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Pros

Surprisingly good camera

Great battery longevity

Unrivalled as a stylus-toting mid-ranger

Cons

Confusing branding

Generic design

Stylus lacks features

Our Verdict

An unassuming phone, for the most part, the Moto G Pro is accented by the addition of an integrated stylus that could do more. Beyond that, it’s classic mid-range Motorola – a well-rounded package with a clean user experience and great battery life.

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The stylus used to be one of the defining features of ‘smart devices’, back in the age of the PalmPilot and its reign more or less continued until Steve Jobs famously berated the peripheral while introducing the touch-driven original iPhone in 2007 – changing attitudes towards smartphone interaction, forever.

Of course, since then Apple’s – and the wider mobile industry’s – opinion of the stylus has softened, to the point that it’s been able to enjoy something of a renaissance.

While today’s stylus-toting stars are namely Samsung’s Galaxy Note range and the pairing of iPad and Apple Pencil, there’s definitely room for more players in the space, especially at more affordable climbs; a region that Motorola is exploring with the Moto G Pro.

What’s meant by ‘Pro’?

Before we look at the hardware, there’s something to be said for that name – it’s confusing. Namely, because there’s nothing particularly ‘pro’ about this phone’s spec sheet compared to other 2023 Moto G-series phones, so we’re assuming that the ‘Pro’ here stands for ‘productive’ or ‘productivity’, rather than ‘professional’.

The G Pro’s US counterpart is actually called the Moto G Stylus – a far more apt title that didn’t stick when the phone travelled across the Atlantic, for reasons unclear. Mixed-up monikers aside though, what does the Moto G Pro actually bring to the table?

Same face, new party trick

While there’s something to be said for creating a consistent brand aesthetic, we’d wager that you’d have trouble telling most of Motorola’s Moto G8 and 2023 Moto G devices apart.

Place the Moto G Pro alongside the Moto G8 and the G8 Power, and there’s little beside from back colour to easily identify which phone is which. All feature 6.4in displays with a hole-punch front-facing camera in the top left and all employ a centrally-positioned rear fingerprint sensor with the Motorola ‘M’ logo sat within it, alongside a four-piece camera setup accented by a single larger sensor at the top.

The stylus

The G Pro comes with one obvious distinction, however – a stylus that slides neatly into the right corner of its frame (favouring right-handed users over lefties). The exposed end – that marries up with the geometry of the G Pro’s bodywork when docked – is colour-matched to its attractive Mystic Indigo finish (a pearlescent deep blue that fades to near black against the light), while the rest of the stylus itself is actually made of metal.

This came as a pleasing surprise considering both the Apple Pencil(s) and Samsung’s S Pen are predominantly plastic – there’s an obvious reason for this, though. Unlike these other styli, the G Pro’s offering doesn’t contain any internalised components. On the downside, this means no additional smart features – like air gestures, tilt or pressure control, or replaceable nibs – on the upside, it makes for a more resilient writing tool, that won’t flex under-finger.

Its oval cross-section sits nicely in the hand and while you’re unlikely to spend hours using it in a single sitting, it feels comfortable to use for extended periods, despite its size.

The rest of the phone

The G Pro comes with a case pre-fitted in-box and generally, there’s little reason to remove it (it’s a clear, flexible TPU offering) unless you hate the look, already have another case in mind or simply prefer your phones naked.

Case off, however, the phone sports pleasantly-thin bezels around its display (especially considering its price), a nicely-rounded plastic back for comfort, and a sturdy frame – albeit with some hard edges that aren’t quite as nice to handle.

A centrally-mounted fingerprint sensor is perfect for ambidextrous use, although it can be a little picky about getting a firm read on your print before unlocking.

Complex sound, simple display

Next to the USB-C port at its base, the G Pro also totes a 3.5mm headphone jack, which will likely appeal to those who aren’t yet ready to make the jump to wireless headphones.

Related: Best headphones 2023

Unlike older affordable offerings, the G Pro doesn’t require wired headphones in order for its integrated FM radio to function (although it helps) and as an extension of Motorola’s software offerings, you’ll find Moto Audio in the apps drawer.

