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Old February 12th, 2010, 11:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was thinking early this morning while I was making waffles and listening to music on my Eris i wondered whats one thing that makes the Eris so awesome (bedsides the price tag). I pondered this for awhile and i realized that its the simplicity of the Sense UI or at least is does for me. I know some people like to rid themselves of it or use ahome or some sort of home switcher, but if you could tell HTC something to change for a update to sense what would it be would you change something little or a complete overhaul.

Personally i would like to see it run smoother and the bottom bar where it says phone be customizable and for built in skins that are dramatically different from one another. just a thought what do you think?

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I love the Sense UI, it is one of the main things that made me want the Eris in the first place. That said, there are a few things I would change/add to Sense and the whole Android OS that I think would improve it.

- The ability to install and run apps from the Sd Card.
- The ability to uninstall ANYTHING that is on the phone.
- I would like to see HTC open up their apps/widgets so that you can link an another app to a widget. Example: Using the clock/weather widget with a different weather source or using the peep widget with another twitter app.
- Being able to use a home replacement app as one of the scenes. So you could be using dxtop with one theme as a scene and using original Sense as another.
- Make the number of home screens user selectable. 1 or 2 for some and 20 for others if they want it.
- Multiple Gmail accounts in the gmail app. (I think this is available in 2.0, not sure though)
- Faster screen rotation
- Faster keyboard input recognition
- Default ability to overclock


There are more, but I can't think of them off the top of my head right now. I will add some as they come to me.
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Thats awesome love the ideas i would also love to run apps from the sd card umm HTC cough cough we have your next update idea cough cough
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Personally i would like to see it run smoother and the bottom bar where it says phone be customizable and for built in skins that are dramatically different from one another. just a thought what do you think?

thats the whole reason i dont use sense..... so i agree fully....
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what OTD said, and I would change color of the phone to neon green, and add a fm radio, and multi color trackball.
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Some things can be resolved by apps and root... and of course 2.1
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The multifolor trackball is a great idea and fm tuner is to since i cant. get iheart radio to work but these are great ideas
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One of the reasons i want to take the phone apart is to attempt a paint job.
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Personally, I think that Android should add an exit menu option to every app. Go ahead and add a warning to tell me that I'll miss out on notifications if I exit; better still, split an app into a piece that runs the UI and a piece that runs as a service listening for notifications.

You can still keep things running in the background if you wish, but if I have an app that I want to check every once in a while, it'd be great to be able to exit without resorting to still another app to manage other apps.

This is probably something that HTC could not do on their own, however.

As for UI improvements, I have to say that I like the lower app panel that the iPhone uses - similar to the Mac OS dock, which is stable across all home screens. How about replacing the application panel with a control that exposes a number of icons on its top row - the user controls which icons sit in it - but you can swipe it up to open the all applications screen?
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I would make the phone/dialer app just like the bb storms.
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The exit feature would be a deff if i had to choice another one to add
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Sense MUST be faster. I've tried other home apps (including the stock android one) and they're all faster than Sense. I'm hoping 2.1 will improve the performance.

The bottom bar is janky. Why do we need a soft phone button when there is a physical one? Also the "+" button is useless, I've never used it to add widgets. The most elegant way to add widgets or shortcuts is drag them from the app drawer or press+hold on the home screen. I prefer the simplicity of the stock android bottom drawer handle or GDE's bottom bar with customizable shortcuts. My biggest pet peeve of any GUI design is redundancy. Why have two different ways to accomplish something?

The Sense app drawer look is boring (plain black background?).

My NUMBER ONE complaint: I want to be able to use Sense widgets with other home apps. I know this will NEVER happen, but I can wish right?
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Additions to my previous post:

- Ability to change the color of ANYTHING on the screen. Want the notification bar to be green and the buttons at the bottom to be orange, done.
- Ability to change the bottom bar buttons to open any program you chose.
- Ability to assign additional functions to the physical buttons
- Custom LED color options
- Custom trackball color options
- Ability to add more than one SD card.(one for apps, one for media)
- Voice dial via bluetooth


With all that said, the perfect Droid in my opinion would have:
3.5" high res screen (perfect size to me)
1 Ghz processor
512 ROM (OS only, no need for more with the SD card option)
1 GB RAM
3500 mah battery
dual SD Card slots (up to 32 GB each)
optical track pad
hard send/end buttons
solid volume buttons
3.5 mm headset jack
Sense UI (with all the previously mentioned improvements)
Micro USB slot
5 MP camera with dual LED flash
stereo speakers
GPS
Wifi
Bluetooth
LTE radio with full Verizon support and nationwide 4G coverage
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@ Caddy - take the phone apart and give us a detailed "How to" on painting it!

