View Poll Results: Did a store rep install and/or recommend a Task Manager?

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  • Yes they did.

    282 29.28%
  • No but they advised that I do so.

    166 17.24%
  • No they did not.

    518 53.79%
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  1. 318sugarhill's Avatar
    How many times do you here "these were a necessity on Windows phones" These are NOT windows phones! Stupid store reps know nothing about the phones they sell. A few are knowledgeable, most are not. No one should ever put anything on your phone without your permission.
    10-19-2010 04:34 PM
  2. Cory Streater's Avatar
    1. Purchased my Droid X at the local Verizon store on 7/15/10.
    2. They didn't install a task killer but all of the sales reps I talked to recommended I install one.

    When I asked them about this on another visit to the store, and told them that even the Android developers recommend against using a task killer, they didn't know what to say.

    One of the reps looked at my phone, because I was having issues with short battery life, and he said "Wow! How did you get your phone to look like that?" I was using Launcher Pro so I told him. He hadn't heard of Launcher Pro so I showed him how to get it from the Marketplace.
    Love the story. Love Launcher Pro.
    10-19-2010 04:38 PM
  3. zosopage1963's Avatar
    There are plenty of threads discussing the pros & cons of Task Killers. This is not one of them. I have 2 simple questions I'd like you to answer.

    1) If you purchased your phone at the store, which of the 4 major carriers did you buy your phone from: Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile or AT&T?

    2.) Did the store employee install and/or strongly recommend a task manager before you left the store?

    Please post the answer to both questions here, and check the applicable checkboxes in the poll.

    Bought 3 EVO's from Sprint (different stores at different times) and all 3 reps installed Advanced task Manager on the phones as part of their "service"
    10-19-2010 04:42 PM
  4. Tifoso's Avatar
    Took my X to a Verizon store to see if they could troubleshoot all of the issues that I've had since updating to froyo. The store manager took my phone and downloaded a task killer app from the market. She said that should fix it. Took my phone back from her, told her I was uninstalling it and then called her an ***** and walked out.
    10-19-2010 04:43 PM
  5. ChaosShadow's Avatar
    Didn't happen when I got my EVO, but when I got the Hero, the Sprint sales rep kept going on and on about getting task killers. I just ignored the fool
    10-19-2010 04:53 PM
  6. wshaw's Avatar
    Verizon, DX, and yes, Advanced Task Manager.
    10-19-2010 04:55 PM
  7. smileyb's Avatar

    Yes, recommended one. Forgot which since it was long ago. ATK or TasKiller.
    10-19-2010 04:58 PM
  8. mstroud's Avatar
    1) Verizon factory store, Droid X

    2) Store employee installed the task manager before ever handing me the phone.

    I have since updated to 2.2 (Froyo) and have uninstalled the task manager. Phone still runs a bit slowly and less stable than under 2.1 now. I seem to have random force-closes that I didn't see before. I really can't blame any of this on the lack of a task manager, however.
    10-19-2010 05:08 PM
  9. JackG058's Avatar
    Two EVO's from Sprint store. Neither had a task killer installed or recommended.

    Love the the Android.
    10-19-2010 05:08 PM
  10. Xenx's Avatar
    No mention of a task killer when I bought my Epic from Sprint.
    10-19-2010 05:09 PM
  11. Averix's Avatar
    None installed on my EVO by default.
    I get there are pluses and minuses to task killers, but if used intelligently, they don't cause grief. I use mine to manually kill pointless pre-installed memory hogs on my EVO like Footprints. Never had any issues doing that. And, contrary to reports, that pos app doesn't get killed and clean up on its own. Each to their own I guess.
    10-19-2010 05:11 PM
  12. SphincterBoy's Avatar
    Evo and Epic on separate trips and stores. Neither said anything about a task killer.
    10-19-2010 05:21 PM
  13. Incredibly incredible's Avatar
    When I got my moto Droid they installed advanced task killer for me

    When I got my incredible they reminded me to download it but I didn't after reading online about them
    10-19-2010 05:22 PM
  14. dreedy01's Avatar
    Yes...bought my sis the Fascinate last night and Big Red associate preinstalled ATK
    10-19-2010 05:34 PM
  15. F34R's Avatar
    bought a fascinate in store, didn't tell me to install it, nor was it installed, or even mentioned.

    The setup process was introduced to me, he asked if I wanted help doing voicemail, or if I was already familiar with the android platform. He told me if I had any issues, questions, etc., to give him a call or text on his cell.
    10-19-2010 05:54 PM
  16. CR6's Avatar
    Nope. I put the stock "running services" short cut on one of the homepages of my Fascinate and just go there if I need to close out any apps running in the background. Nobody at the store ever mentioned installing a task manager, but I have read a number of posts on a number of forums over the past year of people telling others to install them. They're just not necessary and I think it boils down to a bunch of noobs spreading mis-information that's all.
    10-19-2010 05:56 PM
  17. s_franchise's Avatar
    1. droid incredible, it was a Verizon local store

    2. They installed it as soon as they started the phone, which i dont understand why they take liberties of installing things when that should primarily be up to you, without even asking you none the less. i uninstalled it immediately. also i asked should i do a hard reset and they said no. found that interesting
    10-19-2010 05:56 PM
  18. Namelez's Avatar
    1) Sprint

    2.) the store employee installed and strongly recommend a task manager before I left the store

    10-19-2010 06:00 PM
  19. SouthernBelle's Avatar
    Happened to me at Sprint and Verizon.

    ATK for both. I deleted both. Made no difference in how my Moment ran - it was rotten either way. My DroidX works much better without it.
    10-19-2010 06:06 PM
  20. anon(42522)'s Avatar
    This last update for my Vibrant has a Task Manager App and it doesnt allow me to delete it!!!
    Both of ours after the JI6 update
    10-19-2010 06:20 PM
  21. TenshiNo's Avatar
    HTC Evo 4G from Sprint. Started playing with it as soon as it came out of the box. Even told the guy it was my second Android phone and I was vary familiar with how they work (I'm a programmer and working on writing a few apps for Android). He *still* said something like, let me setup some basic stuff for you, took the phone back and installed ATK before showing me how the Sprint TV worked. Never even said a word about installing the task killer, I just recognized the icon in the notification tray.
    10-19-2010 06:26 PM
  22. sheriberri69's Avatar
    Bought my Evo from Sprint, No mention of installing or recommending task killer.
    10-19-2010 06:36 PM
  23. Stang68's Avatar
    1. Droid X - Verizon - At the store on launch day

    2. They didn't push or install it. However, I have seen them try to push it to other people. I intervened.

    Some of these stories are ridiculous. I cannot believe how clueless some reps are. Selling phones is your job and every single rep should belong to a forum like this. They should know that Task Killers are bad for the phone. I love putting a VZW rep in their place when they try to tell me something about a Blackberry or Android device that is blatantly wrong.
    10-19-2010 06:53 PM
  24. john_5_24's Avatar
    For Me:
    1. Droid x - Verizon - on launch day

    2. The woman installed it and told me AFTER what she did.

    When I questioned her based upon what I had read on some forums, she said, "Verizon wants it on all Android phones". That was enough for me to know to uninstall as soon as I left.

    For My Wife:
    1. Droid 2 - Verizon - Launch day.

    2. Rep installed it on her phone as well (and she won't uninstall it just because she knows it irritates me ).
    10-19-2010 06:58 PM
  25. bnrbranding's Avatar
    Got a Hero for the wife and an Evo for myself, both at Best Buy, neither time did they mention installing any apps.
    10-19-2010 06:59 PM
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