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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Nels82, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. JasonC

    JasonC Android Enthusiast

    I do the same, I've created a playlist of about 1000 songs and made it available offline. What's good is if your managing your songs in the browser, add new songs to your offline playlist and they all automatically go offline on your phone without touching it, very clever :)


  2. deafandorid

    deafandorid Newbie

    I'm still struggling to covert completely to Android small part of me want to go back to Iphone as I wanted an app which claimed to be compatible for all of the android but turned out not to be the case.

    Also still not had the software update ho hum.....
  3. wkellerjr

    wkellerjr Lurker

    Hello I am a IPhone convert that bought this phone and returned it but I would consider buying another one if my questions could be answered.

    I found that the stock browser and Dolphin browsers crashed consistently on my sports sites that use flash for live updating. A example of this is sportsline.com/live scoring

    I found that the screen was very unresponsive when I was using the browser to fill out a form for a example a address where I would click on a box enter data..etc.

    The streaming HD video was of far inferior quality to the IPhones 4S's retinal display. The example I used to demonstrate this was watching Band of Brothers on HBO Go. The HD on the HTC one x get blended and blurry around the edges during action scenes and I felt the coloring was off throughout. Such a beautiful screen wasted in my opinion but based on the fact that the HTC has higher resolution did not make sense.

    After using Xlingo and Google voice I found that voice recognition was light years inferior to siri. A lot of people scoff at this but being able to send messages to people quickly while I am zooming through my day without unlocking my screen with the press of a button is a fantastic tool.

    Also whats up with AT&Ts bloatware? The whole point of buying this phone was to allow customization and I am stuck with all these AT&T apps that are taking up a significant part of my phones storage. Out of the box I had less than 10G available.
  4. newtoandroid99

    newtoandroid99 Well-Known Member

    I think the video play back is pretty good, on my iPhone often it would be blurry and hard to see in nfl streaming. While I can't test that I did stream fast 5 from hbo and it looked good. Sure there was some pixilation at times, but that was mainly due to me not having the best cell signal where I live The screen looks pretty amazing, the iPhone screen was good, but smaller so it could get away with not being super detailed and you couldn't tell.
  5. robandis

    robandis Newbie

    I like my HTC, but am slightly niggled by certain issues...

    1.. Doesn't have the mini flash that you get when you receive an SMS on the iPhone, anyone know of an app that does this properly? I've downloaded a few and all of them don't work.

    2.. All the apps that I've downloaded to change my notification LED colour don't work...

    3.. Where can i get the same short subtle notification sounds that you get on the iPhone?

    4.. Doesn't run as smooth as the iPhone..

    5.. Yes SIRI does perform loads better than the android equivalents :-(

    6.. Can't get same apps as you can on iPhone, namely 'newsstand' for magazines and newspapers, even Metro UK's e-edition android app isn't as good.

    I've dismissed the iPhone for so long and didn't want to get one, I know this phone has got the power to beat the iPhone but can't seem to acheive this...

    Sorry for putting everything in to one.. Can anyone supply tips (if any)?
    NB. My HTC One-x isn't AT&T its British.
  6. fcukhtc

    fcukhtc Member

    I just converted from iPhone to droid through my purchase of a HTC One XL and am somewhat disappointed thus far.

    Some advice would be great.


    Best syncing application capable of syncing everything from music and photos to contacts and notes?

    Best news feed?

    Best sports feed (NBA, EPL, UEFA CL, Boxing, Tennis, Golf)

    Best twitter app?

    Best AntiVirus app?

    Best voice activation app?

    Best browser?

    Maintenance / Functionality:

    Best way to conserve memory and increase speed and reliability?

  7. s.m.knipe

    s.m.knipe Android Expert

    Hi Robandis! I'll try to take a stab a few of your points here:

    I'm not sure what you mean by "mini flash," do you mean the popup notification that allows you to read the SMS when it comes in? If so, try Handcent, Go SMS, SMS Popup, etc., which all offer this function to varying degrees of customization. Also, if you select the "productivity" lockscreen style under "Personalize" in either settings or your app drawer, it can display texts and emails and calendar events on your lockscreen.

    I'm pretty sure that's a hardware thing, I think we only have a tri-color LED (Red, Orange, and Green), and as such those colors might not be called upon (by those apps' code) using the same color codes as a true multi-color LED would (but a developer may be better equipped to discuss that).

