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Motorola Moto G Boost Mobile No Contract Android Smart Phone
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Good, cheap disposable smartphone 05/30/2014

This review is from: Motorola Moto G Boost Mobile No Contract Android Smart Phone

Pros: Bootloader can be unlocked, phone can be rooted and switched from Boost to Pageplus Cellular(Verizon) easily.

Quad Core CPU with 1 Gig of RAM performs well

Should have Kitkat 4.42 OS on it already

Price is cheap

Cons: Non removable Battery means that when the battery stops holding a charge, this phone will be toast.

No MicroSD card slot means you will have to store your data in the cloud.

3G only means you're limited to 3g speeds

Other Thoughts: On XDA-Developers and Howardforums, they have figured out how to convert this phone easily to Pageplus Cellular right out of the box without having to activate on Boost. PPC is a prepaid no contract MVNO that uses Verizon service-instantly fixing the biggest complaint about this phone-that Boost is not a great service.

it requires that you unlock the bootloader(voids the warranty) and then load the Verizon Android OS via a PC and USB cable. At that point, you can activate it on PPC and get full working 3G speeds. You can also easily root it and remove the Verizon bloatware afterwards.

This is a great deal for a phone that retails for over 179$ and no contract required. I bought this phone from another provider but wanted to pass the info along.

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FAVI Entertainment SS-4GB SmartStick with Android Apps (Built-in WiFi)
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Correction-it;s only a single core A9 running at 1 ghz.

Cons: Specs are not clear on website or Newegg so deducting an egg.

Other Thoughts: most people will want to hold out for a dual core or quad core unit.

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FAVI Entertainment SS-4GB SmartStick with Android Apps (Built-in WiFi)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Works better than expected 09/23/2013

This review is from: FAVI Entertainment SS-4GB SmartStick with Android Apps (Built-in WiFi)

Pros: Includes a version of CWM built in for flashing alternate roms. There is a rooted version on their website and flashing is not hard. There is a better alternate rom called JASS located on xda-developers.com

Includes a simple ir remote(line of sight) for configuring the unit.

Running full version of Android ICS 4.04 so you can run almost any Android App you already own and use on phone or tablet. No Google TV version necessary.

Not as sluggish as expected. Any speed issues has to do with Wifi controller. But you can plug in a USB wired controller if wifi isn;t going to work.

able to connect USB drives and USB keyboard and mouse to it.

Cons: Wifi controller is a little weak

HDMI extension cable could be longer than 6 inches but atleast they give you one.

Included remote is a little weak too but again, atleast they give you one.

Other Thoughts: Bought as shell shocker deal for 45.00$, 35.00 after mail in rebate. Price is the main driving factor. Bought the 4GB version and I think it;s actually the 8GB one. I have about 5.59 gigs of free space on it;s internal sd card.

Not the fastest stick out there(the specs are a little sparse), I think it;s a Mali 400 GPU with a Dual Core A9 Processor running only at 1GHZ with 1 GB of RAM(better than the 512 in most older smartphones). It works better than I was expecting-I was expecting alot of lag like on my old Nook Color. no cpu hit when I am streaming video-i loaded OS monitor and let it run resident then hit the F2 key.

to simulate phone hardware buttons on a standard keyboard, esc is back button, f1 is menu, F2 is notification tray info and F4 is home.

Biggest pro is that includes a version of CWM Recovery-not sure of the version but basically this means that you should not be able to brick this thing unless you go totally crazy and wipe it out. CWM is the program built into the bios that lets you.

Biggest failing of Google TV devices is that sometimes they needed a special version of an app mostly because of the x86 CPU but also because of screen orientation issues. I;ve had less problems with this unit thus far.

to the guy having issues with firmware update, unzip the firmware zip to a micro sdcard, use a paperclip to hit pin button and plug in and release the paperclip button when the logo shows up. the update should happen automatically. since CWM is built in, you can;t brick this unit.

hope it lasts and doesn;t overheat or die.

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Display Name: Fred H.

Date Joined: 11/22/05

  • Reviews: 15
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  • First Review: 11/17/11
  • Last Review: 05/30/14
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