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Old November 2nd, 2010, 01:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So far some of the issues include:

Phone application freezing and not allowing calls - requires battery pull to resolve ('mac shutdown' as I like to call it...)

Some internet pages cause the browser to crash with no message

Email doesnt always work correctly, and occasionally wont download new emails even after a refresh - can also be resolved with a mac shutdown.

Scrolling between screens gets jerkey especially when moving to a page with a live widget like daily briefing.

No video out? Is this correct or can you use the same setup as on the captivate? Thanks

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Thnx for puting the word out. Loving the phone here
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The only email sync that works so far is Gmail, and only after you activate sync in global settings, the email app, and the Gmail app. -_-

Forget it if you want POP3 to work.

If someone else is having luck with POP3 sync, please let me know.

I concur with Phone App crashing. I also have experienced the Phone App answering calls and not being able to hear the caller thru the bluetooth headset, only through speakerphone. Rebooting the phone did not fix this particular wonk. Its random, however, so I can't replicate a pattern yet.

The phone has so many other "Gee Whiz" factors going for it compared to Blackberry (and any other phone offering from the "always 1 year behind" US Cellular) that I'm hoping I can suffer through the annoyances.

Its very disappointing, given that this phone has so much going for it. USCC did the opposite of Verizon--they left all the Android stock goodies and/or Samsung UI goodies in place, they didn't force a lot of crap on us like VZW.

If it were just basic UI issues or some market apps, that would be one thing. But we're talking about basic smartphone fundamentals. All the things people criticized the iPhone for not doing, Samsung apparently didn't try to listen.

Make calls. Sync emails (other than gmail). Manage battery life efficiently. Master those three before you worry about Facebook or a live wallpaper.
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So far, haven't had any of the issues mentioned by the OP. As for video out, I don't see anything in Settings > Sound & Display that would give the functionality of the Captivate. We don't have FM radio either. Luckily, we do have flash for our camera, and it can be used w/3rd party apps to work as a flashlight (pretty bright).

LaTuFu, what POP3 mail provider are you using? If it is Yahoo or Hotmail, you'd be best advised to use the apps "Yahoo Mail!" or "Hot Email" located in the Market. I've walked a number of folks through successfully setting up POP3 mail on all the USCC Androids. Mostly, it's an issue of knowing what ports (secure or open). That info is generally available for most providers through Google search. The one exception to this is that some schools are now using a translated GMAIL address, and these are quite difficult.

I feel fortunate that I have not experienced any of the phone call issues described above, but wonder if a Factory Data Reset might not clear that up.
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Which application are you using to utilize the LED flash as a flashlight?

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^ Does Tesla LED use our Flash/Camera light or the screen as a flashlight???
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So far, haven't had any of the issues mentioned by the OP. As for video out, I don't see anything in Settings > Sound & Display that would give the functionality of the Captivate. We don't have FM radio either. Luckily, we do have flash for our camera, and it can be used w/3rd party apps to work as a flashlight (pretty bright).

LaTuFu, what POP3 mail provider are you using? If it is Yahoo or Hotmail, you'd be best advised to use the apps "Yahoo Mail!" or "Hot Email" located in the Market. I've walked a number of folks through successfully setting up POP3 mail on all the USCC Androids. Mostly, it's an issue of knowing what ports (secure or open). That info is generally available for most providers through Google search. The one exception to this is that some schools are now using a translated GMAIL address, and these are quite difficult.

I feel fortunate that I have not experienced any of the phone call issues described above, but wonder if a Factory Data Reset might not clear that up.
I've had no issues setting up the ports and making the phone communicate with the accounts.

I've had issue with the accounts not updating automatically, even though I have them set on "check every 5 minutes". And they are only gmail accounts, not hotmail or yahoo. I have one non-gmail account with POP3 for work, and it does the same thing. All of them will manually update if I click "refresh" but none will automatically update. Only the default gmail account I used to set up my phone will update automatically. And that one will stop polling if I manually check another account. It won't update automatically again until I manually check it.

