I left the perils of Windows Mobile and have reluctantly joined the ranks of Android. This smartphone game is getting crazy overwhelming so help me out. I've read a lot of people who say root, some who say don't root. Some who say delete apps like Nascar, some who say don't. I'm guessing it's all personal preference. 1. If you were new to Android and just got your first droid phone, what would you do with it? 2. I'm not interested in feeding the creepy Google beast anymore than I need too so I don't want to enter my account and this begs for questions like: - How/where do I get good apps? I am not an app fanatic so if the choice is limited by my unwillingness to link to the Google "Mothership" then fine. - How do I synch my excel sheet of contacts w/out google? Is that even possible? 3. How do I make the HTC contacts app "People" allow me to enter contact data via landscape mode? I mean, I see it is not possible but how can I make it possible? 4. Is Handcent the only app to be able to text in landscape mode? Are there better alternatives? 5. Is the only way to change the lockscreen look by rooting or are there apps that do that? 6. Is there a way to make Google Maps work with the pinch zoom tactic or am I stuck with the + / - onscreen buttons? 7. If I root the phone, does that mean less control on Google's end as far as where my data goes? Thanks.