The Official Cell Phone Junkies Thread - Part 1

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  1. Spidey-Bat

    Spidey-Bat Ours is the Fury

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    I've been using Go Launcher EX since October when I rooted my Bionic. Absolutely loved the customization and having an ICS theme before ICS. However, it's become annoying. It gets updated almost weekly, sometimes more than once. Each update feels like it just makes it more sluggish and unresponsive.

    I wanted to experiment with others but one thing I loved about Go Launcher was how quick and easy it was to add apps. Others you have to add them one at a time from the app drawer (though there was one that let you add multiple at once, forget which).

    First I tried Nova Launcher, but it didn't align widgets and icons well and you had to buy the full version to resize icons. Tried ADW, but didn't like it that much since it had the same problem. Tried Apex and have stuck with it. It seems to have the most options for the free version compared to ADW and Nova. I still had issues with getting margins set and having widgets and shortcuts match well. Then I decided to just go from 4x4 screens to 5x4 as most new phones are now and everything is better. Didn't want to add more shortcuts so I added a couple widgets and changed my main one to be 4x2.

    One thing I was going to miss from Go Launcher was their exclusive switch widget for WiFi, Data, etc. My phone doesn't have that in the notification bar. Beautiful Widgets doesn't have a bar you can use, only 1x1 widgets for each. HD Widgets (bought that) has one you can customize, but there's only one theme out now (Glass) which I don't like since it's transparent. There's a Switch Pro widget which I bought and returned within the 15 min. It wasn't bad but didn't seem very responsive.

    Then I FINALLY found the perfect app for this: Power Options. What's great about this is not only is it free and customizable, but it allows you to add the toggles to the notification bar when you pull it down like a lot of phones have now. I still use a widget but the option is also great.

    Here's the link
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.painless.pc
     
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  2. the dmg

    the dmg The Funky Homosapien

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    Ew...lol.

    My friend is a huge WM/WP user, and once his contract is up, he's moving to Android. He has an Android tablet, so he likes the experience and that's what's mostly swaying him away.
    I use Go Launcher EX extensively after trying out different launchers, and settled on this one for the sheer amount of customization that can be done.

    I haven't had any lag issues that you've been having, so I don't know what it could be. If you didn't do a factory reset before getting ICS, then that may be an issue as some of the apps that retain old data could affect it negatively.

    When you turn it off does it act the same, or is it snappier? I would try that out first and play around with it a while without EX applied to see if it makes a difference.

    I'm slightly annoyed by the updates, but that means the launcher is getting a ton of support. So the constant updates address the issues faster and even though it may not be noticeable on the surface, the updates could fix minor problems that make it better. I would research what the latest update you have for it is and see if anyone else has had problems. Maybe email the dev team to bring it to their attention?
    Like I said above, I didn't have a good experience with the other launchers. The best thing about Go Launcher is the ability to have extra dock icons. You can have up to three docks with five apps each for a total of fifteen. What made this even better is that I discovered that the gesture feature for an app on the dock can be assigned to other apps, which gives you access to thirty apps now, all without having to go into the app drawer or scrolling through your home screen pages.

    Since then I've cleaned up my home screen to be very minimalistic, and where I used to have seven screens filled with crap, I cut the fat down to five. Each screen has no folders or anything like that. Just minimal. I'll take pictures later, but it's really nice.

    For an actual switcher, I used Widegtsoid. It's an amazing app, and you can even put your Widgets for Wifi, Data, Etc. into the Notifcation pulldown, so you can access at any time. It's also fully customizable. I'm always switching, so it's made things a lot easier for me. I've never tried Power Options, but if it works for you, then that's great.
     
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  3. Kane52630

    Kane52630 Something's gotta stop the flow

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    So I got my Samsung Galaxy S2 a week ago and it's pretty damn awesome. I was wondering if there's any apps that are essential to have.
     
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  4. Benstamania

    Benstamania Go away.

