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Old December 3rd, 2009, 09:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So I just got my droid, and I am new to the world of apps and such, so what are 5 things you recommend I do right away?

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complain on this forum that the phone isn't the second coming of christ? seems to be a popular choice.
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get the "dildroid" app
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If you're going to use the forum, try searching for an answer to your problem first. If you can't find an answer, search using different keywords, before starting another post on what has most likely a topic that has been well covered here, or in the sub-forums.
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rofl...watch out it may poke someone's eye out...
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Try everything even if it isn't something you are using right now. Try the music, camera, video camera, wifi, etc. (although I will admit that I haven't tried bluetooth). Make sure the phone works well so that if there is a problem, you can return or exchange it within the 30 days. There have been a few reports of "lemons" that freeze or randomly reboot. Make sure yours isn't one of those while you are in the guarantee period.
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Go through all the interactive functions on the online Product "Emulator" - Product Demo

Read the Owners manual ... 4 times - http://support.vzw.com/pdf/user_guide/droid.pdf
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When I first got my Droid, and started poking around, I was seriously underwhelmed - it seemed to lack a lot of things that my previous WinMo smartphone came pre-loaded with. The Settings looked very limited, no file manager, no notepad, no profile manager, no quick call log access, yada yada yada.

The main thing with this phone, is to keep in mind that for almost every problem, there is a solution, one just needs to find it. If something is not in general settings, maybe it's in the individual app settings. A lot of things are hidden behind a 'long press'. Apps exist to tackle almost every asppect of the phone, many of them free. Super Dialer, ScreenModeWidget, Astro, AK Notepad, Profiles, DockRunner, Missed Call, RealCalc Scientific Calculator, DigiClock, SMS Popup, WeatherBug Elite apps took my Droid satisfaction level from 'blah' to 'just about perfect'.
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Heh.


I would recommend:
- charge the Droid fully and let it drain fully then charge fully at least once

Apps:
- Notes. - super simple note taking app with a great feature to turn your list into a checklist. Free.

Barcode Scanner - a must. Free.

Kee Ring - eliminates the need for those membership rewards cards for the grocery store and the like. Free.

Mixzing - good music app. Free.

A Online Radio - listen to streaming web radio. Tons of stations. News, sports,music, etc. Free.

Last.FM - streaming web suggestion radio. Free.

Pandora - streaming web suggestion radio. Free.

Photoshop mobile - great for simple cropping and color correcrtion. Free.

Google Voice - a must. If you don't have it go to Google and sign up. Might take time before they invite you after signing up. Screen calls transcribes voicemail and tons more. Fantastic service free for all calls and SMS in the us.
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So I just got my droid, and I am new to the world of apps and such, so what are 5 things you recommend I do right away?
1. Make sure everything works. Leave the phone on for a while (pay attention to it) and be sure it doesn't automatically restart itself at all, as this is a common indicator of a bad device. Test all of the basic applications. Make sure they all open and function. Turn your Wifi/GPS/Bluetooth on and off and make sure they work if you can.

2. Get some widgets. A weather widget is always a useful choice, as are the internet radio stations (Pandora/Last.FM/iMeem, etc) if you're into those types of things. CalWidget is nice if you use your calendar, better than the default calendar widget and it comes in lots of sizes. Mototorch LED is awesome if you ever want to flip on the camera flash and use it as a flashlight.

3. Customize it. It's not an iPhone, make it look and feel the way you want. Change the background, icon layout, get a home replacement if you're feeling adventurous and change the theme.

4. Browse the forums. You'll find lots of posts about everything under the sun. It's likely that a lot of them will catch your eye and you can learn more about the phone and apps that you might want.

5. Learn the shortcuts! Remember that if you can't figure out how to do something, long pressing (hold down your finger for a few seconds) gives more options on almost everything, as does the menu button. These two things are your friend if you can't figure out a way to do something. Of course, you could always ask here, too, but chances are you'll be more efficient if you figure out some things for yourself.

Of course, last of all, enjoy your phone
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Holy crap that is funny!

