Noob getting Inc today...where do I startSupport


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  1. marblejay

    marblejay Active Member This Topic's Starter

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    It's coming today...it's on the truck...I'm switching from blackberry tour...I know to charge immediately...but then what? Where do I start? Activate (obviously).
    Already have my Google sync done and ready to dump into it...(I have been reading a lot).

    Total info overload here...I've never had this type of phone but have been reading the forum obsessively.

    Where do I start? What do I need to download? What is tethering and why do I need to worry about it?

    Any tips? Threads I need to start with that I missed? I apologize I'm sure it's here but there is a LOT here!
    Thanks for your patience.
     

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  2. GAUG3

    GAUG3 Well-Known Member

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    Well aren't you just giddy. HAHA! I was too. Download AppBrain and start getting some apps on there. Slacker Radio, Mobile Defense, Armored Strike, Homerun Battle, Scanner Radio, Handcent, Sporty Pal....there is no end to all the helpful and fun apps.

    I use PDANet for tethering. Tethering allows you to give your laptop access to the internet.

    Whatever you do, DO NOT DOWNLOAD ANY APP KILLERS!!!!!

    Have fun with the phone.
     
  3. Reaver

    Reaver Well-Known Member

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    Agreed! Only one problem at the moment. Handcent is not available in the market. Not sure what the issue is. Keep checking for it, it should show up sooner or later.

    Also, grab gmail unread count, tapatalk (forum viewer), & phandroid news.

    Enjoy!!!
     
  4. Homan13PSU

    Homan13PSU Well-Known Member

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    Just curious why you recommend against downloading an App Killer? I was told by several people to do the opposite to help conserve battery power.
     
  5. OldMetalDad

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    I'll echo this question. Lots of people recommending getting an app killer right away to make sure rogue apps don't continue to run in the background (though I think I've read that the killer itself can suck juice by always looking to kill apps).
     
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    Le0_Br4zUc4 Well-Known Member

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    Well, I think a good start would be by opening the box ... JK!

    First you need to learn how to use the phone, then worry about downloading apps, go one step at the time
     
  7. GAUG3

    GAUG3 Well-Known Member

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    Read up on this.

    The Android OS does a pretty good job of killing apps when it needs the resources.
     
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    Great info - thanks, GAUG!
     
  9. elrabin

    elrabin Well-Known Member

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    App killers are completely unneccesary unless you are downloading and running a plethora of VERY poorly written apps.

    The OS is smart enough to "sleep" any application not in the foreground and have it give up its CPU/Memory back into the "pool"

    The only types of apps that keep running in the background are things like streaming radio(using data and speaker) mobile instant messaging(using data, screen speaker, notification light) For things like push gmail or friendstream or weather, which pull data, the app only uses resources on the schedule that YOU set. I have my weather sync set to an hour. Every hour it quickly goes out to the data connection and grabs an update, then "sleeps" again.

    App Killers can HARM rather than help battery life if you kill crucial system processes which the phone will then immediately have to start back up, drawing more cpu/memory(and thus power) than if you were to let them sleep in the background.

    I have never had an appkiller on my incredible and i get 2-3 days of battery life with 1-2 hrs of calls a day, 1-2 hrs of websurfing, 3+ hrs of listening to MP3s and about 50 emails a day. My weather sync is set to 1 hr and the only email i have on it is push Gmail. No social networking, no friendstream.
     
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  10. marblejay

    marblejay Active Member This Topic's Starter

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    This is good...keep going guys!

    Also do I need to 'tether'...what is it exactly? I have the standard data/web plan with verizon (WHERE IS THAT UPS GUY FOR CRYING OUT LOUD???? IT'S 1030!!!!)
     
  11. elrabin

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    Tethering is the act of connecting your phone to a desktop/laptop/other device to feed the 3g data connection from your phone to the other device.

    Warning: Tethering is something that Verizon wants you to pay for. There are ways to get tethering without paying, but should they catch you, you're going to be paying out the nose.

    Dependant on the tethering app, you can use a direct usb, wifi or bluetooth connection to feed your phone's 3g data to the other device.

    Android OS 2.2, aka Froyo, is including native wifi and usb tethering but at this time it is unknown if Verizon will disable this ability for the Droid and Droid Incredible.
     
  12. marblejay

    marblejay Active Member This Topic's Starter

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    So is this the only way to get data from phone to laptop and vv? If I have other means of getting online with my computer is this something I need to worry about?
     
  13. elrabin

    elrabin Well-Known Member

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    To get data from your computer to your phone and vice-versa, simply plug it in via USB and the internal storage and micro-sd card will be able to be opened in windows explorer. Simply drag and drop the pictures/music/files you want back and forth. This costs you nothing.

    If your computer already has internet access, don't worry about tethering.

    I tether because i'm an on-call IT person and if i get a critical situation, i simply take my laptop out of the trunk of my car, hook it to my Incredible and boom, i have internet anytime, anywhere.
     
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    Excedio Well-Known Member

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    No. Tethering is a luxury. Not a necessity.
     
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    Tethering is used to provide internet access to your laptop when there is no other access (wireless or ethernet). If you already have access, then you don't need to tether. However, if you take you laptop to the park for example, you can get online with tethering. I use it a the airport instead of paying the high internet access fees.
     
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    I'm having flash backs to my delivery day. :D

    Apps are great, but don't forget about a car charger and a car mount. These are must haves for the GPS features.
     
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    marblejay Active Member This Topic's Starter

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    Have the car charger...need a mount! I'm calling UPS to see if I can get them come earlier

    They said no...they come when the come...poo
     
  18. marblejay

    marblejay Active Member This Topic's Starter

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    Regarding the battery...do I need to charge it, while off...when it gets here or can I turn it on and get cooking while it's doing the initial charge?
     
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    Trooper Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for that.

    So based upon this, I should not bother with killing the Gtalk and Obex services like Ive been doing every day?

    I think I only was doing that since I remember reading that it was killing people's batteries?

    If someone could confirm or deny that would be great!

    Thanks.
     
  20. fortesquieu

    fortesquieu Well-Known Member

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    as soon as you get the phone, give me a call. i'll chat with you.
     
  21. marblejay

    marblejay Active Member This Topic's Starter

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    Ha-
    probably can't do that but....does that mean get the ESN biz done so the phone is activated and let it charge while on?
     
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    Bump and thanks!
     

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