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Old 07. Apr 2013, 11:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm new to Android just got my first smart phone which runs version 2.3.7 a few days ago. I'm beginning to discover how everything works and from what I see ES Explorer is a mufti-purpose application and it seems to have many of the same functions as ZDbox. There is ES taskmanager and I'm wondering if I even need ZDbox If ES Taskmanager is installed? I did install ES Taskmanager but for what ever reason when I try to launch ES Explorer from within it says it can't find it and offers to install it. Perhaps its a bug with the new version of ES Explorer.

Anyway a very powerful and time saving app for managing my phone. Are there other apps you recommend? I'm also thinking about (Rooting) my phone so I can use Titanium Backup among other things but I don't want to ruin my phone from lack of experience. I see they have a App for that but its non free.

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Old 08. Apr 2013, 01:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm also thinking about (Rooting) my phone so I can use Titanium Backup among other things but I don't want to ruin my phone from lack of experience. I see they have a App for that but its non free.
Welcome to the Android world wdhpr!

If you've got your phone recently I wouldn't recommend rooting for several reasons starting with the warranty. Rooting automatically voids your phone's warranty (which is not good and it is even worse if you've got it through a contract with a carrier). Secondly, if you're new to Android it is advisable to also become very familiar with the OS first, so you can understand it better once you go the "Superuser" (a.k.a. root) way.

There are several pros and cons about rooting, therefore I recommend you to visit these specialized sites that will help you in your "quest for Android wisdom"

XDA-Developers Forum (the site to go for in-deep knowledge about rooting and advanced stuff).
Android Authority How-to guides
Android Central Help and How-to
Android Community Forum

I think those sites should prove useful in guiding you towards a solid and constructive decision about rooting.

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Old 08. Apr 2013, 01:35 AM   #3 (permalink)
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IO.Hazard , Thanks for the links they appear very helpful.
I think your right about waiting to (root) my phone which will void my warranty as limited as it may be. I have several years of experience with Linux and I spend 90% of my time using Mint 14 but that's not to say I can dive right into an Android operating system.

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I like root explorer for a file manager myself, if you haven't come across it. I just don't like the multi-function file managers much. I rather have each app specialize in what they are made to do, the extra features I can just use an entirely different app.

Titanium Backup is free, pro version costs money, but free one is completely useable.

Rooting shouldn't void warranty anymore, unless something changed yet again with how this is dealt with.
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Rooting shouldn't void warranty anymore, unless something changed yet again with how this is dealt with.
I am no expert in this at all, but everything I've read says that rooting your phone will, indeed, void the warranty. In addition, it's my understanding that your cell phone carrier won't support it either. (Won't be able to assist you with technical assistance.)
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http://www.dailytech.com/Library+of+...ticle19157.htm

been a few years so like I said, unless something has changed, it shouldn't void it :S
But there's a limit to that. For example, you can ruin the cpu by overclocking the phone using root then it would. You could break the speakers by making the sound louder than it should be, then it would be voided. But things like fault construction doesn't get voided.

Basically, if it would have broken with or without root, it won't be voided. If you do something to increase performance past what it can handle and it breaks, well that's something different.

But that's all semantics, and if the phone company wants to repair it or not, but most of them don't care about it as much now. It's less trouble for them to give you a replacement/fix it and keep you on your contract then to lose you or have an unhappy customer that won't resign up.

Edit: example, I put android on my touch pro 2 (a windows mobile phone). I had sprint take a look at it and to transfer some contacts for me. They thought it was odd that I had an android phone but they really didn't care enough to do anything. Well the age of the phone might be what let me pass with them since void or not, I have no warranty on a 4 year old phone.
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Well, not only am I new to Android but my so is my wife. I just let her show me this new App that that creates a Solar Panel on her phone so she can recharge it by setting it in sunlight. I haven't the heart to tell her anything but "WOW"

I do have a question and that is what is the difference between clearing the cache and doing something like a fast reboot. A fast boot also cleans the cache but will a fast reboot do anything else?

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This is personal opinion, not based on facts, but based upon my experience. I'm not a big fan of "clearing the cache" in order to "speed up the phone". Instead, in my experience, cell phones are like computers in that they need to or should be re-booted occasionally.

Again, I have nothing to base that on other than experience. I try to re-boot my phone (shut down and turn back on) at the minimum of once per week; more often if I feel like it's getting sluggish.
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Nothing wrong in clearing the cache. Cache stores the files or data that a program uses, and storing some of it helps the program load the same thing faster. Like, for example, when I open up Gizmo's Freeware on a new day, after the night I had cleared all temporary files, cache of Firefox, etc, it takes a bit of time to load the site. But, once it's loaded up, the next time around, the site does not take much time to open. It's because of the cached files, like images, etc, that help the page open up faster, as it does not have to download these files again.

So, there is nothing wrong with clearing up the cache. The program may take a bit of time to load, that's it.

Also, I don't think either a boot, or a reboot clears the cache, unless there is any such setting done.

If the phone is lagging, a reboot does help, because the programs taking up memory are gone, and the phone starts fresh. Android has self management of memory, and its policy is not to close programs... and although this management works well, but sometimes it does not, and sometimes programs can clog up the memory and make it sluggish. In such times, either using a task manager to kill unnecessary programs, or having a reboot helps.
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Thanks Anupam, so far your explanation seems spot on. Sooo, Would I be correct in saying rebooting not only clears the cache but the memory as well?
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