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Old September 11th, 2010, 01:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi.

I should be getting my DX next week. I'm a geek so not afraid of rooting or etc. I like to have the best looking apps and fastest experience, etc.

So, I'd like to hear from you guys... what is the top 10 things I should do after getting my new DX?

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I'll let others fill in most all of the blanks but my vote for number 1 is:

Enjoy the heck out of it!
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I can tell you my top 5 lol

Launcher Pro Plus
Root
2.2 deodexed
Beautiful widgets
Weather Bug Elite

Not all are really "apps" but it is the first 5 things I'd do
But you know what they say about opinions...
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1. Root
2. Update to Froyo, deodexed (thread is in all things root)
3. Install LauncherPro Plus
4. Install WidgetLocker
5. Find a theme you like and install it
6. Download tasker and set up profiles
7. Install custom boot animation
8. Install keyboard you can theme
9. Install apps and widgets
10. Spend the next 2 weeks tweaking you layout and enjoying the phone
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Well even though i have the sbf imma sit it out and wait for the official 2.2
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Can you tell me what the benefit of these are? I will do some looking around as well to try to find more.

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3. Install LauncherPro Plus
4. Install WidgetLocker
6. Download tasker and set up profiles
8. Install keyboard you can theme
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Well even though i have the sbf imma sit it out and wait for the official 2.2
I am thinking of waiting as well, because it shouldn't be but one to two weeks after I get my phone for the official 2.2, it would seem.

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Can you tell me what the benefit of these are? I will do some looking around as well to try to find more.



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LauncherPro Plus - replaces home launcher, adds a dock at the bottom, you can change the # of homescreens you have, you can hide icons in your app drawer, and if you pay for Plus you get some great widgets

WidgetLocker - You can customize your sliders and add any widget to your homescreen

Keyboard you can theme - just create a nice looking keyboard

Tasker - set up profiles to automate your phone, examples:
-when I plug my phone in at night white noise and my clock launch automatically and notification volume is turned down
-when I am in my car and get a text a reply is automatically sent
-I can send my phone a text from any phone and my phones GPS location is returned with battery level and I can sound an alarm on my phone
-I have certain apps password locked so kids can't screw up my phone if they grab it without me knowing
-Tons of others you can set up, very useful


Take a look at my screenshots here: What do your X Screens look like?

You can see WidgetLocker, themed keyboards, and LauncherPro Plus with widgets that I have set up on my X
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1. Charge it fully
2. LauncherPro
3. Power Settings widget
4. Weather Channel widget
5. Appbrain
6. Fast Web Installer
7. Search Market for games & apps
8. Enable Swype
9. ???
10. Profit!

Don't worry about rooting and installing the leaked Froyo 2.2 either, the official one should be out pretty soon. I'm running stock 2.1 myself, and I'm happy as a Junebug in July! I don't even know what that means....
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1. Charge it fully
2. LauncherPro
3. Power Settings widget
4. Weather Channel widget
5. Appbrain
6. Fast Web Installer
7. Search Market for games & apps
8. Enable Swype
9. ???
10. Profit

Don't worry about rooting and installing the leaked Froyo 2.2 either, the official one should be out pretty soon. I'm running stock 2.1 myself, and I'm happy as a Junebug in July! I don't even know what that means....
Waiting it fine, but 2.2 fixes the low speaker volume which was really annoying on 2.1 and having flash is nice.

I also forget, get the real HDMI app so you can do HDMI out for any app.
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#1 thing to do....

DONT PULL THAT TAB ALL THE WAY OUT IF ITS STILL LABELED PULL!!! THATS THE BATTERY RELEASE TAB!!!

Everybody else already covered the other minor stuff....
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#1 thing to do....

DONT PULL THAT TAB ALL THE WAY OUT IF ITS STILL LABELED PULL!!! THATS THE BATTERY RELEASE TAB!!!
Eh? Can you elaborate?

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lol....some folks that got the phone, it had a tab labeled pull. No battery was in it, so some ppl pulled it all the way off thinking it was to be removed before putting the battery in. Its the battery release tab. Motorola made changes to it so now it says Battery Release. Its a chance your phone could still say pull..

But everybody really did already cover what to do after getting your phone, I didnt have anything to add...

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-Definitely charge the phone to 100% first thing after you get it.

-If you wait for the official 2.2 OTA you may not be able to root the update. This is why most people are running 2.2 now, and will wait for an update.zip of the OTA once it has been rooted.

