I think I’ve finally got something I like after rearranging my little icons all over the place back and forth. I still have not figured out how and if I can rename the single folder I’ve placed on the screen. Thankfully the pre-installed apps, while not uninstallable, are removable from the main screens.
Of note on tests and discoveries. At one point I accidentally triggered something called “Car Mode”. I’ll have to look into how this happened and it took me a second to figure out how to get OUT of “Car Mode”. This mode is a simplified interface with larger icons for things like voice dial and Maps. Essentially the idea is you’d put the phone on some mount and interact with it minimally while driving.
As for battery life, I removed it from the charger this morning at around 6:30 when I woke up and plugged it in to charge off my laptop at around 2:30 PM when it alerted me that it was getting low. Eight hours isn’t too bad though It looks like I’ll want to invest (eventually) in a second charger for the desk at work.
I’ve been getting notifications about tying together “friend accounts”. Irritatingly it seems to have doubled up my twitter followers. i wish it would just take the obvious ones and pair them for me. Guess what phone, Twitter.com/XXXX is the same person as Twitter.com/XXXX.
The music player works so far. I had little trouble with everything it played on random except for MP3s from an Allison Iraheta album I got from Amazon. Everything else came from Amazon so I’m not real sure what the malfunction is. I’ll probably just recopy these tracks and see if that fixes it. The last.fm scrobbling works great.
I’m not real sure I like the built in FriendStream app. It combines Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr together. I like the Idea but I find it a bit cluttered and hard to follow. Also I can’t open links directly in it without going to a secondary screen. Finally I wish it would “remember” where I had left off instead of jumping to the newest items every time it comes up. I’d rather scroll up into new stuff then scroll down and figure out where I left off.
Today’s installed apps… (I plan to get more detailed on a lot of these later)
Amazon.com – In case i feel the need to shop while mobile. not that i couldn’t go to the website.
Barcode Scanner – This seems useful and it seemed to sort of work on the only barcode I found handy on some granola bars, though it said they cost 40 bucks a box, which is WAAAAY off.
Google Earth – Mostly a novelty.
Google Sky Maps – Because stars are fun.
WCIA’s Mobile App – I saw a short clip promoting this on a local television channel and figured hey, sure. I have not tested it a ton but if the School closings tab works it’s worth keeping around. Too bad we’re probably beyond school closing season.
A Handful of Games – I’ll get into this aspect another time.
I also installed another NoAgenda app then proceeded to completely uninstall all three of the apps. None of them do the most basic thing desired of playing the most recent episode of the show. I also exported my iTunes Podcast list to the Podcatcher App I’[d installed yesterday. Basically, now i can download the show (among others) direct to the phone, who needs some lame program.