Had my Incredible a Week and... Its going back.General


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  1. Chillboyx

    Chillboyx Member This Topic's Starter

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    First I wanna say I love the phone and what it can do, its just not functional enough for me and running my biz.

    So I waited 3 and a half weeks for the phone to arrive, which i was semi patient about, you can check the post I had about how Impatient I was while waiting lol, but I'm just finding it not as easy to use as I need it to be. I'm coming from a blackberry and it was very very easy to manage accounts, text, emails, missed calls, voicemails, all under 1 "Messages" button. The Droid has the Notifications slide down which shows them but once you click them, you can't see them again unless you open the individual app for that notification. Something I'm not used to and truly don't have time to become accustomed to.

    Fragmented App Store. Need I say more?

    Lack of Close button on 99% of the apps you use in the phone. Pretty standard on a Berry, where you can have a bunch of apps working at once and they'll be open but there is always an option to close in the menu.

    Battery life is tragic, but the 1750 battery I purchased last me all day now, guess I have to sell that now too.

    Also bought Zagg and a Seidio innocase was on its way but I canceled that.

    Texting while using the side KB, the screen on the phone isn't centered so when I'm texting and hitting space, I keep hitting the period button. My thumbs are the same legnth so this is pretty annoying!

    Other than those things its a great phone. Very open format. Gonna play sonic 2 tonight on the Genesis emulator before checking out what I have to do to return it tomorrow. Its only a week old.

    Gonna miss the google maps app, it TALKS to you! Speech to text, The browser is awesome, gonna miss that too. :( AMOLED.

    Now I'm off to call Verizon and figure out what the return procedure is.

    By The way, thanks for all the help and info. If i get an android phone in the future I know where to go for help. Love this forum.
    Thanks all
     

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  2. golfinglenn

    golfinglenn Well-Known Member

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    Let me know what you want for the battery. Just sent me a private message.

    Glenn
     
  3. fahrer4184

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    I agree about hitting the period button instead of the space button. I do that a lot.

    I still think it's an awesome phone though.
     
  4. necosino

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    About closing an app: Apps are just put into the background, where they don't use any processor cycles but are still stored in RAM for fast recall. Unlike BB, Android manages the apps and RAM automatically, closing old apps as new apps need the space.
     
  5. slackfumasta

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    Ugh, I have the same damn problem with the horizontal keyboard. Wish I knew how to design a new keyboard!

    Other than that though, I love the phone. Sorry it didn't work out for you.
     
  6. Chillboyx

    Chillboyx Member This Topic's Starter

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    Oh yea I have a 16gb Micro SD card as well.
    Thanks guys.
     
  7. rsarno

    rsarno Thank Me, Im Irish! VIP Member

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    Interesting feedback, i too am coming from a BB and waiting for my dInc .... but im currently on a Moto Droid and it wasnt a tough transition.

    Though now that you mention it, i would kill for a "Messages" folder that is all-inclusive.
     
  8. slackfumasta

    slackfumasta Well-Known Member

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    Actually, isn't that a feature of Froyo, a unified inbox? Or am I thinking of iOS4?
     
  9. golfinglenn

    golfinglenn Well-Known Member

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    The app called Pure Messenger will do an all inclusive mail/sms/etc. Just didn't like the layout. Only use gmail and sms, so wasn't a big deal for me.
     
  10. Chillboyx

    Chillboyx Member This Topic's Starter

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    I was looking for an app that did it, but at the same time i'm like, Why should I even have to look for something that should be built in? and say i break my phone, i'd get another one and have to refind all these apps. That said, I'm still playing games on it as I type lol.
     
  11. drdoom

    drdoom Well-Known Member

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    Download appbrain, it will sync apps to the account you create. If you ever break your phone and have to redownload everything, just reinstall it and it will start downloading all of your apps again.
     
  12. rushmore

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    Reasons seem superficial to me. Coming from the Dash, G1 and Droid, the Inc rocks. The extra app and media space is nice, not to mention other features. All Android devices will have the other issues mentioned and the fragmentation issue is not as bad as conveyed- so if apps, Flash and media are not an issue, get a BB. If apps are an issue, get a iPhone- of course, then you are on a weaker 3G carrier and no Flash.

