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    Hello all,

    I'm new to the forum and just wanted to say hi! I've been an iPhone user for many many years and recently I got very bored and fancied a change. The Google Nexus 5 had a lot of features for the money and I'm very happy with it.

    I was very particular with the way I set up my iPhone, very minimalistic! I don't like bloatware and I like to keep things simple. Especially when it comes to reducing things like notifications and other non-useful stuff which drains the battery and clutters the screen. I need some advice if you don't mind!

    What are the must have apps on Android?
    How can I set the phone up to save battery life?
    Is there any bloatware I can remove by re-installing the OS? If so how do I do this?
    How easy is it to heavily customise an Android phone?
    What's the best (cheapest) wireless charger available?
    Is it easy to root the phone? Have no idea of it's benefits.

    I'm sure there's lots I need to learn about Android so any other tips are welcome, looking forward to your replies!
    Last edited by Carlm; 02-14-2014 at 07:29 AM.
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    all of your questions can be easily answered with the search function.
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    Default Re: I'm new to Android and my Google Nexus 5, need your help please!

    Yep, then there would be no point of having forums if someone didn't post the same questions every now and then. Especially when there's quite a few questions I'm asking. Thanks for your input though.
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    Default Re: I'm new to Android and my Google Nexus 5, need your help please!

    Quote Originally Posted by Carlm View Post
    Yep, then there would be no point of having forums if someone didn't post the same questions every now and then. Especially when there's quite a few questions I'm asking. Thanks for your input though.
    Actually, the point of forums is to make questions/answers available, so that folks can search - that's why PMs are discouraged, because those are not searchable. If the search doesn't yield results, absolutely - post the question!

    Regardless, welcome to the Android world. I'll try to answer some of your questions

    What are the must have apps on Android? - That will depend on what you use. For me, in addition to the standard google apps, I install a file explorer (ES Explorer/Root Explorer), photo editor apps (snapseed/Paper Camera/Photoshop touch/Handyphoto), Shazam/Soundhound, Netflix, Skype/GrooveIP, storage services (copy/box/dropbox/skydrive), Games, Tasker etc... and several root apps... everybody will have different needs

    How can I set the phone up to save battery life? - set location services to battery saving (and enable high-accuracy GPS only when using nav), reduce brightness of screen, and use WiFi whenever possible

    Is there any bloatware I can remove by re-installing the OS? If so how do I do this? This is a Nexus device, so no bloat at all.

    How easy is it to heavily customise an Android phone? - VERY. Launchers and widgets and XPosed (see below) make customization pretty easy!

    What's the best (cheapest) wireless charger available? Nokia DT900 occasionally is available with good discounts. I got mine at $12.50 (rare deal), but it is often available at under $25

    Is it easy to root the phone? Have no idea of it's benefits. - yes - this is probably the easiest to root. But be aware that to root, you have to unlock the bootloader, which WILL wipe your phone back to factory settings - no way around it. Benefits: You can install adaway (to eliminate most ads from apps and websites). You can also use root apps like titanium backup (lets you backup apps/app-data for any app etc) - but I've heard that Helium can do that for non-rooted devices too. You can also install XPosed framework that allows you to make a whole lot of changes without changing your stock ROM - I use Gravitybox and XPrivacy modules on this framework
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    Default Re: I'm new to Android and my Google Nexus 5, need your help please!

    Quote Originally Posted by Carlm View Post
    Hello all,

    I'm new to the forum and just wanted to say hi! I've been an iPhone user for many many years and recently I got very bored and fancied a change. The Google Nexus 5 had a lot of features for the money and I'm very happy with it.

    I was very particular with the way I set up my iPhone, very minimalistic! I don't like bloatware and I like to keep things simple. Especially when it comes to reducing things like notifications and other non-useful stuff which drains the battery and clutters the screen. I need some advice if you don't mind!