This gives you Dolby-tuned audio profiles, suited to scenarios like ‘Film’, ‘Music’ and ‘Game’ that you can flip between, depending on the context.

It works across the phone’s own loudspeakers, remotely-connected speakers and headphones; granting you an optimised audio profile with a tap or the option to customise sound with an impressive level of granularity. There’s also a ‘Smart’ option if you’d rather not fuss with EQ settings at all.

It’s worth noting that the phone packs a pair of stereo loudspeakers that, although not earth-shattering (they deal out some pretty flat sound that shouldn’t really be pushed too hard during media playback) are a nice inclusion on such an affordable device.

As for the display, the 6.4in Full HD+ IPS LCD offers a pleasant amount of real estate on which to work when using the stylus, pushing out pleasing colours and solid overall brightness. It appears a little on the cool side by default, though, which can only readily be rectified by using the Night Light feature (intended to reduce eye strain during evening/low-light viewing) as a stand-in for proper colour temperature controls.

Contrast and brightness also suffer the moment the screen is viewed off-angle – seldom an issue when using the phone normally but a potential problem when you’ve set the G Pro down on a table to write notes with the stylus or, more importantly, attempt a bit of illustration.

A stylus experience that could have been more

The Moto G Pro is an Android One-based device, meaning it sports Motorola’s already-excellent near-stock take on Android 10 but also comes with the guarantee of prompt app, software and security updates direct from Google, without question.

Moto Audio is just one aspect of Motorola’s various software tweaks and additions; none of which make the user experience feel cluttered. You’ll find a myriad of handy gestures – called Moto Actions – to access things like the camera or torch instantly (all of which work reliably), as well as more nuanced experiences.

Moto Display’s adaptive on-screen media controls are always appreciated and additions like Moto Gametime offer control over notifications and companion apps that gamers might find useful while in-game, such as Discord. Then there are the stylus-specific additions, which could be described as ‘barebones’.

Motorola gets the fundamentals right, with quick access to the Moto Notes app by pulling the stylus to jot something down when the phone is locked, alongside a customisable shortcuts menu with room for up to four quick-access actions and/or apps.

One subtle alteration to Gboard – Google’s native Android keyboard – is that instead of featuring a button that takes you straight to your emojis, on the G Pro it defaults to a handwriting input field for use with the stylus. Better yet, handwriting recognition isn’t terrible – although not the preferred way to input text on a smartphone in 2023.

I just wish that Motorola had done more with the stylus to really make its inclusion worthwhile; additions that could have been powered by existing software. One of the fundamentals being handwriting-to-text, which would have added far more power to the G Pro’s note-taking capabilities.

Shape detection – to create recognisable forms from misshapen squiggles – would have been great for diagrams and illustration, and Google-powered translation using the stylus as a means to highlight foreign-language text, all seem like features that could have been implemented without the G Pro’s development team having to jump through too many hoops.

There’s a chance that Motorola could append new capabilities such as these to the software via future updates but considering the G Pro’s standing in the lineup, this seems unlikely.

Respectable longevity

Considering the pricing of the Moto G Pro, you need to temper your expectations with regards to the stylus’ performance. Latency is wholly useable but you’ll see and feel a notable delay between what you write or draw and its appearance on-screen, especially when moving the stylus quickly – an Apple Pencil this is not.

As for the wider phone experience, Motorola has ensured that the G Pro feels perfectly comfortable in day-to-day use. It isn’t going to multitask with lightning-fast responsiveness and demanding experiences like the camera app take a fraction longer to load than they would on something beefier, like the Motorola Edge, but such speed is above the G Pro’s price tag and it’s not a sluggish phone, considering its price.

Humble hardware usually results in respectable longevity and the G Pro is a great performer in this regard – clocking in just over 11 hours in our PCMark battery benchmark. It also supports 15W fast charging, which takes around two hours to fully replenish the phone’s 4000mAh cell – not exactly blistering but, like the phone’s general performance, comfortably liveable.

Surprising snapper

I was surprised by the abilities of the G Pro’s primary 48Mp sensor. Dynamic range is above what I’d expect for a phone at this price point and in natural light, both colours and quality bokeh can be found in most shots.