Its very frustrating, and I'm pretty close to returning the phone and getting another Blackberry. I hate the thought, because this phone is much nicer in every other respect. But this is a dealbreaker feature for me, unfortunately.
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I've had no issues setting up the ports and making the phone communicate with the accounts.

I've had issue with the accounts not updating automatically, even though I have them set on "check every 5 minutes". And they are only gmail accounts, not hotmail or yahoo. I have one non-gmail account with POP3 for work, and it does the same thing. All of them will manually update if I click "refresh" but none will automatically update. Only the default gmail account I used to set up my phone will update automatically. And that one will stop polling if I manually check another account. It won't update automatically again until I manually check it.

Its very frustrating, and I'm pretty close to returning the phone and getting another Blackberry. I hate the thought, because this phone is much nicer in every other respect. But this is a dealbreaker feature for me, unfortunately.
Are you using any sort of Task Killer on your phone that would be killing the email application?
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LaTuFu - I am also having that exact same problem with the email. Most of the time, even when I click refresh it wont get my hotmail email. If it does, it takes about three minutes, even when connected to wifi! Thats just for about two emails. I hope the 2.2 or 2.3 fixes this, or I may have to go back to the evo.
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Are you using any sort of Task Killer on your phone that would be killing the email application?
Nope. I don't believe the hype on ATK.

I turned off sync on all the accounts, rebooted the phone, then turned sync back on after that. So far, it seems to be working okay. Its still an adjustment from Blackberry's push, (I find myself not trusting the phone to get the email at the moment) but it eventually gets it within enough time that I'm not missing critical info.

We'll see how it goes from here, I suppose.
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Question exchange account?

For some reason I cannot get my exchange account for my work email to work right on my phone. Everything says its working properly on the server and through USCC I just cannot view my inbox or sent messages for some reason i've talked to a bunch of different people noone knows why its doing this USCC tried my account on many other phones also and it does the same thing. Ive talked to my IT guy and he cannot figure it out either there is nothing wrong with our server nor my service through USCC just that i cannot view my inbox or recieve notifications. Ive also tried the touchdown app for android 2.0 and above and it does the same thing. Anyone have any ideas let me know!
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For some reason I cannot get my exchange account for my work email to work right on my phone. Everything says its working properly on the server and through USCC I just cannot view my inbox or sent messages for some reason i've talked to a bunch of different people noone knows why its doing this USCC tried my account on many other phones also and it does the same thing. Ive talked to my IT guy and he cannot figure it out either there is nothing wrong with our server nor my service through USCC just that i cannot view my inbox or recieve notifications. Ive also tried the touchdown app for android 2.0 and above and it does the same thing. Anyone have any ideas let me know!

As far as the email, that could have to do with your IT department at work. I used to be able to get my exchange account also until recently. They changed requirements at my job and now there are all kinds of hoops you have to jump through including having an approved phone that they can send you a specific program to give that phone "rights" to your exchange account.

Not sure if that's the issue, but that's what it was for me.
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phidelt82 is correct, it is an Exchange Server setting that is preventing you from accessing your Inbox. Like phidelt82, I just got cut off from mobile access (I'll bet we work for the same company), although I can access my account normally via Outlook Web Access from my personal home PC.

I'd dig deeper with your IT critters!
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The config we have running here is with Exchange Server 2007. OWA installed and functioning. From what I understand, its actaully the OWA portion that is providing the "Push" email access. Happy with it so far but unfortunately you can sync to the Global Address List nor can you move mail to a different folder.
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anyone with probs of setting alarms and no alarms going off. i know setting up the alarms good so far, mine work but my wife swears all some of hers does not go off. personally i think she just doesnt hear them. and what is the smart alarm do?
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If she is running a task killer app like ATK she needs to go in the settings on her task killer and uncheck the alarm or every time she kills apps it'll kill her alarm as well.
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i dont think she's good enough to use a task killer. task manager only she kills running programs in it to extened battery life
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Make sure she has the alarm and notifications volume turned up. Its separate from the ringer volume.
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Those with pop/imap email problems may want to try K-9 mail. It works very well with imap push and has been very dependable on every phone that I have used it on. I always use imap if available from the mail server.

