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#1 Clak

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 02:03 AM

So, any sort of Android news, favorite programs, tips & tricks etc. can go here. I'll update the OP with any programs you all like
and any useful tips and tricks etc.

List of user recommended apps:

Astro File Manager - Manage, Delete, Copy Files
Beautiful Widgets- Sense UI type clock and weather widget plus other widgets.
Bloo - Facebook Notifications
Digital Clock Widget - Transparent Large Clock
Dillo Hills- Tiny Wings clone
DoggCatcher - RSS Feeds and Podcasts
GMote - Remotely Control A PC Playing A Movie
Google Maps- Mapping program from Google
Google Sky Map- Mapping program for stars and constellations from Google.
Google Talk- Instant messaging type program from Google.
GPS Status- Gives all kinds of information gathered from GPS satelites.
Handcent SMS- SMS/MMS app.
Invadroid- Space Invaders sort of game.
Last.FM - Streaming Music
Lookout- Anti-virus, GPS phone tracking, and contacts backup program.
Meridian Player - Superior Media Player
PowerAMP-Music playing program.
Ringdroid. Takes any MP3 in your library and allows you to create a ringtone.
Shop Savvy - Bar Code Scanning and Price Comparison
TuneIn Radio - Access to HDRadio stations. Local and non-local stations + search for finding syndicated radio shows.
Yahoo Messenger- Yahoo messenger for Android
Ventriloid- Ventrilo client for Android. Use vent servers to communicate with people.
Weather & Toggle Widget- Another Sense UI like clock and weather widget, also includes other widgets.
Zombie Duck Hunter- Zombie themed Duck Hunt type game.

Edited by Clak, 28 March 2011 - 09:50 PM.
Changed thread title to reflect the changing scope of Android.

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#2 JJSP

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 02:10 AM

What's the Galaxy S called on verizon? The Fascinate or something? Same phone as the Samsung Captivate on ATT.

#3 Jedi1979

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 02:11 AM

do you care about HD video? The X is the only one that can do that and it works great so far
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Posted 04 August 2010 - 02:39 AM

I love my Droid X, but from what you are saying, you will like the Incredible.


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Posted 04 August 2010 - 02:47 AM

If you wan't to root/install custom themes/roms go Droid 1 as far as the forums say the X, and 2 wont have the ability to be themed...as for the phones i would go with the incredible the X is huge and a little on the ugly side and the Droid 2 adds very little over the Droid ( processor, camera, etc) I have a Droid one but have tried both the incredible and X and would go with the incredible since the Droid 2 isn't out to try yet
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#6 cochesecochese

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 02:53 AM

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 03:16 AM

Love my Droid X and although it has a fairly large screen (lol) it is still light and easy to carry around with me on the go. However, if you are looking for a smaller phone with most of the same bells and whistles, the Incredible might be the one for you.

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 03:19 AM

Get the galaxy s once it hits verizon. Its the best smart phone atm.

If you need a phone now, Droid X if u want a large 4.3" screen...if not incredible.
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#9 Clak

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 04:13 AM

Yeah I think the Verizon Galaxy S is the Fascinate. It does look pretty nice, I wish it had the physical keyboard like the Sprint ( i think) version. I like having choices in things, but then I go crazy trying to choose. I don't really care much about shooting video, I'd probably try it and never use it again.

Is there a way to get a Sense UI like interface on the other phones? I think I read that Launcher Pro can give a similar UI. I have to give HTC credit for that, Sense is way nicer than Motoblur, even the scaled back version on the X.

GPS is something I do want and will use, is there any real difference in the GPS performance of most of these phones?
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#10 LinkinPrime

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 05:51 AM

Do what I plan on doing, wait for the Samsung Fascinate:

Powered by Android 2.1â„¢, the Fascinate is equipped with support for Google Mobile Services, including, Gmailâ„¢, YouTubeâ„¢, Android Marketâ„¢ and more. Additionally, the Fascinate boasts a brilliant four-inch Super AMOLED touch screen display, Samsung 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird Application Processor, and an integrated entertainment, multimedia, messaging and social networking experience.
Color: Mirror Black with chrome details
Key features and specifications:

