a slip-on design with a rounded toe and a closed heel. The shoes also have ventilation holes on the top and sides, which help to keep your feet cool and dry.
One of the things that many people love about Crocs Unisex-Adult Classic Clogs is their variety of colors and designs. These shoes come in a wide range of colors, from classic black and white to bright, eye-catching hues like neon green and hot pink. There are also designs that feature patterns or graphics, such as polka dots or cartoon characters.
Durability Crocs Unisex-Adult Classic Clogs are known for their durability. The shoes are made from a tough, water-resistant material that is designed to withstand daily wear and tear. The shoes are also easy to clean, so you can quickly wipe them down if they get dirty.
Another factor that contributes to the durability of Crocs Unisex-Adult Classic Clogs is their slip-resistant sole. The shoes have a non-marking sole that provides excellent traction, even on wet or slippery surfaces. This makes them a great choice for people who work in environments where slip-resistant footwear is required.
One of the reasons why Crocs Unisex-Adult Classic Clogs are so durable is because they are designed to last. The shoes are made with high-quality materials and are built to withstand the demands of everyday wear. They are also backed by a one-year warranty, which gives you peace of mind knowing that you are investing in a quality product.
Pros There are many benefits to wearing Crocs Unisex-Adult Classic Clogs. Here are some of the pros of these shoes:
- Comfortable: These shoes are made from a lightweight and flexible material that conforms to the shape of your feet, providing a custom fit that feels like you’re walking on air.
- Durable: Crocs Unisex-Adult Classic Clogs are made from a tough, water-resistant material that is designed to withstand daily wear and tear.
- Slip-resistant: The shoes have a non-marking sole that provides excellent traction, even on wet or slippery surfaces.
Cons – Design
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