If you have multiple gmail accounts it's best to use the gmail app for those. You can access multiple gmail accounts with the gmail app on the Mesmerize.
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How did you find the option to check for email every 5 minutes? The closest I can find is 3 hours. Please help as I'm not trusting the fact that I'm getting my email in a timely manner. Thanks
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I have had no problems using POP 3 from my ISP. I have mine set up for every 30 min.
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I have had no problems using POP 3 from my ISP. I have mine set up for every 30 min.
Mine works as well with my ISP pop3.
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How do you set it for every 30 minutes?
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How do you set it for every 30 minutes?
Go into the email app, select the account you want to change (i.e. go into the inbox for that account), then click the menu button. Choose Account Settings and look for "email check frequency"
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I bought 2 mesmerizes as Christmas for my 2 boys. Loved, loved, loved this phone, so I then went back and bought one for myself. These were our first smart phones so you can imagine the excitement for each of us.

Week 2, one of my son's received a call on his while driving down the road. The phone was in the passenger seat, and on vibrate only, and it vibrated right into the floor board hitting the carpet, and shattered the screen. I bought cases when I bought the phones, but US Cellular had not yet received the screen protectors so we were still waiting for them to come in. Not sure whether this would have helped or not, but we are talking about a few inches with the phone landing on soft carpet.

Yes, I upgraded to the Belief Project, but they told us because my son "misused" his phone, the warranty is void. I pay for the extra insurance for the phone, but I am not about to pay a $100.00 deductible for this. I contacted Samsung the day after this happened, and have yet to hear back from them, so I contacted them again today and so far nothing.

I'm so disappointed! I'm packing up the other 2 that I bought and returning them tomorrow. Although I realize these phones are more sensitive than the older type phones, this is ridiculous. No way that any phone screen should shatter this easily!
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Mine flew 15 feet through the air and landed on blacktop and its fine, sounds fishy to me
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Were you there when this happened? The glass on the Mesmerize is GorillaGlass, which is just about as strong as the windshield on your car. I have a feeling that your son might not be telling you the honest truth. If you were there and saw it, then my mistake, and I apologize. But the glass on these is very durable, and I have an extremely hard time believing this story.
The one scenario I could possibly see happening though is an extreme temperature change. If the phone was left outside in sub-zero temperatures and warmed very quickly with a heater blasting, then I have seen LED screens burst underneath the glass. But this is so rare, and the temperatures must be so extreme, that the chances of this are very minimal.
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There is no need for a task killer on the Mesmerize. It has a built in task manager that works great. The widget for it is pretty neat too.

And a great flash light app is "Tiny Flashlight".

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I bought 2 mesmerizes as Christmas for my 2 boys. Loved, loved, loved this phone, so I then went back and bought one for myself. These were our first smart phones so you can imagine the excitement for each of us.

Week 2, one of my son's received a call on his while driving down the road. The phone was in the passenger seat, and on vibrate only, and it vibrated right into the floor board hitting the carpet, and shattered the screen. I bought cases when I bought the phones, but US Cellular had not yet received the screen protectors so we were still waiting for them to come in. Not sure whether this would have helped or not, but we are talking about a few inches with the phone landing on soft carpet.

Yes, I upgraded to the Belief Project, but they told us because my son "misused" his phone, the warranty is void. I pay for the extra insurance for the phone, but I am not about to pay a $100.00 deductible for this. I contacted Samsung the day after this happened, and have yet to hear back from them, so I contacted them again today and so far nothing.

