Android Phones

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by O-man21, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. scootertrash

    scootertrash Mobile Homie

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    I'm posting with a HTC HD 2 which I purchased last year in July. It came with Winmo 6.5, and by Nov, I had it rooted and loaded with Android. It took about 3 ROMs before I ended up with a solid build of 2.2 with HTC sense. I love this phone! It's 4.3" screen and 1 GHz snap dragon processor keep it pretty current, even by todays standards. I bought an Otterbox case for it, so I have a neat ruggedized advphone now.. Don't even want an iPhone at all anymore.
    PS. I had the phone on tmo, but now it's on myfamilymobile.com through Walmart. Unlimited talk & text for $45 pm, $70 for two phones. You buy the data as you go, and it doesn't expire. No contract and this service uses tmo's towers. I have been on it all summer, no complaints..
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  2. c.vestal

    c.vestal Rally On

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    If you are not in a rush to get a 4G phone, then you will have more and cheaper choices.
    I have been happy with my Droid X on Verizon. I have great coverage here in Colorado Springs. Every area has good and bad spots with each network. Ask around (not the people selling phones) about what provider they like. Delivery people are good ones to ask.

    If you have a Costco membership, they have good deals on phones.

    I have heard similar things with the HTC HD2 that scootertrash posted.
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  3. andruboz

    andruboz Serial overfiller

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    anybody run the speedtest.net app on their 4g phone? i ran it on my 3g phone and got 175kbps download and 81kbps upload in 3g mode and 7.9mbps down and 1mbps up in wifi.

    the reason i ask - I'm a really cheap bastard and i'm paying $27 a month for unlimited data phone and $41 a month for home internet. if i can get 4g unlimited [phone plus hotspot thingy] for less than $68 a month, i'll consider it if its fast enough. then i can cancel the home internet. and have one less bill to pay monthly.
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  4. motoracer51

    motoracer51 Been here awhile

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    Just upgraded from a 3gs to a new Samsung Galaxy SII - Loving it so far.:evil
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  5. RxZ

    RxZ Legal Drug Dealer

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    Do tell... I am thinking of trading my Inspire 4g for either the Galaxy S2 or the next Nexus (with Ice Cream Sandwich) in November. However, due to my work's network restrictions, I may be forced into another iPhone. They are good phones as well, so I wouldn't be upset... I just like the new stuff Android is putting out.
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  6. ThePikeman

    ThePikeman German n00b

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    What kind of network restrictions might that be?

    Ice Cream Sandwich is supposed to work on and device that supports Gingerbread (2.3.x).

    And just for fun (click on it to enlarge)

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  7. ImaPoser

    ImaPoser adventure imposter

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    I just upgraded from a...um, nothing to the SII myself. Where do I start...:confused
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  8. c.vestal

    c.vestal Rally On

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    explore the market in free apps.
    Then later, explore the pay ones.
    that is all I have. :D
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  9. andruboz

    andruboz Serial overfiller

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    well there's angry birds and angry birds seasons, and angry birds rio.
    then theres a good motorcycle one called lanesplitter.


    juskidding vestal has the right idea.
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  10. ImaPoser

    ImaPoser adventure imposter

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    Kids had angry birds on it before I even got home from work today. :lol3
    I've got most of the apps that I had on the tablet I bought a few months ago that I gave to the wife when I didn't like it loaded up now, and have all my emails and contacts from my old work phone figured out.
    Exploring the app world for anything new and interesting.
    I give it a week before I decide I should go ahead and root it and get that dang wifi hotspot thingamajig working. :norton
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  11. c.vestal

    c.vestal Rally On

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    PdaNet is a good one for me to use phone as a modem (linked by usb or bluetooth) and not have to pay the extra fees from verizon to share the data.


    Amazon's Appstore is good. You will not find it in the google market, you have to manually load from amazon. They have a free app of the day. I have found some good ones there.

    You local bank may have an app. I have Chase and their app is awesome.


