I’ve had the new phone for about a week now, and like it. I’ve put some apps on, but not a lot. I’m still getting used to the email and web browsing aps and will add some more as time goes on. I’ll probably resist the urge to turn it into, as a friend of mine calls his wife’s phone, “An Angry Birds machine that you can make phone calls on if you want.”
One thing I’ve noticed is the persistence, perniciously so, of some apps, especially ones that have come with the phone. For example, my phone has Facebook on it. I don’t use it, have taken it off the screen, but it’s still running and using power and memory. Probably not a lot of either, but if they’re going to load the phone up with crap I don’t want, then they should just give them out for free. I also have a Blockbuster Video app that I can uninstall updates to, but not the core app. I’m sure that there are others, but those are the two I’ve found so far.
So, is there way to dig down deep into the OS and get rid of these virus like apps? I know that there is such a thing as “rooting” a phone and I should do some research on Al Gore’s Internet and see what that’s all about, but hopefully one of my readers can help me out with that one.
The only downside to this phone is that it eats through the charge on the battery quickly. Which the sales guy told me was a problem with Android based phones. Hopefully by getting rid of some apps I don’t use and don’t want, I’ll be able to improve that a bit.