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Re: Why is this forum so barren?
I came to Android and the GNote on launch day for the GNote in Feb. Prior to that I had played with a friends Galaxy SII Skyrocket for about a month. I had been on BlackBerry for about 8 years prior to coming to Android and knew nothing about it except that I had heard that it was the most "customizable" of the other OS's generally available. What I learned quickly was just like CrackBerry from 2007 on - Android Central has been my teachers first and now my coaches for most things Android. One thing you notice very quickly is that Android is not very similar to BB (you hear it a lot from those of us who have come over) and the good folks here answered a lot of "on BB I used to do...how do I do that on Android". The folks on this site, both in the general Android forums (for me at first about Gingerbread, then ICS, and even how to update my GNote using Kees when it was time, and I needed help as I had rooted previously (yes I built up enough courage to root my phone by then and have swapped ROMs almost on a weekly basis sometimes when I get bored).
One thing I noticed here - that I noticed at CrackBerry as well, is that when a particular phone has been released there is a huge buzz around that forum. Early adopters with "ever notice" or "TW is different from Sense where is the ...", "this phone is more than I thought" to "what was I thinking when I bought this phone". Folks buzz around the forums early listening to hear if it's a candidate for their next upgrade, and contribute when appropriate. For example I have been monitoring the N4 forum - to hear if that phone is all that they say it is.
Then as folks become more comfortable, as the buzz dies down (and here at Android you don't wait a year like iOS or 1.5 years like BB recently the product cycles are much shorter than they are there), buzz grows around the next greatest, watch what happens after CES - the new phones will start to get a large amount of posts and folks will neglect this one. You can look at the N4 forum and tell me it's dull and lacking in good conversations? I don't think so, and have enjoyed hearing others discuss their early impressions.
By now, by Android standards, the GNote 1 is a mature group. Most of us have had the phone for 4-6 months and are either very comfortable with it (maybe it's time to get a new case, or change the launcher), or have already identified the next candidate and are monitoring or contributing to that forum.
Chris the moderator asked you a question and I can tell you he is earnest - all the Mods on this forum are. They are among the most active here in the forums as any I participate in and are eager to answer your questions or help you with a place (like the website mentioned above - which I wouldn't have ever known about if it wasn't for Jerry here) where you can find an answer to "help! I bricked my phone I never should have tried to change the ROM!). Andrew is really active in the Gnex forum (a phone I got because I heard here you don't know Android until you have the pure form in a Nexus) depending on what phones and Tabs they are currently playing with I have seen Phil, Jerry and Alex in posts I have participated in.
And the podcast is tremendous!
I think you sell this forum short owing to coming to this phone at this time. Samsung quickly released the GNote II and some of the active folks in this forum have moved on to that phone. That is the nature of Android.