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The main thing with this phone, is to keep in mind that for almost every problem, there is a solution, one just needs to find it. If something is not in general settings, maybe it's in the individual app settings. A lot of things are hidden behind a 'long press'. Apps exist to tackle almost every asppect of the phone, many of them free. Super Dialer, ScreenModeWidget, Astro, AK Notepad, Profiles, DockRunner, Missed Call, RealCalc Scientific Calculator, DigiClock, SMS Popup, WeatherBug Elite apps took my Droid satisfaction level from 'blah' to 'just about perfect'.
Good stuff ^^^ right there. There seems to be a long press for almost everything. I put the power control widget on my main screen because I turn my gps on and off all the time and also I adjust my screen brightness myself. I usally go with with brightness all the way down indoors and medium outside sometimes I go all the way to torch mode if its reall bright outside. After a few days with the screen on low it almost looks to harsh when you move it up. My battery life is pretty good can go a full day and and have plenty of battery at the end of the day. But I don't do too much streaming of pandora or anything.
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If you're going to use the forum, try searching for an answer to your problem first. If you can't find an answer, search using different keywords, before starting another post on what has most likely a topic that has been well covered here, or in the sub-forums.
Relax, Francis. First, do me a favor and point out a previous thread that has a similar topic. I already tried and couldn't find one. Secondly, the very nature of my question and the responses I would get make this a very unique question. People's opinions change the more they use this phone, the more apps come out, the more software updates come up. So even if someone asked this question 2 weeks ago, the responses could be completely different. Geesh.
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If you're not going to help a new member (or any member) with their questions, don't post.

Thank you to those who are actually contributing something for this member. For the rest of you - if your only urge is to be rude or just smart-assed about it - don't post.
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lol that is hilarious,

and i thought I was the only one not down on the droid.

Your first payed app should be "Beautiful Home" widget, nice clean interface and great animations.

I would also check out google calendar and see if there are any 3rd party calenders you would like, i did us holidays and my contacts birthdays.
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That is a good piece of advise to search the forums. As is looks most of us all joined in the last month after the Droid was released. And I for one have been a little disappointed in this Droid forum. The problem is people don't search. I think it was more advise to search for any problems you may have than a attack on this post. If he started a new topic with something to do with the battery then the advise means something different. I'm sure I'm not the only one who get tired to see the the same old topics being started over and over again.
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Relax, Francis. First, do me a favor and point out a previous thread that has a similar topic. I already tried and couldn't find one. Secondly, the very nature of my question and the responses I would get make this a very unique question. People's opinions change the more they use this phone, the more apps come out, the more software updates come up. So even if someone asked this question 2 weeks ago, the responses could be completely different. Geesh.

Dr, I don't think he was trying to tell you that THIS thread was a duplicate... he's just encouraging use of the search feature to new forum members.

I'm new to this forum, and got my Droid a couple days ago. But this is not my first rodeo. I'm a member of maybe 20 forums like this, and I'm pretty familiar with the search functions, but many people are not and will post a new topic about every question they have without reading around first.
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[quote=dr_trousers;154204]Relax, Francis.quote]


"You touch my stuff, I kill you", "You call me Francis, I kill you"
"Relax, Francis"

Quote of the day: Full Metal Jacket

That was one crazy Dr. uhh.... I mean Marine.
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I have an App that turns water to wine...
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Relax, Francis.quote]


"You touch my stuff, I kill you", "You call me Francis, I kill you"
"Relax, Francis"

Quote of the day: Full Metal Jacket

That was one crazy Dr. uhh.... I mean Marine.

The movie was Stripes, not Full Metal Jacket.
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You passed the test!

You are the movie guru.
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power control widget FTW. comes on every droid.
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Relax, Francis. First, do me a favor and point out a previous thread that has a similar topic. I already tried and couldn't find one. Secondly, the very nature of my question and the responses I would get make this a very unique question. People's opinions change the more they use this phone, the more apps come out, the more software updates come up. So even if someone asked this question 2 weeks ago, the responses could be completely different. Geesh.
I never said that your OP was not original, just letting you know that if there is something you are looking for, "going forward", its most likely been already discussed.

