Android :: Want Model / Carrier Recommendations?

Feb 1, 2010

Let me start by saying that I'm sure this has been covered but a search revealed nothing and an updated discussion can always help. So again, sorry for covering treaded ground, but here we go.I'm leaving my job and giving up my company blackberry - so I need a new phone/carrier/the whole package. I am at this point pretty darn addicted to smartphones and use them heavily for web browsing, email, maps, twitter, playing music, and scheduling myself (I don't really play games though). While my blackberry curve was leagues better than my old Windows Mobile-powered-Wing it still has left a lot to be desired. I need a step up.So its basically iphone vs an Android phone and while the iphone seems to win in nearly all the benchmarks out there, I just can't get past the Apple Tax, closed platform, non-replaceable battery, and my general Google fanboy-ism. I could also see myself developing OSS apps at some point - which Android has the more compelling story for.Further research has lead me to view my options as the Nexus, HTC Droid, or Eris. The Eris - although it has great reviews - just seems a bit kiddie so it's a distant third.My concerns are in this order* Good hardware (I'm ok with an onscreen keyboard unless the touchscreen sucks)
* Total cost of ownership
* Ability to use at my new job (meaning syncing with Exchange Server - though this shouldn't be a huge problem)
* Snazzy Operating system.

Android :: Want Model / Carrier Recommendations?


Android :: Need Phone Model Recommendations

Oct 19, 2010

My contract with T-Mobile UK is up for renewal & i think its time to upgrade from my beloved G1 to something else, Question is, What to? Over the past few months i have been looking at many different phone's and i have no idea what to go for. Basically I'm after the following from my phone:
*Android 2.1/2.2 Based device
*Physical Keyboard
*Vanilla/Stock Android (No UI)
*Better Battery Life then my G1. The phones I've been looking at are the Motorola Milestone, Milestone 2 & the HTC Desire Z/T-Mobile G2. The only thing with all all of them is they all feature a new UI (Either MotoBlur or Sense) which I'm not after. I thought i had solved all my problems with the T-Mobile G2 (the Desire Z but with just Stock Android) until I found out its for the US only. Is there any other models that anyone can recommend or am I just going have to put up with not having Stock/Vanilla Android?

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Android :: GPS App - Looking For Recommendations

Dec 15, 2009

Looking for a GPS app for the phone that will show things like your coordinates, the geographic datum, the number of satellites, and horizontal accuracy. Any recommendations, please speak up. Does not have to be free.

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Android :: What Are Your App Recommendations?

May 23, 2010

My HTC Incredible is coming Monday and I don't want to get bored for a second. What apps do you think I should check out? Sorry if someone has already posted something like this.

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Android :: New Smartphone Recommendations

Sep 1, 2010

I just realized that I posted my last thread in The Lounge rather then Android Lounge which I intended to Makes sense why I haven't gotten any replies. Anywho, this is what I posted earlier Just signed up for your forum to ask for your recommendations for my first smartphone. Now, I'm leaning towards an android mainly because I don't want an iPhone and it seems like it has some great feature as well as a lot of potential.Now, the only issue is that I live in Canada and I'm with Rogers. (Sim cards)My current criteria is that I want a touch phone and it has to support a sim card. External qwerty keyboard is a bonus!I'm sure you all get requests like this all of the time but some help selecting a new phone would be great. I tried doing my own research on what phone to buy but I'm really not great with hacking phones and whatnot to make things work with my carrier but I'm willing to try.tl;dr:Need smartphone with sim card and touchscreen.

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Android :: App Recommendations Needed

Aug 17, 2010

I have a huge filofax thing, which I would like to ditch from my bag, and wondered if I could turn my phone into something more suitable. I have jorte calendar, but I do find it annoying that you can't read what's in the box, as even the smallest font is too big. Any ideas on a better calendar. I would also like somewhere to store my addresses, and a password locked notepad. I often use a note pad to jot down passwords & username etc. Any suggestions would be great, free or not i dont mind!

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Android :: Need Some Widget Recommendations

Dec 24, 2009

So what are some good Widgets? I hear Beautiful Widgets is good but has a glitch in landscape mode. (Can somebody please explain this?) The Widget types I am looking for are Weather, Time, and Productivity (Such as Notes or a Calendar.)

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Android :: Cool Widgets - Any Recommendations?

Aug 18, 2010

Let me start by listing the ones that would be useless to me:
I don't get the point of weather widgets. I don't need to know the exact temperature every time I look at my phone. I just check the weather app once in the morning and I'm good for the day. The weather doesn't change that often people!

I don't need a clock widget. The time is always displayed at the top anyway, and on my phone's lock screen too along with the date. I don't use any alarm clocks. I don't use the calendar for anything. My days are all the same. I don't follow any sports. I got rid of the search widget that was running on my phone since there's a dedicated search button on the phone.

