192 of 197 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Phone
The first thing I would like to say is that the delivery and service by DracoTek was brilliant, I ordered the phone and it arrived 9 days later in perfect condition, I would certainly order again from this seller, dont be put off because they are in China, I had a number of questions about the phone and they responded promptly and were very helpful, many thanks to Feebe...
Published 15 months ago by JJR1957
53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Decent Substitute...
I purchased this phone roughly 3 months ago, after roughly a month of deliberating. I was mid-contract and as such couldn't really opt for the iPhone 5 that I so wished for, and being a student, couldn't afford to buy one outright. Much like most people looking at this product, and probably this review, I was ever so slightly put off by the price of this product. True -...
Published 9 months ago by Jollyroger90
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192 of 197 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Phone,
This review is from: STAR N9770 - 5.08 inch MTK6577 1.2GHz dual core CPU android 4.0.4 ICE CREAM SANDWICH 3G smartphone dual sim 5MP camera WIFI GPS, new google play store and flash player supported, with flip case (black, white) (Electronics)The first thing I would like to say is that the delivery and service by DracoTek was brilliant, I ordered the phone and it arrived 9 days later in perfect condition, I would certainly order again from this seller, dont be put off because they are in China, I had a number of questions about the phone and they responded promptly and were very helpful, many thanks to Feebe and Easta.
After searching for an Android phone to replace my Sony Ericsson Xperia, I needed a reasonably priced phone with a big clear screen, so having read many reviews about a number of phones on different websites, there were two phones that stood out from the rest for value, quality and good specifications these were the Star N9770 and the Star A8000, both phones have great reviews, eventually I opted for the newer Star N9770 because the spec is a little better than the Star A8000 but is around £32 more expensive.
I must admit I was not expecting too much for the money but boy was I surprised by the quality of this phone, it comes with good packaging, a cover, a screen protector, 2 batteries, a phone charger/AC adaptor, 2 sets of earphones, a 256 sd card and a small instruction booklet.
The phone is really well made and is nice and slim with rounded corners and has a big 5 inch screen, the 8 MP camera can take pictures either from the screen side or from the back of the phone, it also has selectable dual Sim card slots which is a very handy function, this model has a fast MTK6577 Dual-Core 1.2GHz processor, the instruction booklet is quite limited but this was not a problem as the phone is very easy to set up and use, it loads up the internet pages very quickly indeed, I have replaced the 256 sd card with a Sandisk 32GB sd card as this model phone will take up to a 32GB sd card, now I have a huge amount of data storage, the batteries come with enough power to start the phone intially, but need a good overnight charge. The screen protector plastic over cover is printed with some of the phones specifications, and surprisingly it says "Super HD AMOLED Screen" I am not sure if this is correct or not because I could not see this information on the phones original specification. The N9770 is a fantastic piece of kit, when making calls the sound is very clear the functions and the operating system are really good indeed, the phone comes unlocked so it will take any network providers Sim cards.
Similar to a number of smart phones on the market this phone has no led indicator when in standby mode to show that it is charging or has a missed call etc, so the best fix for this slight niggle was to download the "No-Led" App, its a great little App that allows icons to be switched on to the screen when the phone is in standby mode, different colours can be selected for different functions IE yellow for emails, green for messages, red for missed calls etc, the App even has a power saving fuction and it also gives an indication that the phone is being charged.
The Star N9770 Android phone has many great features, it is easy to use, easy to set up, very fast and is great value for money, if you are considering buying an Android phone then its well worth taking look at this model, I am very pleased with this purchase and extremely happy with the service from DracoTek.
40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected,
This review is from: STAR N9770 - 5.08 inch MTK6577 1.2GHz dual core CPU android 4.0.4 ICE CREAM SANDWICH 3G smartphone dual sim 5MP camera WIFI GPS, new google play store and flash player supported, with flip case (black, white) (Electronics)I am...by my own admission, one of the most fastidious people I know....but am also not blessed with a large wallet....
I was on vodafone contract, but have been fed up with my monthly bill being way more than what it should be, with no explanation why..so I decided to go on a sim only contract, having received a great offer from virgin....so the first thing was to find an unlocked phone...I previously had an xperia play, and liked android, so android was a must....and when I saw the spec of the n9770 for the price, I was a little wary...often, if it appears to good to be true.......
and yes...there are a few one and two star reviews, but this appears to be noobs not knowing how to set up a phone...
so i took the plunge, it arrived 2 weeks from buying, and when I missed the courier, i contacted Dracotek, who were extremely helpful, I am always ready to complain at poor service, but also the first to praise...BRILLIANT SERVICE FROM JAMES AT DRACOTEK!!
ok...back to the phone...the packages is very good, and it arrived covered in bubble wrap, which was great fun to pop!