I'm so disappointed! I'm packing up the other 2 that I bought and returning them tomorrow. Although I realize these phones are more sensitive than the older type phones, this is ridiculous. No way that any phone screen should shatter this easily!
Why not?? The phone was dropped. Isnt this why you pay for insurance?? And $100 to replace a $600 device is reasonable.
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Don't mean to pile on here, but I really have to agree that this scenario is a bit unlikely...first, I find it hard to believe that the vibrate mode would move the phone off the seat to begin with unless the phones position was quite precarious to begin with and droping a matter of a few inchs onto carpet just isn't going to break a Gorilla glass screen!
Now, I can see a posibility of the phone sliding off the seat under heavy/panic breaking and crashing into the dash at high velocity, but this would still be questionable if it would break the glass...I'm guessing the phone probably found it's way onto the floor of the car OR the ground outside the car door AND got steped on!
I'm wondering if your son is afraid you won't trust him with the phone if he comes off looking irresponsible...we all would have done the same thing at a younger age...I know a LOT of ADULTS that do the same if not worse!

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I've had the Mesmerize for about a month now, (Got it for free on the holiday promo, with NO CONTRACT! Gotta love USCC!), and have had a relitively good experiance with this phone outside of a few small issues that have been pretty simple to correct with a little research on my part. Mostly mail problems with sketchy delivery and no notifications, poor video client, and iffy phone app!
First, I have moved all email accounts to K9 mail and couldn't be happier! Good UI, consistent mail delivery and NOTIFICATIONS! This is a great mail app with a very nice unified inbox option and it will update every 5 min. if needed!
The video player issue seems to be a Andriod 2.1 thing in general and none of the stock phones are particularly good at handling streaming/downloaded video! Again, the market has come to the rescue here in the Vplayer app! This player will play pretty much anything you can throw at it and do it quite well! I was also having problems in the phone app with the proximity sensor doing all kinds of funky stuff, hanging the phone, disconnecting calls, and simply loosing the phone interface during a call...a hard reset seems to have cured this issue completely
If your having issues with your Mes., search the market for a third party app to fix the problem, every Andriod phone has it's little quirks, just the nature of the Android beast and there is no reason to suffer with a problem that most likely can be fixed easily and inexpensively with a little research on the market!


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First, pls let me say that I'm Andriod-dumb. lol It's my first Android and I'm feeling my way through all of this. It's fun but can be daunting at times. Thank heaven for this forum.

In Desk Cradle there is an Alarm feature. I set up multiple alarms per day due to a very strict and semi-complicated medication regime. If I miss certain meds, it can really harm me....at the worst it can put me in the hospital and.... well ya know, the worst.

So I have alarms set. I've chosen the times, even put in what meds are to be taken, I've set the M-F, set the snooze features, set the tone, loudness --- the whole sha-bang.

This has worked well for me except if I'm on the phone when an alarm is supposed to sound. In that case, the alarm doesn't sound, there is no beep or anything, it does not auto snooze (all of the alarms are set to have either 15 or 30 minute snooze times available and up to 5x snoozing).

When I'm done with a phone call, there is absolutely NO notification that an alarm was set or missed and the phone/application simply ignores this time and acts as if all has been handled and it's waiting for the next alarm time to go off.

I've checked and double checked everything that I can think of and I've been through every feature and sub-feature I think.

If I check the Task Manager after a missed alarm due to being on the phone, there is nothing running.

The next time the alarm is supposed to sound, it does as long as I'm not on the phone talking.

Does anybody have ANY clues if this is a problem that can be fixed? If not does anybody know of an app that will cover my bases? I looked at two that were listed in the Market app..but I used "Medical Alarm" as a search term. Perhaps I'll look simply under Alarms. ~~~ I'd sure like some help please.

I detest all of this medication (and actually would rather simply eat right, exercise, etc. etc....but for me, that's not going to fix my medical issues. Thus the medication schedule).

**smiling** Thanks folks. I truly hope that I've simply missed a check or uncheck somewhere.

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Hello Everybody,
First, pls let me say that I'm Andriod-dumb. lol It's my first Android and I'm feeling my way through all of this. It's fun but can be daunting at times. Thank heaven for this forum.