  • Android 2.1 platform – With support for Google Mobile Services including Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk and Android Market
  • Full HTML Web browsing capabilities
  • Preloaded with Bing Maps and Bing Search
  • 3G Mobile HotSpot capabilities – Allows customers to transform their phone into a wireless modem for up to five compatible Wi-Fi-enabled devices
  • Super AMOLED Screen Technology – Brilliant display makes watching movies, viewing videos and playing games come to life like never before, even in bright light and outdoor environments
  • Advanced touch screen gestures capabilities, including multi-touch pinch to zoom, double tap to zoom and horizontal swiping, which provides easier and quicker access to many applications, including location-based services, Web browsing and digital photos or videos
  • Multiple file formats supported, including DivX support
  • Samsung 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird Application Processor – Produces amazing graphics, faster upload and download times and HD-like multimedia content
  • Six-axis sensor that works with the smartphone's accelerometer to provide a smooth, fluid gaming experience when the user is tilting the device up or down or panning the phone to the left or right
  • Virtual QWERTY Keyboard Featuring Swype Technology – Input text faster and in a more intuitive way with one continuous finger motion across the screen keyboard
  • Full suite of messaging options – Text, picture, video and voice messaging; corporate and personal e-mail accounts supported
  • 5.0-megapixel camera/camcorder – Auto-focus and LED flash with HD video recording and playback (720p) capabilities to capture photos and videos for playback on your HD television
  • WiFi Connectivity (802.11 b/g/n)
  • Stereo Bluetooth® Technology – Support for headset, hands-free, stereo, phonebook access, object push for vCard and vCalendar
  • Corporate Email – Supports Android Eclair Exchange ActiveSync e-mail to synchronize corporate e-mail, contacts and calendars from office e-mail accounts
  • Music and video players and 3.5-millimeter headphone jack
  • 2GB internal memory expandable to 32GB, 16GB microSDâ„¢ included with handset

Lifestyle features:

  • V CAST Music with Rhapsody®, V CAST Video on Demand, V CAST Song ID, Visual Voice Mail, V CAST Tones, VZ Navigator® and Mobile IM , City ID
  • Samsung's Social Hub – Built around messaging, contacts and calendar sync, which allows users to send and receive information, whether it is e-mail, social network updates or SMS messages
    • Integrated Calendar information from portal calendars, on Exchange, Google Calendarâ„¢ and social networking services (SNS), including Facebook®
    • Integrated Contacts syncs with Exchange, Google, Twitter and Facebook® and displays a user's contacts in four categories including Information, History (previous calls and messages), Activities (status updates and notifications on social networking sites) and Media (Facebook profile photos and photo gallery)
  • Feeds & Updates – Displays feeds from multiple SNS sites such as Facebook®, MySpace and Twitter, which also allows users to update their status instantly
  • AllShare Application – Enables inter-device connectivity through Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA), so users can send multimedia content wirelessly to other DLNA-enabled devices such as TVs and laptops
  • Daily Briefing – Instant access to weather, news, stocks and schedule
  • Write and Go – Quickly jot down an idea and later decide on a format, such as SMS/ MMS, e-mail, calendar or memo, to send or post to popular SNS sites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace
  • Weather Clock – Displays current time and weather of the selected city (ability to add and select other cities)


http://www.samsung.c...eq=19679&page=1

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#11 Clak

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 03:49 PM

Yeah I wish all the Galaxy S phones launched at the same time so I could try the Fascinate. Though I guess I could try the AT&T version since they're basically the same. Samsung's choice of pre-loaded crap bugs me though, that bing shit needs to go. I have heard the screens are amazing though.
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#12 LinkinPrime

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 03:54 PM

I briefly checked out the Captivate at AT&T and was pretty impressed. I was originally going for an Incredible or an X but now, I'm just waiting for the Fascinate. The thing that sucks is that there's no release date announced yet. It was supposed to be part of their summer lineup, but word on the net is that Verizon has put it on hold until they release the Droid 2.

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#13 Clak

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 06:16 PM

Stopped by an AT&T store during lunch, the Fascinate is nice, the screen really does look good. I didn't even notice bing loaded on it, maybe somebody deleted it. Still like Sense better though, need to see how closely it can be cloned by other loaders like Launcher Pro. One thing I noticed and couldn't stop was that the little bar for the different home screens was overlaid on the google bar that was loaded at the top of the main home screen. I couldn't tape on the google search bar because that was on top. I doubt that's how the default is set up, somebody must have don't that messing with it.
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#14 Viol8tor

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 06:39 PM

Best thing you can do is try /see these phones in person. You know the specs/ potential of the phones capabilities by online information, but having the phone in front of you, seeing how it would feel to have in your hand and pocket daily is just as important IMO.

