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    I feel Stupid when it comes to Android

    Thanks up front for any help I can get with this one. I have an unrooted droid 1 and I want to change the theme. I am currently useing launcherpro.

    Is there any way I can get the HTC clock or calender unrooted? If so can someone PLEASE send me the links. I looked all over the market place and found nothing. I also used the SEARCH button on here and found a bunch of themes but they seem really complicated.

    I need a new ROM or something?

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    Welcome to the Forum....We were all like that at one time.

    Check out beautiful widgets (paid app) you can configure it very similar to HTC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whiddles View Post
    Thanks up front for any help I can get with this one. I have an unrooted droid 1 and I want to change the theme. I am currently useing launcherpro.

    Is there any way I can get the HTC clock or calender unrooted? If so can someone PLEASE send me the links. I looked all over the market place and found nothing. I also used the SEARCH button on here and found a bunch of themes but they seem really complicated.

    I need a new ROM or something?

    Thanks
    Charles
    Hi, Charles

    We all started somewhere and were new at one point, so the only time you should ever feel stupid is if you do not try to learn and stop asking questions.

    (OK maybe if you refuse to use search, but you've done that, so you're off the hook there)

    Theming can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people, and there are a lot of ways that you can customize your phone. Now, all of these are going to come with varying levels of difficulty, and the most intense and deep customizations are usually the most complex or "techy" as well. Which ever way you decide to go, there are a lot of people here who are more than willing to help you out along the way, so here are a few options for you.

    Widgets and apps
    I'll definitely second backnblack's suggestion for Beautiful Widgets, its a great app-highly customizable and well supported by the dev and the community.

    Another app you might want to check out is FolderOrganizer, which will give you a lot of customization options for folders and icons.

    Launchers and Homescreen Replacements
    A new launcher will replace the stock launcher at the bottom of your screen and add customization and/or additional features. Since you're already using LauncherPro, you are familiar with this, but there are others available, so try a few of them out. A search for the term "launcher" here or in the market will give you a lot of options and opinions, many of them are free or have free versions.

    Homescreen replacements will probably give you the greatest level of customization without rooting. There are many available, including Home++, OpenHome, PandaHome and many more.

    Personally, I use a pretty extreme homescreen replacement called SweeterHome. This is by far the most customizable and will allow you to create complete themes, launchers and GUIs for you phone, but also has a higher learning curve. You can download additional themes that other users have posted, but there is still some basic knowledge of the very deep editing possibilities in the program.

    Rooting and ROMs
    This takes the training wheels off and opens up virtually endless possibilities of different ROMs, kernels and themes, however, there are risks associated with it as well, so please do some homework as to the risks and rewards, as well as the tools needed to do this. I am rooted, and I love it, but I'm a tweaker and I enjoy doing brain surgery on the phone-not everybody does, and that's OK.

    There are entire sections of this forum devoted to rooting, so I won't go into that in detail other than to say-do the research, read and ask questions before doing this. There are some tempting options out there that offer one-button rooting (*cough-EasyRoot-cough*). Do not be seduced by these. Rooting your phone the "long" way will not only give you better results, but will get you familiar with the tools you will likely use as you work with and modify your newly rooted phone. I don't say this to be intimidating, I just want to make sure that you know what the real deal is.

    Hope that helps, and good luck.
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    Thanks for the great replys. My wife got the incredible and is asking me to do all the foot work. she wants to learn threw me. Expects me to know it all cause I talked her into this phone over the idon't phone.
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    i am new to here too welcome
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    Thanks. So much to learn.
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    One thing to point out regarding customizations and different options. While widgets, launchers and apps are generally going to be device agnostic (although some may require a specific Android build), rooting and ROMs are definitely not.

    There are specific methods and options available for each different Droid device (D1, D2, DInc, DX), with the Droid 1, by far, having the greatest number of options. Droid 1 rooting methods and ROMs generally will not work on these other devices, so, again, read and research carefully if you choose to go down that road.
    While understanding "How" may get the job done, understanding "Why" will get the job done properly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whiddles View Post
    Thanks for the great replys. My wife got the incredible and is asking me to do all the foot work. she wants to learn threw me. Expects me to know it all cause I talked her into this phone over the idon't phone.
    And you expected something different why? LOL! Just keep asking questions buddy. When all else fails if something goes whacky with your phone, go to the rescue squad section. They always have their capes on.
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    The biggest learning curve Ive found is learning the new language.
    I am new here too and the folks here have been awesome with my newbness. Its actually,imo,easier to learn than relearn. I came from windows mobile and if not for Android Sense being very much like my Mobile Shell on my Omits Id still be totally lost with the basics but the folks here have been great

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountainbikermark View Post
    The biggest learning curve Ive found is learning the new language.
    I am new here too and the folks here have been awesome with my newbness. Its actually,imo,easier to learn than relearn. I came from windows mobile and if not for Android Sense being very much like my Mobile Shell on my Omits Id still be totally lost with the basics but the folks here have been great

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    This can be particularly true when we start talking in abbreviations and acronyms (i.e., "just use RSD to flash the SBF for SPR, then maybe load RM and use CWR...", etc.).

    Here's a helpful post that will cover a lot of those:

    A Dummies Guide To Android Terminoligy & Lingo

    Don' take the subject thread personally, I didn't create it. One that is notably missing is:

    ADB-Android Debug Bridge. A component of the Android SDK (Software Development Kit) that can be used for some advanced editing and debugging processes.
    While understanding "How" may get the job done, understanding "Why" will get the job done properly.
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