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Old 08-02-2010, 01:40 PM
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Originally Posted by specks22 View Post
I just got the HTC evo how do I install the advanced task killer thing? I am always having to keep charging the battery.
Look in your programs for the marketplace. This is called the Android Marketplace, you can find tons and tons of programs here.

Do a search for "Advanced Task Killer" and it should come right up. Click it and download/install it.
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Old 08-02-2010, 01:51 PM
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Thanks Android I knew how to get to marketplace but didn't know how to find the task killer . I didn't see where I could use a search. Hah.
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Old 08-02-2010, 01:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Andr0id View Post
Not 100% sure but I think the phone has to have a built in FM tuner, as in have the hardware in the phone (like the Incredible). I'm not aware of any software to simulate it, but I haven't really looked into it.
Ok, Ill look into it later on. Thanks for your help.
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Old 08-02-2010, 01:59 PM
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Originally Posted by JDiamond View Post
Guys, don't use any task killers: The android operating system is nothing like Windows/Palm/RIM/Etc. Android loads apps in memory so they will be immediately available when you need them. Let me stress, these apps are not "running" in the sense that programs run when started in Windows. They are simply sitting in memory. You don't have to worry about them, as they do no harm just staying in memory until needed. If android needs additional memory, it will remove whatever needs to be removed in order to have the amount of memory it requires. Forget about watching how much free memory you have because it changes as the operating systems needs change. Delete any task killer the idiot Verizon reps convinced you to install, or that they installed. Killed apps will, in most cases, be put right back in memory by android.
Do you work in computers? Because, things "sitting in memory" affect the performance of your computer. Ever heard of "cookies", "temporary internet files"? Too many temp files on your pc will cause system sluggishness......

Sure, some things are re-activated into memory, but most apps you have won't. And as someone who sat for 10 minutes waiting for a web page to load, and then after killing 40 apps the page loaded in 2 seconds, I'm a believer.
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Old 08-02-2010, 02:11 PM
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Originally Posted by uncljohn View Post
Do you work in computers? Because, things "sitting in memory" affect the performance of your computer. Ever heard of "cookies", "temporary internet files"? Too many temp files on your pc will cause system sluggishness......

Sure, some things are re-activated into memory, but most apps you have won't. And as someone who sat for 10 minutes waiting for a web page to load, and then after killing 40 apps the page loaded in 2 seconds, I'm a believer.
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Originally Posted by uncljohn View Post
Do you work in computers? Because, things "sitting in memory" affect the performance of your computer. Ever heard of "cookies", "temporary internet files"? Too many temp files on your pc will cause system sluggishness......

Sure, some things are re-activated into memory, but most apps you have won't. And as someone who sat for 10 minutes waiting for a web page to load, and then after killing 40 apps the page loaded in 2 seconds, I'm a believer.
I do not work in computers, but I do have a Moto Droid that is overclocked from 550mhz up to 1.25Ghz and runs cooler than a stock droid. It has the yet to be released 2.2 Android OS on it and runs faster than an iPhone4, Droid X, Droid Incredible or any other phone you want to name.

As I said in my first my first sentence, the Android system is nothing like a windows pc. In the Android world empty ram is wasted ram. If the system needs more memory to run something, it will free up what it needs. It does not need you force closing stuff that will in all likelihood be restarted automatically anyway.

I deleted the task killer right after I got my droid in November of last year and my download speed on 3G is over 1 mps and when on wifi it's over 7 mps. Webpages load almost instantly. How can that be if I don't have a task killer??

You're making the mistake of thinking these phones are little PC's. They aren't. They operate totally differently. If you have apps that have to be force closed for you phone to operate quickly, then you have some really poorly written apps. Delete the offending apps and find some good ones. That is one of the problems with the Google system is that the market is open to all - even poorly written apps.

Educate yourself: http://www.droidforums.net/forum/
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Old 08-02-2010, 05:55 PM
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Originally Posted by uncljohn View Post
Advanced Task Killer


The Task Killer is needed for all Droid users. After having mine for a month, it would try to bring up a web page and just stop loading. I took it into Verizon and the guy loaded the Advanced Task Killer app and it showed over 40 apps running on the phone in the background, unbeknownst to me. Killed them all and back in business. Now every time I do something on it I kill tasks, some I didn't even open.
Wow! This is a must have. Thanks for the recommendation. It's amazing how you can't kill tasks as you need to, like closing windows on your computer. For example: I don't want to pause Pandora. I want to STOP IT from running!

Now that I have the task killer, I run it after pretty much every app I use. It's crazy how much shit starts up without being asked. It also seems as if I can't delete programs I don't want. Like facebook. I've only had the thing for about 30 hours. Maybe I'll find a way to get rid of the BS.

Oh, and one app I recommend: Pretty Girls A must have for any dude.
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Old 08-02-2010, 09:11 PM
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1. Google Sky
2. Knocking (scary cool)
3. Meebo IM
4. Dolphin Browser
5. Gstrings Tuner
6. RipChord
7. GPS Speedo
8. DroidLight

For keeping a 5-year-old occupied while waiting for a table at a restaurant, or similar situation:
1. HN Shootout
2. Android LightSaber
3. Air Horn
4. Find It Spongebob

"Tiny Cricket" is a good app to have when you have a buddy who constantly tells lame jokes.