In Desk Cradle there is an Alarm feature. I set up multiple alarms per day due to a very strict and semi-complicated medication regime. If I miss certain meds, it can really harm me....at the worst it can put me in the hospital and.... well ya know, the worst.

So I have alarms set. I've chosen the times, even put in what meds are to be taken, I've set the M-F, set the snooze features, set the tone, loudness --- the whole sha-bang.

This has worked well for me except if I'm on the phone when an alarm is supposed to sound. In that case, the alarm doesn't sound, there is no beep or anything, it does not auto snooze (all of the alarms are set to have either 15 or 30 minute snooze times available and up to 5x snoozing).

When I'm done with a phone call, there is absolutely NO notification that an alarm was set or missed and the phone/application simply ignores this time and acts as if all has been handled and it's waiting for the next alarm time to go off.

I've checked and double checked everything that I can think of and I've been through every feature and sub-feature I think.

If I check the Task Manager after a missed alarm due to being on the phone, there is nothing running.

The next time the alarm is supposed to sound, it does as long as I'm not on the phone talking.

Does anybody have ANY clues if this is a problem that can be fixed? If not does anybody know of an app that will cover my bases? I looked at two that were listed in the Market app..but I used "Medical Alarm" as a search term. Perhaps I'll look simply under Alarms. ~~~ I'd sure like some help please.

I detest all of this medication (and actually would rather simply eat right, exercise, etc. etc....but for me, that's not going to fix my medical issues. Thus the medication schedule).

**smiling** Thanks folks. I truly hope that I've simply missed a check or uncheck somewhere.

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First, welcome to the forums and welcome to Android.

This issue is so specific and unrelated to the thread you should have started a new one. Someone with an issue similar to yours might miss this question if they didn't feel like reading a post they thought was about other stuff.

To answer your question, search the market for "alarm". There is also an application called "tasker" that, while not very intuitive, is extremely customizable. If you're willing to take the time to read the Wiki and walk through examples, you can probably develop your own alarm setup that will not go away on a call.
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LaTuFu,

Thanks for the directing me on where to look and giving confidence that I may be able to make my own alarm. ~~Pls trust that I needed that boost.

? I put this in the wrong area? Ut oh. Rats! My thinking was that perhaps this was a 'known issue' and I was simply overlooking something -- or a glitch in the app. You're right though, I should have made a new post. I'll be more careful next time.

Live and learn...... in all areas of life including using my new Android phone. lol

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No worries annod. It may well be a "known issue" type of thing if the alarm is not working if it is supposed to ring during a call. I don't know, I use my alarm for the "typical" wake me up stuff, so I haven't been on the phone during that time.

Given the significance of the alarm to you personally, however, I just thought you would be better off making it a separate forum topic.
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Annod1960, must ask, what were you using prior to getting your Mez? Personally I would not risk my life on a phone app. If it's that critical, there has to be a purpose-built tool (alarm clock) out there. I'd check with either your doc or pharmacist. Good luck and take care.
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No worries annod. It may well be a "known issue" type of thing if the alarm is not working if it is supposed to ring during a call. I don't know, I use my alarm for the "typical" wake me up stuff, so I haven't been on the phone during that time.

Given the significance of the alarm to you personally, however, I just thought you would be better off making it a separate forum topic.
@ LaTuFu - thanks. ..... .... ...... Often even waking me up, alarm or no alarm is a chore. haha I have almost clueless as to why (emphasis on: almost).

I've been looking through the little icon called Market .... and then ran into a young man at the store yesterday --- he told me that he's an 'Expert' on Andriod phones and says no Andriod phone is going to beep or signal during a phone call -- it's just not in the cards for driods (yet). He may be an expert -- but I sure hope he's wrong.

You did a fine job of answering me -- and gave me a slight shove in the right direction. I think it's going to take my 'old' brain a little while to get the total hang of this. At least I'm willing. Two other friends have similar phones and they're taking theirs back to the store. Us old folks (lol I'm 51) don't have a lot of patience for such things -- perhaps I'm just stubborn and want to learn it.....it's kind of fun. Someday, woooo, I may learn how to download songs and ringtones too. lmao. Kidding, sorta.

