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My parents are letting me get a new phone, and I've narrowed my selection to 3 phones. One of them's a Blackberry, the other two are Android phones: Droid Incredible and Samsung Fascinate. Right now I'm focusing on the Droids.

I know one guy at my school who has an Incredible and another guy who has a Fascinate. Both of them say their respective phones are good, but I'm having alot of trouble deciding which one I want. Any suggestions fellas?

(My carrier is Verizon if you don't know.)

If I were you, I'd go for the Incredible.

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I went to the Verizon store and asked about the Incredible's pricing. After learning how crazy expensive the insurance is, I decided it wasn't worth it (mind you, my parents are paying for this phone), so I settled for the LG Vortex, a mid/low end smartphone that was released a couple of weeks ago. I was able to play around with it for a while and I liked it. It runs Android 2.2, so I'm not missing much. Except, you know, Google Maps, but I can forgive that.

The best part is that I was able to order it online for free.

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Android 2.3 is starting to come out on Nexus One phones.. I'm waiting for the G2 version to come out.

Also, the Nexus S is coming out on December 16th.

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I'm sure the EVO is going to get an update for it sometime. In the meantime, the SDK developers will probably make a new CyanogenMod based off it.

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Speaking of CyanogenMod, I got it installed successfully on my EVO. Now my phone really is the coolest on the block.

I love how much faster it is, how much more I can fine tune and tweak, how much better it looks, how it's more functional.

Thanks to rooting, I've gone from HTC Sense to CyanogenMod. And I can backup my system and configuration, reboot directly into recovery or my bootloader, apply themes easily, and block ads from any apps I have.

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I really hate triple posting and all, but I've got big news pertaining to Android. Android 3.0 Honeycomb has been unveiled.

Yeah, it's only for tablets, but it still looks great. I would actually consider getting a tablet if this turned out great.

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I just rooted my Droid 2 last night, it was really easy to do. I used the app z4root to do it.

So far I've installed a screen capture app and the ability to get wifi tethering for free. Now I gotta find some other apps to put my new rooted phone to use. Anyone here have suggestions?

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You'll definitely want to find "AdFree" on the market. It's a god-send.

Also, I'm running the unofficial CyanogenMod 7 on my phone. I finally got a taste of Gingerbread :)

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Ah, once again I have to bump this thread. I'm surprised I'm not the one who started it, lol.

Anyway, I rolled back to the stable CyanogenMod 6.1.2 release because a lot of apps I use weren't quite ready for Gingerbread yet, but I had a serious problem I recently noticed. My reception seems to be pretty bad, and when I looked it up, I found out I needed to update my PRL.

How do I do that? I need to use a Sense UI-based ROM and click the update button in the menus. I'm using CyanogenMod, which is based off stock Android 2.2, so I'm screwed because the PRL update function is closed-source and exclusive to Sense UI. The only way I can update the PRL to improve my frequency is if I can do a nandroid backup, alter my boot settings to support the latest release of Fresh ROM (a Sense UI-based ROM), flash it, update the PRL, then rollback with nandroid to my CyanogenMod setup.

Unfortunately, I'm a little worried about a few things, like how I tried this yesterday and Fresh refused to boot, and the possibility I lose my RSA keys permanently.

Also, the official CyanogenMod 7 nightlies are out at this time, but I think I can wait for a stable release first.

LOL, I wonder if anybody here understood all the jargon I used.

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I have a MyTouch Slide. it's pretty good, except it sucks with Skype. Crashes so many times

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I was considering going for the HTC Legend, and was on the verge of buying one before I found out that it has pretty poor audio quality through the headphones jack. I think I'll just wait until the Evo or Desire drops in price.

The whole reason I'm looking into Android phones is because my iPod Touch died. I can get free wifi practically anywhere in the city, and I already have a mobile, so in a perfect world I'd buy an Android equivalent of a Touch, but for some bizarre reason only Samsung have attempted this (and apparently it's a terrible piece of hardware). It's incredibly convenient to have access to the Web on the go, but it bugs me that you have to pay a small fortune to get it without buying an iPod Touch, and I'm certainly not buying any more Apple gear.

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my samsung galaxy s is awsum. all apps works fine except skype because its buggy as hell. my favorite apps are maybe last.fm scrobbler and ninjump is great time killer game. psx emulator works well only music is bit laggy and after half hour playing battery is dead so i dont use it so often. i just downloaded android 2.2 and i hope gingerbread comes soon to this damn region.

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I remembered hearing a lot of issues with Galaxy S and Skype, which kind of sounded odd to me, as to why they would work on pretty much any Android phone EXCEPT a Galaxy S one.

Also, I'm currently trying out Fresh ROM right now. It's very similar to the stock Sense-UI ROM, with a few extra things tacked on here and there. I might stay on it if my wireless reception is improved on it.

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Well, gonna get my Inspire tomorrow.

What should I do as soon as I get the phone? If it's buying something, I'll pass.

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Well, gonna get my Inspire tomorrow.

What should I do as soon as I get the phone? If it's buying something, I'll pass.

I don't think you should do this as soon as you get it (probably wait a month or two after), but I would suggest rooting once you feel your experience becomes stagnant.

Also, for anybody getting Android phones or those who already have them, you can check to see which ones are root friendly here.

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BTW, I have a question:

Like how Apple has iTunes gift cards that let you download apps and songs for your phone, are there any gift cards that add money to your Google account?

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BTW, I have a question:

Like how Apple has iTunes gift cards that let you download apps and songs for your phone, are there any gift cards that add money to your Google account?

I don't believe that's true. I think you'd just need to use a debit card or a reloadable web card or something.

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I never really found the need for an Android since just about anything internet related I do on my laptop, which I travel with consistently for poop-making and other junk. I can't do that on a phone. I'm also not into social networking like Twitter and Facebook (I have a FB account but I hardly ever use it). Playing games is something I do on my portables, like my GBA and 3DS, and I doubt any phone will replace that. (The games are short and crappy. Angry Birds is a simple timekiller, nothing more.)

If I'm gonna get a smartphone it's gonna be a better version of the XPeria Play, since the one on the market is pretty bad from all the reviews I'm reading. I'm dying to play my old Crash and Spyro again, but I'm not gonna fork up dough for a device with more problems than benefits. I want my purchases to be worth it.

My Samsung Convoy is still one of the best phones I've ever owned. It's an old flip-job, but it's close to indestructible. I've purposely dropped the phone numerous times in front of my friends just to prove how strong it is. It's remained intact with barely a scratch; the back cover didn't even pop off and the front screen is still sleek. My friends are scared to risk damaging their own smartphones like that.

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Once you use a smartphone for a very long time, you find it very hard to go back to using a dumbphone.

If you were looking for Android phones, I would highly recommend HTC's hardware. Samsung is okay too, but I've heard of issues they have with their software (unless you planned to root).

If possible, I'd highly suggest going for any of the "Nexus" phones by different manufacturers. The Nexus S 4G coming to Sprint from Samsung looks very appealing.

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Well I'm Verizon so sux 4 me.

I doubt it would change my perspective anyway. I like keeping things simple and fun, nothing too overdone. The only way I'm gonna get a smartphone is if

1. They become budget phones

2. They make ones that float

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