Honor 7

The latest from Huawei's Honor brand boasts phenomenal value — but with a few familiar caveats ...

The quick take

Through a mix of solid hardware — in terms of performance as well as build quality — the Honor 7 finds its way into the fast-growing category of really-good-and-extremely-affordable Android phones. At a functional level, it does just about everything really well, and it packages that functionality in the kind of impressive metal chassis we've come to expect from Huawei. But just as Huawei is a strength for Honor, it's also a weakness. For some buyers, particularly Android purists, the company's highly customized EMUI software will be the biggest reason not to buy.

The good

  • Solid build quality and easy one-handed use
  • Fingerprint scanner works well
  • Speedy, lag-free performance
  • Bright, punchy display and impressive speaker
  • Excellent value for money

The bad

  • Huawei's EMUI software is overbearing as ever
  • Many software issues from the P8 left unaddressed
  • Camera hit and miss in low light
Width Height Thickness
5.64 in
143.2mm
2.83 in
71.9mm
0.33 in
8.5mm
  • Display:
    • 5.2-inch Full HD
    • LCD Display
    • 1920x1080 resolution (435ppi)
  • Camera:
    • 20.7MP, ƒ/2.0 lens
    • 5MP front-facing camera
  • Battery:
    • 3100mAh capacity
    • Quick Charging
  • Chips:
    • Octa-core Huawei Kirin 935 processor
    • 4x2.2GHz A53e cores + 4x1.5GHz A53 cores
    • 3GB RAM
    • 16GB internal storage
    • microSD slot (also second SIM slot)

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About this review

We're publishing this review after a week using a European-spec Honor 7 (PLK-L01) in the UK. Most of the time we used our review device on Vodafone UK, in areas with decent LTE and HSPA coverage and a 64GB Samsung microSD card fitted. To test the phone's dual-SIM capabilities, we used it with an EE SIM alongside the Vodafone SIM.

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Familiar, Sturdy, Dependable

Honor 7 Hardware

If you know your Huawei phones, the look and feel of the Honor 7 is pretty easy to sum up. It's basically a cross between the Mate 7 — last year's Huawei "phablet" device — and the company's current high-end offering, the P8. Although Honor is its own distinct brand in the UK, the Huawei design traits are clear to see. There's a largely untouched front face, save for the usual earpiece, camera and sensors, while the back panel serves as a reminder of Huawei's high-end phones, with a curved aluminum surface and eye-catching chamfers.

Veterans of the Honor series will find a device closer to the Honor 6 than the larger (and beefier) 6 Plus. The LCD gets a modest bump up to 5.2 inches with the same 1080p resolution, while modest hardware upgrades from the Honor 6 can be found in other areas.

This is basically the offspring of a Mate 7 and a P8.

The Honor 7 runs Huawei's homegrown 64-bit Kirin 935 CPU, an octa-core chip packing four higher-clocked "A53e" cores at up to 2.2GHz and four lower-power A53 cores at 1.5GHz. If you're keeping score here, that's basically the same as the Kirin 930 powering the Huawei P8, only at higher clock speeds. And it's paired with an ARM Mali-T624 GPU and a roomy 3GB of RAM. Elsewhere, the battery capacity stays at an ample 3,100mAh, while the front and rear cameras earn upgrades to 8 and 20 megapixels respectively. (The front camera's also grown an LED flash for low-light duckfacing.)

There's an even more significant addition around the back. The Honor 7 features a touch-activated fingerprint sensor with a few neat tricks to offer. As well as biometric security — no need to unlock first, by the way, as touching the sensor will activate it even when the phone is off — you can swipe down to open the notification shade, or up to view recent apps. The notification shortcut in particular is ridiculously useful — even on a relatively small phone like the Honor 7, reaching up to the notification shade can be troublesome, and the swipe shortcut replaces this awkward finger-gymnastics with one easy gesture. We really hope everyone working on a fingerprint-scanning phone steals this feature.

Honor 7 swipe

The new fingerprint sensor enables a couple of ridiculously useful software shortcuts.

