How Is The Vibrate On This Phone? Can You Make Your Own Ringtones/Msg Alerts?

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    Currently with T-Mobile and have the Sidekick LX 09, and about to switch to VW! Excited about the change, but trying to learn as much about the Motorola Droid as possible because it's likely the one I'm going to get... How is the vibrate feat (like for phone calls, sms/mms alerts, etc) for this phone? I know the vibrate on my Sidekick is AMAZING-damn near falls off of my desk as work whenever someone is calling, and I can actually FEEL it if it's in my pocket and I get a text alert. Just wondering if the vibrate feature on the Droid was very strong.

    Also, I wanted to know if you have to download certain ringtones from certain places (like the download catalog with the T-Mobile Sidekick), or if you can just put and .mp3 on the memory card and use IT as a ringtone/message alert. Can you set individual ringers/alerts for individual contacts too?

    Thanks so much to anyone who has the answer to all these questions LOL!
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    I dont think you could use it as a vibrator but it does work quite well and I can feel it when its in my pocket.

    I love the ringtone capabilities of this phone. You can use any mp3 thats on the phone. And there is a great app on the market which is a ringtone maker which allows you to upload the mp3 into the app, it breaks down the mp3 into a line graph and allows you to take any section of the mp3 out and assign it as a ring or notification tone.
    I took an audio section out of the 300 trailer and now when my phone rings it says "Spartans, tonight we dine in hell!"
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    The default vibrate isn't anything spectacular but it gets the job done. There are also several good apps on the market that allow you to set custom vibrate and notification alerts.

    And yes, you can use any ringtone you want. Ringdroid is the app meekless was talking about to make your own ringtones right on the phone and it works well. Setting custom ringtones for individual contacts is also super easy.
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    The vibrate on this phone to me is just ok (by default). It does 2 short pulses which are strong enough I guess, but they are so short I can easily miss them. With the phone in a deep pocket of loose fitting clothes like sweats, I often don't feel it. In a tighter pocket on my hip in a holster it's ok.

    I use handcent for text msgs which allows you to change the vibrate pulse which is very helpful for both increasing the number of pulses and the length, and also for differentiating the vibrate for the text from the standard vibrate notification.

    I use Audacity on my computer to make my own custom tones. Its easy enough and you have the benefit of working at a computer instead of trying to maneuver on the phone. The phone doesn't have the ability to create/edit ringtones, but like was said previously, if you want to do this on the phone there are free and paid apps that let you do it. There are also apps you can download that are just batches of sound files of different varieties like alerts, lines from movies, etc if you don't want to create or otherwise obtain your own.
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    Thanks for adding that info about the ringtone app ShowTime. I didnt have my phone in front of me and forgot the name of the app, so appreciate passing on the info!!

    I do love that app!
    and agree as well i think Handcent is awesome, and hey its free!
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    Is there an app,or a setting that can make the vibration hard,or soft? I work in manufacturing and that's one of the problems I have with my Storm....I miss lots of text and calls because the vibration is too soft IMO.

    U have an app on my Storm that will let me change the length of the vibration,but it's not much help.

    I should be getting my Droid this coming week.I can't wait to get rid of my Storm.
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    Thanks guys! All that is extremely helpful!!

    @orangepeel

    I'm really glad you asked that question about the Storm, because I'm getting a shared plan with my girl and she's likely going to get the Storm 2 - anyone know if this phone is worth getting?
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    As far as I know there's no way to change the intensity of the vibration, as that would require alterations to the accelerometer/motor inside the phone. Just ways to change the length, number, pattern, etc.
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    Verizon is nothing special. You'll sorely miss data and phone. The Droid is nice if you like the hardware keyboard that i find is essential. Vibrate and ringtones are good although no custom per contact.
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    What do you mean "miss data and phone"? :confused:

    And you can set custom ringtones for individual contacts....
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    1) On Verizon you cannot have simultaneous data and phone

    2) AFAIK, there is no custom ringtone per contact and not in the contacts manager. Doesn't matter to me. I use the caller ID announcement instead which I find much better.
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    You can if you have a wifi signal ;)

