Test: Oukitel WP9 – Durable with monster battery

Extra shock- and water-resistant mobile phones have become a niche for smaller mobile phone manufacturers. Here in Sweden, the Cat phones from the British Bullit Group are probably best known, but there are many Chinese manufacturers in the niche. Ulefone, which we have tested a number of models of, is just one, here we have a mobile from Oukitel, with the online store e-ville.com as official Swedish distributors.

The sales argument for Oukitel WP9 is quite easily formulated. In addition to being a water and shock resistant mobile, it also has a battery of 8000 mAh. It is of course partly useful if you want a mobile you charge very rarely, but it can then also function as a powerbank by reverse charging of other mobiles and peripherals. Many mobile phones can, but few have so much battery capacity that the function is worth using. It has Oukitel WP9. In addition, with a price tag so low that depending on your finances, it can be an interesting alternative to a pure powerbank if you feel that you also enjoy a durable second phone.

Fatty

Shock-resistant phones are usually quite sturdy pieces, and a monster battery obviously does not make things better. The best thing you can say about the Oukitel WP9’s weight and thickness is that it does not feel much heavier and clumsier than other durable mobiles with less battery. Anyone who is thinking of a mobile phone like this probably does not expect anything other than a brick either.

Oukitel WP9 is certified according to Mil-STD-810G, but I can not find any indication of how high cases it should withstand. The rubberized outer casing with reinforced corners and slightly lowered screen with pre-assembled screen protection feels reassuring at that point. In terms of water protection, the phone is certified according to IP68 and IP69K. The latter means that the phone, in addition to being immersed in water, can also be sprayed with high-pressure rinsing. In practice, this means that the phone can actually be taken into the bath, unlike regular waterproof top models. If you drop it, it sinks like a stone, of course, so there is a loop where you can attach a strap to the phone to reduce the risk of this.

Underwater photography may be what you’re thinking now, and Oukitel has thought of that too, because the camera has a special underwater mode. Then the touch screen turns off, it still does not work under water, and you control the camera with the volume button where you can take pictures, switch to video, and start and stop filming. It is definitely fun to film and take photos in the bath. However, you cannot use the selfie camera in the underwater mode. Not because it makes any difference, it is basically impossible to see on the screen what the picture will be like when you take pictures underwater, and it is generally tricky to get really good pictures. Underwater video is often much more successful.

Not because the camera is great. It takes okay pictures in full sunlight, noticeably blurry pictures indoors, and is not good at all in lower light. Even for underwater photography, there are waterproof mobiles with better cameras than this one, so it really wants you to be looking for that big battery.

Goes and goes

It delivers, as expected, excellent battery life. In our battery test, where we turn up the brightness and volume in the headset to the max and play youtube video until the battery runs out, we get one of the highest results we measured, with a screen time of 18.5 hours, although it probably depends in part that the screen is not very bright to begin with. So this summer it’s a concern, it’s hard to see anything at all on the screen in bright sunlight, and the difference from models with brighter screens is clear.

In terms of standby time, the phone is not quite as much of an eternity machine as I expect, which suggests that Oukitel in its Android version does not as aggressively shut down apps in the background to save power as some other manufacturers. But of course I can manage quite a few days on one charge.

The 18 watt charger does a brave job of fast charging, but of course it still takes time to charge such a large battery, 3.5 hours to be exact.

I enjoy the Powerbank function in everyday life during testing, as my regular mobile has a tired battery that is difficult to power for a whole day. But then I need a cord that has usb at both ends. it feels like a miss that the included charger does not have a USB C connector so that the cord cannot be used for reverse charging. As a mobile tester, I of course have the cord I need, but most others risk having to buy it separately.

Since this is a feature found in many phones, it is not entirely obvious which phone will charge whom when two mobiles are connected. In Samsung’s mobiles, among other things, there is a setting where I choose whether the mobile should charge or be charged, but in Oukitel WP9 I find nothing. It feels like a bit of a miss not to draw more on this opportunity, with a special app for the purpose.

Extra buttons

The system in the phone feels fairly standardized Android 10. App box is missing so all apps end up on the home screens. The toolbag app contains some typical apps such as spirit levels and compasses, but otherwise there is a lack of own additions to the system. The main addition is the two own buttons on the left side. One is an SOS button that you can use to sound an alarm if an accident has occurred, the phone then sends an SMS to your emergency contact and sends an emergency signal at the highest volume. The other button you can program yourself which function it should have. Both buttons require long press, so there is no greater risk of using them accidentally, but they make it harder to feel what is upside down on the phone when you take it out of the (largest) pocket and turn it on.

The main weakness of the phone is above all the more basic features, screen and performance. In terms of performance, the phone is not exactly so slow that it becomes difficult to use, but enough that I would rather use a faster mobile if I have the choice. Especially when I scroll on, for example, web pages, I feel that the phone’s lagging makes me sometimes scroll too far.

The screen is relatively low resolution, but not as colorful as some cheaper mobiles can be when you angle them in different directions. The problem here is rather that it is so dim that I have a hard time seeing anything at all on it in daylight on a summer day. In the winter months, this is a minor problem.

I think that these weaknesses feel reasonable in a phone for 2400 kronor. Of course, the dimensions do not make it a phone for everyone, but if you want a durable mobile with a huge battery that can be used to charge other mobiles, I think that Oukitel WP9 solves the task at a good price.

Questions and answers

Can I avoid payments with this mobile? Yes, it has NFC and support for Google Pay.

Are there pressure sensitive lists on the pages I see? No, the icons on the pages are just decoration.

How does the programmable button work? you can use it as a shortcut to an app, but it cannot bypass the lock screen, and if you select, for example, a flashlight, the flashlight app starts but you still have to turn on the flashlight.

An alternative

Faster and better camera: If you are not looking for a better camera and performance in a durable mobile, we can recommend the Ulefone Armor 10 5G.

Test image

Despite quite a few attempts under favorable circumstances, I do not manage to get these crown algae to be completely sharp in the picture. The film of them gets much better.


Source: Mobil by www.mobil.se.

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