Switching from 3gs to Hero


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  1. swainclubber

    swainclubber Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    i have a jailbroken 3gs with installous to access free apps, tomorrow i am getting a contract upgrade and receiving an hero phone.i have heard about root access but is this the same thing as jailbreaking?are apps obtained the old way by downloading them and installing them via a computer or are there softwares like installous to replicate the app store?

    many thanks in advance

    ben

    ps it is locked on orange
     

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  2. trick202

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    hi Ben

    I think you'll be impressed by the device and disappointed with the app store (market).

    "Jailbreaking" is far easier with android - and is (imho) necessary to see the best of the device. I found jailbreaking my 3g iphone slowed it down a bit (especially after some of the cydia apps were installed - winterboard etc) - whereas jailbreaking the hero improves it in every conceivable way.
     
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    swainclubber Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    many thanks for the reply.so is rooting the same as jailbreaking?how do i get apps etc?via forums?
     
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    No. You need to root the phone first. This gives you access to the areas of the phone you need to update the rom (jailbreak).

    Then, the world is your oyster. There are a multitude of ROM available for you to try (unlike JB'ing).
    The dev release one every other day it seems! I saw one today that offers a "lite" experience - deleting all non-essentials off the device.

    Custom RM or not, you can still use the market to download apps in the normal way - another advantage over JB'ing.

    Keep an eye on this forum - you'll quickly see who the devs and pioneers are ;)
    Also take a look over at modaco - thats where the roms live.
     
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    cwrig Well-Known Member

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    On the phone, touch the Market app and you will get a list of apps displayed on the phone to choose from. Most of them are free. You just click install for the apps you want, and they are downloaded and installed over the net.
     
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    swainclubber Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    ok thanks alot, and this works on a orange branded phone?
     
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    swainclubber Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    and if it has a fee then you have to pay it?
     
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    Paid for apps are pretty rare - but don't expect anything like the quality over on apple.

    It'll come, but not yet.

    My phone is an Orange contract phone. Have a look at the vids on unlockr.com. It's a breeze.
     
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    You will find that many more of the apps for android are free compared to iphone. But, yes; if they are not free, you pay for them. You setup a google account to make the payment if you choose.
     
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    swainclubber Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    ok cheers mate.for the beginner do you recommend any particular rom to install
     
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    trick202 Well-Known Member

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    I must confess, I just followed the links on the tutorial and downloaded what I was told to!
    There is no "beginner" with Android. We're all beginners and we're all learning together. I think you'll find the community here a breath of fresh air - a lot of very friendly and helpful folk. Growing very fast too!
     
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    swainclubber Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    yeah for sure, i found it very hostile for beginners on the mac forums
     
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    trick202 Well-Known Member

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    You'll also enjoy not missing calls because the stupid little ringer on/off switch has moved in your pocket!

    Unfortunately - you'll miss ipod functions, mainstream apps, itunes store :(

    All in all - I think you'll like it. Way more possibilities and personalisation.
     
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    Like I said - how could you not want a hug off cwrig! ;)
     
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    swainclubber Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    hehe
     
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    swainclubber Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    before i make a start do i need to install anything into my macbook?for instance the cd that comes with it
     
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    trick202 Well-Known Member

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    Ah, now I have run out of expertise.

    I use a mac, but I switched the old wondoze lappy on for this process.

    There are quite a few mac folk on here though....do a search.
     
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    swainclubber Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    whilst i find a rom etc is it safe to do the first root proceedure and still use the phone?will it still work or do i have to instantly upload a new rom?
     
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    Your phone will still work...rooting will just give you some extra abilities including flashing new ROMs.

    It's looking like T-Mobile UK is not in any hurry to release an update. Can anybody recommend a good ROM to start with.
     
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    The only one that is based around the new ROM is the MoDaCo ROM, all others are old pre rooted ones.. So go for MoDaCo..
     
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    swainclubber Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    what a nightmare, i did step one and installed flashrec but then when i write sdcard/cm-hero-recovery.img it doesnt find it

    ah well
     
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    Why do you want to root the phone? If its new; Id suggested running it factory for a while till you find a reason to need root access.
     
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    swainclubber Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    is it not like iphone whereby it opens up an all new phone?ie allowing free games and unlocking and such or am i barking up the wrong tree
     
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    No. Android is open to start with. So a factory phone has access to all apps. Almost all the games and apps are free. Just browse the Market with the phone and you will see.

    Rooting; allows you to do some under the covers things like move files, install apps to diferent locations, etc.. Unless you are a tech head who likes "rooting around the OS level" there is no need to root the phone.
     
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    swainclubber Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    ah i see
     

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