    I predict you will regret sending it back. None the less, good luck :)
     
  13. esatchel231

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    please pm me about his...i'll shoot you a pm
     
  14. HTCIncredible

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    Eh. I'd keep it. I had a blackberry curve 8330 then a Motorola driod now...I have the incredible. It's great.
     
  15. dspcap

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    VZW gives you 30 days to play with the phone, I would recommend using it for at least 2 weeks. I came from the BB Tour and was a little wierd about the phone at the beginning as well.

    I charge my battery every night and go to sleep with about 40% battery left. The battery improves over time. Also, once you learn to manage things like screen brightness, wi-fi, gps..etc, it also helps.

    The keyboard was the hardest thing to adapt to, but it does get easier. I found that I was trying to type too fast. Once I slowed down, I rarely make mistakes. Also, download smart keyboard pro, it's much better than stock keyboard layout.

    Just my opinion.
     
  16. Locoman

    Locoman Well-Known Member

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    When I was a kid I would pick up the phone to call my cousin and the operator would ask for the phone number I would like and I said 8a and she would connect me. Our phone number was 9b. My have things changed!!
     
  17. CadelIV

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    I will buy it off you if you are interested in selling. A 16gb would be great for my new phone.
     
  18. myth123

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    I love my phone but I have to admit getting all the functionalities of the blackberry onto this phone was a pain and even with 1750 battery I find myself annoyed having to charge the phone.

    I am living with gtasks but I really wish I could sync the tasks with outlook.
     
  19. dspcap

    dspcap Well-Known Member

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    Think back to the original phones we had in our houses also... and WOW, things have changed :D
     
  20. jryan727

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    I also run a business, and my phone is a huge part of that. I came from a blackberry as well. I felt a bit like a fish out of water when I first got my Incredible, and was unsure if I had made the right decision. I had the same concerns that you did during my first week, but I slowly got used to how Android does things. Once you stop wishing Android was a Blackberry, and begin to see the positive aspects of how Android handles things like messaging, you'll begin to enjoy it much more. It sounds like you're pretty set in stone, but I'd urge you to reconsider.

    Everything that blackberries can do, Android can do better.. sometimes with a bit of tweaking (unfortunately).

    There isn't a single "messages" area, but how useful is that really? Think about what it's for: You receive a message, either you hear the ringtone, or feel the vibration, or see the LED. So you head over to your "messages" app, to see what it was. You acknowledge the message, read it, respond to it, or decide to deal with it later. When you get another notification, you're back in the messages app, seeing all of those other messages which you've already acknowledged. With Android, when you receive a message, and you pull down the notification drawer, you're only looking at notifications you've acknowledged. So if you receive a text, but want to reply later, you don't click it. It stays up there. If you see it's an e-mail on your personal account, but you're in the middle of working, you leave it there until you're ready to check your personal mail. The notification drawer becomes not only a list of notifications you've yet to acknowledge, but also a sort of pseudo to-do list of what's happened recently that you haven't looked at. That's something blackberries simply can not do.

    If you take a little time to try to learn Android's workflow, and integrate it into your day-to-day life, you may be pleasantly surprised at how efficient and FUN it is. Give it another shot if you still have it! Because I love Android, and because I have a newfound seething hatred for RIM! :D

    EDIT: I got so caught up in the notification system that I forgot to mention your other issues. The battery life does suck, it's the screen and the CPU. Sounds like you're in good shape with the larger battery, so that solves that. As for the close button: Android doesn't need it. You can do some of your own research into process management on Android, but the gist is that the OS will transparently flush running applications from memory as it needs resources. This is something that the blackberry OS does NOT do. If you switch apps on a blackberry, they continue to run, consuming resources. This is NOT the case on Android. When you switch apps, the process is no longer running - unless it registers a service with the system. Developers typically only do this when it's crucial to the operation of the app, and as a result, you don't end up with apps in the background sucking up resources as you do on the BB. Android does a wonderful job of managing resources, and the concept of opened and closed apps isn't as important as it is on other OS's. I've explained this process in great detail in other threads, but just take my word for it or Google... :)
     

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