    You won't find the exact same ones anywhere (but Apple, since they own those sounds, and yes they are big enough jerks that no one in their right minds would rip them off and distribute the goodies), but you can probably find some that are pretty darn close. I haven't rooted and dove into the development world yet so I am not sure of good places/users to try to get find or get ahold of for the sounds packagers; but I would recommend that you try cruising these forums and more developmentally active ones like XDA or Rootzwiki paying attention to the theme threads (more so than the actual root stuff- it does not have to go hand-in-hand), since the themers have extracted and re-packaged sound suites from a lot of devices, or can do so much easier than can you or I- and if you ask nicely they could probably set you up with something not copyrighted that would sound close. It really doesn't matter what device the particular theme is from, since you just want the sound file itself . There are a few apps in the Play store under various "Ringtone maker" and similar monikers that would allow you to take a similar tone and crop/shorten it, and make your own notification tone from it, so that may be a more feasible solution- or download pre-packaged ones from the Play store (open the play store and search for "Iphone 4S SMS Free" by "COOLGAME" for example. Always pay attention to the reviews, like COOLGAME's 30-ringtone app is ranked pretty highly (4 stars), some are not.

    I have a lot less lag when browsing the internet and switching between tasks than my sister's iPhone 4, do you have a lot of widgets running, or a live wallpaper ("stutter" is a known issue with the Tegra version of the phone using live wallpapers)? I have to say, I am incredibly impressed with the speed and responsiveness of mine (but then again I remember the G1 days when Android's cache would fill up and the RAM would disappear), but it is a different model (S4 dual-core processor). This can also be a pretty subjective area, so not much anyone could say other than known issues/fixes would really help here...

    Siri is more conversational and so "natural," but Android's more command-based style has been around a while (beginning in earnest with the Android 2.2 "Froyo" update in June 2010, and there are rumors that Google has plans for a major overhaul to this in the very near future-bigger than Android (across multiple, and as of yet unrevealed Google products)- called "project Majel." I haven't played with Siri, so I really can't comment very much on it, but I can send texts, emails, record notes to myself, set appointments, open some apps, and search the internet all from the microphone in the search widget on the homescreen (no third-party app, it is part of Google's "Voice Search" app). Plus, with "S-voice" and some of the industry heavy-hitters having apps like "DragonSpeak" (Nuance) and "Vlingo Labs (beta)," it is coming (maybe before Google's integration)...

    That is a problem with the developers targeting one platform to develop for, then getting locked into just planning for that platform (especially if the app takes off and becomes hungry for updates). I think we are not very far away from another evil as well- Android is now more popular than iOS (but not more populous yet); how long before Apple and/or Google begin to make developers of promising apps sign exclusivity agreements? I wouldn't be surprised to see/hear that this is already in place...

    I agree, but if the iPhone does everything you want a phone to do, and the One X doesn't, that's okay- no one can fault you for wanting to be happy with your purchase, so it is okay to get a iPhone.

    But this is the problem that has plagued Linux since its inception- a lack of understanding what it is, and a lack of unified marketing pre-launch (to build hype) cripples it out of the gate. Think back to 2007 and the iPhone and the hype surrounding it, where did the success for it come from? The iPhone was successful because of the iPod. I was working at an electronics retailer at the time when the first iPod came out; and it was roughly parallel to the Android phone launches of today- there was a lot of geek hype over a unification of the crazy and scattered mp3 player market, of a quality product (most of the previous brands were rather delicate; didn't sync well with computers of any kind, and ended up just making people more angry with irregular battery life- I know, I had an RCA Lyra which sadly was the best one until iPod came along because you could drag-and-drop and not be locked into using RealPlayer, but it was built WAY cheaper than an iPod and the battery maybe would last an hour and a half). The first iPod was expensive and looked a lot less flashy than the other brands, and honestly it took some convincing to sell the first two generations of it. But it slowly became huge, and the iPod Touch (the real testing ground for Apple for the iPhone) came out, and again required some convincing- but there was already the iOS "cult" forming that thought it was the most amazing thing ever (I thought it was cool but was very skeptical about its durability) so there was less convincing required. That built into huge techie excitement over the launch of the iPhone- Apple had already crossed the hump of consumer acceptance because of the reputation it had built with the iPods, and has rode that wave even to today (literally, WWDC is today). Apple coupled that with getting a major carrier (AT&T ) to sign on for it. Compare that narrative to the launch of Android in September (for the OS-October for the device itself) 2008, whereupon the OHA could only get the 4th largest carrier interested (T-mobile), to very little fanfare outside of Linux and Techie circles. It had no "testing" or proving ground, the phone itself was kind of clunky and "ugly" (although I loved that phone), and just like the first release of iPod touch and iPhone, it had some things it didn't do at all, and a few more it didn't do well- but the blogosphere was less forgiving because it was playing "catch-up" and was always in iOS's shadow. Android didn't really see a real marketing campaign until a year later, when Verizon launched the Motorola " 'Droid," and that's when Android's numbers really started to grow. But then, it became like all Linux Distros, there were different specializations of it all over the place, and to untrained eyes and those who don't know what they are doing- that is formidable (the horrendous "fragmentation" we hear so much about- yet ironically there are many small developers who have issues with it, but they do not get the press-time; only complaints do). So in short, the launches of both devices are like surfing; the iPhone was paddled out by the iPod Touch and had a wave ready to ride when it launched; while android was just sort of dropped off on the beach and took a year to paddle out to depth. Ironically, now the table have reversed, and depending on what actually comes out of today's WWDC , Apple might be copying Android for the 2nd year in a row (if the maps/navigation is what the leaks suggest it is), which one could argue is a sign of who is actually catching up to whom...

