Newbie: Converting a brick to a phone
kazer at altern.org
Tue Dec 9 09:46:09 CET 2008
I've used QTExtended quite a lot, here's my two cents :
> * Calls to voicemail are working, like a real phone (didn't
> try a real call with someone), keep in mind that you can hang
> up with the power button if you leave the dialer
Thanks for this tip, i often hit 'back' instead of 'End' so i go back to the
home menu with the phone call still active..
> * The phone wakes up when sleeping (when a call comes or a SMS comes)
> * I really like the new handwriting input module, once you
> know how to use it in a different language than english:
> - draw a triangle (lower left -> lower right -> up -> lower
> left), choose the lower-left choice to disable word recognition.
> - draw some letters, if it doesn't recognize it, try the
> next one with the good gesture (lower-left -> upper right ->
> lower left) or choose from the list (double clockwise
> circle)(this is most useful for letters with accents)
> - insert special characters (double counter-clockwise
> circle) Some characters (like "t" or "x" are a little hard to
> draw, but skill improves over time, I'm now even capable of
> drawing an "i" instead of "l" when I want to)
I learned the gesture from the settings/handwriting menu, because there was
a few letters that i couldn't guess how to draw.
I have to say that it's really efficient once you get used to it.
> The bad things:
> * I get SMSes more than one time in the inbox, and there's
> problems with SMSes in the trash
> * Sometimes it's acting weirdly and I have to restart
> QtExtended (it's faster than just rebooting), and sometimes
> the phone think it's charging when it's not even plugged in
> (so it doesn't sleep...)
This charging status bug is probably the biggest showstopper currently : if
you poweroff your phone or restart it, it won't be able to go into sleep
mode until you have plugged it once.. And your battery will die quite fast.
> The "I don't like" things:
> * I don't really like the "kinetic" scrolling
The idea behind is very neat (it's more natural) but it's a bit too slow to
be actually useable
> * Using a word file in my language would allow me to use the handwriting
Given your name, i suspect that you are french. Have a look here :
For non-french readers,
> * I think that my SD card (the one that came with the phone)
> is broken, the phone can't recognize it, my laptop can't
> either, and if it's plugged in, the SIM doesn't work
> The "more than just a phone" things:
> * I don't really like the music player
> * The GPS doesn't work
> * I was not able to configure GPRS and MMS
I was able to configure gprs, and opkg update throught it.
Quick steps : configure from the settings/internet gui.
Then you need to correct the link /etc/resolv.conf, which points to
Change it to -> /var/ppp/resolv.conf (grep in /etc/ppp to find the script
which makes the link) and you should be fine).
I also had to change the phone number in the ppp config file (you can't
change it from the gui).
Last tip, if your phone provider doesn't need a login/password, put '*' in
About mms : i had a talk with Lorn, and in fact there is currently no wap
browser. So, no mms.
> I'm back to my old phone now, but for me it's definitively
> improving, I'm waiting for 4.4.3/4.4.4.
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