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  1. Regarding Lithium battery use, all you need to know here:How to prolong lithium based batteries In particular: "Similar to a mechanical device that wears out faster with heavy use, so also does the depth of discharge (DoD) determine the cycle count. The smaller the depth of discharge, the longer the battery will last. If at all possible, avoid frequent full discharges and charge more often between uses. If full discharges cannot be avoided, try utilizing a larger battery. Partial discharge on Li-ion is fine; there is no memory and the battery does not need periodic full discharge cycles other than to calibrate the fuel gauge on a smart battery." In other words, do a couple of full charge cycles when you first get the phone to calibrate the battery meter, then top up as and when you can. As regards the original question, I believe that the Message / Missed Call LEDs only work while the Breeze UI is running. So if you revert to the standard Android launcher / home (or use an AOS ROM with all the Acer stuff stripped out) they should stop. Sorry don't have a Liquid to hand to confirm or test.
  2. You do realise that's bad for the battery, don't you? Frequent deep discharges shorten the life of Lithium batteries.
  3. Ditto - and that's from someone who's used to using "flagship" smartphones from all OS and stables. Only the camera really lets it down when compared to high end Nokias etc at twice the price but it still holds up well against mid-range devices (in daylight at least). Personally I think it's excellent value for money, mainly because it's solid performer in a great handy package that is built to last. Don't worry about SIM unlocking either - T-Mobile will send you the code for £15 on request once you've paid your first bill (just call CS and ask for a "Subsidy Unlock").
  4. You aren't doing your battery any favours from doing that. Deep discharges are bad for Lithium batteries (as is the heat from fast or constant charging). Topping up when you get to ~30% is probably the ideal way.
  5. defy or milestone?

    Milestone if you MUST have a keyboard but since I made the jump to the Defy (from a Milestone 1) I get on fine with the built in Swype and now Swiftkey (the latter's prediction is uncanny). Only down side in your feature list apart from keyboard is that the Defy won't do 720p video recording. If you want to run cooked ROMS don't upgrade to the latest 2.5.1 from Moto as it patches out the exploit and you won;t be able to go back. But in all honesty I've not seen the need yet for 2.2 and am happy to wait to do it officially when (or if) it comes. Otherwise I agree with the above (as a old smartphone hand and Android user). The Defy is the best Android phone for day to day use - plenty fast enough, comes with well thought out software bundle (e.g. excellent music player and DLNA client & server to share media an from your home network, data and battery saving utilities built in) and a solid dependable software build. The loudspeaker's really good and loud too (for music, conference calls and in car GPS etc) - way better than the tinny offerings on other brands. The fact Motorola have managed put all this into such a small package, including the water protection and other toughening, AND managed to squeeze in a decent sized screen and a class-leading 1530mAh battery IMO puts all the other manufacturers to shame. So ignore all those who are obsessed by sky-high clock speeds and the latest OS version numbers. At least your phone will still have some juice left after tea-time and you won't be afraid of using it in the rain!
  6. Defy warranty question