As a new member to the board, I'm helpin "you" out by encouraging you to be proactive "going forward", and helpin "us" out by potentially heading off the creation of redundant posts. Encouraging you to "search" will most likely net you faster solution to any issues than waiting for someone to personally respond.

This is a practice which is becoming increasingly common with new members...just a rule of thumb of "things to do first", which is what you asked. If you're looking for specific apps, it won't help much if the apps we like, aren't what you're looking for.

Good luck with your DROID, there is a ton of info on these forums, and at this point, search is your friend.
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1. Buy a case. You'll drop the phone.....it's inevitable.
2. Don't spend $30 on the media station, just download an application called dockrunner instead.
3. Download Pandora or Droidlive.....if you like music.
4. Get a weather widget app.
5. Once you've gotten use to the phone, explore alternative home apps. You'll have your droid just the way you want it in no time flat.
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The movie was Stripes, not Full Metal Jacket.

And actually....it was "Lighten up Francis"
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1. Buy a case. You'll drop the phone.....it's inevitable.
2. Don't spend $30 on the media station, just download an application called dockrunner instead.
3. Download Pandora or Droidlive.....if you like music.
4. Get a weather widget app.
5. Once you've gotten use to the phone, explore alternative home apps. You'll have your droid just the way you want it in no time flat.
Which weather app is the best.

I just got meebo, which seems to work good with both my yahoo and aim IM.
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Which weather app is the best.

I just got meebo, which seems to work good with both my yahoo and aim IM.
I personally like WeatherBug. It has both small and large widgets and they look nice than the WeatherChannel ones. It also puts the temperature up in your notification bar, which I love. I don't even really use the widget, I just like it for that reason. There is one other weather widget (I think it might actually be called weather widget; i've never used it) that a few people seem to like.

If you get BeautifulWidgets, the "Beautiful Home" widget combines a clock and weather widget into one, and looks very nice, but for some reason BeautifulWidgets is using a load of my battery, so I stopped using it.

Everybody has their preference, none of them are really bad. Try them out and see what you like.
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Don't forget to peel the plastic off the back of the screen. No, wait, don't peel the plastic off the back of the screen. Ah, shoot, I forgot what your supposed to do.
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you're not your ..... jk

the power control widget is great. you save huge amounts of battery life by dimming the screen all the way and turning off gps/wifi/sync when not needed.

apps - make one of your first downloads a security app like lookout or antivirus

dolphin browser - multitouch zoom browser
taskiller - good to free up memory
ringdroid - for custom ringtones
picsay - multitouch picture editing and viewing
photo explorer - browse lots of high quality sites for photos
a world of photo - fun camera based game
abduction - fun accelerometer game
tricorder - functional star trek tricorder. it does a lot of really cool stuff
bonjour madame - if you like classy nude pictures of beautiful women

you tube - make sure you choose the "watch in high quality" option. otherwise you will be sorely disappointed.

learn how to easily move stuff around. customization is key with this device. you can do a lot to make you phone easy to navigate as well as impress the poor iphone prisoners.
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Don't forget to peel the plastic off the back of the screen. No, wait, don't peel the plastic off the back of the screen. Ah, shoot, I forgot what your supposed to do.
it doesnt really serve any purpose right?

i peeled my friends off and she freaked lol.. shes like noo! its so you dont scratch the back of the phone. i hope shes not right lol.

to add to this thread. im getting my droid in 12 days with my annual upgrade. got any tips to check the phone out to make sure i dont have a lemon or any problems. any common problems like loose screens? buttons make clicking noises or anything else that shouldnt happen for a new phone? I wanna get the phone, go outside test everything i possibly can before i leave the parking lot making sure theres no problems with it physically.
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it doesnt really serve any purpose right?

i peeled my friends off and she freaked lol.. shes like noo! its so you dont scratch the back of the phone. i hope shes not right lol.

to add to this thread. im getting my droid in 12 days with my annual upgrade. got any tips to check the phone out to make sure i dont have a lemon or any problems. any common problems like loose screens? buttons make clicking noises or anything else that shouldnt happen for a new phone? I wanna get the phone, go outside test everything i possibly can before i leave the parking lot making sure theres no problems with it physically.
She isn't right. Someone here called verizon and they said it is supposed to be taken off.
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Things to do first...

