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#1003510 - 01/12/18 11:36 AM What are the best apps on your phone?  
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I've decided I'm under-utilizing my Android - and have been for generations of Droids.

What are some of your most useful or highly recommended apps? Also interested in what service/maintenance app(s) you use.


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#1003529 - 01/12/18 07:12 PM Re: What are the best apps on your phone? [Re: Indy Dave]  
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Now now, don't be shy. I've already been to the virtual principal's office today by a valued member of this very forum, who while also eager for app suggestions for HIS phone, in no uncertain terms scolded me for having a Galaxy S8 and not even coming close to utilizing it's potential. I guess this thing can solve World Peace, the proper oil to use in any situation, the correct air pressure at any temperature and load and act as a remote fuel strip.

Any apps will do, not limited Maintenance and Service records, etc.


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#1003532 - 01/12/18 07:56 PM Re: What are the best apps on your phone? [Re: Indy Dave]  
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If you're a Microsoft guy, OneNote along with OneDrive is great for making notes and reminders. When I hear or read about a route or destination I haven't heard about, I put it into OneNote for later. The OneDrive features allows you to access your files on any of your devices including desktop, laptop or phone. For instance I have my owners manual, JVB productions maintenance video, Sena manual, and other equipment manuals available where ever I am. They are all free and work well on Android devices.
If your not a Microsoft guy you can accomplish the same thing with Google Drive and Google Keep. I'm sure there's an equivalent Apple set up but I don't use their products.


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#1003535 - 01/12/18 09:54 PM Re: What are the best apps on your phone? [Re: Indy Dave]  
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Phone says I have about 65 apps installed, but most see little use. Here are the ones I use most.

Nova Launcher to provide more screen layout flexibilty

Main screen apps, used very often:
Moon+ Reader - Most used app. Excellent ebook reader with many options, also works well to access the library of PDF owners manuals that I keep on the phone.
MediaMonkey (widget)- Media player for audio and video, syncs nicely with my Windows PC where I keep my music and audiobook files.
Podcast Republic (widget) - I only follow a few of the many available podcasts, this keeps them up to date.
Sudoku - the free one from genina.com. Timed puzzles I use to gauge how quick I'm thinking today (unobtrusive ads).
RealCalc Scientific Calculator - does easy unit conversions between metric-imperial.
Weather Underground (widget) - was a favorite, but company was sold and changes have caused some recent glitches. Have not found a better replacement yet.
Google Maps - general purpose online GPS, with live traffic updates and re-routing, has literally saved hours sitting in traffic. Also check business hours and phone numbers, find local restaurants/motels, get reviews.
GasBuddy - to check prices and plan gas stops down the road using the map screen
Smartphone Link - for Zumo GPS communication, weather, live traffic, searching for and transferring destinations
Samsung Health (widget) - counts steps to make me feel guilty
Chrome browser - stays in sync with my PC bookmarks and cookies
Clock - standard app. Love the gradually increasing volume of the alarm clock, almost makes me wish I still had to get up for work. (Not!)
Memo - standard app for shopping lists, to-do (someday), etc. Remember you can add a photo, handy for collecting serial/model numbers for that part you need.

Second screen, useful apps, but not needed as often:
Locus Map Pro - excellent GPS, uses on or offline maps (many free choices), used mostly for hiking (with tracking so I don't get lost) but getting more on-road use lately. May be replacing the zumo at some point as I become more proficient with its many not-obvious capabilities.
Furkot - excellent trip planner. Mainly on the phone as a backup, I prefer the larger screen on the PC for planning.
CoPilot - another GPS with offline maps, OK for "take me directly here" use, but not as friendly to planned routes as it used to be.
Dropbox - Pictures auto-sync to PC on wifi, handy for other file transfers.
Solid Explorer - Good file manager, not only to access files on the phone, but also can manage Dropbox and shared files/folders on my home network.
WiFi Analyzer - Graphically shows wifi signal strength in many forms. Helpful for setting up access points, picking the strongest signal, avoiding interfering channels.
QR Reader - to read those patterns on packages in the store and UPC codes (scan the UPC, launch a search to compare store/online prices, check reviews)
Smart Tools - collection of utilities to use the phone's sensors. Sound meter, several levels, protractors, compass, thread pitch, etc. Some are available as free stand-alone apps.

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Google Calendar (widget) - standard app, full screen display of the month's calendar, synced with my wife's schedule. Helps avoid conflicts, as long as she remembers to input her plans (and I remember to look).

That should keep you busy for a while.

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#1003543 - 01/12/18 10:43 PM Re: What are the best apps on your phone? [Re: lkraus]  
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Oh, a couple quick tips .

