Getting Started with HTC Sense

If you’re new to Android, or to smartphones then the Desire might seem a little overwhelming when you first get it.  Here’s a few tips and tricks on what to do when you get your phone, and how to use the Sense interface properly:

  • check that Internet and MMS are working. You might need to contact your network provider for the settings to use.
  • Add my email accounts to the Mail app – remembering to turn the “Sent from Hero” signature off. You can leave that on to brag but I don’t think it looks good when I’m emailing clients!
  • Setup your WiFi
  • Press Menu on the Home Screen, from the scene’s option choose the blank one and then add the widgets that you actually want/need. Extras will only drain the battery faster though they might provide extra eye-candy when you’re showing off your phone.
  • You can hold your finger down in any empty space on a homescreen to quickly add widgets.
  • Long-pressing an application in the menu will let you add it as a shortcut to a homescreen
  • Long-pressing the Home button will list your recently launched apps.
  • Pinch a homescreen, (or press Home whilst already on a homescreen) to see an overview of all 7 homescreens.
  • To use a part of an MP3 as a ringtone, open the track in the Music player, press Menu and select “Set as Ringtone”, then select “Trim the ringtone” and from there you can select and preview which part of the song you want!

Closing Applications

There’s no such thing as closing an app on an Android device because they’re multi-tasking phones. You simply press the home button to leave it and it should carry on where you left it next time you go on. When your device finds that it’s running out of RAM it’ll start closing the older apps itself.