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    So... I upgrade next month. I'm torn between the new Galaxy and the iPhone 5. I've had the Inspire for 2 years and I've been less than impressed with it. The only reason I'm leaning toward the iPhone is the market place and my iTune library obviously. I've also messed around with my brothers and it's blazing fast.

    I'm just worried that if I get another HTC phone they'll stop supporting it... Again.

    But the Galaxy being a bigger (well... Wider) phone almost sells me alone...
     
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  5. CConn

    CConn Fountainhead of culture.

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    Eh, I've owned an iphone and currently have a Note 2, and I'd probably say just go with the iphone if you're only looking at a galaxy.
     
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  6. Spidey-Bat

    Spidey-Bat Ours is the Fury

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    I didn't do a factory reset after ICS. Since you have a Droid Bionic, too, how did you do it? What should I backup (and how) before doing it to make sure I don't lose anything important? I have Titanium Backup Pro which should help.

    Other launchers still get support though. With every Go Launcher update, it always felt like it was getting a little bit slower and unresponsive each time.

    I haven't come across anything I could do in Go Launcher that I couldn't in Apex other than use Go Launcher exclusive widgets. I cleaned up my home screens too and was able to go from 5 to 3. I could probably use 2 but I like having my wallpaper centered on the home screen.

    Here's my setup now
    [​IMG]
     
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  7. Hotwire

    Hotwire Dealin' W/ Demons

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    Really, what's the point of having a nice wallpaper when all your apps cover it up? One of my biggest problem with iOS, and why I prefer Android.
     
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  8. Spidey-Bat

    Spidey-Bat Ours is the Fury

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    It's the B89 poster not a painting masterpiece. I always prefer dark backgrounds and probably could just go with all black but I like having a logo or something in the middle. I've used the Batman logo, the Triforce, Assassin's Creed Logo, Game of Thrones logos. Just simple stuff.
     
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  9. Kane52630

    Kane52630 Something's gotta stop the flow

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    LibidoLoca Sensually Delicious

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    :hehe:

    Good for him, I like both Android and Windows Phone. I'm currently looking at a Nexus 10 or 7 tablet. Unless, Nokia's tablet really wows me.
     
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  11. the dmg

    the dmg The Funky Homosapien

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    If you root, Titanium Backup Pro is essential. I never buy apps or games, but this is worth the money.

    Here's my must-haves. Some of them coincide with the simplicity of my screen layout, so it may be for you or may not be:

    aCalender
    Advanced Clock Widget
    Alarm Clock Xtreme Free
    Android Terminal Emulator
    Brightest Flashlight Free
    Circle Battery Widget
    Dolphin Browser HD
    Elixer Widgets
    Equalizer (makes your sound a lot better when listening to Pandora/Slacker/TuneIn/IHeartRadio apps)
    ES File Explorer
    Fancy Widgets
    Go Contacts Widget
    Go Contacts EX
    Go Launcher EX
    Go Weather EX
    Handcent SMS (best text app ever with lots of customization)
    jetAudio Basic (basically a Cowon player on Android for free, which is awesome and has a ton of audio tweaks, but the downside is that it only applies to the player)
    Key Ring Rewards Cards (any card you have on your key chain in one simple place)
    Not Call Log 2
    Pandora
    Phandroid
    Quadrant Standard Edition (benchmark testing app)
    SeekDroid Light (Icon is the Android dressed up as James Bond! When enabled it allows you to track your phone in you lose it)
    Simple Calender Widget
    Slacker Radio
    SoundHound (better than Shazam, IMO)
    Tango (Skype sucks on Verizon, and the Verizon version is ****, so Tango is the next best thing)
    Titanium Backup
    Trapster (if you drive this thing rocks, as it tells you where cameras and speed traps are)
    TuneIn Radio (better than IHeart Radio)
    Verizon Fios Mobile Remote
    Volume Locker
    Widgetsoid

    Everything is used, which looking at it now, is very sad.
    CES is next week, I'd wait for the new phone announcements before making a decision. Either way, play with the phones in store and see which you like better.