    What are the must have apps on Android?
    How can I set the phone up to save battery life?
    Is there any bloatware I can remove by re-installing the OS? If so how do I do this?
    How easy is it to heavily customise an Android phone?
    What's the best (cheapest) wireless charger available?
    Is it easy to root the phone? Have no idea of it's benefits.

    I'm sure there's lots I need to learn about Android so any other tips are welcome, looking forward to your replies!
    Hope this helps - Getting Started with Android - Tips and Tricks
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    Quote Originally Posted by jj14x View Post
    You can install adaway (to eliminate most ads from apps and websites).
    Do you have a link to that?
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    I'll second the Nokia DT900 suggestion. I bought a cheap Qi charger first but it was flaky. The Nokia DT900 has been solid with my phone and Nexus 7 HD. Lesson learned.
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    Must have App "Textra" then set it as setting>more...>default SMS app. (Hangout just blows)

    At least on my phone the best thing I did to improve my battery life was switch from Dalvik to ART. ART reduces the amount of work your CPU does every time you open a App that extends your battery by using less CPU. Google's developers have been working for over 2 years on ART, a replacement for Dalvik that promises faster and more efficient execution, better battery life, and a more fluid experience. You can reverse the step and go back to Dalvik is you have issues with ART. I been running ART for a long time and have found no issues but some Apps at least in the past did have problems with ART that most were fixed by the App developer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glc650 View Post
    Do you have a link to that?
    I would also would like the link if possible?
    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gekko View Post
    all of your questions can be easily answered with the search function.
    We are not XDA. Please don't. It makes newer people afraid to ask anything.

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    Default Re: I'm new to Android and my Google Nexus 5, need your help please!

    The cool thing about Android for me is if there's an aspect of the device software you don't like (like the email app, keyboard, most anything) replacements are readily available. Without rooting.

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    Default Re: I'm new to Android and my Google Nexus 5, need your help please!

    Quote Originally Posted by Carlm View Post
    I'm new to the forum and just wanted to say hi!
    Welcome to Android Central! Might I suggest these two guides:
    http://forums.androidcentral.com/gen...14-part-i.html
    http://forums.androidcentral.com/gen...4-part-ii.html

    Quote Originally Posted by Carlm View Post
    What are the must have apps on Android?
    This is almost impossible to answer, because there are so many excellent apps out there for so many different uses. It would help if you gave us more detail on what kinds of apps you're looking for.

    Quote Originally Posted by Carlm View Post
    How can I set the phone up to save battery life?
    Here's another guide: [Guide] Battery Saving Tips

    Quote Originally Posted by Carlm View Post
    Is there any bloatware I can remove by re-installing the OS? If so how do I do this?
    As mentioned above, Nexus devices have very little (if any) bloatware. There are apps that you might not ever use on the Nexus 5, and these can be easily disabled (you can't uninstall pre-installed apps unless you root your phone). To disable an app, go to Settings>Apps>All, select the app, and tap Disable. You might have to Uninstall Updates first before the Disable button appears. Disabling an app prevents it from opening (thus clearing up system RAM for other open processes), but does not remove it from storage. This is what I've disabled on my N5:
    Email
    Exchange Services (I only use Gmail)
    Face Unlock
    Google Hindi Input
    Google Korean Keyboard
    Google Pinyin
    HP Print Service Plugin
    News & Weather
    Sun Beam
    TalkBack

    Quote Originally Posted by Carlm View Post
    How easy is it to heavily customise an Android phone?
    Very easy. There are tons of apps out there. You can start with an alternative launcher like Nova Launcher (which is close to stock Android, with nice little tweaks) and Action Launcher (a bit more of a radical redesign)--these apps replace the stock launcher, which is the homescreen interface. There are numerous apps that can change the lockscreen appearance (some that can make it look more iOS-ey) as well--DashClock is one of the most popular.

    Quote Originally Posted by Carlm View Post
    What's the best (cheapest) wireless charger available?
    You can get a number of wireless chargers for $20-25, from brands like Incipio, VAAS, and Zens (which I have). They should all function about the same.