Press & long hold on empty space on home screen, and Add Widget >> Power Control. This'll let you Toggle power to Wifi / BlueTooth / GPS / Sync / Backlight brightness.

Second.

Change to another home screen (left or right) Press & long hold on empty space and Add >> Widget >> Music. This'll let you quickly get to your music collection. PS. Simply create a folder on your SD card called Music and dump/paste your music in there. NOTE: It's in your best interest to use Playlists, so make playlists for your albums, it's much easier when using the default music player to pull up a playlist. Plus this way the album plays in the proper order.

Third:

Bring up the Phone menu (like where you dial a call)

##PROGRAM (or ##7764726) and hit Send.
Enter 000000 (Six Zeroes) for the SPC password.
Go to OPTION 4 - VOCODE
Change it to EVRC-B
Hit APPLY

This will give you MUCH better call quality at the sacrifice of slightly shorter battery life.

Fourth:
Press and hold on an empty space on the screen, Add a > Folder >> New Folder
Press to open that folder, then press on the title that simply says "Folder" Now you can rename it, call it Speed. (for Speed Dials)
Now Press and hold on an empty space in the same home screen, Add > Shortcut >> Direct Dial >> And pick your contact.
Now Press & Hold on your direct dial contact, and drag it to the Folder called Speed.
Wash, Rinse, & Repeat.

You can do the same with text messaging, etc. Now you'll have a folder that will contain your speed dials, and will prevent you from accidentally speed dialing people when you're on that home screen (like I did 4 or 5 times... oops).
Apps that I have, and in the order I would suggest getting them.

*Note* I have linked to the Apps that have pages on AndroLib, if you look on the right, you can use the Barcode Scanner app and it'll take you straight to the Market to download the App.

Barcode Scanner - Lets you scan all these cool QR2 Barcode's that contain links, business
LED Flashlight - App that uses the LED's on the phone as a flashlight.
MotoTorch - Same thing as above I can't remember which one is free.
Astro - File explorer/manager
DockRunner - Lets you switch to the Media Station mode w/o the $30 home charging dock
Anywhere GPS Text - Simply displays your Lat & Lon and a few other basics.
GPS Status - Displays satellites, speed, heading, altitude, signal strength, Metric & Standard
My Tracks - Lets you create a GPS Breadcrumb path/trail as you move (ie. record your path).
Listen - Google's Podcast software... my first time podcasting, not just downloading to PC and stuff, it's amazing.. and painless to use
Gasbot - Cool pay app $7/yr (free trial) lets you find the cheapest gas around, and pick fuel type/distance searched etc.
MountUSB - Widget Toggle that lets you do the PC Mount USB in one touch (for copying files from/to PC).
Advanced Task Killer Free - Great app, remembers what apps you want to terminate, frees up memory
Where - Amazingly handy directory based on your location (find restaurants, gas, etc etc)
Missed Call - Notifications in Status Bar & LED color changes for Missed Calls etc.
Locale - Change ringers/vibrate/notifications auto-magically based on location
contacts, information, etc (like you see in my user icon).
AreaCodes (Pay, I think it's $1.99) - Forward/Reverse Area Code Lookup (wish this was included by default)
Astrid - Simple to do list
Google Sky Map - Turn on your GPS and be amazed, a map of the night sky/stars/constellations etc
Mathdroid - Scientific Calculator for Droid
My Battery Status - Puts an actual %age number indicator in the Status bar of your battery %.
Movies - Find local movie times/theaters
My Verizon - Ya know... your Verizon account etc.
PDFGView - View PDF Files on your phone
Dolphin Browser - MultiTouch web browser
Unit converter - does what it says
Text Easy - Lets you send group/mass text messages

Wifi Analyzer - Find out what channels what wireless networks are on
Wifi Buddy - Lets you know if your Wifi is on but not connected, Keeps wifi active when phone is idle
WifiScanner - Scans wireless networks and displays info (MAC, Signal, SSID, network name, IP address etc)
Wardrive - Logs GPS coordinates of wireless networks detected, displays them on a map, and logs them to a file (AWESOME, just like Netstumbler but better!)

