This is my review of the Sprint Dell Inspiron 11z (1121) laptop. Reason for Upgrade/Purchase: This product actually replaces two previous devices, a Sprint Sierra Wireless 3G/4G broadband modem and my HP Pavilion tx2500z tablet PC. The HP notebook was a few years old and it acquired the infamous "display no longer works" bug and in order for me to use it I had it connected toa second monitor to be able to see any display. The Wireless card's contract was up and being that it was dropping connections more than usual, it was time for a new device. So I went searching for a nice small netbook, laptop or tablet and I came across the 11z on Sprint's website that actually replaced both. Different Versions / comparison of the Dell 11z and the Sprint Dell 11z: They may share the same name but these are totally two different beasts. The Dell Inspiron 11z which Sprint sells on the Sprint website, at a substantial discount ($99-$149) I might add, is not a typical Inspiron 11z with a Celeron processor as shown on Dells website. That models’ chassis looks different and the non-button touchpad has had problems from day one as per many reviews. It is also a bit sluggish, more bulky, gets hotter and overall has too many issues going for it. With the Sprint version on the other hand, it seemed that Dell went back and updated a previous model and made it better. The Sprint model is actually a Dell M101z (same chassis) but with different internal components such as a hypertreaded Intel Core i3 mobile processor and Intel HM57 chipset and different hard drive. The touchpad is also different and actually has left and right buttons and responds very well and it is also has multi-touch scrolling. The laptop is small yet has a big enough 11.6” screen making it quite portable and light. The sound coming off the laptop is provided by two speakers at the front of the device and sound quite good for a laptop of this size. The screen is bright and quite easy on the eyes, but if outside, the display gets drowned out by the glare from the sun. Then again, this isn’t a Pixel Qi screen or a Kindle that is readable in sunlight. The device can actually be classified as a netbook since there is no CD/DVD drive, but it functions and performs more like a laptop with easy access to its memory banks and plenty of ports. There is one port that is missing off the Sprint version that is actually on the original M101z and that is the Antenna-in connector that connects to an external antenna to view programs using the original models TV tuner card. There is also a 250 GB Western Digital hard drive in the Sprint version whereas in the original Dell 11z it had a Toshiba hard drive. Width Depth Ports: Speaking of ports, it has 3 USB ports, a HDMI and VGA port to connect to an external monitor (and one of the reasons I bought it). There is an Ethernet port, Microphone jack and 3mm headphone jacks. There is also a built in 7 in 1 Media card reader. According to the manual the right side forward facing USB port is USB Powershare which allows you to charge a USB device when the laptop is powered on/off or in a sleep mode, and it works as advertised. The right side rear facing USB and the left side USB are regular USB 2.0 ports. If connecting to an HDMI TV, and if the TV does not have built in speakers, you will only get video and no sound. That may be an issue with some. The rear VGA port is situated at the rear of the laptop. Left side Right side Ethernet, HDMI, USB 2.0, Heat fans, media reader Headphone, Mic, USB with Powershare, USB, Power Front View Rear View Headphone, Mic, USB with Powershare, USB, Power Security cable slot, VGA connector Keyboard and Touchpad: The keyboard is full size and feels nice to type on, just wish it was back lit to see the keys in low light situations. It has an extra row of keys that double as function keys and Settings (Wi-Fi,) as well as multimedia keys. The area below the keyboard is set in a stainless steel like material and makes the laptop look much more expensive. In this area is the touchpad, which actually has buttons that are quite responsive and is multi-touch scroll enabled. (Vertical, Horizontal scroll and Flick scroll for flipping through galleries or multimedia content), zoom, pinch and even rotate. On the original 11z, there were complaints with the touchpad, but on this model no such complaints and it works rather well. Full View Close up Side View Memory: The system comes with 2GB memory already installed. It is adequate, but as you start using having more applications open, the laptop may not be as responsive. I recommend upgrading this to 6 or 8. Upgrading the memory is a very simple process and quite accessible. Access is simply unscrewing a cover on the bottom of the laptop and adding or replacing the memory modules. It takes up to 8GB DDR3-10600 (1333 MHz). With memory being so low, I bought 2 4GB modules (Crucial 8GB kit) to replace the 2GB one. Once installed the machine seems much more responsive when you have many applications open at one time. Bottom View Memory compartment Webcam The webcam is okay although I would have liked for it to be a rotating one like in some Acer notebooks, but for a $99-149 laptop I shouldn’t complain since I am amazed it even has a 1.3 megapixel webcam. The supplied Dell Webcam Central software takes video and snapshots from resolutions of 160 x120 up to 1280 x 1024. It also has numerous scenes and effects that can be applied to the images. There is an led indicator light next to the webcam that turns on once you enable the webcam. 