-LauncherProPlus is amazing. Makes the experience of using your phone so much smoother and intuitive.
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Before messing with the phone first get the SBF and drivers...Then have at it.
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1. Charge it fully
2. LauncherPro
3. Power Settings widget
4. Weather Channel widget
5. Appbrain
6. Fast Web Installer
7. Search Market for games & apps
8. Enable Swype
9. ???
10. Profit!

Don't worry about rooting and installing the leaked Froyo 2.2 either, the official one should be out pretty soon. I'm running stock 2.1 myself, and I'm happy as a Junebug in July! I don't even know what that means....
Junebug in July? It means your the annoying bugs who nest in my front yard tree. You go near it and all you hear is a hum. Lord forbid you knock a branch and it's a swarm of June bugs. Lol so your as happy as a June bug in July.
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Junebug in July? It means your the annoying bugs who nest in my front yard tree. You go near it and all you hear is a hum. Lord forbid you knock a branch and it's a swarm of June bugs. Lol so your as happy as a June bug in July.
Like I said, I don't know what that even means! I live in Oregon, we don't have Junebugs here! Although I do enjoy annoying people, so I guess that works for me!
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1. Update to Froyo
2. Launcher Pro Plus
3. Battery Gauge Widget
4. Custom ringtones!!
5. Sports tap widget
6. Beautiful Widgets

Just some of my personal favs. The phone is so customizable, you can play around with it for literally hours trying to get a layout you enjoy going. Heck, I've had mine since launch and I still keep changing mine adding new widgets and all lol

It's addictive...maybe we need to start a support group
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1. Update to Froyo
2. Launcher Pro Plus
3. Battery Gauge Widget
4. Custom ringtones!!
5. Sports tap widget
6. Beautiful Widgets

Just some of my personal favs. The phone is so customizable, you can play around with it for literally hours trying to get a layout you enjoy going. Heck, I've had mine since launch and I still keep changing mine adding new widgets and all lol

It's addictive...maybe we need to start a support group
Totally agree, just to add to that, use ringdroid to make all of your own custom ringtones, alerts,and alarms.

And it has taken me until today from launch day to get a layout that I think I can stick with for a couple weeks, lol. my screen shots are in the "what do your x screens look like " thread on page 30. :-)
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For those of you who have LPP and Widgetlocker, I assume you are setting LPP as the default home right?

Only reason I ask is because I just got my X and installed both today. I have LPP as home but I've noticed sometimes the lock screen goes back to the stock one and not Widgetlocker.

Thoughts anyone?

Thanks!

EDIT: I forgot to ask, can anyone point me to some louder ringtones for this phone? I know it has this issue but would like to combat the problem for now before the 2.2 OTA comes out.
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For those of you who have LPP and Widgetlocker, I assume you are setting LPP as the default home right?

Only reason I ask is because I just got my X and installed both today. I have LPP as home but I've noticed sometimes the lock screen goes back to the stock one and not Widgetlocker.

Thoughts anyone?

Thanks!

EDIT: I forgot to ask, can anyone point me to some louder ringtones for this phone? I know it has this issue but would like to combat the problem for now before the 2.2 OTA comes out.
The only time mine goes back to the stock lock screen is if the phone is locked and tasker launches an app, I haven't found a solution yet.

For the ringer problem, update to the leaked froyo, there really aren't many bugs at all and it fixes the volume issue plus gives you flash now.
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1. Lick it to make sure it yours
2. drop it ( so it doesnt hurt so bad later)
3. Flag it......no explanation needed
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LOL, guys asks "What should I do with my new phone?" and nobody but nobody says, "Make a phone call!" I Love it!! :-)

I usually make a phone call just to make sure that part of the phone works within the first 10 things. I guess that's old fashion... why on earth would you want to talk to someone when you can text, facebook, tweet, email, or just plain ignore the world around you while enjoying your new phone.
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-If you wait for the official 2.2 OTA you may not be able to root the update. This is why most people are running 2.2 now, and will wait for an update.zip of the OTA once it has been rooted.
could someone elaborate on this? Why couldn't you just wait for a 2.2 root?
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LOL, guys asks "What should I do with my new phone?" and nobody but nobody says, "Make a phone call!" I Love it!! :-)

