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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Riviner, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. Riviner

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    Hello fellow Androidians!

    This is my first such phone (or first real smarty pants phone to be exact), so bear with me :) I've been using it for two weeks now and i'm quite enjoying it, but as always, there's pros, cons and some undiscovered goodies to experience.

    I haven't been looking too much into the Market yet (nor this forum), since i haven't felt like having enough spare time. Also, there seems to be a lot of choices for different types of apps there and i'm still quite baffled about that i suppose. Don't feel like trying every single one of them really.

    Here's a few thoughts, requests and some points of genuine wonder:

    1. There's only one type of application i'm really looking for at this point, and that would be a proper music player / equalizer / volume controller. My main problem is that the volume is controlled natively by only 15 steps and that's clearly not enough for my needs. There's often the problem with my music (loud more-or-less-extreme metal), that on one step the volume is just a tad too low and on the next it's barely too loud. And sadly more often i settle with the louder choice (since metal is not background music ;). I had this problem with my old phone too (but not with such drastic differences), but i got around it by fine-tuning all the equalizer levels according to my needs per album.

    You see, my old phone was Sony Ericsson W890i and there was a lot of love towards it's the music player (Walkman) and how it was all handled in the phone, in it's buttons and in the accessories. I would like to bring some of it's smoothness back to HD aswell (i'll learn coding if necessary :D). Foobar might be fine too, but i haven't tested how it works on android yet.

    So:
    - Is there a way to expand the default 15 volume steps to double or even triple? I wouldn't have to resort on toying with equalizers. If the expanding isn't possible (though i'm guessing it definitely is), then might there be an app that changes how those 15 steps are distributed? For example, the volume would increase sufficiently alot per each step when progressing from mute upwards, and the steps would gradually get smaller towards the maximum volume. More precise volume control there.
    - In W890i, i loved the function how you could hold down either of the volume buttons for a second or so, and i would jump to the upcoming or previous song respectively. No need to wake up the screen.
    - What ways are there to maybe make the "sound better" with plug-ins and additions (specific to the music player in use, i'm guessing)?

    2. Rooting? I'm guessing it's "hacking" or opening the phone for more customized features (similar like plucking a 25 year old nun-in-solitary for the first time?). One you get down to the roots, is there a way back (when it comes to warranty)?

    3. What every android newbie should install and understand regarding the phone and everything around it?

    Here's how i've experienced the phone so far:
    Pros: Fast, snappy interface. Feels very robust in all aspects, down to the physical casing. Surfing on internet (and having a flash support!) is just great. Google maps <3. Pleasantly open platform to explore and exploit :)
    Cons: Not too amazing camera (though i don't expect much from phones in general), surprisingly fast power consumption (or small battery actually), some bugs and slight annoyances (lost about 2000 sms message because of a system update, or that's what i think the reason was).

    Tiny thing, but i don't like how i need to wake up the phone with pressing the power button AND by dragging the screen lock down. The latter part feels a bit too extra, and somewhat gimmicky necessarity at that. But i suppose it quite well eliminates any accidental actions in the pocket though (like calling your boss or grandma around 3am when partying, which is nice).

    There was more to it, but i lost the track of it (yes, you can have that sigh of relief now ;). Sorry for typing so excessively, hopefully there was atleast some genuine real info here and there. On the other hand though, i cannot help myself with the flooding most often. I wonder how many "sorries" i still have in stock.

    Thanks for any kinds of answers and have a good day!
     

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  2. Dixi1801

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    You have no need to be sorry! Everyone has questions and I know I and the people here will do our best to answer for you!

    On behalf of the desire HD section, id like to welcome you to the forum and hope you enjoy your stay!

    If you have any questions, don't hesitate to post a thread (after looking to see if a post is already up about the topic! You can do this by going to post new topic, and when you put in a title similar posts come up!) Or you can PM me personally and ill try to resolve any problems :)
     
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  3. El Presidente

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    That was an intense first post, welcome! :)

    1. I don't use my phone for music, so my knowledge is kind of limited, but I hear good things about Poweramp, you might want to give that a try.

