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Old August 14th, 2012, 11:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default brand new to s3!! help.

just got my s3 today and was looking for some guidance.

wheres a good place to start in terms of apps, or things to do to maximize my experience?

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Old August 15th, 2012, 12:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Have you had a smart phone or is this your first one? You started off on the right foot by coming here for information. As far as apps go, search Google as well as the forums. It really depends what you plan on using your phone for as to what apps to download...
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Old August 15th, 2012, 12:19 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Perhaps you could tell us all what you'd like to do with your phone. Then we can offer some suggestions on apps and tips and tricks. I think you'll find that for the most part, everyone here is really friendly and like to help. So go ahead and ask! I'm sure there will be someone here who can give you a good answer
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Old August 15th, 2012, 12:48 AM   #4 (permalink)
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haha my bad. just new to android os. ive had iphone 4 for the last 2 years, and im big on customizing. tried rooting on mac but i keep getting fails, so ill figure that out somehow. in the mean time ive gotten juice defender, advance task killer,swiftkey 3 and random apps i use daily on ios. was looking to maximize my experience hah.
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here are the apps I found useful with my S3.

1. Zoom Camera -> this doesn't have buddy share but hey, you can at least zoom. Revert back to the original camera for buddy share and snapping pics while video recording.
2. SmartTools -> has tools like compass, light, angles, rulers and stuff.
3. Gas Buddy + Waze -> really good combo for driving around a city. If you want to find a new place, could always revert to google maps.
4. Media players: MX Player + doubleTwist -> great combo for videos and music.
5. Wallpaper Changer -> makes things interesting, not exactly what I wanted but it'll do.
6. Agenda Widget -> cause everyone can use a good widget for their calendar.
6. ConvertPad -> converts everything and anything including currency!

You already have swiftkey so that doesn't need to be mentioned again.
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thanks for the input! what is a great gps app? i have apex launcher but im trying to figure it out still. wont let me put widgets unless i root, but im at a brick wall atm lol
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For GPS go with WAZE. It's free and social. The Mapquest one is also good and free.
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thanks for the waze!!!

if anyone has a mac, what apps do you use to do file transfers of like pictures n music. using android file transfer, but i kinda want to focus more on music transfer from itunes
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Ditch the task killer.
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thanks for the input! what is a great gps app? i have apex launcher but im trying to figure it out still. wont let me put widgets unless i root, but im at a brick wall atm lol
Apex launcher does not let you put widgets on the desktop from the Applications/Widgets tray.

To put widgets on your Apex desktop, long press and hold anywhere on your home screen and select "widget" to see the list of available widgets.
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Essentially my recommendation is this:

Use the phone, find out what frustrates you then find an app that adds functionality or addresses the source of the frustration in other ways.
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if anyone has a mac, what apps do you use to do file transfers of like pictures n music. using android file transfer, but i kinda want to focus more on music transfer from itunes

There's an app called isyncr in the play store that let's you sync your s3 with itunes. Try the free version and see if it works for you.
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Ditch the task killer.
I agree. Usually they use more battery than they save and on top of that, it's totally unecessary. If you need to shut down some apps, just use the S3's built in task manager (hold the home key down for acouple of seconds)
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haha my bad. just new to android os. ive had iphone 4 for the last 2 years, and im big on customizing. tried rooting on mac but i keep getting fails, so ill figure that out somehow. in the mean time ive gotten juice defender, advance task killer,swiftkey 3 and random apps i use daily on ios. was looking to maximize my experience hah.
As mentioned above get rid of task killer. As far as a good program for syncing iTunes I use to use double twist. But now you can just get Google music, this way you won't have to worry about filling space on your phone. As far as GPS the stock Google maps and nav work damn well.
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It's not just that; task killers undermine the OS's optimisation process, which reduces performance on both, the device and the battery.

One should only kill a task if one has a very specific reason to do so (i.e. glitched but that warrants a restart anyway).

cf. galaxy s3 problems
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It's not just that; task killers undermine the OS's optimisation process, which reduces performance on both, the device and the battery.

One should only kill a task if one has a very specific reason to do so (i.e. glitched but that warrants a restart anyway).

cf. galaxy s3 problems
Here's a good article regarding Task Killers - I know this comes up all the time, but they are definitely not necessary. Real World Test Show That Android Task Killers Are Still Useless

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Someone should really "kill" Advanced Task Killer.

I feel like people coming over to Android search on this topic and read about it (often from posts that are several years old) and think they need it, when actually they should NOT have it. It's not just outdated it's actually worse than having nothing.

Kinda like having an old man tell you that the best solution for your achy elbow is blood letting and/or leeches.....at one time it may have been an accepted recommendation but no longer.

As more and more people have at least Gingerbread or higher, the number of "older" Android platforms that actually could benefit from ATK is dwindling.
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For GPS go with WAZE. It's free and social. The Mapquest one is also good and free.
Why would you WAZE when you've already got an AWESOME GPS Navigator already built into your phone....Google Navigation! Seriously it is so slick I'm not sure what else any other program could offer, and it's completely integrated with your maps and everything else.

Having access to the Google Navigation is a key treat on Android, as it is not available on iOS. Sometimes Google leaves the special vintage wine off to the side for its best customers!
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ditched task killer, thanks guys!

isyncr doesnt work for me. wont open on my mac..

anyone know best way to sync to itunes via mac?
doubletwist only works via air and dont wanna pay for that. kies messes up my whole library.
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only works via air and dont wanna pay for that.
What does this mean?
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What does this mean?
only way to get doubletwist to sync with my mac is by airsync because regular syncing doesnt work, but i dont want to pay $5 for it.
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FOr Mac smooth sync has worked great for me for contacts and Ical.

Where is this task killer ? I can't find it ..
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There are a lot of things you can do to maximize your experience on the S3. S3's the top selling Android smartphone handsdown and for a reason. Do you got the international version of the S3 or the American and Canadian variant with the S4 snapdragon?

I got my S3 not too long ago. i followed this guy i found on youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LeFLeKTzqU i tried using APEX launcher and its doing great. super smooth.. kinda scared to root my phone though....although i'd love to have that nice blue top bar with the blue icons...
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ditched task killer, thanks guys!

isyncr doesnt work for me. wont open on my mac..

anyone know best way to sync to itunes via mac?
doubletwist only works via air and dont wanna pay for that. kies messes up my whole library.
no more need for task killer. Android 3.0/4.0/4.1 killed off the need to have one of those 3rd party apps... yay for Android.
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. kinda scared to root my phone though....although i'd love to have that nice blue top bar with the blue icons...
If you can follow instructions, you have nothing to worry about.
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