02-04-2013 12:51 PM
- Hello to the forum members,
I am about to become a new Android Smartphone user with my first smartphone on order from China, a Zopo ZP500+. It is a 4" dual-SIM, dual-core, quad band supporting 2G and 3G in North America, Europe, and Asia. I do have some tablet android experience being a user of an Asus TF-101 transformer tablet.
The phone is coming root'd, which will be a first for me as I chose not to root my tablet.
I anticipate phone delivery in 7 to 10 days.
I am looking forward to receiving my phone and participating in this forum.10-26-2012 07:24 AM
- includes Multi Language OS
- Google Play Store
- deletion of all non-useful Chinese apps
I can't say what the definition of a non-useful Chinese app may be. I don't speak Chinese, so if there is any Chinese language in an app, such an app may not be useful to me.
Given that they call this a 'MOD ROM' it makes me think that if I were to install a custom PROM setting that I would lose the 'root' capability and have to figure out how to 'root' it myself. ... But this is speculation on my part, as it will be at least another week before the phone arrives.10-28-2012 09:59 AM
- DevinatorSūpā Saiya-jin FōRoot basically gives you complete access to your phone. Sorta like sudo in linux. You need to root a phone in order to flash a new ROM to it. But you don't necessarily have to flash a new ROM, you can just have it rooted. Some apps require root to work.
I guess it's just a Chinese phone with a custom ROM on it so someone who isn't Chinese or speaks Chinese can use it.10-28-2012 01:11 PM
- You need to root a phone in order to flash a new ROM to it. But you don't necessarily have to flash a new ROM, you can just have it rooted. Some apps require root to work.
I guess it's just a Chinese phone with a custom ROM on it so someone who isn't Chinese or speaks Chinese can use it.
As to why its on a 'custom ROM' (burned into EEPROM ? ) ... I don't know. Maybe because to do so is the quickest way for the 'yyyyyyyy' to package such custom settings for the phones they sell ?
They also offered to include Tituim backup (with a backup of their mod PROM) for a small fee ($4.99 US) but I declined that offer. In hindsight, perhaps I should have accepted/payed for that 'extra', as I see from my TF101 Transfomer that Tituim Pro costs $4.99 and hence they have no markup there, and that may have saved me time/effort of doing my own backup for a nominal fee.10-28-2012 01:37 PM
I ordered this mobile phone because of this in its specification :Dual sim dual standby, WCDMA/GSM+GSM, (G+ W/G)
2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
3G: WCDMA HSPDA 850/2100 MHz
Data Service: GPRS, HSUPA,HSDPA
Data Rate: HSDPA 7.2Mbps, HSUPA 5.76Mbps
Mobile World Live - Coverage Maps
Hence I believe the phone will work in Canada with mobile service provides that offer 3G with WCDMA/HSPDA @ 850MHz (but not if CDMA).
So the question is, what 3G service do Bell and Telus provide ? Note I live in Europe and not Canada. If you live in Canada this should be easier for you to determine than it is for me here in Europe.10-28-2012 02:00 PM
- Bell Mobility Inc. (Bell Mobility) 3G 850/1900
- Bell Mobility Inc. (Bell shared with TELUS & SaskTel) 3G 850/1900
- Rogers Wireless Inc (Rogers Wireless) 3G 850/1900
- SaskTel 3G 850/1900
- SaskTel (SaskTel shared with Bell & TELUS) 3G 850/1900
- TELUS Communications Company (TELUS Communications) 3G 850/1900
- TELUS Communications Company (TELUS shared with Bell & SaskTel) 3G 850/1900
Where I note for Bell, Telus, and Rogers there is coverage at 850 MHz for 3G which this phone supports.
