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  • crispyduckman 29 Apr 2013 17:13:47 1,856 posts
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    @thelzdking What phone have you got? You'll want to head to the relevant section of XDA Developers. You'll either need to get a ROM recommendation from someone or try a few of the popular ones from XDA before you decide.

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  • crashVoodoo 29 Apr 2013 17:18:07 3,872 posts
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    crispyduckman wrote:
    XDA Developers. You'll either need to get a ROM recommendation from someone or try a few of the popular ones from XDA before you decide.
    As an alternative if you don't want to go all the way, maybe just root it and use a root enabled app to uninstall the bloatware. Titanium backup will do this and maybe es file explorer

    a Nexus a day keeps the apple away

  • thelzdking 29 Apr 2013 17:25:12 4,367 posts
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    @Jono62 @crispyduckman

    Cheers guys, I'll have a look around their and absorb what I can. Just to prove how much of a noob I am I don't even know what 'rooting' is, so I've obviously got plenty to learn! I'm sure I can pick up how to optimise my phone's performance and battery life quickly enough, though.

    As for my phone I've got a cheap one: Huawei Ascend G300. My first tentative steps into the world of post-90s mobile phone technology. I'm still waiting for an unlock code so I've just been playing with the internet stuff via Wi-Fi. I'm quite impressed.

    Edited by thelzdking at 17:25:50 29-04-2013

    Edited by thelzdking at 17:25:58 29-04-2013
  • thelzdking 29 Apr 2013 17:27:12 4,367 posts
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    crashVoodoo wrote:
    crispyduckman wrote:
    XDA Developers. You'll either need to get a ROM recommendation from someone or try a few of the popular ones from XDA before you decide.
    As an alternative if you don't want to go all the way, maybe just root it and use a root enabled app to uninstall the bloatware. Titanium backup will do this and maybe es file explorer
    I'll look into this as well. Thank you!
  • crispyduckman 29 Apr 2013 17:29:49 1,856 posts
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    Yeah, if you're not particularly tech savvy and your phone is new and/or you're still under contract, you should take things slowly.

    IMO though, you'll eventually want to get a custom ROM on almost any Android phone. I have an HTC One X running IceColdJelly and it's vastly superior to HTC's offering.

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  • thelzdking 29 Apr 2013 17:40:32 4,367 posts
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    I'm pretty tech-savvy on the whole, but phones have never been something I've paid much attention to, but now that they're a lot like mini-tablets I guessed I'd need to get properly clued up. I'm dead finicky with how I set my tech up, and that's what put me on to ROMs because I like to have as much control over what is and is not installed as I can.

    I guess I'll get reading. Cheers again guys!
  • Pinky_Floyd 29 Apr 2013 19:10:32 7,688 posts
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    crispyduckman wrote:
    Pinky, what's the battery life like under heavy use?

    I can see myself getting a HTC One but might wait until the price drops and the custom rom scene takes off. I'm out of contract now but generally pretty happy with my HTC One X running IceColdJelly. I just need more battery life!
    It's gonna need a charge per day, but so did my S2. I'm sure there are things you can do to prolong. HTC sense is fantastic but a battery hog so I might configure. Absolutely brilliant phone though, everyone in work was fawning over it today.

    I got the phone free from t mobile on a 2 year contract for 26 quid a month. That's unlimited texts and data and 500 mins.

    I think that's a cracking deal for a cracking phone.
  • Kovacs77 29 Apr 2013 19:45:04 364 posts
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    Pinky_Floyd wrote:

    I got the phone free from t mobile on a 2 year contract for 26 quid a month. That's unlimited texts and data and 500 mins.

    I think that's a cracking deal for a cracking phone.
    That IS a cracking deal, where did you get that? Their website has the HTC One costing 249.99 on that 26 per month deal!

    T-Mobile
  • Pinky_Floyd 29 Apr 2013 20:08:49 7,688 posts
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    Kovacs77 wrote:
    Pinky_Floyd wrote:

    I got the phone free from t mobile on a 2 year contract for 26 quid a month. That's unlimited texts and data and 500 mins.

    I think that's a cracking deal for a cracking phone.
    That IS a cracking deal, where did you get that? Their website has the HTC One costing 249.99 on that 26 per month deal!

    T-Mobile
    Well it was upgrade time and affordable mobiles have that same t mobile contract but the phone is 30 quid. Still a great deal but of course they have no stock. I tried to get t mobile to match or beat it but they wouldn't. Then they phoned me up out of the blue and offered me the same contract with the phone free if I would cancel my affordable mobiles order.

    So I cancelled and 4 days later had my new phone.

    I'm not sure what t mobile are smoking to be honest :)
  • Deleted user 29 April 2013 21:44:01
    Kovacs77 wrote:
    Pinky_Floyd wrote:

    I got the phone free from t mobile on a 2 year contract for 26 quid a month. That's unlimited texts and data and 500 mins.

    I think that's a cracking deal for a cracking phone.
    That IS a cracking deal, where did you get that? Their website has the HTC One costing 249.99 on that 26 per month deal!

