New Droid X User

Discussion in 'Motorola Droid X' started by Dukefrukem, Apr 20, 2011.

  1. Dukefrukem
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    So I'm a multiple new phone user right now.

    I bought the first Moto Droid on day 1, upgraded to the Incredible when it was released and on Patriots Day this week, my phone suffered an incredible spider crack on the screen. Cuts my fingers up every time I swipe it.

    Anyway, I put in an insurance claim and they do not make the Incredible anymore so they are sending me a Droid X 2GB, which should arrive today.

    I'm a little worried, because I've played with the X before and it's got such a large screen. I'm not sure I'm going to like the adjustment.

    So I'm posting if anyone has any advice on what to expect from this phone. I've had good experience with Moto support, which is something I cannot say from HTC, so I'm kind of excited to go back to Moto. I was planning on purchasing the Droid 2 this July when I am eligible for an upgrade.

    Any advice would be great.

    Thx! dancedroid
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    You will be hooked. The droidx is incredible. LOL..
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    A guy here at work has an Incredible and I have the X. I will never go smaller than a 4.3 inch screen. LOVE IT!! Hope you do as well :icon_ banana:
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    Well that's good news. How is the battery life? What do you guys do to maximize your battery usage?
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    Do you plan to root the phone?
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    No plans.

    I'm currently trying to solve my Droid 2 Global battery problem right now. Everyone keeps mentioning on here how easy it is to root, but no one seems to update their walkthrough with current files/information. Trying to find an up to-date version of z4root.
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    I rooted my X with z4root yesterday. Had to run it twice to get it to stick, but after that it was all good.

    Before rooting my battery life was horrible. I am still messing with getting a ROM, so I cannot speak for battery life after root.

    To get z4, I just googled it.
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    Well as far as the X goes, if you do root the phone, you can read up on undervolting (other options exist as well) for better battery life. It all works wonders!
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    You can root if you like and try undervolting/overclocking...IMPO, both are a waste of time...but undervolting will show an actual benefit as opposed to overclocking...

    The DX has a great battery, and if configured for optimal battery life, the phone can go upwards of 20+ hours between charges depending on use...

    Below are the "tricks" I use, and on the "unofficial" GB release, I am seeing in excess of 24+ hours of battery life on moderate use...YMMV.

    1) Go into Settings--->Battery--->Nightime Saver Mode..this is actually IMO a better setting than Maximum Saver, at least on my Droid X.

    2) Your e-mail accounts, do they sync on their own? What type of schedule? Sync only over WiFi or over 3G as well? Set them for WiFI Only if you are in a good WiFi area...extend the times out if you are mostly on 3G.

    3) What type of signal reception do you have, Great, Good, Lousy or 2 Soup Cans and some String? If your signal reception is Low, your phone will work harder trying to stay connected and trying to bounce between stronger towers. If signal is really bad, but a free WiFi connection is available, switch the WiFi on and keep it on until you are in a better 3G area.

    4) Do you have any Social Widgets, RSS Feed Widgets, Weather Widgets or any other Widgets/Apps that like to update themselves regularly? If so, what are the refresh times for each? Can you set them to only update on a Manual Push? If not, then set the frequency to the longest permissible time frame for your ease of use and lifestyle.

    Thats basically all my "tricks" ....I hope they might help you as well..."
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    Yeh ther'es no real purpose to OC after the original Droid, which wasonly a 550 Mhz CPU. 1Ghz CPU is fine for my daily use. The Droid 2G has a 1.2 Ghz CPU and it flies!

    I appreciate the comments. I might consider undervolting. Can anyone speak to battery life versus the Incredible? I found the Incredible battery life to be very respectable.
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    Wow this phone is fantastic.
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    I know! :)
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    But it's like... fantasticER than any other Droid device out there. (And I've owned the original 4)

    Battery life seems great too.
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    Congrats on the new phone. I like my smart phone full featured so I run all the goodies I want. To control battery use, I use SetCPU to regulate the clock speed based on function. This method is not discussed often here, but it has been VERY effective for me since the OD. I have tried other methods but find setcpu to work the best. I unplug @ 7am and will be at 40-50% at bedtime 12 am. Give it a try.
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    SetCPU requires Root though right?

    Also, as nice as this screen is, I'm still hesitant on the size. It's so big.
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    I'm in a similar boat. However, I'm new to Android. My X should arrive next week. I was planning on rooting it with z4root and going from there.

    Now, I'm a noob to both Android and rooting. I'm making my way through all the posts about these subjects but:

    Any advice on ROMs/themes? Liberty seems popular so I was thinking of starting there.

    Any advice on apps?

    Just can't wait to deep six my Storm 1!

    Thanks!
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    I have to tell you that I tried reading all the stickies on rooting and I ended up completely confused.

    I tried one of the technical roots, ran into a wall, got NO help from the forum, and rooted with z4.

    I was also hesitant about the huge screen, but now I cannot imagine going back to anything smaller.

    Enjoy your phones, guys.dancedroid
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    The battery life is much better than the HTC Inc. I run LauncherPro unrooted with only a few widgets, all email pushed -- no polling, Leave BT, WIFI, GPS off unless needed and usually get two days on a charge.
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    Although I haven't tried them yet, there are a series of tutorials on YouTube by XDroidROM that take you through the rooting process, recovery/back-up, and flashing ROMs. The first is here:

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    The problem is, the versions, hosting links, procedures change and no one goes back to those threads to edit the updated information. Also I find support disappears about a week after a Root/Rom procedure is released.