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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by amaranojr, Feb 16, 2011.

  1. amaranojr

    amaranojr Lurker
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    i didnt see a thread like this so if there is, mods delete it.

    im coming from Apple. Had every iphone since the original one. In between ive had only a blackberry bold for a short amount of time before going from the 3G to 3GS. Now i went from the iPhone 4 to this. Im really liking it. For other apple jumpers ill post my pros/cons as well as apps ive downloaded.

    Pros:
    -huge screen.
    -so easy to use. since im brand new to android i have no prior knowledge but ive been able to pick up on everything because i feel like whatever i think the phone should do it already does.
    -htc sense
    -google chat
    -widgets. i love being able to just slide to the left screen and activate my wifi. so simple. the google widget and youtube widget are great as well.
    -navigation. actually does turn by turn outloud. im not sure if this is a trial or its free, can someone confirm?
    -LOVE that i can sync my music through itunes wirelessly through iSyncr Wifi Lite

    Cons:
    -Battery. i dont know if i have a faulty battery or i just use my phone too much...but the iphone 4's battery honestly blows this one away. Came off a full charge 2 hours ago and im down to 80% battery life. my screen display brightness is set to around 30% and my screen is set to time out after 30 seconds. through battery indicator it says that 75% of my battery use is just from the display????!
    -SCREEN SHOTS/CAPTURES- a big form of my communication between friends was through screen shots. funny things mostly i was able to just simply screen shot and send...i cant do that anymore now.
    -Internet Speeds- i feel like my iphone 4 was faster on the internet. kind of upsetting since this phone has 4G in its name. i understand the whole 4g speeds dilemma, but it should be at least AS FAST as the iphone.
    -the speaker is not as loud as the iphone4s. i could hear my phone ring from a mile away, not so much with this phone.
    -despite it having an 8megapixel camera i feel that it is so-so. not better than iphone4 but not really worse.

    APPS ive downloaded:
    -handcent sms (emoji plugin)
    -isyncr wifi
    -dolphin browser hd
    -advanced task killer
    -battery indicator
    -astro

    basically my biggest gripe is the battery. as much as i love the phone i dont know if this is going to cut it for me. any help?

    if i think of anything else ill add but thats basically where i am after having the phone since Sunday.
     

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  2. jayman2889

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    are you actually killing apps every now and then? Hurts battery life.
     
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    Agreed. Remove the task killer, it's really not needed.
     
  4. amaranojr

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    thats funny i just removed the app right before you replied. lets see how it goes now
     
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    also...which browser works the best. i think ive tried them all. i like skyfire because it loads the desktop versions but i feel like it it a bit laggy.
     
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    Also, you can't judge the battery from just a few days. IMO, you need to cycle the battery three times initially and then use normally. It was 2 weeks before my Aria battery went from "pure crap" to "pretty decent".

    You'll probably never get iPhone levels though.
     
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    Dophin HD has a webtop option as well. That way you can watch tv from tv.com on it :)

    I prefer it because the gestures come in way handy for scrolling to the top of the page/bottom of the page..or. I just gester "T" on it and it goes to tv.com etc...way better than having to use a favorites folder..
     
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    +1 for dolphin hd
     
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    From reading reviews Handcent eats up processor threads like they are going out of style. That might be it too. The whole using a 3rd party app for SMS freaks me out a bit, how do I know all my texts don't end up on their servers.
     
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    I have xscope and firefox on my phone but I actually like the default browser so that's what I use.
     
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    What do you mean by "cycle" it? I was told to not let it get down to 15% everyday but to only do it once a month. I would like to know your opinion on this also.
     
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    I guess there's multiple opinions on this topic, but I've always done this three times with every new battery: charge to 100% and then run it all the way down until it turns off.
     
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    Same here except i usually throw it on the charger at around 3% because ive been using it soo much and didnt want it to die on me... :(
     

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