First thing that I did was obvious. I called Boost Mobile to get it activated. Since I already had a number from them I wanted to get it transferee over to my new phone. Normally this is all automated, however for this particular phone that service wasn’t yet available. So I ended up talking to live person. The process would have been simple, but I didn’t RTFM first. But after about 30 minutes of talking to the person at Boost Mobile I was all set up.
Next thing I wanted to do was Sync my Google account to it. Once I did most of my contacts in my GMail address showed up on my phone. This was a real life saver since I didn’t have to really enter all of my contacts from my old phone into my new one. That is one of the advantages of cloud computing.
I have more then one Google account so I went to Sync my other accounts as well.
Next I went to install some apps from the market place, which is the equivalent to Apple’s app store.
Since android is built off of Linux I tried to gain root privileges. To my surprise I didn’t have root. I wandered why I couldn’t get root on my own device. But now that I think about it, it makes sense. After all it protects both phone users and Boost Mobile. But I knew what I was doing so I decided to root my phone.
Rooting it was easy. And if your a Windows user it becomes even easier with the one click root tools.
Now that my phone was rooted I had complete control over it. The main reason I wanted root was so I could wirelessly tether my laptop to it. Which required root privileges. I soon discovered how little internal memory my phone has. To free up memory I moved all of my apps that I installed over to my SD card. After doing a bit of research I found out about android malware. I quickly installed the AVG app. But soon removed it since it was telling me that my Apps that required root access where malware. I knew these apparently weren’t malware. So I decided to try lookout mobile security. This worked a lot better with my rooted phone.
The first apparently that I busted my wallet out for was Titanium backup pro. This aloud me to remove Alps that came with my phone. This freed up quite a bit of internal memory.
I was pleased to find out that google allows 3rd party markets. They have no problem with 3rd party markets. I couldn’t find Firefox mobile so I Googled it. I soon found it but it wasn’t compatible with my phone. So I installed Opera Mobile.
I had no problems removing the following preinstalled Apps on my phone.
- Default web browser
- google talk
- Think free office
- music player
- Live wallpapers
- setup wizard
- home screen tips
- Launcher (I installed ADW in place of launcher)
I soon came to the conclusion that with my rooted phone I could do all the work I needed to do on my computer strait from my phone. It is a great alternative to a computer if I need to use one and don’t have one on hand.
Some Apps I installed where
- Google Docs. I used this so I could write from my phone then access my work on my google account on another computer.
- adobe PDF reader
- Pdf converter
- And a shit load more.
I haven’t yet installed Apps such as Ubuntu Linux packages. Mostly because my SD card isn’t that big.
I will definitely write more about my android when I get a bigger SD card and install Linux on it.