Just got my THL W200 yesterday and thought i would create a thread much like my Xiaocai X9 thread which at time of writing has had over 15000 views so i assume it has helped some people.
3. Clockwork Mod Recovery
4. Re-Partitioning Internal Memory
5. Fix Notification LED
6. MTK GPS Optimisation
1a. I have to say the THL W200 is beautiful although it does remind me of the original Blade with the colour of the back case and the chrome strips on the edges! I ordered mine from DealExtreme for a little under £130 delivered. It took 2 weeks and 5 days to arrive although it was over their holiday period so maybe could have been quicker. Despite what i hear about DX their live chat support were great, quick to answer and they promised they would ship it the next day which they did. Got my tracking number in less than 12 hours from ordering! Feel free to ask me anything you want about this device.
1b. Benchmark in Antutu. As you can see it sits just below a Nexus 4 and GS3 which price vs specs wise is amazing. Half the price of a Nexus and a third the price of an S3. Sits above the HTC One X.
This device is currently rootable without even using a PC. You can go to my Xiaocai X9 thread and root using a pc and Motochopper auto root if you want but if you want a simple root all done from the phone then read on.
2a. Download the Framaroot apk here. Now install it on your device (make sure Unknown Sources is ticked!). Open/Run it.
2b. In the app tap on "Boromir" this is the name of the exploit used to root. It should say su binary and SuperSU installed. Now reboot and you should have the SuperSU app installed.
2c. Pat yourself on the back for the easiest root ever. You can also unroot using Framaroot.
3. Clockworkmod Recovery.
If you're reading this step then chances are you're already rooted which you need to be for this step.
3a. Download ClockworkMod Recovery image for W200 here. Place this file on the root of your sdcard NOT in any folders just directly on the root.
3b. Download Mobileuncle Tools from the Play Store or here. Install it, run it and grant superuser permissions when prompted.
3c. In Mobileuncle Tools select Recovery Update option. At the top it should show the recovery file you placed on your sdcard root in step 3a. Choose this and follow the prompts. You should now have a Custom Recovery installed and be able to flash roms and backup your device.
3d. Mobileuncle has an option to boot to recovery but just in case you aren't aware from a full power off you can hold volume up and power on to get into recovery. If you see a Chinese recovery then you have pressed volume DOWN!
4. Re-Partitioning Internal Memory.
5. Fix Notification LED.
For some reason the notification led doesn't work properly on the shipped rom from THL so just flash the update .zip i have made here to fix it.
6. MTK GPS Optimisation.
You hear a lot of bad things about the gps on MTK phones but my Xiaocai X9 was pretty good considering it didn't have a compass infact it worked really well for navigation. Turns out the W200 is GREAT for GPS. What a lot of people miss is a few small tweaks that aid GPS greatly.
Press "Menu" then "System Settings". Scroll down to "Location Access". Make sure both checkboxes here are ticked and that the middle GPS button is "On". Now press on the "GPS Satellites" text and it will bring up two extra options both that are off. Tick EPO and then go into the settings and check auto download.
Now go back and tick A-GPS. It should have greatly improved stability and TTFF (Time To First Fix).
Can't remember where i got all the files but i'll thank anyone that comes forward and says i'm using their work.
Thanks to Meteos for the Partitioning APK.
Thanks to whoever upped the CWM Recovery to Needrom.
Thanks to the author of Framaroot. Amazing tool.
Thanks to guys on 4pda for notification fix .so.
Edited by Frankish, 09 October 2013 - 11:44 AM.