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Old 11. Sep 2012, 11:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all iv had a symbian smart phone for a good number of years... When the nokia 5800 was first released in the UK. It finally started to go down hill, with calls breaking up people not hearing me or me not hearing them. yet the speaker wasnt broke the music player played fine, and there was no issue with the signal, so i couldnt explain the problem. So i finally upgraded to a android phone. The Samsung Galaxy S3. Iv already been through the best android apps on gizmo.

Iv already noticed a issue with the battery.. Wi-fi being on most the time. And i found a tip "From the Settings page of your Galaxy S3 you need to then head to Wi-Fi and select Advanced. You should then see some text that reads “Connect to Wi-Fi while asleep” and need to change that to Never."

But i also found a mention about Task killer
"And task managers/killers are a no no for android devices. Android devices were designed by the android team to use as much ram as possible. Shutting apps and processes down does more harm than good. "

Whats the view on that?

And mobile antivirus.... I was under the impression they were useless.... although that was a few years back.. I assume thats changed now....
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Old 11. Sep 2012, 11:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Congratulations on getting your Android phone. Samsung Galaxy SIII is a great choice.

For conserving your battery, in case you are not using services like wifi, bluetooth etc, you should turn them off, and turn them on only when necessary. Also, select the brightness of the device to be on auto. These things will save lot of power.
You can make use of the power widget for accessing these controls easily from the home screen.

As for task killer, yes, such apps are not needed mostly. This was discussed earlier, here, with some nice links to read :

http://www.techsupportalert.com/free...questions.html

The thread has some nice discussion which can clear many things up. Has links on articles to save battery life too. That's how I learned things .

As for antivirus, yes, it's necessary to have one, because of the presence of malware apps. As Android is quite a popular smartphone operating system now, it's under attack from malware. So, better to have an antivirus on it. I would advise it to be the first app to install before you start trying other apps.

Review of antivirus app on our site here :

http://www.techsupportalert.com/cont...pp-android.htm

A comprehensive report and test by av-comparatives here :

http://www.techsupportalert.com/free...vs-review.html

More reviews and articles for Android apps here on the site :

http://www.techsupportalert.com/mobile-apps/android
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Old 11. Sep 2012, 01:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 11. Sep 2012, 10:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I echo the thoughts about definitely getting an antivirus for your Android. I also suggest NOT getting/using a task killer. Instead, I highly recommend Juice Defender. I find that it gives me an extra couple of hours of battery life.

If you can, also find a setting on your phone for "data saver". I set my cell to only update when I'm connected to Wifi. This is more for saving costs for data, but it seems to also help with battery life so your phone isn't constantly checking for updates.
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Old 12. Sep 2012, 07:10 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Juice Defender and the Data Saver setting will surely help you to maximize your phone's battery life. Task Killers are, as you said, not recommended and must be avoided. However, you can install some memory management apps that will "teach" Android how to allocate its memory in a smarter way.

I recommend you to try Auto Memory Manager. It's free (though ad-supported) and you don't need a rooted phone for it to work. It also has some presets that you can test until you get the results you want.

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Ok i've heard it a few times now.... What is ment by root the phone? Is it worth doing? i got some insurance cover with the phone, would "rooting" it void anything? and whats the benifit?
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Rooting your phone will, with no doubt, void your warranty. So, you must think twice before attempting to do it. Furthermore, a faulty procedure during the rooting process might brick your phone.

On the other hand, rooting will help you to gain total control over your phone by giving you "Superuser Privileges" (it's a Linux thing). That way you can do some basic operations (like uninstalling all the pre-installed bloatware, change the system fonts, etc.). You can also perform some advanced stuff like Custom ROM management (i.e. install different / modded Android versions, add specific tweaks to your current OS and much more). There are many free apps out there that can help you to do such tasks, but they need a rooted phone to work.

In the end, rooting is a matter of necessity. If you're happy with your phone's current status and you don't need to perform any advanced stuff, there's no need of rooting it (and you'll keep your warranty too ) But, if you want to get rid of the bloatware and you would like to experiment with your phone by moving things around, rooting it is a must (some middle to advanced level of Linux knowledge may come in handy too).

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Ahh right, with my nokia 5800 it was fine to start with but after a couple of years it just kinda needed improving, So what i dont with it was to add a custom firmware, to speed it up and allow better memory usage, ect.

So rooting is basically the same. Sort of. allowing you into certain system files. And tweaking. I'll keep my shone as it is at them moment then and maybe do it after a couple of years
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Juice Defender and the Data Saver setting will surely help you to maximize your phone's battery life. Task Killers are, as you said, not recommended and must be avoided. However, you can install some memory management apps that will "teach" Android how to allocate its memory in a smarter way.

I recommend you to try Auto Memory Manager. It's free (though ad-supported) and you don't need a rooted phone for it to work. It also has some presets that you can test until you get the results you want.
Can you please discuss the differences as well as the pro's/con's of Auto Memory Manager compared to Juice Defender? I've used Juice Defender for quite a while. I was not aware of Auto Memory Manager.
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Can you please discuss the differences as well as the pro's/con's of Auto Memory Manager compared to Juice Defender? I've used Juice Defender for quite a while. I was not aware of Auto Memory Manager.
Sure thing!

The difference between those two apps lies on the function and the level they work.

Juice Defender is designed to extend your phone's battery life and it works by managing the phone's HARDWARE. It does so by turning on/off the 2G/3G/4G, WiFi and Bluetooth as needed. It also can control the CPU and Brightness levels as well as the connectivity (synchronization frequency, etc.).

Auto Memory Manager has a different function, which is to manage Android's system memory, thus it works on a SOFTWARE level. With this tool, you can assign max and min RAM values at different levels. E.g. You can reduce the amount of assigned memory for foreground apps so that once you close/exit that application, the system will really close it instead of keeping it running in the background. There are 6 different levels at which you can perform such changes. TIP: the higher the values are, the more likely the app will be closed by the system ASAP. Therefore, if you need multitasking, you must assign lower values so the apps aren't closed by the system.

By using both of these apps you can get a better experience with your phone without rooting it.

I'll try to make an in-deep article about these apps. I'll ask the guys here if there's no problem about it.

I hope this helped you.
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