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  1. mattkeaves's Avatar
    I'm just posting this to see what others have thought. My Atrix is coming on Monday.

    Any tips for an Android Newbie? I can't wait to smash the iPhone against the wall Monday night. I will never buy another Apple product.

    What do I need to keep an eye out for after I turn it on.

    Are there any gotcha's taking info off of the iphone and moving it to Android?

    Any tips on best practices with Android?

    Should I worry about Battery life?

    Thanks in advance for your help!

    Matt
    02-19-2011 10:29 AM
  2. Lason's Avatar
    battery life should not be an issue with this phone, its got a pretty heft battery on it already. Normally I would suggest a task killer app first but the atrix already has one from what I understand.

    Only suggestion I can give ya is hit up the app market and start looking around. A few suggestions for apps would be Astro for viewing all the files on your SD card, depending on how the text client is you could try handcent sms client, of course pandora radio, quadrant benchmark so you can blow away the other phones on the list and show your nerd friends and tapatalk pro if your a big forum reader.
    02-19-2011 10:50 AM
  3. KoukiFC3S's Avatar
    I'd sync your iPhone contacts with Google if you haven't already. You can use iTunes to do that.
    02-19-2011 10:53 AM
  4. Ricandroid's Avatar
    I normally sync my calendar and contacts with Outlook, does anyone know of any work around to sync with Outlook with the Atrix?

    Thanks!
    02-19-2011 11:16 AM
  5. SirGeorgeKillian's Avatar
    I have a google apps email addy. Will this work as my login when it comes in? I am also a android virgin, I have had the iPhones since they first came out.
    02-19-2011 11:32 AM
  6. jess.hickey's Avatar
    I normally sync my calendar and contacts with Outlook, does anyone know of any work around to sync with Outlook with the Atrix?

    Thanks!
    export everything to google/gmail...wireless sync from anywhere
    02-19-2011 11:58 AM
  7. scrounger's Avatar
    I normally sync my calendar and contacts with Outlook, does anyone know of any work around to sync with Outlook with the Atrix?
    For the calendar
    Sync with Microsoft Outlook - Google Calendar Help
    02-19-2011 01:27 PM
  8. waltercln's Avatar
    same for me, although i still like apple, I'm bored with it and know android is more for me.


    battery life should not be an issue with this phone, its got a pretty heft battery on it already. Normally I would suggest a task killer app first but the atrix already has one from what I understand.
    does it really have one? in one of the ces videos i saw someone use the advance task killer app.
    02-19-2011 02:55 PM
  9. dLo GSR's Avatar
    02-19-2011 04:41 PM
  10. hotleadsingerguy's Avatar
    You'll want to sync everything up to the Google servers first...then when you get your phone ready you just log in to your Google account and it'll sync it all up to your phone. It will instantly sync up everything in the future (add a contact and it will immediately be added online. Add something on the internet and it'll immediately add it on your phone).

    Use iTunes to sync up all your stuff, then hit Export on the various programs to export them into Google (Address Book and Outlook both export very easily). All of the Google apps have easy imports (contacts.google.com, calendar.google.com, etc...). I usually keep everything synced up on Google anyway, but yesterday I transferred everything from my iPhone to Google again (using the export/import process on everything) and it took *maybe* 5 minutes.
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    02-19-2011 05:02 PM
  11. Terrigno's Avatar
    Id recommend getting yourself a Gmail address. When you get an Android phone, its only right to get Gmail. Your whole life will turn into Google and no more Apple. Its an awesome feeling, everything synes perfectly!

    Super battery life on this device as this one is comming with a huge battery. If you still wanna keep it in check, set your display brightness to Automatic. The screen is the biggest burdon on battery life.

    Start looking around the internet, or this forum for Widgets that will work with the type of stuff you like. Basically like if you want these items on your homescreen.......Calendar Monthly Widget, Email Widget, Contacts Widget, etc do a search. Androids got them all.

