First-time smartphone user has issues with Chinese phone
I had no experience with smart phones but thought it was time. Unwilling to pay a lot or be on contract, I bought an unlocked, rooted Star W550 5.5" Android 4.2.2 phone from China. I had no idea the Android ecosytem was so entirely different from my Windows experience.
One issue is linking to my laptop. I have installed current USB 3.0 drivers for my Acer Aspire laptop but when I plug in the phone, USB Safely Remove shows:
The device has been loaded
Linux File-CD USB Dev...
and no drive shows up in Explorer.
So then I tried installing apps on the laptop with Bluestacks to be moved to the phone. After inserting the phone's SD card into the laptop, I used Bluestacks with ES File Explorer and AppMonster to back up apps and drop them into SD card | Android | data.
When I move the card back to the phone, I see I have to research more about the apps than I remember, since e.g. Maple Player is in com.sqr5.android.audioplayer. Most folders have no apk file but when I find one that does, tapping the apk file gives:
Parse error | There was a problem parsing the package.
I very much appreciate any suggestions.