And like just about everything else in Huawei's EMUI, these extra functions are configurable in the menus. There's also a "smart" button on the left edge, which can be programmed to load up different apps or perform various tasks on a single, double or long press. All genuinely useful stuff, though it's easy to accidentally press the "smart" button along with the power button when picking the phone up.

The Honor 7's display matches that of the P8 on paper, and we found it to be equally bright and vibrant as well. (And, anecdotally, perhaps a bit easier to see in direct sunlight.) There doesn't seem to be anything too crazy going on with contrast enhancement, though Huawei has implemented a brightness-limiting feature that adjusts the backlight brightness depending on the brightness of the image being shown.

Despite the presence of two grills, there's just a single loudspeaker to be found, located to the left of the microUSB port. Smartphone speakers are still really hit-and-miss, but the Honor 7's impressed us, and like the P8 it offers surprising volume, bass and clarity from a relatively small cutout.

In the hand, the Honor 7 feels sturdy yet classy. The top and bottom sections are plastic to allow those all-important radio waves in and out, but the main contact points are along the metal sides and back, so this isn't especially noticeable. The same goes for the slim plastic border between screen and body — which should protect the phone from knocks and scrapes as well.

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Like most Huawei phones these days, the Honor 7 nails the fundamentals.

Conventional wisdom suggests that a 5.2-inch screen is about the limit for comfortable one-handed use, and this holds true for the Honor 7. There's no in-hand slippage due to the metal body, and the combination of this screen size and the angular metal design makes the Honor 7 easy to one-hand. While it's not spectacularly thin or light, it feels solid and dependable — arguably more so than a lot of more expensive phones.

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Dual-SIM connectivity is the other big trick up the Honor 7's sleeve. The SIM tray has two slots — a primary nanoSIM slot, and a secondary slot that can hold either a second nanoSIM or a microSD card. In a country like the UK, where users aren't generally hopping between two coverage areas, dual-SIM support isn't especially useful. But it is an added bonus for frequent travelers, and doubling it up with the microSD slot means it's not wasted if you're just using one network.

As for internal storage, you're limited to 16 gigabytes, which is the bare minimum of what we'd consider acceptable from any smartphone in 2015. You'll have 10GB and change left over for your own stuff, though the SD slot may alleviate some of your storage woes.

Other hardware notables? There's a top-mounted IR blaster that works with the built-in "Smart Controller" app, allowing you to control just about anything with an IR receiver. And quick charging support is included, though we're told the bundled charger won't be quick-charge compatible. While we couldn't confirm that the phone was definitely charging at higher voltages on our Motorola Turbo Charger, it seemed to reach peak capacity pretty quickly.

Honor 7 apps

Familiar caveats

Honor 7 Software

The Honor 7 runs Huawei's EMUI 3.1 software atop Android 5.0. And if you've read our P8 review you'll know what to expect here — a heavily-skinned version of Android with a highly-customized look, a few pet hates, and system that feels at odds with Google's vision of the OS.

Though most of the things that were straight-up broken about the P8's initial firmware have been fixed, many visual and functional annoyances remain.

EMUI continues to be afflicted by visual and functional annoyances.

Aesthetically, there's a lot to like. The UI is built around circles, lines and rounded icons, with accent colors from your chosen wallpaper being included in Huawei's built-in apps. Everything, including app icons, is heavily themeable, and the library of themes has been expanded upon since the days of the P8, including some that now actually look pretty good.

The entire theming system still feels overbearing, though, and because not all the themes are up to date with the latest app icons, the experience is somewhat disjointed too. It's one of many areas of the software where we wish Huawei would have just left things alone.

Honor 7 apps

Others include the notification system, which duplicates notifications from some apps, including Gmail, and only shows notifications on the lock screen if you're using a certain lock screen style. If you're used to the relatively light touch of Samsung, HTC or LG, these changes may well be maddening. If not, then they are what they are: Different, and not necessarily for the better. In particular, Huawei's approach to "protected apps" — apps with permission to run when the screen is off — and constant notification area nags about apps using power in the background, add unnecessary mental overhead.

