It was a stressful experience! As some of you already know: Learning new things is very hard for me. Having to deal with an Android phone was certainly no exception. Searching the web for what I wanted gave an overwhelming amount of information. It was like looking for a needle in a haystack.
Problems already started with small details like the hostname. In our network (combined with the neighbors) are quite a number of devices. The routers (Fritz!Box) keep track of all the computers showing their hostnames and IP-addresses. How am I supposed to know which of the devices "Android-[hex numbers]" (MAC address?) is mine? How am I supposed to find the phone in the network when it has a name like this? For something as simple as setting the computer name you need the ADB.
Next… Why don’t I have root access on the phone by default?!¹ I hate it when my computers disobey.
If I say “delete”, this means exactly this: “DELETE!” and not “This is a system app. You may not delete system apps.”
If I say "dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda" this means "Overwrite the first HDD/SSD with all 0x00!" and not "You may not do this for your own good."
I give my computers orders; commands… Not ideas to serve as a basis for discussion.
You &§&%”§ phone!! Want to meet a dear friend of mine? His name is Hammer. Sledge Hammer.
I probably did it wrong using a tool like this but it worked (some others did not): Kingroot. It gave me root privileges and the possibility to delete Chrome, YouTube, Play Store, Google+, Google Maps, Google, Google, Google… Sadly it integrated itself somewhat in the OS and shows a colorful “Security Index” number and asks me to tap here to fix ‘problems’ – like some rouge anti-malware on Windows PCs. This gave me a bit of the feeling… can’t express that in English: “Den Teufel mit dem Beelzebub austreiben!” (literal translation “Exorcising the devil with Beelzebub!” dict.leo.org suggests "to jump from the frying pan into the fire” Mhmm. That’s not as good… but okay.)
Eventually I got Kingroot to shut up and only show a message when some program wants root access.
I will stay true to myself and have no plans of using this device as a cellphone. For testing purposes I inserted my SIM into the Wiko Rainbow and used it for some time like my normal mobile phone. This means pretty much not using it at all besides listening to music or audio books sometimes. To simulate some usage I used Firefox in the WiFi network for some minutes each day. Surfing the web with such a small thing was awful.
The battery seems to be in working condition. However the result was not on the same level as my non-smart phone. I had to recharge the Wiko after only about 5 days where my normal phone lasts about two weeks.
Because nobody wants this thing I will keep it as an offline audio player.
¹ I do know some of the pseudo security arguments.
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