    A pay app I love is FlightTrack

    I have a Contour GPS helmet cam. The app allows me to see the cameras view and make settings via bluetooth.

    Dolphin Browser HD, is a good alternative browser.

    Games:
    Angry Birds is a given,
    Glow Hockey is good.
    Pollushot
    Stupid Zombies

    Music,
    Amazon mp3
    Google Music
    Stitcher for podcasts.
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  12. MikeFromMT

    MikeFromMT Past Tense

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    We use Easytether on our phones, the paid version is a one time $10 per line for the full version (allows access to secure sites like online banking) try it for free otherwise. Verizon does not like this because they want you to pay for their tethering svc, so you have to find it someplace other than the Market, just google it, I did.
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  13. Bongolia

    Bongolia stop acting

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    I'm getting one tomorrow. One day old, 25% off :clap

    (I work with a guy who bought one yesterday. He's having a lot of problems syncing it and I made him an offer)
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  14. ImaPoser

    ImaPoser adventure imposter

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    FYI, Amazon has them for $99, free shipping, free activation with a 2 year plan. At least they did last week.

    And yeah, unlimited data is needed. I burned up 150 MB in the first 24 hours. :poser

    And yes, I'm posting from it at work right now.
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  15. Bongolia

    Bongolia stop acting

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    I'm in Saudi. This is a good deal.
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  16. Boatman

    Boatman Upward and onward!!

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    Update,,,,

    After a trip to LA last week and having horrible connections with the Inspire, I had enough. Traded it in yesterday for a Samsung SII. What a difference!! much better signal strength, faster, and easier to use than the Inspire. Of course it was more money, but it was definitely worth it.
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  17. RxZ

    RxZ Legal Drug Dealer

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    I have no idea, but NO ONE'S Android phone will work on our WiFi. I have tried at least 8 phones that different employees have, and not one will connect. Different brands as well like HTC, Motorola, Samsung, LG, and whoever makes the Nexus [Samsung maybe]). I am posting in this thread from my laptop on this WiFi, and my old iPhone 3G works on the network. However, fire up something with Android, and you are not connecting to the network. To be more specific, the phone sees the network, and actually connects, but absolutely no data flows in either direction from the phone. IT so far has not been able to give me a reason why, or a solution to fix the problem. I suspect some obscure security setting, or maybe there is something weird going on with Android, since this is a problem with all Android devices here, and everything else works.

    Couple that with the fact that sitting here I have one bar of EDGE service (not 3 or 4g) and my phone is basically a several hundred dollar brick. I would just take it back, but I was out of my 30 days trial period when I took this job, and have been told on several occasions that there is nothing that could be done for me. Oh, well... There is always EBay.
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  18. c.vestal

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    http://androidforums.com/evo-4g-support-troubleshooting/93334-wifi-connected-but-no-internet.html
    skip down to post #10

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  19. RxZ

    RxZ Legal Drug Dealer

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    Thanks c.vestal, but that doesn't help me any. The problem from what I have read is a setting in the routers themselves, most likely something to do with the newer "N" wifi protocols. IF I had access to the routers here, I could try stepping the wifi back down to G or even B and seeing if the phones would then work. However, I do not, and will not be able to try this out. I work for a large health system, so us peons have no access to the network. All we can do is submit a helpdesk request, and see what happens. Which I do every couple of weeks, and so far nothing has changed.

    Thanks anyway, I do appreciate it.
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  20. Boatman

    Boatman Upward and onward!!

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    Maybe one you techies know the answer to this..... I don't have an unlimited data plan (cheapskate) so I monitor my usage. With the iPhone I came out pretty close to using all my data everymonth. But I've had this android phone for nearly 3 weeks and itsooking like ill be way under what I normally use. I figured this month would have been over be wise I took a trip to Cali (use the phone more on trips) and have been downloading Alps. Is it possible the android is more efficient with data usage than the iPhone?