3G/4G Wimax and Wi-Fi One cool feature of this laptop and one of the reasons I bought it that it has an integrated 3G/4G (Wimax) radios. The device itself has a Dell Wireless 5620 Multi-mode Gobi mobile broadband mini card which allows connections to both EVDO and HSDPA systems. It also has an Intel Centrino Advanced N+Wimax 6250 to connect to 4G Wimax and Wi-Fi. The software accessing the card is your typical Smartview from Sprint and while it was a pain at times to start on my older device and had numerous disconnects, on this machine it actually gets a strong signal, and hasn’t dropped a connection. Only issue is that it is set to default, so even if you want to connect to a Wi-Fi either out on the town or at home, it’s a bit hard to since it comes up automatically. But if you open Smartview and go to Tools, Settings, Client and uncheck the “Automatically run this application on machine startup” You will then be able to choose Wi-Fi or 3g/4g service at your choosing. SIM card / GSM compatibility Going back to the card, it may be possible to connect to HSDPA carriers since the internal Dell Wireless 5620 multi-mode card can use either EVDO or HSDPA and the cellular protocol are GSM, GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, CDMA 2000 1X EV-DO Rev A, WCDMA, HSUPA, CDMA 2000 1X EV-DO Rev. 0. There is also SIM card slot below the battery. So it may be possible to use this device on different carriers. An example of overseas use can be found here and here . It may be possible to even upgrade to LTE once Sprint gets it (or use another carriers LTE) by opening up the laptop and inserting a mobile card in the future (something like the Gobi 4000 LTE/HSDPA LTE/EVDO). SIM card location Chassis The lid of the device is a fingerprint magnet. But one can buy one of those vinyl covers that will reduce or eliminate the fingerprints. The top cover/display can go back up to about a 45 degree only due to the hinge design, which is fine if the laptop is on a normal desk in height. On the left side of the chassis are the vents and the device itself doesn’t really get unbearably hot. The fan is quite low in noise. There is no CD/DVD drive, and it’s ironic that Dell supplies a CD with application software that is already installed on the computer. But with so many USB ports, you can get one of those thin external CD/DVD readers/writers and even BlueRay readers / writers instead of downloading movies to the hard drive or backups to the cloud. Microsoft Apps The included Microsoft Office Starter 2010 only includes two apps, Excel Starter and Word Starter. Both have display advertising. The Excel version has ads and does not support advanced functionality such as pivot tables, change tracking or password protection or VBA, etc. The same goes for Word Starter. Being that I already had upgraded to the latest Office on my previous HP laptop (the one that the displayed died) I just entered the product key and I was upgraded with no charge. If you have Office on another device which you no longer are using and it is better than the one that comes with the laptop, but can’t get it upgraded due to the product key not accepting, just call Microsoft and explain the transfer and they will fix it for you. (Or if your work gives you a discount thru the Home Use Program, just follow the instructions). The above procedure can also be applied to the OS. The OS included is Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit and although I use Ultimate on my devices, the Home premium is fine on this machine. Supplied Dell Apps: Dell Dock This is similar to Rocket Dock (I would even say it’s the same thing). I liked Rocket Dock on my previous laptops and I like it here as well. Highly customizable and stays out of the way until you want it. Some may feel it’s bloatware or adds too much and will probably delete it. Dell DataSafe Online backup An automated backup and recovery service, which may be useful since there isn’t a CD/DVD drive. Dell Support Center Some may think this is bloat ware, but I find it useful simply because in the case of the Sprint 11z, you can’t find any info on it on Dells website, even registering the service code tag, brings up nothing. But doing it through the lapdock itself Dell mysteriously finds your device. This Service center tool actually gives you all the info on your device and even gave me the hard to find Battery model number info for a replacement. McAfee Security Center Includes VirusScan, Personal Firewall, Anti-Spam, Parental Controls and QuickClean/Shredder. It is a 30 day free trial, which afterwards needs a subscription. Nero Control Center I am at a loss as to what this is for since there isn’t a CD/DVD drive. Windows Live Apps Includes Call, Mail, Messenger, Movie Maker, PhotoGallery and Writer. I don’t use Windows live so I can’t comment on these apps. Battery: Speaking of battery, as mentioned earlier, it came with a 3 Cell battery although the shipping box states 6 cell. It lasts about 4-5 hours on normal use and for extensive use about 2-4 hours. That being the case, I wanted a better battery. Nowhere on the Dell website can one find any info on the model or the battery, remember this isn’t a Dell 11z it’s actually an M101z with different internals. And even though the 11z and M101z are discontinued on Dells website, Dell does sell a replacement higher capacity 6-cell battery both on its website and on Amazon , as does other 3 rd party retailers on Amazon. BTW, the battery is a Dell R6G7115L