Android musings

From: Phil Sieg 
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So.

I have been a full time Android user for one week now. My device is a =
Galaxy Note 2 (ATT version, rooted and unlocked of course).

I have some observations that of course are from a long time iOS user's =
perspective.

1. Almost all 56 Android mail clients suck. Aqua Mail sucks less than =
the rest, but still sucks.
2. Why so goddamned many menu's and choices buried 5 layers deep?
3. The water droplet sound that happens when I swipe my Phone to unlock =
it is driving me out of my mind. I can't figure out how to shut it up =
(see item 3).
4 There are NO financial/stock market apps for this thing that are worth =
a damn. Also see Item 1.
5. The calendar is a POS. Seems to be the same dilemma as item 1.
6. Why do I need an app drawer? iOS definitely got this part right.
7. eBook readers. Also see item 1. Could care less about the kindle app, =
don't speak to me about it.

On a brighter note:

1. Widgets are cool.
2. I LOVE having a 5.5" screen and a stylus.
3. swappable battery.
4. Micro SD goodness and ease of loading content ;-)

Hmm it seems most of my "brighter" items are actually hardware related =
and not a plus for Android.

I will stick with Android for the foreseeable future, however it is very =
LINUX like in the need for constant tweaking and not always working. I =
love the IDEA of linux and try to implement the use of it in any way =
that I can, however Cupertino has a distinct advantage with their =
philosophy that "Shit should just work".

Phil Sieg
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=============================================================== From: DaWorm ------------------------------------------------------ What's wrong with fbreader? Do you have a lot of DRM encumbered books? Jeff.

=============================================================== From: Dan Lyke ------------------------------------------------------ On Fri, 8 Feb 2013 15:19:19 -0500 Phil Sieg wrote: Can you give an example? My "Settings" has a "Screen lock sounds" setting. It's currently unchecked. What are you trying to do with it? There are a few things I'd like more, but now that I've figured out the "hold down on a time to open an even there" I get along with it fairly well. Huh. If this is the same thing as on my phone, I really like this. Dan

=============================================================== From: Stephen Kraus ------------------------------------------------------ If you are using the calendar, it syncs to calendar.google.com, so if you want to edit it properly I'd do that on a PC. I keep my entire school and Air National Guard calendar on there.

=============================================================== From: Chad Smith ------------------------------------------------------ Brighter side 1 is in conflict with complaint 6. If not for the "app drawer" as you call it, Widgets would have nowhere to exist. Your Complaint 3 is a recursive loop. Complaint 3 solution - http://lmgtfy.com/?q=3Dandroid+unlock+phone+sound Complaints 1, 4, 5, & 7 are all app complaints, not Android complaints. And not being able to find your perfect fit app for those needs in a whole week...? wow, that's a long time.... Honestly how much time did you give each of those "56 email programs" if you've only had the phone for a week and have decided they all suck? Mathematically an average of 3 hours each, and that's if you literally did nothing else that entire week. If you are looking for a 1-to-1 answer for Apple Apps, then you are screwed, and have pointless expectations. I have no problem using the default calendar program. I have a couple of issues with the default email program - well, one main one really, that I can't full screen an email in landscape. That's really it. As far as e-readers are concerned, you're throwing out the main one with extreme prejudgous, but ok.... There are Nook, Kobo, Google Play Books, Aldiko, Cool Reader.... I can't speak to the stock market apps - because I'm not a 1%er. *- Chad W. Smith* t a d ve n, it

