Newbie: Trying to Learn Smartphones (Android, Apps, etc)

Discussion in 'Smart Phones and Devices' started by Cyraxx, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. Cyraxx

    Cyraxx 2[H]4U

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    Hello folks - So it's been done. Finally! I submit! You have bent me over officially to smartphones - and after being out for approximately 5 years, I have finally taken up my first smart phone with a data plan under the Galaxy Nexus.


    My questions / Advice:

    -What is a good list of apps that are necessary or highly likely that I will need? A good answer is simply a list from everyone based on your opinion. Any subject! Finance, weight loss, etc.. I feel useless as where to start :(
    -I find that having to re-charge my phone every day already to be rather ridiculous. How can I get to crackin' of removing shit software/apps/widgets that officially came due to crap like Verizon and/or Samsung included? Any tips here would be good.
    -Basic advice on different Operating Systems / basic "How-To"? What are these different mods that I constantly hear about such as CyanogenMod?


    Any help is appreciated!
     
  2. AlphaQ

    AlphaQ Limp Gawd

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    You can check out XDA for help regarding rooting your phone to remove bloatware. I highly recommend you do this...or you can play around unrooted so that you can realize the difference.
     
  3. jadesaber2

    jadesaber2 Limp Gawd

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    Does the Nexus come with any bloatware? I was under the impression that Nexus devices were pure Android, with no carrier or OEM stuff added in.
     
  4. Doubl3KiLL

    Doubl3KiLL 2[H]4U

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    No it does not.
     
  5. ChronoReverse

    ChronoReverse Gawd

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    I thought Verizon managed to get a few onto the GNex anyway? You can disable from stock ICS though so no biggie (no need to even root).
     
  6. Doubl3KiLL

    Doubl3KiLL 2[H]4U

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    The "My Verizon" app I dont really consider bloatware, since its quite useful.
     
  7. jeres88

    jeres88 n00b

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    First off, congrats on the new phone, The Galaxy Nexus is a great phone!

    - There are a lot of good apps out there to mess around with, here are a couple that I find useful
    *Barcode Scanner, this app pretty much explains itself.
    *Flashlight, It's always nice to have something to use when there isn't a flashlight around.
    *Pulse, This is possibly the best rss news reader app.
    *Netflix (if you use it)
    *DropBox, if you use dropbox, they've got an app on android.
    *Switfkey X, one of the best android keyboards.
    There are so many good apps out there, I recommend just looking around to see what else you like, these are just some of the ones I use often.

    -The only bloat on the Galaxy Nexus is My Verizon and Backup assistant. REmoving these won't help your battery life. There are several tips and tricks to increase your battery life, but if you're already charging your phone only once a day, there isn't much you can do to get better battery life.

    -Mods, There aren't a ton of ROMs out for the Galaxy Nexus yet. As for Cyanogenmod, the team is working on CM9 right now which will be the Android 4.0 Cyanogenmod. It's on it's way, but not out yet. If you are considering installing custom ROMs, then I recommend you at least unlock the bootloader now, since it requries a factory reset.

    here's a link talking about how to do it:
    http://www.androidcentral.com/how-unlock-galaxy-nexus-bootloader
     
  8. OrangeBic

    OrangeBic [H]Lite

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    Mint.com for finance. Best out there.