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The [Android] thread - Phones and tablets in all shapes, sizes and desert flavors

AlegisAlegis ImpeckableRegistered User regular
Welcome to the Android thread!

Here to help you put [stuff] on your phone/not-a-phone-with-a-big-screen.
Don't have one of the Android phones yet? You will ... soon

I for one welcome our Android overlords


>tips

The deal with task killer apps and why to avoid them:
Spoiler:
Rooting: 'what's the deal'? Do I have to root? what do I get/lose?
Spoiler:
Some example pimped homescreens from the thread:
Spoiler:

>install some apps!

You can check out some apps on the web and queue them for install on either the official market.android.com.
See the bottom of this post for the appbrain profiles of other PA forumers (see what they have installed).

Check out apps made by 'Google Inc.' for official Google apps like Google Goggles and Google Translate
some other recommendations:

$APPS FOR FREE!
  • On Getjar paid apps are added to their 'Getjar Gold' list for free every week. Downside is you lose out on auto-update.
  • Amazon Appstore has a free daily app. US Only

Custom Homescreen & widgets:
  • Home screen replacements: Both Go Launcher and ADW Launcher are very solid customizable launchers.
    Snowstorm - Popular weather widget replacement
  • Multicon - Widget to place 4 smaller icons on the widget space of just 1 icon. If you really want to stuff your home screen.
  • Digital Clock Widget - Another popular homescreen clock widget most peeps here use.
  • Star Trek Combadge - Choose an action to launch when you click the fancy combadge. Engage!
  • Beautiful Widgets - Includes some widgets like clock/switch controls with skinning support. Available for free on Getjar

Communication
  • Texting replacement: Go SMS Pro or Handcent SMS - Both replace SMS and add extra customization options for lay-out and feautures like pop-up windows.
  • Skype - For Android 2.1 and up. Call skype friends over wifi.
  • AndChat - IRC client for Android
  • Google Voice - US only - Google Voice number on your phone, offering a different interface for your texting and calling needs. See the intro vid on the site for info.
  • Alternative keyboards: Android supports keyboard replacements. Recommendations: Swype (not yet available on Market, but here is a beta), Swiftkey X (Free on getjar.com)
  • K-9 Mail - popular e-mail client, in case you don't use gmail or don't like the stock gmail client.
  • Kakao talk - Text iphone/android friends with this app over the internet rather than regular text. See also: WhatsApp which is free for the first year of use.
  • SMS Backup+ - (Automatically) back-up or restore your SMS to your GMail.

Multimedia
  • Soundhound or Shazam - Have your phone listen to any song playing and identify it for you.
  • Mp3 players - Doubletwist or Mixzing
  • Pandora - Similar to last.fm radio. Search for an artist, stream radio of similar sounds
  • Ringdroid - Easily turn any part of any mp3 into a ringtone.
  • Internet browser replacements: Dolphin HD, Firefox, Opera Mini

System tools:
  • Call Confirm - An extra prompt window to confirm you want to call someone.
  • Estrong File Explorer - File explorer, browse internal/sd memory - install apps. Alternatively: Astro File Manager
  • PDAnet - Free tethering: sharing the phone's internet connection with other devices. (Built-in in Android 2.2)
  • Audiomanager - Home widget for easily managing all the different sound levels (alarm, ringtone,media) as well as vibration in one place.
  • No Lock: enable/disable (widget) the 'slide' lock whenever the phone wakes up from standby.
  • MyPhoneExplorer - This is a PC application to back-up/restore/manage your Android phone contacts/messages/etc.
  • Spare Parts - Unlock easy access to some system options that can't be found in the default menus like wifi sleep policy and animation/font settings.
  • Quick Settings - Quick access to some of the most-used settings like sound/wifi control. One screen accessible from search button.
  • aLogCat - View logcat messages on your phone. Basically shows all the warnings/errors going on in your phone, convenient if you get force close windows to track down the issue.
  • Tasker - ($) Automatize some actions like turning on wifi when you open some apps, read out SMS messages if you're in the car etc.
  • App 2 SD (move apps to SD) - App will notify you which apps you have that can be moved to the SD (2.2 Froyo only). It will notify you when you install new apps that can be moved.
  • Titanium Backup (requires root) - Make a back-up of anything, avoid the red apps. For non-root users, you can find back-up apps for other data (call logs, contacts, messages in particular - stuff you want to keep when you do a full wipe of your phone when switching ROMs) on the market or included in other apps like your messaging app.
  • SetCPU (requires root) - Donate version also available on the android market. Underclock your phone to save battery when you don't need the extra processing power. Depending on your ROM kernel it may support some automatic profiles (governors) so you don't even have to define some (like 'underclock while screen off' etc).

