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Old March 19th, 2011, 03:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm getting my T-Bolt on a couple days *crosses fangers* and I'm curious what apps are "must have" for this phone. I'm coming off an Evo and a few apps that I have to have are

* LauncherPro [Customize screens and docks]
* MyBackup Pro [$ - Backup apps, phots and data]
* AppAlarm Pro [$ - Trigger events with alarms... I use it to launch Pandora for waking up]
* ASTRO File Manager [Browse/manage your memory card, also will install APK files]
* Go SMS or Handcent [Alternative to stock text app, skinable, custom notifications]
* ColorNote Notepad Notes [Notepad type app, I use it for keeping a grocery list and cocktail recipes!]
* WeatherBug Elite [$ - Weather app, has nice radar animations and widgets]
* RealCalc Scientific Calcualtor [Nifty calculator]
* Mr. Number Call Block [Block incoming calls and texts]
* CalWidget [Neat widget for displaying calendar events]
* Extended Controls [$ - Awesome widgets for feature toggling, like WiFi, Sync, GPS, Vibrate mode, etc. Helps with battery life when not by disabling things when not needed... hoping they get a TB support for switching 4G antennae]
* AudioManager Pro [$ - Widget for adjusting the various volumes]
* MagicGem [$ - Like Jewels game]
* Angry Birds (like, duh!)
* Facebook/Foursquare/Twitter
* Pandora Radio [Streaming music]

Anything that you guys have that you can't live without? Anything unique to the Thunderbolt?

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Good starting list, Im interested in what others see as "Must have" Apps. This will be my first droid so Im curious.
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Anything unique to the Thunderbolt?
Nope, so one of the other 14,000 threads dedicated to this exact topic would probably suffice...
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Really comes down to what you're looking to do with the phone, but below are my 3 most used apps

LogMeIn ($$) - allows remote access/control to my laptop
TripIt - organizes my traveling itinerary data
Grooveshark - love this app more than Pandora, as I usually know what exact songs I want to stream
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bump, anyone else have more suggestions?

Best text program, etc.
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bump, anyone else have more suggestions?

Best text program, etc.
Most people like Handcent. I loved it but I switched to Go SMS and never switched back. Both are really excellent replacements (and skinable!) for the stock text app.
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Juice defender, once it gets fixed and working with the TB.
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my top picks would be: handcent sms, Pulse News reader, and tweetcaster.
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LOL....suckup

Couldn't resist....LOL
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LOL....suckup

Couldn't resist....LOL


Really, though, I just got the app like a week ago. It's actually really slick. It brings me right to the TB forum.
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Really, though, I just got the app like a week ago. It's actually really slick. It brings me right to the TB forum.
Yep, easy interface, reminds me of the XDA app, but somewhat better.
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NFL mobile for you football fans.I'm more into Slack Radio my self as well.Not sure what else to get for as MP3 apps that are free goes.OH another fun one is google sky app.
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I also love the Netflix app!!!

Oh yeah that's right...The folks at Netflix are still sitting on that one! I'm getting sick of waiting!!!
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Am I the only one who likes ChompSMS? I like Handcent, and liked GoSMS(thought it was slow on the Fascinate though, could have been phone), but I always go back to Chomp.
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Am I the only one who likes ChompSMS?
I like that one than any of the ones posted.. I like the default better than any of them though.
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Google news and weather (genie) widget (best scrolling, and easiest configuring news aggregator there is)
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Other.than that, just personal stuff like banking apps etc
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If anyone gets Genie widget to run on this phone let me know. I love that one for my news updates
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Nope, so one of the other 14,000 threads dedicated to this exact topic would probably suffice...


So you're saying the Thunderbolt doesn't have a specific feature that can utilize an app better than another phone?

I know when the 3GS came out on the iPhone, there were apps that utilized its built in pseudo-compass and certain apps like Yelp gave you augmented reality.
 
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Am I the only one who likes ChompSMS? I like Handcent, and liked GoSMS(thought it was slow on the Fascinate though, could have been phone), but I always go back to Chomp.
A while back I stopped using Chomp when they started putting advertisements in the free app. I switched to Handcent then, and haven't looked back.

Does it still have the ads? Or did they remove them?
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Does Handcent receive picture messages or just texts? And if it doesnt receive picture messages do you just receive them through stock message system?
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Does Handcent receive picture messages or just texts? And if it doesnt receive picture messages do you just receive them through stock message system?
It's a full on SMS/mms app. It's free, give it a shot. It really is a superior tool for messaging. And it looks better too.
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ok I d/l handcent and love it it except one problem......sms and mms are still coming through default message app. how do I get sms and mms to come through handcent and stop through default?
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ok I d/l handcent and love it it except one problem......sms and mms are still coming through default message app. how do I get sms and mms to come through handcent and stop through default?
Disable notifications on the stock messaging app

My top 5 apps are

Handcent SMS
SMS Backup +
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Launcher Pro + ($)
Astro File Manager (switches to root explorer when I'm rooted)

edit: forgot all about Widgetlocker ($) that is by far a top 3 app, hell, it might be my number 1. Great app and the developer is awesome at answering any and all questions
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Double Twist (unless somebody can recommend something better)

I tried Handcent, it looks odd. Not sure why it is better than the regular SMS. It can't do emoticons????

