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I just ordered the HTC Incredible. Unfortunately its on backorder and wont be here for another 3 weeks. Im upgrading from a basic Motorola W755, and I have only had rinky dink flip phones for the last 4 years so this is a big step up for me. Im just wondering if there are any tips or tricks I should know about. Maybe things to stay away from. Any information would be great, thanks.
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Well there's a whole lot about smartphones. Check out xda-developers.com They are devoted to HTC devices and have all kinds of tips and tricks about each specific phone. There is this thing called rooting on Android (the equivalent of jailbreaking an iPod Touch). Basically you are enabling the ability to "change" OS (flash ROMs --not different OS's just different builds of the same OS) which can increase speed/funtionality/allow you to do not so legal stuff in some cases. I think you'll love having a smartphone over a regular phone, unless you mind size. That's basically all I can think of right now.

EDIT: Specific forum: http://forum.xda-developers.com/forumdisplay.php?f=635
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Well there's a whole lot about smartphones. Check out xda-developers.com They are devoted to HTC devices and have all kinds of tips and tricks about each specific phone. There is this thing called rooting on Android (the equivalent of jailbreaking an iPod Touch). Basically you are enabling the ability to "change" OS (flash ROMs --not different OS's just different builds of the same OS) which can increase speed/funtionality/allow you to do not so legal stuff in some cases. I think you'll love having a smartphone over a regular phone, unless you mind size. That's basically all I can think of right now.
Thank you, Ill check that out. I might have to read up more on rooting before considering it. Size was a problem for me, but I think the phone will make up for that. My main concern is battery life. Im used to being able to not charge my phone for a while. I dont have a problem plugging it in every night though.
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But I don't believe the HTC Incredible has been rooted yet (to my knowledge.) My best advice, going from an ENV2 to a droid eris, is just be patient. It took me a while to get the hang of things, but one you do, the user interface is fun and well designed. Also I'd find some good vibrant wallpapers for the screen on that thing (my dad has one and loves it)

edit: download an app called task manager it will help your battery life greatly
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I just ordered the HTC Incredible. Unfortunately its on backorder and wont be here for another 3 weeks. Im upgrading from a basic Motorola W755, and I have only had rinky dink flip phones for the last 4 years so this is a big step up for me. Im just wondering if there are any tips or tricks I should know about. Maybe things to stay away from. Any information would be great, thanks.
It hasn't been rooted. HTC Sense is pretty nice, read the manual and the quick-start guide. If you have any questions you can ask in the HTC Incredible thread.
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Thanks guys. Right now I switched to an ENV2 that my sister had. Typical problems though, the OK button on the front is broken and if the battery gets to much pressure put on it the phone will shut off. Dont know whats better, my slow W755, or the ENV2 with those problems.
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edit: download an app called task manager it will help your battery life greatly
I'd just like to point out that it's a point of contention whether that's true. I won't get into it again, but task managers can be more of a hindrance than help sometimes. It's up to you whether you want to use it or not, though.

You are going to spend about a week glued to your phone, learning all the little quirks with it and Android in general. I got my first smartphone in Nov. (the droid) and that's about how it went for me. Spent about 2 months as stock, then rooted and tried out some ROMs. It never gets old.
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I'd just like to point out that it's a point of contention whether that's true. I won't get into it again, but task managers can be more of a hindrance than help sometimes. It's up to you whether you want to use it or not, though.

You are going to spend about a week glued to your phone, learning all the little quirks with it and Android in general. I got my first smartphone in Nov. (the droid) and that's about how it went for me. Spent about 2 months as stock, then rooted and tried out some ROMs. It never gets old.
I wish I had my Incredible right now. I cant believe how long it takes when you have to back order. One could only hope for a miracle in that it ships early, but Im pretty sure I will get it on the 28th like the say.
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I'd just like to point out that it's a point of contention whether that's true. I won't get into it again, but task managers can be more of a hindrance than help sometimes. It's up to you whether you want to use it or not, though.

You are going to spend about a week glued to your phone, learning all the little quirks with it and Android in general. I got my first smartphone in Nov. (the droid) and that's about how it went for me. Spent about 2 months as stock, then rooted and tried out some ROMs. It never gets old.
The only reason I mentioned it is that my dad was getting terrible battery life, usually less than a day and after installing the app battery life improved. I had the same thing on my Eris and battery improved.

to OP, heres some literature for help on this subject

http://www.androidcentral.com/how-pr...s-i-went-there

http://www.androidcentral.com/keepin...-android-phone
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The only reason I mentioned it is that my dad was getting terrible battery life, usually less than a day and after installing the app battery life improved. I had the same thing on my Eris and battery improved.

to OP, heres some literature for help on this subject

http://www.androidcentral.com/how-pr...s-i-went-there

http://www.androidcentral.com/keepin...-android-phone
Thank you, Ill start reading those.
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