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Epic 4G Issues: Slow Email and Google Calendar Problems
Loving my Epic 4G, but hating how excruciatingly slow the email is! Coming to the Epic from an Evo where I noticed the email retrievals were automatic and lickety split. Expected to have that same ease of use on the Epic, but this has not been the case.
I have four email accounts set up through the Epic. (2 hotmail, 1 Yahoo! and 1 Gmail) One hotmail is my primary email account and is set up to check for new email as often as the device will allow, which is every 5 minutes. The others all check for email anywhere from every 10 minutes to every 1 hour.
The auto sync box is also checked.
Here's my problem:
If I wait for the Epic to alert me that it has new email for me, I can go as long as two days before it will do so and this is on the account where it is supposed to check every 10 minutes!
The other email accounts set up to check every 10 minutes or every 1 hour don't ever alert me that I have any new email, no matter how much time passes.
Now, I can open the email and look at the combined view for all email accounts and sometimes it will actually show me the new emails, but most often it won't show me anything. I will have to back out of the combined view and click into each email box separately in order to get it to show me new email. Interestingly enough, I have had it regularly not show me any new emails after I check individual email boxes, but wait until I closed the email application to alert me I had new emails after all!
It's very frustrating and actually a feature which I would have thought would have been no problem whatsoever for an advanced device like the Epic to handle.
I have toyed with settings via my computer for all web mail accounts and verified that my phone is linked to the web mail accounts, but nothing seems to speed up the time which it takes to be alerted of email.
As an experiment, I just sent myself a test email from my Gmail account to my Hotmail account. I've verified the email is in the Hotmail inbox via my laptop, but have not opened the email. It has thus far been about 2 hours and my Epic has yet to notify me I have a new email from my gmail account! I just think that's unacceptable no matter how you slice it.
Additionally, I was dismayed to learn neither the Epic or Evo seemed to come with a very good calendar option for remembering tasks and things to do lists. The Pre's calendar was as good as I have ever seen it done, but I hoped for basic calendar functionality via tasks at the very least. I have downloaded more than a half a dozen calendar/reminder apps from the Android Market and none seem to work 100% of the time. Astrid worked great about 30% of the time, the rest of the time, it didn't do so good. lol I also had sporadic behavior with Pure Calendar and a host of others. I finally resorted to using Google Calendar which I was told was rock solid. It worked great for 3 days and then I noticed no matter how many tasks I entered into the online calendar, I would get an email each morning from Google Calendar saying I had no tasks scheduled on this day. I can go to my online calendar and see a whole host of tasks which I have entered, but the email on my phone says nothing of the sort! Again, very frustrating!
Can anyone advise or offer me assistance in this matter? Thank you in advance.