    And, again, yes you can set custom ringtones for individual contacts. It's an option under men > option on the contact's page.
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    to clarify, you can assign a custom ring tone to any contact by selecting the contact in the contact list, pressing the menu button, and choosing options. There you will find custom ringtone and the option to send calls from that caller directly to voicemail.

    there are also a gazillion apps on the market the will provide custom ringtones for callers, but i see no reason to use them when the stock contact app allows you to set it.
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    i hate the vibrate. its so loud i don't need a ringtone. especially when its on a table or desk.
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    It's a not a bad phone,but I would put the OS on the same level as Windows 98.It also leaks memory like crazy if you download a bunch of apps,youu have to make sure you close apps like facebook when your done using it or it will drain memory.

    As far as the phone and email,it's very good at that.
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    What Handcent application is the one that helps with the vibrate?
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    That is what makes the Droid the best phone on the market. If you work in a large metropolitan city, the Droid rules. The iPhone barely registers much and you'll miss calls you won't hear. I LOVE the Droid's vibrate mode and strength.
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    Well definitely spend some time reading the various subforums here!

    You should really check one out in person as that's a very subjective question.

    There's only one that I know of. The other Handcent items in the market are the font packs, keyboard, etc.

    How do you know that he will? Not everyone find it useful despite the claims of the at&t ads.

    You have some problem apps that you need to deal with if that has been your experience. The OS itself doesn't have memory leaks that I'm aware of. If you have to state "if you download a bunch of apps" then one or more of your apps are the problem. Android will close apps properly if the app doesn't cause problems.
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    Well, I had an old Sidekick LX, maybe the 2007 or 2008? Im not sure. It was the first LX, the blue one. Piece of junk, that it was, but Im sure theyve gotten better since then. And I gotta admit, I miss flipping it open. ANYWAY, one thing I hated about it was that the fact that if it wasnt a T-Mobile ringtone, it wasnt happening. Around that time I had found a bunch of ringtones online and, of course, downloaded them and wanted to use them. I couldnt figure out how to. I asked T-Mobile and they said if I wanted ringtones Id have to purchase them. At $1 a piece, theyre crazy. I tried a trick where Id send the ringtone to myself, then save it, that wouldnt work. This lack of ringtones became one of the main reasons I chucked that thing.

    Now, I got a Dare, the sending it to myself trick worked. I got a Droid. IT NO LONGER WORKS. Dont try it, you will only frustrate yourself. If I get another prompt that the file is too big I might scream. But since getting the Droid it got much simpler. As was already said, any MP3 can be your ringtone. I wouldnt advise that since youll end up with your favorite song cutting off after 30seconds because phones dont ring very long, but its still a cool feature. And to remedy the last problem, just edit the MP3 a little and make it your favorite 30seconds of the song. Once you edit the MP3s, sync the phone to your computer, make a 'Media' folder, inside that make one for 'Alarms', 'Notifications' and 'Ringtones' then divy them out as you see fit.

    I leave the full songs for Alarms, that way you can listen as long as you like because itll play until you shut it off. Notifications cut off rather early, maybe after 40seconds tops, those are for things like getting txt messages, EMail alerts and Twitter alerts. I like to keep them real short, less than a few seconds. Try to make it catchy, something you dont mind hearing often. If youre like me you get alot of txts and, even though it was a cool ringtone ten minutes ago, it might just end up sucking really fast. The Ringtones, Id say, make them around 30 or 40seconds long, thats about all youll get to hear before your phone will go to VoiceMail or the person calling will hang up.

    Overall Ive got to say. While I do miss the Sidekick layout and, as mentioned, the cool flipping screen, I prefer the Droid. Oh, and whenever you get tired of a sound, just sync it up to the computer and get a new one. I have a ton in my phone already so I can just choose a new one whenever I want. That never gets old. I cant describe how cool it is to have people asking where you got your ringtone and you respond that you made your own, then have them ask you for it. Though, as mentioned, its a lot harder to give it to them with the Droid. With the Dare Id just send it to them. And, while it may work on the Droid with some really small files, most of them will not send.

    Well, that ends that rant. Hopefully Ive helped in some sort of way.
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