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  Reply # 401504 7-Nov-2010 22:41 Send private message

Oh yeah I had the app, it seems that I've managed to get a few QR codes to read (not yours though), and I still haven't got it to read any barcodes. I think it might just be that the lens isn't that great I suppose. 


I have found that the 845 has trouble with focusing on close objects. To get it to read QR code on the web, i had to magnify the page (Control + in firefox).

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  Reply # 401515 7-Nov-2010 23:25 Send private message

Are QR's even worth bothring with yet? When I last looked at them, there was no standard way that phones would interpret a business card in it, but that was on symbian however.




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  Reply # 401527 8-Nov-2010 07:53 Send private message

martyyn: Well Ive had mine for a couple of days and Im sorry to say its going back.

Quite simply its the keyboard. Its been calibrated correctly with a toothpick rather than a finger and my wife has tried all three keyboard version but its just not right.

After having been on Sony's for as long as I can remember the move to a keyboard on a touch screen is a step too far for her. She has no trouble on my Nexus, but the difference in screens is night and day as far as Im concerned.

Still cracking value for what it offers for $200, just not for us in a practical sense.



I found this too, then I switched to the Android keyboard and can actually type a decent text message & emails now.

To switch keyboards, press and hold on a text entry box (for example when typing a new text message) and a pop up menu will display. Change the keyboard to Android. Im totally loving that keyboard, the other one sucks big time if you dont like T9.

Also, another thing that makes typing better is to turn off the "Auto-complete" functon. Dont confuse suggestions/quick fixes with auto complete. Auto complete just randomly inserts a word for you (the red highlighted one) when you press space bar so even if you typed the correct thing it just changes it for you. My typing was junk when that was turned on.

To get to the keyboard settings hold down the "?123" key on the Android keyboard (I think it works on the other one too) and tuen auto-complete off.

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  Reply # 401528 8-Nov-2010 08:01 Send private message

The keyboard's a bit of a problem for my fat fingers too but I've started using SlideIT which seems to work quite nicely, there's a demo you can try here

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  Reply # 401529 8-Nov-2010 08:04 Send private message

+! for fat fingers but the Android keyboard is definitely better in my case

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Reply # 401551 8-Nov-2010 09:53 Send private message

Got mine on friday its my 1st smart/touch screen phone and has taken awhile to get used to but it is all good now 
now a couple of questions

Do you take the plastic screen protector off or is it better to leave it on?

And once I have finished playing whats the best way to turn all the data stuff off so i dont get any suprises
in my bill

Cheers

Karl

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  Reply # 401558 8-Nov-2010 10:05 Send private message

grudge:
You want "barcode scanner". It's an app in the Market. Android usually needs it - or one like it - to read bar codes.  


Oh yeah I had the app, it seems that I've managed to get a few QR codes to read (not yours though), and I still haven't got it to read any barcodes. I think it might just be that the lens isn't that great I suppose. 


Interesting. :-)  

To make mine bigger, did you "Cntl +" to make the browser page larger? That seems to work for most people. Then "Cntl -" to make it smaller again.

UPDATE: I've tried my QR-vatar with the 845 and the Galaxy S...and it doesn't work. I think it used to....but probably time for a new avatar anyway. :-)   




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  Reply # 401561 8-Nov-2010 10:09 Send private message

Karlosnz: Got mine on friday its my 1st smart/touch screen phone and has taken awhile to get used to but it is all good now 
now a couple of questions

Do you take the plastic screen protector off or is it better to leave it on?

And once I have finished playing whats the best way to turn all the data stuff off so i dont get any suprises
in my bill

Cheers

Karl


1. I always take those screen protectors off. They get grimey with finger oil in a few days...and interfere (IMHO) with the use of the touch screen. Just kep you phone in a soft place free of grit, food, keys and other hard objects and the screen should stay like new. I keep mine either in my shirt pocket or my trousers (front) pocket - solo. Nothing else in there. As I move, the cloth polishes the screen. :-)  

If I have to, I'll keep in a Glad zip-lock snack bag...and then I can toss it in amongst anything.

