Android Phone Tips

Android Phone Tips
Chipset: Qualcomm® MSM8655, 1GHz, Qualcomm MDM9600
Networks: LTE 700, CDMA EvDO revA
Operating system: Android™ 2.2 + HTC Sense
Display: 4.3” WVGA TFT capacitive touch screen
Camera: 8MP with autofocus, LED Flash (2x LED), 1.3MP front facing camera
Memory: 8GB emmc + 768 RAM Memory card, preinstalled 32 GB microSD™
WLAN: 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth: 2.1 with EDR (3.0 when available)
Battery: 1400 mAh
Special features: Dual mics with noise cancellation, Surround sound, Compass sensor, G-Sensor, Proximity sensor, Light sensor, 3.5mm audio jack, MicroUSB, FM radio, LTE SIM slot , TI audio DSP
Dimensions: 4.75″ x 2.44″ x 0.56″ inches
Weight: 6.23oz (with standard battery)

Finally, on St. Patrick’s Day, the Android-based HTC Thunderbolt arrived – and though I have had only a short time to explore its features and capabilities, I’m nothing but pleased so far. Yes, it’s big – much bigger than any phone I’ve ever used – which took some getting used to. The first thing I realized is something everyone realized the first time they power on their new device – it’s not familiar.

Incidentally, the first apps I installed from the Android Market included Facebook, Twitter, American Airlines, Shazam, and Angry Birds. The email took a little while to update initially, but once it had, it move along nicely, with only a minimal delay between what I saw on the Thunderbolt and my Exchange server. That alone is a tremendous improvement over the Storm 2, since BlackBerry doesn’t integrate nicely with Exchange accounts unless you have invested in BES. 

The browser? Granted, I have a pathetic excuse for a mobile browser to compare to, but even compared to the iPad, the HTC Thunderbolt is fast with its 1 GHz processor on Verizon’s 3G network (its LTE service doesn’t extend to Norwalk, CT). In addition to the browser, the Storm 2 also suffered from a weak camera. Not so with the Thunderbolt and its 8 megapixel camera and flash, which also comes with a handy flashlight app preinstalled. 

There are certain features of the BlackBerry I will miss, most notably the BlackBerry Messenger, which might be the best feature from RIM. What could be a problem, though, is what appears to be a rapidly draining battery on the Thunderbolt. Ironically, I almost neglected to mention call quality. 

Times are getting tougher for those attempting to root Android phones. While originally thinking that rooting the HTC Thunderbolt (Verizon's first LTE smartphone) would be a snap, it didn't turn out that way: HTC locked it down with a signed kernel, signed recovery image and a signed bootloader.

It's reminiscent of what Motorola has been doing of late with its smartphones. That doesn't mean that the developers involved were unable to root the devices, but it does mean that, at least for now, there's no chance of custom ROMs.

On the other hand, if all you want is access to SetCPU and Titanium Backup, root is all that's required. Read through the long instructions at Android Police below, and remember that a) it will void your warranty, and b) you might brick your device.
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Monday, March 21, 2011 | 0 comments | Labels: , ,


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