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tabula rasa  said about 4 years ago  or at  4:47PM on Friday, June 4 2010 in chat

It seems like a few of us either have, or are getting Android phones so I thought a dedicated thread on them could be beneficial.

Hints, tips, good apps? Share the fun.

You can find a handy new user guide to the HTC Desire here.


Ben  said about 4 years ago:

what IS and android phone?


I am Morris  said about 4 years ago:

Android is the operating system designed by Google that they're putting on to touch screen phones. It's a functional counter to the iPhone.


LaxCharisma  said about 4 years ago:


Hellzapoppin  said about 4 years ago:

So Android is a offshoot tree of the Linux kernel, but the Desire has no Linux support.. wonderful!


tabula rasa  said about 4 years ago:

For apps on the Android phone, I'm finding AppBrain to be very handy for discovering new stuff and managing apps.

For extending the daily battery life on your Desire, I really like JuiceDefender (even with its basic default settings in the free version) and Quick Settings.

I'm also using ShopSavvy (to help slow down my impulse buys), Google Goggles (it's very surprising in what it can do), & LED Light as a quick tiny spotlight.


tabula rasa  said about 4 years ago:

So Android is a offshoot tree of the Linux kernel, but the Desire has no Linux support.. wonderful!

When you browse the Desire's file system (I'm using Astro File Manager) you definitely see a Linux file system and structure.


Hellzapoppin  said about 4 years ago:

Oh I'm sure it would be workable after a fiddle in the shell, but still it's retarded.


Ben  said about 4 years ago:

booooorrrring


raven  said about 4 years ago:

What's the music support like?
I want to be able to just upload music to it in a filesystem manner, as a USB mass storage device, and I want it to support gapless playback (via LAME mp3 headers or whatever).
I'm pretty sure it does neither. FUCK YOU ANDROID.

(With an iPhone I can use foobar to manage the music, and upload gapless info etc. I hate/detest iTunes, and would dearly love an alternative to iPhone/iPod, but Android seems to effectively not care. Bah.)


tabula rasa  said about 4 years ago:

Try Google Sky Map, Ben. It's fun, not boring. And with a little bit of effort you can see Uranus.


tugboat  said about 4 years ago:

Raven. I have a tiny Sony 16Gb mp3 player.
I'm very happy with it.


raven  said about 4 years ago:

Trouble is, I have 200GB+ of music on my hard drive.
I don't want to carry a tiny-capacity mp3 player around really, which I have to continually manage. I want either a huge one that can just mirror my entire collection, or one that's part of my phone, and I'll deal with managing it.

But if it doesn't do gapless playback it can fuck off. Ah wells.


tabula rasa  said about 4 years ago:

Android definitely plays mp3, wav, wma, midi, ogg, amr, & aac files. I'm only just starting to play around with mine re music. I've found it very easy to put music on it & I haven't even set up a sync folder yet.

The Cubed (otherwise known as 3) music player works well for browsing your music.


tabula rasa  said about 4 years ago:

Raven, you can apparently set up Songbird so that it can play your music at home on your phone (data costs might be a bit high though).

I'm going to get a 32Gb microSD card and just live with that amount of music on the phone.


tugboat  said about 4 years ago:

raven said 11 minutes ago:
Trouble is, I have 200GB+ of music on my hard drive.
I don't want to carry a tiny-capacity mp3 player around really, which I have to continually manage. I want either a huge one that can just mirror my entire collection, or one that's part of my phone, and I'll deal with managing it.

True that.
Can you still rockbox a iPod nowaday?
I guess if you use mp3tag to clean up the id3, iPod would be kinda slightly less unbearable.

Back in phone chat.
What about the sony Android phone?


goldfoot  said about 4 years ago:

I've found it very easy to put music on it

Can you drag and drop files on it like a USB mass storage device?


tabula rasa  said about 4 years ago:

Can you drag and drop files on it like a USB mass storage device?

