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#1 hougtimo

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 14:50

Now then chaps.

I have just taken delivery of my first Android powered phone in the form of a Galaxy S3.

My last phone was an iPhone, and before than Nokia's Lumia 800 offering, Samsung Omnia 7 before that, iPhone before that etc... etc... You get the picture.

I'm very impressed with the Galaxy S3 so far, and I'm really enjoying using it.

I've got it all nicely set up, got all the apps I need, and stuff. One of Android's main selling points is that you can customise it to a greater extent the iOS or WP.

i'm just looking for a few pointers on using Android in general, as well as any excellent apps I should be aware of!

Cheers!


#2 Detection

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 15:48

If you are rooted, "AdFree" is pretty nice, it does what it says on the tin

For news I like "Pulse"

If you are in the UK, "TV Catchup" is a freeview TV app

For browsers, I like "Dolphin"

File explorers "ES File Explorer"

News widgets for RSS feeds "Taptu"

Video Player "MX Video Player"

Office "Kingsoft Office"

Wireless scanning "Wifi Analyser"

#3 Growled

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 01:03

^ Nice list. I use Chrome for web browsing but other than that.....

#4 +Frank B.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 06:26

^ Nice list. I use Chrome for web browsing but other than that.....

I would suggest the Chrome beta channel for Android. It's a lot faster than the stable build imho. Play Store link: https://play.google....com.chrome.beta

#5 AbandonedTrolley

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 11:24

Not sure what Album/Picture viewer the S3 uses, but I've always put QuickPic on my phones, as it's loading is almost instant no matter how many images you have.

SatNav (if you need it) I use Co Pilot Live Premium, it's about £19 and comes with 12 months traffic updates.

#6 pixelpixel88

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 13:11

<p>I just want to give you one advice as and Android user and developer: download apps only from Google play%

#7 +djdanster

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 13:16

Not sure what Album/Picture viewer the S3 uses, but I've always put QuickPic on my phones, as it's loading is almost instant no matter how many images you have.

SatNav (if you need it) I use Co Pilot Live Premium, it's about £19 and comes with 12 months traffic updates.


I find the Navigation app that comes with Android works brilliantly :)

#8 Mark

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 13:20

I've been out of the Android loop too for a while actually, I was hoping to find something to help my sync (docs/music/vids) wirelessly but so many of the apps on the store look ancient now! Any decent suggestions?

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 13:21

another thing, don't worry about 'default noticitactions' you can go into all apps individiual settings and change the ringtones independently no default whistle for me thank you :p
(example, my texts come through as a voice mp3 i downloaded, my email is the default Nokia symbian chime, and so on)
the phone is very customisable, like you mentioned, great to play with.
Samsung Voice isn't as good as siri tho, or at the very least, not as much fun.
it is a nice device to just have a play with so enjoy, and feel free to let us know if you find something interesting that people like me might not know it could do :)

#10 Soldiers33

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 13:30

Just use tock apps, the ice cream or jellybean browsers are excellent. not sure why you would want a wifi scanneer when android has that built in anyway.

#11 +djdanster

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 13:31

I've been out of the Android loop too for a while actually, I was hoping to find something to help my sync (docs/music/vids) wirelessly but so many of the apps on the store look ancient now! Any decent suggestions?


Dropbox? If you use their service that is :). Free 50GB method here. It will even sync your pictures as you take them from your camera (assuming you set it up in your settings). Mediafire also have a pretty good app.

As Dushmany mentioned about, sVoice isn't very good, but Google Now is fantastic! Once you have downloaded the OTA to bring your phone to Android 4.1.1 Jellybean download Google Now from the Play Store.

I also use Airdroid instead of my data cable for smaller files, works really well. If you don't know what Airdroid is, it's an app that lets you access your phone in a GUI in your browser through wifi. It has a file explorer, contacts, SMS and a quite a bit more!

#12 Richteralan

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 18:36

Not familiar with Samsung.

But I would suggest you start from trying a new launcher, then maybe new clock widget and such.

There will be till a point that you want to unlock your S3 and put custom ROMs on it.

#13 guitmz

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 18:45

i dont really like touchwiz :( if i own a s3, i'd flash a stock rom haha stock browser FTW!

#14 ichi

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 00:56

If you don't mind forking about $4, Plex is well worth it.
It's a lot more polished that any other streaming app I've seen so far and works great even over 3G (it transcodes video on the fly to keep playback smooth).

I've been out of the Android loop too for a while actually, I was hoping to find something to help my sync (docs/music/vids) wirelessly but so many of the apps on the store look ancient now! Any decent suggestions?


I don't sync media libraries so I don't use it myself but people usually suggest DoubleTwist's AirSync.

#15 Nashy

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 01:17

If you are rooted, "AdFree" is pretty nice, it does what it says on the tin

For news I like "Pulse"

If you are in the UK, "TV Catchup" is a freeview TV app

For browsers, I like "Dolphin"

File explorers "ES File Explorer"

News widgets for RSS feeds "Taptu"

Video Player "MX Video Player"

Office "Kingsoft Office"

Wireless scanning "Wifi Analyser"


I've always found all the ad blockers to be completely hopeless.


I don't use android any more.

My top apps were:

- Chrome
- Linda File Manager
- MX Player



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