Text & References
  • Wapedia - Wikipedia in mobile form. Alternatively: Quickpedia or mobile.wikipedia.org
  • 3banana - Take notes and sync with your snaptic account
  • RSS readers: Newsrob is a Google Reader client with offline sync. Google Reader has an official app with nicer interface but lacks the offline cache. Pulse has a fancy image interface but only for select feeds (like engadget). GReader is another google reader app (with offline sync).
  • Epicurious - Cooking guide, search for recipes from Epicurious.
  • Many newspapers like NYTimes have their own android widgets.
  • Evernote - take mental notes. If you want a more simple note app: Colornote

Useful:
  • Barcode Scanner - Essential - use the phone's camera to scan barcodes/QR codes.
  • Easy Spirit Level - Your phone is now a spirit level, congratulations
  • Cardiotrainer - Useful for fitness exercises. Turn on your GPS when you take a run around the block and it will save your trajectory which you can view on your stats page. Plenty of alternative apps out there.
  • Astrid - Personal task manager (to-do lists)
  • Gmote - Stream music from your desktop to your android or use your phone as an input device via Wifi (useful for presentations).
  • Chrome to Phone (Android 2.2 only). Install chrome to phone from the market, install the chrome extension (Firefox exention is called FoxToPhone) - send URLs, maps etc directly to phone through the android internets cloud.
  • Handycalc - Scientific calculator including unit conversion, graphs etc.
  • Alarm Clock Plus - Extensive alarm clock replacement with options like setting dates, crescendo volume, snooze & math question settings etc.
  • Dropbox - Access your Dropbox folder easily from your phone, share taken photos etc easily by sending them straight to your dropbox.

Useless but nerdy cool stuff:
  • Google Sky Maps - Point at the sky, see star names. Sure to impress your ladyfriends.
  • Solaris - Is there an electromagnetic storm in your area? What's the auroral activity like in the north? See it on a 3D earth.
  • Tricorder - Congratulations, your android phone is now a tricorder. Measure the magnetic field around you among other things.


Games

If you want to find and explore more apps or discover which apps PAers use it's recommended you take a look at:


> appbrain profiles
Find out which apps PA forumers have installed: (post yours in the thread to have it added!)

> other questions

I want the cheapest accessories for my phone!
-Do a search on dealextreme
But what if I want something more expensive?
-Check ebay / your carrier shop / xda forums of your phone with recommended accessories

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  • KlykaKlyka DO you have any SPARE BATTERIES?Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    God it seems hard to shop for a proper phone.

    I have been recommended the HTC Desire and the Samsung Galaxy S.
    Both *seem* good, but I have no idea if they ARE. Will every Android phone be able to get upgraded to a newer version? Can I "buy myself into a dead end"?

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  • ForceVoidForceVoid Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    ForceVoid wrote: »
    I am a staunch ADW proponent. Used LauncherPro and Go Launcher, and frankly ADW seems head and shoulders better than them both. My primary concern with a launcher is that it makes it easy to customize icons, for which ADW is the best.

    What does ADW have going for it?

    EDIT: Oh, it seems to support many, many themes. Does LauncherPro?

    From the last thread.

    Klyka, the wife and I have greatly enjoyed our Galaxy S phones. I was a little preturbed at the time it took to update, but that wasn't really a deal breaker.

