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Just bought my wife an HTC Desire - Any must-haves?


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#1 roadwarrior

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 15:16

This will be our first Android device (previously had Windows Mobile 6.1 and an iPhone 3G), so any recomendations for must-have apps for this phone? She will be on Cellular South, if that makes any difference. She already knows that she wants Angry Birds (since a friend of hers at work plays it all the time). Any other good casual games for it? I'm also picking up a new iPod touch for myself (since I really don't need a full smartphone), and I was wondering if it is possible to use the Desire as a mobile hotspot for the iPod to connect with (fortunately, Cellular South is one of the few remaining carriers in the US that has unlimited data). Any other advice is welcome!! We should have the phone either tomorrow or Monday.

I've already found the HTC Desire forums, but figured I'd ask around here first.


#2 mps69

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 15:23

I'd recommend changing the sms handler to handcent.
Also if she's going to be using the media player, try doubleTwist

As for games, I'm hooked on air traffic controller at the moment.

if she likes docks instead of the normal built in launcher give launcherPro a blast, it's got some good features built in.

Good luck, and have fun playing

#3 OP roadwarrior

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 15:25

Thanks, I'll be sure to check those out.

#4 Detection

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 15:27

A GPS tracking app :p

#5 AbandonedTrolley

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 15:29

Wordfeud is a must too if she enjoys playing Scrabble.

You should be able to do a wireless hotspot with the Desire with no problems, I think it was in 2.2 and upwards :)

A GPS tracking app :p


Just enable Latitude and you're done :p

#6 OP roadwarrior

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 15:32

You should be able to do a wireless hotspot with the Desire with no problems, I think it was in 2.2 and upwards :)


The Desire here still ships with 2.1, I don't think they have officially shipped 2.2 for it yet. I'll look around the Desire forums to see if they have released an update for it there.

#7 Ruciz

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 15:32

es file manager will mount LAN/FTP servers on the phone, good for transferring stuff to/from the phone
handcent as mentioned is the best hands down. will speak texts as well as go from voice to text.

I like winamp music player with shoutcast streams. if in the US pandora is great, but grooveshark works outside the US as well as last.fm

angry birds a great time waster if your not sick of the iOS version

barcode scanner is good, works a treat

alarm clock xtreme is good to wake u up in the morning and silent time lite will quiet the phone when you want it, but permit messages from 'accepted' numbers in case of emergency

swype beta is BOSS. sign up for it!

of course standard firefox/facebook/twitter/gmail

linphone if you have a SIP/VoIP account you want to use on wifi

wififofum is good to find wifi points that could be open

OpenVPN to make a VPN tunnel if needed

Possibilities are endless! its a great phone. Im sure she will be pleased

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 15:35

Change the default browser the Dolphin HD too, it is far superior to the one built in. Others I use;

Timeriffic - Automaticaly manmages the power when you not using it.
Zedge - Free Wallpapers and ring tones
SD move - Lets you know if you can move an app to the memory card
Lookout - AV but more importantly allows you to tract the phone on their website
Astro - File manager

There are a number of Google apps too that are pretty cool, Google sky map is one of my favourites.

#9 OP roadwarrior

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 15:46

Thanks everyone. Looks like I'm going to be busy testing out stuff for her soon. I've been digging around the Desire and XDA forums, and there are updated ROMs for the Desire (2.2 and even 2.3), but since I've never had an Android phone, are these carrier-specific or are they pretty much universal? The Desire here is CDMA, not GSM, and I don't see anything on either site (after a quick look) that specifies which system the ROMs are for. I remember when flashing ROMs on my previous HTC WinMo phones that this kind of thing could be an issue.

#10 OP roadwarrior

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 16:39

Found the answer to my previous question. Yes, there are CDMA specific ROMs. I found a forum where quite a few Cellular South customers post about the ROM they are using. Should work out nicely to update her phone as soon as it comes in.

#11 Davo

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 22:25

Don't try and flash any CDMA radios that aren't for them by the way. They work for Sprint and Verizon interchangeably but it'll brick with CellOne for some reason.

#12 Subject Delta

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 22:34

I'd recommend Angry Birds seasons (to go along with the normal Angry Birds), and personally i'd recommend Winamp for media playback.

#13 vincent

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Posted 05 February 2011 - 02:14

Root it: http://forum.xda-dev...ad.php?t=696189

#14 The Dark Knight

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 10:38

^ OP has already said that he will use a ROM from XDA to update the phone, which means, he will most definitely be rooting it! :p

#15 chrispinto

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 10:41

Be advised that rooting your device will invalidate your warranty

And unlike an iPhone where you can factory restore and noone is really any wiser, "we" can tell.

I've lost count how many devices are charged for warranty repairs because of remnants of rooting