Since my last post I have purchased a new Android Telstra NextG Blue Tick Phone. The model is TELSTRA LG OPTIMUS SPRIT LG-P690F pre paid $149. This is the first Android phone I have been able to find that supports the NextG network and has a Blue Tick for country reception. If you travel outside the Australian Metro-Area then you will find that a 3G phone will only work in Towns and you need a NextG (sometimes called 3.5G). The Blue Tick tells you it will work in fringe reception Areas.
I reported that I was having issues with my Acer Iconia A500, where the Wi-Fi when in an area with multiple network access points would not connect. The symptom being, that it would connect, disconnect, connect to another in a Loop. By the way I have WinXP laptops that connect OK in same environment.
What’s this got to do with the Android Phone from LG-P690F. Well it does the same thing only it’s seems to be easy to fix by Stopping & Starting the Wi-Fi it will lock on and connect OK. The Phone is running Android 2.3.4 Kernel 126.96.36.199-perf, Gingerbread.
This indicates to me that the issue is to do with the Android Operating System both on the Iconia running Honeycomb & LG Phone running Gingerbread. So we can’t really blame Acer! I am still waiting for the 2nd level support to contact me re the issues.
The GPS on the new LG phone is much more sensitive and receives stronger signals than the Iconia. The phone GPS gave it’s first fix in 4 mins after turning on the GPS for first time out of the box. I will report back when I have had more chance to play with it.