We were very skeptical about the performance tests. For our surprise, the Vertu clone did quite well in most of them. The music sound is loud and clear with a light metal echo. However, the headset is low quality and we do not recommend using it if you don’t want to impair your hearing.

During a call, the sound in the receiver is loud, but the voices are sharp and unreal even illegible at times. It is the same story at the other end of the line and sometimes a light background noise is heard.

Ah, we almost forgot. The phone is equipped with a loudspeaker. It is completely useless.

The clone has a battery to be proud of. It lasted a bit over 4 hours of talks during our tests, and there is a spare one too.

However, the reception is what lowers its rating drastically and brings our otherwise good opinion to ruin. The unit we use has huge problems with keeping the signal. It comes and goes not only underground, but even in placeswhere any other phone has no trouble at all. According to themanufacturer, genuine Nokia receivers are used for the production ofthe clones, but we don't think it is so. Even though it was tested in Europe, with both 900 and 1900 MHz coverage, the Constellation Knockoff was unusable most of the time..

Here is a short mathematical equation.

Genuine phone:
Impressive design + entry level phone functions + Nokia S40 interface = $4300

Knockoff:
Impressively copied design + entry level phone functions + annoying interface and no reception = $500

If the reception was not that horrible, the phone would be the real deal for those who care about the appearance and want to be a big shot, but don't want to spend four grand on a genuine Vertu. However, as the phone function is not usable, we would not recommend it even to our worst enemy.

According to the replica-manufacturer, phones with reception issues will be replaced under warranty.

Thanks to "Lux Replica Phones", for providing the V9 review unit.

Pros

  • Very well copied design
  • Very comfortable keypad

Cons

  • Irrational and confusing interface
  • Average sound quality
  • Big troubles with the signal

PhoneArena Rating:

5.9
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