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  1. superjeep

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    ive been a blackberry user for about 9 years now....i know nothing other than blackberry hahahaha. about to get an epic tonight.

    whats some of the stuff i should do to it? i was thinking of the evo shift because im nervous of battery life on the epic but the shift seems so boring.

    i know nothing about the droids and how to root,and modify,ect so any help would be great. thanks
     

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    I wouldn't start of by trying to root if you haven't even experienced Android yet. Get to know the system and how it works before going into rooting and customization. (You wouldn't want to get in a Porsche you've just invested in and never driven and start tweaking around the engine management system)

    I used to be rooted and ran custom roms but now I'm perfectly fine with it stock. It's actually a great phone stock. It has customization options (different launchers) that you can use to make it look/feel different without even having to root. look up the different launchers on:

    market.android.com

    and see what other apps are ranked highly. Play with some of the free games etc. Just enjoy yourself with the system before rooting. For me, battery life is great. It's even better now on Froyo. Coming from a blackberry I think the first thing you'll be overwhelmed with is how "open" android is and how easy it is to customize anything you want. So hang around these forums and make use of the great people here. Have fun and welcome to the club!!!!!!!!!
     
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    One thing you need to do (even with Froyo) that makes a big difference to the battery life is put it in and out of airplane mode every time you turn the phone on. To do this, after the phone has been turned on and you have logged on, press the power button on the upper right until it vibrates, and then touch "Airplane mode". You'll see a little airplane appear in the above task bar. After about 15 seconds, do that again, and the airplane will disappear. Someone said that this is a CDMA phone, but something in the software is still searching for a GMS signal, which the hardware can never find. Doing the airplane mode trick supposedly straightens out the software. To see if this makes a difference, go into Settings - About phone - Battery use - Cell standby - Time without signal - and the percentage should be well under 50%. You can also save a lot of battery life by only turning the 4G on when you need it.

    Keep in mind that when you try to do adventurous stuff with your phone's operating system, you risk messing it up in some way. In that respect, it's sort of like tinkering with your car. Yes, it's macho to do your own car maintenance, and everyone will admire you for it, but I choose not to, because I like to have a car that isn't messed up. If you're contemplating doing something, I would advise studying forums where other people have tried the same thing, and see if they've encountered any problems. That will give you an objective perspective on the risk/reward ratio you are dealing with. When you encounter a post titled, "I just bricked my phone and they won't honor the warranty", that will put a damper on your enthusiasm to experiment with your phone's operating system.
     
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    Welcome aboard!

    Both items listed above are excellent advise.


    Neither phone is perfect but both have awesome qualities that are unique to themselves. The best thing you can do, IMO, is go and physically play with both phones and see what feels/sounds best to you.

    Also, be patient once you get it. Android is not a perfect OS and has it's own quirks and tricks. When you come across something you are unsure of, just ask! :)

    Once again, welcome to AF!
     
  5. superjeep

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    thanks for the welcome guys/gals!! i just got it and have been playing with it, deff different from a bb. only thing im having trouble with is facebook feeds say it has an error and cant update?
     
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    One of the few things that's better on BB is the facebook app. That and BBM if you're into that sort of thing. But those are minor compared to all the benefits. The browser alone makes up for it. <shivers recalling RIM's browser, ugh!>

    So I take it you went for the Epic, yes? If so you're gonna love it. You'll be throwing stones at BB in a few weeks.
     
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    Few weeks? Lol it took me a few hours! Yes bb has some advantages over android but definetly android is a way better imo. I would agree with just take some time to get used to everything and ask lots of questions here on the forums and read, read, read. Welcome:)
     
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    I got it working just needed an update still doesn't notify me with an icon or beep.....is that just the app?
    Other than that its insane! I got about 2 hours sleep last night cause I was up messing with it lol.
    Getting good with this drag text too
     
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    I was on blackberry for 8 years, and I am now hooked on android. You will enjoy the overall internet experience and apps so much more. Email is more consistent on Blackberry, but now that emails contain so many more newsletters and html graphics it became tedious on Blackberry to read. When I upgraded to 2.2 my battery life improved greatly. You can also buy additional batteries fairly cheap online so you are never in a bind.

    I really think Swype is a feature that separates the Epic from other phones. You should play around with Swype in the store because it saves so much time for quick text messaging. I really don't see the market for the shift. It's almost as large without some of the features of EVO. If you need a keyboard get the Epic. If not, consider the EVO.
     
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    im loving it so far,only complaint is facebook doesnt leave notifications,and some of my comcast emails dont come through
     
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    Keep exploring. Facebook does have notifications. Just need to set it up.
     

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