Given that you were using BB in the past, here are some things that you should be aware of.
* Battery life on the Android phones isn't as great as what you might be used to on the BB. The good thing however is that the EVO 3D (out of the box) is pretty efficient (But, don't expect BB-like battery life).
* Note that the 4G radio will drain your battery really really fast. So most folks tend to keep the 4G radio off and enable it only when needed.
* Also note that the 3G radio will consume more power than wifi. So, if you are at home or at work, and have access to wifi, use that.
* Keep your screen brightness to be as low as is comfortable for you (avoid Auto if possible).
* IMO, Don't bother with any type of task killers. Android manages applications fairly well.
The only "issue" that I have with android phones is less than stellar battery life - but the older phones had really bad battery life. The EVO 3D has significantly improved battery life.
Not sure if you know, but the amazon app store gives a free app every day - I've gotten some really good apps from there, but not all apps are worth getting - anyway, sign up at amazon. Remember that any app you want to install will need to be from the android Market. If you are downloading from other sites (aka sideloading), you will need to go into menu/settings/applications and check unknown sources to permit the sideloading. This is true for amazon appstore and all apps you get from there too.
Other than that, play around with the various phone settings, set up your gmail acct, download the apps that you want, and enjoy your phone. If you have any questions, search the forums and if you don't find an answer, create a post. There are lots of helpful folks here.
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The guy above me hit some great points. Take what he said to heart and you will have a decent experience. I've had to set up a bunch of new android phones for people and give the new users a rundown of the features as they had no idea what they were doing. A few more ideas for you....
Keep your power control widget near your home screen. I don't like the seperate widget buttons for WiFi, blue tooth and whatnot, so the power control widget is great. It controls the biggest power users and access points such as WiFi and screen brightness at the tap of a button. Medium brightness works almost everywhere.
I like live wallpapers, but they eat battery. cool looking for sure, but not needed. Use at your own battery's risk.
While you aren't using your phone at all, like say, at work, you can turn off 3g. Just pull down the top menu and go to the settings page on the bottom and click off mobile network. My EVO 4G used to eat batteries like that.
Watch what apps you download. While the virus market hasn't really threatened the android family yet, its coming, and there have been a few malware nasties running around. Don't download anything that has very few previous downloads. Read the comments and reviews. Pay attention.
Do not buy any app, game, anything until you have run a proper search. Almost any app that you have to pay for has a free version somewhere or someone has made a free one.
Get the flashlight app off of the market or the HTC store. Invaluable. But i like to keep one on here that also makes the screen white, like the older flashlights did. Helps when I leave or come into the bedroom at night, won't blind my wife with leds.
Get a case and screen protector. Ballistics HC case should arrive this month, but for now a cheap case fits the bill at keeping minor dings away. Also, never buy a case straight from the manufacturer. Amazon has them for almost half the price. Otterbox is good too, a step down from ballistic in my opinion though.
I'll edit if I think of any more...
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Well basically it all depends on what you want to do with the phone. Do you want to monitor your everyday jogging route and see how many cal you burned? Or track your weight? Or track expenses? How about notes? Do you want to access your files in your PC remotely? There's certainly a ton of things you can do with the phone.
A few must haves:
1. Handcent or Go SMS or Chomp - if you like sending messages to many people. These allow for group texts to more than 20 at a time.
2. If you have trouble waking up to alarms, use Alarm Clock Plus. It makes you solve a math problem to dismiss the alarm
3. App 2 SD - send your apps to sd card to lessen memory consumption on phone
4. Your social network if you want. Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Foursquare, etc have apps for the phone
Wow, great info! I will definitely have to get that alarm app. Being able to access my pc info from my phone may come in handy at times since I'm in college. I'll have to look into those chomp type apps as well.
I should probably list a little about myself to help:
26 yrs old
Work in Retail
Install car audio
Into Cars (hobby)
I do need to start going to the gym to put on a few pounds so something that would help track that would prob be helpful.
I appreciate your response
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Class Buddy Pro and an agenda or task app then since you're in College. I use Astrid Tasks so that I can use the Astrid website to share to my groupmates in school the tasks. Handy for group works.
Evernote/Catch/SpringPad as well. If you are the type who takes down notes on a PC, well, if you use the PC versions (webapp/desktop app) of these to take down notes, they'll be viewable as well on the corresponding app on your phone.
For accessing PC files, SugarSync or DropBox works well too. Not sure if you know of these already, but basically they're similar in many ways. DropBox creates a folder on your PC where anything you "drop" into it is accessible in all devices where you have DropBox installed, on the DropBox folder there. SugarSync is the same (except that their folder is called Magic Briefcase and sits in the My Documents folder instead of a separate one in the User Folder), with the additional feature that lets you sync other folders apart from the Magic one for access on other devices. the let down is that DropBox is faster and lighter on resources. The files you put into your dropbox/sugarsync will be accessible across multiple computers/phones as long as you are logged in.
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Psst! Make sure you posted your intro post in introductions, that'll make the little "Say Hi" go away, and get a season's greetings *if not beatings* from people
Your phone is HTC EVO 3D right? Make sure you say Hi here as well HTC EVO 3D - Android Forums Here you'll find all your need to knows about your phone, and see the possibilities that you can do with it.
Welcome to a new frontier!
I also concur, that is a HUGE upgrade...
Last edited by starxpilot; September 2nd, 2011 at 02:00 AM.
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Oh yeah I forgot, for weight tracking, I use Noom. Its an all in one app. It has meal logging (it calculates how much is your ideal calorie allowance and then log in what you eat for every meal and it will rate if you did well or bad in choosing your food and how much calories you consumed). Then it also has workout log (tries to estimate how much calories you lost based on your activity), so you'll see how much you burned. It also has a weight tracker so you can track if you lost or gained weight.
You have received some very good information to get your feet wet with your new device.
The EVO 3D is a great handset designed to work well out of the box. IF you are new to android you may need to do some reading at the above post (post #2) and also i suggest you do some searching on the site as there is a LOT of information avail as well as some troubleshooting threads of things you might run into.
make sure you have all of the htc over the air updates (there are threads on those) and you should be good to go.
if you need some hand holding or if you need to locate something you may not seem to find, by all means please send me a direct PM and i will be happy to help you get on your way.
enjoy the handset and congrats on your new device!
Sprint continues their EVO line of Android Phones with what is certainly a first for them - a 3D phone. The HTC EVO 3D boasts 3D technology on a beautiful 4.3-inch screen and get this: you don't even need glasses to enjoy the 3D experience!
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