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Thread: First Smartphone - Droid Bionic - Any tips appreciated

  1. Master Droid
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smokinram View Post
    I am still very new to this phone. Can you step me through how to kill Skype?
    Thanks
    Open up skype, place bionic on table, and proceed to bash it with a blunt instrument.


    Orrrr, you can hit menu button/settings/applications/manage apps or running services, find skype and click force stop
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    All good suggestions. I suggest looking through the thread with "screen shots" of the phone. You get to see how others have set up there phones and start to learn some of the possibilities. I am a very experienced user and I still look through those threads and see things that make me think "Cool, How the hell did they do that?" lol.

    The other great thing about Android is that as you get used to it, you may start to think that something is less than perfect(or totally stinks) that's ok - if you don't like the way the text app works, or the Gallery, or the Music App you can just replace them with a dozen(or 100) other ones that probably do close to what you would like.

    Mostly, just start playing, get the hang of it and then you can Read, or Search or ask specific questions. Android has an amazing community of people and there is always someone who can steer you in the right direction!

    Congratulations of you decision to go with Android!

    Good Luck!
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    You don't have to go to the task manager to stop Skype from running people! All you do is click the menu button and then click exit (while in Skype). Voila! no more Skype running in the background.
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    Are you reading this from your shiny new smart phone or your computer? If you haven't yet get the Droid Forums app. Then you can follow all these tips from anywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JerseyFirefighter View Post
    Open up skype, place bionic on table, and proceed to bash it with a blunt instrument.


    Orrrr, you can hit menu button/settings/applications/manage apps or running services, find skype and click force stop
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    Went there and there is no Skype to be found. Could it be that my Bionic does not have Skype on it from the factory?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jleeusa View Post
    Are you reading this from your shiny new smart phone or your computer? If you haven't yet get the Droid Forums app. Then you can follow all these tips from anywhere.

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    LOL well to be honest I try to limit my time surfing on the new shiny smart phone. I am still old school and never had a smart phone and do whatever I can to make the battery last all day. All of my previous "dumb" phones had extended batteries because I use them hard throughout the day. I guess I just need the confidence built up that this battery can last me all day even if I surf. Thats why i am trying whatever I can to save the battery without putting an extended battery on the phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smokinram View Post
    Went there and there is no Skype to be found. Could it be that my Bionic does not have Skype on it from the factory?
    Yes, you have to install it yourself.
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    Does having the Wi-Fi on drain the battery also?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smokinram View Post
    Hello all,
    After reading and reading and reading, my decision to go with the Droid Bionic over the Iphone was made today. I am the proud owner of a new Droid Bionic, my first smart phone.

    What can all or any of you tell me to do with it to make it the best phone it can be?

    Thanks in advance,
    Andy
    First, OUTSTANDING CHOICE FOR YOUR FIRST SMARTPHONE!!!!

    Ok, with that said, to TRUELY unleash the beast known as the Droid Bionic I recommend rooting. With the release of a bootstrap recovery you now have the option to "play" with your phone. Honestly, unless you're developing apps for the phone you're probably not going to brick it. And if you do you can always restore it back to stock with the bootstrap recovery.

    My opinion, Titanium Backup IS A MUST HAVE!!!! Its great because if you don't want to uninstall an app you can just freeze it. When you freeze the app the phone won't even recognize the app as being installed. Personally I freeze all my apps versus uninstall (unless it has the word V-WHATEVER attach, lol).

    Here are some other great apps:
    - Dolphin HD (browser)
    - Handcent (texting)
    - HD Wallpapers
    - Andoexplorer (file manager)
    - Root Explorer (file manager)
    - Guage Battery Widget
    - Brightness Level Widget
    - DroidForum
    - MP3 Ringtone Make
    - Doubletwist (MP3/Video Player)

    These phones are so customizable it's inane. I almost went iPhone too, SOOOOOO GLAD I DIDN'T!!!


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    The best advice I could give is to just play around with the phone. Learn the menu system. Try the apps that are preloaded. Mess with the market to see what apps are available. I personally would not recommend that you root the phone. And I definitely would recommend that you not remove any of the "bloatware" (and there is a lot) from the phone. If you are not sure of what you are doing, you could accidentally remove something that is a system requirement. Once you become comfortable with the Android OS then you could do some research on rooting the phone and removing/freezing programs.

    And probably the best advice that others have given is to read these and other forums. Android Central has a pretty good teaching course (Android 101) that has a ton of information for new users. It has a section on how to install/uninstall programs if I remember correctly. Another good site is XDA devs forum.

    Finally enjoy the phone. The more you use it the more you will appreciate the abilities that it has.
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