2016 Recommended Android phones for YaV1

Bullpup12564

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Hello,

As many of you know a lot of the recommended phones are no longer produced. I am planning on compiling a list of known phones that work. If a phones does work (or does not) please reply with brand, model, and software version, and price paid. Also if a custom rom is being used and rooted it is important to mention, otherwise, it is presumed to be stock. I will keep the list up to date on a weekly basis.

I started the list with an older phone still available from online second source retailers. The first phone on the list is older but it is a start. Please be gentile on me as this is my first attempt to maintain a thread. Thank you.

Also the list may be a moot point at this time as it appears any currently used andriod phone would be fine.

Working phones as of 12April16

Verizon LG OPTIMUS EXCEEDS 2, software 4.4.2, used 25 USD on EBay, works great.
Virgin Mobile LG Tribute 2, software 5.1.1, new 60 USD. As of 5Apr16 new 30 USD at BB.
FreedomPop, Samsung Galaxy S3, Used, unknown software, 40-70 USD
Motorola Nexus 6, unlocked, running pure nexus, 250 USD
Motorola G, KitKat & Lollipop, 35 USD, works also with Waze.
Motorola E, stock firmware, new 30 USD, can't play custom tones.
Sprint, Samsung Galaxy Centura, 13 USD, works with V1, new, Good, cheap V1 only phone,
 
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Even though it is 4 years old, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is still a fantastic little phone and can be had from 50-70 if you keep your eyes open on ebay. In fact, if you look up the Freedompop one, you can probably get it from $40-60.
 

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Thanks for this. I am also curious which tablets people have had success with since I am thinking about integrating one into my car.

Back to the thread, I have had success with a Motorola Nexus 6 unlocked, running pure nexus. You can pick up for around $250 now I believe.
 
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Motorola G, about $35.

Came with KitKat, updated to Lollipop, YaV1 and Waze work on both.
 
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Thank you. This is good to know.

All this feedback here can help others.
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Any used Android is a bargain.
They drop 50% the minute you break the seal on the box.

Bought my LG G4 for $600 at Best Buy last October or so.
I can't even get $225 for it (on swappa now).
 

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Thank you was this new or purchased used?
This was purchased new. $60 is the current price I found online for this. I actually picked this up during Black Friday sale for $20.

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This was purchased new. $60 is the current price I found online for this. I actually picked this up during Black Friday sale for $20.

Sent from my SM-T800 using Tapatalk
I will update. As [MENTION=8778]mswlogo[/MENTION] said above any used andriod is a bargain and maybe this will help just a few.
For your purchase price you did great. Thanks again.
 

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Quick question, late to this game. Would the Thunderbolt work with YaV1 app? I have it left over so I figured I could use it instead of recycling the phone.

Thanks
 

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Prob a good idea for folks to be sure and mention if a custom rom is being used and rooted, otherwise we should assume it's stock.

Yes used androids are plentiful with so many choices, updates, manufactures and cheap alternatives and even tablets to go large platform that don't cost a fortune.

It's a real bargain to add do much more functionality to a detector!

Thanks for being willing to do this labor of love, it's what makes RDF great!

---------- Post added at 07:15 PM ---------- Previous post was at 07:09 PM ----------

Quick question, late to this game. Would the Thunderbolt work with YaV1 app? I have it left over so I figured I could use it instead of recycling the phone.

Thanks
Best I can tell it would as long as the android OS was updated past v3. 2 or later "if you want auto-lockouts" as it comes stock with v2.2.

I would recommend hardwired and dedicated charging when the car is on as it sounds like the battery life is questionable but if it's not activated or being used for data that may be ok too.
http://m.gsmarena.com/htc_thunderbolt_4g-3703.php
 

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I got the Moto E back in February from Best Buy for $30. Still listed at $30 on the website. I had an issue with a pop-up about once per drive asking me to set up my device (even with wifi off). But once I removed the sim card, that went away. Someone mentioned in the original thread that you can't play custom alerts with the Moto E, and as far as I can tell, that is still true. I tested custom alerts with it, and it did indeed fail to function correctly, but I have not attempted to find a fix because I don't really want the custom alert sounds. So if you don't care about custom sounds, Moto E is a good cheap (and brand new) option.

I also noticed on the Best Buy website that the LG Tribute 2 is on sale right now for $30, so someone can snag that one for a really good price.
 

