LG Quantum Tips and Tricks?

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LG Quantum Tips and Tricks?

If you've bought the LG Quantum,

 

- What are your initial impressions?

- Is it as fast as everyone seems to say?

- Did you buy a larger memory card for it?

- Have you found any undocumented tips or tricks?

- Have you found any quirks or problems?

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Re: LG Quantum Tips and Tricks?

I've used this phone for a couple of days now. I chose it because I wanted a WP7 phone with a keyboard.

 

Initial impressions... Overall, I'm pleased. I previously used a Tilt 2 phone, which had a lovely UI but was sluggish and buggy even after installing the latest software. The Quantum just plain works--it's fast and reliable. I had previously read a few reviews talking about slow load times for WP7 apps, but have concluded that that must be phone-specific because apps pop right up on my Quantum.

 

I haven't tried expanding its memory. Heck, I haven't yet figured out how to manage the memory that's built in. I have no clue how to see how much of it has been used and is free.  Smiley Happy

 

One beef I have is that it's not possible to turn off the shutter sound on the camera. This isn't a limitation of WP7; this is how LG designed the phone. I'd LOVE a hack for this. There are times (say, for example, a wedding) when you'd like to be able to snap a picture without the phone making noise.

 

Also, I'm having some trouble with battery life sucking. Last night I fully-charged my phone, and this morning--maybe 10 hours later--the battery was less than half-charged. My phone wasn't in use during that period; WiFi and Bluetooth were off, and the screen was turned off. I'm doing some experimenting to see if it's worse when e-mail push from Exchange is enabled.

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Re: LG Quantum Tips and Tricks?

 


ParrotHead_FL wrote:

I've used this phone for a couple of days now. I chose it because I wanted a WP7 phone with a keyboard.

 

Initial impressions... Overall, I'm pleased. I previously used a Tilt 2 phone, which had a lovely UI but was sluggish and buggy even after installing the latest software. The Quantum just plain works--it's fast and reliable. I had previously read a few reviews talking about slow load times for WP7 apps, but have concluded that that must be phone-specific because apps pop right up on my Quantum.

 

I haven't tried expanding its memory. Heck, I haven't yet figured out how to manage the memory that's built in. I have no clue how to see how much of it has been used and is free.  Smiley Happy

 

One beef I have is that it's not possible to turn off the shutter sound on the camera. This isn't a limitation of WP7; this is how LG designed the phone. I'd LOVE a hack for this. There are times (say, for example, a wedding) when you'd like to be able to snap a picture without the phone making noise.

 

Also, I'm having some trouble with battery life sucking. Last night I fully-charged my phone, and this morning--maybe 10 hours later--the battery was less than half-charged. My phone wasn't in use during that period; WiFi and Bluetooth were off, and the screen was turned off. I'm doing some experimenting to see if it's worse when e-mail push from Exchange is enabled.


 

  • Expanding Memory? - The 16GB of memory is Fixed.  There isn't a way to expand it due to potential Win7 Issues with MicroSd Cards.
  • Battery Life?  I would try to condition the Battery by Draining it and then doing a full uninterupted Charge... This should help
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Re: LG Quantum Tips and Tricks?

Does the battery reconditioning trick still work? It seems like I read somewhere that newer batteries don't need that the way older ones did.

 

I had always been taught not to charge a battery until it was just about completely discharged. Then to have the phone turned off while charging. Don't know if those old tips are still valid.

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Re: LG Quantum Tips and Tricks?

Let me add one more thing about this phone.

 

I don't know if all WP7 phones are designed this way, or if it's up to the manufacturer, but the LG Quantum has no indicator lights on it. In other words, you can't look at your phone and tell if you missed a call, have voicemail waiting, have a text message, etc. without turning the screen on. It would've been great for there to be a tiny LED that could flash if any of these conditions were true.

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ParrotHead_FL wrote:

Let me add one more thing about this phone.

