Originally Posted by Hinanan
You say you liked the 3G... You didn't happen to figure out how to set it up, did you? Because I don't know what to put in all those fields and the WiFi on this thing is SO TERRIBLE, that I couldn't even get a signal sitting in an internet cafe! (And no bluetooth access either) My phone provider is T-mobile and thus requires a sim card (which there is not slot for in the tablet), if that's any helpful information. Thanks in advance for your reply...
Incidentally, indeed, the Android Market thing probably infuriates me about this slow piece of junk (with a ridiculously undersensitive screen) more than anything else. I don't have access to the market from my PC either, because this tablet is my first and ONLY android device, and Google refuses to acknowledge that I've added me email on the danged thing. I've tried over a dozen different copies of the Market apk, multiple versions as well, half won't install, the other half won't run... *Siiigghh* What's the point of an Android device if you can't access Android apps?! All of the afore-mentioned alternatives don't have the apps I want most, and when I search online, all I find is shop after shop after shop that redirects me to the Android Market to download.
Good thing this thing is at LEAST good for reading and comic books. else-wise I'd SURELY send it back.
Read the above posts and one of my last 3 posts and you will find out that I was able to get the thing rooted, get an even better version of Android on it, as well as the REAL Android Market on it. I don't hate it as much as I used it. It's actually kinda nice now, thanks to Mark for the help!
What I mean by liking the 3G is the ability to use 3G however I never turned it on. The Wifi doesn't work for me after the root though so be cautious. I read in the handbook that came with the device only runs on select CDMA networks.
Basically, T-Mobile is on a GSM network and uses a SIM card. CDMA networks are Verizon, Sprint, MetroPCS, and a few others. These do not have SIM cards so you have to take it into a store and have it activated or call them up. I'm sure a simple 3G plan through one of these guys shouldn't be more than $30 a month with no contract if you'd like to check. You can try taking it into a T-Mobile store and telling them that it has 3G capability and that you'd like to add it. They may be able to help you and activate it themselves. I'd suggest physically going into the store. Don't call them cause they can't see the device.
But read through this thread. EVERYONE has been really helpful and the tablet has become not perfect but much better than it was.
I completely understand your frustration. When I wrote that particular post you replied to, I was ready to smash this thing and make a YouTube video out of it. But the tablet runs MUCH faster and much nicer. The sensitivity screen still bugs me because you should probably use a stylus or pen to use the screen and not your fingers. Or use your fingernail. As for the Wifi...check the forum that Mark left for us. Something about tech...com It is a bit more helpful than everyone here too.
If you have any problems, which you really shouldn't, please do feel free to come back here, private message me, ask others, ask here on this thread, etc. about any problems you encounter. We will be more than happy to help you.
Good luck and know you're not alone.
EDIT: I'm sorry. Rooting means that you hacked the device. Hacking it allows you to do all sorts of things with it. Usually involves customizing the device to look different ways, run faster, run better, etc. Rooting is common on Android devices.
Please do not let this affect your view on Android devices. I have an HTC Evo 4G (the first 4G phone from Sprint) and it is amazing. I have fallen in love with Android since I got my first Android phone last year. It is a great operating system.
I have another way of installing apps onto the tablet. By downloading them from third party websites such as forums like this one, XDA forums, torrents, MegaFile, other users...you can take the file which is in a .apk format and move it from one Android device to another using the SD card. If yours is like mine, you probably didn't get an SD card. I highly recommend picking up a card for cheap like a 2GB or something at a grocery store for like $10. 2-4GB should be enough for any new Android user. I'm currently using a 4GB in this tablet and a 16GB SD card in my Evo although I need a new one cause it's full lol But anyway yeah. If you'd like more information on the whole installing apps, I can help you via PM (Private Message) as some of the stuff is so long to discuss here. If you don't mind, I could even send you some basic apps through e-mail that you might be interested in and you can download them from your computer to your tablet easily and quickly.
As for using the internet's Android market, I personally never tried it. Do you have a Google account? Or maybe a Gmail account? If you have either, you should be allowed to get on. I think you need a Gmail account. I tried adding my Google account which is like this "XXXX@yahoo.com" instead of a "XXXX@gmail.com". If you have a Gmail account, you should be able to get on. If not, try contacting Google support either by phone or by e-mail. You can find their contact info by Google searching "Google support contact" and a phone number and/or e-mail should appear.
If they don't have either, you can also head on over to Google help and post a thread there asking for help getting into the Android store online.