made by Dynapak. Hard Drive: The internal hard drive is a Western Digital 250GB Scorpio Blue SATA 3 Gb/s 5400 RPM 8MB Cache Drive. Model WD2500BEVT. If one wants to upgrade to a more bigger capacity drive, one has to remove the keyboard to get to the older hard drive. There are a few videos on YouTube with instructions. Warranty: Although the box states 1 Year Limited Warranty, it does not specify if it’s through Sprint or Dell that one takes the device in to get fix if one were to have a problem. In Conclusion: The Sprint Dell 11z is one very good laptop with features and performance that is quite impressive especially considering the heavily discounted price of $99-149 on Sprint. Through Dell (when they had it) and currently on Amazon (numerous versions), the laptop is about $399 and above and most are of the wrong model. This device will set you back 2 years since you need to get a contract for the price, but for those that travel and need a connection, there is no question that this device will meet your needs, it surely meets mine. It is quite capable on its own as stock, but if you are willing to upgrade the memory and or the battery, the device is basically one that will last for years even beyond your contract. If you are the type to tinker with the internals, you can even upgrade the hard drive and 3G/4G broadband mini cards to LTE once Sprint gets it. I recommend it. Pros: -Small and portable, perfect sized at 11.6" and fairly light at about 3 lbs. -Excellent sound quality and plenty of volume for a laptop -Hyperthreaded Core i3 processor provides snappy performance -Bright screen -Decent Full-size keyboard is easy to type on -Looks more expensive -Does not get too hot and is quiet -Webcam -Integrated 3G/4G (Wimax) radios -Dual speakers -Easy memory access for upgrade -Default 2GB ram upgradable to 8GB -Touchpad works great includes multi-touch scrolling -External output via VGA or HDMI ports -250GB Western Digital Hard Drive Cons with possible solutions: -Lid attracts fingerprints, a bit glossy and can get scratched easily -Default 3-cell, although the box says 6-cell. -Sprint Smartview software for connecting to 3G/4G network is a hassle -Difficult to set Wi-Fi only mode -Difficult to access and upgrade hard drive -Installed Microsoft Office is good only for 30 days. Cons with no solutions: -Keyboard not back lit -Webcam is only 1.3 megapixels -Warranty includes mail-in repair service only and its only for one year -Highly discounted price requires 2-year Sprint contract (may be an issue for some) -Hard Drive Access / upgrade difficult (need to remove keyboard) Some Tips I’ve Encountered: Prevent Apps from starting at startup (like Windows Live Messenger, Sprint Smartview, etc) Open Control Panel, click on Administrative Tools icon, then click on System Configuration. Choose Startup tab, and deselect the app that you do not want to start at startup. Then click Apply . To turn Wi-Fi on: Press the “F2” key to verify that the hardware Wi-Fi switch is turned on. Right click on the “Intel my Wi-Fi” icon in the system tray (lower right corner of screen) Select the option “Wi-Fi on”. Note: Once Wi-Fi is turned on, the Wimax (4G network)connection turns off, as they share the same radio and cannot be on at the same time. To turn Wi-Fi off: Right click on the “Intel my Wi-Fi” icon in the system tray (lower right corner of screen). Select the option “Wi-Fi off”. Note: If you turn off Wi-Fi using these steps, Wimax does not automatically turn on. To get it to turn on, you must enable Wimax again in Sprint Smartview by going to Tools and selecting Enable 4G. In Sprint Smartview, select Tools, Settings, Select Client Tab Uncheck “Automatically run this application on machine startup” Uncheck “Use this as my default Wi-Fi management utility” Select Hardware tab You should have two devices showing, Mobile Device and Wimax Device. On both of them, under Selection, change to “Manual”. Click “Apply” and then “Ok” button to save. TS
Hello everyone, After buying the Epic 4G Touch I tried importing music via USB cable. I would create a folder through my PC on the phone and place music inside. While the phone allowed you to browse through files and open the songs individually, the Music Player would not see the files on it's own. So I am making a guide to fix this for all of you other lucky owners of the GS2. Solution in 5 easy steps: 1. Connect your phone to your computer. 2. On your phone - Go to Applications -> myFiles. Create a folder named: Music You can name it whatever you want but for the sake of this guide we will refer to it as Music. 3. On your computer - Go to My Computer and open the phones storage. You will see folders like DCIM, external_sd, LOST.DIR. You will not see the Music folder you created in step 2 and that is fine. Create a folder here and name it whatever you want but for the sake of this guide we will call it Gateway folder. 4. On your computer - Go ahead and dump all the music you want from your computer into the Gateway folder. At this point we are where I encountered the original problem. Phone sees the music in Gateway folder but the Music player does not on it's own. 5. On your phone - Go into the Gateway folder, hit the Menu key -> More -> Move. Hit Select All on top(We are selecting all of the music you dumped into the folder). Then press Move on the bottom. Browse to the Music folder you created with your phone, open it. Now press "Move here". Your phone will now recognize the music properly. Enjoy. Rate please! Steve Z.