Yep, that's all that I've been doing so far. When you connect the Android phone to your pc you get the options of charge only/HTC sync/disk drive/internet sharing. Drag & drop is pretty straightforward.

Apparently you can set up a DropBox type folder to sync stuff, I haven't set that up as yet but there are instructions on how to do it (& there might be easier methods, I've not searched for them yet).


email  said about 4 years ago:

About time this bandwagon started getting some people on the back of it.

I've got the first gen, qwerty keyboard model, and it does a great job, except for one button on the keyboard that doesn't work. It's about a year old now, so I'm pretty happy with that.

I have had a bit of issues with updating the OS in the past though, but only once.


tabula rasa  said about 4 years ago:

I'm waiting for the over-the-air update from Telstra of Android 2.2 as it then allows you to save apps to the storage card, and is apparently 2-5 times faster than the current v2.1 software.

As it's a Telstra phone I have a feeling I might be waiting a while...


tabula rasa  said about 4 years ago:

The smaller HTC Wildfire looks pretty good:

It has an app-sharing widget, which I'm sure the other Android phones will get soon.


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team ham sandwich  said about 6 months ago:

Awesome warranty service too from google. My battery started bulging the case out a little. Called them up and they are sending out a brand new phone today. I have had it for over a year.


soula  said about 6 months ago:

made by LG?! I swore I'd never by anything by LG. does anyone have them on plans though?


charlesincharge  said about 6 months ago:

You don't want it on a plan. Can be bought outright at great value then paired with an el cheapo plan or prepaid arrangement.


charlesincharge  said about 6 months ago:

Is really good though. I recommend.


GOD  said about 6 months ago:

Nexus outright + $30 prepaid sim is the way to go


soula  said about 6 months ago:

prepaid? I've never been prepaid and I've had a phone since the mid 90s. with the same number!

I'll have to have a look into this...is there anywhere I can go to have a look at one in the flesh?


GOD  said about 6 months ago:

Not that I'm aware


team ham sandwich  said about 6 months ago:

Telstra stores have them


Lilo  said about 6 months ago:

My Nexus 4 is doing this thing where I can't make calls unless I have the speaker on. Has anyone else experienced this? Is there a fix?


team ham sandwich  said about 4 months ago:

I got android L on my nexus 5 phone overnight. Can't say I like it as much as kitkat so far!


GrantleyBuffalo  said about 3 months ago:

Just dropped my Xperia Z1 onto carpeted floor from 20 metres. Not a scratch on it.


poprocks96  said about 3 months ago:

Is the smashing iphone screen going to be considered the greatest scam of this century?


poprocks96  said about 2 months ago:

Got the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact recently and I LOVE it. Best battery ever.


GrantleyBuffalo  said about 2 months ago:

This your first Xperience, pops?


poprocks96  said about 2 months ago:

Sure is, I am xcited.


GrantleyBuffalo  said about 2 months ago:

Xcellent. Coming from which phone, and how has the transition been?


poprocks96  said about 2 months ago:

Coming for Samsung Galaxy SII. pkbaxter got one too coming from an iphone, he's loving it!


poprocks96  said about 2 months ago:

Forgot to say something with an x in it.


GrantleyBuffalo  said about 2 months ago:

pkbaXter?


poprocks96  said about 2 months ago:

Xactly!


nexus  said about 1 month ago:

oh wow thats the phone i'm looking at getting poprocks96! a bunch of people on whirpool reported getting screen cracks though and that sony's australian repairer - PhoneBiz suck arse about it.

Did you =buy outright or get plan? I''m thinking of buying outright and then buying the optus sim only deal as SIM only you can pay $45 per month for 3 gig of data. on a plan you get 1.5 gig if that and pay more


poprocks96  said about 1 month ago:

I bought outright as I don't want to lose my expired contact, which doesn't exist any more. Loving this phone and have had no screen cracks. Just dropped it tonight and not a dent!


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