I popped in my 2 sim cards...vodafone (just ordered my virgin sim)and t-mobile...or EE as its now called, I had to change the settings for vodafone to get 3g working, the "how to" is in the discussions section...the topic is "2g-3g connections" took 30 seconds..all working great...
wifi...connected perfectly....bluetooth...no issues.....I have not used gps yet...so will update when I have....
the build quality A1...a friend of mine came to have a play, he had told me not to buy an "unbranded phone from china"...well...after 30 mins of fiddling....he has ordered one! talk about 2 faced!!
It is very fast and smooth..oh..mine came with android 4.1.1 jelly bean, which is a lovely interface.
no issues with the headphone socket..
The ONLY issue is with the netflix app...but it is the app...not the phone with the issue....netflix are working on a fix...it loads...you can scroll through everything...but it sticks on the buffering screen....not a big deal, and it will be fixed soon....
battery life seems great, the case that comes supplied is great, headphones are fine, but you can use your favourite ones...I use a stereo bluetooth pair and they work fine.
Obviously I have been showing off my new purchase, and everyone thinks its the galaxy note...a friend has one, and they are similar...we swapped and neither of us noticed any difference, both as quick...but mine cost £119 and his was £500...doesn't take a rocket scientist....
the display is awesome! very clear and sharp, great for my book reader app, iplayer and youtube look great...
I really cannot recommend this enough...it oozes quality, performs faultlessly, and makes you smile when you tell people how much it cost! £119 will buy you a basic pay as you go phone...or a super tablet!
GPS...I switched on gps and agps...and started google navigation, the phone took around 5 minutes to lock on to the satellites, worked perfectly with no lag, volume is a little low, but i installed a free volume boost app, from google play, and that has made it perfect...gps now locks on fast...this phone keeps getting better
68 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Star N9700 - great phone and service.,
This review is from: STAR N9770 - 5.08 inch MTK6577 1.2GHz dual core CPU android 4.0.4 ICE CREAM SANDWICH 3G smartphone dual sim 5MP camera WIFI GPS, new google play store and flash player supported, with flip case (black, white) (Electronics)I recently purchased the Star N9770 mobile phone from Dracotek and have nothing but positive comments to add with regards to the product and service provided.
The phone itself is slight smaller in size than the Samsung Galaxy Note and despite having a slightly poorer screen and less performance you really would struggle to notice the difference.
This model as a slightly more powerful dual core processor (MTK6577) compared with the N8000 which also gets rave reviews on the Amazon site.
I had no problems setting the phone up with my existing sim, Google account and Google play apps within minutes and call quality appears to be good.
Also the service from Dracotek was great, having initially responded to my e mail request for information around this model and then delivering the item, in secure packaging within 7 days!
Really pleased with purchase. Will be back again.
53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Decent Substitute...,
So firstly we'll look at the phone itself.
LOOK and FEEL
This phone, for the price, is fairly good looking. It, however, is huge. I had read alot of reviews saying how big it was but nothing quite prepared me for the moment I opened the box. I have large hands, even for a man, and this was initially a struggle to get used to. My girlfriend, having fairly average sized hands for a woman, had used this phone on many an occasion but it tends to be a struggle. To any women reading this, or men with smaller hands, it is probably not the phone for you. Within the first week of owning this phone I had comments likening it to my iPad in size! Maybe slightly exaggerated but still - it is really quite big.
The flip cover for the screen is a nice touch, it keeps the large screen safe when in pockets etc, however I have noticed it to be a bit of a gaff, having to open it every single time you want to do anything on the phone. Still, it's a looks vs. function trade-off. The flip cover has been taking a battering for 2 months however it is still in great nick, and looks to protect my phone for months to come.
The back of the phone is fairly average looking. The cover is a slightly odd textured plastic, however some seem to like this. The android logo at the bottom seems a bit tacky to me but still doesn't really make the phone look any worse. The camera looks fairly similar to that of the Samsung model that this is trying to replicate. That's about it.
The sides are a shiny chrome-like plastic. They seem to maintain their shine fairly well, however mine came scratched on one corner, so watch out for this. The buttons are all in easy to access areas.
