Cyanongenmod 7.1.0 on Samsung Captivate.

by on Oct.23, 2011, under Android, Linux, Tech

So for about a year now I have been playing with ROM’s on my Samsung Captivate. The two most recent were were Atomic Fusion which I loved but was suffering from some instability issues when I received phone calls. The phone would just reboot. As I’m sure you can imagine, this was unacceptable. I will say I loved the other aspects of this ROM and the themes were very cool even though they changed with almost every release. I wanted something else. So I’ve know about Cyanogenmod for quite a while and followed the development over the last year or so. I finally decided to give it a shot since upgrading from another ROM was a piece of cake. I chose the stable release of CM 7.1.0. The customization capabilities of this ROM are almost endless. Themes are prevalent, options are many, and the speed of the ROM is purely awesome. I feel this ROM is almost perfect. The one huge gripe I have with it is the fact that it seems to drain the battery insanely fast. I used to get a full 12 – 16 hour day on one charge of the battery. However, now I can’t get though a 10 hour work day if I use the phone for 1/2 hour on lunch break. Now I must say I keep the phone in Airplane Mode when not in use. I find that this reduces the phone from constantly searching for a 3G signal. My work building doesn’t have great service in the center of the building where I work. Nearer to the outer walls, I get decent service. I have about 137 apps installed and use most all of them regularly. Many are games but about as many more are utilities like ConnectBot, Titanium Backup, ClockworkMod Rom Manager, Root Explorer, SMS Backup & Restore, SuperPower, SwiftFTP, Hacker’s Keyboard, Network Discovery, and many more. I have chosen to replace the stock SMS app with Hancent SMS, Gallery with QuickPic, and the stock browser with Dolphin Browser HD. I am using the stock ADW Launcher at the moment but I also use GoLauncher EX and I have purchased LauncherPro as well. I am searching for a way to extend my battery life to what I saw with the Fusion ROM. I will report more if I find a solution. I just downloaded the Glitch Kernel from the XDA-Developers forums. Supposedly they have better luck with battery life running this Kernel on my phone. We shall see. It can be found here:

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Samsung’s Captivate: An excellent Android phone.

by on Aug.26, 2010, under Android, Linux, O.S.S., Tech

About one month ago I purchased the new Samsung Captivate Galaxy S phone from AT&T. Having switched from a Windows Mobile 6.1 phone, I feel like I rose out of the fires of Hell into Heaven’s cloudy embrace. Since I have been a linux user for 12 years, the learning curve was negligible. I promptly rooted the phone after 2 days of playing with it to allow me the freedom Android intended. The high points are an amazing Super AMOLED screen with decent battery life, as long as you don’t browse for 3 hours straight, and the ability to connect to almost every social media outlet you can imagine. It is admittedly thin and light but I don’t find that a negative. I just purchased a Body Glove rubberized case which seems to make all the difference in holding onto it. I love all the apps specifally Seesmic, Mustard, Talking Tom and many many others. Oh yeah I also love the phone too. It is an excellent update from my old WinMo phone which was insanely long in the tooth. Great job Samsung and kudos to AT&T for finally offering a worthy Android competitor to the iPhone.

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