Mobile Checklist


Cellphone Plan

  • Monthly Fee:

    • Data (2Gb a month - would reach limit a couple days before often, 3Gb a month - would reach warning at end of month sometimes, 6Gb a month no warnings yet). Highest data usage would be Chrome (web browsing), Facebook

    • Calls (less than an hour a month)

    • Text (less than 100 a month)

    • North America-Wide Data, Calls, Text (outgoing and incoming)

      • Currently AT&T, previously Metro

    • Voicemail


  • Update the OS

  • SIM card (size)

  • Compatible Network

    • Network Settings (APN)

    • Register SIM card (Fido)

    • Register Phone IMEI (MetroPCS)

  • Wifi network passwords/Connecting



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Fire 10 HD (2017)


Android can let you pull the apps from a previous device, but only from older versions of Android - for example, my new Moto G5 Plus is running (Android 7.0) so it can't pull my Asus Zenfone 3 Laser (Android 7.1) backup from the cloud.


  • MS Office: OneNote, Word, Excel

  • Google Docs: Keep, Docs, Sheets

  • Keyboard: Minuum

  • E-mail: Inbox, Gmail


  • Google Maps

    • Offline Maps of home region

  • Taxi: Uber, Lyft

  • RideShare: Car2go, Zipcar

  • Transit: Transit (bus times), RideKC (local transit)

Cellphone Settings App

  • myMetro (MetroPCS), Fido My Account (Fido), myRogers (Rogers)


  • Music: Spotify, Google Play Music

  • Movies: Netflix, Youtube

  • Reading: Google Play Books, Marvel Unlimited (Comics), Feedly (RSS), Bible


  • Facebook

  • Chat: Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp, Skype


  • Pokemon Go (a good benchmark for phone performance)

  • Boardgames: Onirim, Race for the Galaxy, Sentinels of the Multiverse, Ascension

App Stores

  • Humble, Amazon, Play Store

Android x86 (ASUS TP300LA conversion)


  • Use "LiveCD" USB drives

    • might need to use windows/system32/diskpart (select disk #, clean) to be able to remount them

  • Houdini via enable_nativebridge (ARM compatibility) for app support (otherwise silent crash on startup)

    • lib64 via enable_nativebridge 64 ?

  • Changed accelerometer directions and prevent erratic flips after resume from suspend via

    • set_property ro.iio.accel.quirks no-trig

    • set_property ro.iio.accel.order 102

  • OS issues

    • Currently using BlissOS 11.13 GSM build (with Google Apps built-in) - has sleep via power button. Possibly still issues with wifi if it sleeps on its own?

    • Android x86

      • 9 has issues reconnecting wifi after sleep

      • Android 7 and 8 seem better for wifi but no full sleep - 7 seems most stable

        • Sentinels - 7 crashes on the win screen (fixed with lib64 ARM), 8 crashes starting the Kismet one-shot and 5 player games, sometimes Guise + Sentinels + big team + I can do that too

      • Oceans crashes here but OK on BlissOS (maybe it's Android 9 needed?)

    • Bluestacks (32-bit)

      • Oceans crashes here as well

      • newer Bluestacks has issues with Race for the Galaxy buttons need to double-click?