Snagged from a post, trying to figure out how to keep this info at my finger-tips. You can try to hard reset it with buttons to see if it will respond but that will erase all of your data. 1. Pull the battery out and reinsert it 2. Hold volume down, home, and power buttons until the reset screen appears 3. Scroll down to wipe data/factory reset (using volume down) and press menu 4. There will be a lot of no's, and one yes. Highlight yes and press menu
Troubleshoot common issues on your HTC EVO 4G If you can't get your EVO to turn on Know why you cannot view some attachments on your HTC EVO 4G EVO screen goes dark while you're using it Perform a soft reset on your HTC EVO 4G Troubleshoot Qik Video Chat update for your HTC EVO 4G Stop applications from running in the background on your HTC EVO 4G Know why you might get poor GPS signal on your HTC EVO 4G Troubleshoot if installed apps do not appear in your download list Troubleshoot if your HTC EVO 4G shows Unable to save file to SD card error Problems setting up your email account on your HTC EVO 4G Troubleshoot if audio and visual is not synchronized for some channels in Sprint TV on their HTC EVO 4G Troubleshoot an issue when your HTC EVO 4G powers off and on when accessing the camera Know why your HTC EVO 4G heats up when charging the battery or making long calls
The instructions posted elsewhere on the web (and provided by Sprint Level 1 and Level 2 support) for performing a factory reset on a Samsung Transform which will not boot to an Android GUI are incorrect. (The incorrect instructions are to remove and reinsert battery, then hold "volume down" while powering on the phone.) The correct sequence is: Power down phone (remove and reinsert battery if phone is frozen in "on" state) Press and hold both the "volume down" and "voice dial" buttons Press and hold the power on button Once the word "SAMSUNG" appears on the screen, release all 3 buttons. The progress bar will appear and continue across the screen. When it finishes, you are then presented with a menu which includes options to boot the phone normally and perform a factory reset. Use the volume up/down buttons to choose the desired function, and the "voice dial" button to initiate the action. Hopefully, Sprint support will update their procedures!
Set Up Program your HTC EVO 4G Improve the battery life on your EVO Set up your Contact Card on your HTC EVO 4G Pair your HTC EVO 4G with a Bluetooth device Drag items to extended Home screens on your HTC EVO 4G Set up a conference call on your HTC EVO 4G Know if you should charge your battery when you first get your HTC EVO 4G Know why you should use your Google account with your HTC EVO 4G Know why it takes longer to charge your HTC EVO 4G using the USB cable Know if you can add or remove the Mobile Hotspot from your HTC EVO 4G month to month Know which Bluetooth profiles and functions your HTC EVO 4G supports Know what information is displayed on the notifications panel of your HTC EVO 4G Set the ring tone for incoming calls on your HTC EVO 4G Zoom in or out on the screen of your HTC EVO 4G Create a music playlist shortcut on your HTC EVO 4G Home screen Connect your computer to your HTC EVO 4G as a Sprint Mobile Hotspot Turn Bluetooth on or off on your HTC EVO 4G Lock the screen and keys on your HTC EVO 4G Use the speakerphone on your HTC EVO 4G View battery usage on your HTC EVO 4G Change the date and time settings on your HTC EVO 4G Know how much free memory is left on your HTC EVO 4G Mute the microphone while on a call on your HTC EVO 4G HTC EVO 4G Phone as a Modem Turn phone function on or off by using Airplane mode on your HTC EVO 4G Insert a microSD card in your HTC EVO 4G Extend the backlight time on your HTC EVO 4G Find and update the software version on your HTC EVO 4G Add or remove widgets and shortcuts on the Home screen of your HTC EVO 4G Know what operating systems your HTC EVO View 4G supports View and switch between open programs on your HTC EVO 4G Apps Charges for the Qik application on the HTC EVO 4G Use the Mobile Hotspot on your EVO 4G Use HTC Footprints on your HTC EVO 4G Install non-Android Market applications on your HTC EVO 4G Use Peep for Twitter on your HTC EVO 4G Use Friend Stream on your HTC EVO 4G Know if your HTC EVO 4G Qik app is different than the Android Market standard Qik app Find information about Android Market and Google applications for your HTC EVO 4G Add or remove Android applications on your HTC EVO 4G Know if apps used on the iPhone are available for your HTC EVO 4G Add or remove Facebook and Flickr accounts on your HTC EVO 4G Email Add a POP3 or IMAP email account on the HTC EVO™ 4G Know what type of email accounts are supported by your HTC EVO View 4G Synchronize your HTC EVO 4G with your Google account Know how many email accounts your HTC EVO 4G can support Edit your email account signature on your HTC EVO 4G Pictures and Video Get mobile video chat with Qik on your HTC EVO 4G Share videos from your HTC EVO 4G View pictures saved to the microSD card on your HTC EVO 4G View images and videos you have taken using the Camera on your HTC EVO 4G Access the front-facing camera on your HTC EVO 4G Know if you need 2 HTC EVO 4G devices to have mobile video chat Upload your HTC EVO 4G video streams from Qik to Twitter