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Old December 5th, 2010, 02:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have been looking at various reviews of this phone and while mixed it seems good for the cost. Would like to hear some feedback from someone who actually owns one and uses it day to day. I am buying it for the wife at Xmas, I have a Desire and while I dont expect it to come near that it still looks pretty good and usable.

How is the touchscreen, have seen vids of people using stylus's on the screen is this necessary?
I take it the front is glass so if she was using a Stylus it wouldn't scratch?
How is using the keyboard and would she be able to use Skype if I happened to be able to get it for her?

I have noticed that this phone is now Rootable, might be interesting if some Dev starts doing Roms for it.

Anyway I think that is all I want to know for now.

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I just upgraded to a wildfire.
i my answer is no
the screen picks up even the tiniest of scratches.
Wi-Fi isnt that good ( disconnects and reconnects )
Batter life is prob the worst phone i have ever had ever
keypad is ok but its resistive touch screen so not great
Apps arnt that good either
There wont be an official 2.2 Froyo Update
screen also picks up alot of dust and is very annoying
if you have the money like 400 go with the desire or go with its cute little brother the Wildfire.

DO NOT GET THIS PHONE
YOU WILL REGRET IT
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I disagree, if like me you don't feel the need for a ridiculously expensive phone, such as the 400 one this guy suggested, this is a perfect phone for you. It does a lot more than other phones at that price do, you get so much for your money. As for the apps, there are a select few that won't work due to the fact that the screen is a smaller resolution than the more expensive phones, but this hasn't bothered me in the slightest. The resistive screen was put in place to save money, but it works like a charm, it is amazingly sensitive and again, this hasn't bothered me at all, especially as I'm used to resistive screens thanks to the Nintendo DS and the Creative ZEN X-Fi2.

Oh and here's a tip, just don't scratch the screen.
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could someone with the zte racer upload all files under /system/apps pls
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huh i paid 230 including 1 year insurance for the Wildfire.
rickywaytt i would but have no idea how to if you could tell me how i would its just sitting in the draw now.
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have you rooted your phone?
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no not yet not sure how z4root doesn't work and not sure of others.
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you can use this to root it once installed click unroot then click root
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Brilliant phone. Used my Nectar points to pay for it @ Argos

Does everything the big phones do. GPS, WiFi, I use Google Navigation all the time. My car has an athermic windscreen so some cheap GPS receivers don't work, this one works with no problems at all. The WiFi is great, I use the WiFi keep alive app, but I did on my last phone as well.

I have a screen protector which I got for 2 and can still use my chubby finger to type.

I'm sure the 400/500 are better, and would like one, but I can not justify such a stupid amount while this phone does the job and does it well.

It looks super trendy in white.
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ok done and rooted :-)
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ok next is to install this once install browse to system and copy the app folder to your sd then zip them up
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if you can then upload them so i can make a update.zip

do you have a clockwork recovery?
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i dont the phone is fresh.
installed
universal androot
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root explorer that's it.

( uploading now )
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i will do anything to the phone for ya don't use it any more
anything else you want me to install or get for you ?
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i dont the phone is fresh.
installed
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root explorer that's it.

( uploading now )
do you no how to use fastboot?
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ZumoDrive - app.rar
heres the file wont let me upload on here
and no idea lol never used it.
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thanks

ok download rickywyatt.zip

ok take out the battery and wait 5 secs then put it back in the press the vol + and the power button it should boot only to the green android logo and the red light stays on

extract it to your c:\ then inbstall the drives if needed then click install-recovery-windows.bat once done the fone will reboot once booted pull out the battery once more the put it back in the hold the vol- button and press the power button it will boot into recovery
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dont get u the c drive on computer ? dose the phone have to be plugged in ?
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dont get u the c drive on computer ? dose the phone have to be plugged in ?

yes you will need to conncet it to the pc
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nope fastboot aint working press volume plus and power and boots up normally.
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fastboot works but install-recovery-boot dosnt reboot phone. just opens closes straight away and that it,
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phone says FTM now lol
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fastboot works but install-recovery-boot dosnt reboot phone. just opens closes straight away and that it,
extract this and put it in the folder just over wite the other file
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ok take out the battery and wait 5 secs then put it back in the press the vol + and the power button it should boot only to the green android logo and the red light stays on
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ok logo staying on usb plugged in now what?
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done im in recovery mode :-)
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im in recovery mode
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ok now click nandroid the click backup you move up and down with the vol buttons and go into the menu with the call button
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ok done :-) guess ill zip the files and upload them.
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yh thanks do you no how to partition your sd ?
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backup done :-)
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could you upload it pls
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its uploading as we speak :-)
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ok so what i got is two roms one is the default and the other is my own moded rom witch includes :

a2sd
livewallpapers
fullyrooted
all 3 crap removed
all default icons
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can i install yours ? please lol
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yes lol
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and changed boot screen to lol
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how do i install ?
heres the backup
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you can install it by recovery im just finishing is as we speak
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ok i cant wait to see what its like.

you should make a tutorial on how to flash it for youtube.
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is your phone sim unlocked?
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no :-(
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go here Free Instant Unlock Codes for Alcatel, Huawei Modems & ZTE Mobile Phones and enter your imie number you get this by entering *#06# on your phone select zte then from the drop down menu select bluebeld and its free
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cool how do i enter code its 8 digits ?
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put a non 3g simcard in the phone then switch back on is will come to a screen were you enter the unlock code
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WOW!! really works thanks :-)
will it relock if i flash ?
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na it will alway be unlocked no
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ill be back on later anyway to flash my phone
wish 2.2 worked :-(
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ok just uploading new rom now
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