I do enjoy following politics and technology news (I'm a computer programmer). Right now there's a single widget running on my phone called "Battery Indicator" because I like to know the exact percentage of power remaining rather than an graphic approximation. So, any widget recommendations for me? Any cool widgets you enjoy that you think I might wanna try?

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Games :: Any Recommendations For Good Android RPG?

Sep 28, 2010

As the title suggests, can someone recommend a good Android RPG? Not necessarily the kind where you just do jobs and fight (like Mafia Wars), but more of a 3D RGP, like D&D type stuff or even Final Fantasy. Any good ones out there?

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Android :: Need To Have Some Good App / Games Recommendations

Aug 3, 2010

This morning I stupidly managed to drop my phone down the toilet. Took it to CPW and got a brand new one replaced (luckily still had insurance). One thing's that disappointed me is that all my apps have disappeared. I'm having a relapse in memory and for the life of me can't remember the apps I had installed. Anyone have any good apps to recommend? Good music players, good ebook readers, etc? Games?

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HTC Desire :: Going Android 2.2 Without Carrier Upgrade

May 28, 2010

I just arrived to the Android world as the Desire is my first Android device. I would be grateful if someone could answer my question. I *did* search the forum for the answer before posting, but being completely new to Android, I couldn't find the one that would satisfy me - so if it is out there, please forgive me for asking it here.Anyway, coming from the N900 I was used to OTA OS updates without restrictions. Now, I'm looking forward to the 2.2 version of the Android (mostly for Flash 10.1 and apps installable on the SD card). However, I got the impression (hopefully a wrong one) that in order to install 2.2 on your Desire (unlocked), it must be pushed by your phone service provider/carrier (as opposed to the N900 where you could just download it and flash your device with it or upgrade over-the-air). This is a problem for me, since the carriers in my country don't seem to be interested in sending any OS upgrades (to any device) and the upgrade must be done manually. As I mentioned, the device is not locked to any carrier (if by that it means that you can put any SIM card in it and it works). Now, I know you could root your Desire and do it, but I'm wondering if there will be a way to upgrade to 2.2 (or just replace by flashing) without rooting?Also, if rooting is my only option - how dangerous is it? The N900 came rooted out-of-the-box (you just download the app to gain superuser privileges) so I have no idea what are the possible risks of doing it on your Desire. Can it permanently damage the phone?

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Android :: Need DOM - Model Solution To XML

May 11, 2010

Analogue to this one (http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2788345/replacing-xml-in-file-from-document-in-java or http://www.exampledepot.com/egs/javax.xml.transform/WriteDom.html) I try to use it under Android. The problem is, that I can't use the suggested solution under android, because it throws java.lang.verifyError. After reading a little bit, I found out, that the class that was used to store the data to file, is not usable in android. can you suggest another solution, which is similar easy to use?

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Android :: Model For AppWidgetProvider

Aug 2, 2010

I have a widget that shows some data fetched from the Internet. I may have multiple widgets visible on the screen, each displaying some data, partly the same as the other widgets. From time to time I re-fetch the data from the Internet and update the widget views. I've modeled this in an MVC style: I have a model which I can invoke a "re-fetch-data" on, and which the views listen on. My questions:

A) Is it wise to let my model be a singleton?
B) Can I rely on that all widgets are served by the same AppWidgetProvider? Or may some of my widgets get served by a different AppWidgetProvider instance? Or, more generally: Is there any guarantee that there will be only one instance of my AppWidgetProvider? If there is only one instance of my AppWidgetProvider, then I could use an instance variable here for the model, and pass either my AppWidgetProvider or the model around where needed. Perhaps a better option?

C) In the AppWidgetProviders onUpdate method, can I be sure that the same "context" object is passed as argument each invocation?

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Android :: Recommendations For Flight Status Tracker

Jan 6, 2010

Anyone have any recommendations for a free flight tracker? Don't need anything more than flight arrival/departure time and gate number.

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Android :: Any Good Music Player Recommendations?

Oct 17, 2009

I don't like the HTC Hero music application. Can anyone recommend a good music app?

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Android :: Any Recommendations For RSS Reader With Good Looking Widget?

Jul 24, 2010

Anyone have any recommendations for an RSS reader with a good looking widget? There are tons on the market but many of the widgets aren't customizable, don't support pictures, don't allow opening the browser, etc. I really don't want to resort to using Google Reader, just because I want to have something other than one screen.

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Android :: Great Tech Podcasts / Any Recommendations?

Jun 30, 2010

This doesn't have much to do with Android per se, but can anyone recommend me some great tech podcasts? Maybe even an Android-focused one too.