The front of the phone looks wonderful - the screen is colossal, and it is very minimalist in design with just a small speaker above the screen and the 'Home' button below it. The screen accounts for the majority of the front, so there's not much to see.
Despite many comments about the phone's size, it did also receive alot of compliments when I first got it. It has stood 3 months of very heavy use, and only the screen protector seems to have acquired any damage from use - still - better that than the screen, eh?
When turned on, the screen is...well...adequate. I mean it shows things. That is literally it. The quality isn't particularly great, mind you it wouldn't be at this price range. When compared side by side with my brother's Samsung Note it looks almost like a toy. Still, it does the trick I guess. The brightness is very poor - it only has to be mildly sunny and it becomes impossible to read even high contrast text. If you spend a great deal of time outdoors it has to be said that this would be enough to put me off. When viewing the camera's (average) pictures, the brightness again becomes an issue. Still, it was £150. It's even less now. If this was a £500 phone then I'd have serious issues here, but this seems to be a case of 'you get what you pay for'.
Touch sensitivity is average, I haven't yet taken the screen protector off so this may have an effect on the reactivity of the screen. I have to say at times it fails to pick up what I aim to do but it has to be said that the majority of the time it reacts very well. The touch sensitive 'back' and 'menu' buttons either side of the home button are more of an issue though, I'd say only 70% of the time do they actually pick up my fingertips. Again, you get what you pay for.
I'd have to say that, given the specs of the phone and the fact that some have compared this to the actual Samsung models, this camera is a real let-down. I'd gathered from a lot of reviews that it wasn't by any means perfect, but it really isn't good. It struggles in anything less than good light, and the flash bulb on the rear is appalling. It could be compared unfavourably against using a candle. The camera itself claims to be 8mp. When you go into the settings it does appear to be an option, however the hardware is clearly only 5mp or less. Having owned my first smartphone about 7/8 years ago, the camera on this compares with that camera, which was 3mp (amazing at the time. How times change!) It takes decent videos, however again you need good light. The less said about the flash the better.
If you want to take photos regularly, and be able to print them etc...buy a camera or a better phone. This isn't the phone for you.
Generally good. This phone has a fairly quick processor and decent RAM for the money, and seems to work well up to a level. To put my use into perspective: if I am bored I'll whip my phone out and check sky sport news, or have a look on Facebook or something...tends to happen alot, but I'm not a hardcore gamer or a WhatsApp user. For this job the phone is perfectly good. During the first few months I found that it was caching far more data than it needed to so I downloaded a cache cleaner app in order to free up some RAM. This worked well, and I am now free of the phone cutting off my email service and shutting down apps because of a lack of free space. For the money, again, the phone does a decent job. It is occasionally very laggy when using the Internet or RAM-intensive apps, however with some tinkering this can be at least slightly alleviated. This is certainly not something I had noticed with the actual Samsung, however again the price difference is a good reason for this.
Mobile Internet on this phone tends to be good. I had no problems with O2 setting it up, in fact all I needed to do was activate mobile Internet and it was done! When connected to HSDPA, the Internet works a dream. Browsing is fast, and use of apps is decent. Again, not as good as on an iPhone, but still good. When on EDGE and GPRS browsing is really poor, but this is less of the time. Not much more to say here.
MAPS AND GPS
So, so bad. I had read on some reviews that this wasn't a strong point and despite trying I am forced to agree. The phone just cannot locate me even when in central manchester - not exactly a rural hideaway. If you connect to WIFI and then load up a map you can save the map, but it still won't tell you your location. Really not good for a phone supposedly of a decent calibre.
Again, really poor. The signal is the issue here. I can be sat in my lounge, where the router is, with all other devices in the room reading full signal, and browsing like a dream. On the STAR however, I read 50% signal. In my bedroom, next door, if I'm not on the near side of the bed the Wifi cuts out. This is really, really bad and tempted me at first to send the phone back to the vendor. I got over this, however it is still THE major bugbear with the phone. When it connects, it connects quickly and well, however it can't in a greater deal of situations than is to be expected.
Very, very impressive. It comes with a spare, however it is unlikely I will need this. Without any battery saving apps this lasts a good day, starting at 7am and finishing at midnight with about 20% to spare. With a battery saving app likeJuiceDefender I have found this to last 2-3 days - really, really good for a phone with its capabilities. My brothers Samsung has died by 7pm on the first day with the same use usually, and my girlfriend's iPhone is gone by roughly the same time as that. I have not found the same issues with he charger causing screen issues, however the charger connection is fairly poor. It takes a while to charge, however this will just have to do!
