View Poll Results: Did a store rep install and/or recommend a Task Manager?

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    282 29.31%
  • No but they advised that I do so.

    166 17.26%
  • No they did not.

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    I said, No they did not. But I'm also on AT&T with a Captivate, so it might be different. I can honestly say that every time I've been to a Verizon store, I've seen task killers on all their demo phones too.
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    I'm on my 3rd (2nd replacement) Droid 1. I'm still having a lot of the same problems so I stopped by my local Verizon store for help. Without telling me what she was doing the rep installed a task killer app claiming it would improved my battery performance which was not one of the problems I mentioned. I had already been fighting with her about getting another replacement sent (she refused) so I didn't have the energy to go into why the F&#K she installed an app on my phone without my permission. I told her to give me my phone and I'd come back when she wasn't working. Before I'd gone 2 blocks I uninstalled the task killer app.
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    Sprint Epic 4G (bought at Best Buy).

    Recommended that I install one, didn't believe me when I said they kill battery life. And then proceded to argue with me about it
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    Quote Originally Posted by fuzzalicious1 View Post
    1-upgraded at verizon
    2-nothing said about task killers

    -question though, on the fascinate it comes with a task manager when holding the home key. does this get included in that catagory or does it make a difference that it came with the device?
    All Android phones have a "task manager" by going to the applications portion of settings. The samsung task manager allows you to kill apps similar to the stock setup. This is not a Task killer as you can't set it up to automatically kill tasks without you manually doing it.
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    Captivate at ATT store... Told me one of the first things I should install is a task killer but they did not install one on my phone.
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    verizon, droid x, no mention of task manager
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    With 2 DInc's they did not even mention it when I got mine, but all but forced it on my wife when she got hers. I finally told the rep... "Stop. Do not install anything on MY Phone." Both phones were bought in VZW Corporate stores.

    With the many Androids I have seen around town almost all of them had Froyo and ATK. Everyone said a Rep put it on for them. These are NOT tech people. I have always taken the opportunity to provide a little education and ask for permission to remove it.
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    I purchased a Droid X from Verizon last week. 1st droid I've owned. Switched from Blackberry and before that Windows Mobile (ouch). Store salesman didnt even asked , and installed Task Killer. I had no idea they were bad. Task killers were almost required back in the Windows Mobile days. I'm going to uninstall today.
    On a side note......I'm loving the Droid.
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    This last update for my Vibrant has a Task Manager App and it doesnt allow me to delete it!!!
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    IMHO no store employee should be touching your phone unless you explicitly instruct them to. If the carriers really think a task killer should be on there, it should be tested and baked into the ROM before the phone ever reaches the store. There should be a corporate policy against employees doing this at the store.

    For those of you wondering why I am so passionate about this, it's because 80% of the "I'm having an issue, please help" threads I've been monitoring since day 1 are almost always related to task killers. If this wasn't the case, this thread wouldn't exist. Not to mention it makes me uneasy to think of employees installing software before they hand it to you.
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    I was told you need this, I used it once and then relized I could do the same from manage apps. I deleted it.
    Verzion, Droid1 best phone ever.
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    Verizon: Took my DInc into the store because it was randomly shutting down (Froyo update seems to have fixed it), the rep couldn't figure out what was wrong, so installed a task killer - claiming it may be resetting because it was running out of available memory.
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    Yes, Verizon, ATK
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    I have Droid 1. Bought it at a Verizon store. The rep recommended ATK, but I didn't let him install. I was a Crackberry addict and knew that I needed to come to the forums to learn what was going on with my Droid before I started adding things.
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    Purchased an Evo at Best Buy and the rep said it is very important to install advanced Task manager because it will make a big difference with battery life.
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    A Sprint rep installed it on my phone when I came in to complain about how poor the battery life on my Evo was. He explained that it is the most important app on the market. He also told me that the Evo has the ability to be used on a CDMA and GSM network, so I guess his knowledge base was a little questionable from the start.
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    Yes i purchased new phone and plan with Sprint and they recommended i installed an application killer when i returned my evo because of horrible battery life. My girlfriend also bought an android phone that day a hero and they did the same on her's they installed it.
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    HTC Evo Sprint no task killer or mention of any.
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    Yes twice! I bought my phone and my sons phone on Sprint from Best Buy. With mine they tried to get me to install it but I wouldn't because of my research on here prior to buying the phone. With my sons they installed it on the phone prior to him getting it. I told him to remove it and he said the girl at the store told him he needed it.
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    1. Verizon (Droid 2)
    2. Installed the task killer before even handing me the phone. Told me I should run it several times a day to conserve battery.

    I deleted it when I got home after reading several articles on how they are not needed.
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    I got two G2s at a T-Mobile corporate store two weeks ago. The rep didn't say anything about a task killer. But then, I didn't even let him take the phone out of the box. He offered to set up the SIM card and everything, but I said we could do that at home.

    I also got two G1s on launch day two years ago, and no mention of task killers was made then either..... Of course, the Market was 90% tip calculators back then.
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    Verizon, yes the installed it on my phone.
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    Purchased Epic 4G thru Best Buy.

    At purchase time it was not mentioned. I went back a couple of weeks later to see about changing out the battery due to it draining so fast, the first thing out the girl's mouth is if I had ATK installed. I told her no (I do) and she strongly suggested I install it and my battery life will improve significantly. I then told her that I have it installed, showed her, and informed her that it doesn't do what she just said it should do

    she gave me a new battery.
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    I installed it myself on my Droid when I got it in Feb. and Installed it on my mom's phone and my lil bro's ally's a couple months ago...love this app
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    1. Purchased my Droid X at the local Verizon store on 7/15/10.
    2. They didn't install a task killer but all of the sales reps I talked to recommended I install one.

    When I asked them about this on another visit to the store, and told them that even the Android developers recommend against using a task killer, they didn't know what to say.

    One of the reps looked at my phone, because I was having issues with short battery life, and he said "Wow! How did you get your phone to look like that?" I was using Launcher Pro so I told him. He hadn't heard of Launcher Pro so I showed him how to get it from the Marketplace.
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