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About Shahmatt

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  • Your Current Device(s) Jiayu G2 (6577), OSF, E51

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  1. Shahmatt added a post in a topic [DEV][ROM] [25.1] CyanogenMod 11.0 (Android 4.4.4)   

    Hey there guys.
    After my last Chinese phone died on me catastrophically due to it a busted power circuit I was left high and dry with absolutely no communication device.
    I eventually got a Xiaomi Redmi Note in double quick time. But the bad previous experience made me realize I have absolutely no backup phone.
    So I searched around and found my old Blade. Switched it on and it started just fine, plus the screen looks pretty darn good for such an ancient device. Unfortunately the digitizer had completely died on me and it was non-responsive to touch.
    So I purchased a digitizer off ebay and installed it today. And the phone works! YAY!
    So it seems that the last ROM I had on this baby was Swedish Snow RLS7 (Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread). I believe it was developed by Konstat.
    So this phone is going to be my backup. I'll keep it running as an alarm clock and hour chime and such, for the occasional fiddling around, and maybe a baby music box (for ol' baby kidson). But if I want to upgrade ROMs is this the one to go for? And if so can I flash it using CyanogenMod in the old fashioned way? Or do I need to check partitions n such?
    Advice much appreciated. The Blade was truly a revolutionary device.
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  2. Shahmatt added a topic in Android General Discussion   

    Can I use the empty SIM card slot on my dual SIM phone for other purposes?
    I have the Xiaomi Redmi Note Dual SIM phone. For the time being, as I'm not traveling, I've got just the one SIM card slot active. The other SIM slot's just lying there empty and unused.
    I wondered if it was possible to make use of it for some other purpose. Are there SIM cards out there that can do other specific stuff: e.g - act as a NFC transmitter/receiver unit or something similar?
    Just a question that popped in my head. Probably a dead end. But thought I'd throw it out there anyway.
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  3. Shahmatt added a post in a topic My G2 has hardware problems. What phone should I get now?   

    I'm really impressed with this phone people. Compared to the G2 it's a true upgrade. But of course it costs a lot more too but I've come to realize the additional numbers are justifiable. Lighter and thinner body, better outer finish, great software, fabulous screen that is far superior to the G2, hardware (GPS, microphone etc.) that work very well, absolutely superb battery life - I can't even run my phone down 50% in one day, this despite the battery being the same size as the G2. Also there seems to be great audio hardware in the phone - my music sounds ever so much nicer and clearer.
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  4. Shahmatt added a post in a topic My G2 has hardware problems. What phone should I get now?   

    Thanks. It came with MIUI V5. I do not know what changes there have been over previous MIUI versions. But it seems a well integrated ROM. And yes, everything seems to work just fine.

    On average I'm using up about 50% of battery life per day. Will have to see if this continues.
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  5. Shahmatt added a post in a topic My G2 has hardware problems. What phone should I get now?   

    Actually I'd already installed the Lewa custom ROM. It improved the phone quite a bit. Software wise Jiayu remains good.

    The trouble is that the Jiayu seems to have cut corners in other components. The stuff that nobody cares too much about and assume will just work fine, or the stuff that don't really show up on the specs sheet. I mean, for example in my case, the microphone and GPS antenna. It seems to me that they've picked these components from the bottom of the bucket in order to keep the phone cost low. You may get a fast processor, big battery, great RAM, sharp screen etc., but if the GPS doesn't work properly a part of the modern smart phone experience is lost. If the microphone is weak you can't use the phone as a phone, and so on. Perhaps others have earpiece problems. The problem with picking out low quality components is that you have to be lucky.

    Anyway I bought the Xiaomi 2A. Took the gamble without reading any reviews. I got it in about 1 week with fast shipping. Cost me around 290USD$ all included.

    The phone software is all MIUI. It doesn't come installed with gapps etc. but the community forums were helpful.

    GPS works! The microphone is clear. The screen looks better than the G2. The battery life is good. My only niggle is that MIUI seems to take up a lot of RAM (I only have 200MB free to start), but perhaps this has to do with some of those Chinese apps which maybe can be deleted.
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  6. Shahmatt added a post in a topic What will be your next Android phone and why?   

    I'm probably going to order a Xiaomi M2A
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  7. Shahmatt added a topic in Jiayu G Series   

    My G2 has hardware problems. What phone should I get now?
    It's unfortunate but my G2 has a hardware issue on the USB female end.

    The charging light does not come on unless I sit the plug in just right, and tilt it in a certain way.

    I think it's just a matter of time before I am unable to charge it at all. So I am now on the lookout for a new phone.

    I intend to use Aliexpress. The delivery has been reliable to me so far.

    Of the Chinese phones, I am only familiar with ZTE, Xiaomi and Jiayu.