You can turn data on if Menu -> Settings -> Wireless & Networks. Have a look around in there. Better to get some data though. On VFNZ pre-pay 500MB is only $30 / month. On 2Degrees, you can get 1GB for $20 that lasts 30 days (use it or lose it). It's cheap.  
 




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  Reply # 401634 8-Nov-2010 12:26 Send private message

Has anyone got any updates on the custom roms? I am thinking about having a dabble but am not sure a) What I'm doing and b) which of the variants is the best currently.

I have read that the Mr Edition one doesn't have Wifi working but that one seems to be moving quite fast.

Any help appreciated, I am getting to quite like this phone after installing ADW launcher and messing about for a while it's pretty good. Even flogged the Nokia 5800!

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  Reply # 401635 8-Nov-2010 12:30 Send private message

I tried out Mr Edition but the wifi wouldn't start for me, I then installed Celestial Teapot and everything works beautifully. You need to be a little careful when first "rooting" the device, you can kill it if you're not careful (as long as you follow the instructions you'll be fine).

The CT ROM came with LauncherPro installed by default, I've since installed the Zeam launcher (developed by some of the people on the xda forums) which I've found to be a bit quicker. I've also started using appbrain.com for all my application downloads, it has a much nicer interface than the standard Android store - you can choose what apps to download using your PC's web browser then have the device sync all the apps you've chosen.

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  Reply # 401662 8-Nov-2010 13:19 Send private message

This might seem a daft question but what's different about it, I guess it's rooted and has apps2SD but is there anything else that's worth noting (I'm thinking major pluses rather than a list of all changes)?

Suppose my question is really "Is it worth it?"

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  Reply # 401672 8-Nov-2010 13:37 Send private message

Karlosnz:
Got mine on friday its my 1st smart/touch screen phone and has taken awhile to get used to but it is all good now 
now a couple of questions

Do you take the plastic screen protector off or is it better to leave it on?

And once I have finished playing whats the best way to turn all the data stuff off so i dont get any suprises
in my bill

Cheers

Karl


I use a combination of the power widged (which lets you turn off the Wi-Fi and GPS and APNdroid app which is a cool widget which deactivates your APN (3g data) at the touch of a button.

http://www.appbrain.com/app/apndroid/com.google.code.apndroid


Linuxluver:
Interesting. :-)  

To make mine bigger, did you "Cntl +" to make the browser page larger? That seems to work for most people. Then "Cntl -" to make it smaller again.  



Yeah I did zoom in but it doesn't seem to like your QR code at all, however the ones on the appbrain site it reads straight away.


langers1972:
This might seem a daft question but what's different about it, I guess it's rooted and has apps2SD but is there anything else that's worth noting (I'm thinking major pluses rather than a list of all changes)?


Suppose my question is really "Is it worth it?"
 

It's cause hacking's cool. But in all seriousness, i did it for the overclock mod, some tweaks that make it run faster and it helps me understand the device better. I haven't bothered with apps2sd yet but i might try that next.

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  Reply # 401693 8-Nov-2010 14:30 Send private message

grudge: 
Yeah I did zoom in but it doesn't seem to like your QR code at all, however the ones on the appbrain site it reads straight away.


Same here. The resolution of the avatar must be too low. Time for a new one, then, if no one can read it. :-)   




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  Reply # 401728 8-Nov-2010 15:57 Send private message

grudge, could you explain how you overclocked your phone?
I found a video on how to put the celetial teapot on and thats all going
I just dont know how to overclock from here

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  Reply # 401740 8-Nov-2010 16:31 Send private message

I was using the thread linked earlier in this thread see here
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=802893
you will need to register an account for the forum so that you download one of the OC'ed roms.
I'm running the TCT_691200_update.zip which runs at 691.2mhz but some people have gone higher with no instability so feel free to experiment :)

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