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    UK smartphone maker Wileyfox goes into administration

    Firm closes just three years after its debut. Russian backers collapsed in Dec 2017.
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    Re: UK smartphone maker Wileyfox goes into administration

    Wow, they had a lot of hype, this seems a shame. Expensive operation to run in the UK though, no doubt, competing with all those Chinese phone vendors.
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    Re: UK smartphone maker Wileyfox goes into administration

    That's a shame. They seemed to have some decent devices, it's just a pity everything they sold seemed to use entry-level SoCs. The big manufacturers obviously upsell to higher-end devices by using these on their cheaper devices but it's not like Wileyfox had that problem. I know there's more to a phone than it's SoC but a decent mid-range+ SoC would make a lot of phones much easier recommendations IMO - not everyone cares about cameras or QHD screens after all. And from what I read they seemed decent with updates unlike so many other manufacturers.

    Precious few devices seem to use the likes of the Snapdragon 650, 660 rather than just a bunch of A53s. Even ARM have tried to argue the case for using a couple of big cores in place of a load of little cores (e.g. 2+4), saving area and improving user experience in the process!

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    Re: UK smartphone maker Wileyfox goes into administration

    I bought the Wileyfox Storm based on the price/specs.
    As a 'daily driver' it proved hopeless though, as the battery life was shocking and there were no decent protective cases available.

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    Re: UK smartphone maker Wileyfox goes into administration

    Had my Wileyfox Swift just over two years now and it's still going strong. For £130ish I have no problem with it being 'entry/mid-range' hardware - they got the important things (for me) right. Removable battery (which I still get a couple of days light usage out of), solid build quality and I've already had more bloat-free software updates than I could reasonably have expected.

    I certainly would have considered another Wileyfox when I finally need a new phone. Hopefully somebody brings them out of administration but I suspect it would involve a certain amount of 'restructuring' and they might not be the same.
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    Re: UK smartphone maker Wileyfox goes into administration

    Quote Originally Posted by watercooled View Post
    That's a shame. They seemed to have some decent devices, it's just a pity everything they sold seemed to use entry-level SoCs. The big manufacturers obviously upsell to higher-end devices by using these on their cheaper devices but it's not like Wileyfox had that problem. I know there's more to a phone than it's SoC but a decent mid-range+ SoC would make a lot of phones much easier recommendations IMO - not everyone cares about cameras or QHD screens after all. And from what I read they seemed decent with updates unlike so many other manufacturers.

    Precious few devices seem to use the likes of the Snapdragon 650, 660 rather than just a bunch of A53s. Even ARM have tried to argue the case for using a couple of big cores in place of a load of little cores (e.g. 2+4), saving area and improving user experience in the process!
    This was always my issue too. I've always viewed a 600 series snapdragon as minimum and as such always skipped Wileyfox phones. Ended up going Moto (lenovo) G5 plus to get a 617? A 400 series chip is just to compromised IMO...
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    Re: UK smartphone maker Wileyfox goes into administration

    That's a shame. I'd only recently bought a Swift 2X and so far I've found it to be a very solid budget/mid-range phone, no chance of getting it up to Oreo now (without installing a custom ROM - been there before can't be bothered with the headaches).
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    Re: UK smartphone maker Wileyfox goes into administration

    Dammit. Bought one of the kids a wileyfox for Christmas on a Black Friday deal. Suppose I'll be off to the xda forums to see if any kind soul there will be offering updates.

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    Re: UK smartphone maker Wileyfox goes into administration

    I Think this is expensive operation to run in the UK

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    Re: UK smartphone maker Wileyfox goes into administration

    I nearly bought one of their phones at Christmas but was put off by reports of bugs and phones breaking after only a couple of months use so glad I didn't buy one now. It's a shame really as you got a lot for your money.

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    Re: UK smartphone maker Wileyfox goes into administration

    Shame, I have a Swift and it was updated with the January 2018 Google security patch despite being a 2+ year old device costing about £130 which isn't bad.

    For those looking for longer support they're officially supported by Lineage OS and are bootloader unlocked from the factory (or at least mine was.)

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    I'm currently watching McMafia. Seriously, never trust Russian backers. Dodgy gangsters.
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    Re: UK smartphone maker Wileyfox goes into administration

    My mate has one and I was quietly impressed with it. Not sure what one but it has some heft to it which in this age of paper thin devices was rather nice.

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    Re: UK smartphone maker Wileyfox goes into administration

    I bought a Wileyfox Swift for £99 when it first came out. It wasent the worst smartphone I had ever had (Moto G5 get's that award) but it was definitely a pain to deal with at times.

    - Design flaw with the recessed charging port meant very few chargers would stay plugged in.
    - The on/off button which is also the lock/unlock button required significant force to register a button press after ~2 years. Basically this button was breaking making unlocking the phone a pain in the ass.

    It could have been a decent phone but those two issues just killed it for me... Because I unlock the thing and charge it daily they crop up daily.

    Got myself a £600 Sony Xperia XZ1. Best phone experience ive had since the last flagship I owned (Galaxy S2).

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    Re: UK smartphone maker Wileyfox goes into administration

    A real shame, IMO.

    I got the Swift 2 Plus in Dec 2016, for the price & specs (£150) there was nothing else to touch it.

    Octa Core CPU
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    Still going strong today and I'll keep using it until it stops working.

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    Re: UK smartphone maker Wileyfox goes into administration

    I also read elsewhere the dip in the pound and the RAM cartel upping prices also didn't help the company much!


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