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  • bloodatonementbloodatonement Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Cyanogenmod 7 just hit RC 2 on the Droid. I've been using it since the first round of nightlies, and I have to say, it seriously is just the little things that make this so good. Gingerbread has a few quirks running on the old Droid now, namely memory issues, but once you sort those out it is just fantastic.

    When you connect headphones, is media volume control working for you? I basically just get off and full volume regardless of what level I set it volume to.

    edit: Used Titanium Backup to wipe the data DSP Manager. Seems to be working now

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  • MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Add my AppBrain if you'd like.

    MichaelLC

    Excision wrote: »
    My girlfriend is going down tonight!

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  • MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    ForceVoid wrote: »
    ForceVoid wrote: »
    I am a staunch ADW proponent. Used LauncherPro and Go Launcher, and frankly ADW seems head and shoulders better than them both. My primary concern with a launcher is that it makes it easy to customize icons, for which ADW is the best.

    What does ADW have going for it?

    EDIT: Oh, it seems to support many, many themes. Does LauncherPro?

    I didn't really see it, might be in pay version. It does offer more individual controls, but it seemed more like a dev kit than an app, if that makes sense.

    Excision wrote: »
    My girlfriend is going down tonight!

    Steam:MichaelLC
  • Mustachio JonesMustachio Jones Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    LauncherPro has a lot going for it, but it really is a pain to get custom icons up. It's a slow process. Could very well be my phone, though.

    I haven't given ADW a true shot because I paid for a LauncherPro license. Figure I should use it.

  • AlegisAlegis Impeckable Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Klyka wrote: »
    God it seems hard to shop for a proper phone.

    I have been recommended the HTC Desire and the Samsung Galaxy S.
    Both *seem* good, but I have no idea if they ARE. Will every Android phone be able to get upgraded to a newer version? Can I "buy myself into a dead end"?

    A few peeps here (cokebottle and myself for one) can confirm the HTC Desire is good stuff.

    Samsung's problem is that they're very late with updates (and the devices dont have a notification led - not everyone is fan of the device look either). basically you have the stock android version, manufacturers stick their own UI stuff on top of it (HTC Sense for HTC stuff), so you're stuck waiting for them to provide the update. HTC is the fastest of the bunch and HTC Sense is considered the best of the manufacturer UI enhancements. HTC Desire is getting 2.3 soon~ish (month or two?). End of april the Desire S hits town which is the same as the Desire except a little bit more RAM and gingerbread from the getgo.

    Some android devs port modified android ROMs to devices. If you root your device you can flash a custom rom like cyanogenmod on it, at which point you don't rely on samsung updates anymore of course. If you're not a fan of the samsung ROM you can always do that.

    Galaxy S's main strength over desire is the screen (SAMOLED? Supposedly more resistant and better in direct sunlight I've been told) and internal memory size.

  • Mojo_JojoMojo_Jojo When life gives you lemons... ...eat your delicious lemonsRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Klyka wrote: »
    God it seems hard to shop for a proper phone.

    I have been recommended the HTC Desire and the Samsung Galaxy S.
    Both *seem* good, but I have no idea if they ARE. Will every Android phone be able to get upgraded to a newer version? Can I "buy myself into a dead end"?

    The Desire is sort of the "default" Android phone. You can't go wrong with.

    The Galaxy S is more powerful, so it should end up being updated for longer, it's just that the updates will roll out more slowly.

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  • WingedWeaselWingedWeasel Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Beginner question for everyone: is lookout a good option for phone security purposes? I am new to the smart phone world and I have no idea what kind of virii or other things I should be guarding or at least wary of. I saw lookout mentioned a few times in previous threads, and the OP doesn't really make mention of anything along those lines. I am not sure what permissions are appropriate on various apps just yet.

    also 8s there anyway to switch a contact that I mistakenly put on phone to Google without putting it in over again? (Droid incredible)


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  • CarbonFireCarbonFire See you in the countryRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Ah, that new [strike]thread[/strike] ROM smell.
    also 8s there anyway to switch a contact that I mistakenly put on phone to Google without putting it in over again? (Droid incredible)
    Sense has contact export functionality built-in to solve issues like this.

    go to:
    People > Menu > Import / Export > Export "Phone" contacts to the SD card (.vcf - Vcard File)

    transer that .vcf file to your PC

    Then on your PC, go to:
    Gmail > Contacts > More actions > Import > Choose File
    upload the file (might require some reformatting afterward)

    Back on your phone:

    Settings > accounts and Sync > Google > sync now

    You'll have dupliacte entries at this point, at which point you can delete the "phone" contacts and leave the "google" contacts.