    2. I like your comparison ;). Yeah, rooting allows you access to certain parts of the phone you wouldn't normally have, allowing you to do things like backup app data, install custom ROMs etc.

    3. Depends on what you're in to, you can take a look here. It's a list of apps I've found useful since I've got the handset, take a read and see what you think.

    I'm also pretty sure there are apps which will disable the swipe thing. I can have a search around if you like?
     
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    1) Yeah, poweramp has an equalizer screen, which includes your regular android volume control and a preamp slider (although turning this to max only gives your regular max volume, so it won't cause distortion like the preamp on a proper amp). So I imagine that makes things much more precise within the phones regular volume levels.

    As for the holding the volume button to switch track, it is available on some custom firmwares, however I couldn't get it working in poweramp.
     
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    Quick question for you as you say your new to the platform...Have you got a task killer installed? Such as Advance Task Killer?
     
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    Never had to use a task killer on DHD...
     
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    Question not for you you wally lol ;)
     
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    Lets state it differently....

    "If you have Task Killer, or simillar installed, please uninstal NOW"!

    :D
     
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    Here is what the top button says and what it should say:

    Before:_________________________________________After:
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    Scan read ....FAIL
     
  11. Riviner

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    Thanks for the answers guys! It took a sweet time for me to come around commenting, but now i feel like i'm "stable-enough" after all the festivals and what comes with them.

    Firstly, i would like to thank for recommending Poweramp! I actually tried to download it (among other applications) when i was creating this thread, but somehow i didn't manage to. I was using Internet pass-through and downloads came through very quickly (as assumed), but they always got hanging around 97% - 99% of their completion. I wonder what was up with that?

    Anyways, i managed to download it later and it's a very good app for sure! The EQ works the way i hoped, and i really like how the playing resumes when you plug your headset back in. Folders / Library view is slightly sluggish to scroll though (when coming from the default music player), but it's fine.

    I haven't been tackling with other apps as much yet, but i'll get there. I had JuiceDefender running for a good while, but after a while i didn't notice it doing any special battery saving, so i uninstalled it.

    As for task killers, they way i've understood how Android / it's operating system works, task killers are really unnecessary. First few days i was bothered with the whole idea of "apps running on background without me knowing it", but as i was monitoring it more, i realized that most of the apps just run when you use them and otherwise stay on idle. I have to say, that's one super impressive feature with Android platform.

    So i suppose i'll get into rooting in the near future and really start modding my interface. I haven't been reading any substantial info about rooting (or modding in general) yet, but at this stage i'm wondering can one use let's say vector elements or such to dress up the interface? I'm guessing not and it's a really silly question to make (as i'm assuming it's more about coding), but i had to make it anyways. That's would be a real nice easy way (and probably snappy) for me to get into customization.

    Thanks to you all for answering and i'll be seeing you around!
     
  12. dan_hin

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    Regarding vectors - I think it really depends on what you're doing. Coding an app - yes... Replacing interface elements/wallpapers/icons - no. Most of the Android display is based on .PNG files (including the boot animation ;) ) so I'm afraid you're going to be stuck with raster graphics.

    However regarding graphics, one of the "cheapest" ways I've found to mod the phone on root is by changing the pixel density and changing the font used for the interface. A smaller pixel density means higher effective resolution so you can view more of the web/apps/maps/books onscreen at once. And obviously if you dislike the original HTC font that can be changed quickly.

    These two features are available in a wide range of apps, generally for free too.

    Dan
     
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    well i rooted my phone just to run some games that could not be runned, boost up some battery and speed, and customizations... i love the miui rom for that.. i used this tool to root my phone it was very easy and straight forward http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1180639
    also juicedefender might not have worked because most of its features require root and custom roms do increase the audio so you do not need a music player for the boost...
     

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