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  1. andreas81

    andreas81 Active Member This Topic's Starter

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    Hi guys.

    I'm currently looking into buying a smartphone, and while I have had my eyes fixed on the upcoming nokia e72, I have been starting to doubt that I will be happy with it. The reason is only that while it has *all* features I am after, its display size and resolution are a bit pitiful, I mean why have wifi on a phone if it won't be very useful to browse the web with? ...

    Anyhow, due to this I have been looking more and more into touchscreens, even though I am not a touchscreen fan, these phones are the ones which usually have a large enough display to make browsing worthwhile. Despite the mass hysteria though, I am not at all hooked by the iphone, it's more of a toy than a powerful phone/tool in my eyes. Hence, I started looking into android phones...

    HTC Have made quite a few nice phones, mostly right now the Hero looks very capable. The 2 gripes I have with the Hero though, is that it lacks a flash for its camera, and it doesn't have a builtin radio. The radio I reckon I can live without, but I am concerned that the camera might not be very useful without a flash....

    I got off track there though, this post is supposed to be about Android. Comparing s60 with Android, there's one thing I really like about s60, and that's the fact that it gives you alot of control. For example, if you start scanning for a wifi connection, the phone then brings up a list of available wifi connections, and allows you to pick one. It's also quite easily to turn wifi-scanning off if you so wish (to save battery time for example). So my question in general about android, does it give this kind of control over your phone too? It's nothing too impressive control wise, but I really do not like the kind of "seamlessness" that might come with a phone that would automatically hook up to an available wifi-connection without my knowing (UNLESS ofcourse I have set this option in advance).

    You might say I want a very capable phone, but one that allows me to be in control of it, entirely if I so please. How would you say the android-os works in this regard?

    Sorry bout the long post, wasn't intended :eek:

    // Andreas
     

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  2. shivers316

    shivers316 Godmember VIP Member

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    If you're just basically asking about control, then Android is king. It's open source so anyone can basically (almost) do anything to it. Like a very close competitor says: "There's an app for everything." And, yes, it scans for wifi. And, yes, you can shut it off.
     
  3. andreas81

    andreas81 Active Member This Topic's Starter

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    Sounds good. A more specific question of the same nature, is it possible to use the GPS without activating the A-GPS, so that it only uses the satellites and not any gsm-network to pinpoint you?

    It's just a curiousity question, I won't be having an unlimited data-plan, so it would be useful to me if I am able to do this, even if the data transmitted is very little with the A-GPS.

    // Andreas
     
  4. TheBrit

    TheBrit Well-Known Member

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    You can indeed use the GPS without the data connection being open.
     
  5. shivers316

    shivers316 Godmember VIP Member

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    Yeah. You have the option of using both at the same time or either one by itself.
     

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