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So, it's refreshing when something that's a little different comes to market, even if that "different" is that it brings a few different things together.
Doogee is a smartphone manufacturer best known for making ruggedized smartphones. I've been impressed by its hardware for quite a few years. It makes smartphones that can take days, weeks, months, and even years of rough handling.
Rain, mud, rocks, bumps, drops, and scrapes -- none of that bothers a ruggedized Doogee smartphone.
So, what does the V30 bring to the table?
It brings flagship features to a rugged Android smartphone platform.
eSIM support covers over 200 carriers worldwide, and again, onboarding the eSIM is super easy and absolutely painless.
It just works. Which is what you want.
I've tested the cameras, and they're good. No, not as good as what you get from flagship smartphones from Apple or Samsung or the likes, but still, they're very good. If you want good photos for social media, or to document a job you're doing outdoors, the V30 will deliver.
The night vision camera comes across as a bit of a gimmick (I'd have preferred a thermal camera), but if you want to see what's around you in the dark, then now you can, although I find looking at an ultra-bright screen while in the darkness both kills my night vision and blinds everyone around me.
I wish manufacturers using this feature would come out with a "night mode" for the display that tones down the brightness and uses night-vision preserving red. This would make this feature much more useful.
Performance from the octa-core processor is good, and the whole smartphone feels fast and smooth. The 120Hz display is easy on the eyes, both indoors and outdoors, and the use of Corning Gorilla Glass 5 means it can withstand a lot of abuse and neglect.
Running the show is the latest Android 12 operating system, so you should get updates and security patches for some time to come.
And, to top all this off, the V30 is also stylish.
Yes, this big slab of a smartphone (6.67 x 3.2 x 0.63 inches and weighs in at a hefty 13 oz) that can happily operate in temperatures ranging from 158°F to -67°F, and is dustproof, waterproof, shockproof, water-resistant at a depth of 4 feet up to 30 minutes, and can shrug off drops from 6 feet, is stylish.
The colors. The fake "eco" leather accents. The trim. It looks good.
Priced at $499, the V30 is not cheap, but it's bringing to the table a lot of features in the form of 5G and eSIM, and packages this in a stylish package that's got a decent battery and offers solid performance.