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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by sean76, May 23, 2011.

  1. sean76

    sean76 Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Ok IMO these 3 applications have pretty much changed my whole out look on the phone...maybe they'll help some of you Charge owners also.

    *1- Launcher pro...A must have!
    Changes the look of the phone and really takes alot of the screen lag away, I would not even consider this phone without this Launcher...

    *2-Dolphin Browser HD...Another must have on the Charge!
    This to me is a life saver as far as browsers go on this phone. Zero lag, real pinch to zoom, and plenty of customization...And I love the color layout of the Android Green and Grey, goes with the look and theme of my phone.

    *3- Go SMS...
    WoW,,,I love it! Absolutely awesome... The tweaking I was able to do was great, my own color scheme, which by the way is Black, Grey, & Android Green makes me enjoy texting again. The color scheme on the stock SMS app is just terrible, what were they thinking? This is probably the best SMS app IMO.

    Well those are the 3 I like...feel free to comment and post what you think makes this an all around better phone with some tweaking...

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  2. jinwons

    jinwons Android Expert

    Couldn't agree more. These are great basic android apps, not just on Charge.
  3. sean76

    sean76 Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Indeed they are great on any device...However, in this case they really make the Charge a very usable, enjoyable device overall!
  4. As a beginner/intermediate user, will Launcher Pro be intuitive to use?
  5. carmendiva

    carmendiva Android Expert

    I recommend

    Go launcher or Adwlauncher ex

    Launcher pro doesn't seem that great to me. Still laggy.

    Using Go SMS with Go launcher is great and Adwlauncher has some nifty features
  6. sean76

    sean76 Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Try em all, and decide for yourself. All great tools..
  7. Shamrock13

    Shamrock13 Android Enthusiast

    I have a question regarding GoSMS. Do the pop ups work for you when you receive a text message? My brother just recently got the phone and he has been having trouble trying to get the notification pop up to show.
  8. oresteez

    oresteez Newbie

    sounds good that you have found some great workarounds!

    does this mean you want to keep the phone? it sounded like you were thinking of returning it, in some of your other posts..
  9. carmendiva

    carmendiva Android Expert

    Go SMS has pop ups...mine pops up(annoyingly so)
  10. jinwons

    jinwons Android Expert

    I actually use Go EX as my secondary launcher along with Lancher Pro. To me LP feels lighter, snappier than Go in default setting. But Go is smoother in screen swiping, transitions, horizontally moving apps grid, kind of iPhone like feel.
  11. rcyphermd

    rcyphermd Android Expert

    Handcent is a a fantastic sms app.
  12. moshock

    moshock Newbie

    Go Launcher FTW!
  13. sean76

    sean76 Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    You can go into settings and shut it off! First thing I did....
  14. sean76

    sean76 Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    I may end up keeping it...after some tweaks, its really not a bad phone at all. Plus I tried using my Thunderbolt earlier today, and I must say it feels like brick...lol! Its all about preference, I missed the Super Amoled screen since I got rid of my Fascinate, so for me this may work. Until the Bionic comes out anyway...going to give it a few more days before makeing my decision.
  15. shadowdude777

    shadowdude777 Android Expert

    Zeam is the fastest launcher around.
  16. carmendiva

    carmendiva Android Expert

    lol i'm gonna need for u to msg me back :)

    but yeah i was too lazy but i turned it off.
    I like it over handcent & chomp...those 2 are so slow

    but now im having an issue where my phone vibrates whenever
    it wants to and when it doesn't want to it just doesn't vibrate??/
  17. stevehoffman

    stevehoffman Well-Known Member

    What of yours pops up?
  18. Outlaw71

    Outlaw71 Android Expert

    Woe... lag? The Charge has lag between screen transitions? I figured forsure it would be a lag-free device since it's a dual core phone. My G2x had absolutely no lag out-of-the-box, and hasn't developed any no matter how many screens I add to my Go Launcher (I'm with you Carmen).

    You're right adding a custom launcher can greatly reduce or get rid of lag all together. When I got my DX it had terrible lag out-of-the-box. Then I switched over to LPP and the lag disappeared. But a few months later it seemed to be creaping back in there, so I tried Go Launcher and that (plus flashing GummyJAR) took out all of the lag.

    But then I started adding more and more home screens and I noticed the lag coming back. I figured out as long as I kept it down to 9 or less home screens the lag was gone. But on my LG G2x I've added up to 15 home screens and filled them all up just to test it out (I'm up to 11 full time home screens right now), and I can't get this phone to lag on me no matter what I throw at it.

    I guess I just assumed that was a characteristic of the dual core processors at work.

    Edit : OOOOOOPPPS!!!! Sorry, I coulda swore the DC was a dual core device. My bad, please exuse my ignorance!
  19. stevehoffman

    stevehoffman Well-Known Member

    Maybe I am not so demanding of supersonic speeds as some of you on this forum, but I swear on a stack of Bob Dylan albums (on this, his 70th birthday) that I am not experiencing any noticeable lags on my Droid Charge, and that's without changing the launcher or the browser!
  20. carmendiva

    carmendiva Android Expert

    Lag is subjective...Me myself, I haven;t noticed any lag either.
    Nothing worth complaining about

    I actually like touchwiz myself(though most don't). But i guess our
    definition of lag is something different than everyone elses, Steven :)
  21. sean76

    sean76 Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Mine is not Lag Free what so ever! Got a dud....lol....
  22. RJSH_1727

    RJSH_1727 Member

    I didn't have any lag issues until maybe like the second or third day after purchasing the phone. I bought it a week ago today! I use Go Launcher Ex and my Handcent Sms. I'm using the same widgets, icons and settings that I had with my MyTouch 4G. I really, really, like this phone and my battery is starting to last longer, but the lag between switching of the screens, apps, appdrawer...is really annoying and making me not like it! I had that it's always going back to my default screen instead of staying on the screen I was previously on. I never experienced that before while using Go Launcher!

    Do you think I should swap and get a different one, or will I have the same results?
  23. Blue218

    Blue218 Android Enthusiast

    I run ADW Ex and it does not seem to lag. I tried Zeam and Go Launcher on my Fascinate and they were both good, Laucher Pro lagged, but I liked the features of ADW Ex best. Personal preference.
  24. bradm77

    bradm77 Well-Known Member

    I just upgraded from my DROID X to the Charge (I am a MOTO going backi to the "Q" days. I waited MONTHS for the Bionic and then broke up with Motorola when I saw that bright beautiful Samsung display).

    I am running stock EVERYTHING and LOVE this phone!! My only quibbles are that I dont feel like it can handle being dropped like the X could (that thing was indestructable) and I have to admit that I DO miss the physical shutter button on the X (although the Charge takes better pictures).

    I ran Launcher Pro on the X cause of Moto Blur, but I am LOVING the stock Samsung Android experience on the Charge!!!

    Just my .02 cents, YMMV
  25. carmendiva

    carmendiva Android Expert

    I so missed this comment....

    I think i only had like one instance for when this phone lagged/froze up.
    I can actually say for once Android is NOT crap. Usually i just tolerate
    the lag but I am happy that Android is playing nicely with me.

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The Samsung Droid Charge release date was May 2011. Features and Specs include a 4.3" inch screen, 8MP camera, GB RAM, Hummingbird processor, and 1600mAh battery.

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