jshenry1963 wrote:So, anyone have any good comments on which one they chose, and how well it worked for them?
Also, from Net10, I would like to know if I can load my own written apps into the phones? or if I can download others than just getjar or play.google apps.
I don't really want to spend more than $150 for the phone itself, so, that probably knocks out a couple of the LG Optimus's.
Other brands than LG that I should really consider in my area? (East TN).
Thanks in advance,
My name is Mike and hopefully I can give you a little insight.
I currently own 4 Net10 phones - 3 LGs (Optimus Net, 900G [QWERTY] and 800G) and a Samsung (T401G - [slide-out QWERTY]). I went from one phone to the next in an effort to find one I
could text with!
As far as the phones go:
One you're considering, the 800G is the only one I currently have active for my cell phone service with Net10. It's a GSM phone which means you'll only get 2G speed. The processor is a bit slow. Games that I play on the 800G take longer to load than on the 900G and play slower. It has limitations as far as how many JAVA apps can be run even from a Micro SD card - I got a "Maximum JAVA" message after downloading a bunch of apps and games from umnet.com to the SD card and reinstalling the card in the phone. I don't know exactly how much the phone can handle. It cannot handle anything larger than a 4 GB Micro SD card. If you put anything larger than that in the phone, a red "X" will show up on the SD card icon in the information area at the top of the screen. If you have files on that larger card, you can read them. But you won't be able to write to the card. You could, however, develop JAVA apps for it - I'll get to that later.
Another one you're considering, the Optimus Net is a very capable "entry-level" Android phone. The only
reason it's not my active Net10 phone (instead of the 800G) is I cannot keep up with the 30 day time frame that's imposed by Net10's $50/month unlimited service plan. It's the only plan available for their Android phones.
The Optimus Net has an ARM6 processor running at 800 MHz, 213 MB of internal storage and 420 MB RAM. It supports up to a 32 GB Micro SD card. You can develop Android apps/games for it or JAVA apps/games.
You mention GPS - the Optimus Net has that and it can be configured to run off the GPS satellites. There's also turn-by-turn with voice available (the voice that's used though is difficult to comprehend as there's a HEAVY Carribean accent).
You mention wifi - My Optimus Net has wifi turned on at all times because I access the internet frequently with the phone. It, of course, can be turned off but then some of the apps I have running require full internet access as well.
3G - you can't turn that off. It's how the phone accesses phone/data service through the Sprint network. I had, at times, had signal issues with the phone (it would drop to 1x or even disappear altogether - but, I'm not sure if that was the phone or the carrier). If I rebooted the phone, the 3G signal would come back.
Bluetooth - I only used that once to see if I could pair the phone up with my other bluetooth enabled phones.
Games/apps - Getjar and Google's app store aren't the only places to get them. There's umnet.com, mobyware.net and java-mobiles.net to name a few.
Now for the "juicy" part - JAVA!
LG has a developer network from which you can get the SDK for their phones. You'll have to sign up with the LG Developer Network at the following site:http://developer.lgmobile.com
You'll then be able to download the entire LG developer kit, tutorials and samples. Since you're a program developer, you should have no problem.
Android - there's also an SDK for Android available from the following site:http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html
Again, you'll have to sign up but the SDK goes all the way up to Android 4.0. I downloaded the entire set to my computer. There are a number of updates you'll go through in the process of downloading everything, so be prepared to spend some time. The total package is also quite large (over 6 GB). There are a number of tutorials and samples as well with the package.
If you go with either LG phone, I recommend the programs you may develop be put on and run from the SD card.
Hope this gives you a leg up on your journey.