It’s interesting comparing the main sensor’s macro capabilities with the phone’s dedicated 2Mp macro sensor.

You can get much closer to your subject with the latter, which has value, but the image processing and degradation in quality, if you dare to crop in even a millimetre, is too severe for my liking. Capture a shot using the main snapper from further back and zoom in afterwards and you’ll likely get a better photo.

As for the 16Mp ultrawide sensor, it’s strange that there’s no dedicated way to switch to it when shooting stills but the ability to shoot decent wide-angle 1080p video while holding the phone in-portrait is a feature I wish more phones had.

Price & availability

The Moto G Pro costs £289.99 making it the second-most expensive member of the Moto G/G8 family right now after the Moto G 5G Plus. Based on its spec sheet it sits neatly between the Moto G8 and Moto G8 Plus.

It’s available to purchase from Motorola’s official website, as well as approved online retailers like Amazon and in the UK specifically, the likes of John Lewis too.

Verdict

For the price, the Moto G Pro is a well-rounded, affordable mid-range device; with a pleasant design, functional everyday performance and a considered user experience. Motorola could have done more with the stylus but it meets the basic needs of anyone after what is to be considered a niche feature.

In a strange sense, the Moto G Pro is effectively unrivalled; the most obvious alternatives taking the form of the newly-launched Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra – with their signature S Pen, but these are both flagship phones with price tags three-to-four times larger than the one attached to the Pro.

If you decide you don’t actually care enough about the stylus, after all, the aforementioned members of the Moto G8 family, as well as offerings like the Realme 6 Pro, will grant you a tad more bang for your buck.

Related stories for further reading Specs Motorola Moto G Pro: Specs

6.4in ‘Max Vision’ Full HD+ IPS LCD w/ 19.17:9 aspect ratio

Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC

4GB RAM

128GB storage expandable via microSD up to 512GB

Cameras: 48Mp wide, 16Mp ultra wide, 2Mp macro Front camera: 16Mp (hole-punch)

4000mAh battery

15W TurboPower fast charging

Android 10 (Android One)

Dual stereo speakers

Rear fingerprint sensor

Stylus

158.55×75.8×9.2 mm

192 grams

6000 series aluminium frame

USB-C

3.5mm headphone jack

Water-repellent design

Bluetooth 5.0

NFC

Colours: Mystic Indigo

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Galaxy Note 10 Pro Camera Pack Leak Explains High Price

Galaxy Note 10 Pro camera pack leak explains high price

Today we’re going to take a peek at the cameras included on the near-most-expensive Samsung phone ever released. We had a chat earlier this week about why the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Pro won’t necessarily be THE most expensive Samsung phone ever released. Today we’re speaking about some of the details that might make this phone more appealing than the most expensive Samsung phone – another device that’s not yet been sent to consumers.

Earlier this week we cut apart the pricing structure for the Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy S10, and Galaxy Fold. It’s been tipped that the Galaxy Fold will retain the champion belt for most-expensive-ever for a Samsung smartphone – at least until the end of this year. The next most expensive phone will be the larger of the two Galaxy Note 10 units coming in August.

The larger device goes by the name Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Pro, and it’s been leaked as having a 6.75-inch display with a potential 90Hz image refresh rate. Given the relative low cost of this sort of display, it’d sort of be shocking to find Samsung NOT using a 90Hz display by August of this year.

This device is tipped to roll with the slimmest bezels on any Samsung phone yet released. It’ll also have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC or Exynos 9820 depending on region. The battery inside will be approximately 4500mAh with 45W fast charging with USB-C.

There’ll of course be an S Pen embedded in the body of this smartphone, but not a whole lot’s been leaked about any changes that’ve been made to this tool since the Galaxy Note 9. Maybe nothing has changed at all?

NOTE: If it weren’t already obvious, all details I’m speaking about here come from leaks, tips, and pre-announcement data. Nothing here’s been confirmed by Samsung, and it all could be subject to change. We’re close to release, but we’re not there yet!

