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  1. Vance

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    First of all, hello to all! I will be buying a Thunderbolt today (assuming they can do it, they said the network was down yesterday). I am coming from a rooted and ROM'd Droid 1, which I have loved but is starting to show its age.

    I am wondering whether there are any particular "must-do" actions for this phone to optimize it upon setup (the Charge, for example, benefits from Java scripting being turned off). Any settings or options that I should look at, anything to immediately go turn off or on? I am assuming I can repopulate most of my apps between the Market and Amazon, and can copy over my special apk files for betas, etc.

    I know the battery is an issue, but I am usually near a charger, so I am not too worried.

    I am going to give Sense a try for a while, but I may switch to the Launcher Pro that I like a lot. I will not root for a while, though. I don't know why, but I can't bring myself to root a brand new phone!

    I am sure I will be bugging the heck out of you guys for a while now as I get transitioned . . . :0)

    Edit: one point is that I don't have 4G in my area yet. Anything useful I should do in that situation?
     

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    I found this post in particular, though not specifically targeted for the Tbolt, to be pretty helpful.

    It encouraged me to calibrate my battery on the first day before I even activated the phone.

    http://androidforums.com/2413881-post105.html
     
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    rabernet, thanks, that IS very useful! I will take the time to do this!

    One thing I have come across is the advice NOT to use the onboard backup since it just drains battery. Will it let me choose to opt out of this?
     
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    Since you don't have 4G, definitely turn off the 4G radio, there are apps in the market place called LTE OnOff, or you can dial #*#*4636*#*# and select CDMA preferred/PRL.

    I know you said you weren't too worried about battery life, but this will make your battery last a WHOLE lot longer.
     
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    VERY cool, thanks! I will do that immediately!
     
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    Also be sure to first update the Blockbuster app and then disable updates inside said app. supposedly this causes battery drain. Also set up a comfortable spot on your couch because you're gonna be playing with your awesome new phone for several hours!!! Enjoy!
     
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    Good, did that now too! I knew I came to the right place! :0)
     
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    Are you referring to Backup Assistant? I am probably one of the few who is a fan of Backup Assistant, because I've lost a phone before, and Backup Assistant was a lifesaver in not losing all my contacts.
     
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    Luckily, all of my contacts are in GMail, so I don't have to worry about losing them. I am most concerned about conserving battery life, so any additional drains are going to be on the chopping block! :0)
     

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