jashu & dj,
hmm?! i have not had the phone the last couple of days, so maybe i have no idea what i was looking at! how embarassing. i gave it to my collegue to mess with last week, thus running into the wave secure protection i mentioned last week. i will ask him tomorrow what he did.
he showed it to me the other day and it looked exactly like a cyanogen rom i saw with the nexus gallery, launcher, etc. he said he did the t-mo fake then bought and put the overclock app on it.
i rooted this phone awhile back to get the wi-fi tether onto it and assumed it was all good. i was not aware it had a locked bootloader, but then this makes me wonder how the rom was running on it. i will be really pissed if this thing can’t run roms. my buddy is good, but breaking the encryption on a locked bootloader is a whole other thing.
on the 9 screens on iphone, the reason this is faster than the android app tray is because of the discrete pages on the iphone. this means you can categorize and put icons on each of the screens and get to the desired app by its “location” from memory. for example screen 1 is basic phone stuff, screen 2 is social networking, screen 3 is location stuff, etc.
in effect, getting to each app becomes a gesture that looks like [swipe,swipe,swipe,upper right]. this is extremely fast and intuitive, and more so if you use your index finger and middle finger in a “walking” motion down the screen. so this goes to [step,step,step, upper right]. try this, it’s really fast. to get to another app, you can either swipe from where you are, or just use the home button to return to home, and “walk” again.
doing this plus putting the most-often used apps in each category on the top right and and top middle right slot on the screen makes it super-duper fast to get to the stuff you use most. i should post a video on youtube or something about this because this has really made me like using the iphone and i think it might be helpful to people. you can also do this on an android, but it’s slower to go from page to page and furthermore since the homepage is in the center of the trays, you can’t “walk” unidirectionally.
the android app tray is a continual scroll which in my experience actually makes things slower because you have to either be precise with your scroll and/or actually look. and having to look and identify really slows things down.
searching for the app is ok in concept, but i found it either resolves slowly on the phone, and furthermore is not a fluid gesture like you would use on the iphone.
on the iphone i have my homescreen filled and then the rest of the stuff categorized. on the milestone, i had the homescreen filled and then 5 screens with a horizontal “slot” of no icons on the third row because the thing was often lagging enough to mis-click icons during swiping without this slot in place.
i won’t even go into needing to have a damn app killer on the android as a “check valve” when things are stalling.
that said, i still love my android for what it can do.