    Get ready to start feeding your addiction because once you start messing with it, its gonna open up a whole new world for you.
    waltercln likes this.
    02-19-2011 05:19 PM
  12. textiaac's Avatar
    Sign up for motoblur: HERE
    02-19-2011 05:20 PM
  13. waltercln's Avatar
    thanks to everyone for the info for new users like myself, it's much needed.

    quick question on killing the apps on android, might be dumb question but i might as well be 100% sure. On the iphone to kill an app it's simple to open the app tray and check it off. However, on the android i understand that its true multitasking so it needs to be closed if it's not in use, unlike the iphone.

    how do you close apps on android, without using the taskiller app?
    02-19-2011 07:28 PM
  14. Jonneh's Avatar
    Sign up for motoblur: HERE
    Quick question: If you have no intention of using Motoblur, and instead using a 3rd party launcher, when you get the phone do you still have to register for motoblur as part of the setup process?
    02-19-2011 08:02 PM
  15. waltercln's Avatar
    Quick question: If you have no intention of using Motoblur, and instead using a 3rd party launcher, when you get the phone do you still have to register for motoblur as part of the setup process?
    looks like you do from this video at 7:40

    02-19-2011 08:24 PM
  16. corneliusm's Avatar
    For a phone with 1 GB of ram, a task killer is unnecessary. I used to use a task killer on my Nexus One, but saw no difference in performance and battery life. Personally, I think the Android system does an excellent job of killing stale processes in the background, so you don't have to worry about them. Besides, the phone runs smoother if you just let AndroidOs to do its thing.

    If you're new to Android, I'd suggest getting a Google account (GMail, etc) beforehand and migrate your contacts into the Google system (this can be done through GMail, and there may be plenty of iPhone apps that can do this automatically for you). One of the greatest benefits to Android is the integration with Google apps and sync. As long as your phone has your login credentials, your email, calendar, contacts, and more will be accessible the moment you login on your phone for the very first time.

    Optionally but recommended: you can set up your Google voice number (free unlimited SMS and visual voicemail) and record a voicemail greeting.
    02-19-2011 08:32 PM
  17. jess.hickey's Avatar
    looks like you do from this video at 7:40

    Just as soon as I saw this unboxing last week I closed YouTube and went straight to sign up for my motoblur account.
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    02-19-2011 08:38 PM
  18. Jonneh's Avatar
    looks like you do from this video at 7:40

    Thanks man.


    Just as soon as I saw this unboxing last week I closed YouTube and went straight to sign up for my motoblur account.

    Guess I'll be doing the same right at this moment.
    02-19-2011 09:04 PM
  19. Jim Ahrman's Avatar
    To Kill an app...just go to prompt and type in: kill -9 1
    .. init 0 would work...or ps -ef | grep -v grep | grep -i init |awk '{print "kill -9 " $2}'
    Yes.. just joking :-D
    02-19-2011 09:22 PM
  20. Rich Rasp's Avatar
    Now I know the atrix will have 16 gb on board... I wonder how much of that can be used for aoo install..? Hope its not like the inspire... that thing has 4gb and only one of them can be used for apps.
    02-19-2011 10:14 PM
  21. textiaac's Avatar
    Now I know the atrix will have 16 gb on board... I wonder how much of that can be used for aoo install..? Hope its not like the inspire... that thing has 4gb and only one of them can be used for apps.
    Somewhere around 1.8 GB is allocated for apps.
    02-19-2011 11:06 PM
  22. Rich Rasp's Avatar
    Somewhere around 1.8 GB is allocated for apps.
    Why do they do this?! I think the Droid x and the Droid 2 are the only phones that give u a decent amount of app install space. Would have thought Motorola would have done that for the atrix.
    02-20-2011 07:18 AM
  23. jess.hickey's Avatar
    Why do they do this?! I think the Droid x and the Droid 2 are the only phones that give u a decent amount of app install space. Would have thought Motorola would have done that for the atrix.
    With Froyo and the ability to install apps to SD card, 1.8 gb makes me happy...especially coming from N1 where I only had 512 (or is it just 256?)
    02-20-2011 08:44 AM
  24. textiaac's Avatar
    With Froyo and the ability to install apps to SD card, 1.8 gb makes me happy...especially coming from N1 where I only had 512 (or is it just 256?)
    +1 I think it will be fine, especially if I buy this next week when I get paid.
    02-20-2011 09:02 AM
  25. Effington's Avatar
    I don't really understand the point of 16 GB onboard space if you can only use 1.8 GB for apps.... the card should be for media. Now I'm regretting not getting a faster microSD card.
    dopestar likes this.
    02-20-2011 11:00 AM
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