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  1. shaggylouie

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    Share your "keys to a happy Eris".

    There seems to be certain methods to keeping a "happy" Eris (happy meaning minimal problems and satisfied Eris owners). A lot of folks are still on their first phone and others that are now pleased with their 1st refurbished phone.

    My experience has been simple (so far):

    1. Removing the HTC animated weather app
    2. Using Handcent messaging
    3. Keeping control over battery consuming settings

    What have you found to be helpful to maintain a solid Eris?
     

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    • Removing my tast killer and not worrying about it anymore.
    • Changing the slot cycle to receive phone calls sooner.
     
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    - Root
    - No task killer
    - Overclock
    - No Sense (even though I used to like it)
    - Handcent
    - Dialer One
    - ADW Launcher
    - Spare Parts
    - White Widow
    - Apps2SD
     
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    The occasional box of chocolates and flowers.
     
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    Adding Swype and swtiching to ADW did wonders for me. And when you stop calling people, it eliminates the dialer lag and silent bug.
     
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    I've always been pretty happy with my Eris.

    My current list would be

    1 - Root
    2 - Overclock
    3 - A2sd
    4 - No task killer
     
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    Weekly/monthly maintenance. Clearing cache, texts, call log, clean up photos, uninstall any apps I haven't used in a while, reboot at least once a week.... oh, and haven't used a task killer in months. I might even do a factory reset sometime in the future, just to start fresh again and make things interesting.
     
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    @ BJF your idea of 'interesting' is different than mine.
    @ Frisco, it's bought and paid for, it should sleep with you anyway :)

    1 - Clearing cache and call log
    2 - a weekly or so reboot
    3 - removing unused apps
     
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    That's really where it's at for a "happy" Eris.

    In addition, keep it out of the heat (off the dashboard), away from moisture and out of the hands of strangers who say, "ooo. .. that looks cool, can I see it?" who might accidentally drop it.
     
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    Wonder when there are going to release a crap cleaner for android?
     
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    I recently started cleaning up my SDcard too. I was amazed at how much junk was being thrown on that thing.
     
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    Turning off "Always on data network" I've noticed no apps that can't update because of this and it really helps on battery life when the device is not constantly scanning for EVDO coverage.
     
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    OTD, I see a lot of junk on my SDcard as well. What would be safe to delete? I have a lot of empty folders on there. Should i delete them? Thanks for your post.:)
     
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    Mine is simple. Too ignorant to know how to add all kinds of special features, apps, etc to my phone. And too lazy to figure out how.

    BTW, what's the quick way to clear your cache?
     
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    Each application has its own cache and data base in "manage applications." Just go in there and after clicking menu "sort by size" click each app and there's the cache. ;)

    menu > settings > applications > manage applications
     
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    Not rooted (yet), but maybe by this time tomorrow ;)
    In the meantime:
    Launcher Pro
    Swype

    I agree that maintenance is important. Clearing cache, old texts, call history.

    Also a little patience. My phone has very little lag, but it might take a second or two to dial, so I restrain myself from hitting the call button again too quickly (used to do that and ended I don't know how many calls :))
     
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    HOLY SMOKES!! Mine looked like it should've been clear months ago!

    Thanks!
     
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    I'm running stock 2.1 on my original Eris with the Sense weather widget front-and-center on my home screen. I have lots of apps but no task killer. I used to have Handcent but I dumped it to clear space for Swype instead (I also decided that I didn't really like the popup messages, anyway. That's an iPhone thing.)

    My phone works well and even seems downright snappy sometimes. We've been together almost six months now and I still can't stop playing with the thing.

    My keys to keeping it happy:

    -- Avoid crappy apps. Read the comments, look at the screenshots and think twice before installing anything that looks amateurish and poorly programmed.
    -- Don't ask it to do too many things at once. Yes, Android can multitask, but be realistic. Our Erises don't have the most modern processors. Doing a couple of things at once is no problem; doing a whole bunch of CPU-taxing things simultaneously -- such as surfing the web, texting and making calls while streaming a long video -- is going to make your phone balk.
    -- Check your settings. I'm sure that most of the problems people report are real. But some of the complaints on here sound like the result of incorrect settings that people just aren't aware of.
    -- Pay attention to internal memory. I have a LOT of apps. But I get rid of the ones I don't use and I think carefully about how much space an app will take up before I decide to add anything new. In general, I've found that once I have less than 20 MB remaining in internal storage, performance MAY suffer (though not always). Processes slow down or the device may try to reboot itself (or reboot Sense) to free up some memory.
    -- Keep it clean. This is related to the memory issue above. At least once a week, I clear out the call history, old emails and old texts. I also clear caches, even though it seems Android eventually gets around to this on its own. It's not just the browser that caches content. The Market does, some apps do, and even some games.
    -- I don't reboot often. But I do carry a spare battery so I end up rebooting anyway whenever I have to make a switch.
    -- Before you do something, pay attention to the quality of your data connection. I've gotten frustrated with the performance of an application, only to realize that, duh, my data signal was weak or fluctuating. Of course it was unresponsive.
    -- "Exercise" the dialer. I have not had the severe lag some people complain about. But I have found that the phone part of the phone is a little hesitant if I haven't used it in a few days. I try to open the phone at least once a day and use it for something, even if it's just checking my home voicemail. It seems much more responsive if it gets used regularly.

    Hope that helps someone.
     
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    Oh yes, how could I forget a2sd... one of my absolute favorite features! Updated my list above ;)
     
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    More "Keys"

    - Call Confirm (love this app)
    - Letting the battery run all the way down and then charging it full

    Simple, but very effective
     
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    I downloaded Handcent, but now my text messages come up in that and in the messaging app and I get notifications from both. How can I fix this? And what is root/how do I get or use it?
     
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    Excellent list. #1 and 2 absolutely change the makeup of the Eris phone experience. I've got some reading to do on #3 even though I have it installed. A link would be appreciated like, "Now that I have apps2sd installed, what do I do?"
     
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    Turn off notification in the stock messaging app. At the top of this forum is the Root thread. All Things Root (Eris) - Android Forums
    Sticky #2 Guide
     
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    I try to go through and figure out what some of that stuff goes to. The stuff that I figure out I just clean up the way I see fit. A good example from my stuff was easymoney. It is a banking app that makes backups of all data on a daily basis. I had files on there from last December when I originally bought my phone. They started to take up over 8Mb of space on the card and I was able to cut that down to less than 5kb.

    The stuff that I don't know what it is I will copy over to my desktop or laptop and then delete. I know it sounds crazy, but if you copy the files off your card to the computer then you are covered for the most part. Then if something messes up you can always just restore the data you removed.


    http://androidforums.com/all-things-root-eris/108911-apps2sd.html#post1154625

    With mine, once I had it running EVERYTHING, but the OS moved over to my card. It is running very stable and I have about 143 MB of free space on the phone. The only stuff that stores on the phone is cache.
     
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