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Android :: How To Use Carrier Without Automatic Data Plan?

Aug 22, 2010

I'm thinking of buying an unlocked android phone and using it without a data plan, I can live with wi-fi only. But with which carriers am I able to use my android without automatically being charged for a data plan, unlike AT&T?

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Android :: Need Subject Of Phone / Carrier Selection

Feb 1, 2010

I need a little friendly help on the subject of phone and carrier selection. My options are; Subbed Nexus One with T-Mobile plan Unsubbed Nexus One with cheaper T-Mobile plan roid/Eris with about Verizon plan (I get a discount) and wait for the Nexus One on VZW. Eventually I would like to get the Nexus One, but Verizon's plan will actually be cheaper than T-Mobile because I get a discount with them. That is unless I get the N1 unsubbed, but I think is a lot for a phone. I would be super paranoid about it messing up or me breaking it. VZW has better coverage overall, but they both have about the same where I actually live. I have about two weeks before I have to do something, my old contract ends soon.

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Android :: Need Recommendations / Top Apps For When You Lose Your Phone

Dec 21, 2009

Top apps for when you lose your phone, theft etc and finding/locating it.

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Android :: Any Recommendations For Bluetooth Keyboard / Mouse?

Jun 6, 2010

I have just taken delivery of an Android ADP2, which I plan to use as a development platform, as well as my personal phone. I have played a bit with the on-screen keyboard and have determined that some designer must have much smaller fingers than me, so I am in the market for a keyboard/mouse that works over Bluetooth.

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Android :: Confirmation Of Carrier APN Internet Connection?

Mar 3, 2010

I have just got my Motorola Milestone ready and working. I have set up the Internet carrier APNs (HSDPA, EDGE, 3G etc) and I wonder if it is possible that Android asks me for confirmation when connecting to one? I don't like the idea of changing the APN name to cheat/workaround it (to make it impossible to connect by setting up non-existing APN), I like to see what connection possibilities are around me. When I'm at home I have a WiFi and also would like to be sure the whole transfer is being done by WiFi, not EDGE. With each connection request confirmation I'd be sure I have it under control.

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Android :: Which Phone / Carrier Gives Most Experience (least Crapware)

Sep 3, 2010

I'm interested in getting an android based phone but so many carriers put their own layer on top of android: weird proprietary interfaces, apps that can't be deleted, possibly crippled features.Which phone/carrier has the least modifications from a pure android experience?

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Android : Hardware Carrier Compatibility Group

Dec 14, 2009

I don't know about most of you, but as an indie developer I'm faced with the growing need to:

1) Test visibility of my app on various hardware/carrier combinations 2) Test basic functionality on various hardware/carrier configurations

You would think it would be a wise investment for manufacturers to gift phones to devs for testing purposes, but most don't. It would be nice to have a collection of devs and/or users who have access to as wide a range as possible of configurations, so a dev with a new app could just send a mail to everyone on the list and ask them to check that the app is available on the market from their device and that it downloads and seems to launch and run all right.Is anyone else interested in trying to form such a group? Does anyone have any suggestions on the best way to organize it (website, separate mailing list)? I wouldn't want to clog this list every time someone wants to check an app.

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Android : Manually Switch From One Carrier To Another In Code?

Aug 7, 2009

Does anyone know if there's a way to manually switch from one carrier to another in code?

I could get actual operator data with serviceState.getOperatorAlphaLong (); etc, but wasn't able to find a solution to actually switch from one to another. Does one need to use AT commands or similar?

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Android :: Learning Recommendations? Classroom? Tutorials?

Apr 4, 2010

Does anyone have any recommendations for a class (online) or tutorial that teaches android programing for dummies? It's frustrating knowing exactly what you want to do and no idea how to do it. Something that uses basic language and explains each line in detail to help a person remember how to do it later. Any suggestions would be great.

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Android :: Finding Device Model

Aug 31, 2010

How do I find the make and model of an Android device?

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Android :: How To Get Device Model Number?

Feb 13, 2009

I would like to know the device model number for android devices like "model number" = 'T-Mobile G1'. can any one please tell me how to do it.

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Android :: How To Detect Device Model?

Dec 14, 2009

Is there a way to detect the device model of a user through Java code on Android? To return htc-magic or htc-dream or something like that, somehow? I have been trying to detect this through the user agent when the client is accessing an web page, however this is always Java0 through Android. Has anyone done this? Any ideas?

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Android :: Paypal As In - App Payment Model?

May 7, 2010

I am integrating Paypal into my application for in-app purchase. I am using Paypal Mobile Checkout for this purpose. I will like to know whether Android Market will approve this kind of application which uses a payment gateway other than Google Checkout. Can anyone let me know where I can find information related to this?

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