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An awesome value!
on March 1, 2013
These are our first smartphones and they are MORE than I expected for the money, once I installed a better ROM (operating system). I've been maintaining PCs for years, so I am familiar with the latest in processing technology, and I now know there are quad-core smart phones on the market. However when you consider the cost of other smartphones, this phone is a good value with plenty of processor power for it only being a single core. Since I own my own equipment with this purchase, I flashed our phones to Benru89's Cyanogenmod 7.2, version 4. The kernel he used for that was Gingerbread 2.3.7, which is a nice upgrade. It got rid of the ugly AT&T boot screen, and also all of the junk that AT&T has installed by default. We had plenty of free space for apps of our choice after this. We added microSD cards for even more space. Flashing to Benru89's mod also doubled our free RAM and the phones are very fast. The phone is easy to learn, the camera takes reasonably sharp pictures (although it lacks a flash), and the phone remains easy to use with screen protectors applied. For a heavy texter and facebook user, this phone will be more than sufficient. The only downside of using the same phones is that since they have the same MAC IDs, they conflict on home wireless networks. However, you can install "Root Browser" (the lite version) from the Google Play Store and navigate to System, Wifi, and then open the "nvram.txt" file and edit your MAC address. About three-quarters of the way down, you will see a line that says "macaddr=00:90:4c:14:43:30" or something similar. Change the last two digits to any two digit number and save the file. Problem solved, you can now use two of these phones on the same wifi network. As far as all the other features go, they seem to work well from what I've tried so far. I'm still figuring them out. Based on the system specs, this is NOT the fastest, newest phone out there. But at the end of the day, you'll be lucky to find a better deal for what you get here if you're willing to take the risk of installing a better ROM. Huawei makes a nice product that is blemished with the AT&T firmware. This is a company worth taking a risk on, especially if you're tech-savvy and are willing to remove the bloated AT&T firmware that comes installed.