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  1. Not sure why its filling up so quick, probably just the inbuilt Google apps being more bloated than they used to be. All I can suggest is going into the Google Play setting and disabling "Auto-update apps", then as its not rooted disable the bloatware. You're nephew will be limited in what games he can install (storage space, version of android, intel cpu) but the "Move to USB storage" option will help with the limited partition sizes. I'm guessing you didn't use the phone too long before replacing it. My OSD's battery was completely knackered, which made me upgrade. I still have it in my drawer, turned it on there and it is pretty snappy with the Nova Launcher (I did a factory reset not long). Disconnect it from the wall though and it soon turns itself off.
  2. Finally got around to buying a 128GB microSD, but Documents refuses to find the microSD (formatted on phone & PC, renamed it on PC etc). Just going to have to go back to using stock file explorer or USB to copy across files :(
  3. Got sick of using the stock File Explorer (stuck with it due to the SD write permissions blocked & Documents crashing with other apps), so backed up all the data on the microSD and formatted it in Windows 10. At first I tried NTFS, but the phone wouldn't even mount with that formatting. So tried exFAT, and the microSD was readable but still couldn't assign write permissions. So I then formatted the microSD via the storage settings menu. And when I opened the Documents section to assign write permissions, the microSD was listed as a bunch of random characters, but I was able to select it and then finally allow write permissions. So I can go back to using ES FIle Explorer (v3.2.5.5) to copy files back and forth between my various devices via wifi. So I'm not sure if the exFAT formatting is necessary, but using the phone itself to format the microSD worked for me. Also possible that it's due to the microSD card not having a name causing issues (common bug apparently), so maybe try naming the SD first before doing long process of backup, format etc. I just hope than I will be able to do the same when I pick up a 64GB or 128GB microSD. It's still not going to work with every app though, for example "Fast notepad" just says "Cannot create file", doesn't give you the prompt to give it SD write permissions.
  4. I've been temporarily using the 32GB microSD from my old phone, but was looking at upgrading the storage. Was about to post a new thread as I had initially searched for microSD and couldn't find anything. Which model 128GB microSD did you use? Anyone else with this size card, a SanDisk, Kingston, Samsung, Toshiba, Integral etc?
  5. I try and keep the main screen clear, with commonly used icons on screens 2&3 on the sides. Been using Nova Launcher basically since I started using android (older version though as they removed some features in an update). Grayscale icons at bottom, made those when I was using a Marilyn Monroe style pic of Angelina Jolie, I got used to them so kept them. Current wallpaper is a version of this I tweaked.
  6. So is there a way to write files/folders to microSD from 3rd party file managers, like ES File Explorer, without root? With previous phones & tablets I'd used ES to copy files between internal, microSD & PC via LAN tab. But with this phone it seems like I'd either have to root phone, use USB cable to transfer (haven't had to do that for 5-10 years), or do the convoluted process of copying files from LAN tab to internal, then using the phones File Explorer to copy from internal to microSD. I initially thought it was the result of just moving the SD cord from old phone to new without formatting. Glad I found this thread, as it looks like backing up then restoring 24GB of data after format would have been a waste of time, if the issue is that it has odd write permissions for microSD. It always displays the hint "please choose root directory sdcard1...", hit select, click on microSD then Documents crashes.
  7. Thanks Frankish, I used you're ebay link to the unlock code seller (now £1.35). Got the ebay message about 20min after ordering it, and then used it to unlock phone for my new ASDA Mobile SIM. I compared them to my current old Orange/EE canary tariff, and ASDA have much better pay as you go rates. They even use the EE network, so I should see similar coverage.
