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Old April 6th, 2012, 08:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have had my S2 for some time now and am still well inpressed with it. I was just looking at the apps i have on it and got to thinking how many i have that a few years ago you would not have believed a phone you carry about in your pocket could be used for. Other than make calls, i can listen to music, watch video, play games and browse the internet, but it is the things beyond this that i find truly impressive. Sat nav functions in your hand are fantastic, cameralert gives me speed camera locations.
I looked at things like Shazam, this is an app i love as i hate being in a pub and hearing a song that either i couldn't name or that i knew i would want to add to a playlist but the next morning in a more sober state i would never remember. Now i can touch the screen on my phone and a couple of seconds later i have the name of the song and a history of the name to remind me. Another i love is endomondo sports, start it up when you go out walking and it will tell you distance travelled, speed and calories burned, My fitness pal is another that easily tracks what junk i eat and helps me (sometimes) stop eating so unhealthily. Flashlight gives me an always available torch and the virgin media tv app lets me set my TIVO box to record if i am away from home and forgot to set it. So what i would like to ask, is do you have any apps that you feel make your phone way more than a phone, if yes please post the name and let me know what it does, please do not list games or favourite video players etc as they are standard fare on phones now. Cheers

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Old April 6th, 2012, 03:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Google Earth, provided you've got a wifi connection or a healthy data package. It doesn't actually do anything useful, but stuff like fly-bys in the Himalayas still make me go "wow".
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Not so much an app as such... but a launcher that always gets an instant, "WOW!", from other mobile phone users, particularly iPhone users.

It is SPBShell 3D which not only has great graphics and terrific animations but is also a very useful TouchWiz replacement that uses, surprisingly, no more battery than either of my other 2 launchers.

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Apps I always find get folk I'm showing to either very quickly download them, or look for equivalents in the Apples market place are either those that are executed very well or do things with a phone you never thought possible such as...

1. WiFi Analyzer: an example of a simple idea executed very very well. A tonne of handy uses for across the spectrum of experience.

2. Teamviewer: I'm always using this on my PC and have a couple of times been called upon to fix something or other in one of my families machine when out and about, using this app. Absolutely incredible what you can do with phones now.

3. OnLive: Not that practical (always feel it works better on tablets), but absolutely amazing to see full on PC games running on a phone. Most of them are pretty unplayable with a phone's touch controls of course, but there are some that work and devs are beginning to bring out touch versions.

4. Skype: something lots and lots of people are familiar with, but don't expect to see on a phone with full on video etc

5: Soundwire. I spent ages looking for something like this. An app that allows you to push-stream music from your PC to any android device listening in sync. The way I used it was to play music all over our house through my phone, my gfs phone and our tablet - all plugged into various Aux Ins of radios, hifis, TVs etc. The same music all over the house, totally in sync with each other. Costs 100s if not 1000s to do the "proper" way - but achievable here for a couple of quid.

... or to be honest, the apps that get the most "wows" are the simple home screen widgets - things like calendars, live twitter/facebook streams etc
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Teamviewer. I use that on occasion especially during presentations so I do not have to rely on another person to click my slides along. Also something interesting to meddle with when you need to head out and still need to do something else on your computer.
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All good stuff, will try most of them, cheers,
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Soundwire is definitely a useful app. I used it when my wireless headphones broke and I was waiting for delivery on some new ones. Only problem is that there is a slight lag in it (which is understandable), so it can be a bit annoying to watch videos on a PC using it as the sound ends up out of sync.
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Thanks ironass, I just threw money at the screen
edit- GPS doesn't work anymore since install. Even on touchwiz.
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