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Lallante
May 21 2011, 09:26:45 PM
I used search but couldn't find much discussion of this, even in the megathread.

I've never owned a smartphone before, but today got my shiny new HTC Sensation (formerly Pyramid). It looks and feels like sex, but I have no idea how to set it up.

So, what apps should I get, and why?

Also if anyone has any good advice on the best way to manage contacts etc Id appreciate it (should I use google for that so I can keep synched? Set them up for the phone itself seperately? Currently all my facebook ones appear but I dont give a shit about 9/10 of them)

Aea
May 22 2011, 01:27:13 AM
http://lifehacker.com/5717356/set-up-an ... roid-phone (http://lifehacker.com/5717356/set-up-and-get-to-know-your-new-android-phone)

Frools
May 22 2011, 01:37:27 AM
setup contacts with google, set facebook to only sync matches
now you get the google contacts with facebook datas (profile image, birthdays etc) but without all the random facebook faggots too \o/

Raine Woot
May 22 2011, 05:29:17 AM
If you're going to use it for music, I recommend the Meridian player. My android at least wouldn't let me play a folder, meridian does. It's hard to know what else to suggest without a specific purpose in mind. There are apps that make synching work better if you want your android iphonized, but I never liked synching files and stuff so I don't know any.

Melichor
May 22 2011, 07:08:52 AM
Download a Gameboy Emulator for awesome gaming

fng
May 22 2011, 07:34:48 AM
The default SMS thingie on my nexus s don't show the time, only the date, and it's annoying. What could I use instead?

Aea
May 22 2011, 07:40:28 AM
The default SMS thingie on my nexus s don't show the time, only the date, and it's annoying. What could I use instead?

http://www.handcent.com/

fng
May 22 2011, 02:38:09 PM
Thank you.

Lallante
May 22 2011, 05:04:34 PM
Is there any point rooting my phone - it seems like most of the purported benefits of rooting (example: tethering) are already features of the Sensation? Only real thing I would want to do is perhaps remove the vodafone bloatware, not sure its big/annoying enough to matter though

Stoffl
May 22 2011, 05:19:11 PM
temp. root(gone when you reboot phone) & titanium backup should be enough to force uninstall the vodafone brandind crapware.
No idea if Visionary r14 works on the htc sensation.

You also need root for:
.) Adfree
.) srsbsns security software to remote-lock and locate your phone, so you can personally bash the thiefs skull in while he can't access your data.

Lallante
May 22 2011, 08:05:08 PM
temp. root(gone when you reboot phone) & titanium backup should be enough to force uninstall the vodafone brandind crapware.
No idea if Visionary r14 works on the htc sensation.

You also need root for:
.) Adfree
.) srsbsns security software to remote-lock and locate your phone, so you can personally bash the thiefs skull in while he can't access your data.

Why do I need root for the latter one? thats another native-supported feature (and there are apps in the market that do it too)

Stoffl
May 22 2011, 08:14:59 PM
srsbsns security software
like http://www.theandroidphone.com/theft-aw ... iew-95699/ (http://www.theandroidphone.com/theft-aware-android-app-review-95699/)

htcsense.com works(nowadays, it wasn't working for ~6months) but you need htc sense sync enabled and set to push, used to be very buggy and rapes your battery.
And I bet it's not hard to circumvent the htcsense.com remote lock.

But it's free and that's pretty cool.

Lallante
May 24 2011, 04:27:19 PM
Will i get battery life gain from rooting?

balistic void
May 24 2011, 05:18:52 PM
Not if you are a complete mouth-breather.

Lallante
May 24 2011, 08:38:11 PM
Not if you are a complete mouth-breather.
what about if I'm only a partial mouth breather

Stoffl
May 25 2011, 06:42:01 AM
No idea how bad the stock sensation rom is.



http://hemorrdroids.net/battery-calibration/

This get's much easier on a rooted phone, you can just charge it until it goes into trickle charge and then reset the battery stats.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=937080

Stoffl
May 25 2011, 11:16:58 AM
Another reason for rooting:

https://market.android.com/details?id=c ... .FasterFix (https://market.android.com/details?id=com.Double.FasterFix)

Does your phone take forever to get a GPS fix alltough you've got clear line of sight to the sky ?
Much faster GPS fix, not always necessary(depends on manufacturers GPS implementation and the region you're living in) but still a pretty awesome tool.