When it comes to overall performance and the visual cohesiveness of Huawei's own apps, there's not much to complain about. While it might not gel with Google's vision of the OS, it's clean, sharp and undeniably iOS-influenced.

You also can't fault EMUI's expansive feature set, which is surprisingly light on cruft and surprisingly heavy on genuinely useful stuff, like programmable shortcut buttons, voice-activated wake-up functionality and a wide array of camera features. But we'd still like to see a comprehensive overhaul of Huawei's software for EMUI 4.0, and hopefully see this highly customized layout replaced with something closer to vanilla Android.

We've got a more in-depth look at EMUI 3.1 in our P8 review, so check that out for more of the good, the bad and the confusing from Huawei's take on Android.

Honor 7 camera

Competent, if not spectacular

Honor 7 Camera

As smartphone hardware becomes more commoditized, imaging is one of the few areas left where traditional flagship phones have an edge. Even so, we're starting to see some impressive photographic capabilities from less expensive handsets, including Huawei's own Honor 6 Plus with its wacky dual-camera setup.

The Honor 7 opts for a traditional front and rear camera arrangement, however. There's a 20-megapixel shooter around the back, behind an f/2.0 lens with dual-tone LED flash, while the front-facer gets bumped up to 8 megapixels and is joined by a single LED of its own.

This is no Galaxy S6-beater, but it is capable across the board, and occasionally very impressive.

When you're selling a phone around the £250 price point, however, there are some trade-offs to be made. The biggest of these is the lack of optical image stabilization, which is the main reason the Honor 7 can't match the clarity of phones twice its price in low-light conditions. (And that's not unexpected, honestly.)

There is a "super night" shooting mode that combines a series of longer exposures, though this is largely useless without a tripod. We've also noticed an unfortunate tendency for the Honor 7 to miss focus in darker conditions, resulting in shots that are both blurry and grainy.

As for pics in good to moderately-lit conditions, the Honor 7 is a reliable performer across the board. Auto HDR mode dutifully kicks in to prevent washed-out skies and underexposed landscapes, keeping everything evenly lit. Overall, we have no real complaints when it comes to image quality — plenty of detail is captured thanks to the high-resolution sensor, and colors are generally accurate, if somewhat desaturated compared to the likes of the GS6 and G4.

Honor 7 camera options

Huawei's camera app also presents a bunch of useful features, including a dedicated light painting mode like the P8's, where longer exposures are used to create artistic light trail effects. You'll want to use a tripod with this feature though, as the lack of OIS makes it almost impossible to get steady, longer exposures with the phone in-hand.

As for the front camera, it's comparable with what you'd get from the current Android flagships, complete with beautification modes to either enhance your features, or make you look like a terrifying live waxwork version of yourself. There's also a front-facing LED for when the lights are low and fun things are happening, which, given the proximity to your face, takes a little getting used to.

So that's the Honor 7 camera experience — competent, capable, but not quite a match for the current flagships, or, we'd argue, the Honor 6 Plus's insane low-light capabilities. Everything about this phone needs to be considered in the context of its price, though, and with that in mind you're getting a pretty solid imaging setup for your money.

All that juice

Honor 7 Battery Life

By the numbers alone, a 3,100mAh battery should be able to provide more than enough juice for a phone like the Honor 7. The manufacturer claims heavy users will comfortable get more than a day (1.2 days, in fact) out of the phone's fixed battery, with lighter use getting you up to two days per charge.

One day with ease, or two at a squeeze.

And our experiences with the phone track pretty closely to that. Throughout more than a week of testing the Honor 7 never died on us before the day's end, even with extensive use on LTE, and with two SIMs inserted. On lighter days, which were mostly limited to Wifi usage indoors, we easily reached the evening with 50 percent or more remaining. In terms of screen-on time, we're looking at anywhere between 3.5 to 5 hours, depending on usage.

Honor 7

A word of warning on some of the battery charts displayed here: The firmware version we're using doesn't seem to display awake time and mobile network reception properly, so take both with a pinch of salt.

