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AT&T Radiant (ZTE Z740) Questions

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by MikeRivers, Nov 9, 2014.

  1. MikeRivers

    MikeRivers Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I was hoping to find a forum dedicated to this phone, but so far no luck.

    This is my first post here, so a little about me and why I'm here. I've been using dumb phones on the AT&T GoPhone prepaid plan for a dozen or so year. It suits me well - I rarely make or receive phone calls so it's been the cheapest way to go.

    I've owned a Samsung Tab 10.1 Android tablet for a couple of years. I didn't buy it, I won it in a drawing. It's been pretty useful, though, as both an alternate to a laptop computer for short trips and to fill up with tools that help me on the job sometimes. I got the notion that I couldl carry those useful tools in my pocket rather than in my bag if I had a smart phone. I picked up an Avail 2 when they were cheap, played with it for a couple of weeks, and returned it. It did most of what I wanted, but it was pretty sluggish responding to my touch, and the screen was a bit too hard to read for this old man with 12.5 diopter glasses. When AT&T started selling a refurbished Radiant for $35, I thought I'd give it another try, and here I am. I've only had it for a few days but I studied the manual before I bought the phone. It works OK, but I'm discovering more annoyances.

    AT&T support has been wretched (for every phone I've had, nothing new here) - they know less than I do. So I'm hoping that some folks on this forum have been annoyed at the same things that I have and have solutions, or have found the undocumented buttons that solve my problems. I'm not eager to jump into rooting unless that's clearly the answer to all of my prayers, but here's what I'm looking for right now.

    1. I'd love to get rid of that four note plus bang announcement that I've turned the phone on. When I'm just carrying it, I usually leave it off until I want to make a call or when I'm expecting a call. I know . . . I'm not normal. But that sound is really annoying, and sometimes it's embarassing when I'm around people and turn the phone on.

    2. The Avail 2 had a setting that automatically turned off network data when connected to WiFi. I can't seem to find that on the Radiant. Since are both ZTE phones, I expected a certain consistency in operation. I normally keep data turned off anyway, but it was convenient to not have to remember to switch it manually.

    3. On a similar note, my tablet has a setting that allows apps to turn on the GPS when they need it, and turn it off when they're closed. That's a great battery saver. I can't remember if the Avail 2 had that feature, but I don't see it in the Radiant.

    4. When I first activated the phone, it found my Google account and "recovered" the apps loaded on to my tablet and installed them on the phone. This was both good and bad. The good part is that I was going to install most of those apps on the phone anyway. The bad part was that (a) - I wasn't expecting it, and (b) when I realized what it was doing, while it was going on, I kept seeing messages about not being able to install this and that app, of course going past too fast to take notes. I suspect that the ones that it didn't install may have been tablet-only versions, but it would have been nice to know what it was going to do, asking me if I wanted to do it, and telling me the results. Hopefully this was a once-in-a-phone occurrence.

    Possibly related to this was that when I looked at the list of WiFi connections, I found all of the ones that I used on my tablet on its last trip out. On the tablet, I can tap on a connection and remove it from the list (a hotel that I'm not planning to return to soon, for example), but I couldn't find that function on the Radiant. That list can grow mighty long after a few trips. I usually do housekeeping on the tablet and would like to be able to do so on the phone, too.

    5. There are a number of ways to change from normal ringing to vibrate-only, to (I guess - not sure exactlly what "silent" means) neither ring nor vibrate. I did something in my fumbling around that opened a pop-down menu in the "notifications" area that let me select one of those three options. Of course I didn't know what I did to make that menu appear, but looking through the manual I saw that holding the Power button did that. It did, once or twice, but most of the time, it did one of its other two functions, locking the screen or bringing up the Restart/Airplane/Power Off menu (which also has the sound/vibrate/silent icons). Os there a trick to pushing that button?

    I realize that Android is just a framework and that every manufacturer makes up his own variations but I don't think I'm dreaming of anything unsual here. Some of these things may already be built in and I just haven't figured that out yet, so please be gentle with me. But the documentation sucks (the full manual is little more than a 75 page version of the 6 page quick start guide). I feel like I'm playing a video game here, something that I have to stumble on solutions and hope I remember what I did.

    Any help here? Even a clear "You can't do that on this phone" would be a step in the right direction.
     



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  2. Crashdamage

    Crashdamage Android Expert

    1. Not gonna happen. You'll have to learn to live with the 4 notes.

    2. It should automatically turn off mobile data when connects to WiFi. The phone may still use a very small amount of mobile data for certain background functions, but so little it's insignificant. I leave mobile data enabled and never worry about it.

    3. When an app such as maps requires GPS it will turn it on and back off when closed. IOW, if the GPS icon is not visible in the notification bar, it is not active and drawing no power. I leave GPS enabled and never worry about it.

    4. IDK, the Radiant might be different from phones I've used.

    5. Silent means vibrate-only on phones I've used. IDK what you did to find the silent setting in the pull-down. I only see the airplane mode choice.
     
  3. MikeRivers

    MikeRivers Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Bah, humbug! But I guess this was too much to expect. The first two phones I had were too dumb to make noises when they powered up, the next one had an option to turn it off, but it was controlled by the volume control and it was pretty quiet if the volume was all the way down. But then I had to remember to turn it up when I made or received a call. I guess the one who wrote that melody needs his royalty payments.

    "Should?" I guess you don't own one of these phones. Yeah, I think it should, too, but I can't find anything about it in the documentation. I can't verify it because of a glitch (another case of AT&T reps not knowing what they're talking about) I don't have data available yet other than via WiFi.

    I only asked because one of the first battery saving suggestions for any phone is "turn off the GPS when it's not needed." However, I'm not sure about whether it turns off or not when an app is closed. First off, I'm not entirely sure if I'm actually cosing an app or not.

    But if, for example, I want to use Maps for navigation, if the GPS is off, it tells me to turn it on. So I turn it on and the GPS icon turns on in the map app and also (as expected) in the Notifications area when I pull that down. However, when I go back to the home screen or any other screen with apps then check the notification area, the GPS is still on (because I haven't manually turned it off).

    Maybe it's no problem leaving the GPS on, and that it isn't much drain on the battery. I guess I'll have to discover that myself.

    Every phone is different. I was hoping to get an answer from someone with more experience than I with THIS phone.

    When the Power button is held, a menu pops up for Restart, Power Off, and Airplane mode. Below that list are three icons in a horizontal row, one with a loudspeaker with a slash through it (silent), one with a vibrator, and one with a loudspeaker with sound coming out of it (rings). Trust me on this. I'd post a picture but I suspect I'm too new to be allowed to do that.
     
  4. Crashdamage

    Crashdamage Android Expert

    2. It *will* turn off mobile data.

    3. As I said, if the GPS icon is not visible, then it is not active or drawing any power. If, for example, you open maps, then say, email and the GPS icon is still visible, then you should have exited maps by tapping the home or back keys. You want to make GPS inactive that way because it is a power hog if left active. Note that does not mean you need to turn GPA off, just to exit an app using it so the app deactivates GPS.

    5. OK, I get what you mean now. That is standard Android.
     
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