HEYTELL!!! What what!
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I like Winamp as my music player. I find the PC to Phone syncing to be better than doubletwist.

Edit: And I forgot to mention Tasker, the most essential app for your phone.
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just like every list of "must have" apps ive ever read i always find something new to try... im trying to find a good SMS backup now so i think im going to try sms backup +.
ive been worried about using an external backup because i always have a conspiracy theory that all my messages are being kept like twitter posts lol
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just like every list of "must have" apps ive ever read i always find someone new to try... im trying to find a good SMS backup now so i think im going to try sms backup +.
ive been worried about using an external backup because i always have a conspiracy theory that all my messages are being kept like twitter posts lol
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I like Winamp as my music player. I find the PC to Phone syncing to be better than doubletwist.

Edit: And I forgot to mention Tasker, the most essential app for your phone.
I'll have to give it a try, once I figure out how!
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Just traded up from my Droid 1 the the TB......WOW. Big difference; I really like this handset - MUCH faster.

Went to reload all my apps, but now I cannot find "Bluff my Call". I have found the website for it, but not sure how to load this on my TB. Any tips?

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This is an absolute must for me. At 8:45 my phone automatically switches to vibrate only for the work day, goes back to full volume when the work day is done, goes semi quiet at 11:00 PM for texting without bothering the wife next to me in bed, then silent except for alarm and phone in the middle of the night. All without having to change a thing!

Also, gmail notifier and easy reminder to keep my phone vibrating and beeping at several minute intervals when I've missed a text or email.
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I'm getting my T-Bolt on a couple days *crosses fangers* and I'm curious what apps are "must have" for this phone. I'm coming off an Evo and a few apps that I have to have are

Anything that you guys have that you can't live without? Anything unique to the Thunderbolt?
lol i was just going to ask for a small description on these apps as I'm new to android (TB eta : Tomorrow!) coming off of my weak LG Env Touch.

Thanks for the update and descriptions! good stuff.
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Call Confirm. Eliminates accidental calls.
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ok I d/l handcent and love it it except one problem......sms and mms are still coming through default message app. how do I get sms and mms to come through handcent and stop through default?
You have to go into notification settings in Handcent to enable notifications. You can change the notification icon, the ringtone, etc., and if you're in the message of a particular contact, you can set separate notifications for that person.

To disable stock, to to messages -- menu -- settings -- uncheck received notifications.
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Old March 21st, 2011, 04:14 PM   #43 (permalink)
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You have to go into notification settings in Handcent to enable notifications. You can change the notification icon, the ringtone, etc., and if you're in the message of a particular contact, you can set separate notifications for that person.

To disable stock, to to messages -- menu -- settings -- uncheck received notifications.
I set it up as you said and its perfect, thanks. My only question is can I get notification bubble on app that says how many new messages I have?

Right now its only showing on top bar.
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I'm getting my T-Bolt on a couple days *crosses fangers* and I'm curious what apps are "must have" for this phone. I'm coming off an Evo and a few apps that I have to have are

* LauncherPro [Customize screens and docks]
* MyBackup Pro [$ - Backup apps, phots and data]
* AppAlarm Pro [$ - Trigger events with alarms... I use it to launch Pandora for waking up]
* ASTRO File Manager [Browse/manage your memory card, also will install APK files]
* Go SMS or Handcent [Alternative to stock text app, skinable, custom notifications]
* ColorNote Notepad Notes [Notepad type app, I use it for keeping a grocery list and cocktail recipes!]
* WeatherBug Elite [$ - Weather app, has nice radar animations and widgets]
* RealCalc Scientific Calcualtor [Nifty calculator]
* Mr. Number Call Block [Block incoming calls and texts]
* CalWidget [Neat widget for displaying calendar events]
* Extended Controls [$ - Awesome widgets for feature toggling, like WiFi, Sync, GPS, Vibrate mode, etc. Helps with battery life when not by disabling things when not needed... hoping they get a TB support for switching 4G antennae]
* AudioManager Pro [$ - Widget for adjusting the various volumes]
* MagicGem [$ - Like Jewels game]
* Angry Birds (like, duh!)
* Facebook/Foursquare/Twitter
* Pandora Radio [Streaming music]

Anything that you guys have that you can't live without? Anything unique to the Thunderbolt?
Vary nice I will look into most of those apps. Hay I have a question what you or well anyone here recommended for an anti-virus app. I am some what >.> <.< >.> paranoid when it comes to malware but thats just me.
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Vary nice I will look into most of those apps. Hay I have a question what you or well anyone here recommended for an anti-virus app. I am some what >.> <.< >.> paranoid when it comes to malware but thats just me.
I use (lookout) for malware
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I use (lookout) for malware
Thanks after my post I found an app called anitivirus free but lookout well looks better.
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I would love to know a list of stable games for the Thunderbolt. Should they go here as well or should a new thread be started?
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Network mangelow - easy way to switch from 3g to 4g
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Thanks after my post I found an app called anitivirus free but lookout well looks better.
Plus you can do other stuff with it besides AV
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i thought antivirus and malware protection was a waste on these phone?
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