  8. Exact same story for me, except I had rooted it to enable hidden microSD slot. Sometimes it would drain quicker than normal and get to maybe 15-30% then just shutdown. Or like you at 60-80% just randomly turn off, screen would just go blank like it was going into standby but it would be off entirely. So about 16 months on what I'd class as medium to heavy daily use (mostly running down battery on Youtube, Twitch etc.) So I decided to cut my losses and go with the Alcatel One Touch Idol S, was £85+£10 credit in an EE store. But due to my luck, first phone I got was faulty, so finally got it replaced today and new one seems fine. Similar to Moto G, with 1280x720 screen & 1GB RAM. Moto G has quad core, vs the Alcatel's dual core. But it has a microSD slot, so instead of approx 5.5GB-12.5GB on the Moto G, I have 1.96GB internal + 29.71GB microSD Here's a gsmarena comparison of the 2 phones.
  9. Finally got it replaced today after finding stock at other store, but of course for first 10 mins in the store the touchscreen was working perfectly (sod's law). But finally, touchscreen became unresponsive after full shutdown, then on and letting it go into standby. Relieved. But as for EE, apparently even with a faulty phone you can't get a refund! Only a store replacement, or get another phone and pay the difference. The said essentially the only way to get a refund is buying online, and that's likely only due to distance selling laws they can't sidestep... Not sure what current policies are for other UK stores, but if going via EE I'd probably recommend buying online. But don't expect any help instore if you have issues with phone bought online, I learned that with last phone 16 months ago. So knock on wood haven't had any issue with the new phone. The Antutu benchmark is lower (13747 vs 14015), but I imagine that's because the first test was done with no SD card inserted and that probably dropped the score a bit with read speed etc.
  10. Well I'm in the process of replacing my 16 month old Orange San Diego with its inbuilt battery, as it has been draining a lot quicker over the past couple of months and now just randomly turns itself off (did it again tonight with about 75% battery...). Basically has to remain plugged into the wall or a USB power bank, or its pretty much unreliable. So I'd prefer a phone that has a removable battery, so that when I next upgrade its out of choice rather than necessity. I really wouldn't care if it meant a phone would be a bit heavier and thicker. But in the budget price range, the only 2 contenders currently in my opinion are the Moto G and Alcatel OT Idol S, both with 1280x720 screens (4.5" & 4.7") and 1 GB or RAM. Sadly both have non-replaceable batteries. Its a shame nobody has produced a generic "extended battery" case (at least I haven't found one).
  11. Got the Idol S (6034R) on Friday, to replace my old phone which has had problems with the battery. Sadly having issues with the Idol S touchscreen becoming unresponsive after coming out of standby. And when it has been working the battery has drained a crazy amount. On standby it dropped from about 85-95% last night to around 36% this morning, crazy amount (especially as I turned off Wifi). Fingers crossed I'll be able to find a replacement at an EE store or elsewhere. Anyone else have problems with quickly draining battery and/or problems with the touchscreen not working. But I wanted to at least answer a question I had about the usuable space you get from the 4GB internal memory. So 1.96GB, well actually about 1.74GB if you uninstall preinstalled games etc. But the "Storage manager" allows you to swap app storage etc over to a microSD (phone apparently allows up to 32GB card); And not sure if you take benchmarks seriously, but at least for comparisons here is its AnTuTu benchmark score;
  12. Recorded a few clips there, 3+ minutes each, using Camera ICS app. It would freeze for a second or so and then continue recording. No problem playing the finished files.
  13. Is the file definitely modified? When the screen is on, if you do a full press of the camera button (not a half press), does the screen turn off? It sometimes doesn't work for me turning the screen back on, but it can always put it to sleep.
  14. I opened up the gpio-keys.kl file here; /system/usr/keylayout/ as Text in ES Note Editor, and edited the text in there to this; It still seems to work intermittently, but worth it alone to swap Camera to half press of the button.
  15. Shame my phone isn't dual SIM, I've already carried my phone number from Three to Orange this year. After that painful, overly complex experience I'm not in any hurry to have to do that again. The regulators really need to step in and move that process online. Having to phone up and ask for the transfer code while they beg you to stay on their network for 30 mins is infuriating, especially as I was paying for the call...