    <3 Sense

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  • JebusUDJebusUD Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    So how much does this fabulous gadget currently cost you guys per month. It looks cool, but I just don't know if it would be worth it. Please tell me it is cheaper than I think.

    You haven't given me a reason to steer clear of you!
  • ThrackThrack Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    JebusUD wrote: »
    So how much does this fabulous gadget currently cost you guys per month. It looks cool, but I just don't know if it would be worth it. Please tell me it is cheaper than I think.

    My wife and I have the Sprint Everything Data Family plan. That's $130 a month for two phones, 1500 shared minutes, unlimited text, picture, video messages and unlimited data (no cap, for now). Since both of our phones are 'premium' tack an extra $10 each on to that. Add taxes and fees and subtract a discount I get through my employer and it comes to $155 a month.

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  • MrDelishMrDelish Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    CarbonFire wrote: »
    Ah, that new fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuu smell

    I was hoping we'd have been above this in this thread

  • CarbonFireCarbonFire See you in the countryRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    MrDelish wrote: »
    CarbonFire wrote: »
    Ah, that new fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuu smell

    I was hoping we'd have been above this in this thread

    Sorry, I missed the update
    Rebooting....

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  • MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Thrack wrote: »
    JebusUD wrote: »
    So how much does this fabulous gadget currently cost you guys per month. It looks cool, but I just don't know if it would be worth it. Please tell me it is cheaper than I think.

    My wife and I have the Sprint Everything Data Family plan. That's $130 a month for two phones, 1500 shared minutes, unlimited text, picture, video messages and unlimited data (no cap, for now). Since both of our phones are 'premium' tack an extra $10 each on to that. Add taxes and fees and subtract a discount I get through my employer and it comes to $155 a month.

    About the same for us, though we're (thankfully) not on 4G.

    One of our friends got an iPhone, but not an unlimited data plan. O_o They actually dropped Sprint to do it, too. Like why wouldn't they get an iPod and just use Wi-Fi?

    Excision wrote: »
    My girlfriend is going down tonight!

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  • admanbadmanb the bored genie Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Phone calls + texting?

    And 250mb/month is more than enough for emergency/boredom 3G use.

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  • MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I hope so, just seems strange to get a data-focused phone like that, whatever the OS, and have to worry about it. They're on FB and constantly posting pics of their kids, so we'll see if they go over.

    Android-related, how can I convince my wife to get an Android now that it's upgrade time? She likes her BB Pearl and isn't sure if she'll get used to the touch keyboards.

    Excision wrote: »
    My girlfriend is going down tonight!

    Steam:MichaelLC
  • CarbonFireCarbonFire See you in the countryRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    MichaelLC wrote: »
    I hope so, just seems strange to get a data-focused phone like that, whatever the OS, and have to worry about it. They're on FB and constantly posting pics of their kids, so we'll see if they go over.

    Android-related, how can I convince my wife to get an Android now that it's upgrade time? She likes her BB Pearl and isn't sure if she'll get used to the touch keyboards.

    So, get her an android phone WITH a keyboard?

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  • DarmakDarmak Godking of the Snerkywizards Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Is there a way to remove all of my Facebook contacts from my contact list? I want the default to be just phone contacts, nothing else. I can't seem to find any way to get rid of it and it's driving me up a fucking wall when I want to make a call. I'm using a Droid X, by the way.

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  • immortal squishimmortal squish Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    MichaelLC wrote: »
    I hope so, just seems strange to get a data-focused phone like that, whatever the OS, and have to worry about it. They're on FB and constantly posting pics of their kids, so we'll see if they go over.

