Getting the most out of my *New* Nexus 4 phone??
It all depends what you want it for (sensible answer alert)..
If all you want to do is play games, then get lots of games.
I use mine to organise my life, so email, decent calendar widget, user definable databases (memento is good for this – create easy to enter databases such as “work mileage”, “private work” etc on the go).
Google maps, and the new google search/cards thing is good, and comes installed already..
DrPPosted 4 years agonickjbSubscriber
I haven’t needed to add much to mine form standard. Setting up email is pretty simple. A dropbox account is good for backing up pictures and transferring files. A power widget is handy to turn data/wifi/bluetooth/gps etc on and off from the home screen to maximise battery.
If you are thinking of joining GiffGaff, and you should it’s cheap and good, you can use my referral for a free fiver for each of us: GiffGaff referral. You don’t really need a widget to monitor it. You get a pop up at the end of each call/text and it is prominently displayed on your dashboard on the website so just add a web short cut.Posted 4 years agoToastyMember
Seems a shame to get a stock Android phone, in all it’s speedy, clean glory. Then pack it out with third party apps and shonky launchers.
Music (prefer Spotify to Google Music still), Dropbox (or Google Drive), Maps, Twitter/Facebook, Splashtop for checking things on my home PC while I’m out.
That’s about it for me.Posted 4 years ago
I’ve just taken the plunge on a 16gb @ £199, intending to go on a £12pm GiffGaff (for unlimited internet). My old phone was a bit cheap, slow and constantly low on space once I’d installed whatsapp, so I never really explored much beyond what was already there.Posted 4 years ago
Anyway, I believe this phone won’t come with loads of apps and stuff already crammed onto it. So, where do I start getting the most out of it? I’ve signed up to Google Music, so I can play all the music from my laptop, on the phone. Are there any other Google services worth having, preferably FOC (I don’t mind paying a one off charge)?
QuickOffice (snooze) is now free to anyone with a Google account and offers 15GB of storage on Google Drive.
Google Play Music is amazing.
Best browser I’ve found is NB Pro (nee Naked Browser, so called because it’s tiny and very fast)
Nova Launcher is the best launcher that I’ve used although still go back to using ADW every now and again.
There are loads of Twitter clients, none is perfect imo but I use Seesmic, Reddit is Fun for reddit.
Just started using currents, not sure if I like it or not but well worth exploring
Podkicker for podcasts.
Swiftkey is an amazing keyboard
Tune In Radio for all radio requirements.
Endomondo for sports tracking
Viewranger for OS maps
Candy Crush to suck your life and self respect from youPosted 4 years agostumpy01Member
Strava (if that interests you). I’ve got it on my phone, but only if I forget my Garmin when packing my bag.
TuneIn Radio – depends on your data limit though whether you’ll use it much. Works on wi-fi too though.
ES File Explorer
RAC traffic if you do a lot of driving
Met Office – I have all three in a folder (and believe the best forecast….)
Notes (for making notes). Has a good widget
There’s a London Underground map app called ‘London’ that is excellent.
FlickrPosted 4 years ago
eww @ instagram (especially those with stupid degraded colour casts)
just have these on mine, in no particular order:
yr.no weather app
google maps, google drive, google skymap (that’s ace), and google goggles (can be fun and/or useful)
and the app for the local public transport system (for checking how to get to nearest tram stop when the chain snaps again, look up bus/tram times, and buy an e-ticket)
oh and cribbage pro (the only game I have on the phone)
any recommendations for a quick note taking app?Posted 4 years agomogrimMember
I bought TomTom for navigating, I don’t fully trust the data network enough to use online maps…
Other stuff:Posted 4 years ago
Springpad (or Evernote)
Firefox (some sites don’t work with Chrome, for whatever reason…)
My bank’s app
Google+ (useful for automatic photo backups)
Dogg Catcher (podcasts)
thanks – will check that one. have jota at the moment for making a few notes.
also use a pan-european garmin for nav usually, otherwise gmaps etc. navigation is probably going to cost me a data roaming charge. but it’s handy to have the feature in the phone.Posted 4 years agoscrumfledMember
Backcountrynavigator (you can try for free, but the paid version is worthwhile). OS maps (or any other supported source) on the go. You can store them ‘offline’ so you dont need mobile coverage to use when outside.
Evernote, stores notes, voice memos etc. Syncs to the your pc/mac.
Dropbox, syncs to desktop/web for storing files.
Glympse, a way of sharing your location with *anyone* for a predefined time. Handy when you’re heading to an appointment, you can share your location for say 30 mins. After this they cant track you.Posted 4 years ago_tom_Member
The main things I use are
Dolphin Browser (don’t really like the standard one)
Life Reminders (not sure why there’s nothing like this on the standard S3, even my old nokias had this!)
Think that’s about it actually!Posted 4 years ago
Also might be worth looking at some NFC tags
I was hoping it might come with some?
Some interesting stuff, thanks. Like I say, I’m particularly interested in back office stuff. Nova launcher, HD Widgets, Swiftkey, screebl and a few others look like the sort of thing.
Has anyone found an app which is like a traditional diary?? day to view, where you can flip thru the pages, backwards and forwards and use a stylus to write notes?????Posted 4 years agonixieSubscriber
I’d look at virgin sim only deals. 30 day rolling contract and uses orange/T-Mobile masts when virgin ones aren’t available. Mines a tenner for loads of texts, more than enough minutes for me and 1gb data.
Virgin is a MVNO, it always uses other mast (they do not have their own network).Posted 4 years ago
I had a desire for 18 months prior to the nexus4 which I put cyanogen mod on, tbh I can’t see any benefit doing to the nexus4 as the stock os is so great. Thoughts?
Yes I’ve rooted it but still run stock Android, only really did it for a few aps which require root now most of them run root free, and to do something we’re not allowed to discuss on here. Personally I wouldn’t bother unless you’ve got a hankering to run CM or any of the other ROMsPosted 4 years ago
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