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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by tph88, Oct 23, 2014.

  1. tph88

    tph88 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Well dropped this phone last week and it finally cracked (has survived many prior drops though!).

    So wondering if anyone knows of something just as small, but as nice as or better than this phone. One that works on a pay as you go type plan.

    It's so hard to find a decent android phone that will fit in a pocket (I am a small female, and I don't always carry a purse so I want a phone I can put in my pocket.)

    Mine is still usable, but looking at getting something new. I really like the size of this phone, still fits in my pocket, and still a nice phone!

    And I really like this phone! I have rooted it and added a SD card, and Llink2SD so now this works like a charm and all apps fit. Great pictures (my iphone friend is always saying how much nicer my pictures are than hers!) space for all my apps, great size, pretty much ideal.

    That said, not sure I should buy another one of these or go for something new.


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  2. daffyducknj

    daffyducknj Android Enthusiast

    I've decided to go with something else myself. I did enjoy using my F3 for the few months I had it. Bought mine from amazon for $80 + shipping last April. I had it rooted about a week after I activated the phone on VM. Like you, I like phones that fit into a pants pocket without being too bulky.

    The F3 began to develop some serious issues with overheating in the last two weeks. I tried removing some social media apps to combat the problem, but even that didn't help. Facebook is the worst offender. Even when set to not receive notifications, that app eats a lot of CPU in the background, which means it's a huge battery sucker. I did try using Greenify to help keep the phone cool while idle, but even that could only do so much.

    I know I'm not the only one that's had overheating issues with the F3. One poster named Lovewerks has tried everything under the sun to fix his F3. In my case, at least I have some spare cash (and a couple of older backup VM Android phones), so why suffer if I don't have to? No to mention, the F3 fried so much that it put the SD card and the internal /data partition into read only mode permanently. I've never had a device do that before! :rolleyes:

    I've ordered a new LG Tribute from VM. It's currently going for $80 from them; other may have it for less. At least buying it from VM should guarantee me a free replacement in case I get a lemon. Should have the phone by early next week. There aren't any cases yet for it, but Skinomi and a few others have screen protectors for the phone. Amazon has one maker listed that will have cases for it available next month. I hope those release dates come sooner. If I succeed at installing the apps I want to use without taking up too much internal space, I probably won't root the phone.

    Here's a review that I found informative regarding the LG Tribute:
  3. daffyducknj

    daffyducknj Android Enthusiast

    I have no idea. At this point, I'm willing to not root the phone if I can get most of the apps I want on it with enough internal memory left. This phone does allow some apps to be moved to the external SD card. That would be a huge help for me.

    I suppose if anyone wants to root this model, maybe try the Stump exploit that's on xclusive36's V8 rooting/unbricking thread.
  4. AnciusD

    AnciusD Android Enthusiast

    If you're interested, you can still pick up an F3 at Best Buy for 39.99
  5. thecdn

    thecdn Well-Known Member

    I noticed the Samsung Galaxy Light is now $49 at Metro and I've been thinking about getting one to replace my F3 https://www.metropcs.com/phones/details/samsung-galaxy-light/610214637628.html

    It seems the screen isn't as good as the F3 but the processor is better and the internal storage is much better. Also, it has, or can be upgraded to 4.4 - which it seems the F3 will never get.

    Any experience or thoughts on this phone?
  6. tph88

    tph88 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Hmm, might check out the Sony Xperia Z1 or Z3 compact. They look small and powerful. Have to figure out which carriers I can use it on though!
    Looks like the Z1 comes in some cool colors!
    (still 1/2 inch bigger than this phone, which was about 1/2 in bigger than my last phone ...)
    (and looks like about 5x as much money as I have previously spent on phones!)
  7. tph88

    tph88 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Just checked out the specs and size and looks like a nice phone and comparable to the F3. However I am not sure where I am that there is very good t-mobile coverage.
  8. daffyducknj

    daffyducknj Android Enthusiast

  9. tph88

    tph88 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Now looking at Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini - only slightly bigger than the f3, but much nicer. $349 with straight talk (again way more than I have been paying...).

    Not sure if it roots though. Looks like some people have rooted it, but I don't see a guide on this site for it.
  10. larrytxeast

    larrytxeast Member

    I purchased the LG Tribute last night, that's the phone that someone else mentioned. I paid $80 for mine at Best Buy. I had just found out about it the previous day, apparently it's been out less than a month.