    I think I will not go with Jiayu again. The phone has unfortunately been less durable than I expected (my screen is cracked on the side as well). It is also not up to par hardware wise, i.e. I have a weak microphone (solved using mobile uncle) and weak GPS antenna. The camera has also been just so so.

    A good phone for the money but I am not the most careful person with my electronic stuff.

    I did not have the same troubles with my Orange San Francisco though, so I do find the differences in hardware quality to be puzzling. Not all Chinese phones are made alike.

    Anyway, is there anyone else that has moved on from this phone? If so what has been your replacement?

    I'm pondering over the ZTE V970 but the battery size is a bit of a turn off.

    I am also considering a Xiaomi phone. Either the M1s or M2. I understand also that there have been a few new phones from this company but I don't know anything about them. I guess the appeal would be MIUI straight from the company. Regular updates and whatnot. But is the hardware there? Does the GPS work? Does the microphone give any problems? The answers to this I don't know.

    Comments are welcome. I will spend about 3 days researching and make my buy on May Day!
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  8. Shahmatt added a post in a topic Jiayu G2 Review   

    Ah. That sounds about right. My battery life has reduced since the JB upgrade.

    I wonder if the Lewa or other custom ROMs have better battery life. If so I shall have a go I think.
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  9. Shahmatt added a post in a topic Jiayu G2 Review   

    I've mentioned earlier that I had a microphone problem. I seem to have got the issue solved. I followed instructions in this link:
    (post 56)

    @ aliard,

    How's the battery life on that ROM?
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  10. Shahmatt added a post in a topic Jiayu G3   

    Hmmmm. I'm not sure what the trouble is then. A strange problem to me. You've tried Juicedefender? What kind of battery life are you getting now?

    Yes, I think the GPS antenna is weak on these phones.
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  11. Shahmatt added a post in a topic Chinese website for Chinese phones [ROMs] Jiayu G2 & more   

    I was just reading this:

    The chap says that kernel sources for the MTK 6577 chip are now made public.

    Would this mean that there is potential for ROM development on the G2?

    Also, on a side note. Can anyone comment on GPS lock on times? Takes ages for me. :-/
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  12. Shahmatt added a post in a topic Jiayu G3   

    You should switch off wifi and bluetooth when not in use. This saves a lot of battery.

    Also are you using both SIM slots? Two active SIMs will cause a higher battery consumption.

    You can try enabling 2G speeds instead of 3G - under "Settings" -> Wireless & Networks: "More" -> "GPRS transfer prefer...".

    If all else fails try downloading Juice Defender and using the "Balanced" profile. This minimizes phone data connections to every 15 or 30 mins for sync purposes - saving you some battery life. I find Juice Defender's notification settings to be a nuisance so I disable this and use the widget to force enable data for when I need it for music streaming etc.

    Do you charge your phone through AC power or through the USB from a computer? USB charging is much much slower than regular AC power and the G3 has a HUGE 2750mAh battery which can take a while to fill up. Having said that 5hrs on AC power is not too long either. My G2 (2000mAh) charges at the rate of 15% per half hour I think - about 3 and a half hours is comfortable. Big batteries have longer charge times.

    I don't have a G3. Can you please comment on your GPS lock on times. I want to do a comparison with my G2.
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  13. Shahmatt added a post in a topic Jiayu G2 Review   

    I used the GPS status app and used the "download/reset A-GPS" feature, and it seemed to help. Sometimes the GPS locks on quickly. At other times it's much slower.

    Sometimes switching off and on the GPS EPO assistance also helps.

    I have not found a strong solution to the problem yet. I rely on GPS a lot too and this has come my main problem with this phone. Hopefully a decent solution will be found soon.
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  14. Shahmatt added a post in a topic Jiayu G3   

    I own a Jiayu G2 which is about a 100 pounds. 1GHz dual core CPU, dual SIM, a very nice 4" IPS screen and 2000mAh battery. I've been using this phone for about a month now. I've rooted it but have not flashed any recovery. I'm presently looking into alternatives to CWM. There is no urgent need to have recovery since the stock ROM is almost vanilla and plenty stable for daily use.

    The phone battery is long lasting. I hammer it hard with streaming music and surfing and I always seem to have enough to get through the day. Big batteries are nice! But on the other hand I only use one SIM slot. I'm guessing with two radios in operation the phone will last much less time. More battery is better for dual SIM phones.

    Also, the camera is pretty awful!

    The G3 is similar, but has a larger 4.7" screen with higher resolution and 2750mAh battery but with the same CPU as the G2. In theory at least the G2 should perform better than the G3 on account of the lower resolution (but still nice) screen. My brother has ordered the G3 so I should be able to put up a comparison review soon.
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  15. Shahmatt added a post in a topic Jiayu G2 Review   

    My brother just ordered a Jiayu G3 - bigger, higher resolution screen and battery. I will do a comparison once he gets it.
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