getting Desire tomorrow, delivered to work!
Well I'm stuck with my G1 until November, so last night thought I'd try to kick start it into life. Backed up everything on it, and rooted it with Cyanogen's v4 image. It does run quicker now, but maybe that's because there's less crap on it. The best feature though (and the reason I rooted it) is now my applications are stored on a 512meg partition on my SD card instead of on the (limited) phone memory.
Who knows - my G1 might actually last until November now!
Decided £7 is a bit much over probably 24months to buy out the contract. I'll bite the bullet and wait a bit.
I love my HTC Desire. Only thing that bugs me is the lack of apps to SD card. HTC is currently working on an upgrade to android 2.2 (froyo to the android junkies) which has apps to SD and other enhancements. Should be out later on in the year.
As for fave apps:
Advanced task killer
Astro file manager with bluetooth addon
Google sky maps
Facebook for android
Layer reality browser
Paper toss (lol)
Skype (from 3)
Quite funny how I like a lot of the google apps eh...?
also like the HTC widgets as they add a nice gloss to the funtionality of the phone.
the phone is here....how do i get the google navigator thing on it?
Last edited by nephilim; 9th June 2010 at 04:15 PM.
Not really an app suggestion, more an anti-app suggestion: don't bother with automatic task killers!
Android effectively 'freezes' apps when they're not in use and uses no processor power running them (unless they're requesting updates, like your mail client) and in fact there is a school of thought (that I agree with having tried out auto app killers) that you'll actually use up more power by forcing Android to initialize apps every time you run them.
Task killers are useful however if you have an app that has frozen as you can't actually kill the task without loading up enough apps to boot it out of RAM, so they are useful in that respect, it's just the automation I'd be wary of.
EDIT: Also, the theory that auto task killers free up memory, while technically true, serves no benefit: apps use the memory that they need and if there's not enough, that's when Android starts killing tasks to free up more, so you'll notice no real speed benefits by using a task killer
Last edited by LosOjos; 9th June 2010 at 04:47 PM.
I use WifiAnalyzer a lot at work
TasKiller (essential for freeing up memory)
Thickbuttons (good on-screen keyboard that is easier to use than standard one)
DriveSafe.ly (reads your emails and texts to you while you are driving and can send a custom reply)
Telegraph (free newspaper)
Retro Clock (replacement to standard clock)
BBC News (feeds and stories from BBC)
Shazam (find out what music is playing)
SayNoTo0870 (find a 01 number for numbers starting 08)
AK Notepad (notes and reminders)
beebPlayer (android version of iPlayer)
Blogaway (blog from your phone)
Bubble (spirit level)
Goggles (Google wiki using your camera)
Last.fm (personal radio station)
Layer (augmented reality)
Navigation (free SatNav)
Movies (showtimes and trailers/reviews)
Opera Mini (excellent browser)
Pixelpipe (upload stuff to any of your accounts)
Picsay (picture editor)
... and a load of games
My G1 is now full, waiting for my contract to run out to get a HTC Desire or Motorola Milestone (I like having a keyboard).
All these apps are free.
tech_guy (9th June 2010)
I must admit this is a great thread. There is absolutely noone around me that has an android phone let alone talk about one. lol
I'm glad there is an alternative to the iPhone and that people readily adopt it to embrace something different. It seems like everyone
has an iPhone now, and its nice to have a cool alternative that offers that level of functionality with the flexibility of being open ended.
Some decent app suggestions coming forward too, theres a few there that I like the look of.
As for the task manager, I think i've only got it just to have it if that makes sense. I don't really tend to go on a regular hunt for extra free ram.
Android does seem to do a pretty good job of managing its resources and closing stuff that hasnt been used for a while.
roty80 (9th June 2010)
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