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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by khunfused, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. khunfused

    khunfused Newbie
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    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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  2. roush611

    roush611 Member

    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...
  3. cmybliss

    cmybliss Android Enthusiast

    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 :)
  4. khunfused

    khunfused Newbie
    Thread Starter

    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.
  5. GoldenDiamond

    GoldenDiamond Well-Known Member

    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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  6. khunfused

    khunfused Newbie
    Thread Starter

    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
  7. Smeeagain

    Smeeagain Lurker

    For GPS go with WAZE. It's free and social. The Mapquest one is also good and free.
  8. khunfused

    khunfused Newbie
    Thread Starter

    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
  9. Rolo42

    Rolo42 Android Enthusiast

    Ditch the task killer.
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  10. UserName872

    UserName872 Android Enthusiast

    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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  11. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    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.
  12. Toosploos

    Toosploos Well-Known Member

    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.
  13. clitrenta

    clitrenta Android Enthusiast

    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)
  14. roush611

    roush611 Member

    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.
  15. Rolo42

    Rolo42 Android Enthusiast

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  16. Stigy

    Stigy Some say...

    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

    Welcome to AF and enjoy your S3!
  17. Hogan773

    Hogan773 Android Enthusiast

    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.
  18. Hogan773

    Hogan773 Android Enthusiast

    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!
  19. khunfused

    khunfused Newbie
    Thread Starter

    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.
  20. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    What does this mean?
  21. khunfused

    khunfused Newbie
    Thread Starter

    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.
  22. khunfused

    khunfused Newbie
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  23. omoanya

    omoanya Member

    FOr Mac smooth sync has worked great for me for contacts and Ical.

    Where is this task killer ? I can't find it ..
  24. 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...
  25. 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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