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First time Android user coming from Blackberry!
The time has finally come to replace my Blackberry Storm2 (been waiting to do this for a long time haha). I was originally going to wait until the end of the year for the newer 4G phones to come out on Verizon and just stick it out with my BB until than, but unfortunately last night at the San Diego (Del Mar) fair my Storm2 died in the most EPIC way possible. It catapulted out of my pocket about 100 feet up in the air while I was on a ride (good riddance to be honest, it was about time to trash that phone anyways). Surprisingly I found the phone and it turns on but the the screen doesn't detect any touch so i cant do anything with it. Instead of paying $99 insurance copay for another crappy storm 2 (which doesn't even sell for that much on Craigslist) I decided to just test my luck finally with an Android device and a Charge from Amazon.
Anyways i have done some research around forums and such but i would like to have a better understanding of the whole Android platform. When i had my BB i would update it to each leaked OS, and shrink the OS of all of the unnecessary bloatware and items that took up ram space.
I definitely want to root my Charge when i get it but I am unfamiliar with the process and exactly what it does (I know its like basically jailbreaking the phone but nothing else). Are there any guides, recommendations etc. to do this? Also would i be able to get rid of all of the stock bloatware that come on the phone (similar to Shrink-A-OS for BB)?
-What are some essential applications for Android? (I used SocialScope for twitter & facebook, 4square, Pattern Lock, Gym Technik, Hotschedules).
-Any recommendations for Emails & notifications(BB had push notifications for Facebook email etc).
Any other basic recommendations, tweaks and essentials for the phone would be appreciated as this is my first Android platform phone!