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No Contract Phones as Audio Players
#91  radbaddude 02-28-2017, 09:08 AM
Quote ApK
My son just bought the Tracfone ZTE Citrine ($29.99 at Target and elsewhere) to replace his broken Sansa media player. It was cheaper to get a phone than any decent media player these days, if you can even find one.
8GB, MicroSD expandable 4" screen, Android 5.1, and most notably for the phones at this price, two cameras so he can video chat.

So far, he's loving it. It performs better than I expected for a $30 phone, and so he's doing more game playing than audio listening right now.

I'm pleasantly surprised that for $30, with no activation required, we can get a device like this. Bluetooth, Wifi, GPS, and even with only 8GB (and shifting some stuff to the SD card) he has a gaggle of apps installed.
And if we want to, we can even activate it as a phone.

I doubt I'll even bother buying him a case for protection. Hopefully by the time he breaks it, we'll be able to get an even better device even cheaper.
(I don't WANT it to be disposable, but it seems like the better value play.)


Would you still recommend this phone for audiobooks in the car?


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#92  ApK 02-28-2017, 09:56 AM
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Would you still recommend this phone for audiobooks in the car?
Yes, as a matter of fact, he tried it with my bluetooth car stereo and via the 3.5mm aux cord in my car for the first time this weekend. it's proved impressively adequate. The output volume seemed a little low compared to my phone, but we just had to turn the car stereo a little louder to compensate
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#93  radbaddude 03-01-2017, 11:16 AM
Quote ApK
Yes, as a matter of fact, he tried it with my bluetooth car stereo and via the 3.5mm aux cord in my car for the first time this weekend. it's proved impressively adequate. The output volume seemed a little low compared to my phone, but we just had to turn the car stereo a little louder to compensate


Awesome! My droid x won't charge anymore so I'll be picking this up. Tyvm


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#94  Blossom 03-01-2017, 11:50 AM
Just stay away from the ZTE Maven II. It's a piece of junk. I got it for free and now I know why AT&T gave them away during Xmas.

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#95  booklover6 03-01-2017, 05:29 PM
Quote Blossom
Just stay away from the ZTE Maven II. It's a piece of junk. I got it for free and now I know why AT&T gave them away during Xmas.

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What's it doing? I got one, which my daughter has mainly been using with Spotify. Is it not worth activating as a phone?
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#96  Blossom 03-01-2017, 07:38 PM
Quote booklover6
What's it doing? I got one, which my daughter has mainly been using with Spotify. Is it not worth activating as a phone?
The sensor is really messed on it as a phone. The screen is cheap so unresponsive or misinterprets touches. It garbles on calls people can't understand your words half the time. I am having to restart it just to fix the sensor bug. It has sync issues too.

I have to use a call lock app just to talk on it otherwise it just goes nuts with the screen.

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#97  booklover6 03-03-2017, 07:51 AM
Quote Blossom
The sensor is really messed on it as a phone. The screen is cheap so unresponsive or misinterprets touches.
No touch or screen problems on my daughter's phone. It has not yet been used for calls or texts, although I will activate it soon and find out. (Well maybe not til the end of April).

My issue with this phone is that apps can't be moved to the SD card. And it's only got 8GB internal. That is severely limiting.
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#98  radbaddude 03-04-2017, 12:12 PM
Quote booklover6
No touch or screen problems on my daughter's phone. It has not yet been used for calls or texts, although I will activate it soon and find out. (Well maybe not til the end of April).

My issue with this phone is that apps can't be moved to the SD card. And it's only got 8GB internal. That is severely limiting.


Why can't apps be moved?


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#99  booklover6 03-04-2017, 01:57 PM
Quote radbaddude
Why can't apps be moved?


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Android 6 Marshmallow doesn't allow it (though I might be able to do something about that, if this phone will allow "adoptable storage")
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#100  ApK 03-04-2017, 05:24 PM
Quote booklover6
Android 6 Marshmallow doesn't allow it
I have no idea what your particular phone allows, but Android 6 Marshmallow absolutely does allow it. I just did it. Not all apps allow it, though.
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