    Android-related, how can I convince my wife to get an Android now that it's upgrade time? She likes her BB Pearl and isn't sure if she'll get used to the touch keyboards.

    Point her in the direction of the android phones with slider keyboards (like the Droids)?

    (Note, I have yet to meet a touchscreen keyboard that I didn't grow to hate, so I totally am with her on not wanting to go touchscreen only.)

    <3
  • MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    MichaelLC wrote: »
    I hope so, just seems strange to get a data-focused phone like that, whatever the OS, and have to worry about it. They're on FB and constantly posting pics of their kids, so we'll see if they go over.

    Android-related, how can I convince my wife to get an Android now that it's upgrade time? She likes her BB Pearl and isn't sure if she'll get used to the touch keyboards.

    Point her in the direction of the android phones with slider keyboards (like the Droids)?

    (Note, I have yet to meet a touchscreen keyboard that I didn't grow to hate, so I totally am with her on not wanting to go touchscreen only.)

    I'm not a huge fan either, just trying to find a cheap 'droid since BB seems to be really behind with applications and innovations. Seems to really like the Blackberry layout so will prob. just get another.

    Excision wrote: »
    My girlfriend is going down tonight!

    Steam:MichaelLC
  • DehumanizedDehumanized Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    JebusUD wrote: »
    So how much does this fabulous gadget currently cost you guys per month. It looks cool, but I just don't know if it would be worth it. Please tell me it is cheaper than I think.

    I'm currently paying around 80 a month (post-tax/fees) for 550 minutes and unlimited everything else. If cheap is what you're looking for, you should find how how Virgin Mobile's coverage is in your area. They use Sprint's coverage area, but don't have Sprint's cross-roaming agreements with Verizon in place, so it ends up being less coverage than Sprint proper offers.

    At any rate, Virgin Mobile has the Optimus V available which is honestly a great low/mid range phone. It's all prepaid, with no contract and $25 a month for 300 minutes and unlimited text/data.

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  • CokebotleCokebotle 穴掘りの Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Alegis wrote: »
    Klyka wrote: »
    God it seems hard to shop for a proper phone.

    I have been recommended the HTC Desire and the Samsung Galaxy S.
    Both *seem* good, but I have no idea if they ARE. Will every Android phone be able to get upgraded to a newer version? Can I "buy myself into a dead end"?

    A few peeps here (cokebottle and myself for one) can confirm the HTC Desire is good stuff.

    Samsung's problem is that they're very late with updates (and the devices dont have a notification led - not everyone is fan of the device look either). basically you have the stock android version, manufacturers stick their own UI stuff on top of it (HTC Sense for HTC stuff), so you're stuck waiting for them to provide the update. HTC is the fastest of the bunch and HTC Sense is considered the best of the manufacturer UI enhancements. HTC Desire is getting 2.3 soon~ish (month or two?). End of april the Desire S hits town which is the same as the Desire except a little bit more RAM and gingerbread from the getgo.

    Some android devs port modified android ROMs to devices. If you root your device you can flash a custom rom like cyanogenmod on it, at which point you don't rely on samsung updates anymore of course. If you're not a fan of the samsung ROM you can always do that.

    Galaxy S's main strength over desire is the screen (SAMOLED? Supposedly more resistant and better in direct sunlight I've been told) and internal memory size.

    Yeah. Great phone, except for the aforementioned internal memory complaint. I didn't know the Desire S was launching next month, though. Neat!

    Sidenote: Is there a site that lists available Android phones on a per region basis?

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  • CrashtardCrashtard Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    MichaelLC wrote: »
    MichaelLC wrote: »
    I hope so, just seems strange to get a data-focused phone like that, whatever the OS, and have to worry about it. They're on FB and constantly posting pics of their kids, so we'll see if they go over.

    Android-related, how can I convince my wife to get an Android now that it's upgrade time? She likes her BB Pearl and isn't sure if she'll get used to the touch keyboards.