@OTD I think you just thought up the greatest smartphone
the only thing i'd add is total monthly bill of $50

@thetomlin2 I wanna paint my 240sx that color
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the only thing i'd add is total monthly bill of $50
I'd pay a higher rate for something that worked that well, but $50 does sound nice. $50 with unlimited phone, text, data and a $99 price tag with a 1 year contract.
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If htc listened to us gosh they would sell a amazing amount of phones
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the perfect Droid in my opinion would have:
3.5" high res screen (perfect size to me)
1 Ghz processor
512 ROM (OS only, no need for more with the SD card option)
1 GB RAM
3500 mah battery
dual SD Card slots (up to 32 GB each)
optical track pad
hard send/end buttons
solid volume buttons
3.5 mm headset jack
Sense UI (with all the previously mentioned improvements)
Micro USB slot
5 MP camera with dual LED flash
stereo speakers
GPS
Wifi
Bluetooth
LTE radio with full Verizon support and nationwide 4G coverage
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Additions to my previous post:

- Ability to change the color of ANYTHING on the screen. Want the notification bar to be green and the buttons at the bottom to be orange, done.
- Ability to change the bottom bar buttons to open any program you chose.
- Ability to assign additional functions to the physical buttons
- Custom LED color options
- Custom trackball color options
- Ability to add more than one SD card.(one for apps, one for media)
- Voice dial via bluetooth


With all that said, the perfect Droid in my opinion would have:
3.5" high res screen (perfect size to me)
1 Ghz processor
512 ROM (OS only, no need for more with the SD card option)
1 GB RAM
3500 mah battery
dual SD Card slots (up to 32 GB each)
optical track pad
hard send/end buttons
solid volume buttons
3.5 mm headset jack
Sense UI (with all the previously mentioned improvements)
Micro USB slot
5 MP camera with dual LED flash
stereo speakers
GPS
Wifi
Bluetooth
LTE radio with full Verizon support and nationwide 4G coverage
The only thing I would add to this list is this:

It has to be no larger than the Eris and, preferrably, smaller. One reason I chose the Eris is because it is more compact than the Droid.
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The only thing I would add to this list is this:

It has to be no larger than the Eris and, preferrably, smaller. One reason I chose the Eris is because it is more compact than the Droid.
You forgot the unicorn tears.

Forgive the sarcasm, but, seriously, I can see little way a phone with dual SD slots, an extra radio (LTE), a 3500 mah battery, stereo speakers, and dual LED flash can be as slim and small as the Eris (if not smaller), at least until somebody develops a radio chip that adds LTE in the same size, somebody somehow perfects battery technology that can nearly triple life in the same size for the same cost, etc.
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i just want a stronger vibration and a voicemail reminder notification.
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I have simple wants.

1. Get rid of Amazonmp3, etc.
2. Bottom bar customization (why a persistent soft phone button when I have a hard button?)
3. Customizable number of home screens (I only use 3)
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1 thing with sense?

Ability to uninstall it.


Overall?
Root. Then I can change what I want.
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Additions to my previous post:

- Ability to change the color of ANYTHING on the screen. Want the notification bar to be green and the buttons at the bottom to be orange, done.
- Ability to change the bottom bar buttons to open any program you chose.
- Ability to assign additional functions to the physical buttons
- Custom LED color options
- Custom trackball color options
- Ability to add more than one SD card.(one for apps, one for media)
- Voice dial via bluetooth


With all that said, the perfect Droid in my opinion would have:
3.5" high res screen (perfect size to me)
1 Ghz processor
512 ROM (OS only, no need for more with the SD card option)
1 GB RAM
3500 mah battery
dual SD Card slots (up to 32 GB each)
optical track pad
hard send/end buttons
solid volume buttons
3.5 mm headset jack
Sense UI (with all the previously mentioned improvements)
Micro USB slot
5 MP camera with dual LED flash
stereo speakers
GPS
Wifi
Bluetooth
LTE radio with full Verizon support and nationwide 4G coverage
It's a unicorn. If it ever exists, do want.
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yea sense has alot of problems with it maybe its the way it deals with 1.5 and on 2.X it will run smoother all we can do is hope oh wait there is another option root but as of right now im not quite ready to root but these ideas are pretty cool i wonder if someone could make a skin and just add all these features in well besideds the hardware upgrades ofcorse ehh..oh well i think it would be cool if you could remove the trackball and the LED lights replace them withe multicolor lights and download software to make them operational ahh dreams from a eris user...i hear a book title haha jk
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I want push email! I hate that with polling email I have to chose between getting my email in something close to real time (5 minutes) and my battery life. I set mail to poll at 30 minute intervals to help me make it through the day on one charge. Push email = best thing about Blackberry.

Also, I want to be able to control the font size on the phone. I almost fell over dead when I figured out that there is no way to control the font size of the phone's menus and most native apps. Every dumb phone I've had and some smart phones - BB and HTC TP2 let me set the font size large enough to read without my reading glasses. Spare parts has a menu option for font size but it doesn't work once you exit spare parts.

Faster screen rotation would be great, too.
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I was thinking early this morning while I was making waffles and listening to music on my Eris i wondered whats one thing that makes the Eris so awesome (bedsides the price tag). I pondered this for awhile and i realized that its the simplicity of the Sense UI or at least is does for me. I know some people like to rid themselves of it or use ahome or some sort of home switcher, but if you could tell HTC something to change for a update to sense what would it be would you change something little or a complete overhaul.

Personally i would like to see it run smoother and the bottom bar where it says phone be customizable and for built in skins that are dramatically different from one another. just a thought what do you think?

I would really like the ability to customize my entire phone's UI.

Installing X11 on it with LXDE sounds pretty excellent to me.

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And if I could change only 1 simple thing (besides getting root access) it would be the ability to change the default image for incoming calls.


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