On the back is where we get the biggest bit of excitement, save the several confirmed front-facing features we looked at yesterday. On the back we’ve got a set of cameras that’ll bring about new functionality for the Galaxy Note 10 Pro, starting with a ToF camera sensor.

In the center on the right of this camera array is the ToF (time of flight) 3D depth sensor. This is similar to what you’ll find on some front-facing arrays over the last year, allowing facial scanning for face-unlock. This back-facing ToF sensor will unlock Samsung’s “Make & Play 3D” system of augmented reality and in-phone 3D features.

This phone will be able to capture spatial, depth, and distance with sensors on its backside camera array. Other devices with this sensor include the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and the Galaxy A80.

At the top on the right is an LED flash module, and on the bottom is a flood illuminator. On the left are the primary, wide, and telephoto lenses. The placement of these individual modules was leaked by a Weibo leakster by the name of Martian-X (original post link source since removed). This information was later given a resounding “looks right to me” by a secondary source with knowledge on the subject who wished to remain anonymous.

If the camera lenses remain the same as the leak we reported earlier this year, the three modules on the left (and the ToF on the right) are as the list below suggests.

• 12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS

• 12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.6″, 1.0µm, AF, OIS, 2x optical zoom

• 16 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide)

• TOF camera (Time of Flight, 3D sensor)

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will have cameras very similar to (and quite possibly identical in some hardware) to that of the Galaxy S10 5G. That device is rather expensive in and of itself – so a slightly costlier Galaxy Note 10 Pro would not be a shock. With the high-end array of cameras and sensors at the back, a larger-than-ever Infinity-O AMOLED display up front, and the robust set of features we’ve come to expect from the Galaxy Note in general, the Pro will certainly make a strong attempt at justifying its large cost.

We’re expecting the Samsung event for this device and the standard Note 10 to come on August 7th, 2023. That’ll then suggest a preorder date that same week, then a release date for Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Pro of late August, 2023.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T Review: Budget Phone With All The Frills

Our Verdict

The first Redmi 8-series phone to make its way to the UK, the Redmi Note 8T offers extraordinary value at £179. This is a mid-ranger with a budget price, offering a 48Mp quad-lens camera, a 6.3in AMOLED display, a 4,000mAh battery and a capable Snapdragon 665 processor. It adds NFC and 18W wired charging to the Redmi Note 8 elsewhere. You’ll struggle to find better value for money anywhere else.

Previously unavailable outside China and Europe, the Redmi 8 series today makes its way to the UK, starting with the Redmi Note 8T. Available from the Mi Store at £179 SIM-free, or on contract through Three on contract or SIM-free at £169.99, this is an NFC-enabled update to the Redmi Note 8 that also adds 18W wired charging.

GearBest is another vendor of the new Redmi Note 8T, though it is currently awaiting more stock.

(You might also appreciate our Best Xiaomi deals coverage.)

Though various colour options and specifications exist within Europe, in the UK you can buy the Moonshadow Grey model through Xiaomi itself or the Starscape Blue model through Three, both with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. As with others in the line this model supports microSD expansion up to 256GB, which is possible using a hybrid SIM tray that can alternatively accept two SIM cards.

This is a mid-ranger with a budget price, and a new contender for our best budget phone chart, currently championed by the Redmi Note 7. It headlines with a 2GHz Snapdragon 665 octa-core processor and a 4,000mAh cell for two-day battery life. The 6.3in 19.5:9 full-HD display uses a Dot Drop (waterdrop) notch to house a 13Mp selfie camera, but the real star is the 48Mp camera at the rear – one of four lens that make up the Note 8T’s primary camera.

Aside from this 48Mp lens, which is able to use pixel-binning to combine four pixels into one and create much better quality 12Mp images, the Note 8T has 8Mp ultra-wide, 2Mp Macro and 2Mp depth sensors.

Our colleague Alfonso Casas, of sister site PCWorld.es, had the opportunity to test in-depth the Redmi Note 8T, and has been impressed with the sheer value it offers. Here are his findings:

Design & features

Our first impression of Redmi Note 8T out of the box was that it is somewhat bulky, heavy at 199g and rather chunky for today’s standards at 8.6mm thick.