    T-Mobile
    Am I right in assuming we all know about http://www.omio.com/"Omio? And that you can use Omio to find the best deal but you can actually buy the deal through Quidco/TCB to grab the cashback?
  • TheBlackDog 29 Apr 2013 23:12:45 384 posts
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    @thelzdking Normally, XDA is the place to go (I've been using again recently for putting a custom Jelly Bean ROM on my Xperia Arc) but I'm pretty sure that the Modaco forums is the place to go for the G300. It has everything, including the latest Cyanogen ROMs. My daughter has the G300 and I've put two custom ROMs on it for her and I've always found all the files and help at Modaco. XDA doesn't even have a forum for the G300.
  • thelzdking 29 Apr 2013 23:34:15 4,367 posts
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    @TheBlackDog Thanks my friend; I will check it out. At this rate I'll be a veritable phone nerd by this time next week!

    Edited by thelzdking at 23:34:28 29-04-2013
  • Pinky_Floyd 30 Apr 2013 15:14:35 7,688 posts
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    Turning off the whole HTC sense and account at synch thing really helps battery life with the HTC one. Can still update manually with a swipe. Battery is on 76% from 8am this morn though phone has only be getting light use.

    Edited by Pinky_Floyd at 15:14:55 30-04-2013
  • Pinky_Floyd 2 May 2013 07:26:36 7,688 posts
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    Got the case mate tough case for the HTC one, it's good, but not quite as good as the one for the S2. Pricey at 25 but I dropped my S2 a few times with that case on and it never missed a beat, so hopefully this one will be as good.
  • Petrarch 2 May 2013 07:34:42 3,425 posts
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    Unless there's a setting incorrectly set or I'm missing something stupidly obvious, I'm having a bit of an issue with my S4 in that I can't seem to turn it off. Holding in the power button appears to reboot it and the start up screen shows again rather than the phone completely powering down. I think a menu is meant to pop up but so far mine doesn't seem to be doing it.

    Doesn't look like a hardware issue, as the S4 is working perfectly otherwise.

    Edit: Turns out it was a hardware issue. The phone was fine, but the power button was wonky and not making the connection properly so the network replaced it there and then for me.

    Edited by Petrarch at 18:11:48 02-05-2013
  • Jacksie66 3 May 2013 17:01:16 572 posts
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    Picked up an Xperia Z today. Pretty sweet piece of kit so far. However, I notice that the screen seems a bit washed out. Ive come from a Galaxy S2 which seemed much more vibrant.
  • BillMurray 3 May 2013 17:13:47 7,701 posts
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    @Petrarch How is the phone? I'm ditching my 4S and going back to Andriod with an S4
  • Jacksie66 5 May 2013 22:13:01 572 posts
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    I can confirm that the Xperia z is indeed beer proof...
  • MrDigital 6 May 2013 00:03:06 1,866 posts
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    Got Android 4.2.2 running on the old ZTE Blade, and quite smoothly. All thanks to Cyanogenmod.

    Formerly TheStylishHobo and Geesh.

  • cheeky_prawnking 6 May 2013 00:51:28 4,456 posts
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    Jacksie66 wrote:
    I can confirm that the Xperia z is indeed beer proof...
    Not been confident enough to test that myself
  • Jacksie66 6 May 2013 02:01:06 572 posts
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    @cheeky_prawnking I've put it into about 10 pints. Trust me, it's fine...
  • Jono62 6 May 2013 21:14:45 14,059 posts
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    @Jacksie66 This may be of use to you:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sony.gsmguxmk.xperiaprivilege2012

    /Not beer related
  • TFM_Excalibur 6 May 2013 23:26:33 1,029 posts
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    @Jono62
    The vouchers dished out also work on PSN, got free strangers wrath HD on vita with 12 left over!
  • Jono62 7 May 2013 08:06:04 14,059 posts
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    @TFM_Excalibur Good stuff :-)
  • Jacksie66 10 May 2013 21:56:51 572 posts
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    Sooo.. my Xperia z broke. The loudspeaker went in it on Monday. I brought it back Tuesday and they gave me a replacement. That also broke when the vibration stopped working. I went back yesterday and just got a HTC one instead.
    I must say that this is probably the most beautiful piece of kit I have ever owned.
    And those speakers.. feck me!!!
  • TVoJ 10 May 2013 23:59:03 1,859 posts
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    Just picked up an Archos 80 Titanium and typing for the first time. Upgrading from a Samsung Galaxy tab and its like I've upgraded to first class from the luggage hold where I had to share a box with an orangutan on heat.

    Not had enough time to judge on whether I've made the right decision by not forking out the extra 50 notes for a nexus 7 yet but I am enjoying the difference in aspect ratio, 4:3 is nice for web browsing, and the EG app looks way better. So many more threads in view!

    Anyone else have one that could impart some wisdom upon me before I do something stupid?
  • NotSoSlim 12 May 2013 14:59:04 3,121 posts
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    HTC One is great then? Good to know.

    Looks mint
  • Deleted user 12 May 2013 14:59:53
    Hardware is stunning, software not so much.
  • Roddles 12 May 2013 21:51:21 1,839 posts
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    Software as in the UI/launcher? I'd just use Apex anyway. Hopefully upgrading my S2 to an HTC One next week.

    Edited by Roddles at 21:51:36 12-05-2013
  • Razz 13 May 2013 09:07:28 61,068 posts
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    Hands on with the Samsung flexible OLED phone (running Bada)

    Edited by Razz at 09:10:07 13-05-2013

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