The camera is more useful if you can launch it quickly. On your S8, open the Camera by quickly pressing the Power key twice. If it does not work, Tap Settings > Advanced features >
Quick launch camera, and tap On/Off to enable. On my S7 it takes a double tap on the Home key. This bypasses the lock screen to go direct to the camera.

Like a megaphone, you can greatly increase the volume of the speaker if you place it near hard surface, with the speaker aimed at the surface. Walls, bookcase corners, cubbyholes, even small open boxes work..


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#1003557 - 01/13/18 01:57 AM Re: What are the best apps on your phone? [Re: Indy Dave]  
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Thanks Larry! Love the double tap pwr for camera!

I'm not a total Luddite, so perhaps it will help to list my non standard apps and ones I wish did a better job.

Nova Settings - screen utility
Poweramp - audio player - pd version
Greenify - app killer. not sure needed these days.
Sygic GPS
FoboBike
YaV1 - Valentine One app
File Manager
Keep - Note app
My Radar - pd version
Responded - responds to texts when I'm riding or driving so I don't have to
SMS backup - messages, etc back up
Transparent Weather app - Pro-version/Weather underground
Dropbox
some other

I have an 'unlocked' S8 on Verizon. Good and bad. Bad is that the S8 won't multitask while on a phone call eg: use the browser/send sms messages at the same time. Also no HD calling or Video calling. Apparently these are carrier apps. Seems odd . .

I do not like the Calendar - it does not 'nag' you audibly until you acknowledge a reminder. One ding and its done! WTF
I use the basis messages app, not having migrated to 'hangouts' or whatever else they're trying to switch me over to.

I do like the idea of migrating certain non-personal files over platforms, so they are available over the Internets. One other thing I thought I'd do while hanging around after surgery is root the phone. But again, not sure I need to, given that my use is at a first grade level (I guess that's like reading the Mark and Janet primary readers from that school year?) according to a current iPhone user and lurker here.


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#1003566 - 01/13/18 04:23 AM Re: What are the best apps on your phone? [Re: Indy Dave]  
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Type app (paid) for email accounts


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#1003578 - 01/13/18 02:24 PM Re: What are the best apps on your phone? [Re: Indy Dave]  
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Originally Posted by workin' them angels
One other thing I thought I'd do while hanging around after surgery is root the phone.

I used to root my Android devices. There's really no need any more. The apps that I needed for a rooted phone (such as backup utilities) are now available for unrooted phones. Rooting does allow you to remove some of the "crapware" that the manufactures install on their phones but nowadays, you can easily disable them in the settings. Rooting is a pain because you lose root anytime a new update comes along and there is risk that you will brick the device and really struggle to get it to work again.

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#1003586 - 01/13/18 05:04 PM Re: What are the best apps on your phone? [Re: Indy Dave]  
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Thanks - being that this is a 'unlocked' phone, it didn't come with any service provider bloatware. That's proven to be a trade-off, as it also lacks HD calling, calling and data use concurrently, video calling and visual Voice Mail - so one has to access VM the 'Old Fashioned' way and call VM, then enter your code. You can still save VM's, but with visual VM, you can select the saved message you want to access in stead of having to listening to them in order till you get to the one you want.

I guess Google has some kind of app that allows video calling or Voice Mail? I don't really use video calling except when my phone is mounted on my bike, then I can use it and it transmits my Famously Studly Mug tucked into my helmet while riding.


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#1003590 - 01/13/18 06:07 PM Re: What are the best apps on your phone? [Re: Indy Dave]  
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I have an older S5 because ............. I'm cheap laugh laugh laugh I'd rather spend $30 on a new battery every year then >$500 on a new phone.

My travel phone is an unlocked Motorola Moto E, which is really handy because I just connect to the wifi at home before I leave and it updates my email accounts, Google Contacts, Calendar and Documents.

I'm old-fashioned and organize my life on MS Outlook 2007. So I have DejaOffice to sync with Outlook. I tried a few different syncing options and this one worked the best

Anyway, I travel quite a bit and find all the following helpful:

TripAdvisor-basic, sometimes biased but a good place to start a search for "what-to-do, where-to-stay, where-to-eat"
Zomato- eating focused
Hotel apps, airline apps and airport apps that I install and remove as needed. Some are better than others but can be invaluable for last-second searches for a hotel room and updates on flight and gate status.
WhatsApp The only way my adult children will communicate with me. Sometimes we text, but if I don't have a SIM card for the country I'm in at least we can communicate via wifi
Google Maps can be really helpful, but the location services built in drains my battery on both phones faster then stink. I need to use an external battery pack or external DC power source to keep it running longer than an hour or two.

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