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  1. clindner's Avatar
    Which swype app are you using? I searched the app catalog but couldn't find it.

    Using the swype 3.0 beta:

    Swype | Text Input for Screens
    07-18-2011 09:05 AM
  2. derwin's Avatar
    I discovered something in the Clock app. There's a button on the top right that dims the screen which you may already know about, but if you long-press that same button you'll get a dim, simplified clock with a black background extremely similar in look and function to Palm's Touchstone mode.
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    07-18-2011 02:09 PM
  3. clindner's Avatar
    I discovered something in the Clock app. There's a button on the top right that dims the screen which you may already know about, but if you long-press that same button you'll get a dim, simplified clock with a black background extremely similar in look and function to Palm's Touchstone mode.

    Thanks, I had seen that before, but couldn't figure out how I got it. Was trying to get it back for use when I had the phone by my bed at night!
    07-18-2011 02:15 PM
  4. derwin's Avatar
    i also wasn't able to mute or unmute the phone without turning the screen off and turning it back on again to get to the lock screen switch. then I realized holding down the power button gives you a little menu to do the change from. a bit less obvious than the Pre's physical switch but it works all the same
    07-18-2011 04:32 PM
  5. Puzzlegal's Avatar
    Yes, you would probably have to type "jons" to find Jonsey's contact instead of "tj". But was the point to look at a contact or to do something like send them a text? To send a text to Jonsey, you might long-press Search and say "Text Jonsey Are you still going to the party tomorrow"
    Well, often I am looking for the phone number so I can call someone on my land line.

    I am still using a Pre, but I'm shopping for my next gadget, and this one is on the short list. One thing that the Pre doesn't do that still drives me nuts, after using it for two years, is search for contacts by something _other_ than initials or last name. For instance, a text string in the comments section of a contact.

    For instance, back on the Treo, I had all my contacts conveniently in categories, so I could look at the short list of "utilities", and find all the plumbers, electricians, newpaper-deliverers, etc., that I ever wanted to call. But I didn't usually have to scroll through all of "utilities" to find someone, because I could just search for "plumber", and every plumber I had ever used popped up. I can't do that on the Pre. (I went and changed the names of all the doctors the family uses so that their "last name" is "Dr.", but I didn't have the patience to do that for everyone I wanted to look up.)

    So, can I do that on the Nexus, or other Google devices? Please?

    By the way, thanks for being here to help hold the hands of those of us who are contemplating the jump, or who have just made it.
    07-20-2011 11:35 PM
  6. clindner's Avatar
    08-18-2011 03:02 PM
  7. j_grouchy's Avatar
    Says "devices" specifically...meaning they hopefully aren't giving up on the OS. Not much optimism for licensing to other manufacturers...unless they already have arrangements they haven't yet announced.
    08-18-2011 03:34 PM
  8. Puzzlegal's Avatar
    I suspect there will be more traffic to this thread.
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    08-18-2011 05:43 PM
  9. kuoirad's Avatar
    For instance, back on the Treo, I had all my contacts conveniently in categories, so I could look at the short list of "utilities", and find all the plumbers, electricians, newpaper-deliverers, etc., that I ever wanted to call. But I didn't usually have to scroll through all of "utilities" to find someone, because I could just search for "plumber", and every plumber I had ever used popped up. I can't do that on the Pre. (I went and changed the names of all the doctors the family uses so that their "last name" is "Dr.", but I didn't have the patience to do that for everyone I wanted to look up.)
    As a recent refugee from Pre-world due to Best Buy's "free Nexus" promo a few weeks back, I can give you a good answer on this. There's not a way to do it with the stock software that I'm aware of. But go download a copy of GO Contacts EX and I think you'll be good to go. I found it because I was looking for a way to not have to store my contacts with Google. I'm ok with them having my calendar, but I don't want them having my contacts.

    GO Contacts has groups, it lets you store (and import) your contacts in the phone, and it just looks better than the stock Contacts and Dialer (it comes side-by-side with an alternative dialer) apps. Whether you can search on a comment string, I'm not sure.

    I haven't read fully through this thread, I probably should. I found a couple things that some may find interesting. I'll share once I get through all 9 (I have more posts/page configured) pages....
    08-18-2011 08:17 PM
  10. clindner's Avatar
    Says "devices" specifically...meaning they hopefully aren't giving up on the OS. Not much optimism for licensing to other manufacturers...unless they already have arrangements they haven't yet announced.
    Sure, they say that, but it just doesn't make sense. The platform is in 4th place after the others, and waiting another year for a phone and tablet to hit using it will just drive it further down.

    I have always hoped that HP would develop some great devices running webOS, and I'd be pulled back to the platform. Now I seriously doubt that will ever happen.

