I’m using an Android cellphone P05-GPA2 (http://www.tinydeal.com/google-android-v22-425-wifi-tv-p05-gpa2-p-28578.html) from the our online shop Tinydeal.com, and the following is my review on it. In this article, I suppose my readers know nothing about either the Android operating system or China-made cell phones, so that everyone can understand me.
Let’s start from the appearance. The cellphone is not the exact copy of any brands, but looks a little bit like some HTC or Samsung models. It has a length of 12 centimeters and a 5.8 centimeters. And there is a prop on the back of the phone to make TV and video watching more convenient. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Th1UUyL5s6w)
2.SIM, TF Card, Battery
The cell phone supports dual SIM cards, dual standby and is compatible with 32GB TF card at most. Please have a look at this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tm1QMofp1wM), which shows how the back cover is removed and where the SIM cards, TF card, and battery are placed.
3. Startup, Touch Screen
The startup key is on the top side of the phone. Press it and hold a few seconds, you’ll see the little android shows up. I made two tests about the time length of start-up. I waited 56 seconds and 61 seconds before the SIM was successfully read, respectively.
Then I went to browse the desktop of 39 preinstalled applications (Launcher), and I felt that the touch screen was quite responsive. To be fair, the 4.25-inch screen is not as sensitive as branded Android cell phone’s, yet, you don’t have to press very hard to operate. The screen can respond to my finger nails, so it should be resistive, instead of capacitive. The other way to test the nature of screen is to play Angry Birds — for resistive screen, you cannot expand the field of vision by multi-touch.
By the way, if you think one of the applications is more important than others, you can touch & hold to drag it from the Launcher to the home screen. When it becomes not important, touch & hold it on the home screen to drag it into trash can.
Gmail is not just an email box. It is your identity card in the Android world and essential to the operation of many applications like Market and Latitude. Once you sign in your Gmail on the cellphone, your phone and the account become a bundle, which can be broken by factory data reset.
Market is an open apps platform by Google. There, software developers offer free apps and users download them for only mobile Internet traffic fees. You will find all kinds of apps on Market, such as games, tools, e-books, site terminals, and entertainment contents.
For each app, there is the developer’s description and other users’ comments, which you can mark as helpful, unhelpful, or spam. After installing and using an app, you are allow to rate it and make a comment. Or if you think the app has Inappropriate contents, report it.
6. Aldiko Ebook
One of the preinstalled apps was Aldiko E-book, the most popular e-book reader on Android. The orientation of ebook shifts between the modes of portrait and landscape in line with the rotation of the phone; font size, colors of letters, and margin size are modified in Settings; and you can add book marks. Besides, Aldiko also offers many paid and free e-books for you to download.
7. Maps, Place, Latitude
Maps is a Google positioning app. It tells which street you are in by satellite and mobile Internet. Before using it, you should go to Launcher – Settings – Location & Security and choose Use Wireless Networks. If you want the positioning to be more precise, choose Use GPS Satellites and A-GPS. And WiFi is able to further lift the precision.
On the e-map, you can see where you are and what’s nearby. For details of nearby places, you can click My Location – What’s Nearby to read their information. Of course you can rate, comment on a place, and add it to your contact directory. The app also tells you how to reach a place by foot, bus, and driving.
Places is an app based on Maps to assort nearby places into restaurants, Coffee, Bars, Hotels and so on according to their functions.
Latitude is a location-based Google social networking app that enables you to add friends through email and share your current location with them. In fact, there have been many location-based websites like Foursquare.com.
8. Documents to Go
An Android app named Documents to Go has not been installed on this cellphone, but I think you should install it in case you need it. With Documents to go, you can view and edit Word, PPT, Excel (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgGeM29_ITM) and PDF (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umBOXN7IhmE) documents on your phone.
9. USB, File Transfer
You don’t have to spend a lot of money on Internet traffic for apps downloading from Android Market. In fact, you can download many android apps on your computer, transplant the files to your TF card, and then install them on your phone.
After connecting your phone and your computer with a USB cable, you have to stroke down from the top of the screen to open a notifications menu, where you choose to turn on USB (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dO7XHJHF3U0). When installing a app from your TF card, the system will ask you if you allow install of unknown sources, and your answer should be “yes” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zQiUAt-v9M).
10. Task Killer
Users of Android phones (either branded or unbranded) always complain that the duration of battery is very short. This problem results from an inherent defect of the Android system, that many apps are still running on the background after you close them. And such background processing consume a lot of power.
So please remember to use the Advanced Task Killer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDRThIZF6uI) to shut down apps thoroughly when you are not using them.
Android is so popular partly because it supports so many cost-free games, which you can download either from Market or on your computer.
Talking Tom: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H83lQ36hz6c
Robot Defense: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dw1Lu4WGt70
12.Videos and Mobile TV
A screen as big as 4 inch is certainly for the playing of mobile TV and Videos. P05-GPA2 supports medium-definition videos (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvopCzD0O8w) and analog TV programs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ll_y9IJ0WGQ).
13. Practical Apps
You can make your Android phone not only an entertainment center but also a practical tool. Android developers have offered all practical apps you can imagine, such as location-based news release (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oD1EYl6r-UQ) and weather forecast (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWnrbRMWTXA), Wikipedia (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7TO6LbrAoA), Instant messaging (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDZkVPBaTBM), SNS, etc..
14. Some final Tips
Please note that P05-GPA2 cellphone from Tinydeal.com adopts the Android 2.2 OS, so apps for Android 2.3 and newer versions may not be usable on it. Besides, you can now add USD 1.72 or USD 9.87 to get a car mount (http://www.tinydeal.com/v-pxhh2u-p-39652.html) or Bluetooth headset (http://www.tinydeal.com/v-pxhh2u-p-41271.html) for the cellphone in addition.
Some other videos about the phone:
Backgroud Pictures: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HhP-PhjQWQ
Apps Uninstalling: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMEVBeewSH4