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tabula rasa  said about 5 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 5 years ago:

what IS and android phone?


I am Morris  said about 5 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 5 years ago:


Hellzapoppin  said about 5 years ago:

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


tabula rasa  said about 5 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 5 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 5 years ago:

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


Ben  said about 5 years ago:

booooorrrring


raven  said about 5 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 5 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 5 years ago:

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


raven  said about 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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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GrantleyBuffalo  said about 4 months ago:

Very, very temped to jump on board early...it COULD be fucken awesome.


poprocks96  said about 4 months ago:

Has anyone replaced the rear screen on a sony xperia z3? pkbaxter smashed mine and I would rather not pay $300 to fix it. The tutorials look easy as.


poprocks96  said about 4 months ago:

z3 compact.


team ham sandwich  said about 4 months ago:

Has anyone replaced the rear screen on a sony xperia z3? pkbaxter smashed mine and I would rather not pay $300 to fix it. The tutorials look easy as.

Just do it. I replaced my nexus 5 screen a bunch of times. Was so easy.


poprocks96  said about 4 months ago:

Did you use a heat gun?


tugboat  said about 4 months ago:

buy a moto g gen2.


team ham sandwich  said about 4 months ago:

Did you use a heat gun?

Hairdryer


anok  said about 4 months ago:

how much do the parts cost if you DIY a broken screen?

ps. that fonkraft thing looks pretty sweet, though the video is kinda daggy. if anyone buys in let us know how it's going.


wintertime  said about 4 months ago:

Looks like the Fonkraft was too good to be true:

Modular Android smartphone Fonkraft pulled from Indiegogo


GrantleyBuffalo  said about 4 months ago:

Dang.


poprocks96  said about 4 months ago:

The battery cover screen for my phone can be purchased on eBay for $11.
A bloke in lilydale said he could fix it for $25.


team ham sandwich  said about 4 months ago:

how much do the parts cost if you DIY a broken screen?

Nexus 5 was about $100 for a new screen off ebay.

The second one I broke I just bought a new screen mounted in the assembly already. Way easier than doing it yourself. Nexus 5 screens break waaaay too easy by the way!


charlesincharge  said about 4 months ago:

I have never ever broken or cracked a screen.

Yet also I've never ever used a case. I reckon cases are the issue.


anok  said about 4 months ago:

man, if i didn't have a case/skin i would've broken so many more.


anok  said about 4 months ago:

The second one I broke I just bought a new screen mounted in the assembly already. Way easier than doing it yourself.

i don't understand:/


team ham sandwich  said about 4 months ago:

Screen bought in assembly looks like this -

Out of assembly like this -

Trying to do the seal around the edge of the assembly yourself is fucked. Dust and everything can still get in.


poprocks96  said about 4 months ago:

I have always prided myself on having not smashed a screen. I also don't use a case. Silly pkbaxter, he loves breaking stuff.


anok  said about 4 months ago:

thanks ths. i understand now. what's the difference in cost?


team ham sandwich  said about 4 months ago:

thanks ths. i understand now. what's the difference in cost?

$10 on ebay.


Wonky  said about 4 months ago:

poprock - I managed to smash my Compact Z3's screen within a week of owning it.

Sony replaced it for $180 - I looked at doing it myself but it looked like WAY too much hassle.


Wonky  said about 4 months ago:

By replaced I mean, I called Sony Australia and arranged for it to be fixed through their authorised repair centre.

As a bonus, my phone came back with a 128GB Micro SD card in it. I called the repair centre and they said to keep it.


juicenewton*  said about 3 months ago:

Soz if mentioned above but anyone got a Fairphone? They look really promising - though only in Europe by the looks.....

http://www.fairphone.com/fairphone/


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