A month on my Republic Defy


  1. Scur

    Scur Well-Known Member

    So far so good. It's Sprint, so not the best coverage, but my dead spots are few and far between around here.

    The phone itself is tough as well as waterproof (I take it into the shower and have taken underwater pictures.) I have no screen protector, yet after tossing it anywhere handy has produced zero scratches on the screen. A $4 case from Amazon has kept the rest unblemished as well.

    The small screen, lack of decent memory, and Gingerbread ROM remind me that it's definitely a downgrade from the previous phones I've gotten used to. Rooting and converting system apps to user apps and moving them to the sdcard was basically a necessity to get all the apps I'm used to having at my fingertips.

    The WiFi calling isn't really any different than any other ISP calling. Same variable, minor lag. Calls and 3G over Sprint is normal, though I use the WiFi at home. And no MMS still, but I rarely send pics instead of uploading them anyway.

    My automatic payment hit a hiccup, but reentering my cc info fixed things. Hopefully it won't repeat.

    So all in all, going into it with no disillusions, the phone and service is almost what I expected. The Defy has more of a downgraded feeling than I was hoping for, but it's pretty acceptable for $19 a month.

    Tapatalk > Defy XT557D

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  2. Wolf Howl

    Wolf Howl Active Member

    Thanks for posting. Will be interesting to see Republic bring more phone choices to the program.
  3. wheeliegirl79

    wheeliegirl79 New Member

    How's it going at this point?
  4. DarkJedi

    DarkJedi Well-Known Member

    I signed up about 3 weeks ago. There are things I like, and there are things I don't. Coming from the Straight Talk Proclaim, I had expected it to be a little bit of an upgrade, but it really was a mixed bag. Here's my top pros and cons:

    PROS:
    1) Saving big bucks. With taxes and all, it is just under half what I was paying under Straight Talk (which itself was under half what I was paying Verizon).
    2) Nearly instant GPS lock! Whenever I turn on the map, it has me to within a few feet in less than 3 seconds... even indoors. Much better than any of my other Androids (Proclaim, Prevail, and XOOM).
    3) Better screen. Only slightly larger screen, but much higher resolution. Makes more apps behave better.
    4) Camera - itself isn't great (5MP it takes don't look any better than the 3MP the Proclaim took), but it has two very nice features... Autofocus (barcodes actually scan right away!) and flash (great for emergency flashlight).
    5) Durability - I like that it isn't hurt easily by water or light scratching on the screen.

    CONS:
    1) WiFi: Poor receiver and ONLY works on 2.4GHz (so microwaving my dinner makes WiFi calls bad). The Proclaim supported everything 802.11 b/g/n in both 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz freqs. This is disappointing for a device that is expected to rely on WiFi for so much.
    2) RAM: Even with the new OTA (which removed some built-in apps to make for more room), there is only 300MB of space for apps. The Proclaim had 1GB! -- I didn't want to root the phone (Republic Wireless asks that you don't as it can hurt their research - remember, this is in BETA)... so I made the default install location to SD change (simple command via ADB). It helps. I don't have everything I want installed, but at least now I do have everything I need without it giving me the low mem warning.
    3) Pausing: While driving, the music, podcast, whatever you are listening to (stored or streaming), it'll do very, very brief pauses from time to time. I tracked it down to the WiFi searching. Even with WiFi+ uninstalled, Open WiFi notification off, WiFi location turned off in location settings, and Latitude turned off, the brief pausing still happens. But, if I turn WiFi off completely - smooth playback.
    4) Selective 3G: I noticed that while on 3G, it is plenty fast (900+ kbps) to sites like all the SpeedTest.net sites, CNN, and a lot of other places... but will go at a CRAWL (approx 50 to 60 kbps) on Google Play and not much faster (60 - 80 kbps) on Slacker (just enough to stream). TuneIn has no problems (listen to BBC Radio 1, air traffic control, and various local radio stations).

    All said and done, I'm glad to use Republic Wireless. My hope is that the new phone coming out late summer will address the first 3 cons for me. As for the 4th con... I'm hoping that is just a problem here (relatively small town)... Sprint trying to save bandwidth for their own post-pay customers. I hear it isn't such an issue in larger cities with more towers.
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