Samsung Exhibit II 4G phone: my second impression
July 31, 2012 § 4 Comments
As a phone, this Android phone sounds good. As everything else, it’s frustrating to use. Reasons: short battery life, user-hostile touchscreen interface, confusing windowing, LCD washes out in sunlight.
Yesterday I thought that I’d listen to an interview with an astronomer while I walked a couple of miles, so I logged unto Michio Kaku’s Explorations in Science link on tunein.com, got the MP3 stream going, and stuck the phone in my pocket. Things went fine for a few minutes, until the audio stopped. I examined the phone (carefully trying to avoid pressing on the case, which is a good trick) and discovered that the screen had blanked. I unblanked the screen, and suddenly the Android browser decided that I’d like to see the latest trash news, so I got a page full of Brad and Angelina nonsense. Then I tried to return to Michio Kaku’s page, and when I did, I was forced to restart the entire interview. I did, and maybe five minutes later, it halted again. It went downhill from there.
I suspect that some of this misbehavior is caused by the crapware that T-Mobile has installed on this phone. My next step is to gain root access to the phone, delete the crapware, install Dropbox and Keepass on it, and give it another try.