I have used games on this phone and they tend to run Ok as long as you don't need too good a screen for them. Alot of the gaming videos on youtube have had the brightness altered, I can assure you the screen really isn't as good as they imply.
The standard OS is decent, however I use a launcher - Nova. This is lovely looking, and it is nice to be able to use huge widgets like a whole calendar on one home page. This does tend to cause a little lag in the phone but that is just the phone's price showing through again.
The accompanying headphones are fairly poor. Not much else to say, other than the headphone jack is an odd size so it is difficult finding headphones to use in replacement.
I'm sure there's lots of stuff I've missed, both good and bad. My experience of this phone thus far has been average, it's not exactly a great phone but it does the job OK, and in a few areas better than its more expensive competitors. However as I have eluded to many times above, it's price really does show through in both build quality and function. If it were to be stolen or lost etc, I wouldn't replace it, but hopefully until my contract ends it will hold out so I can get one of its more expensive brothers. For those of you in limbo - if you need this phone for a few months to a year, get it, it's probably worth a go. If you need the phone for longer, I wouldn't recommend it. After 3 months its negative points have started to outweigh the positives, after my initial phase of loving the thing.
37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, not perfect though,
Being the Sinacle bastard I am I figured I'd start out with the bad bit(s) (Don't worry! this won't take long)
The camera, well it's worse than any 8mp camera I've used, worse than most 5mp cameras I've used and comes with a lot of good old android bloatware. They have taken the "panorama" and "rapid shot" imaging from the S3. These are actually brilliant features in theory however on a camera these bad are pretty useless. Okay maybe a bit harsh, although the panorama can be cool sometimes the quick shot just doesn't work, every image blurs. The same features but terrible hardware make this section incomparable to an S3 or Note. Then again neither is the price so I'm not complaining!
The only other problem I've had with it is the headphone jack. Although I did check the reviews before buying and was aware that it is not standard depth (making most headphones incompatible); it isn't mentioned in the listing and I fear some buyers may overlook this feature. They DO however provide reasonable quality headphones as part of the deal. I am looking into some sort of adapter and should I find one will upload straight away.
Now I've stopped ranting, lets get on to the good stuff. And there is oodles to talk about. In fairness if you've read a galaxy note, S3 or similar £350-£500 ICS phones then you can stop reading here. Because it's 90% the same, and if you happen to own one of these phones and paid top dollar for it. I would also suggest you stopped reading for the purposes of your mental stability, you may just kick yourself hard enough to cause serious damage.
DISCLAIMER OVER XD
The biggest, the best and the most obvious feature of this phone is the huuge screen. (BUYER BEWARE, THIS SCREEN FEELS HORRIBLE FOR THE FIRST COUPLE OF HOURS DUE TO A PROTECTIVE LAYER, IT IS STICKY AND UNRESPONSIVE. THIS IS PART OF THE QUALITY CONTROL PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO PERSEVERE). It really is brilliant, I find it easy to use with large male hands however my 5ft6" partner finds it impossible without a stylus, if you need to go smaller buy the STAR W007 3.5 Inch Capacitive Screen Cortex A9 1GHz Android 4.0 SmartPhone Dual SIM Dual Camera WIFI GPS. Movies, games, satnav (will upload photo) all brilliant. I would suggest using EXlauncher as this allows the entire operating system to work horizontally like a tablet instead of only applications in the stock ICS.
My next favourite thing has to be the battery life. Quoting 3200mAH this thing really is colossal. Please bare in mind most anroids only use 1500. In fairness though the screen does take more battery, a better comparison would be that of the much pricier galaxy note (1700). As an IT engineer I use it a hell of alot and do not struggle at all to last all day and beyond with music/gps/games. I imagine if you left it alone with minimal use it would last a few days but I cannot bring myself to test it! Also comes with spare (a bit anoing as needs to be in phone to charge, but take the patience to do when you first buy the phone and keep it in a drawer).
I would love to ranter on for hours but my lunch breaks coming to an end. I plan to update this review as I go along but for now BUY THIS PHONE
My only plea to Dracotech is to PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make the next upgrade to this phone with a top quality camera and I'd happily add another £50-£75 on the bill. In my opinion for £200 with a top notch camera it would still be a smarter buy than any of the headliners.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheap Import ?,
I ordered the phone from Buysku via amazon and I have to say they are an excellent supplier. You have to communicate via email, and it takes a day to get a reply due to the time difference but suppliers in the UK really need to learn from these people. I posted the phone I was returning, emailed them a photo of the proof of posting, by the following morning the postage refund was in my bank and the shipping confirmation for the replacement phone was in my inbox !!! No quibbles, no hassle just really good customer service. 5 days later it arrived via DHL.