Rudolf Miller
May 25 2011, 04:35:19 PM
Another reason for rooting:

https://market.android.com/details?id=c ... .FasterFix (https://market.android.com/details?id=com.Double.FasterFix)

Does your phone take forever to get a GPS fix alltough you've got clear line of sight to the sky ?
Much faster GPS fix, not always necessary(depends on manufacturers GPS implementation and the region you're living in) but still a pretty awesome tool.

My phone.. well.. never gets a GPS fix :P

Not that I've tried much

Lallante
May 26 2011, 09:07:11 PM
No idea how bad the stock sensation rom is.



http://hemorrdroids.net/battery-calibration/

This get's much easier on a rooted phone, you can just charge it until it goes into trickle charge and then reset the battery stats.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=937080


Isnt that a solution for badly calibrated battery % indicators? It doesnt actually improve battery life.

balistic void
May 26 2011, 09:18:44 PM
Well since the phone will shut down when it thinks it's at<5% it will help life a lot to make sure 5% is calibrated correctly no?

Stoffl
May 27 2011, 08:04:32 AM
No idea how bad the stock sensation rom is.



http://hemorrdroids.net/battery-calibration/

This get's much easier on a rooted phone, you can just charge it until it goes into trickle charge and then reset the battery stats.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=937080


Isnt that a solution for badly calibrated battery % indicators? It doesnt actually improve battery life.

Partly, it's also about charging the battery to full capacity instead of stopping when the phone "thinks" it's allready full.
If that makes any sense.

balistic void
May 27 2011, 09:34:51 AM
There is a lot more voodoo involved with battery shizzle than engineers will admit :D It's not a linear charging curve, or a simple quadratic one. The more full-discharge/full-charge cycles you do, the more information the software has for calibration. Coding in an "ideal" mathematical function for the battery just doesn't work, because it also depends on ambient temperature etc etc.

Lallante
May 27 2011, 11:08:49 PM
Why did noone mention Tasker

Not just the best ap I've come across - I cant imagine a better app to be honest.

Its the single reason that android>iOS.

Pattern
May 27 2011, 11:24:09 PM
Why did noone mention Tasker

Not just the best ap I've come across - I cant imagine a better app to be honest.

Its the single reason that android>iOS.
hmmm? (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tasker-a-task-todo-list-organizer/id327115000?mt=8)

Frools
May 27 2011, 11:25:08 PM
Why did noone mention Tasker

Not just the best ap I've come across - I cant imagine a better app to be honest.

Its the single reason that android>iOS.
hmmm? (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tasker-a-task-todo-list-organizer/id327115000?mt=8)
:lol:
android tasker is not a todo list app :P

Pattern
May 27 2011, 11:28:32 PM
Why did noone mention Tasker

Not just the best ap I've come across - I cant imagine a better app to be honest.

Its the single reason that android>iOS.
hmmm? (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tasker-a-task-todo-list-organizer/id327115000?mt=8)
:lol:
android tasker is not a todo list app :P
What is it?

edit: ? http://tasker.dinglisch.net/

Stoffl
May 28 2011, 09:50:37 AM
Why did noone mention Tasker

Not just the best ap I've come across - I cant imagine a better app to be honest.

Its the single reason that android>iOS.

You might also like anycut.

lt
June 3 2011, 02:10:56 PM
A good app for remote controlling the pc?
I've found some for spotify (which is first priority), just wondering if anyone have experience using any of them?

balistic void
June 3 2011, 02:20:15 PM
VLC has an android remote control app.

Kanv
June 4 2011, 01:23:13 AM
gmote worked pretty well