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Discussion in 'HTC ThunderBolt' started by TcRoc, Mar 16, 2011.

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    Thunderbolt will be my 1st smartphone, so in saying that you know I'll be basically lost.
    So any and all tips (indepth welcome) that will make the learning curve easier will be appreciated
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    As a first smart phone the TB will absolutely blow you away. I can't really give too many in depth tips because, well, there are simply too many tips to give...haha. but in all seriousness, there are many in depth guides and tips and tricks articles for android floating around the net. Just Google android tips and you'll be fine.

    The one tip I will give is to make sure you hit the menu button A LOT. Literally, every time you see something new on your screen, hit the menu button and see if there are any hidden menus and settings to be found. Nearly every app has its own settings menu and you'll be surprised at how much customization you can do. Basically, just take your time and explore every facet of your phone. It might take a few weeks or even months to learn where everything is and what it does but in the end its well worth it.

    Also, I recommend leaving your phone stock until you learn all of the ins and outs. The TB will most likely be rooted fairly quickly and the dev community will make short order of overclocking the beast and compiling custom roms. Many, more experienced android users (including myself) will jump on the root bandwagon pretty quickly. In fact, I think many of us are getting the TB rather than waiting for the bionic specifically for that reason due to the un-encrypted bootloader. Read all that you can about rooting and what it can do for you. It may be something you want to do in the future, but for now, just enjoy what will be one of the most powerful stock mobile experiences around. Best of luck!!
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    well put!!!!!!
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    One thing that I find is woefully left unsaid in any manuals is the use of long-pressing the home button to get a list of recently used apps. This is critical when you are multitasking apps and want to quick switch between them. Shocking how often I meet someone who had their android device for months yet never knew about it. life-changer
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    One thing I can remember from when I got my OG droid...if you want go save a pic, sound or video from a txt message, long press on the item. When all else fails, long press!

    Most of all, have fun with it!

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    +1 on the long press!!! Good call. Forgot about that one.
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    If something is wrong with the phone, the most likely way to solve it is to shut it off and turn it on. And the rest, mkjellgren covered. Just play with the phone, a LOT. Check all the widgets, all the shortcuts, press different things, drag stuff around...don't be scared to play with the phone I was really nervous to jump to androids after blackberry cause it seemed complicated but honestly, the fact that it's so customizable will make you WANT to learn the phone and as a result, you will have no problems learning how to use it
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    Go to the Market and start downloading the top free apps. There's some good stuff for free.
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    I agree with everyone else on this thread. The one piece of advice I would give, is don't let it get you frusturated. For example if it freezes up. I've had that happen to me while using my OG Droid. You just gotta remember, it's a smartphone. Like a mini-computer. It's a fun learning experience.
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    Do not install an automatic task killer, you don't need one.
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    I appreciate the tips so far.
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    Even though VZW will install one before you can leave the store. Idiots.
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    Is best buy going to do the same,, should it be unistalled,,is it a memory hog or something?
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    No sure about BB. Task killers only kill the battery. The phone manages RAM on it's own, we're not dealing with Microsh*t here.
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    Question: Does the TB support any additonal international standard like GSM? I got suprised by that one last year after I got me the DX and then a few month later was traveling to Europe... had to dig out my old BB Storm1 in order to have a phone over there.
    I tried to find out if the TB is exclusive CDMA or if 4G phones support more standards.
    Thanks
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    BB will do the same thing if you let them. I bought my OG droid from them last year, had a bunch of apps on there they had installed when I thought they were just transferring my contacts.
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    Make sure to stop back and tell us how you like it so far!!
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    I had a flip phone for every and I decided to make the Jump. A good friend of mine got the phone for me today, and billed it to my acccount and met me at 1030am for drinks. They only charged it for 20 mins, but it lasted until about 3pm even with me messing around with it. I was in Boston, so I was on 4g the whole time, getting @20 for download and 30 for upload speed peaking at 50mb... I love the phone. Took awhile to get the hang of it, as I have never ever used a smartphone before. The speed is amazing, as I am dying to use sling box with it. I let my friends play with it at the differnet bars today, and everyone loved it. Some thought it was a little bulky but a lot of people were like whoa.. u just click on the aps and they are there...
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