=============================================================== From: Phil Sieg ------------------------------------------------------ Chad, You handled this with aplomb. Well done. drawer" as you call it, Widgets would have nowhere to exist. Piss on the widgets if I can 86 the app drawer. Yes #3 was supposed to reference #2. AT&T has permanently "greyed out" this selection. I am screwed unless I = flash a new ROM. complaints. And not being able to find your perfect fit app for those = needs in a whole week...? wow, that's a long time.... = Honestly how much time did you give each of those "56 email programs" if = you've only had the phone for a week and have decided they all suck? = Mathematically an average of 3 hours each, and that's if you literally = did nothing else that entire week. Errrr... correct except that Android is both the OS and the EcoSystem. = This seems to be an ecosystem issue when compared to iOS. My guess is = developing for iOS pays better therefore there are far better apps in = some categories. screwed, and have pointless expectations. Not looking for 1 on 1, am looking for "comparable" in terms of use and = capability. of issues with the default email program - well, one main one really, = that I can't full screen an email in landscape. That's really it. with extreme prejudgous, but ok.... There are Nook, Kobo, Google Play = Books, Aldiko, Cool Reader.... Have paid versions of Aldiko, Mantano, FB, and have tried a few others. = Yes they all work, but the interfaces are all "clunky" in some way = compared to either Stanza or iBooks. =20 I am not either, more like a 2%er looking to get another 1%. I did NOT expect this to be iOS all over again but with different = hardware. I did expect it to be a little more refined, a little more = "plug and play" with less tweaking. My expectation is mainly based on = the fact that these companies compete directly with Apple/iOS, and = apparently are clueless as to what their competition does so much better = than they do... make things JUST WORK and be as intuitive as possible. Bitching aside I am enjoying the new device and have high hopes for it's = use. (other than as a "phone") However if the new Chief of Apple decides to make a big screen iPhone = with a lot of these features, I would jump ship in a skinny. Phil Galaxy Note 2 (ATT version, rooted and unlocked of course). user's perspective. the rest, but still sucks. unlock it is driving me out of my mind. I can't figure out how to shut = it up (see item 3). worth a damn. Also see Item 1. app, don't speak to me about it. and not a plus for Android. very LINUX like in the need for constant tweaking and not always = working. I love the IDEA of linux and try to implement the use of it in = any way that I can, however Cupertino has a distinct advantage with = their philosophy that "Shit should just work". with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

=============================================================== From: Rod-Lists ------------------------------------------------------ The same day I saw you, the little birdie upstairs told me just get a Nexus(from Google). I have no clue if that would make a difference. But I wish I could swing that when my month is out. ----- Phil Sieg wrote:

=============================================================== From: Eric Wolf ------------------------------------------------------ I got my Nexus 4 last week. It's pretty sweet. I was upgrading from a Samsung Transform Ultra which is pretty crappy as far as Android goes. I'm using the new T-Mobile $30/mo 100 mins talk/ unlimited text/ 5GB @ 4G, unlimited 3G plan. The Nexus 4 is surprisingly light. It's also very responsive... But that's what one would expect with a quad-core 1.5Ghz CPU and 2GB RAM. -Eric -=3D--=3D---=3D----=3D----=3D---=3D--=3D-=3D--=3D---=3D----=3D---=3D--=3D-= =3D- Eric B. Wolf 720-334-7734 e h , y ve n, it

=============================================================== From: David White ------------------------------------------------------ I got a Galaxy S3 from Verizon a couple weeks ago. I don't like the keyboard and there's a few other quirks I'm working through but so far I like it better than my old iPhone 4. I just discovered the text to speak feature today which I've been playing with and am using to write (most of) this email. Came in handy earlier today when I was driving to Atlanta and needed to respond to an email. m s -=3D- s k ee . I t I at .

=============================================================== From: David White ------------------------------------------------------ Did I just say text to speak? You know what I meant! 'm =3D-=3D- it d g. I at I hat

=============================================================== From: DaWorm ------------------------------------------------------ flash a new ROM. So this one is AT&T, not Android. hardware. I did expect it to be a little more refined, a little more "plug and play" with less tweaking. My expectation is mainly based on the fact that these companies compete directly with Apple/iOS, and apparently are clueless as to what their competition does so much better than they do... make things JUST WORK and be as intuitive as possible. Due to the fact that iOS apps only have to support about 5 devices, whereas there are hundreds if not thousands of Android devices, this will never be the case. It is the price you pay for being a bit more open than Apple. Jeff.