    So far I like it, although it's not as much of an upgrade over an F3 as a Volt would be, which is the phone I was going to go with as an upgrade, the Tribute was a compromise. The main thing is that the 4.5" screen isn't as much of an upgrade over the 4" of of the F3 as you would think, because the Tribute doesn't have its buttons off-screen as other phones do (like the F3). That is, it has "back, home, recent apps" in the screen area ITSELF as icons, as opposed to the F3's (and Volt, too, I, believe) design of a back "soft" button, a home "hard" button, and a menu "soft button" outside the screen area. This means that on the Tribute some of the screen's area is consumed by those "virtual" buttons. I believe the Volt has the F3's design of keeping the buttons out of the way of the screen area, so you're apt to have a better experience there (plus I dislike the absence of a dedicated menu key).

    Even so, so far anyway it does feel like a slightly more "upscale" device than the F3, or at the very least it's definitely an updated "budget" class item vs the F3. The screen is still better in that, using Apex Launcher, I previously had a 5x4 grid layout of the icons on the home screen (rows, columns) with my F3. Now I can do a 5x5 grid layout yet it doesn't look "squashed," which means I can fit 5 more items on the home screen. So far, too, it does seem to be quicker, and when I tested out the GPS with GPS Status, it obtained a lock quickly.

    If it runs more smoothly than my F3, then that will definitely make me glad I switched. My F3 has a tendency to "lag" quite a bit sometimes. I did install a "cache cleaner app" named App Cache Cleaner (Infolife) on my F3 which helped, and just in case I installed it on my Tribute as well, but so far it doesn't seem to need it. Occasional lag on my F3 was something I dealt with on occasion and it got on my nerves pretty badly.

    I am told, too, that you can move apps to SD on the Tribute while you can't on the F3 without the usual rooting tricks. If that's so, that could also be a large advantage with the device working better.

    That said, I will still keep my F3 as a spare. Often-times when I upgrade I sell the older phone, but in this case with the F3 going for $40 brand-new, what's the point of selling it? I like keeping at least one old phone around so if something happens to the current one I'm not SOL. Even if I don't lose my Tribute phone and never need to have the F3 sitting around to fall back on in that respect, I can always use it for "beater" tasks such as looking up recipes in the kitchen and thus keeping the newer one from being exposed to splattering grease and the like. The old F3 can be the "beater" for such things and also resume the role of primary phone if something happens to my Tribute.
  11. NeoZiggy

    NeoZiggy Android Enthusiast

    The great thing about Virgin is that they give you 2.5gb of data. Metro throttles you after 1gb.

    The Tribute looks good. I'm not a fan of on-screen buttons either, I would assume they could become unresponsive. It doesn't have a FFC (frontfacingcamera), even though I never use it.
  12. Only if you have the cheapest Metro plan.
    $40/mo- 1GB@4G
    $50/mo- 3GB@4G
    $60/mo- unlimited 4G
  13. NeoZiggy

    NeoZiggy Android Enthusiast

    I see. I haven't tried them but I asked someone who had and he wasn't happy with the speed of the "4G" network here. That may have been before the T-Mobile buy out though.

    I didn't even notice a difference when I was throttled, for $35 a month I think it's the best cheapest deal. I like that I can reload the CVS bought card instead of waiting in line and have some guy trying to sell me crappy headphones (store employee at cricket).
  14. daffyducknj

    daffyducknj Android Enthusiast

    The on screen buttons on this phone would only fail if the entire screen itself becomes unresponsive. The Tribute has a front facing camera, like my fried F3.

    In the newer plans, you can get up to 3 GB of high speed data. The 3 GB is available with the new $55 plan. I'm considering moving back to the $35 plan with 300 minutes of talk time, unlimited text and 2.5 GB of high speed data. Still on the grandfathered $55 one with unlimited everything (which might be cut off soon). The plans were updated at the beginning of October.
  15. Xt51

    Xt51 Android Enthusiast

    You can always get the Samsung galaxy light

    8gb of storage
    Same size screen
    Way more features
    Its $49 at metro right now.
  16. NeoZiggy

    NeoZiggy Android Enthusiast

    I suppose so... if the system is unresponsive a hard button would react the same.

    I'm on the $45 with 1200 minutes, but that has been changed also. I may go back to $35 as well since I am not making as many calls as I was when I first got the phone. Plus GrooveIP Lite (free, unlimited) works good for calls over data or wifi. There's a slight delay but it's not bad.

    I didn't feel the throttle at all... I could still use YouTube and stream radio.
  17. tph88

    tph88 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I made the switch and got a Samsung Galaxy s4 Mini. It costs a bit more than the cheap VM phones - got an unlocked one on Amazon for $250. Switching to StraightTalk. Got that all settled today. The phone is slightly longer than the F3, but a bit thinner and lighter. So far seems OK and a nice phone (used it about 10 minutes :) )

    About to root it, seems like it has a good community here and on xda-developers.

    Just a note, when switching from VM, you need to call VM to get your actual account number (your phone number is not your account number)

    Thanks all!

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