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Contacts and Backups

February 16, 2011 2 comments

I have had A LOT of people ask me if they will lose their contacts or calendar appointments if they do a factory reset on their phone or flash a ROM.  The answer is no.  If you remember when you first went to an Android device that you had to make a Google account.  Now that you have a Gmail account all of your contacts and calendar appointments will be saved.  However I have seen people who do not have ALL of the contacts in google/gmail that are on their phone.  When you add a  contact it will ask you if want to use just the phone or put it on your google account.  ALWAYS put it on to your google account.

Here is what you can do to check and make sure.  Log into your google account from your computer.  Once inside of Gmail check and make sure that the contacts on your phone match up to those inside your contacts. If you will also open up your calendar you will notice that the appointments match which are on your phone.  You are also able to put an event into your gmail calendar and it will come up on your phone calendar.  This usually takes anywhere from 2 to 20 minutes based on reception.  If you are in a “roaming area” it will take longer.  This article should clear up some of the questions of loosing your contacts and calendar appointments.

Any questions feel free to post!

Categories: Android 101, How-To

Slow and Laggy Droid-X

February 13, 2011 4 comments

First troubleshooting tip is to turn the phone off and turn the phone back on (reboot). Remember you are holding a little computer and sometimes it needs to “reset” itself so to speak.

If the phone is still laggy and not acting right after this try a battery pull.  Pull the phones battery and leave it out for about a minute.  Once this is complete replace the batter and power on the phone.  If the phone is still laggy and not acting right keep reading on.

How many apps/widgets are you running? If you are running a TON of applications and homescreen widgets try removing some if not all of them temporarily to see if this helps the performance.  Lots of homescreen widgets can wreak havoc on your performance.  If you have tried all the above steps and still nothing is working read on.

Ok so here comes the ace in the whole.  If your phone is stock I would at this point do a factory reset.  You can do that by going to menu/settings/privacy/factory data reset. Once completed test your phone for the same issues.  If the phone is not hacked and is still having performance issues, return the phone to Verizon for service/replacement.  If you are running a custom ROM and having these issues try going to the forum where you have downloaded the ROM and look for troubleshooting tips from other users.

Categories: Problem Solving

ADW Launcher Review/Tutorial

February 13, 2011 4 comments

Check out this review/tutorial of ADW Launcher on the Droid-X. Click HERE to view my channel and see the video!

Categories: Reviews

Droid-X Email and Emails Clients

February 11, 2011 1 comment

I’m sure that some of the users who will read this switched to a Droid-X from Blackberry. I myself was a Blackberry user for many years prior to switching to the Droid line of phones. I started with the original  droid and then went to the X.  I’m sure some of you have noticed duplicate emails, lengthy waits for emails and maybe not getting them at all.  If you have a gmail account you are good and normally get them before your computer does.  But what if you don’t have a gmail account?

Lets say that you have a Verizon.net email account, Comcast account or Cox.  I noticed when I first switched to Droid that I grew frustrated quickly because my email wasn’t “real time” like blackberry.  I searched high and low for a solution to this and came up with this answer.

The Droid-X’s stock email client “email” is poor in my opinion.  I have switched from that to “Maildroid” an app in the market which is free with add support but also provides a paid version if you don’t like the adds.  Maildroid has given me back my “push” email and has yet to fail me after a good amount of use.  It seems more organized than the stock mail client and also has a feature where you can add multiple accounts.  You can also assign custom notifications to each email account.

In closing, if you are coming from a blackberry and have experienced issues with the stock email client DEFINITELY give maildroid a shot.  There is also another “aftermarket” mail client called K9Mail but I have found that maildroid takes the cake when it comes to email.

Categories: Weekly Articles

Major Force Close Issue *Troubleshooting*

February 10, 2011 2 comments

Just wanted to make everyone aware of a HUGE issue that I just had with Liberty 1.5. Im not sure I can chalk it up to Liberty 1.5 100% but I will let you be the judge. It seemed to start like a small snow ball at the top of a hill and did nothing but get bigger.

First I noticed that my “Twidroyd” widget kept forceclosing.. No biggie.. I tried the app itself with the same result.

Second I tried to open my calendar to put in an event… That forceclosed also but with no notification of force closed..

So I rebooted.. No change..

I wiped cache… No Change..

THEN I tried to put in a password for the wifi at work… Forceclosed.. So I try a factory reset.. EVEN Bigger mistake.. (Have done before without issue)

Then my keyboard was force closing.. Now Im really screwed right??

Well almost… I powered down and put the phone into clockwork recovery by holding power and camera button at the same time.. WHen the M came up I released power and kept the camera button down.. I then let go of camera and booted int Clockwork Recovery Mod.. NOT Stock..

Long story short.. I installed a stable backup.. Just wanted to put this up incase someone had the same problem..

Categories: Problem Solving

Droid-X Dr. Soft Launch

February 8, 2011 5 comments

Thanks everyone for checking out the site for the first time.  This site is dedicated to being a Droid-X “hub” so to speak.  This site will include downloads, links, troubleshooting and much more.  This is a site for Droid-X users and only you can make it better.  Post comments on anything that you have had experience with.  This site will grow with the more subscribers and users it has.

I am in NO WAY, SHAPE or FORM trying to replace ANY of the droid X Forums.  I learned a TON from these sites and I am still an active member and will always be.  This is simply a place to come to see reviews, find links and downloads and maybe help someone out.  I would also like to thank everyone who has subscribed to my youtube channel as well as my twitter followers.

Thanks, and enjoy!

Categories: Weekly Articles