That’s not to say it is inelegant, with its rounded sides and curved glass at the rear allowing it to fit right in with more premium models.

This is Gorilla Glass 5, which is commendable in a budget phone, and should help protect it from accidental damage. That’s a very good thing, since the materials used here can make the Note 8T rather slippery in the hand.

The quad-lens camera protrudes from the phone’s body, located on the back just above a fingerprint sensor that is – in more expensive models – nowadays often built right into the screen.

While none of Xiaomi’s line-up is fully waterproof, in the Redmi Note 8T it has applied a splash-resistant coating. Another intriguing new feature in this model is the self-cleaning speaker and AUX input, able to expel dust and debris through vibration.

You’ll find the SIM tray, power and volume buttons in their usual places, while on top is an infra-red sensor that is increasingly found only in Xiaomi phones, able to control a compatible TV in place of your standard remote.

Adorning the front of Redmi Note 8T is a 6.3in AMOLED panel with a Full-HD+ resoltution. A small notch at the top of the screen is used to place the selfie camera, which leaves the overall screen-to-body ratio at 88.3%.

The bezels are larger than we would ordinarily expect to see on a Xiaomi phone, with the bottom large enough to include the Redmi logo, which is also found on the rear. The phone is tall with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, so despite this it fits comfortably in the hand.

Surprisingly for AMOLED we found rather cold and pasty colours presented by the display, but the colour temperature is easily tweaked in the settings. Thankfully this is a bright screen (claimed 500 nits), because it’s less easy to do something about that.

We found the rear fingerprint sensor worked quite satisfactorily, waking and unlocking the phone with a single touch of the index finger. Though the sensor itself is rather small, it is place exactly where you expect to find it, and therefore quickly becomes second nature to use. The only real gripe we have with this implementation is that it is more difficult to unlock when sitting on a desk, rather than in your hand.

Performance

The octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor inside the Redmi Note 8T is a capable chip, but not a fast one. It does, however, provide an improvement over the Redmi Note 7’s Snapdragon 660.

We ran our usual benchmarks (which you can see in the chart below) and found stronger core performance here than in better-known models such as the Moto G8 Plus which has a similar processor, though it is a little slower than some recent phones using the Snapdragon 712, such as the Realme 5 Pro.

The generous 4,000mAh battery endured 8 hours 27 minutes in Geekbench’s battery test, which should mean it is good for a full day’s use. Xiaomi claims two days of life from the Note 8T, but your mileage really depends on your usage. The 18W wired charger is a welcome addition to this ’T’ model.

Photography

Redmi Note 8T launched in Spain alongside Mi Note 10, a phone notable for being the world’s first 108Mp camera phone that you can actually buy. Naturally, then, its 48Mp quad-lens camera didn’t get the recognition it deserved: this is a great spec for a £170 phone.

There are five cameras in total here, including a 13Mp AI camera at the front, and a 48Mp lens with f/1.75 aperture at the back. The latter is accompanied by an 8Mp wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture, a 2Mp Macro lens and a depth sensor, both with f/2.4 aperture, and together they are capable of some great results.

We saw very good results given good lighting outdoors, but were less enthused by performance in low-light scenarios, with colours somewhat dulled and lacking the vividness we see in real life.

The 8Mp wide-angle lens makes it easy to fit everything – or everyone – into a scene, but when you zoom right in you will notice some noise effects. There are also notable colour differences when using this sensor or the primary 48Mp lens. Night mode is available only to the latter.

The Macro mode is very good, enabling blur-free shots to be taken at just 1cm distance.

Software

It’s worth pointing out that Redmi Note 8T is not yet running MIUI 11, which is the latest version of Xiaomi’s custom Android OS. Here running MIUI 10, we didn’t find multi-tasking or switching between screens quite as agile as we’d like. This may be due to the abundance of ‘extras’ (more than 30) Xiaomi has included here.

We’d like to see improved notification management, especially in Game Mode, and we miss the gesture-based navigation of some of Xiaomi’s more premium phones.

Conclusion

Though it’s not entirely flawless, at £169.99 the Redmi Note 8T represents exceptional value. A quad-lens camera is unheard of at the price point, and you will be surprised at the level of detail that can be captured. Overall performance is sufficient for daily tasks, and the 4,000mAh battery adds appeal.

