As I mentioned in my post yesterday, I got my gTablet yesterday morning and all looks great. It has a single dead pixel but it’s only visible when the screen is entirely black so not a big deal. Since I got it while I was working I started charging it and didn’t have a chance to play until I got done with work, by which time it was completely charged.
I started off immediately putting on NVFlash, per these instructions:
Then I loaded Clockworkmod per these instructions:
Then I loaded TNT Lite v4.40 (didn’t need instructions, this is pretty basic once you have Clockworkmod)
All together that took about 20 minutes, not bad! The market fix was pretty easy, just followed the instructions on this page since I already own Titanium Backup:
All in all I must say I’m VERY impressed with this device for the price we paid. It’s very fast and the battery life is absolutely amazing! To give you some perspective, I straight GEEKED on this thing all night, from the time I got off work yesterday (roughly 5:30pm) until I went to bed THIS MORNING at 8:30am, only taking a couple hour break to meet my gf for dinner. While I was with her I charged it back to 100% but then I played with it the rest of the night, a good solid 9 hours doing pretty heavy stuff like loading ROMs, watching videos and pushing Flesh to its limits haha. Still, at the end of that 9 hour stretch I had 23% battery left, I was just too tired to keep going! I’ve never had a battery outlast me during an all-night geek session so this truly amazed me. To be fair the viewing angle sucks and it’s a little heavy, but seriously for the price we paid I couldn’t be happier!
I mentioned that I started off with TNT Lite and used that the majority of the night, but around 6am I decided to check out Vegan so I backed up my apps and their data using Titanium, wiped the data and cache partitions using Clockworkmod and loaded VEGAn-TAB ROM beta 5.1 which I downloaded from:
I know the new VEGAn-TAB beta 6 (based on HoneyComb) is supposed to be released shortly after this weekend, but it’s so darn easy and fast to backup and restore your apps/data with Titanium that I figured it’s worth the extra 10 minutes to switch from TNT to VEGAn, just for comparison’s sake. To be honest, I actually like VEGAN a little better… I know it’s all personal preference but I like the theme better, it seems to run just as fast as TNT (I could perceive no performance difference between the two) and I like the settings app better even though it’s not as colorful as TNT’s settings app, I found a few things missing in TNTs settings that were present in VEGANs – such as Accounts & Sync, Location sources, etc.
One thing that bugged me is I couldn’t find the microphone key on any of the built-in keyboards. I have Thumb Keyboard which has a mic key but I couldn’t activate that keyboard with TNT (would Force Close the settings app if I tried), which was one of the major reasons I decided to try VEGAn – thumb keyboard works fine with VEGAn and since it includes a mic key for speech-to-text, which I use like 95% of the time, I’m back to my happy self.
So far the only app I’ve wanted to run but have not been able to has been Google Earth. With TNT installed I tried Earth with and without location spoofing, I even connected my gTablet to my Evo’s GPS (using Share GPS on my EVO and BlueGPS on my gTablet) and it was working great with Google Maps but no matter what I tried Google Earth would display the splash screen for a second then the screen would go off and I’d have to manually turn off by holding the power button for 5 seconds. I didn’t go through such lengths with Earth on VEGAn mainly because it was getting late (or rather, getting early) but Google Earth wouldn’t run on it natively. I’ll wait for VEGAn beta 6 before I dig deeper with Google Earth… it’s not like a critical app but it’s a fun one to show off
Many thanks go out to all the great developers and testers who have made both TNT and VEGAn such great alternatives to stock!
EDIT: I just found Google Earth v1.2.2 here:
http://www.freewarelovers.com/android/app/google-earth and it works just fine on VEGAn-TAB beta 5. I was using Google Earth v1.2.1 last night...