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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by crew757, Jul 13, 2011.

  1. crew757

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    Hi. I am new on here and totally new to the world of the Droid. I got my new Droid 3 yesterday, after having been a loyal BB user since the trackball came out. I am trying to learn as much about how to really use my new Droid, by reading forums online, asking people, etc. I am seeing different comments about messaging apps? Any info you might care to pass along to me about my new phone would be much appreciated. Anything from getting my email to work as a pop3, messaging apps, setting custom ring tones, etc. Private messages would be most excellent if you have any tips to offer. I keep reading about rooting/bootloaders and, to be honest, I don't have much of an understanding as to what that is. Again, any info would be much appreciated. I am feeling a little guilty for leaving BB after so many years, but I am also excited about my D3. Thanks in advance!

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    right now i would skip over any info revolving around rooting/bootloaders/roms/themes

    until you get the basics of Android down there is no sense in filling your head with that info right now.
     
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    I work in a Tech related field. Have been in a tec
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    oh and welcome to the fam. I too was a WackBerry user before i got my DX. It was the right decision for me.
     
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    For email I use an app (free) from the market called K-9 mail. I have two gmail accounts and one zoomtown account set up in that. It pretty much set up the gmail accounts for me. The zoomtown account I had to manually configure because the "wizard" didn't get the port settings right.

    I also had to disable all syncing in the gmail app for my primary gmail account because having both apps retrieving my email was causing problems.
     
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    I'm kinda in the same boat. Moving up from an Env Touch that I'm going to smash with a sledgehammer- I learned to hate it. I've lusted after a Droid since they first came out, my D3 will be here tomorrow. Based upon what we know so far, and Droid in general, can you talk me through- or point me to if it's already out there- what a newbie needs to know and do?

    I'm an old-fart user (I still TALK on the phone sometimes ;-)), mainly texting with my daughter, some browsing. What/how do I shut off to get decent battery life? Thanks!

    "Getting to know you, getting to know all about you..."
     
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    ^Decent battery life...lets see..

    Technically you can leave your GPS on as long as there arent any bugs with apps using GPS. But GPS is usually one of the first things ppl turn off. I only turn it on when needed. Like if the camera has geo location settings on or an app like Beautiful Widgets uses location settings on, leaving GPS on, it can get used when you dont want it to. At the same time GPS can make an app like Beautiful Widgets more accurate. In my experience using it I never needed locations settings on for it to be accurate.

    So check to see if apps or features of the phone has location settings and adjust accordingly; either leave location settings on and GPS off or dont use the locations of the app or phone feature. But....using location settings for some things are more accurate or can only be used with GPS on.

    Some ppl say auto brightness effects/doesnt effect battery life, some ppl say adjusting the brightness only when needed is better. All I can say is experiment and see what works. Leaving the brightness down to something like 20%-30% all the time will be better vs. 100% all the time tho. From using the Droid 1 and Droid X1, outside I needed 100% to see the screen best. Indoors something waaay lower was fine.

    Apps like Beautiful Widgets has settings where it can update, sync at specific time frames. I usually set it to something big like 2-4 hours. Sync settings in widgets can be a battery killer depend on what you set it to.

    In the browser, setting Flash to On Demand should help battery life if you use the web alot.

    Wifi uses less battery than 3G. If you are near Wifi, use it if you can. I have a wireless router at home so when I get home, Wifi gets used when I need to use the web, get apps or update apps.

    Live wallpapers can kill the battery, maybe. I never wanted to use em. They are nice to look at and interact with from time to time, but I never wanted to use one daily.

    Exiting apps wrong may kill the battery. Use the Exit button or just make sure you exit the app right. Hitting the Home button doesnt exit the app all the time, its generally used for multi tasking.

    I'm a fan of Motorola and usually with all things being equal their phones are near the top of Android phones for battery life. If there are no misbehaving apps, no bugs with the phone or a bad battery it should have decent battery life. Their recent phones have a Battery Manager. Look over it and see if you wanna use that.

    Just read some battery life threads in here and other current Motorola phones for tips to having decent battery life.

    Thats all I can think of off the top of my head. As far as what a newbie needs to do? Read...this forum, another forum, some forum....and get to using and knowing your phone!!! LOL!! There are so many decent free apps... just get something to eat and check out the market and the app sections of the forums.
     
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    So I jumped in and got a D3 yesterday, after being on BB for the last 3 years. Quite frankly - I am addicted to the ease of synchronization between my BB and Outlook. I use it for work and have no choice on the Outlook platform... and I really, really miss my synchronized notes, tasks, emails, contacts and calendar.

    I tried the Corporate Sync, but I'm getting login errors... I downloaded Touchdown, but even when I tell it to fetch emails from the last two weeks, it only returns with the handful of emails I've gotten since I installed it... (and it doesn't have notes and the calendar won't sync with the calendar widget on my homescreen.)

    I need the older emails and I need an easy way to sync back and forth between my phone and my Outlook... help? anyone? (Because at this point, I'm already looking at the newest BBs and considering returning the D3...)
     