When buying tech from China you have to be realistic and realise you will have to `fiddle' a bit to get things going sometimes. In this instance it was the mobile data settings. Vodafone tried 4 times to supply the correct settings without success, I copied the APN name settings from my daughters Samsung S111 and it worked first time!! Well done Vodafone wonderful customer service as usual (not !!). Also both the WiFi and mobile phone signals report weaker signals than my old phone but this makes no difference to the actual usage of the phone with websites and emails loading faster on this phone than my old one. Maybe China has stronger mobile network signals than here in the UK and they calibrate the phone accordingly ?
Screen is clear, bright works beautifully
Native android ICS no phone company bloat ware, love it !!
GPS and google maps have replaced my beloved TomTom works very well indeed, some reviews report problems, I have experienced none at all.
Battery life, wireless and mobile data on all day medium use = 50% battery left at bedtime.
Processor speed is excellent bench marked using AnTuTu more than 60% faster than my Desire HD.
Replacement back and flip screen cover very good also pre fitted screen protector.
Spare battery supplied.
Needs further explanation. In my case the personal sim goes in the main slot, this is the default sim card for calls, messaging, mobile data. My work sim goes in the other slot.
Incoming calls can come from either, both are on standby all the time, it rings you answer it. Outgoing calls ask which sim you want to use after you dial the number but you also have the facility to associate different contacts with different sim cards so that when you tap a contact to ring them it will either dial out using the assigned sim or ask you to confirm. Really brilliant but we will probably never see this in mainstream shops here in the west as the phone companies want to tie you into their network .
I chose that word very carefully as none of the issues are major and in my case are far outweighed by the positives.
Camera is not great, it takes an OK photo in good light but the flash is very poor.
Charger , chuck it in the bin and buy a replacement from amazon (about £5) or use your old one.
Headphones not the best quality but they do work, some reviews say their own don't fit.
The final thing to mention is the build quality, It is excellent nothing less. You will not find any problems here at all. It is on a par with any of the main stream phone manufacturer's hardware in fact better than many.
For the money this phone is a real steal, and buying from China was a pleasure, in my experience Buysku could not have been more helpful and professional, 6 stars for them !!
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good phone, good screen, no compass,
1. The phone doesn't have a compass. I'm still working out how much of a practical impact that has - perhaps not much.
2. Finding cases that fit is a problem as the Note cases have holes for flash and volume buttons in different places. I've gone for a fake leather wallet type case which works ok. There is an alternative back in the box which has a flap which folds over and protects the screen which is quite handy.
3. Resolution of screen - is less than a note, but I haven't found any practical application where this makes a difference to functionality - it is still very clear.
4. Hacking the rubber sheath off headphones does make them fit. Of the two sets of headphones supplied, the ones that come with the phone are very plasticy and unpleasant. The ones added by dracotek are quite nice but have a metal sheath so you can't hack it with a knife - so no point in having them with this phone.
5. The weight of the phone has not been an issue. For its size it doesn't feel heavy in the hand.
6. Camera is 8MP - but it is really not very good and only takes pictures of about 3MP quality. My wife's 5MP Galaxy Ace takes *much* better pictures.
7. GPS doesn't work well - it struggled to get and hold a connection. So far I would say it is practically useless.
8. When I plug it into my stereo to play music, one channel makes a loud thumping noise making it unlistenable. My wife's Samsung works with the same setup with no issues. So this is not one for mobile DJs.
Overall I'm happy at the cost, although now the older model is down to not much more than £100 I may have chosen that one if I bought again, as CPU does not seem to be an issue so far for me (I'm not a gamer).
The only dissapointment is that when it says GPS and 8MP you have a certain expectation, so I'm downgrading to 4 starts due to that.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It has been one of my best on-line purchases ever,
So far it has been one of my best on-line purchases ever :)
I am/was first time smartphone user! So it was a new ball game to me to set it up (to connect to internet via android etc).
Delivery- My order was placed on Friday and I received the product next Saturday! Very Quick.
Packaging – Was safely packaged, all components nicely packed and as was in the box as per product description on amazon.