Uses for the front-facing camera on your HTC EVO 4G Know if HTC EVO 4G mobile video chat works on both 3G and 4G networks Web Connect to the Internet using Wi-Fi on your HTC EVO 4G Media View a PDF file on your HTC EVO 4G Open Microsoft Office documents on your EVO 4G Manage music on your HTC EVO 4G Know what ways your HTC EVO View 4G can share content Transfer files between your HTC EVO 4G and other devices using Bluetooth 4G You don't need to live in a 4G area to enjoy the EVO Find out how your HTC EVO 4G uses the 3G and 4G networks Know what to expect when your HTC EVO 4G switches from 3G to 4G coverage Other Know more about the 5GB cap on data and if it affects your HTC EVO 4G Unlock the screen on your HTC EVO 4G Know if the HTC EVO 4G screen is high-definition (HD) Synchronize your HTC EVO 4G to your computer Know what type and size of microSD card you can use in your HTC EVO 4G Link a contact to Facebook on your HTC EVO 4G Create a Google account if you skipped it during set up of your HTC EVO 4G Edit the User Dictionary on your HTC EVO 4G Know how many users your HTC EVO 4G Wi-Fi hotspot can support Share contacts with other people from your HTC EVO 4G How many devices can connect to your HTC EVO View 4G as a hotspot? 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UPDATED for Android 2.+: Android is a very powerful and very customizable OS. Here are some tips that might help you along the way. These definitely aren't the only way to do things, nor will they be the preferred method that people choose. Feel free to add your suggestions to this document or put them in the comments below and I'll add them. If you need more details send me an email through this forum. TASK MANAGERS ARE COMPLETELY UNNCESSARY. You do not need to Force Close applications on your Android phone. Android knows when to shut down programs if you haven't properly backed out of them. There is a built in Task Manager on Android 2.+. Menu -> Settings -> Applications -> Running Services. Don't force close things like voicemail, phone apps, Messages app, etc. You will miss text messages, phone calls, etc. Great article located here. Contacts, Calendar and Google Sync: It is best to take a few minutes (or hours) plunking all your contacts into your google account online (Gmail Contacts). In the least you can enter names and phone numbers. You can also easily add several phones, several email addresses, home postal addresses, birthdays, etc. You can import contacts into google contacts several ways and from several different programs....Just export your contacts using a .CSV file and then import into Gmail contacts. Gmail Contacts also automatically detects duplicate contacts so you can keep your contacts clean. The HTC Hero or Evo will also sync with your MS exchange contacts as well. As you add new contacts to your phone, make them "google" contacts under type of contact. These will automatically sync with your Android powered phone (Menu -> Settings -> Accounts and Sync). The reason you want to use this method is that it will always be backed up in case you A) lose your phone, B) damage your phone or C) have to update your phone. Doing this now will save you tons of time in the future. (As a bonus, you can SMS and call people directly from Gmail). Inorder for this to work seamlessly, you must have the background data synchronization turned on (Menu -> Settings -> Accounts and Sync). You may choose to update these items yourself manually and save a ton of battery life, but then you wouldn't be using the best feature of a google Android phone. To exit an application use the "back arrow" hardkey until you back out of the application. Hitting the "home" key will leave the app running in the background, which is okay if you are going to be using it frequently. Android will close this application when it needs to free up RAM. It is good to get in the practice of backing out of apps rather than hitting the home key. Calibrate your keyboard and accelerometer. Menu -> settings -> Language & Keyboard -> Touch Input -> Text Input -> Calibration Tool Remove saved words from your dictionary: If you add words to your dictionary on accident like "di" instead of "if" or "do" then you can erase all saved words in your dictionsary, you can also remove single words from the list of remembered words. Menu -> settings -> Language & Keyboard -> Touch Input -> User Dictionary. Then you can add and remove words as necessary. If you can't find options first try "Menu" hardkey, then try long pressing on it. MicroSD cards are used to store information, the HTC Hero and Samsung Moment came with a 2GB microSD card stock, the HTC Evo4G comes with an 8GB card already. In Android 2.2+ you are able to run some of your applications directly off your SD Card (that's up to the developer, don't expect to move them all over automatically.....a good app for this is SDmove). Currently the Samsung Moment, HTC Hero and HTC Evo4G all support up to 32GB microSD cards. The best cards to get are that of "class 6" rating. (it will have a little 6 within a circle on it). 