Where are all the young personal tutors when I need them? Bahhhh Sure, I can help them when it comes to legal advocacy -- but will any that live near here help me with a phone? Nooo. Again, just kidding --- perhaps I should slow down on the coffee this morning. Ooops, I haven't had any. lol

Thanks LaTuFu -- you've been really cool. A good first experience posting on this type of forum.

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Annod1960, must ask, what were you using prior to getting your Mez? Personally I would not risk my life on a phone app. If it's that critical, there has to be a purpose-built tool (alarm clock) out there. I'd check with either your doc or pharmacist. Good luck and take care.
RASmith...Good morning. Thanks for chiming in....ooo bad pun and unintended.

I was using a US Cellular LG phone (??Banter??) that had a small 2" screen. EasyEdge was used on this phone however it was difficult to navigate and the screen became too small for me to see w/out a lot of eye strain.

While I agree with you in theory about asking a medical professional including a pharmacist about apps -- please understand that though you and I seem to not live that far apart (you're in northern IL and I'm in far west WI) where I live is almost primative. He**, I'm lucky to be able to get an internet connection that's above 56k. haha ~~~~ I have a 3G/Wi-Fi Kindle and if I wanted to use the wi-fi to download a book, I'd have to go through the back 40 and into a neighbor's cow pasture to get a signal. Luckily I can tap into my router, enter my passwords and download. ~~~ The Mez cell works pretty good here though....no cow pastures but I do have to move around the home.

I believe you're right too..... I think I'll have to put my watch back on and have alarms set on the watch if I can't find a good alarm from an app. On the little LG that I had, this would beep at me if I was on a call and I couldn't even hang up on the call w/ out addressing the alarm. I also liked that I could use a flexible snooze feature with a 2-step quick maneuver (changing the snooze to 15, 30, 1 hour choices). ~~~ I could also quickly make the alarm stop sounding if I'd forgotten to silence all (such as when in a court room doing the advocacy work) by simply flicking the volume up/down side button. Not true with the Mez.

I'll keep looking for an alarm that simply notifies me no matter if I'm on the phone or not though. ~~~~ A really silly question --- aside from looking on my phone through "Market" and apps, can I do so online in a special US Cellular "Market" Apps area? Perhaps I should call USC to find out as I don't see this on the website even when I'm logged in and addressing my phone/area.

Thanks friend for writing .... and caring. Much appreciated.

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@ LaTuFu - thanks. ..... .... ...... Often even waking me up, alarm or no alarm is a chore. haha I have almost clueless as to why (emphasis on: almost).

I've been looking through the little icon called Market .... and then ran into a young man at the store yesterday --- he told me that he's an 'Expert' on Andriod phones and says no Andriod phone is going to beep or signal during a phone call -- it's just not in the cards for driods (yet). He may be an expert -- but I sure hope he's wrong.

You did a fine job of answering me -- and gave me a slight shove in the right direction. I think it's going to take my 'old' brain a little while to get the total hang of this. At least I'm willing. Two other friends have similar phones and they're taking theirs back to the store. Us old folks (lol I'm 51) don't have a lot of patience for such things -- perhaps I'm just stubborn and want to learn it.....it's kind of fun. Someday, woooo, I may learn how to download songs and ringtones too. lmao. Kidding, sorta.

Where are all the young personal tutors when I need them? Bahhhh Sure, I can help them when it comes to legal advocacy -- but will any that live near here help me with a phone? Nooo. Again, just kidding --- perhaps I should slow down on the coffee this morning. Ooops, I haven't had any. lol

Thanks LaTuFu -- you've been really cool. A good first experience posting on this type of forum.

Cheers.
I'm glad I could help to some degree. I appreciate your kind words. I try to give back the same kind of help I receive when I frequent a forum. That's supposed to be the idea behind them. Unfortunately many forum dwellers seem to forget that once they transition from "noob" to "veteran".

