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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by compscidev, Nov 12, 2010.

  1. compscidev

    compscidev Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Nov 12, 2010
    Hey android forums! Just a boring college kid here. I have been lurking the last few days and last night I ordered my captivate.
    Anyways I plan on developing for android as I'm learning java in class now.
    Whatever unrelated.
    First off.
    What should i do when i first get my captivate?
    I have a few email accounts I check often, what is the best way to make sure this doesn't kill my battery?
    I also want to get rid of or block the at&t bloatware.
    and I was wondering some good apps to get.
    and one more thing. If i install launcher pro does it deactivate touchwiz? like will touchwiz still run in the background and drain power?
    I really just want the best experience and good battery life :):):)
    You may see me in the up coming months on the market place I have some good ideas. PM me with any other app ideas


  2. CrimsonPride

    CrimsonPride Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2010
    north alabama
    i have 5 email accounts, on 2 of them i have push accounts so as soon as the email is sent i get it. on 1 of the others i have it check every hour, and on the final 2 i check every 24 hours as theres nothing real important of those. and my battery life is great, especially with the cognition 2.1 rom i was at 26 hours of use and still had 60% of my battery

    to get rid of the bloatware you either need to root and uninstall with titanium backup or if you use launcher pro there is an option to hide them so they are still installed but you cant see them

    and touchwiz is technically always running, as there are elements of it even with launcher pro as your default launcher, but it doesnt hurt the battery anymore.

    i may also recommend the 2 batteries + wallcharger off of amazon. its like $30 and since i got mine i havent plugged my phone in, when a battery gets low i just interchange them, but its not necessary
  3. northernale1

    northernale1 Well-Known Member

    Jul 24, 2010
    battery life is good with no live wallpapers.. add live wall papers it goes to hell,,, with my job im openig and closing phone all day long,, only use 40% -50% of battery on a 8 hr shift
  4. compscidev

    compscidev Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Nov 12, 2010
    Another thing how do apps update? do you open marketplace?
  5. DT

    DT Well-Known Member

    Jul 23, 2010
    Owner, Senior Software Architect, V2N
    Vilano Beach, FL
    There's actually a notification for app updates, or you can use AppBrain and it will sync and indicate updates. Also the newer App Market (which may be due to me running 2.2) has a bulk update and a setting for +automatic+ updates, which make managing a large number of apps (and their related updates) much easier.

    App Brain also allows you to "push" app installs OTA down to your phone from your PC (via the website). I love that feature - sometimes during the day I'll read about a new app, click over to the website, and install it, regardless of where my phone is sitting.

    Android has quite a few "desktopless" features that I really like.
  6. sremick

    sremick Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    IT Admin
    Read the Captivate FAQ:
    FAQ - CapFAQ

    Only poll as little as possible. Or use IMAP IDLE (push). If your email provider doesn't support IMAP, switch to a better one that does.

    Email - CapFAQ
    Battery - CapFAQ

    Uninstalling stock apps - CapFAQ

    Recommended apps - CapFAQ


    Customization - CapFAQ

    As you can see, the Captivate FAQ is your friend. Use it often.

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