I usually make a phone call just to make sure that part of the phone works within the first 10 things. I guess that's old fashion... why on earth would you want to talk to someone when you can text, facebook, tweet, email, or just plain ignore the world around you while enjoying your new phone.
I didn't even think of that, but I guess one of the first things you need to do is activate the phone, which requires a phone call. But the 2 things I do with my smartphones the least are make phone calls and listen to music, so what do I know!
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At least you didn't say "pee on it to mark your territory".....
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LOL, guys asks "What should I do with my new phone?" and nobody but nobody says, "Make a phone call!" I Love it!! :-)

I usually make a phone call just to make sure that part of the phone works within the first 10 things. I guess that's old fashion... why on earth would you want to talk to someone when you can text, facebook, tweet, email, or just plain ignore the world around you while enjoying your new phone.
Wait... This thing does calls too???? J/K

I swear that's somehow the last thing I think of when I get a smart phone.

One of the first things I would suggest is to run dead pixel detect as the first to make sure there is no obvious problems first.
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For those of you who have LPP and Widgetlocker, I assume you are setting LPP as the default home right?

Only reason I ask is because I just got my X and installed both today. I have LPP as home but I've noticed sometimes the lock screen goes back to the stock one and not Widgetlocker.

Thoughts anyone?

Thanks!

EDIT: I forgot to ask, can anyone point me to some louder ringtones for this phone? I know it has this issue but would like to combat the problem for now before the 2.2 OTA comes out.
I believe you have to make widgetlocker your default home.
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Can you recommend an app that does this?

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could someone elaborate on this? Why couldn't you just wait for a 2.2 root?
How do you know there will be one? Moto could get lucky and actually patch all the exploits...doubtful but you never know. I few phones have taken quite some time to root.
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For those of you who have LPP and Widgetlocker, I assume you are setting LPP as the default home right?

Only reason I ask is because I just got my X and installed both today. I have LPP as home but I've noticed sometimes the lock screen goes back to the stock one and not Widgetlocker.

Thoughts anyone?

Thanks!

EDIT: I forgot to ask, can anyone point me to some louder ringtones for this phone? I know it has this issue but would like to combat the problem for now before the 2.2 OTA comes out.
Open WidgetLocker Tool Mode, menu, settings, behavior, click on the first option (Home Application or set home). You will probably need to clear the default home. When you hit the home button and you get:

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Select the Use by default, and choose Make Default! WLocker Helper and you should be set!
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Can you recommend an app that does this?

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Dead Pixel Detect - Android app on AppBrain that is a decent one to help detect it.

JScreenFix - Fix stuck pixels - Android app on AppBrain
This helps with attempting to fix it.
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The only time mine goes back to the stock lock screen is if the phone is locked and tasker launches an app, I haven't found a solution yet.

For the ringer problem, update to the leaked froyo, there really aren't many bugs at all and it fixes the volume issue plus gives you flash now.
I will try to keep an eye on this. Not sure I want to go to froyo yet, I think I would rather wait for the OTA. Especially with Motorola's recent statement.

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I believe you have to make widgetlocker your default home.
But if I do this, then LPP won't be there upon boot of the phone correct?

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Open WidgetLocker Tool Mode, menu, settings, behavior, click on the first option (Home Application or set home). You will probably need to clear the default home. When you hit the home button and you get:



Select the Use by default, and choose Make Default! WLocker Helper and you should be set!
Thanks but see above. If I make Widgetlocker my default home, LPP won't be there when I boot up the phone correct?

What do you all have your default home set to? (For those running LPP with Widgetlocker?)

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Setting WL to your default home does not stop LPP from launching.
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Default home must be set to widget locker. Widget locker will make sure that when you hit the home button, you actually go to Launcher Pro. If Widget locker is not the default, it will work intermittently.
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Being that this is my 3rd day, I have just dealt with all this.. The first thing I recommend to do is go through any options for any program you can find that you use and change them/play with them to fit your needs. After that, I would go app searching..

So far, I have downloaded:
Cubed
Beautiful Widgets
Droid Light
Launcher Pro Plus
Pandora
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And as of this moment, I am very happy with all of them. Cubed is a little more buggier than Id hoped but Im hoping that it will either work itself out or Ill get used to it.
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You don't really have to root and load the leaked froyo - I've done neither and still have a blast with my phone. I manage to keep myself quite busy just installing apps, re-arranging my screens and learning how the phone and the various apps work. Learned a new little trick just today, as a matter of fact!