 

I don't know if all WP7 phones are designed this way, or if it's up to the manufacturer, but the LG Quantum has no indicator lights on it. In other words, you can't look at your phone and tell if you missed a call, have voicemail waiting, have a text message, etc. without turning the screen on. It would've been great for there to be a tiny LED that could flash if any of these conditions were true.


Might be a Win 7 thing, I have the same problem with the Samsung Focus on win 7. 

 

 

Also, the battery draining may be a Win 7 thing.  My Samsung Focus sometimes lasts 2 days, sometimes lasts 12 hours on a full charge.  I too have BT OFF, and WiFi OFF.  Not sure what's sometimes making it drain like a sink.

 

Regarding the battery charging:  That's all really outdated stuff.  No need to completely drain the battery, no affect on not doing so, no need to "condition" the battery anymore.  That was the case for NiCAD batteries which are no longer used on phones.  Most if not all new phones use LiON bat's that do not have those issues. 

Regards
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Through some experimenting, I found that having the phone check my POP e-mail account regularly appears to have been the source of the drain. I disabled that (changed it to manual sync), and started getting much better battery life.

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Contributor

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I've owned the Quantum for a few days now.  Initial impressions are very positive.  The 1ghz processor does seem to be as fast as I'd read.  I have no complaints at all with the responsiveness. 

 

The touchscreen is bright and very sharp. 

 

I agree completely with the complaint about the camera shutter sound.  How is it possible that they don't provide a way to turn that off?

 

I suppose they are trying to keep the screen 'clean' by turning off the bars and battery strength indicators.  You do get the bars back on the dialer screen.  I haven't discovered a way to get the battery strength to display except on the initial screen.  I'd like the option of keeping both around. 

 

I really like the keyboard, but some of the UI doesn't seem optimized for use with the keyboard in landscape mode.

 

I've been an iPod fan since the beginning.  No prior experience with the Zune, but I have to say that I'm enjoying it. 

 

I seriously considered an iPhone 4, but thought I'd jump in to something new.  So far, even though in places this seems like a 1.0 version, it's been a good experience.

 

 

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Contributor

Re: LG Quantum Tips and Tricks?

Swipe down at the very top of of any screen for the bars and batter icon.

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Contributor

Re: LG Quantum Tips and Tricks?

I am very interested in trick or hacks. I have had the phone for about a week now and switched to this from the tilt2. Over at pocketnow.com they have some little tricks for wp7.

 

I like the phone and like an earlier poster, chose this phone because of the slide out keyboard. What I am really interested in concerns files and email, mainly. I downloaded Adobe and can receive PDF's but I want to be able to send PDF's and the feature that only allows you to send one Word attachment at a time is annoying. I want a way to do this.

 

The GPS is great, better than any other phone that I have had, but it sometimes gets stuck with an overhead view instead of just a map. As for the Zune features, I have not put my music on but I have had zunes for a couple of years now. I will see in the next week or so if this is as good as a zune. I preferred the Zune to an ipod because you did not have to convert formats, if it played on my laptop, it played on my Zune.

 

I wish that Microsoft had released the source code earlier to developers because that is the one constant annoyance, lack of common apps. While I can deal with the included browser, I loved an app called Glympse. For those not familiar, check it out. I am hoping that there is a version for WP7 soon. I thought when I read about the phone I would have problems from not having a file explorer but so far that has not been an issue. 

 

I have heard there is already a hack to enable tethering, but this is not something I am interested in, and I hear there is a great chance of bricking the phone. 

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A lot of app developers are taking a wait-and-see approach with WP7. This is a mistake; WP7 is getting great reviews, and is likely to be a hit. Progressive app developers will go ahead and get their apps out now rather than waiting. For our part as WP7 users, we can contact developers to let them know we're here and we want WP7 versions of their apps. I've been doing that as I come across apps I'm interested in that have no WP7 versions.

