11/04/2012, 08:16 AM
A little update, (not meant to bore, so if you aren't interested don't waste your time .)...almost two months in, now that I have a little more know how with the phone.
I just took my Otterbox Defender case off, the poly-carbonate screen cover is scratched badly, I just filled out an online warranty claim for it. It said normal scratches probably weren't covered, but if it was scratched so badly that it's hard to see through, then a claim could be made. (Not an official statement, just from what I could find from user comments). The phone, aside from a little dust that got in-between and I work in a very dusty environment, appears mint.
I haven't really used the mp3 player. I'm in and out of different vehicles at work all day long, the FM transmitter I have is a little (2 AAA batteries) box on a 3" cord, and not very practical when I have the phone in my windshield mount. I did use it the other day however, just in my chest pocket using the external speaker and I was impressed. (I've blown several of my old Pre- speakers that way). I am unable to use earphones while working, mine are still wrapped up, never used....Although they do look nice, with 3 different sized gel-covers.
The learning curve wasn't too bad...it did take me a couple of weeks to get used to it. Power button and up/back swipes were the hardest to unlearn. Multitasking well it isn't webOS, and to be honest, I still don't have it nailed down, but I have my own way of getting to what I need.
Can't say I'm much of a widget user. The sliding dock is a nice feature, most of my apps that I use the most are in the three docks, with stackable folders as seen in the screenshots.
Someone had mentioned they didn't see what the big deal with LTE was as they couldn't tell the difference on their Pre+ between their DSL and 3G speeds. I notice the difference. Maybe I'm wrong, but I'm thinking that's like saying you don't notice the difference between regular gas and premium in your SUV...but try it in a sports car, you notice the difference.
A lot of apps talked about on this site, regarding "must-haves" I have had little to no interest in...or they are simply unavailable for me to use in my country. Examples are WhatsApp(unlimited text messages is in my plan, and I'll tweet if it's international), Pandora(not available outside USA), GoogleVoice(no interest), VisualVoiceMail(no interest)
I'm just listing a few apps here that I use frequently. Maybe someone will get an idea of other interests.
I carried the webOS torch for the last three years, and no, I didn't need all these extra apps, but there are quite a few I enjoy using.
Voxer (push-to-talk...walkie talkie) is a favorite. Also sends map location, as well as able to text and/or send pictures.
Instagram it's fun, you can make some cool pictures, especially if combined with other photo editors.
Color Splash FX. turn a photo into B&W, and re-integrate selective natural colors, or add your own colors.
Gesture Search. Start writing with your finger what you're looking for on your phone, it finds it.
Another cool feature, all my photos are automatically uploaded to Dropbox every time I enter a WiFi area. No need to store locally, or transfer my photos.
When my phone is locked, the In Case of Emergency numbers are available to call as well as 911. Mom, Dad, and girlfriend's phones can be called. Also the message "If this phone is found, please call...." is displayed on the lock screen.
My bank app. Yes I can use the browser, no I don't use it, the app is far easier to navigate around in.
Car Mode will tell me who is calling/texting. No need to look
The alarm clock has a built in quiet alarm that gradually builds until the main alarm goes off. Unfortunately, even at the quietest setting, it, 99% of the time, wakes me up instantly. Nice feature, but I never use a snooze, must be an old army habit. When it's time to wake up, you'd best get up right now.
Forgot about Groupon, I'm a sucker for a good deal.