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Hello, and welcome to the forums, to the X, and to the world of smart phones.
Originally Posted by NGage
Everyone has to start somewhere.
I'm 44, but this X can do so many things, I feel like the old man with the VCR clock blinking 12:00 all the time. I've never felt so old and out of touch. LOL
Widgets will run when you place them on screen. The amount of battery drain will depend on the widget itself as well as the number of widgets you have on screen. Widgets that are actually on your screens would be the active ones. Anything not in use is not on.
-- Are the widgets that things that run full time and drain battery life? If so, how do I turn them off? If not, then what are the things I need to turn off and how do I do so?
There are different ways to add ringtones to your phone, depending on what sources you have and what you're looking to accomplish. There are apps that will let you trim down your mp3's and assign them as ringtones (RingDroid being a good one). Wallpapers are the same. Find an image you like and throw it onto your microSD card. There's a certain size for the screen that I can't think of off hand, but there's an image sizer thing to use on pictures in your gallery. If you have clips on your computer, you can add them to folders on your microSD card, and for that I'm going to cheat a bit and link you to another post: mp3 to ringtone.
-- where do I go to find ringtones not already on the phone?
-- where do I go to find wallpapers not already on the phone?
You may need to turn on your location settings. From the home screen, hit the menu button (lower left physical button with the four squares), select settings, then choose Location & Security, and check the appropriate boxes in the My Location area. Personally, I have Use Wireless Networks, Use GPS Satellites, and Enable Assisted GPS checked. GPS only kicks on when needed, so it's not constantly running in the background.
-- it seems like it's got my location wrong....how do I set it correctly?
That will be a personal choice really. For me, I have basic information widgets on the home screen (a clock/date widget, calendar widget, and weather widget), one screen with audio short cuts, and one screen with toggle switches. What works for you may be totally different. Don't be afraid to experiment with it to find what works for you. Maybe what works for you one day doesn't work the next. It happens to me seemingly weekly.
-- Is it better to clutter up the homepage with icons? Or, to leave them on one of those secondary slide over pages?
Again, that will be up to you if you want to. There are two ways to do it. One is to use the built in accounts app (similar to your next question), or use the Facebook app. I think both solutions are total crap on an android phone. The built in account doesn't seem to want to sync and is about useless, and the facebook app is half a step above a steaming turd.
-- Do I want to set up facebook on it? If so, how?
For this, you'll need some information about your email account. Is it POP or IMAP? What settings does your email provider require to access your email? Hopefully there's a section somewhere on your email access page that will show you how to setup your account for POP or IMAP. If you're able to find that this may help. You'll select the same email icon as requested in that thread and enter your email information in the walkthrough.
-- How can I sync it up to my Road Runner email account?
Don't be afraid to play with your phone, and definitely don't be afraid to ask questions here.
What else do I need to know?
Hope that helps a bit.
Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.