YEAH baby! My Demo will be here today!

Discussion in 'HTC ThunderBolt' started by WorldOfJohnboy, Mar 2, 2011.

  1. WorldOfJohnboy

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    First Night with the TBolt

    OK, sorry for the long delay, but tonight was my brother-in-law's birthday, so my wife "banned" me from playing with the phone.

    Also, my VZW Account Mgr. never had the form and basically said "Hey, I won't say anything if you post stuff... besides, there are tons of people that have posted pics and videos of it, so if you want to talk about it, go ahead!"

    Now that I have played with it. HOLY SH___ this thing is flippin' awesome!

    I charged the battery up in the car and got it back to 100% by the time we sat down for dinner. I transferred and installed all my apps and accounts (I use Touchdown for my work email, plus I have a personal POP and personal Exchange email address that I use the stock Mail apps for). For most of the 5 hours it was in my pocket during dinner, desert, etc. By the time I got home and took it out to play with it, the battery was still at about 90%.

    My first recommendation would be to turn the "auto brightness" off and turn the screen down to about 20 or 30% brightness... that is what I did on my Droid X and that lasts an entire work day for me and then some. If this thing had a battery issue, they must have fixed it because this acts like a typical Android phone battery.

    As far as the speed of the phone, everything seems to fly on it... screen changes, web browsing (even on 3G only), even the apps loading seem to take a lot less time than my Droid X.

    The other thing I had to do was uninstall ADW Launcher. I love ADW on my Droid X, but on the HTC, not so much... I think that HTC Sense is a fantastic experience, has the best widgets, etc.

    Size/weight: It's a bit shorter than my Droid X, just about the same left-to-right, and it is as thick as the "bump" on the Droid X where the camera is located. It's definitely heavier than my DX.

    I haven't really played much more with it and am about to go to bed. I plan on spending more time with it tomorrow looking at different things... anything you want me to check for you, please reply and I will try to get to it.

    Two things I also noticed when I hooked the USB cable into my laptop: 1) There are a bunch of options: Charge Only, HTC Sync, Disk Drive, Internet Connection Mode, Media Sync, and Internet pass-through. 2) When I first connected the phone, it asked me if I wanted to install a piece of software on my laptop. When I clicked "Yes, my PC asked if I wanted to allow "TL Bootstrap" to install. Hmmmm

    For #1, the Internet Connection Mode appears to act as a tethered modem, using the phone as the modem. For Internet pass-through, it says "connect phone to internet via PC," which I would assume you could use in a place where there is no WiFi or Verizon signal but you have a wired internet connection on your PC.

    I will try to find out what the TL Bootstrap is all about tomorrow.

    So far, this phone is living up to my expectations and then some...
     
  2. krpiper

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    This is a really nooby question but when I get my TB I just sign in with my Google Account and all my apps/contacts/emails will be on my new TB right?
     
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    Sort of, yes, and depends...

    All of your purchased apps will show up in your Market as "Purchased." You have to download them, but the purchase should transfer over. Any of the free apps & games you will need to search and download as they don't transfer from your Gmail account since there was no purchase history.

    Contacts will move over provided you setup all the same accounts on the TB.

    Emails will move over provided that you either have an Exchange account, or as long as your current phone is not set to download off of your POP/IMAP server.

    Honestly, the best thing to do is purchase "MyBackup Pro" and setup an automatic backup to your SD card. Whenever you change phones, simply pop your old SD card into the new phone, install MyBackup Pro and do a restore to your new phone... then all your Free apps, paid apps, data, etc. will transfer over to your new phone seamlessly.
     
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    Its alright my apps dont transfer, I had a lot of silly apps that I dont really need, so it will be good to cherry pick and decide what I actually use.

    I just use Gmail through the Gmail app
     
  5. Martin030908

    Martin030908 Super Moderator

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    I know with MyBackUpPro you have to have root access to restore Market Links... so using MBUP to transfer apps from one phone to another will save you download time certainly, but if you aren't rooted it won't establish the Market link for each of the free apps. IIRC
     
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    Hmmm... I am going to play with mine and see what happens if I install a free app that is already restored. Sorta defeats the purpose, but perhaps you can re-establish the Market links that way.
     
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    Martin030908 Super Moderator

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    Def post back with your findings. I'm curious to see if it'll restore the Market links on your new device.

    Definitely would defeat the purpose if it didn't restore the links! I'm hoping I'm wrong and it works! I'll be upgrading soon as well and I'm going to be using MBUP to transfer over as well.
     
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    When you restore the Apps on the new phone, you can choose to install or not install each application.
     
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    I checked my old phone and found a few free apps that were in "My apps." Went over to the HTC TB and they were restored but not listed in the Market. Did a search, clicked "Install," and went back into the Market and wha-lah, there were the apps listed, Market link fully restored! It's going to be a bit of a pain doing that for all the apps, but it isn't anything too horrible. (Plus, considering the APK file(s) are already on the phone, I think it installs much faster.)
     
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    WorldofJohnboy, I would like to know if Skype is working, and if it's video feature works. Also, does the wifi tether to your laptop work? Thanks, bro. I'm excited too.
     
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    Really, all i want to know is if the phone is worth it or if i should wait.
     
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    Oh wow. Didn't expect it to be that big...was expecting it to be around the same size thickness as the EVO. That thing is a beast...better start looking for leather belt cases.
     
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