As far as whether or not the Android is a good choice for you, I would definitely think about it for a while.

Androids are great phones, and the Android OS is a wonderful platform. Having said that, it does still have a lot of "quirks" and "wrinkles" yet to be ironed out. Geeky tech guys like me don't mind them because it gives us another excuse to play around with them.

If you are the type of person that just wants the phone "to work" a different style of smartphone might be better suited for you.

It has nothing to do with intelligence, patience, or tech savvy. Its all about how you prefer to spend your time. A smartphone is supposed to make the rest of your life easier. If you're constantly battling it to make it function within your life, its counterproductive.

Blackberry still makes an excellent smartphone. What it lacks in "gee whiz" new cool factor right now, it more than makes up for in the "just works" category. Best email platform in smartphones right now? Still blackberry. Stable OS? Still Blackberry. The biggest thing you'll give up by going to a Blackberry is the ability to customize to the level Android will let you. The next thing you give up is some web browsing functionality. Based on what you're telling me you want to do with your phone, I'm thinking those are "negatives" that would not impact your use of the phone.

Just something to consider. I am definitely not suggesting that you chose the wrong phone. I'm just trying to offer additional information that can help you decide if you have chosen the right life tool. Thats really all these phones are meant to be.
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@ LaTuFu - You're a sweetie for sure. Great information you provided me with. Thanks.

I think I am going to stick with this phone....as I'm having fun with it. I logged into the Samsung website and read a few articles on the Andriod OS versus this and that. I also read a few other articles and much seemed to come together for me. ~~~ I sure am glad that "Vets" like you, and others, do come back and grasp the hand of the "noob".

I'm still experiementing and learning, plus relearning when I screw something up. LOL. At least on a computer/laptop there are the back and forward buttons. On an Andriod phone there pretty much is only the back button -- which doesn't always function as a laptop back button would. LOL

This past w/e sort of exploded for me --- so now it's time to go to appointments. While waiting at each appt. I am trying to customize my new phone. LOL I'd forgotten that it's not only functional -- it can be fun too. haha

Thanks again to you (and others). Also thanks for making me feel welcome.

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I've had no issues setting up the ports and making the phone communicate with the accounts.

I've had issue with the accounts not updating automatically, even though I have them set on "check every 5 minutes". And they are only gmail accounts, not hotmail or yahoo. I have one non-gmail account with POP3 for work, and it does the same thing. All of them will manually update if I click "refresh" but none will automatically update. Only the default gmail account I used to set up my phone will update automatically. And that one will stop polling if I manually check another account. It won't update automatically again until I manually check it.

Its very frustrating, and I'm pretty close to returning the phone and getting another Blackberry. I hate the thought, because this phone is much nicer in every other respect. But this is a dealbreaker feature for me, unfortunately.
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our big issue so far is that the battery life gets eaten up very rapidly.
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our big issue so far is that the battery life gets eaten up very rapidly.
Welcome to the Mez and Android 2.2! Unfortunately, its a big juice drinker.
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I've had my mezmerize for about two months now and love almost everything. I originally started out with an HTC Desire and actually loved that phone even better except that it kept overheating and died within the first two weeks. The major reason I
changed to the Mezmerize, however, was because the Desire had a very weak antenna and could not pick up a signal at my apartment where I never had a problem before with other phones. The mezmerize gets a very strong signal at the same location.
The BIGGEST annoyance I have is the screen shutting off during a call. When I call someplace that requires entering touch tones to navigate their voice system, I can't do it at all. After the screen shuts off it won't turn back on. I can't dial numbers, hangup, or anything. It's as if though it stops detecting motion. Sometimes the screen returns when I slap it only to have it shut off again after 5 seconds. There should at least be a configuration option to set the screen shutoff time during a call. Has anyone else had this problem?
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i have this phone also....up till yesterday it worked great then the buttons on the bottom for the menu back button home button etc.. suddenly stops can some one please help with this
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Have you tried to remove the battery(for about 10 minutes or so) and then reinstall it and restart the phone.
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