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Things I'd like to see Improved on the Droid

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by eleven11, Dec 7, 2009.

  1. eleven11

    eleven11 Lurker
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    I grabbed the Droid at launch - first Android phone, after 4 years on a Treo - I love the phone, but want to give feedback to further improve the phone (i.e. perfect it). So I've been making a list as I go along of things I'd like to see improved/fixed. I've searched most of these items for solutions, etc. so chime in if I missed anything or if you can suggest a solution. Also, is there a place to give the OS developers a direct feedback of my suggestions, or is this a good enough venue? Thanks.

    1) Facebook Duplicates
    Discussions on this issue already exist, but I'm still not satisfied completely. There are solutions, but some don't completely work, and the need for them at all is unacceptable. I understand that if I shouldn't be able to "edit" someone's FB contact info, however, I'm doing it on my phones contact list, not globally on FB.

    2) Contact Pictures
    Two issues. One, the quality of your contacts' images during a phone call is terrible. I understand low quality images can help system resources, etc, but at least offer the user an option. Second, I commonly have the wrong image appear when making a call or messaging someone.

    3) Email Program
    This area's problems are perhaps due to my ignorance of such programs, but I've been the most disappointed with this program. I use two accounts on this program: Hotmail, and a University Novell Groupwise email. Syncing/updating is a chore - unreliable and time intensive. The Hotmail is more problematic than the Groupwise account - I will get some emails, and not others. The Gwise account will occasionally show my emails from 2002 just behind the recent ones. I recently added the K9 app with mixed results. I just want the program to show me the X number of recent emails, delete them from the server when I choose to, and update me when new ones arrive at the update interval I choose. Seems simple enough. While we're on it, is there a way to use your folders on these accounts (I'm assuming this gets in to the Exchange level of organization?) Like I said, maybe my ignorance of this program is causing an issue here.

    4) Save files from email attachments
    By this, I mean without opening the item first. Instead of just a "preview" option, a "save as" and "preview" option.

    5) Screen off during conversations
    I haven't tested this extensively, but I'm assuming this can altered somewhat by adjusting the time of my screen timeout. Essentially, during a conversation of a few minutes length, I will lift my face from the phone only to see the screen off indefinitely. I then have to turn the screen back on, then hang up (if the other end hasn't already). Yeah, this probably saves some battery use, but it's going to be pseudo-off when my face is near it anyway; also, I'd prefer not to change my screen's time out.

    6) Edit Gmail Docs
    Is it not possible to directly edit Gmail docs without first saving/opening the document on the phones editing app?

    7) Group messaging
    Let's say I send a batch message to 3 recipients. Once it's sent it creates a new contact group for the collective 3 - this can be useful, for sure. However, the message I just sent doesn't show up in the individual accounts. Anyway way to fix this?

    Again, thanks a million for the help.

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  2. eleven11

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  3. tranzz

    tranzz Member

    Hey, how'd you move your 4 years of contacts, calendar, etc?

    I'm struggling. 9 years of Palm (only 3 of Treo). 960 contacts
  4. tranzz

    tranzz Member

    dump Hotmail.

    Actually, I know that's hard, so have your gmail account fetch the email out of your Hotmail account. You could do that for your university stuff too.

    Your gmail account is an enormous thing on this phone.

    You're really best to go through gmail and have it do the fetching, and not set up a bunch of separate accounts on the phone. If you use email like kids use texting though, you won't get the delivery speed with gmail fetching. I don't use email more than a few times a day, tops, and not usually for things that can't wait a day or 2.
  5. gwguruman

    gwguruman Lurker

    Ask your IT department to look at the new "Novell Data Synchronizer Mobility Pack" solution from Novell. This will allow the current ActiveSync client technology built into most smart phones (iPhone, Android, etc) to sync to Novell GroupWise 8 and >. Your IT department can test this today in their test lab to an Android based phone and many other smart phones - see Novell Data Synchronizer Mobility Pack Technology Preview

    Once they get this installed, you can use the built in Android Corporate Email APP and Corporate Calendar APP in your DROID phone to connect to your corporate GroupWise 8 backend using the ActiveSync protocol. Steps to get this to work are outlined at http://gwguruman.fileave.com/DROID%20Setup%20-%20Novell%20Data%20Synchronizer%20 Mobility%20Pack.pdf

  6. rjoudrey

    rjoudrey Android Expert

    My only major complaint is the text size in the mail app. Why can't it have pinch zoom. Seems like a no-brainer!
  7. dixiewill2

    dixiewill2 Lurker

    MY ONLY PROBLEM IS FIGURING OUT how to bluetooth i downloaded this app called bluetooth and i cant figure it out one time it will send the ringtone and the other time it wont what am i doing wrong ,
  8. (G)

    (G) Android Expert

    For me, I can work through all the rest mentioned. But to have a calendar on a smartphone where you can set an appointment time and pre-appointment reminders, yet the alarm doesn't go off AT the appointment time, and reminders don't repeat UNLESS you physically hit "Snooze," is just a crime.

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