1st time smartphone/Nexus owner. What apps should I download?

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  1. Robert22

    Robert22 New Member

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    I will be buying the Nexus for my first smartphone. I am not into games. I would like to know some useful apps that I should download. Thanks for your suggestions.
     
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    Handcent for SMS messaging
     
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    Some I really like are LastPass for password management that syncs across your smartphone, computers, etc. I also like Pure Grid Calendar for some really nice calendar widgets. Sound Manager is nice for preset volume adjustments during the day. It will automatically silence your device at hours you determine, then bring the volume back up at another o hour or your choosing.
    I'll add more to this list as I think of more.
     
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    heres a list

    Texting- (first look at stock and see how it is, if you dont like it here are some pretty good options)
    -stock
    -handscent sms (currently using)
    -go sms (used for a long time, just comparing with handscent sms now to see which is better)

    homescreen-""
    -launcherpro (may be a bit outdated)
    -adw ex (one im currently using)
    -go launcher ex

    Music-""
    -player pro (currently using/always used. Highly recommend this one!)
    -soundhound (music identifier)

    camera-stock should be fine, i dont use other camera apps even for my d1

    keyboard-
    -stock
    -swiftkey x

    gallery-""
    -quickpic

    games- (optional, here are some of mine)
    -fruit ninja (famous one...)
    -get angry birds!!! great if you never played before
    -4 player reactor (simple game of clicking. good for alot of people, especially with a laggy phone, my d1:D)

    misc-
    -astro (file explorer)
    -dolphin hd (browser, check stock first)
    -google currents (brand new but looks great)
    -tapatalk (forums app)
    -amazon appstore (always good to get free app of the day)
    -batteryminder (tells you what % battery you are)

    optional-
    -gentle alarm (i use this as my alarm clock)
    -wheresmydroid (if you lose your phone, text wheresmydroid or gpsmydroid and it remotely turns your phone volume on and plays a sound so you can find it. it can also turn gps on to find it. i never used it but its nice to know its there)
     
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    SwiftKey x, droidforums app, google voice (sign up for a google voice number, give it to everyone, never use your text message allotment again), root explorer if you plan on rooting, beautiful widgets. Those are some that I couldn't live without

    Sent via pixie dust
     
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    Music will be a PITA if you have iTunes and use an iPod/iPhone. There are just so many apps that can do sooo much. I personally choose not to sync my phone and keep 2000+ tracks on my phone. I use Windows7 and Winamp to do my PC things and Google Music to 'stream' the music from the cloud. I think cloud based software is the way to go because if you have multiple devices it can be a headache trying to manage more than one library. But if your old fashioned and want to have you music locally on your device then iSync or DoubleTwist can sync your iTunes to your Andy.

    You can spend HOURS on end finding great apps and that is half the fun, but music is not as easy because there are soo many players and soo many options; unlike Apple where it is just one way of managing music (which is just fine).


    AND A HEADS UP!!! Look into rooting and decide i you would ever explore that. You have to unlock your bootloader (not hard) and that wipes the phone and factory resets it. That means app data is gone. I would recomend that you do that right away in case a year from now you decide you need an unlocked bootloader and have to sacrifice all of your angry birds levels. ;)
     
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    Do apps like this always run in the background?
     
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    I would wait on buying a keyboard right away. I read that BlindType, which was acquired by Google over a year ago, is supposed to be the stock keyboard on the GN. If you aren't familiar with BlindType check this out. Pretty amazing.


     
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    I like PowerAmp for music. Best on the market IMO. If you plan on rooting, OS Monitor and Root Explorer are both very useful, as is SetCPU, though you can use OS Monitor for overclocking.

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    Don't get launcher pro. the creator gave up on it. hasnt had updates in ages. lots of force closes.

    If you are getting a nexus..no need to get a new launcher just yet. play with stock ICS.

    as for useful apps.
    Springpad- great for keeping notes. addresses, directions, you name it. its great! (must have)
    Handcent- nice customizable features for texting.
    Any Google app- for obvious reasons. (most likely will already be installed)
    Astro- easy to get into files so you can delete or organize. (this is a must)
    Desktop Visualizer-helps create icons and widgets (this might be outdated since I'm on OG Droid with Froyo) ICS might take care of those needs.

    as for tools.
    Flashlight apps are nice. uses the LED for the camera.
    Crome to Phone-actually through your internet browser on your PC. can send data through google straight to your phone. (great way to send links, images for wallpapers, or just about anything on the internet can be easily sent to your phone.)

    And a million others. but thats for you to find out
     
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    Google voice: as long as my fellow texters use the phone number I receive from Google Voice, I could downgrade my text package?

    Sent from my Gingerbreadless stock Thunderbolt
     
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