=============================================================== From: Adam Jimerson ------------------------------------------------------ Vanilla Android, what all the Nexus phones (minus the Verizon Galaxy Nexus to an extent because Verizon still managed to mess it up), is very different than what Samsung, Motorola (maybe not for much longer), LG, et al ships because each manufacturer installs there own customizations to the point where it alters how some things work. Sure SenseUI and what ever Samsung uses may look better than stock android, but stock has been getting better since the release of ICS. That being said it shows, someone would ask me to look at something on there phone, and I know where the setting is to change what ever it is they are complaining about with stock Android but for there device the option was ether moved, removed, or disabled (grayed out) my the manufacturer. e h , y ve n, it

=============================================================== From: Tim Youngblood ------------------------------------------------------ I couldn't agree more on the GNex from Verizon. I dumped it and bought a Nexus from the big G and it so much faster and with tremendous battery life (4G being the largest culprit there). I'm strictly buying Nexus devices going forward to get the unfiltered Android. Plus, Google supports devices that go back much much further than what the carriers are willing to do. s he ng ey s k ee . I t I at .

=============================================================== From: James Nylen ------------------------------------------------------ How did Verizon mess up the Galaxy Nexus? Software issues? I'm still using mine (with a custom ROM). Phil, you should look into installing a custom ROM. This does take some time, but it will enable you to tweak things as much as you want. That's the main draw of Android for me - without the ability to add new features and remove the screw-ups of the carriers and phone manufacturers, I'd probably be an iDrone instead. I also choose my Android devices based partly on the level of community support that is likely to exist. I think that means Nexus devices for the foreseeable future, especially since their software is so much better by default. fe s t the ing hey it d g. I at I hat

=============================================================== From: Tim Youngblood ------------------------------------------------------ 4G has to be the largest culprit regarding battery life. It would barely make it through an 8 hour day. Otherwise the phone always had gui lag. Not to mention just release lag, like all the carriers who spin their own custom releases. Phone carriers are not software savvy. e : ife es y et the ting they n a n it ng. I hat I that

=============================================================== From: Phil Sieg ------------------------------------------------------ James, I have installed custom ROM's on several devices, but am not likely to = do so on my Galaxy Note 2. The reason is that every ROM I find fails to = integrate Samsung's S-Pen functionality, and that is a MAJOR reason I = bought this particular phone. I have disabled MOST of the non-stock apps from AT&T and Samsung. I have = rooted, and that is as far as I am going at this point. I absolutely LOVE the hardware, and an acclimating to the ecosystem and = apps. I am perfectly happy with my Straight Talk service only having 3g. Battery life is pretty good as long as I don't game too much or watch = too many episodes of "the big band theory". Phil Sieg President SeniorTech LLC / Snapfon www.snapfon.com B: 423.535.9968 F: 423.265.9820 M: 423.331.0725 phil.sieg@seniortechllc.com On Feb 10, 2013, at 7:07 PM, Tim Youngblood = wrote: barely make it through an 8 hour day. Otherwise the phone always had gui = lag. Not to mention just release lag, like all the carriers who spin = their own custom releases. Phone carriers are not software savvy. using mine (with a custom ROM). some time, but it will enable you to tweak things as much as you want. = That's the main draw of Android for me - without the ability to add new = features and remove the screw-ups of the carriers and phone = manufacturers, I'd probably be an iDrone instead. community support that is likely to exist. I think that means Nexus = devices for the foreseeable future, especially since their software is = so much better by default. wrote: a Nexus from the big G and it so much faster and with tremendous battery = life (4G being the largest culprit there). I'm strictly buying Nexus = devices going forward to get the unfiltered Android. Plus, Google = supports devices that go back much much further than what the carriers = are willing to do. wrote: Nexus to an extent because Verizon still managed to mess it up), is very = different than what Samsung, Motorola (maybe not for much longer), LG, = et al ships because each manufacturer installs there own customizations = to the point where it alters how some things work. Sure SenseUI and = what ever Samsung uses may look better than stock android, but stock has = been getting better since the release of ICS. there phone, and I know where the setting is to change what ever it is = they are complaining about with stock Android but for there device the = option was ether moved, removed, or disabled (grayed out) my the = manufacturer. wrote: Nexus(from Google). a Galaxy Note 2 (ATT version, rooted and unlocked of course). user's perspective. than the rest, but still sucks. unlock it is driving me out of my mind. I can't figure out how to shut = it up (see item 3). worth a damn. Also see Item 1. app, don't speak to me about it. related and not a plus for Android. very LINUX like in the need for constant tweaking and not always = working. I love the IDEA of linux and try to implement the use of it in = any way that I can, however Cupertino has a distinct advantage with = their philosophy that "Shit should just work". with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."