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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by mrspeedmaster, May 17, 2010.

  1. mrspeedmaster

    mrspeedmaster Android Expert
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    Here is the deal. I have a Verizon HTC Incredible for my work phone. Work issue. I like it.

    My personal phone was an Iphone 3GS. I lost it and I had an insurance policy on it. The store isn't authorized to carry iPhone so they will offer me a back-flip. Have in mind, I will only be using this phone for 4-5 months until the iPhone 4G comes out.

    I am also learning and developing for Android. I don't mind having a low-end device like the G1 or backflip (I want to test my apps on low-tier products). However, I've been reading you can't install third party .apk files on the back-flip. Is this true, I can't use the SDK to move files into the backflip?

    Or should I look for a different android device that works on ATT. I don't need anything like the Nexus One (since I already have an Incredible).
    I don't mind getting a HTC WinMo device that I can use a cooked rom to run Android.

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  2. kirbo20

    kirbo20 Member

    If you are developing you should have no issues learning how to install apps through ADB commands. This allows you to side load apps via a USB cable. If you are carrying an Incredible you probably will be disappointed with the Backflip. However if you are looking for lower end devices to test your apps the Backflip would be a good choice.
  3. maciel310

    maciel310 Newbie

    As kirbo20 mentioned, you will have no issues installing your apps through the SDK. As far as testing during development, it will work exactly the same way as the Incredible; all you have to do is have it plugged in via USB, install the drivers, and then it will show up in your deploy list from Eclipse exactly like your Incredible. Just press Run and it will deploy it and install. For other APK files that you get from other sources you would just plug in the phone, type `adb install <apk-filename>` and it will install the APK file straight on your phone. All that option affects is the ability to download and install an APK file straight on the phone without going through the computer.

    Oh, and as far as testing on an HTC device with a custom ROM, that might not be the best route to take, since the ROMS have a tendency to be a bit buggy at times, and things that wouldn't crash a regular phone with android preinstalled might crash that phone, or vice-versa. I had android installed on my Tilt for a while, and it was definitely an entirely different experience than I have with my backflip. Now if you have one laying around you might give it a shot to have one more device to test on, especially since it is easy to have various different OS versions to test with, but as far as using it as one of your main development phones, that probably wouldn't be the best idea.
  4. damewolf13

    damewolf13 live~laugh~love

    I have both an Incredible and a Backflip, and I am not dissappointed by either one. If you do your homework, you understand the limitations of each, and expect them to work according to how they are programmed. I don't think that you will be dissappointed at all with the Backflip, especially for that limited amount of time since you are knowledgeble of its capabilities.
  5. mrspeedmaster

    mrspeedmaster Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    I just got the backflip. I was able to side-step the stupid restrictions buy using the SDK adb install <file.apk> to install my apps like pda net.

    So far so good. Actually, it has better voice quality and better reception that my Incredible (on ATT vs Verizon) in the San Francisco Bay Area. I am very surprised with that.
  6. mikelbeck

    mikelbeck Member

    For what it is, the BACKFLIP is a very cool device.

    I have a DROID that I use for work, after hearing me talk about Android day after day my wife wanted one and since our personal phones are on AT&T I got her the BACKFLIP. She had never used a smartphone before and it took her some time to get used to it but now that she's been using it for a while she's pretty much mastered it.

    It's slower and smaller than the DROID - I don't think I could ever use one myself - but for a casual user who wants the power of Android and wants a physical QWERTY keyboard it's a nice little device. The voice quality is very good and it gets better reception than my RAZR does when we're both in the same spot.

    As for developing and testing, I've got no experience with that but the other replies in this thread should help you out.

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The Motorola Backflip release date was March 2010. Features and Specs include a 3.1" inch screen, 5MP camera, 256GB RAM, MSM7201A processor, and 1400mAh battery.

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