8GB class 6 cards are ~ 15-20 bucks on amazon.com. 32GB Micro SDHC cards are very expensive still. File Browsers: ASTRO File Manager is a free (currently) application in the Android Market. You can use a file manager to manager your files on your SD card directly from your phone. This will allow you to copy, paste, delete, rename, or create folders, files and directories like you would from your desktop or laptop computer. This particular app also has a utility to back up your applications to your SD card (again, the apps can't run off your SD card, they are just stored there). This is a handy feature when you need to do factory resets OR firmware upgrades. Another handy backup application is BookmarkBR which makes a backup file of your Browser applications web bookmarks. Before firmware upgrades it is recommended to back up these items. You may also find a program that will backup your SMS and MMS messages if they are needed after firmware or factory resets. Your emails are held on the server and will repopulate after you update or reset your phone. Any MP3 can be made into a ringer by using the built in HTC ringtone trimmer or Ringdroid (which is a more complete app that allows better fine tuning). Alternatively, one can just search an App like "Zedge" which has tons of free ringtones and wallpapers. Tip: Make three folders somewhere on your SD card named "ringers", "notifications" and "alarms". Then place your ringers, etc. into the appropriate folders. This will make them appear in the Notifications sounds when you are setting a specific ringtone. You can manage your SD card from your phone by using Astro File Manager (Market) or by plugging it into a computer and mounting it as a disk drive (see above). Managing music: connect your Android phone to a PC and select USB Connected, then Mount SD Card. This will mount your phone's SD card like a flash or thumb drive on your computer. You can just drag and drop MP3s or other formats directly on to your SD card anywhere and the Music app will recognize it. If you want to organize your music it might make it easier to add and remove in the future. When finished make sure to "Turn off USB storage" before disconnecting the device. Downloading / Removing apps from the Android Market: You can easily add apps from the market by following the installation instructions. If you ever want to remove an application, go to the Android Market -> downloads section and remove the app using this method. There are other ways to remove applications, this (I feel) is the best so it is off your account). If you have paid for an app and you want to remove it (after the 24 hour refund time) you will be able to reinstall the application free of charge as long as you use the same google account on the phone. Periodically you can check for application updates by visiting the Android Market -> Downloads section. It is good to read the release notes on the application updates. Some updates will only add advertising to the application, which can be an annoyance. Rountinely Clearing the Cache on your phone: If your phone appears to be sluggish or running out of room. You can go into Menu -> Settings -> Applications -> Manage Applications. Once the list populates (may take a while), you can order them by size. Clearing the cache on the apps that are consuming the most ROM and RAM is a good idea occasionally. The two apps that have the biggest caches are the Browser and Albums. Clearing the cache frees up memory and may improve the speed of your phone. It also doesn't hurt to reboot the phone once a week to clean out the memory. Warning, by "Force Closing" apps that are crucial to the OS in this section of Manage Applications you can cause your phone to miss text messages, alarms, etc. Don't Force Close the app unless you know exactly what that application does. Holding down the "Home" key (while in apps or not) will give you a list of the last 6 - 8 applications that are either open or were open. This allows you to quickly switch between them to take advantage of the multitaksing of the phone. When in your browser, holding the "back arrow" key will bring up your history which makes it easier to find cached webpages. Google Search by Voice: you can long press the search key when on your home screen and it will bring up the google voice search that will search the web, you can also access applications, say things like "call: John Doe Mobile" or "Navigate to McDonald's". Quick press the key for the text search option.....you can easily search the web, applications, people, etc.. In certain applications, you can use the search key to find things within that application. Example: you can search your installed applications quickly when in your app drawer. Copy and Paste: you can copy and paste text by long pressing on that item. This works very well in the HTC Mail application and browser. This currently does not work with the Gmail application. On the Evo, copy and paste also gives you other options, you can highlight a word or string of words and then search that word, look up a definition, or copy to clipboard. Factory Data Reset: Warning, back up all your data first before doing this. This will wipe all your data and return the phone to the original factory state. This can be performed by going through the menus to reset the data (Menu -> Settings -> Privacy -> factory data reset -> Reset Phone -> Erase everything) OR by the key stroke method ( for HTC Hero only ): Power the device OFF. Press