    Point her in the direction of the android phones with slider keyboards (like the Droids)?

    (Note, I have yet to meet a touchscreen keyboard that I didn't grow to hate, so I totally am with her on not wanting to go touchscreen only.)

    I'm not a huge fan either, just trying to find a cheap 'droid since BB seems to be really behind with applications and innovations. Seems to really like the Blackberry layout so will prob. just get another.

    If your contract is up, check with amazon wireless for some pretty great android phone deals.

    I pinky swear that we will not screw you.

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  • CokebotleCokebotle 穴掘りの Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Huh.

    So apparently, even though I copied Google Earth to my SD card, and my phone recognized it on my SD card, when I deleted it I magically freed up 30mb of internal memory. o_O

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  • The Dude With HerpesThe Dude With Herpes Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Question. Just got my Droid X and am fiddling with it but I want to remove a lot of shit I know I'll never use like the Blockbuster app etc. But when I go into my memory management the Uninstall button is greyed out.

    Any way around this (without rooting)?

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  • CokebotleCokebotle 穴掘りの Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Question. Just got my Droid X and am fiddling with it but I want to remove a lot of shit I know I'll never use like the Blockbuster app etc. But when I go into my memory management the Uninstall button is greyed out.

    Any way around this (without rooting)?

    That sort of stuff is baked into the phone by the carriers. You can't remove it, last I heard.

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  • The Dude With HerpesThe Dude With Herpes Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Oh wells. Anyone have any good games to recommend? I tried browsing the app store but good lord there's so much utter shit to sift through.

    EDIT: Only semi related, all the Droid X's (and most Android phones, it seems) now say that they come with 8gb internal with a 2gb SD card. They apparently were 16gb cards at one point. When I went to play with the phone at the Verizon store three different rep's pointed out to me that they hadn't updated their info card and that it only comes with a 2gb card now.

    The one I got from amazon totally had a 16gb card in it on top of the 8gb internal. I'm pretty stoked about that. :D

    EDIT EDIT: Man the App store needs to designate somewhere what apps are made for, say, dual core, or what. I just saw a game that looked decent but, aside from being $10, the little video said something about a tegra chip, so Xoom I guess it's for. Nowhere in the description for the game though does it say it's meant for dualcore/tablet phones. :(

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  • CokebotleCokebotle 穴掘りの Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Games I have on my phone right now are Angry Birds, Andoku (woo, Sudoku!), Fruit Ninja ($1), and Alchemy.

    Also, there's an app for Calvin and Hobbes comics that you should get, because that's just a great comic.

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  • CyvrosCyvros Look behind you, a catharsis of spurious morality!Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Cokebotle wrote: »
    Huh.

    So apparently, even though I copied Google Earth to my SD card, and my phone recognized it on my SD card, when I deleted it I magically freed up 30mb of internal memory. o_O
    I think it keeps its cache in internal memory.

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  • CokebotleCokebotle 穴掘りの Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Cyvros wrote: »
    Cokebotle wrote: »
    Huh.

    So apparently, even though I copied Google Earth to my SD card, and my phone recognized it on my SD card, when I deleted it I magically freed up 30mb of internal memory. o_O
    I think it keeps its cache in internal memory.

    I dunno, it was taking up 32mb total, and with no cache that I can remember seeing when I uninstalled it.

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  • BullioBullio Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Games? In addition to those in the OP: Runik, Alchemy, Angry Birds Seasons, Dropwords, Frozen Bubble, Hungry Shark, Move It!, and Pocket Legends are all worth a look. Of these, Move It!, Runik, and Alchemy are favorites. Game Dev Story is is really, really excellent and is quite possibly my favorite overall. It's definitely the game I've spent the most time with, with Angry Birds being a close second.

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  • CrashtardCrashtard Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    If anyone is interested in getting a tablet on the cheap to try out, Tiger Direct has a recertified archos 70 internet tablet right now for $99: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=19180&Sku=A685-0068RB&cm_re=Homepage-_-Spot%2002-_-CatId_1_A685-0068RB

    I have one, and I've been pretty happy with it overall.

