March 12, 2010
Removing the touch screen (digitizer) proved to be no easy task. My Odyssey cell phone is broken. Therefore, I highly recommend paying someone to replace the touch screen, or ask Chinavasion if they can fix it on their end. Unfortunately, one may have to pay additional repair costs.
One can purchase a replacement touch screen from Chinavasion for about 24 dollars Canadian, but one will have to make a purchase and send a request for a replacement.
March 10, 2010
My Odyssey cell phone has a cracked touch screen (digitizer). It is my fault, and I am going to try to find a replacement glass touch screen to do the repair myself. This maybe the last message I will be writing in this post. It is a great pocket-watch though.
March 3, 2010
I have created a wiki page that will allow anyone to add/delete information. This wiki page is available for anyone wanting to contribute tips on how to do various things on the Odyssey cell phone. The page is located at http://asecurepc.com/wiki/doku.php?id=odyssey_cell_phone_help
NOTE: Since the wiki is editable by anyone, it is quite possible that information will be deleted and/or replaced by spam. If this is the case, please send me an email telling me this by using the email me link in the menu bar above. I will replace the old information usually by the next day.
Feb 21, 2010
After owning the phone for about 2 months, I am starting to see how electronics can become annoying. It is pointless to return the phone for warranty repair if it starts working at the repair depot. To better understand what is happening I will document exactly what is going on with my phone.
The Odyssey – WiFi Quadband Dual-SIM Cell phone w/ 3 Inch Touchscreen from Chinavasion will shut off without warning in my pocket. Pushing the power button does nothing. Removing the battery, blowing on the connectors and putting it back in will often make the cellphone work again. There is the odd case where it does not work. When reinserting the battery does not work, it seems that letting it sit unused for a few hours does. Therefore, the problem with the phone may not be the circuitry and/or the battery, but the heat.
Like a computer, a cell phone is a miniature computer with a CPU and quite possibly heatsinks. Therefore, it is quite possible that the cellphone did shut down due from overheating. Being no expert, I am only giving my opinion on what the problem could be.
It seems that when it comes to electronics, heat is often the culprit behind many of the problems.
Feb 20, 2010
My Odyssey – WiFi Quadband Dual-SIM Cellphone w/ 3 Inch Touchscreen from Chinavasion is no longer working. I have submitted a request for warranty repair. It started working again a few hours later. I guess the repair will have to wait.
Dec 25, 2009
I have just received my Odyssey – WiFi Quadband Dual-SIM Cellphone w/ 3 Inch Touchscreen from Chinavasion. Reading online, I expected it to be Dead on Arrival (DOA). Fortunately, this did not happen. The price for Chinavasion Odyssey cellphone including all taxes, shipping, handling and duties came to $171.50 CDN.
NOTE: Before using the Chinavasion Odyssey cellphone, look through the storage and delete all files that do not seem to belong. Mine apparently had some pictures of scantly clad asian female celebrities and various videos. I am not sure if it was QA tested, or if it is a refurbished(used) product. Any case, it is better to be safe than sorry. One does not want to give a Chinavasion Odyssey cell phone with disturbing images or videos on it.
Being a regular cellphone user, I do not have very high requirements. Canada is very expensive compared to the US when it comes to cellphone plans. Therefore, I stick with the basics.
I only use Chinavasion Odyssey cellphone as a phone. I do not text, surf, or do anything else that will increase my cellphone bill. Therefore, this will be of most interest for people who use their cellphone for voice only.
- Signal – Strangely, one can hear alot of static when talking on the cellphone in buildings on my bluetooth earpiece. This building in particular is a large supermarket chain. Signals from other sources will be picked up occasionally. Talking through the phone is crystal clear, therefore, the problem is the connection from the phone to the bluetooth headset is not perfect. The person on the other end will have a hard time hearing you on a bluetooth headset, but the built-in answering machine can record a message with little static in buildings.
- Answering machine – A very nice feature, that is sold separately with many voice plans, is built into Chinavasion Odyssey cellphone. Therefore, one can hear and take messages directly on the cellphone. Unfortunately, once the answering machine kicks in, the minutes are counted. Therefore, limit the maximum length of the message that can be left to an amount that one is comfortable with. One can hear the message while it is being recorded on the answering machine. Therefore, purposely ignoring calls is possible.
- Texting – A real pain. The onscreen keyboard is obviously going to be too small. Furthermore, typing should be done using the stylus if one has fat fingers. A Blackberry is a better option for texters.
- Address book – One will have to try to stuff all numbers on the SIM card. A SIM card reader will have to used for phone numbers that will be put directly into the phone. Unfortunately, I have not figured out how to get it into the cellphone’s phone book.
- Camera – The picture is stored at 1200×1600 which is a 2 megapixel camera.
- Ringtones – Any MP3 can be used. Protected or unprotected. Others can be used too, but I chose MP3 format.
