Android and the geek in me

I haven’t written about my Android in awhile, but I’ve been messing with it a bit more lately. The following has been rattling around in my head for the past few weeks. Please excuse the partial lack of structure.

Some background:

I’ve since purchased the Seidio extended battery, I can get between 30-48 hours of battery life, depending on usage. While I haven’t been keeping track like before, I’ll just say that I’m around 60-65% after being unplugged from 07:00 to 13:00 (six hours). Using the with the stock battery, it went down to 20-25%.[1. The six hours comes from being at school, using Audiogalaxy, Google Voice, and TweetDeck heavily between classes.]

Related: Your Battery Gauge Is Lying To You: Everything You Need To Know About Bump Charging And Inconsistent Battery Drain (Android Police)

More recently, Marcus demonstrated some features of CyanogenMod over a Monday lunch at school. A couple days later, my phone is running CM6.1, but I’ll probably upgrade to CM7 RC1 for kicks. (Interested? Backup first.)

  • I prefer the default Android calendar app over the calendar app used from HTC Sense. The weekly view displays event descriptions.
  • I also like the default Gallery app for viewing photos.
  • I don’t see “Verizon Wireless” on the notification or lock screens anymore.
  • There’s no built-in stopwatch or countdown timer, so I’ve installed Ultrachron Lite.
  • I have six power widgets in the notification screen, plus three on my [only] home screen.
  • ADW.Launcher is the default launcher included. Compared to Zeam Launcher, it has more options, but I don’t necessarily need them all. I’m sticking with it for now.
  • I don’t need Silent Boot or Silent Sleep anymore since (1) CyanogenMod doesn’t have a startup sound, and (2) CyanogenMod > Sound Settings allow me to configure quiet hours.
  • I experienced a slew of FC errors while installing my first few apps. Using ROM Manager, under Utilities, run Fix Permissions. You can also reboot to ClockworkMod Recovery and fix permissions before you boot into the OS.

With a rooted phone, PicMe and ShootMe are two awesome screen grabber (screenshot) apps.

I didn’t realize that the Mount USB Storage option in ClockworkMod Recovery allowed my to plug my phone to my computer with the USB cable, then copy files off my SD card. I copied my ROM backups to my computer for safekeeping. Unfortunately, I don’t think I have a way to revert back to the stock ROM since my 8 GB MicroSD card died, and I didn’t know about this feature. (I hope I won’t need to do that, though.)

Oh, and use Titanium Backup to uninstall apps you don’t want. (Why? I believe Twitter and Facebook were only included because of the Google Apps install. Oh, I nuked YouTube as well in favor of HTML5 videos.) No need for Terminal, unless that’s how you roll.

Finally, some screenshots:

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