For all practical purposes, though, you'll simply won't need to worry about battery life if you're used to a regular nightly charging pattern. That's still not true of all high-end phones, so Huawei deserves credit where it's due.

As for charging, the Honor 7 supports quick charging — a welcome addition given the battery size — although Qualcomm's standard isn't specifically mentioned by the manufacturer. That said, Quick Charge 2.0 doesn't necessarily require a Qualcomm CPU, and as previously mentioned we've found the phone charges fast enough using a Motorola Turbo Charger.

Honor 7

A worthy contender?

Honor 7: The Bottom Line

The Honor 7's impressive array of hardware and highly competitive price point makes it worthy of your attention, and perhaps your money too. As usual, Huawei gets the hardware side of the equation right — the Honor 7 is a well-built, premium handset and a quick performer, camera capabilities that stand out in the mid-range space. EMUI, despite its flaws, adds genuinely useful capabilities, and has a coherent look throughout, even when themed.

The brand is different, but the hardware and software remains the same.

But we think it's time for an overhaul of Huawei's software experience. From the confusing notification and background app management system to the overbearing way in which EMUI takes over icons and status bar colors, there's plenty here to irritate Android purists. If that's you, that could be a reason not to buy.

Ultimately, as much as Honor is a distinct brand in its own right, its handsets' triumphs and foibles run in parallel with the parent company's. You're still getting a Huawei phone through-and-through, with all the benefits and annoyances that brings.

Should you buy the Honor 7? Maybe

We keep saying this over and over, and we'll have to do so again here: Huawei makes great hardware — really great hardware. But software continues to be a glaring weak point. For that reason we can't recommend the Honor 7 unreservedly, but it is worthy of your consideration if you're shopping around for a capable new mid-range handset. But the Honor 7 has tons of competition from countless rivals, and you'd be wise to take a look at the hardware-software balance from the likes of Alcatel, Motorola and ASUS before parting with your cash.

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    How long should the "download mode" last?
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    It's you are flashing the cwm recovery, the flash itself takes less than 20 seconds. But it will remain in download mode until you disconnect the phone and pull out the battery. It won't leave download mode on its own.
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    What am i missing. I don't see the recovery.tar file
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    What am i missing. I don't see the recovery.tar file
    Where are you looking for it. It is supposed to be downloaded to your computer. Not your phone.

    The link name is:
    recovery-clockwork-touch
    The file name is:
    Recovery.tar.md5 is the file name.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skunkape60 View Post
    Where are you looking for it. It is supposed to be downloaded to your computer. Not your phone.

    The link name is:
    recovery-clockwork-touch
    The file name is:
    Recovery.tar.md5 is the file name.
    I thought that file was in the Odin folder.

    The recovery-clockwork- Touch-6.0.1.4 link isn't working. is there another download location?

    i do have a recovery.img file
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    Quote Originally Posted by spartanrob1 View Post
    I thought that file was in the Odin folder.

    The recovery-clockwork- Touch-6.0.1.4 link isn't working. is there another download location?

    i do have a recovery.img file
    You have recovery.img because you unzipped the tar file. Do not unzip the tar file.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skunkape60 View Post
    You have recovery.img because you unzipped the tar file. Do not unzip the tar file.
    Sorry for my stupidity, but I never had a tar file. I do have a 'recovery-clockwork-touch-6.0.1.4-d2att.img' file. The link to the recovery file in the first post isn't working so i got this somewhere else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spartanrob1 View Post
    Sorry for my stupidity, but I never had a tar file. I do have a 'recovery-clockwork-touch-6.0.1.4-d2att.img' file. The link to the recovery file in the first post isn't working so i got this somewhere else.
    The link is working for me. I just downloaded it.
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    Thanks (and sorry) got it to work on a different browser.

    I'm successfully Rooted. Thank you !
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    Quote Originally Posted by spartanrob1 View Post
    Thanks (and sorry) got it to work on a different browser.

    I'm successfully Rooted. Thank you !
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    Will this work if my phone is encrypted? My company encrypts our phones and I don't think I am able to decrypt it.

