Optus ZTE V9 Android device review + Upgrade to 2.2

This is a great price tablet, $149 through Optus prepaid and comes with PP net and phone access.

It has:

  • Micro USB port for PC connection
  • Phone
  • Bluetooth
  • Camera
  • Headphone Jack
  • Sim Slot for 3G
  • Micro SD slot
  • 7 Inch Touch Screen
  • FM Radio
  • Wifi
  • and GPS (undocumented)

It fails:

  • It can’t play AVI files!
  • You will need a google account to install apps, it asks you to sign in.
  • Locked to Optus network and Optus branded outside and in. For now ;)
  • Too big to use as a phone :()

The touch screen is good and the whole device is very simple and minimalistic.  When purchasing it you will have to surrender your identity to the retailer.

We decided to upgrade to Android 2.2 to get flash player working and to use the device to share 3G over WIFI.

Upgrading the ZTE V9 to Android 2.2.

Download the upgrade package application to your PC (Optus_V9 Upgrade Tool_30th_April.zip).

Run the Upgrade tool and install the driver to your PC and keep the upgrade package application open.

Switch off the ZTE device, power it down, connect it to the PC via the USB cable.

Put the ZTE device into FTM mode by pressing power and quickly holding both volume buttons until FTM is displayed on the screen.

The ZTE device will open another com port and the upgrade application will upload the new OS via USB.

When done, disconnect the USB cable and with a few minutes until it boots up, be patient.

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