  16. Good to see the X7 Elite arrive so quick, will be interesting to see what you think of it in your review.
  17. Seems to work intermittently. Going to swap it to full camera button press, see if that has better results.
  18. I just modified the gpio-keys.kl file, I should have done it sooner really. I kept full press of camera button as CAMERA but changed FOCUS to POWER WAKE, restarted the phone and it worked perfectly (I used ES File Explorer's text editor). If you use the camera button a lot then this setup is probably not for you, the only times I use the camera I avoid the button due to it being a bit awkward to use. What you could do though is replace FOCUS with CAMERA, and swap CAMERA to POWER WAKE. Two birds one stone, half press will take photos and full will turn screen on/off. Now I just have to train myself to not use the power button, ever, unless I'm turning the phone on :) My power button is still working by the way, hopefully doing this will keep it that way! .
  19. The Huawei Y300 is a great budget phone, £60 + another £15-£20 for a 32GB microSD card and you are good to go. The stock launcher feels clumsy, but the free Nova Launcher makes it especially look the same as the OSD launcher. My mum got one so I played around with it for a while. Sure you can't have X apps open like on the OSD, but I didn't notice any performance issues. And for her it's more than adequate.
  20. You could maybe try adding an IP address exception to the windows firewall, adding your phones ip address or the range of ip addresses that your router uses (shortcut you may find useful - wf.msc). The firewall blocking it didn't occur to me, the windows firewall doesn't block ES File Explorer connecting to my w7 laptop.
  21. Try running cmd.exe, then typing in; ipconfig /all Under, "Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection:", what is the "IPv4 Address"? Try that ip address.
  22. Everyone should install Prey Anti Theft on their phones, whether its an OSD or not. It'll track your phone if it's stolen, you just have to send the a text (default is GO PREY) then it will start tracking them using the phones GPS and it will take pictures of their mug using the front facing camera :), you will get multiple reports emailed to you and it's stored in your account on their site. "But what happens if they take out the sim card?", well this is the reason I'm posting this today. I was having signal issues today (hopefully a one off) so took out my sim card and swapped in a spare orange sim, the app leapt into action and activated the GPS and took a photo of me with a puzzled look on my face, then emailed me the report lol I know what you are thinking though, if they just uninstall the app they can keep your phone. Nope, you need to input a password to uninstall, so its staying on there until you decide to uninstall. At the very least you should consider installing this, or a similar app, not much the police can do if your phones stolen. But with this installed, you could just forward on the reports onto the police with the theifs GPS location and get back your phone. BBC Click did a report on it a couple of years ago; worth a watch (sorry about the poor video quality, all I could find);
  23. Couple of things you could try. 1.First you could re-do the folder sharing process (on your laptop). 2.If that doesn't fix it you could try accessing your router by typing the IP address into a browser window, and look under DHCP Server Setting (on default page that loads if you are using a Linksys router, under LAN Settings on a Belkin router). Is it enabled? What is the start IP address, mine is which is the server I'm connecting to via ES File Explorer. .
  24. Hopefully your laptop and hard drive directories are still set to visible in w7, OSX etc. For guide to enabling folder sharing in windows7 look below for blue text Open ES File Explorer then hit the menu button on your phone (or the Globe/Phone icon in top left). Now click Network, then LAN which will open the LAN window***. On the bottom bar hit New, then type in something like; Figures will vary depending on the IP address range of your router. If you haven't changed it I think the default range is I have only enabled access to my Videos directory on my D: Media drive, so is set to I only have read access to my Videos folder so I set it to anonymous, but you could easily have a username and password if you granted write/read permission to the directory. ***You can change which windows appear when you start up by pressing phone menu button, Settings, then under Tools Settings click Window Settings and then Set the Default Windows. Now just tick all the windows you want to appear, press OK and now you can swipe between them. __________________________ Windows 7 Folder Sharing Short Guide In Windows 7 navigate to a folder you want to access via ES FIle Explorer, right click and select Share with..., then Specific people... Now press the drop down box, and select Everyone, then click the Add button. The default permission is read only, you may want to leave it at that unless you want "everyone" having Write/read permissions. OK so click the Share button (may take few minutes). Now you will be able to acess the folder via ES FIle Explorer .
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