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Widgets on Android aren't done right

bluecoyote

Sep 21, 2012, 9:41 PM
Like Copy + Paste, Widgets feel like something Android still doesn't do right.


First, the lag-
There's often a noticeable 1-2 second (sometimes turning into a 5 second on start-up) pause before a widget refreshes if it isn't on your primary home screen, which on iOS is enough time to launch the app, see the info, and quit the application to go back to what you were doing.

Usually upon reboot, I have to swipe across all of my home screens to get each widget to 'load.'

Then, the drain-
On several occasions I've had widgets turn into complete battery drains, constantly calling on things like location services. Because Android's power meter isn't exactly transparent, you usually have to re-boot the phone or re-install each widget...
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Magnagarde

Sep 22, 2012, 2:33 PM
I'm sorry to see your android experience wasn't like mine! I've had a couple android devices, but right now I'm using a G1. I've had superd and cyanogen on it, and right now I'm using cyanogen 5, just for reference. Personally, my battery drains away about as quickly regardless of how many widgets I have active. I do notice a bit of lag when my homescreen "disappears" from memory and it has to reload everything. I figured it was the phone itself, as my other android devices have not done this. I also have a RAM hack on it that I suspect is doing this. When it was stock it didn't do that. Other than the widgets themselves taking up too much memory, I dodn't really have any issues with them. I use fancy widgets, a couple of picture frames, col...
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AnatomicEnigma

Sep 22, 2012, 3:08 PM
to Magnagarde

Dont get a iphone ... i deal with them all day an they are the worst phones , all the custom settings you are used to on your android phone are useless, unless you jailbreak the phone , killing your warranty. Dont let their fancy spaz droll you over to the darkside ........ if you are avid android user ....... you will hate the iphone

You will ind how limited it really is
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Magnagarde

Sep 22, 2012, 3:14 PM
It's just a phone. I just looked at the benchmarks for iPhone 5, and it's crazy. I might want to get one and if I don't like it I can always put android OS on it. lol. I knew someone who did that.
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MarryTheNight

Sep 23, 2012, 12:22 AM
Magnagarde said:
It's just a phone. I just looked at the benchmarks for iPhone 5, and it's crazy. I might want to get one and if I don't like it I can always put android OS on it. lol. I knew someone who did that.


Get a Galaxy S3 or better yet wait for the next Nexus to come out. Should have the newer S4 with the better GPU. Don't become a sheep. If you have to leave Android get a Windows Phone but please don't go to the dark side.
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Magnagarde

Sep 23, 2012, 2:37 PM
I don't really like Samsung phones anyways, I'm an HTC man. I have my eye on the Amaze.
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bluecoyote

Sep 23, 2012, 2:38 PM
Why on earth would anyone recommend the S3, but the fact "Don't become sheep" is tied in to your advice kind of sums it all up.

Its screen is worse, TouchWiz is terrible, its build quality is awful, and Samsung has been horrible providing upgrades (even denying them on compatible hardware because of TouchWiz.)
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Riot_Act

Sep 23, 2012, 7:01 PM
Galaxy SII is the best built Samsung Galaxy phone to date.
It is a lot, a lot stronger than any iphone. The display is plain amazing and a lot more usable than the iphone's and even if not rooted, there are a lot more things you can do with an Android Phone.
Of course It will not have access to all android updates, no android phone does, even nexus phones get discontinued.
In terms of performance, build quality, versatility... SGSII is the best phone available. (Not to mention is far more customizable, the phone will be "yours" as the iphone will never be)

Now being honest. Any Android phone will be the second sexiest thing after the iphone.
If you think this ain't true. Tell me who's receiving the most attention?
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Riot_Act

Sep 23, 2012, 11:05 PM
About the build quality. Don't misunderstand me.
The GSIII is tough, it can resist some abuse (as the one X it has a very strong built and design)
The iPhone 5 is may not be as unbreakable, but it just beautiful.
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Riot_Act

Sep 23, 2012, 11:09 PM
Don't misunderstand me.
GSIII is tough, the best hardware from samsung, it has a very strong built and design (like the HTC One X); it is very, very resistant.

The iPhone 5 may not be as unbreakable but it is just beautiful.
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bluecoyote

Sep 22, 2012, 3:28 PM
Jailbreaking the iPhone is the same as rooting an Android phone. Both void your warranty.
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Magnagarde

Sep 24, 2012, 8:39 PM
I just learned why my phone was not keeping my homescreen in memory. I checked spare parts and found a nifty little option that forces the phone to keep the homescreen in memory. Cool! So I don't have that issue any more.
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