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16k_zx81
02-17-2011, 01:27 AM
Ive been wanting an android phone since they came out and managed to score myself a Galaxy S last night.

As Im a complete n00b to this OS, I wanted to ask for some assistance with a few basic questions to get myself started :)

1. If it gets borked, can I nuke and pave it like a PC?

2. Should I be concerned about malware?

3. What are the killer - "must have" - apps for Android? ...Particularly anything related to the PC Repair / Business stuff

thanks

Jim

14049752
02-17-2011, 01:41 AM
Ive been wanting an android phone since they came out and managed to score myself a Galaxy S last night.

As Im a complete n00b to this OS, I wanted to ask for some assistance with a few basic questions to get myself started :)

1. If it gets borked, can I nuke and pave it like a PC?

2. Should I be concerned about malware?

3. What are the killer - "must have" - apps for Android? ...Particularly anything related to the PC Repair / Business stuff

thanks

Jim

1. Yes. There is a factory reset for each phone. Although, there are things you can do to brick the phone (like loading custom ROMs and having it fail somehow).

2. Depends. Sorta, not really... Just pay attention to the permissions the app asks for in the market.

3. There was a post about this. Look it up.

Techless
02-17-2011, 01:51 AM
Root it asap! If the Touchwiz UI is anything like it was on the Winmo Omnia 2 then you will hate the phone.

16k_zx81
02-17-2011, 03:55 AM
Ok. there is a Thread about Android Apps for PC techs here (http://www.technibble.com/forums/showthread.php?t=23988)

Any additional n00b advice appreciated.

--What is Rooting, and why would I do it?

14049752
02-17-2011, 04:17 AM
Rooting means to enable the use of super user, since Android is Linux based. Some apps require it, for example the wireless tether app I use does. You can also remove extra factory apps that you won't use.
I think that PRITech is suggesting that you go one step further and replace the Rom with a customized Rom with a different ui. I find that most roms are either unstable or hardware doesn't work...so I just stick with the factory Rom on my phone. But then again i have an EVO shift and sense UI is awesome

Honestly, unless you have a reason to root, don't do it.

JustMe
02-17-2011, 04:28 AM
If you do decide to root the phone... and its your business phone - DON'T DO IT!

Especially if you're a noob and don't know what you're doing. Read the forums first, ask a lot of questions and get as much info about rooting FIRST.

A good place to start is here: PPCGeeks (http://forum.ppcgeeks.com/#android)

If this is not your business phone then root to your heart's content.:D

Good luck!

Cambridge PC Support
02-17-2011, 05:34 AM
also look at http://forum.xda-developers.com/index.php

and Appbrain is good as well as the Android Addicts podcast on Podnutz

I just got my HTC HD2 (originally Windows Mobile 6.5) running Android 2.3 and absolutely love it!!! It's light years ahead of WinMo!

Techless
02-17-2011, 12:49 PM
But then again i have an EVO shift and sense UI is awesome

Sense is awesome. The only problem I have with it is that I can't figure out the vanilla UI now.

CompGeek
02-21-2011, 04:21 PM
also look at http://forum.xda-developers.com/index.php

and Appbrain is good as well as the Android Addicts podcast on Podnutz

I just got my HTC HD2 (originally Windows Mobile 6.5) running Android 2.3 and absolutely love it!!! It's light years ahead of WinMo!

+1 FOR XDA Forums, Appbrain, and Podnutz