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Old 08-02-2010, 10:08 PM
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Originally Posted by JDiamond View Post
Guys, don't use any task killers: The android operating system is nothing like Windows/Palm/RIM/Etc. Android loads apps in memory so they will be immediately available when you need them. Let me stress, these apps are not "running" in the sense that programs run when started in Windows. They are simply sitting in memory. You don't have to worry about them, as they do no harm just staying in memory until needed. If android needs additional memory, it will remove whatever needs to be removed in order to have the amount of memory it requires. Forget about watching how much free memory you have because it changes as the operating systems needs change. Delete any task killer the idiot Verizon reps convinced you to install, or that they installed. Killed apps will, in most cases, be put right back in memory by android.
Before I got my Task Killer, I was going to return the EVO because of short battery life. Now I get more than 2 days and use it a bunch.
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Originally Posted by JDiamond View Post
I do not work in computers, but I do have a Moto Droid that is overclocked from 550mhz up to 1.25Ghz and runs cooler than a stock droid. It has the yet to be released 2.2 Android OS on it and runs faster than an iPhone4, Droid X, Droid Incredible or any other phone you want to name.

As I said in my first my first sentence, the Android system is nothing like a windows pc. In the Android world empty ram is wasted ram. If the system needs more memory to run something, it will free up what it needs. It does not need you force closing stuff that will in all likelihood be restarted automatically anyway.

I deleted the task killer right after I got my droid in November of last year and my download speed on 3G is over 1 mps and when on wifi it's over 7 mps. Webpages load almost instantly. How can that be if I don't have a task killer??

You're making the mistake of thinking these phones are little PC's. They aren't. They operate totally differently. If you have apps that have to be force closed for you phone to operate quickly, then you have some really poorly written apps. Delete the offending apps and find some good ones. That is one of the problems with the Google system is that the market is open to all - even poorly written apps.

Educate yourself: http://www.droidforums.net/forum/

How big a deal is it to do these things to my droid? I assume this pretty much trashes the warranty, which after a year who cares.
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Old 08-03-2010, 04:04 AM
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What photo app is everyone using? The preloaded Gallery is a piece of crap.
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Originally Posted by 1MoreMinute View Post
Not to side track too much, but I got the Motorola Cliq and was wondering if theres a app or something that I can use to listen to radio stations? I looked and didnt find anything. And this phone didnt have anything already in it.

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Install the Iheartradio app. Not sure your local stations are in there but I'm sure you'll find something you'll like.
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Old 08-03-2010, 04:10 AM
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Loaded this one yesterday. Makes uninstalling apps so much easier.

Uninstaller

Also, try LauncerPro. It will give you up to 7 panels on your home screen.
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Old 08-03-2010, 09:50 AM
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Originally Posted by JDiamond View Post
Oddly posts on that forum suggest users install.......Advanced Task Killer. Who knew?

Congrats on having a custom-Droid so you don't have to bother with useless applications that many others have proven are valuable.....

So in other words people, if you're having problems w/ your Droid, then just install the 'as-yet-to-be-released' 2.2 Andriod OS, bump yourself up to 1.25 Ghz, and let all those apps keep running. Or else kill the apps. Whichever is easier....
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Has anyone tethered their droid phone? I am thinking of buying the $9.99 app to be able to use the droid as a wi-fi hotspot for my laptop computer.

I second the airhorn and the lightsaber for 5 year olds. Any game for my 7 year old. For my 18 month old, I love toddlerlock - they can make sounds and shapes by touching the screen.

I also use the taskkiller religiously and it saves battery life compared to before.

For me, I play A LOT of Connect Four while waiting to kill time.
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Old 08-06-2010, 01:39 AM
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Search in the market for PdaNet. You download that to your phone and then computer. Hook the droid up via the USB cable to the laptop and you have internet for free. No $9.99 app.
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PDANet on junefabrics.com works great for tethering.
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Old 08-06-2010, 10:57 AM
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PDANet on junefabrics.com works great for tethering.
+1.

Just be careful (might want to check with your cell provider about limits), as I just found out that T Mobiles "unlimited data plan" isn't really that. You have a 5gig(?) limit and tethering is against their contract and when you exceed that they "throttle" you down to a slower limit and trust me its SLOW, I got rid of my cable Internet because I thought it was unlimited and didn't know anything about the tethering until someone told me about it, I am not a tech crazy person when it comes to these crazy phones these days, I didn't think I needed to read all that fine print for a cell phone contract, wrong, I learned my lesson. They said that tethering uses up ALOT of that, I didn't know that nor did anyone tell me, so I learned the hard way. Wish I would have kept the cable Internet I tell ya that.

But anyways I'm about to ditch this phone (Moto Cliq) I got for the new Samsung Vibrant. Seems like a cool phone, the only things that scare me is its newly released (16th of last month) and there's been bugs with it, but Ive done alot of research on it and most been fixed or doesn't apply to me for what I do with the phone.
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Old 08-06-2010, 12:58 PM
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I like the Navionics marine chart app
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I have never been dinged on sprint for tethering.
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