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Discussion in 'Introductions' started by tekniqs, Apr 6, 2010.

  1. tekniqs

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    picked myself up a milestone (HK) a few days ago and i haven't opened it yet haha. I'm trying to read up on stuff about android/roms/apps/etc before i dive into it. All this info is SERIOUSLY becoming confusing. things like bootloaders, nandroids, roms, are giving me a headache.

    is there like one place or a forum or a thread that gives the rundown on all this stuff? I don't want to F up my phone before i even start using it haha!



    umm one question, do i need my unit to be rooted already to flash the backup of another user on it? I saw a modified HK backup with some neat stuff and i want to try that out.

    anyways, this feels like i'm taking a course of android 101
     

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  2. Pryomancer

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    Welcome to the forums!

    Firstly, just go ahead and start using your phone. It's designed to be used straight out the box. Just follow the setup and download a few apps you might like. That's pretty much all you have to worry about at first.

    I wouldn't recommend rooting your phone yet, you've just got it and rooting will void the warranty on most, if not all, phones.
     
  3. tekniqs

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    ahhh ok thanks! i'll try that haha!

    one question though, what are the advantages of rooting exactly? like i know for droid, you can install custom roms, overclock the cpu, etc.

    with milestone...call me stupid but i'm actually not sure what the advantage is.
     
  4. justjimjpc

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    Welcome to the AF forums and enjoy your visits !! :cool:
     
  5. tekniqs

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    thanks dood
     
  6. mrjam3s

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    Welcome aboard!

    I am content with my phone being stock. Rooting and all the other stuff may come later, but right now it works for me as it is...
     
  7. tekniqs

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    hey thanks mr jam3s =)

    i'll run with the phone stock for now. the thing i'm getting confused is, without root will i not be able to run the apps people are making? like if i stay stock, will i be stuck with getting apps from the marketplace?
     
  8. skri11a

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    You'll be able to use any non-market apps that don't specifically require root.
    Just turn on "Allow alternate sources" in your application settings. There's very little that I've found that requires that though. Swype keyboard being the only one I use.
     
  9. tekniqs

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    sup skrilla

    yep, i'm definitely going to try out swype, nothing but good things about it.
    when i turn on "allow alternate sources" does that mean i have to dl the apps through my computer or can i do it straight from my milestone?
     
  10. tekniqs

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    bump...that's the last question i'm going to ask ahha
     
  11. skri11a

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    If you turn it on you'll still be able to install things from the market.
    As for getting non-market apps on your phone, you can either download them to your pc and then transfer them to the phone or you could download it directly to the phone.

    My memory is a little hazy but I remember the stock browser not letting you download files off the net, but that may not apply anymore. You can download dolphin browser from the market though and it definitely lets you download from the web onto your phone.
     
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  12. tekniqs

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    alright thanks scrilla. you've been a lot of help.
     
  13. bigdroid

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    Welcome to Android Forums!! :)
     

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