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    Did you try to manually connect in the corporate sync? I wasn't able to do it automatically, but, doing it by hand did the trick. I had to have my office's IT give me some info to get it done, but once it was done, it worked like a charm. I have only had this phone 2 days, my previous phone was a BB.
     
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    Fortunately my IT guy was able to help me, too. I had all of the info I needed by our Exchange service provider had to change some things on there end too... now I have email, calendar and contacts... and it looks like notes might not be too big of a problem. (I think I'll try to nitronotes - even if it was beta and is no longer supported.)
     
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    I'm starting my first step in the droid world and just got mine today. I've changed from an LGnv3. I am so looking forward to this and I'm sure I will pick up quickly. One item that I have been searching for, through the very poor manual, as well as on line and in forums, is for a complete listing of all of the status icons and their meanings. Please note that I am not asking about the icons on the upper left that you can pull down but rather the ones on the upper right. With my LG is was given this listing in the manual as well as built into the phone, but the listings I can find for the Droid, in general, are only a very few icons. I have a new one that I can't find an answer for. It looks like a target with a cross hair or plus sign over it.
     
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    That just means that the phone is giving out its location via gps. This icon shouldn't always be there; it should only show up when an app or web page needs your location. You can turn GPS off by going to Settings>Location & security settings>uncheck "Standalone GPS services".
     
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    You will enjoy the Droid 3 over the BB, as a previous owner of a BB, the thing I hated most was the rebooting after or deleting an app...Since Droid 3 is running the latest ROM 2.3.4 you will not have to Root or anything for a while.
     
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    Thank you so very much!
     
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    Well since this thread is asking about status icons in the upper right I am curious about one that I cannot any description. It looks like a box with a line across the top and a check mark inside the box. If it a download complete or something similar, how do I get it to disappear? If that is not what it is what is it???
     
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    Does it look a little like a suite case or brief case with a check mark? That means an app has been downloaded and installed.

    You can clear it by pulling the notification bar down (put your finger at the top of the screen and drag down) and then you have two options:

    1. Tap the red circle with the black minus sign next to the item you want cleared
    2. Tap the "Clear" button in the upper right to clear all. (Or clear "most". Some icons don't clear, like the temperature if you have WeatherBug.)

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    I was a long-time BB user and fan. I slowly got fed up with BB's for a few things, especially:

    • Having to restart my phone regularly because RAM was exhausted
    • Voice dialing failures (more than half the time)

    I tried a used Droid 1 beginning in February and LOVED it. Two days ago I upgraded to a Droid 3, and I love it even more.

    The only things I can say that BB may have over Android phones are:

    • The physical keyboard. BB really excels here. The Droid 3 has an excellent physical keyboard, but it's still not as good as BB's.
    • Corporate email integration (or so I hear).
    • BlackBerry Messenger doesn't have a true rival in the Android world. (Though I've read BBM may be made available to Android this year.)

    Here are a few things a former BB user should know:

    • The Android Market has a lot more apps available.
    • The open aspect of the Android OS has pros and cons (way more pros in my opinion, but it has it's problems, too). One of the big benefits is that so many people can create apps and improvements to the existing system. One of the drawbacks is some inconsistency from phone model to phone model.
    • If you like voice dialing, it's MUCH MUCH better on Android.
    • Touch-screen interface is much better than the BB Storm.
    • Browsing the web is much better.
    • Gmail app is much better.

    Now some specifics.

    Browsing: Unlike BB, you can replace the stock browser. I recommend Dolphin HD, which is free. Some like Firefox; I want to like Firefox because I use it on my PC, but I find it's slow on my phone. But note that if you want to put a shortcut to a website on your home screen you'll have to setup a bookmark in the stock browser; the home screen's shortcut function won't read Dolphin bookmarks.

    Email: I use Gmail for my corporate email. For me, the Gmail app on my phone is outstanding. Others use K-9, but I don't know much about it.

    Typing: I recommend setting your keyboard input method ( Settings | Language & Keyboard | Input Method ) to Swype. It'll take some getting used to. Instead of typing letters you drag your finger across the keyboard and Swype figures out what word you want. Once you're used to it you can do this very quickly.

    SMS: I think many people get a replacement SMS app. I use Go SMS Pro (again, free). I like the interface--though I confess I can't remember why I didn't want to keep using the stock browser.

    Battery Life: There's a lot of discussion on this all over the place, so I won't go into much, here. But a couple notes for BB users:
    - Turn off radios you're not using. WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth. Also, if you're in the U.S., in Settings | Wireless & Networks | Mobile Networks, set Network Mode to "CDMA".
    - I recommend getting "WiFi OnOff", "GPS OnOff" and "Bluetooth OnOff" widgets from the market. Add them to one of your home screens. They'll make turning those radios on and off much easier.

    If you have specific questions, PM me and I'll do my best to answer.

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    Thanks boster but I have seen those on the left side and understand those and how to clear them. This one is on the right side of the screen between the battery icon and the clock.
     
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    Finally figured it out. It is the icon for the alarm. The check is the hands of the clock. Duh! lol
     
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