Size of the phone- before receiving it, I was a bit apprehensive of the size, I thought it might be a bit too big/bulky to hold against the ear(when not on hands-free); but it is slim and not big at all. It’s a good size for internet browsing, so no more squinting.
Earphone- no problem with insertion plug/socket to phone, clear sound, relatively comfortable fit (I personally prefer the in-ear silicon head phones, as they tend to be soft and stay put when out & about), but for now this is doing the job perfectly.
Functionality- Screen is super sensitive to touch, all keys works well, battery and charger performs well, no problem with radio, no problem with speaker, sound quality is way above average.
I have no yet tried the Wireless functionality (as I don’t have a wireless broadband). Not connected the GPS yet (its next on my-to-do list).
All in All I could not find any fault with this phone, in my view it is just PERFECT for me.
I do not hesitate to recommend Draco TeK, and I will make sure my future purchases will also be from them.
Thank you Draco, I am a very happy customer indeed.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Audio jack issue,
This phone offers good specifications for the price, though I would prefer to see Android Jelly Bean (4.1) already on it, rather than 4.0.4.
One problem, mentioned by another reviewer, is that the audio jack is tight for standard 3.5mm stereo headphones. Drako Tek includes a pair of earbuds with the phone but they pop out of the 3.5mm jack and are thus of no use to me. The headset included by the manufacturer has a slightly longer plug with three rings (for stereo sound plus microphone). This fits fine: the plug has to be pushed hard into the jack but it stays in nicely.
I tested 9 earphones. Two pair of headsets (with microphone) fit fine. Two standard stereo headphones also fit and stayed in. All others went in, but then popped out again. Be warned that your favourite headphones might not work with this phone.
When I queried this, Drako Tek was responsive and offered to replace the phone. But after I posted it to them, they reported that this is an issue with the phone and the replacement would be no different. To their credit they offered a refund, but I asked for my phone back. I would have preferred not to be without my phone due to a misunderstanding, but at least they are covering the postage.
37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended,
As others have already stated, buying it from Drakotek involved no import charges or door-step postage costs and it arrived in just 10 days.
I won't go into the devices functionality as many others already have and it would be a waste of space, however I shall list a few points that may catch the unwary.
1. It came with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. However this is what can be called a 'bare-bones' Android install and you will have to configure all of the settings yourself including some sensors. There are no manufacture launchers or other apps to help you along. Don't be deterred though. Once setup it has proved to be reliable and a joy to use.
2. Don't try and 'root' this phone unless either you really have too, or you really, really know what you are doing! Apparently the current 4.1.1 version has no root technique currently available. If you go to XDA Developers (the mobile phones 'hackers' site) you will find that many brick their phones trying to flash new firmware or root the device. It is simply not worth the trouble.
3. It is not a £500 device selling for £100. Many of the technologies fitted are several years old such as 801.11g wireless instead of 'n' and Bluetooth 2.0 instead of 4.0 (it still works fine connected to my cars Parrot kit). Don't be deterred though as the duel core processor fairly flies and the screen is a delight to use, even if it is only 480x800. I would say it is a £300 phone for £100 ;)
4. Use the phone back that has the screen cover attached to it. There is no Gorilla Glass here and the screen will scratch easily if you don't.
5. The camera is not very good, and the headphone jack is recessed so be aware that your own phones may, or may not fit.
6. The GPS does work fine, and quickly too (it will pick up my location in a few seconds). You have to ensure that you have turned on all of the 'helpers' and that when it first tries to get a lock it may take a few minutes. After that it has no problems.
Just so you can make your N9770 look and feel better than the default options I would suggest you try downloading these from the(fully working) Play Store. Obviously these are my personal choices and there are others available. Most of the software listed is either free or has a free 'lite' version you can try out.
Juice Defender: This will switch off devices such as wi-fi and Bluetooth if not in use making your battery last longer.
Nova Launcher: An alternative launcher that has lots of options allowing you to resize icons etc.
Poweramp: Possibly the best music player available for Android
Tweakker: This will allow you to setup your mobile providers internet connection settings for 3G
TouchPal Keyboard: A 'swipe' type keyboard that is much faster and more accurate than the stock Android one.
And I think that's about it. All-in-all, I'm very impressed. I was actually a bit irked when my Nexus finally arrived as I have grown to like this phone immensely over the past week or so and will now use it in my car as a sat-nav (using Co-Pilot) and media centre via the headphone jack. I'm sorely tempted to try other Chinese phones now as they seem to have taken a huge leap in the past 18 months from being rather poor knock-offs to quite capable devices in their own right.
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