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Old 01-13-2021, 10:09 PM   #451
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Can I safely remove all the Chinese programs? Will this somehow destabilize the phone or cause any problems with system updates? I also want to completely disable/remove the Vision thing that wants to appear on a swipe to the left from the main screen.
I don't believe that you can disable or uninstall Vision as it seems to be their OS. However, most of the other apps which it came with such as their app store, I either uninstalled or disabled. I don't think you are able to uninstall or disable essential apps unless you root your device.

My advice would be not to load it up with too much essential stuff yet. Then try disabling or uninstalling as much as you like or are able to do, a couple of apps at a time. If it starts acting funny, you'll know which apps likely caused the problem. A factory reset could then bring any uninstalled apps back. You could re-enable any disabled apps. You would then know which apps not to delete and you wouldn't have lost too much information with your factory reset.

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What apps have you installed in the stead of the built-in ones? I would want to use as much open source software as possible - if it's available on f-droid it's a huge plus. What keyboard, caller, etc, work well with the e-ink screen? I don't quite trust the inbuilt stuff, and want to deactivate it in as far as that is possible.
I've got a bunch of ereading apps. My primary one is Moon+ Reader Pro. Have a variety of dictionary apps, mainly for Chinese and Japanese. I use GBoard for my keyboard and Google's TTS engine for text-to-speech. I like the @Voicealoud app when I am having the phone do my reading for me. I use OsmAnd and Here We Go for maps. F-Droid and the Aurora Store to get apps. I use a variety of browsers. I disabled the native browser after installing the ones I wanted (Firefox, Brave, Opera...). I use FX for file management. That's about it.

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Old 01-14-2021, 09:30 AM   #452
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I don't believe that you can disable or uninstall Vision as it seems to be their OS. However, most of the other apps which it came with such as their app store, I either uninstalled or disabled. I don't think you are able to uninstall or disable essential apps unless you root your device.

My advice would be not to load it up with too much essential stuff yet. Then try disabling or uninstalling as much as you like or are able to do, a couple of apps at a time. If it starts acting funny, you'll know which apps likely caused the problem. A factory reset could then bring any uninstalled apps back. You could re-enable any disabled apps. You would then know which apps not to delete and you wouldn't have lost too much information with your factory reset.



I've got a bunch of ereading apps. My primary one is Moon+ Reader Pro. Have a variety of dictionary apps, mainly for Chinese and Japanese. I use GBoard for my keyboard and Google's TTS engine for text-to-speech. I like the @Voicealoud app when I am having the phone do my reading for me. I use OsmAnd and Here We Go for maps. F-Droid and the Aurora Store to get apps. I use a variety of browsers. I disabled the native browser after installing the ones I wanted (Firefox, Brave, Opera...). I use FX for file management. That's about it.
Thank you for the recommendations!

I've now managed to get moon reader on there, and goldendict 2.3, which seems to be a modified pro version - it has a much improved design! The problem I have with moon reader is that it doesn't look good on e-ink. I've changed the font colour to black and the background to white, but it still seems a bit grainy and out of focus. How have you configured it to look good? Or are you content with the standard look?

Overall, happy with the device so far. It seems even faster than my Nova 3. Opening aard2 and goldendict from within a reader and getting back to the text is really snappy.

I was a bit worried about the lower PPI, but it looks really good; it doesn't look any worse than my Kindle or Nova 3.

Listening to music is a joy. Drives my headphones really loud and clear - fantastic sound through Spotify! I don't really know what the hifi option does and if that's the reason for it, but I'm happy with the sound.

I haven't yet tried using it as a phone, but I guess I'll try some calls later. I've heard some worrying reports about SMS not being delivered. Hopefully, that's not going to be a problem.
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Is there an option to use custom icons on the A5 Pro? The BW screen obviously doesn't show colour, so I have installed Frost from F-droid, but I see no option in the settings to change icons...
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Old 01-21-2021, 09:58 PM   #454
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I'm sure you can install a launcher with themes like most other Android tablets.
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