USA Today - New App
Weatherbug - Follows you and shows you weather for where you're at. Also can have alternate location to keep track of weather back home/ parents place.

aCar - Log mileage, fuel costs, maintenance repairs and reminders - AMAZING!!! I love this.
aDyno - Amazing little app. Dynomometer (Horse Power meter for your car), as well as skid pad, g-meter all kinds of cool stuff.
Car Finder Lite - Cinn Dev - lets you mark your cars location when you're @ a huge parking lot, and come back to it. (PS you can sort of do this with Anywhere GPS Text).
DinoDyno - Another Dynomometer for the car.

DroidSans Tweak Lite - Lets you tinker with animation speed AND turn on Compass in Google Maps!!
CubeWorks Trial - Lets you have 6 SIX search screens for the Internet... and maybe your home screen. Not completely sure of this one still getting familiar.
Places Directory - Huge info on locations, sort of like Where
Spare Parts - Shows you DETAILED battery info, can turn on Compass in Google Maps, and adjust animation speeds. I kinda like it better than DroidSans Tweak Lite
RingDroid - Lets you edit and clip up MP3's and set them as ringtones, or set previous edited mp3 ringtones (from other phones) directly as ringtones
Rings Extended - Lets you set Mp3's as ringtones (that's it)
Power Manager - You can have it change power settings depending on power status and battery status (ie. Automatically adjust screen brightness if battery is low etc).
Where's My Droid - Can locate your droid for you if lost/stolen. Can turn ringer on from silent, or send you GPS coordinates back via text.

Games
Barcode Beasties - Scan barcodes to have your barcodes battle other barcodes. Lame and cool @ the same time
Chess Lite - Free, only lets you play on level 1, but it's chess!
Coloroid - Annoyingly difficult and addictive game, try to get all rectangles the same color in as few moves
Jewels - Free knock off of Bejeweled, great time killer
Tricorder - Amazingly dorky little ap, but it's awesome! Gravity, solar flare info, audio analyzer... just download it you'll see!!

Hope this helps... because if it didn't, I just wasted 20 minuntes of my life
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She isn't right. Someone here called verizon and they said it is supposed to be taken off.
That's BS. Someone here contacted MOTOROLA, the manufacturer not the retailer of the phone and stated that it should be left on. But hey if you want to bicker about it there's large multi-page thread about it elsewhere. That's my 2 cents.
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I am also new to the android os (former iphone 3gs user). Have to admit if it wasnt for me stumbling on this forum I wouldn't have known about the pinch to zoom (famous on the iphone ). Yeah you may have discussed it before, but its cool to hear about features on the phone that I didnt know existed.
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kmfdmk - thank you. This was very handy for me today (just got mine).

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##PROGRAM (or ##7764726) and hit Send.
Enter 000000 (Six Zeroes) for the SPC password.
Go to OPTION 4 - VOCODE
Change it to EVRC-B
Hit APPLY

This will give you MUCH better call quality at the sacrifice of slightly shorter battery life.
OP: I wouldn't do this until you use the phone for a while and feel you have a problem w/call quality. My call quality has been stellar, best I've had on a phone, and I've found no reason so change any settings. In fact, if I had a Droid w/call quality issues I'd more likely exchange it than mess with settings - it should be great out of the box. That is one of the Droids clear strengths. I've been through four Droids (two had battery life issues and one constantly reset, but all of them have had great call quality.

About the best advice I've seen above is learn the long-press technique (Kwai Chang Caine first taught it to me) - it's the best "hidden" feature on the phone.

My five suggestions:

1: Don't assume anything - if something is important to you, test it to see if the Droid supports it. Then find out if there is an app that can fill any voids you find. You will find "missing" stuff... even basic stuff, there are some "interesting" gaps in the Droid's capabilities. An example from my experience is the Droid lacks a way to filter the contact list via the phone dial pad as you type (a feature on the Blackberry that I loved!). Happily, a free app called Super Dial provides that functionality so no issue.