    My wife has the HTC Thunderbolt and it's support is ****. She's not getting HTC again until they get their act together.
    Your gmail saves all your apps, so when you go into the Play Store, you just have to install them all again. TBP will save your setting, so you can import them back after install.

    I used this guide:
    http://androidforums.com/bionic-all...-its-factory-state-fxz-style.html#post3207009

    Follow the instructions carefully, and make a Nandroid backup in case you need to flash back.
    I didn't mean that other launchers don't, sorry for that confusion. Like I said, maybe shoot them an email about it to see if it's a problem because I haven't seen any lag with updates.
    I like the live widgets, so it's probably why I haven't switched either. I still haven't found a launcher like EX that allows you to have thirty apps on the bottom dock yet, so :oldrazz:
    What's that Volume Control widget on the top left called? That's pretty awesome.

    It's crazy because he went from Symbian to WP, and loves the simplicity of it. He's worried about future support I think, so he's trying to play it safe.

    Here's my screens, minus my Favorite Contacts and Temp/Management Screens:
     

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  12. Kane52630

    Kane52630 Something's gotta stop the flow

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    Thanks man, Yeah I was looking at Titanium Backup yesterday I wasn't totally sure if I want it on my phone but I love to root so I guess I'm getting that. I tried the GO Launcher EX app but it wasn't for me, one home screen is good enough.
     
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  13. the dmg

    the dmg The Funky Homosapien

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    If you want to root and are addicted to it like myself, it's worth the one time price.

    Even if I had one screen, I'd probably still use EX because of access to thirty different apps on the bottom dock. :woot:
     
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  14. CConn

    CConn Fountainhead of culture.

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    I found EX pretty terrible. It's like they tried to just be too fancy and convenient and ended up simply being cluttered and ugly looking.
     
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  15. CConn

    CConn Fountainhead of culture.

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    I found EX pretty terrible. It's like they tried to just be too fancy and convenient and ended up simply being cluttered and ugly looking.
     
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    LibidoLoca Sensually Delicious

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    LibidoLoca Sensually Delicious

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    LibidoLoca Sensually Delicious

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    [​IMG]

    Even though I really like the looks of it, does anyone else think the new BB Z10 looks a lot like an iPhone 5?
     
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  20. Trainwreck2100

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    not as blatant as the S2
     
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  21. the dmg

    the dmg The Funky Homosapien

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    No clutter here. :oldrazz::woot:
    They'll eventually give in me thinks.
    I haven't seen the pics of the new BB's, and I like the simplicity of the design, but it's way too uninspired and Apple will definitely sick the dogs on RIM.

    I also don't like the huge Blackberry logo on the bottom.

    Anyway, from what I've been reading about this year, Sony will be the one to look out for with Android devices.
     
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  22. CConn

    CConn Fountainhead of culture.

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    I've used the apps you have, you have a ton of clutter.

    Nova Launcher - in association with a few other various programs - is the best launcher I've used; because it's basic, easy to use and configure a clean presentation that runs quickly and efficiently if you know what you're doing.

    Of course, I'm lazy and have never actually gotten around to modding it as much as I need to. :o
     
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  23. Midnyte_Sun

    Midnyte_Sun Medianoche de Sol

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    Couldn't believe that Gazelle buyback only wants $12 for my HTC Evo Shift. My old phone is basically the cellphone version of a Buick. :(
     
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  24. Trainwreck2100

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    those buyback sites are a giant scam tbqh. They lowball you no matter what
     
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  25. the dmg

    the dmg The Funky Homosapien

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    I don't see how there's a ton of clutter when my home screen only has Calender, Clock, Battery and Weather widgets on the main screen. :huh:

    Like I said with the other screens, I could probably put my music players screen or weather screen as a folder, but I like the live widgets (especially Slacker's because I can add favorites from the widget without opening the player itself).
    Stop being lazy! :oldrazz:
    Going by ebay, it seems slightly below the average for a used one.
     
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