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Old 09-23-2012, 08:51 PM   #76
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has anyone here rooted their smartphone?
I rooted my droid bionic. Main reason was so that I could get the free hotspot feature since I have unlimited data (I play ps3 online also) and think it's unfair verizon wants to charge me for this feature. I'm now also able to set my cpu speeds, take screen shots, and deleted all the bloat-ware.
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Old 09-23-2012, 09:22 PM   #77
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I havn't...but I have friends that have....

I am actually on a a couple of Android forums...

If you want to root, I can hook you up with a couple places you can get some advice.

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i'm thinking about it, i have a manual from phandroid. the main reason i want to do it is to be able to use my phone as a mobile hotspot
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Old 09-23-2012, 09:24 PM   #78
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I rooted my droid bionic. Main reason was so that I could get the free hotspot feature since I have unlimited data (I play ps3 online also) and think it's unfair verizon wants to charge me for this feature. I'm now also able to set my cpu speeds, take screen shots, and deleted all the bloat-ware.
very cool, that's why i want to do it. i also want to be able to mute the camera sounds.

how are the speeds when you're using it as a hotspot?
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i'm thinking about it, i have a manual from phandroid. the main reason i want to do it is to be able to use my phone as a mobile hotspot
I was just going to suggest the Phandroid site

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very cool, that's why i want to do it. i also want to be able to mute the camera sounds.

how are the speeds when you're using it as a hotspot?
With 4g I get around 13.6 mbps down and around 3.0 mbps up. Those numbers are good enough so I can play madden on my ps3 online with no lag and my wife can still surf the web on her tablet. It's a godsend when we travel by car and I can just fire it up in the car and let our son watch movies on the ipad.
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Ok, Iíll join in here because weíre up for a new renewal on our phone package and Iíd like a new phone and I know you guys would love beating me up on this.
I currently have a cheesy flip open phone than can text and takes very bad pictures..Ö thatís about it.
The wife says I can get a free new phone that slides open (donít know how else to describe it) and has a full keyboard with a shift key etc etc and it takes average pictures, not much else to it.
Iím thinking I want to go better than that but donít want to spend a whole lot.
My eye sight also sucks without reading glasses so there is that.
I do not need internet on my phone. Iím behind a PC ĺ of the day at work and a lot at home.
I donít travel on business very much so donít need internet for that. I also donít need this phone for business related stuff.
I donít know shit about apps but Iím sure there a lot I would like of them.
So what do I want?

THIS, I have a pantac also I notice that nobody has AT&T and I want to ask why,we don't use our phones much I have almost 2500 roll over mins so far this year and that is with myself,wife and daughter on the family plan.To me my phone is fine my daughter already has the 4s and the wife wants one also, any help would be great?
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Old 09-24-2012, 01:04 PM   #82
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With 4g I get around 13.6 mbps down and around 3.0 mbps up. Those numbers are good enough so I can play madden on my ps3 online with no lag and my wife can still surf the web on her tablet. It's a godsend when we travel by car and I can just fire it up in the car and let our son watch movies on the ipad.
that's awesome, i'm really hoping it's possible w my htv one v.
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THIS, I have a pantac also I notice that nobody has AT&T and I want to ask why,we don't use our phones much I have almost 2500 roll over mins so far this year and that is with myself,wife and daughter on the family plan.To me my phone is fine my daughter already has the 4s and the wife wants one also, any help would be great?
check out virgin mobile or some of the other no-contract carriers, could save you some scratch.

$35/month : 300 minutes / unlimited messaging and data

$45/month : 1200 minutes / unlimited messaging and data

$55/month : unlimited minutes, messaging, and data
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Old 10-01-2012, 05:11 PM   #84
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so far so good w virgin mobile service, wanted to share my home screen
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Old 10-04-2012, 01:23 PM   #85
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anyone w android tried this, robin, the siri challenger? it has it's shortcomings, but it's pretty cool.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....parking&hl=en

also a huge fan of this swipe/slide style keyboard, does the iphone have one of these available?

https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...nRpbnB1dHY1Il0
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Google has had their voice commands for some time. The structure is a bit more strict than Siri and not everything comes through the GUI like Siri. However, I've found it to be quite effective to send texts, look up an address in Maps, etc. Robin looks like a way to really utilize the google technology through a prettier UI.

I'm shocked at the accuracy of those swipe keyboards. I didn't think I would but I like them a lot. I use a different software, but enjoy it a lot!

As far as rooting -- I root my phone. There are advantages and disadvantages. The main disadvantage is if you're not really sure what you're doing it can void your warranty (but a quick google can walk you through it) and if you really jack it up you can brick your phone. Also, it can affect the stability of your operating system. If you're not interested in 'tinkering' then it's probably not worth it. I run a 'stable' OS I can always swap to if I need it, a 'fun' one that I mess with, and then play with a few others.

However, it lets you get rid of the bloatware, update the radio (which can improve efficiency for both battery and signal quality plus some other things). I like the freedom to bounce around with different, customized, OSes. Cyanogenmod is the defacto standard for android and is a fantastic balance of customizable, stable, visually pleasing, and support.

I'm far from an expert, but I'll gladly try to answer any questions about it here.
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Old 10-04-2012, 02:19 PM   #87
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Google has had their voice commands for some time. The structure is a bit more strict than Siri and not everything comes through the GUI like Siri. However, I've found it to be quite effective to send texts, look up an address in Maps, etc. Robin looks like a way to really utilize the google technology through a prettier UI.

I'm shocked at the accuracy of those swipe keyboards. I didn't think I would but I like them a lot. I use a different software, but enjoy it a lot!

As far as rooting -- I root my phone. There are advantages and disadvantages. The main disadvantage is if you're not really sure what you're doing it can void your warranty (but a quick google can walk you through it) and if you really jack it up you can brick your phone. Also, it can affect the stability of your operating system. If you're not interested in 'tinkering' then it's probably not worth it. I run a 'stable' OS I can always swap to if I need it, a 'fun' one that I mess with, and then play with a few others.

However, it lets you get rid of the bloatware, update the radio (which can improve efficiency for both battery and signal quality plus some other things). I like the freedom to bounce around with different, customized, OSes. Cyanogenmod is the defacto standard for android and is a fantastic balance of customizable, stable, visually pleasing, and support.

I'm far from an expert, but I'll gladly try to answer any questions about it here.
yeah i was amazed by the swipe keyboard too, i paw at it like a drunk savage and it gets it spot on 19/20 times. i've been creeping on phandroid and xda devs for a radical rom, haven't been able to choose one.

what phone are you using?
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I'm not a big fan of my phone. I got it when Verizon was rolling out their LTE network and they said if I bought now my plan would get grandfathered. Misleading at best on that one. I have an HTC thunderbolt. Will probably hold out for the Galaxy S4 or one of the LG beasts.
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Old 10-04-2012, 02:39 PM   #89
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this being my first smartphone, value my opinion accordingly, but i strongly recommend the htc one v for the > $150 range
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Old 11-01-2012, 01:46 PM   #90
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this is awesome! use your phone as a hotspot w/o rooting or buying an additional plan. wish my data was faster, but it does the job.

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