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Smartphone tinkering

Posted: December 04, 2011 in Tech

A while back, I picked up a smartphone. Namely a Motorola Droid 2. It's been a decent phone so far, despite a few issues, but now that the warranty is basically up, I've decided to do a bit of hacking.

The first thing I did was root the phone (grant myself admin privileges) using a program called SuperOneClick. And it really is an easy, one-click affair. Once that was done, I installed ROM Toolbox which let me do a whole bunch of customizing, and more importantly, it let me freeze (and uninstall) a bunch of bloatware that was slowing the phone down.

With me being Mr. Tinker, I went ahead and installed a new launcher, called Launcher Pro which, after some tweaking, let me really customize the look of the screen.

So far everything is going pretty well on the phone, although I might try a different launcher. The Facebook widget with LP has tiny, tiny text, and there's no way to enlarge it. But all in all, I'm pretty happy with the results.

Here's a screenshot:

Droid 2 Screenshot

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