- WI-FI – Works great, but the on-screen keyboard will always be an issue. Opera browser uses WAP (Cell phone) while the Safari browser uses WI-FI (Internet).
- TV – Does not work in Canada. TV is delivered either by satellite or cable here. It maybe possible to get channels, but that will depend on the area one is in. I can watch 3 channels in my location.
- Radio – One can hear the radio on one’s bluetooth headset. I believe it works on any bluetooth headset.
- Icons – 80% of the stuff one may not use, therefore, deleting them is a option. Unfortunately, there is no way to delete them. Therefore, moving the icons to another page is the only option. Adding additional icons is not possible. At least I did not find a way yet.
- Java games and apps – Chinavasion Odyssey cellphone is similar to the LG KS20. Therefore, most, if not all, apps and/or games will work on Chinavasion Odyssey cellphone that work on the LG KS20. I tested some games, and they all work so far. Doing a search on Google for freeware LG KS20 java apps or freeware LG KS20 java games will provide many results that may be useful. http://www.getjar.com/mobile-productivity-applications-for-lg-ks20/ provides many java apps and games that may work. Java’s virtual keyboard does not work when selected from Java mobile. The virtual keyboard works in a Java midlet, but it must be built into the game and/or app.
- Comparison to IPhone – The Nucleus OS on Chinavasion Odyssey cell phone is not as responsive as the IPhone. I have friends with IPhones test out my Odyssey cellphone. They noticed that the Odyssey is not as smooth with scrolling from page to page and takes longer to load the various programs. IPhone apps and games may not work on the Odyssey since the IPhone resolution is higher than Chinavasion Odyssey cellphone. The IPhone’s screen resolution is 480×320 (HVGA) while Chinavasion Odyssey cell phone’s resolution is 240×320 (QVGA).
- Navigation – Some options require tapping the bottom of the screen to see the other options available off screen while some can be spun upwards. Others require tapping around the bottom of the screen to see the other options off screen, and that can be quite a challenge. I admit this inconsistency is annoying.
- USB connection – Chinavasion Odyssey cell phone can be connected to both Window7 and Linux with the supplied USB cable in Mass storage, Webcam, Com port, and PictBridge mode. I only tested Chinavasion Odyssey cellphone in Mass storage mode. This allows one to copy files from the computer to the phone’s memory as a hard drive.
- Cellphone size – It is noticeably smaller than the IPhone. The Chinavasion Odyssey cellphone has a 3 inch screen compared to 3.5 inches for the IPhone. The icons are smaller than the IPhone icons also.
- Podcasts – Chinavasion Odyssey cell phone can play MP3’s. Therefore, any podcasts that are in MP3 format will work. Furthermore, my Nokia bluetooth headset works with the podcasts. Putting the podcast in a folder called My Music will allow one to use the repeat, shuffle, and other functions available with the MP3 music player.
- User’s manual – It is for the cosun M516 color-display mobile phone. It could be that they gave me the wrong manual, or it is a typo. In any case, it is useless. The user’s manual had nothing related to the Chinavasion Odyssey cellphone.
NOTE: Chinavasion Odyssey cell phone uses Nucleus OS which is a competitor to Windows Mobile, Palm (Garnet) OS, and Blackberry OS. There is a very good chance that any Java mobile software (midlet) that works on Windows Mobile with a touch screen will also work on the Odyssey cellphone. The Java midlet must work on a 240×320 resolution (QVGA) screen though. I tried larger ones, but they stretched off the screen.
- Accelerometer games – The Nokia N95 is a phone that senses tilting is similar to the Odyssey cellphone. Therefore, accelerometer games that work on the Nokia N95 should also work on the Odyssey cellphone. Unfortunately, the games must be Java based. There is currently no downloadable software that I know of that works on Nucleus OS. If one is looking for other games, it must be no larger than a 240×320 resolution (QVGA) screen otherwise the game will stretch off the screen.
A comparison of the IPhone and Chinavasion Odyssey cell phone can be seen at http://aprivatebeach.com/blog/2009/12/comparison-apple-iphone-odyssey-cellphone/. This is far from complete. The table will be updated when I test out the rest of the functions.
In the end, I am happy with my purchase. It is unlocked and fully functional. If it works for a year I will be satisfied with my purchase. If I need to send it back for repairs before that time, the shipping cost is going to be about $100 CDN, unless one is able to find a way to make a deal with the various shipping companies. That is a hefty price for shipping.
It seems that one can ship it back much cheaper, but it will require some research. I did some research for Canada and the US. My results can be found at http://aprivatebeach.com/blog/2009/12/save-money-on-shipping-costs/
Chinavasion Odyssey cell phone can be seen at http://www.chinavasion.com/product_info.php/pName/odyssey-wifi-quadband-dualsim-cellphone-w-3-inch-touchscreen/