    I pinky swear that we will not screw you.

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  • MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Unblock is fun.

    Gave up on Birds due to the lag and bad physics. Yes, I expect the bird's shape & weight to accounted for in a free phone game.

    Excision wrote: »
    My girlfriend is going down tonight!

    Steam:MichaelLC
  • DarmakDarmak Godking of the Snerkywizards Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Uniwar is a pretty good turn based strategy game, and has cross-platform play with iPhone users. It also has hotseat options and such, it's pretty awesome.

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  • BobCescaBobCesca Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    So, I keep running out of space on my Desire. I've moved everything that I can to the SD, but I'm still pretty low on space. Any suggestions?

  • AlegisAlegis Impeckable Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    flash a custom rom. Leedroid still has all the HTC Sense stuff, and you'll have much more internal space available.

  • BobCescaBobCesca Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Alegis wrote: »
    flash a custom rom. Leedroid still has all the HTC Sense stuff, and you'll have much more internal space available.

    Ok. Because I am stupid, is there a "how to do this for dummies" site, 'cos I know nothing about the rooting.

  • AlegisAlegis Impeckable Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Yeah, the unrevoked method in the OP works on the desire and I linked to a video desire guide.

    basically comes down to installing the hboot (on unrevoked website) and ADB driver (install HTC sync, then uninstall htc sync - the app might interfere).

    When the device is rooted you will be able to start the phone in 'recovery' and flash files like ROM that way.

    You can try any rom but I recommend leedroid as it doesn't change too much from the default rom (some battery saving and performance improvements, HTC Sense is still there)
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/forumdisplay.php?f=628

    When you start the phone in recovery (boot the device with volume down pressed in) you're also able to make 'nandroid' backups. Basically a backup of the phone image and data, very important. If something goes wrong you can revert to your old state. So you make a nandroid backup before you begin.

    Then you throw a program like Titanium Backup on to backup system settings. Backing up app settings doesnt seem to be recommended. Apps like Launcher Pro have their own backup feature though.
    In titanium backup backup all the system settings (that aren't red). This will include stuff like your messages.

    Copy your SD card contents to your PC, because you need to make your SD card ready for 'A2SD'. this can be done with the Rom Manager app
    Partitioning your SD Card ready for A2SD+
    Backup all data on you SD card (this will be wiped)
    The card should be formatted with your standard FAT32 partition 1st followed by an EXT2/3 partition (I would recommend 512mb, EXT4 is also supported but may shorten the life of you SD card)
    Linux users use GParted or a similar software.
    For everyone else I would recommend using Rom Manager
    Once you have downloaded ROM manager from the market, open the app and click partition SD Card, Select your EXT size and set 0mb for swap
    Restore your data to your SD and the job is done.
    copy pasted from the 2nd post in the Leedroid thread

    copy back the SD content to the SD card, as well as the leedroid 2.3d rom file
    Once your backups are in place you can start flashing the rom.
    You boot the device into recovery, wipe cache/dalvik, then 'flash rom from zip file' and select the 2.3d file.
    After it's done you boot it up, start up titanium backup, restore settings and restart the device (your messages wont show until you reboot). Then you're set


    if you need more info etc there's also a leedroid wiki
    http://leedroid.com/bravo-home/


    You should now have ample internal space and also notice improved battery life. The downside is that you can't use official updates anymore unless you unroot. Not to worry though, community is usually quick in applying HTC patches. With the Desire S rom also leaked it'll probably be out before the gingerbread rom is out for desire too (and you're also not reliant anymore on softbank updates either).

  • DedianDedian Registered User
    edited March 2011
    Crashtard wrote: »
    If anyone is interested in getting a tablet on the cheap to try out, Tiger Direct has a recertified archos 70 internet tablet right now for $99: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=19180&Sku=A685-0068RB&cm_re=Homepage-_-Spot%2002-_-CatId_1_A685-0068RB

    I have one, and I've been pretty happy with it overall.

    Man... resistive touchscreen? Hmm, guess since it's older?

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