Related stories for further reading Specs Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T: Specs

6.3in Full-HD+ (2340×1080) 19.5:9 AMOLED display, Gorilla Glass 5, 500 nits, 83.8% screen-to-body ratio

2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 octa-core processor

4GB RAM

64GB storage (expandable via microSD to 256GB)

Adreno 610 GPU

dual-SIM dual-standby (hybrid slot)

quad-lens camera: 48Mp f/1.75 + 8Mp f/2.2 wide-angle + 2Mp f/2.4 Macro + 2Mp f/2.4 depth

13Mp f/2.0 selfie camera

4,000mAh battery

18W wired charging

NFC

rear fingerprint sensor

161.44×75.40×8.60mm

199g

Make Phone Calls On Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 3G With A Hack!

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WARNING!

SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 10.1 2014 HACK: ENABLE CALLING FEATURE

STEP 0: CHECK DEVICE MODEL NO.

STEP 1: BACKUP YOUR DEVICE

STEP 2: INSTALL THE LATEST CWM/TWRP RECOVERY

STEP 3: INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

MOD INFO

Name Enable Phone 3G and GSM Calls

Mod Package Type  Flashable Zip format.

Stability Good enough for daily use.

Credits macrostr

This would be a great news for the users of Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 with model no. SM-P601 and SM-P602, to be able to make calls on their 10.1 inch device with this simple hack.

The only prerequisite for this MOD to work is that your device must be rooted and have a custom recovery to flash the file.

If you are eager to have this feature on your device follow through the guide.

  WARNING!

Warranty may be void of your device if you follow the procedures given on this page.

You only are responsible for your device. We won’t be liable if any damage occurs to your device and/or its components.

  SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 10.1 2014 HACK: ENABLE CALLING FEATURE

Before you begin with guide instructions below, make sure your android device is adequately charged — at least 50% battery of the device.

  STEP 0: CHECK DEVICE MODEL NO.

To make sure your device is eligible with this, you must first confirm its model no. in ‘About device’ option under Settings. Another way to confirm model no. is by looking for it on the packaging box of your device. It must be SM-P601/SM-P602!

Please know that this page is meant only for Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. Please DO NOT try the procedures given here on any other device of Samsung or any other company. You have been Warned!

  STEP 1: BACKUP YOUR DEVICE

Back up important data and stuff before you start playing around here as there are chances you might lose your apps and app-data (app settings, game progress, etc.), and in rare case, files on the internal memory, too.

For help on Backup and Restore, check out our exclusive page on that linked right below.

► ANDROID BACK UP AND RESTORE GUIDE: APPS AND TIPS

   STEP 2: INSTALL THE LATEST CWM/TWRP RECOVERY

 Skip this step if you already have latest version of CWM or TWRP recovery installed on your device.

Make sure that you’ve latest version of the recovery installed on your device.

Older versions of CWM and TWRP recoveries are not working with Android 4.4 based ROMs, throwing installation errors and WiFi bugs, therefore you need to use the latest version of either recovery.

   STEP 3: INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS   DOWNLOADS

Download the file given below and transfer it to a separate folder on your device and remember the location.

  MOD FILE

Be sure to transfer the MOD file you downloaded above to your device and remember the location of the files.

You will need to flash it now on your device using either of ClockworkMod (CWM) or TWRP recovery.

We’ve got separate guide for CWM and TWRP recovery, so use the guide relevant to the recovery you have installed on your device.

  GUIDE FOR CWM RECOVERY USERS

Boot into recovery mode. If you’re rooted, the easiest way to boot into recovery mode would be using the QuickBoot app. If not rooted, then follow the instructions below:

Power off your device and wait for 5-10 seconds until the device is fully switched off.

└ In Recovery mode, use Volume buttons to navigate Up and Down between options and use Power button to select an option.

Create a Nandroid Backup from recovery. It’s optional but very important to do, so that in case something goes wrong you can restore to current status easily. For making a Nandroid Backup, go to Backup And Restore » Backup.

