Now, don't get me wrong. This phone is old and slow. It connects to the internet at 1x speed. It takes 5 minutes for it to fully restart. It has 96mb of app storage (doesn't allow you to move apps to the card). Not to mention, no WiFi.
So the challenge before me was great. Circumstances beyond my control had forced me into this phone and now it was time to deal.
There were several things I liked about the phone. It did e-mail well. It could get on the internet and could be customized up to a point. So, this is how I was able to live with a phone that most consider past its prime.
The very first thing I did was replace the browser with Opera Mini. It displays web pages much more accurately than the built-in browser. I added Gigastrand and Linux4Everyone to the speed dial page (of course). Then I added m.google.com, m.ebay.com, m.paypal.com, m.keloland.com, m.twitter.com, and m.facebook.com. Now, without installing any additional apps on the phone itself, I have access to al of the following apps:
- Google search
- Google Docs (Drive)
- Google Maps
- Voice Search
- Accuweather (came with Opera)
- Keloland (Local news, weather, sports)
So I installed the following apps.
- My Verizon
- Backup assistant
- Battery Watch
- Google Voice
- Scan Life (barcode Scanner)
- YP Mobile
- Google Maps
- Tunein Radio
Everything else was either already on the phone or stuff I didn't use.
Some of the things that I wish I could do:
- Square or Paypal here
- Siri-type app (Vlingo did not work)
- Some network tools
I downloaded the Gigastrand Wallpaper (the white one) and set it to the home screen picture then I had a phone I could live with that did about 90% of what my Android could do. No, not as well but it can do it.