 

That said, the apps I use most frequently (things like GasBuddy, FourSquare, Twitter, Facebook) are all out for WP7. There are currently over 3,500 apps available, and the list is growing daily.

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Tutor

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I've had the phone for a couple weeks and have mostly positive things to say about it.  I've had BB, Pre, and a Droid so I've got a lot to comare it to.  The Quantum is easily the fastest and least buggy of the smart phones I've used.  Everything is pretty easy to figure out and set up.   The screen is great and the unit itself is solid and well built. 

 

The biggest problem I have is the lack of a new-message notification light (see below). 

 

Other issues I have are:

 

A lack of a universal inbox.  Each email account has to have it's own icon.  The universal message center on the Droid is great. 

 

Lack of new message reminders - there should be an optional setting to repeat an audible notification every so often until a message is viewed, 

 

Lack of control over desktop icons.  You can add and remove at will, but the icons are HUGE and beyond color you are stuck with these huge graphics.  Personally I'd rather have smaller icons and a visible wallpaper. 

 

Individually these aren't huge issues, and I'd trade `em all for a notification light: 

 


ParrotHead_FL wrote: ...the LG Quantum has no indicator lights on it. In other words, you can't look at your phone and tell if you missed a call, have voicemail waiting, have a text message, etc. without turning the screen on. It would've been great for there to be a tiny LED that could flash if any of these conditions were true.

I agree - this is a big deal for me.  I've seen some apps for other phones that attempt to address it but nothing concrete for the Quantum.  Does anyone know of a solution available or pending?  Any chance they may offer something in the future? 

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Voyager

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My wife loves her phone....me not so much since it appears to use mystery 3G data 1:00a in the morning when it is not being used and has wifi available.  My son's Samsung Focus doesn't seem to have this issue. 

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Contributor

Re: LG Quantum. Plenty of things I am not happy with

I have had the phone for about 10 days now. Here is a short list of things I am not happy with.

 

1. I have to go through a maze just to make a phone call.

 

2. I can't set a home page for the IE. Nearly every time I go online it go to the page for the quantum. the same page they use to try to sell you one. News flash I already have a Quntum you don't need to keep trying to sell me one.

 

3. When the phone has an incoming call and you were doing something and the screen locks, you dang near have to do the hookie pookie to get it to start working. You push the keyboard in, you pull the keyboard out. you push the keyboard in and you shake it all about. All this while the phone is ringing and your trying to answer it before voice mail kicks in.

 

4. Why can I stop the music player? Sure you can pause it.

 

5. The GPS at times is miles of from my location. I really don't like the George Orwell fuction on this phone.

 

6. Some times it calls the wrong person and it won't let me get back out before the call goes through.

 

7. it seams the screen does not really want to work when you use your left hand.

 

 

I feel that this whole system is only half finished before you went in to production.

 

Mark { Personal information removed }

Orlando FL

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Re: LG Quantum. Plenty of things I am not happy with

1. How so? I just push the "phone" button on the home screen

 

2. From what I can tell, it's not possible to set an IE homepage. Whenever I launch IE, it always brings up the last page(s) I had open. However, you can pin URLs to your home screen--so just pin the URL of whatever website you want to be your homepage to your home screen and use that to launch IE.

 

3. No experience with this one--I don't recall getting a call while in the middle of using the phone for something else.

 

4. I don't understand this question. You're saying you can't stop, but you can pause?

 

5. I haven't had this issue so far. Is this in any one particular app?

 

6. Haven't experienced this one personally.

 

7. Haven't experienced this one personally.

 

WP7 has, as I understand it, two updates lined up to be pushed out in the near future. I'm not sure whether these will address some of your concerns (Microsoft has kept quiet about the details). But I've had my LG Quantum for over a month now, and am as happy with it as a pig in mud. WP7 being so new, I expected more glitches--like weird errors or the need to restart the phone. Haven't had them, though. My phone... Well, it just plain WORKS!  :-)

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