Thanks for the awesome detailed response. I've heard that some Chinese branded phones running Android can't connect to the Android app market. Do you know anything about that with the Dopod (manufactured by HTC, last I knew) or Meizu? It would really be a shame to get an android phone and not have access to the market.
Also, thanks for the clarification about 3G. I've learned to get by with GPRS, so that's no problem as long as I can fall back on WiFi every once in a while for big transfers.
I need a new phone and I'd like to try one running the Android OS.
My key requirements are:
-Lower end of cost spectrum
-Wifi (not available in China maybe, so I guess I'd need a gray-market import)
-Compatible w/ China Mobile and China Mobile GPRS or 3G.
Any suggestions on good models that fit this need and where to purchase in Kunming or online would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Cantina is always a safe bet for top-notch food and great service. I think it has actually gotten better and better over the years, which is often not the case with restaurants. Most people who live in Kunming know Cantina. Perhaps not as many know how involved the owners, Libby and Diego, are in various social welfare and community service efforts. Highly recommended both for visitors and long-term residents!
I went there twice for group boxing classes. I left the third time when I was attempting to book into a grappling class. This was part of an attempted process on my part to try the different classes offered there and see if I wanted to purchase one of their various membership cards.
The boxing classes were fun, a great workout, and the coaches and fellow students were all nice. A good atmosphere. Certainly room for improvement, especially in terms of explaining the class structure and fundamental concepts of the sports to beginners...but overall good.
However, on front desk staff member erased the positive aspects of the gym through his unprofessional and rude conduct. I was treated like some sort of con-man for wanting to try out the different classes offered before committing to multi-thousand RMB membership card, despite my willingness to pay per class to try them out. I wasted my time riding over to the gym on a very cold day on my scooter and then being refused service unless I committed on the spot to buying a membership card in direct contradiction to the gym's own policies and written price table. Also wasted was my friend's time and money, as she was in a cab on the way over to the gym in order to join me for the group class at the time I was refused service. My exchange with the staff (in which I was not terribly satisfied, but remained calm and reasonable throughout) was topped off with a remark from the one particular staff member with xenophobic undertones.
As one may see from my other reviews on this site, I typically try not to say anything unless I have something nice to say. In this case, I feel I must make an exception: I don't think it's a business that deserves your effort or money.
One of the best western restaurants in Yunnan. Definitely worth visiting if you will be passing through Shangrila!
The best tacos in Kunming!
I've been taking boxing classes with Kasey, who is an excellent teacher. The studio is no-frills, but they have a wide range of yoga, self defense and other classes. And some of the teachers even donate the class fees to charity. Glad to have Spring City Yoga Collective as part of the community in Kunming.