Jun 4th, 2010 publishUpdated   Jan 16th, 2015, 2:01 pm

So you’re the proud new owner of the HTC EVO 4G and you want to get the most out of what is arguably one of the most powerful phones on the market. We’ve all spent so many months drooling over this phone that having it your hand might just be a little overwhelming at first. Luckily for you, the friendly folks over at the EVO section of AndroidForums are eager to help with any question you could possibly think of, but we’ll cover a few basics here.


Getting to Know Android and HTC Sense

If you are coming from another Android phone this might be old hat, but for many the EVO 4G will be their first handset powered by the little green robot. User SprintFun has gone ahead and written up a pretty nifty guide for getting acclimated to the EVO 4G environment. If you are new to Android or HTC sense its worth a read to get the basics.

You can customize each of your seven homescreens by adding widgets, folders, and shortcuts. Access “leap” view by pinching the screen or double tapping the Home button. Your homescreens will be displayed as thumbnails. Tap the one you want to jump to it. Long press the Home button to see a list of the last six apps you have used and quickly jump between them.

Does the EVO’s Battery Life Really Stink?

This one is a tricky question with both a yes and no answer. If you are running the handset with all of its bells and whistles enabled, streaming video, and browsing the web like its nobody’s business then you won’t get much longevity to the phone’s battery. On the other hand, one member at AndroidForums was able to run his phone for over 61 hours on a single charge using some helpful widgets and apps (you can see how to do the same with your phone by referring to his post here).

The point is to disable battery-killing features when you don’t need them. One of the big ones is actually 4G coverage, followed by things like GPS and Wi-Fi. An app like Locale can help you automatically enable and disable features based on custom parameters. Screebl will allow you to get a handle on screen timeout and brightness to minimize battery drain. You will also want to properly calibrate the battery. More advice on that can be found here.

What is the Best Way to Go About Transferring Contacts from Your Old Phone?

Plain and simple, using GMail will be the best way to not only sync all of your old contacts to your EVO, but it will also keep your address book up to date in GMail as you add new contacts to your phone. If you can export your contact list as an address book file you can upload it directly to your GMail account where it will then be synced to your phone. If you can’t export your contacts, you might have to enter them by hand into GMail, but you’ll only have to do it once and you won’t regret it.

What Apps are Must-Haves on the EVO 4G?

The huge screen and heavy processing power make the EVO a great choice for multimedia applications. Aside from the included Sprint TV capabilities, you’ll want to look into the TV.com app for extra television content and Mediafly if you like to follow high quality audio and video podcasts. A good streaming music service such as Slacker Radio or Pandora will provide you with hours of intelligently created playlists and round out the media experience on your EVO.

If Qik isn’t doing it for you for live video chatting, Fring will allow you to video chat with any of your friends on Skype (so you won’t be locked in to only being able to chat with other Qik users). You’ll want a good file manager like ASTRO to help keep your phone’s storage organized, and if you want an even faster browser to go with your fast phone, you’ll want to check out Opera Mini.

That is barely skimming the barrel, and I’m sure you all have much more to say and ask about your new piece of Android hardware, so head on over to the HTC EVO 4G Forums at AndroidForums and join the discussion.

Indian Summer Jars

CD Release this Friday! 

Our LONG awaited new full length album will be available this Friday!  Please come share in the excitement with us, this Friday October 20th, 2017 at Midtown Scholar Bookstore in Harrisburg, from 7-9pm.

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'The Simple Kind' EP 

Thanks for circling back to us and stopping in!  We've had a quiet winter with shows but there is no shortage of new material from ISJ!  Still hard at work on our full length album, 'Circles', our front woman and songwriter Sarah Fiore found some time to release an intimate, 6 song EP.  It's called 'The Simple Kind', and we thoroughly hope you can make it to a show soon and pick up a copy!  Please visit again soon as we'll be posting more updates on the new full length album to be released this year, we're getting excited and hope you are too!
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New shirts, news songs, and LOTS of shows coming up! 

Hola!  It's been a busy summer for us!! One of our favorite highlights was playing for patients in the Chemo Treatment room at York Cancer Center during Stand Up To Cancer Week.  We were so honored to bring some soothing music to these wonderful people while they underwent chemotherapy.

We're also excited to share with you that our new ringer T-shirts have arrived!  Please see our online store or better yet, come visit us at a show when you can!  As busy and crazy as life is and ohhh how time flies, somehow there still has been time and inspiration to bring new material to the ISJ drawing board. We've been working hard on new music and writing, writing, writing.  Thanks as always for your continued inspiration, support, and love.  -ISJ
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Spring Shows are in Bloom! 