2-5: Try out a bunch of apps...many (most?) are free, and you can test drive paid ones for 24 hours and get a refund when you uninstall them via the Marketplace if you don't like them.

The power of the Android platform is that you can build your own phone. Don't like the built in dialer, SMS app, browser, media player, or whatever? Replace it with whatever app you like better. For a Droid user the marketplace is your friend, and should be on your home page for a long while, while you are tweaking your phone to suit your needs.

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Apps that I have, and in the order I would suggest getting them.

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Really nice apps list, definitely not a waste of your time!
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Also get the light saber app. These are THE must have apps.
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I) Master the use of long click and adding/removing widgets and apps to your home screen
II) You'll want the power control widget on there somewhere. Make room for it. This will make your life much easier in the long term.
III) Go find a bunch of cool aps in the marketplace:
Pandora/Slacker/droidlive for music
Backgrouds, which will let you easily swap you background images, ringdroid to crop out bits of mp3s to make a custom ringtone
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III) (continued)
Google sky maps, places, where for getting around
Where's my Droid and WaveSecure for security
Dolphin browser if you crave pinch-and-zoom tapped browsing
Finally, download Apps Organizer so you can group your shiny new apps with single icons.

IV) Personalize! Backgrounds, Ringdroid, Beautiful Widgets, Pure Calendar and Pure Grid Calendar. Ect. Go so far as using a replacement home app to really shake things up.

V) Show off your personalized new phone to your non-android friends and grin.
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Hope this helps... because if it didn't, I just wasted 20 minuntes of my life
Wow awesome post. Registered just to say, Thanks!
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Bring up the Phone menu (like where you dial a call)

##PROGRAM (or ##7764726) and hit Send.
Enter 000000 (Six Zeroes) for the SPC password.
Go to OPTION 4 - VOCODE
Change it to EVRC-B
Hit APPLY

This will give you MUCH better call quality at the sacrifice of slightly shorter battery life...
This just adds another layer of compression for a given bit rate, and a small bit rate at that, over EVRC. It will not provide any better "voice quality", as compression is little higher at that extra rate (4kb), but will help packet delivery when congestion is higher. However this improved call quality will only be one way if the other person is on EVRC, or another technology.

Changing vocoder to 13k will send larger, less compressed packets, providing better voice quality however packet deliver is less guaranteed. Overall voice quality is dependent on throughput and I've noticed that as throughput slows, audio quality suffers, not as good as other systems/phones (Droid to Droid calls were the worst in weak signal situations)...just the nature of the technology.
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Great posts all. I'm a noob as well coming from many years of a Crackberry. Loving the Droid, not quite where I want it (YET), but it will get there, and these forums make it that much better. Thanks to those that do take time to answer questions!
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apps - make one of your first downloads a security app like lookout or antivirus
question - how do you know which ones you can trust? as leery as i am of not having an AV program i'm also concerned about giving a lot of system level access to a random publisher. any one in particular you recommend?

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you tube - make sure you choose the "watch in high quality" option. otherwise you will be sorely disappointed.
and then go watch this (in high quality). AMAZING looking on the droid.