A buddy of mine bought the Droid X and returned after a week. He said it felt like having an old school Texas instrument graphic calculator lol

P.S: Whats up with these wussy as names for phones?

- Incredible
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Galaxy S
- Fascinate
- Captivate

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#15 addicted2games

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 09:46 PM

Cmon, you know you want the Zack Morris phone!
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lol, Droid X FTW

#16 Tha Xecutioner

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 10:12 PM

I'll also vouch for the Droid X.

Fantastic phone 8-)

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#17 corrosivefrost

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 11:11 PM

Simple:

Want a physical keyboard? Droid 2.
Okay with no physical keyboard? Droid X.
Want to feel like you somehow got on the short bus? Droid Incredible.

There is no reason anyone should opt for an Incredible over the other two.

#18 guyver2077

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 11:16 PM

I love my Evo. Since your with Verizon.. id go with X or the Galaxy S phone

Honestly any andoid will be great. The Galaxy S series is a plus if your into gaming.. better gpu

1080i is for douchebags


#19 hhhdx4

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 12:46 AM

The software on the X kills it for me, if you're not doing any gaming (and why would you with how pathetic the gaming options are in the market) id go for the incredible.

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#20 Flyersfan

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 12:49 AM

The Droid X really isn't as big as people made it seem to me, went to check it out today, ordered it 5 minutes ago.

It's surprisingly very thin.


#21 refusedchaos

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 01:12 AM

The software on the X kills it for me, if you're not doing any gaming (and why would you with how pathetic the gaming options are in the market) id go for the incredible.

*slightly disgruntled X owner*


what software? Motoblur?


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#22 hhhdx4

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 01:29 AM

Yes, add to the fact that the bootloader is locked so custom ROMs are unlikely to be made.
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#23 refusedchaos

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 01:58 AM

Yes, add to the fact that the bootloader is locked so custom ROMs are unlikely to be made.


the X has already been rooted and the bootloader has almost been cracked.


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#24 hhhdx4

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 02:26 AM

the X has already been rooted and the bootloader has almost been cracked.



The problem was never rooting, the problem is that any firmware loaded has to be signed by Motorola. If they can crack that, fine, until that happens and it provides a way to flash a custom ROM then thats just dandy, Im just not holding my breath.

They also arent going to do anything until it gets Froyo at least, so it's kind of pointless to be trying anything with the current firmware.
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#25 TheHapaOne

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 03:30 AM

The problem was never rooting, the problem is that any firmware loaded has to be signed by Motorola. If they can crack that, fine, until that happens and it provides a way to flash a custom ROM then thats just dandy, Im just not holding my breath.

They also arent going to do anything until it gets Froyo at least, so it's kind of pointless to be trying anything with the current firmware.


Yeah true... 2.1 is pretty much outdated already and froyo is significantly better even the experimental Droid one is way better than the ota 2.1

As for the phones The Fascinate looks alright but I'm just not a fan of samsung...every phone I got from them broke within a month and my last samsung from verizon get replaced 5 times before I finally dumped it for an lg
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#26 Clak

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 03:18 PM

Simple:

Want a physical keyboard? Droid 2.
Okay with no physical keyboard? Droid X.
Want to feel like you somehow got on the short bus? Droid Incredible.

There is no reason anyone should opt for an Incredible over the other two.

But the Sense UI is so pretty......;)

Honestly, if HTC made an EVO like phone for verizon, i'd be all over that. The size of the X with the Sense UI.:drool: Sprint sucks around here though, so that isn't going to happen until HTC actually builds one for verizon.

The X and Galaxy S are about the same size, and the captivate I messed with at AT&T didn't seem that big. Guess either should fit in a pocket pretty comfortably.
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#27 Clak

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 03:23 PM

Actually looking around, there are any number of Sense-like launchers available, so I guess that isn't such an issue really.
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Posted 05 August 2010 - 03:54 PM

I love my droid x too. Don't need a physical keyboard; swype works wonders most of the time, and it's still in beta.

And froyo is supposed to be released next week, do another moot point.

It fits fine in my pocket, but I haven't watched much on it; lagged on a ripped anime episode I tried to watch so far.

#29 Clak

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 08:46 PM

Whatever I get i'm going to try RockPlayer on it, looks like a fairly good video player that can handle lots of formats.I played with swype I think on the captivate and I couldn't get the hang of it. I thought that it recognized the letters you stop at, instead it was counting every letter i moved over.
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#30 elessar123

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 11:07 PM

You don't really stop; it's a smooth motion over the letters. It uses some heuristics to come up with the right word.