Install the MOD file:

Select Install zip » Choose zip from sdcard (or external sdcard, you know where your files are) » browse to the location where you saved the file and select the MOD file.

Now the Aroma installer will take over and provide you with a GUI based installation. Follow through the on-screen instructions to finish installation.

Reboot your device. For this, go back to the main menu of recovery and select reboot system now.

That’s all. Your device will now reboot and it will take some time after flashing the MOD.

 Note: In case your device gets bootloop (stuck at logo while rebooting), just do a factory reset (step 3) and you will be fine.

GUIDE FOR TWRP RECOVERY USERS

Boot into recovery mode. If you’re rooted, the easiest way to boot into recovery mode would be using the QuickBoot app. If not rooted, then follow the instructions below:

Power off your device and wait for 5-10 seconds until the device is fully switched off.

Press and hold  Volume Up + Home + Power buttons together and release them as soon as you see the Samsung logo.

Create a Nandroid Backup from recovery. It’s optional but very important to do, so that in case something goes wrong you can restore to current status easily. For making a Nandroid Backup, go to Backup » and select all check boxes and swipe on the Swipe to confirm option at the bottom of the screen to confirm backup.

Perform a Factory Reset (this will delete all apps and their settings and game progress). For this:

Tap on Wipe » then at the bottom of the screen do a Swipe on the ‘Swipe to factory reset‘ option (screenshot).

Install the MOD file:

Now the Aroma installer will take over and provide you with a GUI based installation. Follow through the on-screen instructions to finish installation.

Reboot your device. Go back to the main menu of recovery and tap on Reboot » then, tap on System to reboot your device.

That’s all. Your device will now reboot and it will take some time after flashing the MOD.

 Note: In case your device gets bootloop (stuck at logo while rebooting), just do a factory reset (step 3) and you will be fine.

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Doogee Shoot 1 Review – A Budget

DOOGEE Shoot 1 

Specifications

Processor Mediatek MTK6737T Processor

Display 5.5” SHARP® FHD 2.5D G+FF

RAM 2GB LPDDR3

Storage 16GB eMMC – microSD slot

Operating System Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Cameras 13MP + 8MP rear cameras, 8MP front

Battery 3300mAh

Physical Dimensions 168g, 156.6 x 77 x 8.7 mm

DOOGEE Shoot 1 

Unboxing

There isn’t really much to say about DOOGEE’s Shoot 1 unboxing. It comes in a quite ordinary box with a case, screen protector, USB charger 5V/2A, a micro USB cable and the SIM removal tool. There’s also an additional screen protector for those who will want to change it down the line.

DOOGEE Shoot 1 

Design & Build Quality

I give the DOOGEE Shoot 1 quite an high score as far as design and build quality goes. While it’s made of plastic it doesn’t feel cheap in your hands, it’s just lighter than its metal counterparts, which is definitely a plus.

Design wise, it’s the typical Chinese phone of 2024 and 2023: sleek, visible antenna lines, centered camera(s) on the back and a fingerprint scanner on the front accompanied by two touch buttons beside it.

DOOGEE Shoot 1 

Display

Viewing angles are good and the touch screen panel is accurate and fast, so there are no problems during every day use.

DOOGEE Shoot 1 

Hardware & Performance

The hardware on the DOOGEE Shoot 1 is mediocre at best. The phone is powered by a Mediatek MTK6737T CPU paired with 2GB of RAM, which is alright for a budget phone but to me it’s somewhat weird that a phone with a Full HD panel only comes with 2GB of RAM.

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That said, the phone is snappy for what it is and I haven’t had any problems during every day use. You’ll also be able to run most games without excessive drops in frames, although you should probably look for something else if gaming is your No. 1 priority.

The front-facing fingerprint scanner on the front works OK, it isn’t one of the most accurate on the market but it’s not too bad. I don’t like how the home button feels though and that’s probably because it protrudes from the glass, other smartphones only have the rim protruding, some not even that.

As far as connectivity goes, 4G LTE is good, the DOOGEE Shoot 1 supports bands 1/3/7/8/20 so no problems over here in Europe and most other parts of the world. The phone part is alright and sound is clear.