My assessment is that looks promising, but I do not know the coverage area. I also note this is my first Android Smartphone, so I am far from being knowledgeable in this. I just read the specifications and do my best to interpret them, ... and also try to learn from relevant experience of others (where I note a Canadian and a US user have reported success with this phone with 3G).10-28-2012 02:34 PM
- 10-28-2012 02:40 PM
- There is a good thread here that discusses the 3G frequency 850MHz and/or 1900 MHz aspects of North America : UMTS 850 in Americas and as as near I can determine it all boils down to what mobile phone service is in one's area, and what company is providing the service. Hence this is an excellent site to help investigate this: Mobile World Live - Coverage Maps although I think this is not the entire story and I believe that one also needs to determine if there is UTMS/WCDMA or CDMA being offered (as they are different).10-29-2012 12:23 PM
- There is a good thread here that discusses the 3G frequency 850MHz and/or 1900 MHz aspects of North America : UMTS 850 in Americas and as as near I can determine it all boils down to what mobile phone service is in one's area, and what company is providing the service. Hence this is an excellent site to help investigate this: Mobile World Live - Coverage Maps although I think this is not the entire story and I believe that one also needs to determine if there is UTMS/WCDMA or CDMA being offered (as they are different).10-31-2012 04:54 PM
- My ZOPO ZP500+ smartphone arrived last week. This is my first smartphone, so it will be a while before I can say much. The basic smartphone comes with:
- ZP500+ phone
- wall electric charger (with US electric plug connector)
- small US -> Euro plug connector adapter
- USB cable for phone/charger
- 1300mA battery
- very small manual in Chinese (no english manual)
I purchased more than just the phone, and the complete package that I purchased was:
- ZP500+ smartphone package (see above)
- extra desk charger
- extra car charger
- screen cover
- leather case
- extra 3rd party 2000mA battery
- Etotalk MOD ROM (which roots the phone, removes unnecessary chinese apps, installs multilanguage OS, and installs google play.
The ZP500+ per the zopomoble website is a dual SIM, dual Core (MTK6577 ARMv7 Cortex-A9 Dual-core 1.0GHz), Quad Band (see above post for frequencies), Dual Camera phone. Dual camera means 5Mpixel back camera and 0.3 MPixel fronta camera. The phone has 512MB RAM and 4GB ROM. In addition to the dual SIM, the Etotalk site note it has a G-sensor, P-Sensor, L-Sensor, FM radio, Wifi, GPS, Multi-touch, Schedule Power on/off ... I can not say much about all of that yet.
As noted, this is my first Android Smartphone, so my views are those of a beginner. I do have an Android Tablet which helps. Last week (before phone delivery) I looked at some Internet Android tutorials which helped. I also last week read up on some unofficial user guides on the phone which helped. The manual was in Chinese which did not help - but I expected that given I am buying the phone from China.
I inserted a 32-GB microSD card (class-10) that I had purchased separately. I also inserted two SIM cards , one into each of the SIM card slots, which are clearly labeled slot-1 and slot-2 on the phone.
The phone powered up in the German Language. Given I live in Germany that is not too surprising, but I had asked them to put English as the default in the phone, and they did not do that, so that was a minor and very brief puzzlement. My wife speaks/reads German, so she was able to quickly set the phone back to English. Once in English, it was a simple matter for myself (as an Android tablet user) to setup the phone's wifi functionality to use our house wireless.
On the 1st use of the phone 'voice' function (calling someone) the phone screen went black and was totally unusable and non-responsive. Fortunately I had read on the Internet that could happen, and I applied a calibration to the proximity sensor (in settings under display) per the zopomobile guide here on youtube:
After that the phone worked great for phone calls. The mic was reasonable, which was a pleasant experience, as I had read reviews stating this phone had a horrible mic. I installed Skype and was most impressed with the Video functionality of the phone for Skype video chats.
I also installed AirDroid (for easy transfer of files back/forth to the phone) , installed a local bus/tram schedule program, and MXPlayer (so I could play more videos). And finally I configured the phone to pick up my email from a couple of my email accounts.
I see the phone has a backup function in Android. But I also note Titanium backup for ROM and data is popular and not expensive.
If anyone has a recommendation as to the best backup app, I would be curious/interested to learn.
Thus far it has been an enjoyable experience with this new phone.11-11-2012 12:38 AM
I read somewhere that "Wondershare MobileGO" will allow one to backup on their computer, while Titanium will backup on one's smartphone's SD external card. Do I have that correct ? And if so, what are the merits of each approach ? [I have a 32-GB SD card in my ZOPO ZP500+ so I do have a lot of unused space on that SD card].11-11-2012 01:39 PM
- I am not 100% sure myself, I know Wondershare does it on the pc. Which is handy because you do get all your pics/aps/settings etc placed onto your pc. I found with wondershare even though my phone screen broke i could text as it has as you can access your messages while its plugged into the pc. I am not too sure but maybe you can reboot from an sd card like pc's do with cd's. God knows I am not the best with this stuff too, I use wondershare just for the texting part.11-11-2012 04:59 PM
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