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    While I really don't know the answer to this, most companies do not allow their phones to be rooted. I will see if I can find your answer. Check back later after I've had a little time to look and ask.
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    All set thanks. I had to remove my account (exchange). This enabled me to decrypt my phone to where I did not have to enter a password to boot the phone. I then did a factory reset to remove the rest of the encryption.

    The phone is mine, my company pushes a GPO once you set up email to sync with Exchange.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rborelli View Post
    All set thanks. I had to remove my account (exchange). This enabled me to decrypt my phone to where I did not have to enter a password to boot the phone. I then did a factory reset to remove the rest of the encryption.

    The phone is mine, my company pushes a GPO once you set up email to sync with Exchange.

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    I just went through the step-by-step process and it worked great! took about 5 minutes. I can't thank you enough for this guide. I'm not sure if you share it on other sites but I have been looking for a root guide for a while and this is by far the best!! thanks again.

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    Thanks for the kind words. I do have it posted on the team venum website as well. I was thinking of putting it on xda but they already have the same method posted there but just not put together the same.
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    1st i would like thanks for your hard work . Getting tired of damn iphone i just switch to at&t S3 so far love this baby. My S3 ship unde base band I747UCLH9 can i use this tutor to root my S3 . The reason i ask cause i read some thread mention the old base band only
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    Hiya Skunkape60,

    RE: 3 WEEK OLD NOOB, moving closer to jumping-off the edge . . .

    I've only had Android for 3 weeks, but just wanted to thank you in advance for all the great work you've put into these clear & concise rooting (and un-rooting) method guide(s)that after reading thru them a few timeshave helped me to reach a decision to root. It's also encouraging & comforting to see that you're so helpful and present with following thru and keeping links updated with latest versions/files. I hope this forum and it's member's send you the degree of thanks & appreciation, Skunkape60, that you so clearly deserve.

    Just want to read some more... and try to figure-out which ROM ... for a few more days. I guess I'm mostly pretty happy with the stock AT&T TW UI, just as it is now.

    . . btw, this somewhat gives me the same feeling and reminds me of the first time I jumped off a mountain with my new 18' delta-wing hang glider.

    . . and, of course this post wouldn't be complete without a Total Noobish question:
    How is a noob... supposed to figure-out which custom ROM to flash? The saying there's practically as many custom ROMs as there are android devices sure seems to ring very true!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tigertle View Post
    1st i would like thanks for your hard work . Getting tired of damn iphone i just switch to at&t S3 so far love this baby. My S3 ship unde base band I747UCLH9 can i use this tutor to root my S3 . The reason i ask cause i read some thread mention the old base band only
    Yes this method will work on your AT&T phone regardless of what android version you are on. This root method does not touch the baseband. all you are doing is flashing a custom recovery and installing superuser and busybox. Both are really just apps that have to be installed in the system apps folder. Nothing more and nothing less.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fr3GStoGS3 View Post
    Hiya Skunkape60,

    RE: 3 WEEK OLD NOOB, moving closer to jumping-off the edge . . .

    I've only had Android for 3 weeks, but just wanted to thank you in advance for all the great work you've put into these clear & concise rooting (and un-rooting) method guide(s)that after reading thru them a few timeshave helped me to reach a decision to root. It's also encouraging & comforting to see that you're so helpful and present with following thru and keeping links updated with latest versions/files. I hope this forum and it's member's send you the degree of thanks & appreciation, Skunkape60, that you so clearly deserve.

    Just want to read some more... and try to figure-out which ROM ... for a few more days. I guess I'm mostly pretty happy with the stock AT&T TW UI, just as it is now.

    . . btw, this somewhat gives me the same feeling and reminds me of the first time I jumped off a mountain with my new 18' delta-wing hang glider.

    . . and, of course this post wouldn't be complete without a Total Noobish question:
    How is a noob... supposed to figure-out which custom ROM to flash? The saying there's practically as many custom ROMs as there are android devices sure seems to ring very true!
    That is a good question. But being a nube, I would stick to trying the TW roms first. When you feel more comfortable you can start flashing the CM and ASOP roms. Here is another guide for you to read. I hope it helps.I made it for the sprint guys but it works the exact same for the AT&T version. One thing I would like to stress. DO NOT FLASH A ROM NOT MADE FOR THE AT&T GS3!!