Battery life is average, you can get through a day of moderate use, albeit I’ve noticed standby times aren’t amazing, so you might find the phone will less battery even after not using it for some time.

The phone’s speaker isn’t very loud and sound quality is average at best.

DOOGEE Shoot 1

Camera & Photos

This is probably where the DOOGEE Shoot 1 disappointed me the most. I was really excited to try the dual camera setup as it’d be the first phone with this feature I ever used, other than a friend’s Honor 8.

And what is there to say? The dual camera setup feels more like a single camera setup with an additional light sensor. The bokeh effect (shallow depth of field) appears to be software, indeed if you look at the image you can see the foreground is still in focus even if further away.

Definitely disappointing as the main 13MP camera itself isn’t too bad, photos are sharp and color reproduction is on point, what’s bad is dynamic range and high noise even at low ISO.

Either way, have a look at the images and judge for yourself!

DOOGEE Shoot 1 

Gallery

DOOGEE Shoot 1 

Conclusion

For about $100 the DOOGEE Shoot 1 isn’t the best or worst phone in this price range. You can definitely get something better for your specific needs as this one tries to be good in everything but doesn’t really shine in nothing.

How the secondary rear camera works is a mystery to me, I’d rather preferred they had stuck with one but I understand phone manufacturers always want to get customers’ attention with the latest trend — dual camera setups.

Other then that, the DOOGEE Shoot 1 is still a great phone for the price, if you watch lots of videos, mostly use social apps and don’t play onerous games, then you’ll enjoy the 5.5-inch Full HD display and the phone’s performance. If you’re more of a heavy user and/or gamer you’ll have to look for something else, but that will cost you more, of course.

Galaxy Note 10 May Come Dressed In A Galaxy S10 5G Body

Ever since Samsung started releasing a Plus variant of its Galaxy S flagship phones, one of the features that used to make the Galaxy Note series unique is no longer a factor.

For years, the Galaxy Note offered the biggest display screen on any Samsung flagship phone, but lately, things have been taking a twist thanks to the increasingly popular Plus variants. The latest Galaxy S10+ has a massive 6.4-inch display screen, the same size as the latest Note device, the Galaxy Note 9.

The S10+ goes even further to ship with the same battery capacity as a device that is meant to be a powerhouse, leaving the S Pen as the only standout feature of the Note 9. This wasn’t the case a while back and apparently, these margins are set to grow even smaller with the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10.

According to a report published by Slashgear, the Galaxy Note 10 will ship with a screen size that is bigger than the current Note 9 but potentially the same size as the Galaxy S10 5G. The publication points to a source familiar with the subject, claiming that the 6.66-inch panel will stick to the same QHD+ (1440×3040) resolution as the 5G variant of the S10, suggesting that the panels will be of the same size.

What is still unclear, though, is whether the panel will also come with a wider cutout to house a dual-lens selfie camera akin to the S10 5G, but the report notes that we are looking at a screen-to-body ratio of over 89%.

Also, the report doesn’t sound solid on whether the Galaxy Note 10 will be the first Samsung device to come with 5G as the standard modem, but even if it doesn’t, we are still looking at the potential use of the same processor as the Galaxy S10 series. It’s also possible that the Note 10, like the S10, could get a 5G-specific variant.

On the photography front, once again, the report draws similarities with the Galaxy S10 5G. This means that the Note 10 may come in with up to four lenses on the back, the fourth being a 3D ToF sensor. The front could also get the same dual-lens treat as the S10 5G.

Of course, the S Pen will still keep its place, potentially making it the only remaining unique feature of the Note series. It will reportedly keep all the goodies of the Note 9’s S Pen as well as add some new features and improvements here and there.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 was unveiled in August 2023 and apparently, the Note 10 will also get an August launch date. The report says this will happen on Thursday 8th, with availability set for August 23rd, but then again, nothing here has been approved by Samsung, so be sure to take this with a grain of salt.

With prices of smartphones ever on the rise, we are once again looking at yet another price hike for the Note 10, meaning the base model could start at above $1000.

We still have months between now and August, so expect more of these Note 10 rumors to come your way.

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