The Devices I’ve Used
As an engineer I have been given a work phone, typically a cheap Nokia feature phone. I’m totally against carrying two phones if I can help it, so at the first opportunity I snagged a Dual Sim phone. Yes, Dual Sim Android phones do exist though in 2010 you had no options but to use Huawei phones. My first phone was a Huawei Deuce it was a basic phone for a basic need. I could have gone out and bought a Samsung single SIM phone, but it would not have solved my problem…. two phones in my pocket.The Deuce served me well till the end of 2012 when I bought my next gen dual sim, dual core Huawei phone.
The Huawei U8950D was my next device. It’s known as the Huawei Ascend G600. The specs you see are for the one that’s generally available to the western world. I got my Dual SIM direct through eBay from China so when it arrived it was quite literally speaking Chinese. I changed it a lot since the standard set up. I gained root access (don’t worry about that if you don’t know what it is) and have changed the look and feel of it greatly. It didn’t come with any connection at all to Google and I had to do some really geeky stuff to be able to get to the Google Play store. Additionally there’s a lot more phones available in Australia with dual SIM.
The Samsung Tab S 8.4 was the next device I purchased, and I have already performed a review on it so I won’t go into much detail in this post. The tablet was superseded the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 which is the one I wanted to buy and was quickly superseded by the Galaxy Tab 4 but I like it. The power is good, and unless you’re a game fiend the battery lasts a good day and a half if not two.
When the power button on the U8950D started to wear out I gave it up for a Samsung Galaxy Duos (SM-G355H). I was honestly only looking for a decent, mainline phone that was under or very close to $200. This one fit the bill and was dual SIM. It came with some Samsung bloatware, but on the whole it’s a solid performer. I also bought one for my wife, her’s is white, and mine’s black.
Time for an upgrade and to get away from KingSU. I recently have had the requirement of charging the Duos twice a day and KingRoot automatically upgraded to KingSU. Having KingRoot on my device always made me feel uneasy but it was a necessary evil at the time. Recently, due to the Christmas sales, I upgraded to a Samsung Galaxy S5. For the time being I’m going to live with it un-rooted. I’ve already noticed a couple of hitches, things I took for granted, like Tasker’s ability to change keyboards with the help of Secure Settings. I’m not however convinced that rooting my phone is in my best interests just yet.