    Oh well. Android is a great platform as well, and stands to only get better!
    08-18-2011 08:49 PM
  11. DeathsArrow's Avatar
    Sure, they say that, but it just doesn't make sense. The platform is in 4th place after the others, and waiting another year for a phone and tablet to hit using it will just drive it further down.
    4th??? Try 5th. WP7 climbed over the wreckage of WebOS months ago.
    08-18-2011 09:44 PM
  12. clindner's Avatar
    4th??? Try 5th. WP7 climbed over the wreckage of WebOS months ago.
    True, but I don't really count Blackberry, as I see them packing it in before too much longer!
    08-18-2011 09:54 PM
  13. OleSalt's Avatar
    I suspect there will be more traffic to this thread.
    Suspect you are very correct! Original Pre- launch day, yesterday Best Buy was offering Free Nexus S 4g, Paid $12.05 in taxes. Will take some getting used to but with HP's announcement today timing could have not been better....
    08-19-2011 12:12 AM
  14. DeathsArrow's Avatar
    True, but I don't really count Blackberry, as I see them packing it in before too much longer!
    At least they still have decent market share even if their strategy moving forward is deeply flawed and will cost them.
    08-19-2011 09:26 AM
  15. j_grouchy's Avatar
    Says "devices" specifically...meaning they hopefully aren't giving up on the OS. Not much optimism for licensing to other manufacturers...unless they already have arrangements they haven't yet announced.
    Rahul Sood sorta makes my point:

    http://www.rahulsood.com/2011/08/fumbling-football.html

    I think HP could have done a better job of messaging this;

    1. wait until they had a deal to license webOS on the table
    2. announce the deal in fabulous fashion, while quietly mentioning they killed webOS hardware.

    3. as far as the rest goes, who knows, the acquisition and the pc spin-off thing have my head rumbling.
    08-19-2011 11:11 AM
  16. Makinola's Avatar
    Wow so many posts!!! I also switched from WebOs to Android with the Nexus S 4g and i must say the differences are like night and day. I do miss some of WebOs features but i think in the long run since WebOs will probably be licensed or open source Android will get to work on that and implement those features
    08-20-2011 01:28 AM
  17. angiest's Avatar
    Another introduction. My wife and I just upgraded our August 2009 Pre's to Nexus S'. Still getting used to the different interface.
    08-21-2011 11:10 PM
  18. milominderbinde's Avatar
    PreCentral: Poll: Are you planning to switch away from webOS?

    If you used to have webOS, check out the survey results. Guess where they went.
    08-22-2011 11:12 AM
  19. j_grouchy's Avatar
    PreCentral: Poll: Are you planning to switch away from webOS?

    If you used to have webOS, check out the survey results. Guess where they went.
    Your link just takes me to the forums home page.
    08-22-2011 11:25 AM
  20. chud's Avatar
    08-22-2011 12:07 PM
  21. milominderbinde's Avatar
    08-22-2011 12:56 PM
  22. clindner's Avatar
    Great article about the demise of webOS at Palm. These guys just weren't cut out for hardware development, it seems.

    Palm post mortem: what could have been - gdgt
    08-22-2011 01:35 PM
  23. Gr3yGhOsT's Avatar
    I truly mourn the loss of WebOS in the smartphone ecosystem...I hope that HP sells it off to a worthy buyer. (Licensing it out is probably a dead end...who will pay for WebOS when they can have Android for free?) My fear is that HP will hold on to Palm just for the patent portfolio and WebOS will fade away to the dustbin of smartphone history.

    I have extensively used all the major smartphone platforms (Blackberry, WebOS, iOS, and Android) and just from the user interface perspective, WebOS was hands down the best mobile operating system by a mile. The gesture based utilization and true multitasking was a pleasure to use. The phone was wicked easy to tweak and customize to the nth degree, and the platform was very solid and stable despite my constant hacks. (I get a ton of force closes on my Nexus S and my Blackberry Bold crashes weekly.)

    WebOS suffered from horrible hardware (I went through 3 different Pre's before finally grabbing my Nexus S...) and a utter lack of apps. Which was a shame...pair WebOS with a good hardware platform and get some developers on board and you would have had a winner. I was cautiously optimistic that HP would have been able to do both. Shame to see they continued to make the same mistakes.

    I love my Nexus S...but still miss they joys of using WebOS. I still want to flick apps away to close them, or to swipe to move to another app. Everything else feels so...unrefined. Here is hoping that Google can pull a Blackberry Playbook coup and steal some of the WebOS features that made it so great.
    08-23-2011 03:38 PM
  24. superblast's Avatar
    I just wanted to mention that ColorNote is a very nice free app that I'm using in place of the post-it note app on the Pre. Pretty much has the same functionality but also lets you create lists and then check them off as you complete them (great for grocery lists). It also lets you place notes on your desktop.
    08-25-2011 06:05 PM
  25. j_grouchy's Avatar
    Managed to snag a "fire sale" TouchPad last week, so I haven't had to completely desert webOS. I only wish there was some way to link my NS4G and TouchPad. Alas...
    08-29-2011 07:48 AM
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