Got an Evo today -coming from Palm Pre
Hello all, decided to pick up an Evo today just to see how it is..
I am a Senior Forum Member on precentral, so I see some usual nicknames here as well.
My biggest concern was the keyboard (always been an avid Palm User..so hard keyboard is a big issue for me). Surprisingly the Evo keyboard is pretty darn good. The auto correcttion works great.
I have a question
1) Been reading, and thus far there are no 2.2 Root methods? This white evo I got came with the OTA 2.2 update.
Have there been a root method out for 2.2 yet or am I SOL for now?
- 08-09-2010, 08:03 AM #3
- 08-09-2010, 08:12 AM #4
I came from a Pre too. You woun't look back. Palm went the route Apple did when Rubenstein became CEO... he focused on UI and not features out of the box. Google focuses on features before prettyness.
Try out different keyboards. I don't miss the Pre kb mostly cause you had to slide it out.
-Swype (I use this as my daily grinder... so easy to use and fast for one finger)
-Swiftkey (I don't use it, but some love it)
-Smart Keyboard Pro (multitouch, costs $$ but LOTS of features)
-Droid X keyboard (multitouch)
-HTC Ime (can be multitouch, open source)
The last two you can find the apk online somewhere and install it. Swype is my favorite and I can't post apk's here... but you can also find that online somehwere. Unfortunately the beta is closed and they'll be releasing something sooner or later... I don't know.
I do suggest you root when available for users who upgraded to 2.2 (there'll probably be a root method soon). There's a 30fps cap on the phone that includes a touch input lag... You'll notice the difference when you take it out by putting a custom ROM on... but that's later.
Brace yourself for a data wipe before you root... you can bypass this but it has quite a few extra steps.
I would say there is a way to do what the "SMS tone per contact" did... I just can't think of a way on how to do it.
Try going into contact settings and see if there's a way there.
Seriously, I hope you enjoy the phone... the only problem is if you played a lot of gameloft games... then you'll be disappointed.... not much support for Android.
But there are some games that run smoothly on the Evo. Try Raging Thunder II and Exzeus Arcade... those are just two and if you dig deep, you'll find some great ones.
- 08-09-2010, 08:55 AM #5
Re: Got an Evo today -coming from Palm Pre
It will allow you to set up tones, colors and notification icons per contact. And its free. Just make sure you disable alerts from the stock messaging app and you're good.
Sent from my Evo using Tapatalk.
- 08-09-2010, 09:09 AM #6
- 08-09-2010, 09:29 AM #7
My biggest concern was the keyboard also. I have gotten pretty quick with the touch screen keyboard now. When I use my daughter's Pre, the keyboard just seems cramped,lol. After having my Evo for about 2 months, I still miss the Pre's calendar and the ability to have mutiple windows open so I can just jump back and forth. Hope you like your Evo!!!
- 08-09-2010, 09:43 AM #8
The cards display and swipping gestures were cool, but the evo is so fast that i honestly don't see the need for cards anymore. but i will confess i miss swiping the card up to close. I still use my palm pre as my personal phone, but unfortunately, I like my evo work phone better. W
- 08-09-2010, 09:44 AM #9
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- 08-09-2010, 10:14 AM #11
What I'm loving so far with the Android system is just the functions that are enabled right away. With WebOS being so new, they are still working on adding little functions or forcing customers to homebrew. One thing I really did like tho was how easy copy and paste was with the physical keyboard. Long pressing is nice, but nowhere near as quick.
- 08-09-2010, 10:45 AM #12
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- 08-09-2010, 11:12 AM #14
- 08-09-2010, 11:40 AM #15
I still have my Pre, but my wife picked up an EVO a couple of weeks ago. I am impressed with it. While I still think webOS is a better OS than Android, I am getting tired of waiting for HPalm to do anything.... Will most like switch to Android for a year while waiting to see what HPalm will do.
But anyway, this article is a bit dated, but should give you a jumpstart on keyboards: http://www.androidcentral.com/androi...yboard-roundup
- 08-09-2010, 12:04 PM #16
I, too, switched from the Palm PRE. Loved that OS but the physical keyboard was too cramped for me and the hardware was way too slow. I installed the overclock for the PRE and it made dramatic improvements to the UI but it became very unstable after a while and I had to revert back to stock. I had to replace the handset a few times because of the headphone jack. When I removed the headphones it would get stuck in headphone mode and the phone only worked with headphones plugged in or on speakerphone (my wife had to get hers replaced for this too!). I don't miss the "oreo" effect with the sliding keyboard either.
Moving to Android has been an enjoyable process for me. I love the openness of the Android community. The EVO's hardware is what does it for me. This phone flies. The UI is smooth and responsive, all the time. I just wish there was no 30 fps cap on the GPU, but I haven't experienced any kind of lag in the UI with the cap. The landscape keyboard is way better than the portrait physical keyboard on the PRE, IMO. My wife still has her PRE and I use it from time to time, but she is very jealous of my EVO. There's no going back for me.
Welcome to the dark side!
- 08-09-2010, 12:13 PM #17
- 08-09-2010, 12:37 PM #18
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- 08-09-2010, 01:01 PM #19
- 08-09-2010, 03:23 PM #20
If you're not installing from the market then you are manually installing a .apk file (like a .exe file in Windows). You just copy the file onto the root of the SD card (that's on the SD card and not is a subdirectory/folder) then browse to the file with a file browser app (like Astro or ES File Explorer). Tap the file and it should launch. There is a setting that has to be enabled for installing non-Market apps (Settings > Applications and check the box for Unknown sources).
Thanks for the welcome.
So far so good with this phone, wish I have a method to root this bad boy now though.
Regardiing SMS Tone Per Contact, I installed HandCent and it works fine thus far.
What Ive noticed is that, with the 2.2 update (not that I used the phone prior to 2.2), but all GMAIL accounts are not being synced -only the first account. (been reading this issue on the boards too)
What I did was installed K9 and it works pretty good so far. Similar to chatteremail with IDLE PUSH
I like this phone so far, pretty cool.
Question: Is there a way to overclock this evo without root?
- 08-09-2010, 05:18 PM #23
Does this work without root?
Sorry for the baby steps, I swear I'll catch up to speed on playing with the EVO's guts (and Android) soon!
- 08-09-2010, 06:27 PM #24
- 08-09-2010, 07:12 PM #25
On the Pre you could minimize, slide the window and maximize the other open window. Back and forth up to some (seven?) number of windows. I will say that the back button on the Evo comes close. You can go straight from the new program back to the old program in one tap. If you want to go forward a long press on the home and select the one you want.
Interesting to me that when I am in the home screens I find sliding one screen either direction convenient, two screens either direction is inconvenient and three screens I just don't do. I'll go to the "app organizer" (Nice program like, but better than, the old Palm homescreen).