Noobie Smartphone User with a Casio Commando


I picked up my Verizon Casio Commando last week and have been slowly but surely learning how to get around the phone. It's my first smartphone.

So far, I like it. It's nice to be able to access the web no matter where I am.

I'm not thrilled with the battery life. With my previous Casio Boulder, I charged it less than twice a week. At the very least, I have to charge the Commando every night. I installed Juice Defender last night and we'll see if that helps.

Still not sure what the deal is with rooting. Does it break any contracts with Verizon? Does it really improve battery consumption? What are the other benefits?

El Presidente

Beware The Milky Pirate!
Welcome aboard.

I'd problems with Juice Defender on my handset, whereby it did the exact opposite of what it was supposed to do and worsened battery life. Others swear by it though.

Rooting is essentially giving yourself super user access. It allows you access to files etc you wouldn't normally have, install apps that you can't install if unrooted (CPU tweaks, screenshot apps etc.) and most importantly grants you the ability to install different ROMs (customised versions of Android) on your handset. These ROM's offer more features than come as standard and are often tweaked to improve things like battery life and speed. I'm not sure about Verizons policy, but most carriers/manufacturers warranties are voided by rooting so if you want to do it, make sure you read up on it extensively first.

The Commando subforum is here. Ask any device specific questions there, but there are a plethora of other subforums to post in should you need assistance. :)