    In addition, the lasting issue that plagues Android/Linux when compared to Proprietary/Apple is that of control and support. Android isn't owned by Google, it is owned by the Open Handset Alliance (OHA), of which Google is a major player and houses the project, and supplies developers/code towards it. But there are other players, and a constraint to avoid encroaching on privately owned bits of code ("proprietary" code), without protecting your own work in a likewise manner (Open source licensing -usually-depends only on giving credit for the code used, and limits on material gain from it). Apple on the other hand directly owns all of iOS (well, other than the parts and style elements they have stolen or licensed- but that's another matter), so they can control all elements of the software (and would rather put up with criticism than allow changes to it) and make gaurentees about things like app-compatibility, and performance under certain circumstances. They can use this to hide "flubs" like apps crashing (without notifying you, the user- things are programmed to just go black and then dump you back to the homescreen inexplicably, or re-launch if it is a core app apparently), or deliver watered-down multi-tasking to give the illusion of power performance without a hit to battery life. But has this control made iOS more stable or less fragmented than Android? No, it really hasn't, and there are infographics that illustrate this, but it is not convenient to publicize (whether Apple PR or Tech Media), so it goes under-stated and public perception continues that one is better than the other, or "more reliable" than the other... Public perception is that we have these "known" and "accepted' options (iPhone, Windows, Other Name Brands), that have a lot of resources and a need to focus on aesthetics of their products (to be able to keep selling them), and that all other contenders and options (Linux/Android) need to be just as polished, just as refined, and (ironically) not too different so that it is convenient to hop back and forth. What public perception fails to realize however is that it really isn't the other contenders that are keeping their products from being clones of the famous name brands, it is those name brands being sue-happy and being granted broad-sweeping patents that keeps those contenders from delivering identical functionality- and forcing them to get creative. I have found that 9 times out of 10, getting creative has enabled them to find (subjectively) "better" options to deliver functionality, but sadly that isn't always the case (look at getting your music away from Apple and iTunes for example). Android (with the recent ruling in the Oracle lawsuit) has become a name brand now, but still hasn't quite escaped its past of being in the shadows, and so still has to fight some underdog battles, but given the patent portfolios of a few of the Android manufacturers, I look for Apple to be a lot less of an aggressive contender as the mobile world moves into a "beyond phone" 4G experience.

    Just thoughts, and sorry that got long-winded, but suffice it to say that there is a history and a reason why Android doesn't have a lot of the little things iOS does (mostly due to copy right and lawsuits), and you have a right to be happy with your purchase- Android or iPhone. The trouble is we can't (at this point) pick-and-choose our hardware, software, and software elements, but Android does make that much more possible than iOS ever will.
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  8. trick202

    trick202 Android Expert

    Despite the huge amounts of horsepower jammed into these Android handsets, they just don't seem to have the responsiveness of my iPhone or Lumia - especially when you start to work really fast.
    Keyboards are not as good as the iphone's - but I may get used to that. It could just be muscle memory.

    It's annoying that I got my music over from itunes (isyncer - brilliant) but the way the One X catalogues the albums is a bit backward. If a track from an album has a guest artist on it, HTC's music app classes it as a separate album. Annoying and messy.

    I have seen better battery life today (day three) but I've had to lower the screen brightness right down.

    Overall, I'm happy with the One X. It's certainly the first android phone I've had that I've actually grown to be fond of - the others were just 'tools'.

    The others: Hero, Desire, Galaxy S2, Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, Dell Streak.
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  9. trick202

    trick202 Android Expert

    Love your points (and your mature attitude towards iOS) - but it would be much easier to read your comments if you split them up into paragraphs.

    If they weren't worth reading, I wouldn't bother to comment.

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  10. s.m.knipe

    s.m.knipe Android Expert

    Yeah sorry- I'm at work and typing it out on the phone in landscape, it gets hard to keep track of grammer, punctuation, and flow in that little 4 line box...
  11. trick202

    trick202 Android Expert

    As I said, if it was drivel you were typing, I wouldn't have cared.