YouTube - The Muppets: Bohemian Rhapsody
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question - how do you know which ones you can trust? as leery as i am of not having an AV program i'm also concerned about giving a lot of system level access to a random publisher. any one in particular you recommend?
Great question. I was surprised that I hadn't seen any talk about this on the forums. I'm wondering the same thing.
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Great question. I was surprised that I hadn't seen any talk about this on the forums. I'm wondering the same thing.
I would love to hear opinions on this as well. Even better would love to hear of a trusted PC anti virus company that made one (Avast, Kapersky, AVG, Norton, hell even MacAffee).
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That's BS. Someone here contacted MOTOROLA, the manufacturer not the retailer of the phone and stated that it should be left on. But hey if you want to bicker about it there's large multi-page thread about it elsewhere. That's my 2 cents.
yes there is a thread about that but majority of people, verizon and motorola have confirmed or given experiences that show it should be peeled off
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1. Buy a case. You'll drop the phone.....it's inevitable....
Read this and just had to laugh. I took delivery of mine a week ago and excitedly removed the "box" from the Fedex shipping box. As I very carefuly attempted to open the top of the nice looking "box" the Droid came in I found out what I was really holding was just a cardboard sleeve. While I'm messing with the top end trying to "open" it, the inner package containing the Droid is sliding out the other end. The phone promptly obeys the laws of physics and slides out of the packaging--Bang goes the phone! Three foot drop onto a tile floor. My wife just looks at me as if I just got spaghetti sauce on a new shirt and says "well that sure didn't take long!
On very close inspection there's just the slightest of dents in the bottom right corner...took me a full two minutes to find it. I nervously plugged the phone into the charger and waited. Once fully charged, it fired right up, no harm done!
Next day, dropped it on the same tile floor again taking it out of my pocket--Bang goes the phone! Wife goes . I say "Slippery devil that, in't it?" It landed on the same corner, no new damage. These things are TOUGH! Nevertheless, I now have it enclosed in a two-piece Droid Plastic Snap-on Case/Holster combo I bought at my local Verizon Store. Real industrial looking and feels more like I'm carrying some kind of military comm gear, but now the thing's just a little safer from its klutz owner. Anyway, I guess one of the 5 things a newb should do is "1. Take the phone out of the box and promptly drop it on the floor. Check for damage. Move on."
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Read this and just had to laugh. I took delivery of mine a week ago and excitedly removed the "box" from the Fedex shipping box. As I very carefuly attempted to open the top of the nice looking "box" the Droid came in I found out what I was really holding was just a cardboard sleeve. While I'm messing with the top end trying to "open" it, the inner package containing the Droid is sliding out the other end. The phone promptly obeys the laws of physics and slides out of the packaging--Bang goes the phone! Three foot drop onto a tile floor. My wife just looks at me as if I just got spaghetti sauce on a new shirt and says "well that sure didn't take long!
On very close inspection there's just the slightest of dents in the bottom right corner...took me a full two minutes to find it. I nervously plugged the phone into the charger and waited. Once fully charged, it fired right up, no harm done!
Next day, dropped it on the same tile floor again taking it out of my pocket--Bang goes the phone! Wife goes . I say "Slippery devil that, in't it?" It landed on the same corner, no new damage. These things are TOUGH! Nevertheless, I now have it enclosed in a two-piece Droid Plastic Snap-on Case/Holster combo I bought at my local Verizon Store. Real industrial looking and feels more like I'm carrying some kind of military comm gear, but now the thing's just a little safer from its klutz owner. Anyway, I guess one of the 5 things a newb should do is "1. Take the phone out of the box and promptly drop it on the floor. Check for damage. Move on."
Great story... Been there, dropped that. Droid literally jumped out of my hands (seriously, it was like it was alive!) when I was in the back yard patio...ended up face-down. But...no screen scratches or damage, no dents, only a couple minor "oop-sies" where some of the black was scraped on the housing that I covered up w/a little permanent marker.

Still don't have a case or screen protector...just don't want to deal w/the additional size. I'll likely regret at some point, but that's what insurance is for, right?
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and then go watch this (in high quality). AMAZING looking on the droid.

YouTube - The Muppets: Bohemian Rhapsody
there is no way to "know" what you can trust, but reading all the comments you can stomach will help make it easier. i use the 2 i mentioned (antivirus and lookout). it's so funny that you posted that video, it's been my myspace profile vid for a couple of weeks now. it's the best thing i've ever seen on youtube
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yes there is a thread about that but majority of people, verizon and motorola have confirmed or given experiences that show it should be peeled off
Had my phone for a month with heavy daily usage, and it yas yet to display bubbling or peeling problems. I realize it will probably not affect performance, however I'm leaving it on as long as it sticks. Once it becomes a prob. then I'll remove it.


Also BUMP, for:

Scroll up to Post #31 my post earlier, that I just spent another 30 minutes Hyperlinking to all the Apps that I listed so all you have to do is click the App name, then scan the QR2 Barcode with your Barcode Scanner app and it'll take you to the download screen. Essentially saving you hours of searching and fooling around in Market, (like I did).
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