    How To Flash In Custom Recovery
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skunkape60 View Post
    That is a good question. But being a nube, I would stick to trying the TW roms first. When you feel more comfortable you can start flashing the CM and ASOP roms. Here is another guide for you to read. I hope it helps.I made it for the sprint guys but it works the exact same for the AT&T version. One thing I would like to stress. DO NOT FLASH A ROM NOT MADE FOR THE AT&T GS3!!

    How To Flash In Custom Recovery
    Thanks for that, Skunkape60. :-) Yes, I would never think of flashing anything not specifically for at&t gs3. ;-)
    Just curious, what do you think of the current SuperOneClick and Revo methods? I don't know anything about them, but whilst browsing at barnes & noble the other night I noticed they both get noted quite a bit as examples in various android magazines; are they mainly popular, globally, no matter the carrier?

    Notwithstanding, I'm going with your method(s), and I'm looking forward to the additional reading material, so thanks again.
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    Do i need to unzip the file Team Epic. When i select ext SD it display E:fail to mount /SD card.thx . Do i need start over again to install recovery. Thanks
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    Do i need to unzip the file Team Epic. When i select ext SD it display E:fail to mount /SD card.thx . Do i need start over again to install recovery. Thanks
    Files flashed in recovery should always remain zipped. Your problem is your sd card is formatted as exfat file system and recovery doesn't read exfat. Therefore it can't mount your sdcard. You have 2 choices

    1. Reformat your external sdcard with fat32 file system and start from scratch. Be sure to back everything up as this will delete everything on your card.

    2. Move team epic root from recovery from your external sdcard to your internal sdcard and start the whole process from scratch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skunkape60 View Post
    Files flashed in recovery should always remain zipped. Your problem is your sd card is formatted as exfat file system and recovery doesn't read exfat. Therefore it can't mount your sdcard. You have 2 choices

    1. Reformat your external sdcard with fat32 file system and start from scratch. Be sure to back everything up as this will delete everything on your card.

    2. Move team epic root from recovery from your external sdcard to your internal sdcard and start the whole process from scratch.
    Thanks for the quick reply one more thing my SD is 64 meg will it read on the recovery mode. If i place the file to intenal card what folder should i place or just at main dir.
    I try to remove the SD card and place the file on the down load folder push to recovery mode what function should i select i select the one on the bottom menu but it did not see either.
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    Thanks for the quick reply one more thing my SD is 64 meg will it read on the recovery mode. If i place the file to intenal card what folder should i place or just at main dir.
    I try to remove the SD card and place the file on the down load folder push to recovery mode what function should i select i select the one on the bottom menu but it did not see either.
    1. Yes you can put team epic zip in the main directory of the internal card. The easiest way to do this is to start your phone and let it boot. Go to where it is on the ext sdcard and copy and paste it to the internal sd card. Once done, shut down phone and remove the battery cover from the phone.

    In Odin and uncheck auto reboot. Check the pda box and click on the pds button. Browse to where you put the recovery tar file. Odin will check the md5 and when finished it will show up in the box to the right of pda. When all of this is finished.

    Put your phone in download mode by pressing and holding volume down, power and home buttons simultaneously. The phone will go to a warning. Release all 3 buttons and then press volume up. Now you're in download mode.

    Plug your phone into your computer using you usb cable. When you see com and a number in the com box, Odin has recognized you phone and you can press start.

    When finished (it shouldn't take more than 10-15 seconds) remove your battery and unplug your phone.

    Reinstall your battery and go into recovery mode. Volume UP, power and home simultaneously. Release as soon as you see the word Samsung on your screen. If you are you later and you phone boots all the way and doesn't go into recovery you will have to start over.

    In recovery select install zip, then choose zip from internal or external sdcsrd. Find team epic and choose it. When done you will be able to restart your phone.
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