  12. s.m.knipe

    s.m.knipe Android Expert

    Spacing is different, and you actually have real estate now! Swiping is addictive on the HTC keyboard, it might help. Also, try out different keyboard apps like swiftkey or some customizable ones, HTC's old one was spaced similar to iOS'...

    I agree wholeheartedly

    Hmm, yeah, this is still an LCD panel, albeit an advanced one, so brightness can wipe out a battery... I had mine on navigation on battery for two hours yesterday and it dropped about 30%, I was impressed with that actually. Keep an eye on your apps too, I've ever seen good ones forget to shut down a process and drain the battery before...

    Excellent! I've been bitten by the little green bugdroid stone way back, but each new generation of devices just amazes me.
  13. trick202

    trick202 Android Expert

    I have a feeling Apple just have the keyboard thing down. I've tried lots, even iPhone clone keyboards.
    The extra space should be a help, but proves not to be.
  14. s.m.knipe

    s.m.knipe Android Expert

    Most likely, the watered down version of Cocoa iOS runs on is a little more removed from JAVA than Android's dalvik based system is, and may not be subject to the same constraints.

    Follow Diane Hackborn on Google plus, she is an Android engineer and drops awesome little tidbits about why things are the way they are every so often... Dalvik has a limitation on open "windows" and screen refreshes and she had an awesome post about how they worked around that Android's launcher (homescreen with scrolling wallpapers)
  15. trick202

    trick202 Android Expert

    Whilst that may be the reason, it does little to help me when I'm waiting on the system to keep up, or prodding an unresponsive screen.....

    I follow Diane - she's very informative to say the least.
  16. s.m.knipe

    s.m.knipe Android Expert

  17. SpiceOfLife

    SpiceOfLife Lurker

    I just got my HTC One X this week. I love it. However, I have tried to install and run HTC Sync Manager several times and I can't get it to work. I've installed and uninstalled on my personal laptop and also installed on my work laptop and it won't recognize my phone in either case. It seems like it could sync my iTunes library pretty smoothly and I don't really want to use Google player and eat up all my data allotment. Any ideas?
  18. melll

    melll Android Enthusiast

    Hands down the best keyboard I'd say is the "ICS KEYBOARD" it will be the 1st in the results. Try that. You'll never go back.
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  19. fcukhtc

    fcukhtc Member

    I had the same problem. Only I was at least able to connect to it the first couple of days. Thereafter I couldn't connect at all; it would just hang on the "Connecting..." stage forever.

    Were you able to connect to it at any time?

    Have you installed any apps before trying to connect?

    I eventually took mine back for replacement. However, upon doing a factory data reset in store it was then able to connect.
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  20. trick202

    trick202 Android Expert

    I've tried that one. It's the best of a pretty lame bunch in my opinion.

    I'm now giving swift key another go. So many people rave about it, maybe I just need to give it some time. I'm focussing on the prediction side this time - I just can't go as fast on any of these keyboards as I could on my iPhone keyboard.

    Overall, I'm missing the speed and consistency of my iPhone. For all it's power and cores, the One X still feels gloomy at times. I've had to use Nova Launcher with all the frill switched off to get an experience that can properly keep up with me.

    So much to like about the phone, and it's easily the best Android I've ever used - but I still feel it's lacking....
  21. s.m.knipe

    s.m.knipe Android Expert

    Is this the Tegra or S4 version?
  22. trick202

    trick202 Android Expert

    Tegra, I believe.

    euro version.
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  23. s.m.knipe

    s.m.knipe Android Expert

    Yeah, the euro version is Tegra... my AT&T (S4) one doesn't lag at all in the keyboard, I think nVidia has some issues with the firmware for the Tegra or something...
  24. Rowlf

    Rowlf Lurker


    I just converted from an iphone 3gs to the one x and have a large .m4a apple lossless library (cd to .m4a without drm protection). So far i love the display on the phone and i'm getting around to lossless audio but I can't seem to get the ox to play the files or find any sources on the subject. HTC makes it real easy to get the files onto the ox with the updated sync manager or just by file copy.

    I can convert all the files to flac or wma lossless but only as a last resort.

    Does the ox play .m4a lossless?

  25. SpiceOfLife

    SpiceOfLife Lurker

    No, still not able to connect to either computer. I think it did connect for about 15 seconds at one point but other than that, nothing. Since I'm so new at this phone I hate to have to do a factory reset and loose everything I've done so far and have to start over. But, if that is the only way I may have to just bite the bullet. Thanks for the info!

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The HTC One X release date was May 2012. Features and Specs include a 4.7" inch screen, 8MP camera, 1GB RAM, Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, and 1800mAh battery.

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