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Old 02-03-2009, 09:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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1user interface is the most important part of gadgets. Is there a fast easy way to hide buttons you dont like and reorder the rest?
1.1 why is there a half button/ half wallpaper screen instead of just buttons all the way? My wallpaper is not that important but each button is ideally a usable function i now have to dig for.
1.2 why would they ever think every user will use every feature? Just let us reinstall things we want back later and leave all the configuration effort on the user. The device itself requires general computer knowledge so running the software that came with it doesn't seem a big leap.

2 why is there no iphone comparable 1 click into app button for common search sites like mapquest/ imdb /goodle ect. (a stored shell that you input into but no internet activity is done until you begin searching for the content.) -its really annoying to take 10 minutes to start mapquesting each time. (and yes i set bookmarks and have cookies)

3why is (even with restrictive data settings and low res pics) the internet so ridiculously slow? (even for mobile google). phone vs net cant be that drastically different in transmission speeds.
3.1 can it pick up my wireless router to increase speed for internet access?

4 is the OS restricted? (because i will happily android this phone out if blackberry OS keeps me in the dark ages to protect their non existent but "potential" income (from me). or if android wont run i could happily return the phone. I don't "not like" blackberry. I'm just laying it out there. I have no allegiance. But i require function. so if they wont let me do things I'll go somewhere else. But I'd like to know what i can and cant do first.

5 Why are there so few apps on the website?

6 can it run open source apps?

7 what are some useful blackberry "things to know"

8 can iturn off the screen orientation feature and just leave it in widescreen mode always? (it glitches sometimes during use beacuse of minor motion)

9 is there a way to "beam" my phone number and contact info to someone rather than make them manually insert it?

10 what is the purpose of having the menu button open a mini menu over the menu when you hold it in?

11 how do you close a keyboard that pops up when you dont want it? (clicking elsewhere just magnifies the screen im trying to view while keeping the keyboard up.

12 what does the application center do if there is an aplication folder also
12.1 why are installed aplications not made into buttons on main menu?

13 what is vcast?

14 does it learn my typing habbits as i use it? (most notably v keybutton being left oriented when i hit with right thumb)

15 how do i check available memory space?

that should do for now. Any help is greatly appreciated.

-Jonathan
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Old 02-03-2009, 09:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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1 answer for all your questions = "Search"
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Old 02-03-2009, 09:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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forum searches often give incorrect results being either too specific or too vague. Its better to ask people in a direct format where they get back to you at their leisure but directly address the questions.
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Old 02-03-2009, 10:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You do know that most of your "why" questions are basically unanswerable, since so very RIM techs make themselves known here... but we can surmise with the best of them.

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1user interface is the most important part of gadgets. Is there a fast easy way to hide buttons you dont like and reorder the rest?
Menu > move or hide

1.1 why is there a half button/ half wallpaper screen instead of just buttons all the way? My wallpaper is not that important but each button is ideally a usable function i now have to dig for.
Press Menu! Full applications screen. Why? Because users demand to have room for a decent wallpaper of little Johnny.

1.2 why would they ever think every user will use every feature?
You don't like an app? Delete, hide or move it out of site. No biggie. Why? Because if, say the calculator were not installed, there would be user asking "Why wouldn't they install the calculator app up front."

2 why is there no iphone comparable 1 click into app button for common search sites like mapquest/ imdb /goodle ect. (a stored shell that you input into but no internet activity is done until you begin searching for the content.) -its really annoying to take 10 minutes to start mapquesting each time. (and yes i set bookmarks and have cookies)
You need something like Beyond411.
Why? Well, there is.

3why is (even with restrictive data settings and low res pics) the internet so ridiculously slow? (even for mobile google). phone vs net cant be that drastically different in transmission speeds.
Why? Because ITS MOBILE. And the US has a horrible mobile network infrastructure.

3.1 can it pick up my wireless router to increase speed for internet access?
The 9500/9530 Storm, no. The coming 9520 Storm, yes.

4 is the OS restricted? (because i will happily android this phone out if blackberry OS keeps me in the dark ages to protect their non existent but "potential" income (from me). or if android wont run i could happily return the phone. I don't "not like" blackberry. I'm just laying it out there. I have no allegiance. But i require function. so if they wont let me do things I'll go somewhere else. But I'd like to know what i can and cant do first.
Yes. You very well might want to stop right there and avoid the BB. It is secure first, and you won't be "androiding" any time soon.

5 Why are there so few apps on the website?
"The website"? BlackBerry.com? Because it is not an app store. That is the why.


6 can it run open source apps? Yes.

7 what are some useful blackberry "things to know"
http://www.blackberryfaq.com/index.php/BlackBerry_FAQ
You can spend days there.
And here: Stinsonddog's Blackberry Tips and Tricks âxxx8364;xxx381;(Blackberry Tips & Tricks from the Modsâxxx8364;xxx381;)
If you refuse to spend time reading those two websites, don't get a BlackBerry.


8 can iturn off the screen orientation feature and just leave it in widescreen mode always? (it glitches sometimes during use beacuse of minor motion)
No.

9 is there a way to "beam" my phone number and contact info to someone rather than make them manually insert it?
Bluetooth

10 what is the purpose of having the menu button open a mini menu over the menu when you hold it in?
Read on the functions of the Storm. That is the Application Switcher--quick access to your 'running in the background apps".

11 how do you close a keyboard that pops up when you dont want it? (clicking elsewhere just magnifies the screen im trying to view while keeping the keyboard up.
Menu > Hide Keyboard. Very easy to find. Do you have a Storm yet?

12 what does the application center do if there is an aplication folder also
Application Center = Get/buy apps
Application Folder = hold installed apps you prefer there and not on the main screen


12.1 why are installed aplications not made into buttons on main menu?
There are? Which ones?

13 what is vcast?
Verizon music. #1 hit when googled:
Verizon Wireless: V CAST

14 does it learn my typing habbits as i use it? (most notably v keybutton being left oriented when i hit with right thumb)
No, but SureType will learns your mispellings.

15 how do i check available memory space?
Asked and answered here THOUSANDS of times:
Options > Status and Options > Memory.

that should do for now. Any help is greatly appreciated.

-Jonathan
You are welcome.

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thanks a ton.

new question. My computer has bluetooth and so does my phone so can i tunnel through that for faster internet? (since its just software side between compatible devices)?
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Old 02-03-2009, 11:16 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Wirelessly posted (Verizon 9530)

No. You can use your phone to connect to the internet on your laptop, but not the other way around.
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