Ask NerdGirl: Move Your SD Stuff, Backflip Not Updating, Locale Solves Everything, and Xenon Flash With Android!
Sep 21, 2010 1:13 PM –
So another beautiful day here in Cleveland! So, I’m sitting outside with my beloved laptop answering your questions!
I just purchased a Captivate. I previously had the iPhone 4. I am having trouble figuring out how to use it since the user manual has not been published yet. When I connect to my PC the phone screen shows a USB connector and reads MTP application at the top. I’m not able to do anything with the phone when connected to PC. How do I download ringtones, audiobooks, etc. that I have on my PC? I’m used to just dragging and dropping with iTunes and don’t know where to go to do this. I’m wondering if I should go back to iPhone/iTunes since I’m not real savvy with this stuff.
Thanks for your help,
I have gotten this question many times from friends of mine who have the phone. The easiest way is to ignore all the Samsung stuff it wants you to use. When you plug the phone in you’ll see an option for “Mass Storage Device.” Click on that and then go to your top bar where you’ll see the USB logo. Drag it down and click on the USB message. That will make your phone look like a normal USB drive to your computer. From there just use it as you would a thumb drive!
I was wondering if the Motorola Backflip will be upgradeable to Android 2.2
As of right now I don’t see it being upgraded beyond 2.1. Some countries are only receiving that update now and with all the new phones coming out, I’m afraid this is another one that will be left behind. You can check our constantly updated List of Android Devices to get updates.
I currently use Power Manager Full on my Nexus One, but I really want an app that adjusts settings like 2g / 3g, sync, etc. based on what time of day it is. I want to conserve battery while I’m working and not using the phone as much. Are there any apps that let me set schedules like that?
Like yesterday, I’m going to go back to Locale. The app itself is $9.99 but most of the plug-ins are free. Download Locale and then download the plug-in called Local Location Plug-In. The combination of the two should help you solve your problem!
You wouldn’t happen to know whether there’s any hope of a powerful Android machine to come out with a xenon flash, do you? I know of the one existing model, but the processor isn’t up to par with what I’d like. Why are there so few cameras using xenon flash? It really seems like the way to go. At the very least, I’d think a manufacturer would install both so there would be a strong flash (xenon) for standard photography and an LED flash for close-up/video.
The Motorola Milestone X720 (a.k.a. Motorola Motoroi)is the first Android phone to come out with a Xenon flash and with an 8MP camera built in it should take some amazing pictures. As of right now, as far as I know, it’s the only Android phone to have a Xenon flash.
I’ve had a G1 the past 18 months and just got a Droid X last week on opening day. It’s a million times better than the G1. I’m ready to trash my G1, but I want to get the photos off first and put them on my laptop. What do I need to do?
Thanks so much,
Just plug your phone into your computer using a USB cable. When the prompt talking about the USB comes up click on “Mount.” Then you can access your SD card on your computer as if it were a standard USB device. You can move anything you want over to your laptop and do the same thing with your Droid X to move them onto that!