October 25, 2022

Adventures in Bloatware

These are the applications that came installed on Narmaya, my new Samsung Galaxy A42 5G


Google
Google Chrome
G-Mail
Maps
YouTube
Drive
Google Duo
Google Photos
Microsoft Office
One Drive
Outlook
AR Zone
Wear
Samsung My Files
Samsung Health
Samsung TV Plus
Smart Things
Smart Switch
Call Filter
Verizon Cloud
Digital Secure
Message+
My Verizon
Calculator
Calendar
Camera
Clock
Contacts
Disney+
Galaxy Store
Gallery
Game Launcher
Internet
Messages
Netflix
Phone 
Play Store
Samsung Free
Samsung Global Goals
Samsung Notes
Samsung Wallet
Spotify
Voicemail
YT Music
Apple Music
Candy Crush Saga
Candy Crush Soda
Capture
Facebook
Genshin Impact 
Google TV
Meet
Moment
News Break
Pintrest
Pluto TV
Royal Match
Slotomania
Smart Family
SnapChat
Solitaire
Solitaire (again)
TikTok
Toon Blast
Wallet
Woodoku
Word Trip
Coin Master
Blocks

Note that this was an insurance replacement through Verizon via Asurion, note too, that the process was painless.

Now, this is just scrolling through the menu. Phone and Clock I guess aren't really apps in the usual sense and it's nice to have Microsoft Office on the phone. I might have installed Genshin Impact at some point since it won't play on my iMac, but LORD...I wonder what this Samsung would be capable of if I could get most of those apps removed. 

Thus far, I'm happy with the phone, though it looks and feel...fragile. It certainly does not give the impression of being nearly as robust a piece of kit as Greya, my heroically departed Kyocera Duraforce Pro. That was a full fledged rugged phone that had survived immersion in seawater, being dropped off a roof onto pavement and day to day use It, sadly, has been discontinued. I'll not be carrying it outside the car until my shield, Otterbox and holster arrive.

The battery life thus far is amazing. I have not charged it since it was activated Saturday morning and it still has a 45% charge. I've made multiple calls and watched over an hour of video on it as of 17:00 Tuesday evening.

It is a remarkably thin device, looking kind of like the Obelisk from 2001 and fits in the hand nicely, but it is slick, really slick, like its made out of teflon and dipped in bacon grease slick.  I set it on the bookshelf and set it to vibrate  and when the phone went off its vibration propelled it off the shelf with considerable speed onto the (fortuitously carpeted) floor. I now have it in a tray, lest it attempt suicide again. 

I'll need to toy with it a bit but aside from its almost surreal thinness and the lack of covers for its USB ports it seems pretty nice thus far. 

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 04:09 PM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 I play Woodoku a lot. Although it's kind of wearing too, to have a game that inevitably ends in failure.

Posted by: Mauser at Tue Oct 25 20:57:58 2022 (BzEjn)

2 Your phone's named Narmaya? I didn't know you played GBF.

Posted by: Avatar_exADV at Tue Oct 25 21:27:54 2022 (6/aLK)

3 A lot of those apps can be disabled in Settings, so they don't run.  Usually, even a lot of the ones you can't get rid of from Settings, you can disable via adb, if you're willing to do command-line stuff from your computer.

Posted by: Rick C at Wed Oct 26 08:35:02 2022 (kbV78)

4 Disney now counts you as subscribed to Disney+, in their subscription numbers. Because the app is on there.

Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Wed Oct 26 14:40:03 2022 (sF8WE)

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