    Gorilla glass isn't scratch proof - just scratch resistant - I found that to my cost on the Milestone. If you really want to keep the Defy pristine you can get a Gel case and screen protector on eBay for about 4 quid. Actually works quite well as IMO it makes the phone more grippy and easier to hold and makes it even more robust against knocks and scrapes. +1 to Sorensiim's comments on the phone itself though. I've have several Android phones since the G1 and the Defy is the first Android phone (if not smartphone) made for the real world - i.e. class-leading battery life whilst keeping a decent turn of speed, ideal pocket friendly size, decent loudspeaker for SatNav etc, some real thought gone into the built in apps (smart Music player, DLNA client and server), very reasonable price, and unlike all the competition you don't have to be afraid if you drop it or use it have to use it in the rain. I'm lovin' it.
  7. OK thanks for the responses. Maybe my radio has a problem then? Is it something the Froyo update might improve?
  8. Just like with cellphone batteries, not all mA are equal, especially when of Far East origin! :rolleyes:
  9. Anybody find that the GPS in the Streak loses lock / signal frequently (sometimes every 15 minutes or so) when used in a car dash mount? I thought that it would be ideal for a main car SatNav with Google Nav and the big screen etc, but in practice mine has turned out to be too unreliable to depend on (e.g. losing lock just when you need it!). GPS inital fix times seem fine in comparison to other phones (even indoors) and on the road it eventually regains lock after a minute or so, and it doesn't seem to matter if the sky is cloudy or clear. When working, the satellite meters on the apps seem to show 100% (ie. it's all or nothing). So I'm figuring it could be a radio "dropout" issue like the one people had with early Streaks losing 3G connections [1]? I get the same problem irrespective of which software I use (tried Google Nav, Copilot and NDrive). Other phones (HTC/Blackberry/Nokia) in the same dash mount don't suffer the problem so I know it's not the car screening to blame. Using the "official" O2 2.1 ROM. I guess I'm asking if anyone else has experienced the same, or on the other hand, has used the Streak on a long road trip and found the GPS receiver to be 100% solid? [1] Most of the time my Streak is used at home as a web browsing tablet (over WiFi) so haven't had much opportunity to judge the radio performance as a 'real' phone.
  10. Sorry that's not quite incorrect - and to say there is "no danger" is just plain wrong. Neither are Dell doing anything proprietary or unique, they are simply adhering to official USB specifications. There are 3 power modes in the USB spec. 1) Low power, max 100mA - this is the trickle charge you get from a normal PC port 2) High power, max 500mA - this is the maximum you can get from a PC port. Some devices will not activate this unless a data connection is present (e.g. some early WM phones needed an Activesync connection before they would charge 3) Dedicate Power Port mode - max 1.8A. This tells the device you are connected to a dedicated charger with no data capability (e.g. mains wall charger). It is this mode you simulate by shorting pins 2 and 3 (with less than 200 ohms), and allows you to get enough current to power a large screen phone with GPS etc and have enough left over to charge the battery too. Note when modifying USB leads or sockets for Dedicated Power Port mode you should make sure that the voltage converter itself is capable of supplying up to 2 amps continuously without overheating. Most (especially car adapters) aren't rated for anything like this and as such you run the risk of the risk the thing burning out and stuffing 12-15V into your phone, or at worst, a fire. The safest way is to look at the rating on your mains charger and make sure your car adapter is rated for at least the same current. Trying to save a few quid with a cheap Chinese 500mA adapter from eBay for a £500 phone is just foolhardy.
  11. Cases, at least, are starting to appear. Shame that ADVERTISING SPAM are jumping on the Dell's rip-off bandwagon by charging $50 for a case which is only $28 for similar devices (e.g. N800). Best case options at the moment seem to be from http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/easecase/ - very reasonabe prices considering they are hand made to order and offer lots of customisation options.
  12. It doesn't have an front earpiece for conversations like a normal phone, so in that respect is a long way behind the Streak. That means it's like the HTC Advantage, where you either have to use it in loudspeaker mode (and annoy everyone else in the room), or use a wired or Bluetooth headset for privacy. Which is a long way from the "full phone" functionality that some review sites are claiming.
  13. Broke my screen again...

    Like I said, stuff happens. The point is that the Gorilla glass is supposed to protect the fragile and expensive LCD inside - and all the evidence so far on every Streak forum is that it does exactly the opposite!
  14. Broke my screen again...

    I suspect the fact that you insist on a case indicates that you recognise how fragile a <11mm thin 5" glass fronted phone is. Many don't. Anyone who is subjecting the Streak to an environment where Gorilla glass gets scratched is asking for trouble. The Streak is just not designed (not is it marketed) for the rough and tumble of a primary mobile phone. It guess it would be fair to say that so far if you have avoided sitting down with the Streak in your back pocket, walking into a desk, or dropping it unintentionally onto the ground, is the reason why your Streak is so far undamaged. But bear in mind then that a case or holster will not protect you from the internal screen shatter - that has happened when lifted off a desk, taken out of a bag, and kept in a case. Which is why I tried to make a clear differentiation between the failures - one could be reasonably attributable to lack of care (all the external screen breakage reports I have seen have been the result of knocks or drops), whereas internal LCD cracks seem to happen to even the most careful and cosseting owners (not least Modaco's own Paul). It will be interesting to see if the much delayed US Streak suffers the same weaknesses (i.e. the corner stress test)
  15. Broke my screen again...

    @CharlieBareham & popetodd If you read most Streak screen break threads you'll find that there are two separate issues: 1) breaking the Gorilla glass. OK, Sh*t happens, and no one claims the glass is indestructible - just more hardy and scratch resistant than ordinary glass. But that and Corning has absolutely nothing to do with: 2) the internal LCD cracking with no damage to the outer glass. It's this that is the big design fault with the Streak and what those suffering the calamity have every right to complain about. The LCD glass, which is extremely fragile, is pressed hard up against the outer glass so it gets the full force of any stress or bending. Try gentle finger pressure at the extreme corners of the screen and watch the LCD throw up those distortion patterns (seen best on the dark grey bootup screen). No other phone I know does that with such light pressure. It means the LCD has no shock protection at all, and the fault for that lies solely with Dell.
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