Between digging in the soil, spring cleaning, playing outside, and enjoying evening campfires, we've carved out some time for playing music and plugging away at recording our fourth full-length album! Keep your ear to the ground for more news on 'Circles.' Stay connected with us on Facebook to learn about new songs, new old songs, special guest musicians, and eventually, a release date! 

Hope to see you at some of our upcoming shows! Here they are: 

Saturday May 21 - John Wright Restaurant, Wrightsville 6-9pm - Outside on the patio, weather permitting. Please call (717) 252-0416 for reservations. 
Saturday & Sunday May 28 and May 29 - The Great PA FlavorFest!, Manheim, Mount Hope - Saturday 1pm & 4pm, Sunday 11:30am & 2:30pm on the Globe Stage. Free admission, Free parking, Free wine tasting! 
Saturday June 4 - Spring Gate Vineyard - Harrisburg 3-6pm - Spring Gate Brewery's 1st Anniversary Celebration! 
Sunday June 12 - Knicker's Pub, York 5-8pm 
Thursday June 16 - Wyndridge Farm, Dallastown 6-9pm 
Wednesday June 22 - Pride of the Susquehanna, Harrisburg 5:30-8:30 - "Sound Waves Acoustic Cruise" ..with Rivers! Happy hour and sunset cruise! (For all details and to purchase tickets, click here!) 
Friday June 24 - Midtown Cinema, Harrisburg 6-7pm - Free outdoor film series. Tonight's film: Guardians of the Galaxy 
Tuesday June 28 - Box Lunch Revue, York 11:30-1:30 in Cherry Lane Park 

Forgot to pick up a CD at one of our shows? Everything is available 24/7 in our online shop: your very own personal ISJ merch table! 

As always, thank you for your support! 

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Tune in to ISJ on Pandora Radio! 

If you're a Pandora listener, you can add Indian Summer Jars to your favorite station or create a NEW Indian Summer Jars station and discover other artists like us!

We've also uploaded some new videos to our YouTube Channel including 3 songs and a pre-heart rock release interview from our appearance on WRCTV's Culture and Main! Here is "Echo" to get you started:

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Another Tiny Desk, More Big Dreams! And a special announcement.. 

We're really excited to be a part of the Tiny Desk Concert Contest community for the second year in a row! This is becoming a delightful ISJ tradition and we're so grateful to NPR Music for the opportunity to enter!

The snow was falling outside, so we came in, lit a fire, and sang "Silence Falling" for the 2016 Tiny Desk Concert Contest. :) You can view our entry below:

Hope you enjoyed that video! :) We are also so excited to announce... that this week we've begun recording our fourth full-length album!!!!! There will be a handful of awesome guest appearances on this one. We're recording songs that have been around for a while and haven't found a home on an album yet, a couple of surprise re-recordings from previous albums, and brand new material hot off of Sarah's journal! The album is called "Circles" and it will come full circle this year. Keep your ear to the ground for more exclusive videos, and eventually, album pre-order information as soon as it's available. Thank you so much for your continued support. From the bottom of our hearts, we are so grateful. We get to do this because of you!
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When you've got some time with your band before the show... 

You play! Well, that's what we did. And we decided to capture it for you. Here is our new song, Silence Falling.

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New, new, new! 

The Indian Summer really held on this year and we are so grateful!! We've got a lot of new and exciting things in the works and we can't wait to share it all with you.
We invite you to stop by the Store page and see the goodies we've added. We're particularly excited about the new merch that just arrived today: ISJ "Keep Your Circles Wide" wristbands! You'll want to grab these quick because we have a very limited amount. I'm wearing mine right now ;)
As always, thank you for your generous support. You keep our flames fanned...
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Watch ISJ on TV! 

If you are a Comcast cable subscriber in the York area, you can catch our Box Lunch Revue performance on White Rose Community TV Channel 18. It will air at 1:15pm on Friday, 10/2/15 and again at 4pm on Sunday 10/4/15. If you are not local to York or do not have cable, you can tune in online! Right here: http://wrct.tv/index.php/about-wrct#LiveStreams Click on that link and click on the Play button under CHANNEL 18 LIVE.
Thank you to White Rose Community Television and YOU for your support!!
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Around the fire this summer with ISJ! 

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