The very first thing I would do, if you haven't already, is read every single post in the "What do your screens look like" thread. You'll learn tons about apps just by reading that.
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Feel free to share that new trick...=)
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HA! Others may already know this, but I didn't - when you open the contacts via the shortcut on the bottom right of the dock, you're actually opening three swipe-able (is that a word?) screens. There are three red dots at the top right of the screen to indicate which one you're on, and they are also listed on the same bar on the left. First is "Contacts: History", middle is "Contacts: A - Z", and third is "Contacts: Status." I guess that actually makes them three different views of the contact screen, now that I think about it.

Anyway, Martimus pointed this out on another thread in Troubleshooting, so he actually gets the props for it.
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OK. Will set WL to home default. Will report back tomorrow.

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HA! Others may already know this, but I didn't - when you open the contacts via the shortcut on the bottom right of the dock, you're actually opening three swipe-able (is that a word?) screens. There are three red dots at the top right of the screen to indicate which one you're on, and they are also listed on the same bar on the left. First is "Contacts: History", middle is "Contacts: A - Z", and third is "Contacts: Status." I guess that actually makes them three different views of the contact screen, now that I think about it.

Anyway, Martimus pointed this out on another thread in Troubleshooting, so he actually gets the props for it.
I didnt know this. Seems I got more playing to do with my phone...and I had it since launch.
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Setting WL to your default home does not stop LPP from launching.
I set WL to my default home last night using home switcher. When I turned on my phone this morning, WL was stuck. It took multiple tries to unlock the phone.

When it did unlock, LPP was not open it was set back to Motoblur, so I had to use home switcher to activate LPP.

My question is, if I have WL set to default home, how can I make it so it does not lock up the phone, and also launch LPP when I unlock the phone?

Its got to be a settings thing somewhere between the two apps.

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can someone go over the benefits of launcher pro for me? i just tried to install it just now and i felt like i didnt know how to use my phone afterwards lol
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I set WL to my default home last night using home switcher. When I turned on my phone this morning, WL was stuck. It took multiple tries to unlock the phone.

When it did unlock, LPP was not open it was set back to Motoblur, so I had to use home switcher to activate LPP.

My question is, if I have WL set to default home, how can I make it so it does not lock up the phone, and also launch LPP when I unlock the phone?

Its got to be a settings thing somewhere between the two apps.

Thanks.
There is an update to widget locker today, it appears you no longer need to use the home helper or set widget locker as home. So that should stop the confusion.
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There is an update to widget locker today, it appears you no longer need to use the home helper or set widget locker as home. So that should stop the confusion.
Thanks for the heads up. There is also an update for LP as well!

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I updated LP today but havent had a chance to check it out. What exactly did the update do?
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What I have done so far.

1) charge it fully and play with the settings to find out about it
2) discharge it until it turns off to calibrate the battery meter.
3) charge it fully (IE overnight) again.
4) look at apps you think you can't live without, instal
5) use for a day, delete half
6) install a screen protector I like the seinheil (SP?) ultra clear, honestly this should probably be item 4
7) install other apps, use app brain
8) play with GPS decide to buy a car charger and a mount that isn't motorolla branded
9) listen to friends and co-worker account on "damn that's a big phone"
10) smile.
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2) discharge it until it turns off to calibrate the battery meter.
4) look at apps you think you can't live without, instal
Is #2 a well known documented thing? I haven't seen that before, that you should charge, discharge until it powers off, and charge again. ?

On #4, are you guys using regular market or AppBrain? I recently found appbrain.com and it seems good.

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Is #2 a well known documented thing? I haven't seen that before, that you should charge, discharge until it powers off, and charge again. ?

On #4, are you guys using regular market or AppBrain? I recently found appbrain.com and it seems good.

Mike

#2 - some people claim it works for them, others say it doesn't matter (didn't matter for me, my battery has been great)

#4 - appbrain or the market - whichever floats your boat.
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I use appbrain and like it a lot, the sync with the phone feature is quite useful, as is the "add to my list" feature for apps you want to think about but aren't ready to install yet. It also makes paying for apps very easy once you set up your google account through them. I have two different Android phones that I use it to download apps to, and it keeps track of them separately. Pretty nice!

On the flip side, I downloaded an uninstaller and use that to uninstall apps, rather than go through appbrain to do so though. I also install from the phone rather than the website, seems to work better that way too.

ETA - tried to log in just now, seems the site is down. Boo.
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