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Need an app to fix the OS.. flame on......

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by ocean1, Nov 9, 2009.

  1. ocean1

    ocean1 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Nov 6, 2009
    so far it seems like Android is a nice start. The big thing is it seems everyone is looking for an app to finish the OS or correct issues. Better keyboard, better home screen, better SMS, alerts, it goes on forever. I know Android is all about making it to fit your personal taste, however why not just make a REAL basic OS and start a store to sell apps to finish the OS and fix its short comings? oops living it lol. I dont know just seems like alot of work to fix stuff and add things to make the stuff on the phone work the way 90% of us think they should. As far as the Droid goes its nice but dang I have never spent so much time adding stuff to make it useable to any phone I have ever had. Sooo much work dang! That keyboard is really a waste so I need to Dl a "better keyboard" to make the onscreen one better now. Off the the app store to find some thing to make icons bigger, maybe bigger text and SMS message alert on the screen, way to keep it from going into hibernation and findintg the button on top instead of just clicking on the screen and unlocking it.etc etc etc.
    Flame on......... Just venting lol sorry just frustration . Maybe too much hype and feeling a bit let down by Droid


  2. kabbie_mcfeely

    kabbie_mcfeely Well-Known Member

    Jan 14, 2009
    Not to be disrepectfull, but didnt you research the Android System before you bought the phone ?

    Anyway, all the things you mentioned you wanted are in the Market. Yeah it may take you a while to find everything, but then its "your phone". I have had my G1 for 13 months and I tweak it daily. Its never perfect for me, though it is a great phone.
  3. punkzanyj

    punkzanyj Well-Known Member

    Oct 20, 2008
    Not everyone. I like the home screen, I like the SMS default app, I like the alerts, I like the browser, the music player, the video player, the gallery, gmail, maps, google talk. There is very little I don't like. The only "replacement" style app I have is K-9 (which I think is being developed by a google employee anyway) because the default email app didn't have all the features I wanted. Otherwise I think it's great.

    You've completely contradicted yourself there, man. You know it's all about making it fit your tastes, and you know it's real basic and has a store to provide apps for features you want....so what's your problem?

    Other phones don't allow this much customization. Or at least, they didn't used to. If someone hadn't developed a home replacement showing off dazzling new features, would you even care? Would anyone? I tried a few of the home replacement apps, and at the end of the day, I don't need themes or 4 extra screens, in fact, the more doodads and wizbangs you set up the slower the phone gets. It's like some people's myspace pages where they have an animated background, animated cursor, ticker tape banner across the top, 5 videos autoplaying music, their own theme auto-playing song, and 50 animated GIFs that make it look like Disney characters are sparkling. Thanks, but I don't need my phone looking like the bedroom of a 13 year old girl.:D

    90%, really, where'd you get that figure? How do you know the people like me aren't the 90% who think it's just fine the way it is (for the most part)?

    The truth is probably somewhere in between. Some people want to replace every feature on the phone and customize it to hell and back, and some people are just fine with most of what it can do out of the box.

    The phone was built for both kinds of people, and everyone in between. That's the great thing about Android, it's not chock full of features I don't want or need, and for you there's an infinitely expanding universe of choices so you can tweek and twist it and get it exactly the way you want it. A few years ago you would've had to hack your phone or just get a different one, but these days, it's all about customizing it to fit you.

    Sounds pretty sweet to me.

    Sounds like you needed to do more research first. Whenever you make this kind of purchase, especially when you have such specific needs and standards, it's always a good idea to do as much research as possible. If, for example, bluetooth file transfer was high on your priority list, then no, Android ain't for you (at least not yet, sorta).

    I'm intrigued, what's "a waste" about the keyboard? Works fine for me, has as good a layout as any other virtual keyboard I've seen. I'm not a fan of virtual keyboards because they take up screen real estate -- but that's why I got the G1, so I wouldn't have to worry about it.

    Really? All of that bothers you? How big do you need all this stuff to be? I've shopped a lot of smartphones, the icons are pretty standard size from what I've seen.

    Seems to me you're nitpicking more than anything else. And complaining because of all the choices you have, rather than being greatful that they exist. It wasn't that long ago that you'd either have to learn code so you could hack your phone, get someone else to do it for you, accept the phone as is, or get something else. Now you can do all of that AND you can customize it the way you want, too.

    See my earlier bit about research. I read everything that I could find about android and the G1 before I bought it. Everything and anything. I ignored rumors and assumed any "oh, that'll be along eventually" talk was not a promise, but an option. I knew EXACTLY what I was getting myself into. As a result, I'm very happy with my phone a year later. Hands down THE best phone I've ever owned.
  4. ocean1

    ocean1 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Nov 6, 2009
    Your right on much of that. Just frustrated. I should have done more research into this type of platform where it needs to be almost fully custom fit. Its nice in some ways, I did find some nice apps that are an extra to the OS that will make everyday things better. Its the other stuff that makes the phone or OS easier or better thats a PITA! Guess it is what it is. Not going back to the Storm thats for sure, battery pulls and lag where bad. Just felt like a more complete OS bugs n all lol. Anyway Had many phones and this has the most potential for sure. Think a few updates and ad ons and some big thick glasses a couple shots of Botox Ill be fine lol
  5. rixa001

    rixa001 Active Member

    Oct 28, 2009
    Hey Ocean1,
  6. KoukiFC3S

    KoukiFC3S Well-Known Member

    Aug 9, 2009
    I could use a stock Droid no problem. The apps are just icing on the cupcake.
  7. craighwk

    craighwk Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    IT Manager
    Denver, CO
    Personally I am very thankful that the Android allows us so many options and abilities to work beyond the standard interface.

    I prefer the default soft keyboard, but I understand why people want to use alternatives. The media player is awful so I am thankful that a better alternative can come down the road. The "home" is nice and functional, but I am happy we're allowed to download replacements to match or needs.

    All things other phones don't let you do. Rather than be boxed into to individual apps, I love having the ability to make system wide changes and customize to my liking.

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