and hold the Home and Back Arrow buttons. While holding these buttons, press and hold the End Call button. Release End Call, Home and Back arrow buttons and press the Trackball once to execute the Hard Reset. You should see some skateboarding android robots. Follow the prompts to clear the data and reset the device. The device will reboot once the process is complete. ***Many HTC Hero users are reporting that before they upgrade to 2.1, they first hard reset 1.5, skip the set up steps, then flash the new 2.1 RUU -- this apparently can improve some fuctions, however in my experience both Heroes I've had work wonderfully without doing this*** Hard reset to clear the Dalvik cache. To reset the Evo properly: Turn the power off. If your HTC EVO 4G is frozen, pull the battery out and reinsert it Hold the Volume Down button Press and release the Power button You are now presented with a menu that allows for Fastbook, Recovery, Clear Storage, and Simlock Select Clear Storage by pressing the Volume Down button Press and release the Power button Now simply confirm your decision: Volume Up for YES and Volume Down for NO
Your battery may be drained or is not seated correctly. Try removing and reinserting the battery. If no success, try charging the phone using the AC charger. You will see an amber light while charging, and once charged, it changes to a green light.
There is still no word from Sprint/Moto on the now obvious design flaw of the Motorola Photon 4g from Sprint. Many users on several different forums have complained about the the "Sleep of Death" and "Random Reboot" that the MR5 release from August 26th 2011 did not resolve. This is now making us wonder if Motorola released a bad batch of these phones and are not acknowledging yet. Why would Sprint niether acknowlwdge this issue unless Sprint plans to drop this phone next month with the release of some newer models. We are awaiting a formal response from Sprint/Moto as to what action they will take to recall and resolve this phone. We are earnestly waiting and WILL NOT go away until this is addressed publicly by Motorola and/or Sprint. SunnySD92101, I'm sorry to hear you're having issues with your Photon. I know we're currently looking into these reports and working with Motorola, let me look into this a little bit more in depth and I'll give you an update on what I find out. Edit: Update - After reading several forums regarding these reports it looks like there's other Motorola phones such as the Atrix experiencing these issues, I've reached out to a friend in the device group to see what he can find out, he's scheduled to speak with Motorola tomorrow and will mention this for an update. I will keep you updated. Message was edited by: Shane_M SunnySD92101, Ok, I have confirmed the root cause of the random restarts has been determined and there will be an MR update to resolve that issue soon. The "sleep of death" issue is still being looked into the root cause has not been discovered yet but it is being investigated. Hi, can you provide more details as to what the issues was that was causing the "random restarts"? I have only had the photon for 6 days, first 3 were terrible. The phone was experiencing both the "randaom restarts" and the "SOD". I performed a factory reset and have not experienced the problems again. It would be really nice if we know what was causing this problem, it would help with determining if I keep the photon or try a different device. Thanks KMAKE, I'm sorry to hear you're experiencing this issue as well. From what I understand it was an issue related to memory, I did not receive any specific details unfortunately. I'm still monitoring this situation though, because personally after reading every single post of a 16+ page thread on the Motorola forums I found it was quite interesting to read all of the speculation of possibilities of a cause. So could we gat an official status update? I understand there was an OTA called MR7 that was to be released yesterday. What is the status, what specifically does this address? And to anyone who has applied this patch, does it work? (My phone is in the hands of Motorola repair at the time of my post). SunnySD92101, I'm sorry I don't understand what you mean by official status update. If you're looking for something more definitive, unfortunately we do not have any further information to provide at this time. As for the MR7 that was mentioned on other forums, which I read as well, they're actually referring to the Version.4.5.1A-1_SUN-154_6 released on 9/14/2011, our official Motorola Photon 4G Blog posted here details the history of the Photon updates as well as what is being addressed with each update. I believe the couple of users posting about receiving an MR7 update were calling it that because that's the alternate name for that update as detailed in Motorola's official update listing here. I know there's a lot of people who are frustrated and I understand that completely. I'm staying on top of these issues and I will keep you updated as I receive new updates. I wonder if it has something to do withe the tegra processor I recently canceled my tmobile account over buying a G2x wich also has the same processor and also has the random reboots and freezes. I just find it kind wierd that both phones do it and they both have the new tegra 2 processor. Just to clarify, we are looking for a Status on the FIX and/or resolution fior the Sleep of Death and rendom reboots of the Sprint Motorola Photon 4g phone that has YET to be addressed with specific cause and result status. This document was generated from the following discussion: Sleep of Death - Random Reboot - Still No Response from Sprint/Moto
