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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by OpaqueLizard, Aug 10, 2012.

  1. OpaqueLizard

    OpaqueLizard Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I just bought my Galaxy S3 yesterday to replace my iPhone 4
    I'm new to this OS and the freedom that comes with it but I'm already loving it
    Is there anything I should know, tips, tricks, general maintenance that I should be doing?

    Thanks in advance!

    -The Lizard
     



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  2. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven ...eschew obfuscation...
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    Welcome to Android Forums OpaqueLizard.:)

    I'll start with a general one. No matter what anyone says, stay away from automatic task killers. You will see a whole bunch of apps loaded into memory that you don't use and it may frustrate you. Don't worry, this is how Android works to improve both battery life and performance. As you use your device more, it will learn which apps you use and load those into memory first.

    As far as other advice or tips, think of things you would like to be able to do with your phone and ask for advice. One thing I find happens a lot with new users coming from iPhone (I never owned one myself, but I have nothing against them either) is that they get frustrated with things that were native in iOS that aren't native in Android. This is because there may be dozens of apps to choose from on Android for that particular task and you can opt for one that best fits your needs.

    I hope this helps and enjoy your time here on AF.:)
     
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  3. OpaqueLizard

    OpaqueLizard Newbie
    Thread Starter

    My biggest thing that I'm seeing all around is rooting my phone?
    From what I can gather its similar to Jailbreaking an iPhone but my question is, Is it worth it? or can this be an awesome device from standard use?
     
  4. boomerbubba

    boomerbubba Android Enthusiast

    First thing is, learn the lingo. "Droid" is a different model phone, specific to Verizon and made by Motorola. That is not the device you have. The correct general term for Android is "Android."

    All "Droids" are Androids. But relatively few Androids are "Droids."
     
  5. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven ...eschew obfuscation...
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    Similar, but much of the functionality you gain with jail breaking is available without root (customization, side loading apps, etc.) so there isn't as much need IMO. You certainly can enjoy your phone without rooting. Of my list of devices under my avatar only three are rooted and those are my own devices, not family members. I primarily root for backups and to be able to load the most recent versions of Android without having to wait for the manufacturer to release it. I haven't themed them or anything, they are pretty much stock except for my OG Droid, that sucker had multiple roms flashed a day.

    Anyway, below is a long winded post of mine discussing root that you may find helpful. Also, I wanted to mention the Amazon app store. The give out a free app everyday. If you go to their website from your phone you can get it.

     
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  6. OpaqueLizard

    OpaqueLizard Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Wow a lot to take in eh? I'll just keep rolling around the forums and tinkering with my phone...so far I don't feel the need to have anything other then stock but I'm still just taking it all in....I've seen a multitude of really awesome themes that I might look into
    But thanks a lot for your post :)
    And to boomerbubba, I'm sorry i'll get it right!
     
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  7. boomerbubba

    boomerbubba Android Enthusiast

    No hard feelings. Welcome.

    p.s. Don't worry too much about rooting at first. I've been using Android phones as long as there have been Android phones, and although I have been tempted I don't root now. There is a certain hassle factor.

    There are pros and cons. Wait until you understand them, then decide if rooting is for you. It might very well be what you want. Or not.
     
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  8. OpaqueLizard

    OpaqueLizard Newbie
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    Thanks! I think that's what I'm going to do
     
  9. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven ...eschew obfuscation...
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    Exactly, enjoy your phone and ask any questions you have. If you do find the need down the road to root it, the community will be here to help.:)
     
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  10. Ches111

    Ches111 Well-Known Member

    So in the apple world there is an App for that. In Android there is too. The difference is many apps in the Android world are free and many have what would be considered to be unprecedented access to the phones abilities. Things that Apple would never allow within an app especially without a premium.

    Launchers are a great place to start! You can get all the looks of a root themed ROM without the root aspect. The key here is that you get to make the device TRULY your own. This is actually encouraged.

    Hope you enjoy your Droid ;) experience :)
     
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  11. OpaqueLizard

    OpaqueLizard Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Any recommendation for a launcher app??
     
  12. jackroo

    jackroo Android Enthusiast

    Go Launcher is a good one. Tons of customization options
     
  13. boomerbubba

    boomerbubba Android Enthusiast

    And that access can involve device privileges for apps that you need to understand.

    The basic rule of the Android ecosystem is that apps can be granted broad privileges to do things you might consider trespassing on your privacy if the app actually does all the stuff it might do. Google and Android simply disclose these privileges -- which can be very broad, especially when coupled with full Internet access (which any ad-supported "free" app typically has). But it is up to the user to decide whether to grant such privileges to some anonymous app developer by installing the app. So protecting yourself is your own responsibility.
     
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  14. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven ...eschew obfuscation...
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    Well, in related news here is an excellent read to get up to speed on app permissions and Android security. Get a full cup of coffee first though, its long.
     
  15. Ches111

    Ches111 Well-Known Member

    Opaque, This is the crux of the Android system. There are many launchers and what I tell you you may not like. It is also the beauty of Android :).

    Some launchers slide in from right to left or left to right, or scroll up or down or allow 5 columns and 9 rows or allow 7 columns and 5 rows. Some allow transitions (huge number of transitions) between home screens, some remove transition effects completely to give the appearance/feel of added speed. Some resize widgets well, some don't. Some people optimize for screen type using a negative image to have darker colors on the Super AMOLED screens to save battery.

    The cool thing is that ALL of these are available to use at your whim. Don't like it change it. Want to switch between launchers to try each out for a while no worries.
     
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  16. ylexot

    ylexot Android Expert

    The big three are GO, Apex, and Nova. Personally, I use Apex, but they are all pretty similar.
     
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  17. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven ...eschew obfuscation...
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  18. Ches111

    Ches111 Well-Known Member

    I used Launcher Pro for the longest time just because of some of the widgets that were built in support of it. Transparency was key to me for widgets like calendar which took up and entire home screen for me.
     
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  19. OpaqueLizard

    OpaqueLizard Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for all your help guys! I've got some things to do so I have to stop tinkering for awhile....but I'm sure i'll be back and i'm damn sure i'll have questions ;)
     

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