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OK I am sorry to ask, but I really know nothing here. I'm looking at a Samsung Galaxy Centura. It has Android 4.0 and Bluetooth 3.0. I have figured the bypass activation, I think, and everything looks good except I absolutely cannot find out if it has the SPP that is needed for Bluetooth. The last thread had some 2015 phones that looked good but had no SPP. So any help would be great. At $15 delivered it looks perfect, but I sure don't want to throw money away. I've got my V1 Connector coming and I'm eager to start custom sweeps. From what some sites show, none of the Samsung phones with Bluetooth 3.0 show SPP support. Odd. And I am finding a lot of others that don't support SPP. I'm beginning to think this is a bigger issue.

Thanks much guys.

http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Samsung-Galaxy-Centura_id8783

http://www.ebay.com/itm/231243813353?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT
 
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Short of getting a positive response from a member I would stick to the confirmed ones that were recently added. [MENTION=8778]mswlogo[/MENTION] might be able to chime in as he is technicial in this area. Otherwise the tribute 2 on the list is cheap. If you do get it please let us know how it works.
 

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If anyone can find on Ebay a $30 phone that works and that allows me to bypass activation, I would be grateful. It seems near impossible. The more I dig, the worse it gets.

Any hope for an activation bypass on the LG? I see they still have the Moto E and I just might settle for that. Something that works for $30 is better than a dud at $15.

But I can't help but wonder. Maybe Samsung can answer.

And now I find SPP isn't always mentioned. The site above that compares says nothing about Moto E and SPP but people here say it works. So I can't trust that site.

I may just get the stupid Samsung and consider it a donation to the forum here.
 
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If anyone can find on Ebay a $30 phone that works and that allows me to bypass activation, I would be grateful. It seems near impossible. The more I dig, the worse it gets.

Any hope for an activation bypass on the LG? I see they still have the Moto E and I just might settle for that. Something that works for $30 is better than a dud at $15.

But I can't help but wonder. Maybe Samsung can answer.

And now I find SPP isn't always mentioned. The site above that compares says nothing about Moto E and SPP but people here say it works. So I can't trust that site.

I may just get the stupid Samsung and consider it a donation to the forum here.
What do you need SPP for? I think just about any Android made in the past few years should work fine.

And why be so cheap. You spend $450 on the V1 + Dongle and then add a $15 phone. Spend $50 and get a screen you don't have to squint your eyes to read.
 

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What do you need SPP for? I think just about any Android made in the past few years should work fine.

And why be so cheap. You spend $450 on the V1 + Dongle and then add a $15 phone. Spend $50 and get a screen you don't have to squint your eyes to read.
Well, nothing works without SPP, as others have found and Valentine specifically states it is essential. So we all need it. And it is starting to look like a number of phones don't work as a few people have found.

Also, this will be used for custom sweeps. Once. Then shelved until that changes. And used for nothing more. See my point for not wanting to waste money? I'm already spending $50 for the V1 connector, for a one time use.
 
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Well, nothing works without SPP, as others have found and Valentine specifically states it is essential. So we all need it. And it is starting to look like a number of phones don't work as a few people have found.

Also, this will be used for custom sweeps. Once. Then shelved until that changes. And used for nothing more. See my point for not wanting to waste money? I'm already spending $50 for the V1 connector, for a one time use.
Any device at API level 5 (2.0) or above will support SPP. We are well passed any devises not doing so. Just don't buy an old crap phone. Lol

However If your only using it for custom sweeps your missing out on sooooo much. YaV1 brings a ton of awesome and necessary features to the V1. Having all this information and GPS on the V1 rocks!

IMO if your just going to set up sweeps and dump the phone just use the V1 with Ka guard off and be done with it. Save the $50 on the dongle and don't bother with the phone.

It's like having a a Lamborghini motor in a Ford truck with 200k. Use the phone! Lol

Sent from my XT1585
 

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When I look at the Centura, they do not list SPP in the connectivity.

http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Samsung-Galaxy-Centura_id8783/fullspecs

There is also no mention of any API 5 spec, but it looks like that means Android OS 2 and above. But the thread prior to this had a recent phone with no SPP. The API spec supports it, but not all hardware activates it.
And I will likely use the phone for more once I have it so I'll take your advice.
 
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