By default, your device’s Wi-Fi feature is turned off. Turning Wi-Fi on makes your device able to discover and connect to compatible in-range WAPs. Turn Wi-Fi on: Press > and tap > Wireless and network > Wi-Fi settings. Tap the Wi-Fi field to activate the feature (green checkmark indicates active). The device scans for available in-range wireless networks. To turn Wi-Fi off: Press > and tap > Wireless and network > Wi-Fi settings > Wi-Fi. Tap to remove the green checkmark and deactivate Wi-Fi. - or - Touch and hold the Status bar, and then slide your finger down the screen. Tap the onscreen Wi-Fi icon to turn off the Wi-Fi service (turns gray when disabled). Note Use of wireless data connections such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth can cause an added drain to your battery and reduce your use times. To connect to a Wi-Fi network: Press > and tap > Wireless and network > Wi-Fi settings. The network names and security settings (Open network or Secured with xxx) of detected Wi-Fi networks are displayed in the Wi-Fi networks section. Note When you select an opennetwork, you will be automatically connected to thenetwork. To manually add your new network connection: Touch Add Wi-Fi network. Enter the Network SSID. This is the name of your Wi-Fi network. Tap the Security field and select a security option. This must match the current security setting on your target network. If secured, you will also need to enter the wireless password. The show password option, reveals the password as you type it instead of showing only asterisks (****). Tap Save to store the new information and connect to the Wi-Fi network. Note The next time your device connects to a previously accessed or secured wirelessnetwork, you are not prompted to enter the wireless password again, unless you reset your device back to its factory default settings. To manually scan for a Wi-Fi network: Press > and tap > Wireless and network > Wi-Fi settings. Press and tap Scan.
Press Menu and tap All apps > PDF Viewer On the Open file screen, tap the file you want to view Slide your finger on the screen to pan or go through the pages of the PDF file While viewing a PDF file, press Menu to open another PDF file, zoom in, search the file and more
Setup From Home screen, tap All Applications. Scroll up, then tap Mail. Select type of account to setup. For example, Exchange ActiveSync or Other (Pop/IMAP). Enter Email address and Password for the account, then tap Next. . For Exchange settings to be detected, the corporate Exchange Server must support auto-detect for the phone to automatically set up the Exchange ActiveSync account. If the corporate Exchange Server does not support auto-detect, you'll need to enter your Exchange Server settings. If you don't know your settings, ask your Exchange Server administrator at your work for details. You'll need to enter your server address, Domain and your Username, then click Next. For POP/IMAP, from the Protocol drop-down list, select the type that matches your email server. POP, APOP, or IMAP as appropriate. Enter Username, POP3 server address (for example, pop.redbarn.com), Security type, and Server Port, then tap Next. Important: If the account type being set up is not in our database, you may be asked to enter more details. Make sure you have all pertinent information for the e-mail account such as incoming and outgoing server settings before proceeding. . Enter Outgoing server settings. Login Required sign-in (check box) Username Password SMTP server (for example smtp.redbarn.com) Security type Server Port Tap Next. Enter Account name and Your name, then tap Finish setup. Once completed, the HTC EVO 4G will connect to the account and begin retrieving email. Edit Email Account Settings Press then tap > Mail. Switch to the email account to edit. Press and tap More > Settings, then choose from these options: Account settings: Change email account settings such as name, e-mail address, password, and description. General settings: Set font size when reading email messages, enable, disable or set signature, set account as default email account, and set where to save e-mail attachments. Send & Receive: Set maximum email file size limit for incoming messages and frequency with which to check for new messages and how many to check for. You can also choose to have your sent email messages BCC'd to yourself. Notification settings: Set email notification settings. Delete account: Tap to delete email account. Press to save your changes.
Set up a conference call on your HTC EVO 4G Make a call to the first conference call participant When connected, tap Menu > Add call, then dial the number of the second participant. The first participant is put on hold when you dial the second participant When connected to the second participant, tap Menu > Merge calls
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