    Quote Originally Posted by Carlm View Post
    Is it easy to root the phone? Have no idea of it's benefits.
    I'm not a rooting expert, but it should be easy to do on any Nexus device. It essentially gives you superuser privileges, allowing you to control more aspects of the device, completely remove system apps, and flash a custom ROM, among other things. I wouldn't recommend it for novices, since one wrong step could irreversibly brick your device. But if you're interested, here's the AC subforum for it: Nexus 5 Rooting, ROMs, & Hacks - Android Forums at AndroidCentral.com

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    Default Re: I'm new to Android and my Google Nexus 5, need your help please!

    Quote Originally Posted by Gekko View Post
    all of your questions can be easily answered with the search function.
    Quote Originally Posted by jdk2 View Post
    Posts like these are not helpful. If you are not inclined to answer a new member's questions, then simply move on. And no, posting a link to "Let Me Google That For You" is not an appropriate response.

    I suggest that you take the time to review the Android Central Forum rules, especially the portions that are quoted below:

    Mobile Nations communities should always be fun, friendly and helpful places to be. We want to provide answers to all member posts and questions as QUICKLY as possible. With that in mind, we ask that all members kindly follow these basic guidelines:

    P.U.P.P.A.H
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    • Be polite. We ask that you keep your language clean and polite.
    • Be understanding and patient. You may be a power user or developer, but the person youre talking to on the other end may be a complete newbie. Be patient, and provide all details possible if youre posting about a problem (descriptive thread title always helps).
    • Be a pro. Dont get into arguments over dumb things. If someone responds in a poor or rude fashion, ignore it. If you notice a pattern of rude or poor behavior from a particular member, report them to our moderators. If you dont have anything nice to say, dont say anything at all. In a nutshell, think before you post.
    • Be attentive and helpful. Answer questions in a timely manner when you can, and provide thoughts and suggestions that might lead to the solution of a members problem.


    Telling someone to "Search" - Do not reply to a question by telling someone to do a search. Kindly suggest a search link, answer their question, or feel free not to respond.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NotJustAPhone View Post
    Posts like these are not helpful. If you are not inclined to answer a new member's questions, then simply move on. And no, posting a link to "Let Me Google That For You" is not an appropriate response.

    I suggest that you take the time to review the Android Central Forum rules, especially the portions that are quoted below:

    Mobile Nations communities should always be fun, friendly and helpful places to be. We want to provide answers to all member posts and questions as QUICKLY as possible. With that in mind, we ask that all members kindly follow these basic guidelines:

    P.U.P.P.A.H
    (Be Polite, Understanding, Patient, Professional, Attentive and Helpful)


    • Be polite. We ask that you keep your language clean and polite.
    • Be understanding and patient. You may be a power user or developer, but the person youre talking to on the other end may be a complete newbie. Be patient, and provide all details possible if youre posting about a problem (descriptive thread title always helps).
    • Be a pro. Dont get into arguments over dumb things. If someone responds in a poor or rude fashion, ignore it. If you notice a pattern of rude or poor behavior from a particular member, report them to our moderators. If you dont have anything nice to say, dont say anything at all. In a nutshell, think before you post.
    • Be attentive and helpful. Answer questions in a timely manner when you can, and provide thoughts and suggestions that might lead to the solution of a members problem.


    Telling someone to "Search" - Do not reply to a question by telling someone to do a search. Kindly suggest a search link, answer their question, or feel free not to respond.
    Thank you for this, completely true

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    Quote Originally Posted by glc650 View Post
    Do you have a link to that?
    Quote Originally Posted by Pro Vickers View Post
    I would also would like the link if possible?
    Thanks
    Because it violates google's policy about ads, it is not available on the play store. You will need to sideload from https://f-droid.org/repository/browse/?fdid=org.adaway

    Just remember - you need to be rooted to use this. Also, if you visit sites like fatwallet or slickdeals etc that use their own redirect links for revenue, adaway will block most of those redirects. You will need to create a whitelist for their redirect links (see http://slickdeals.net/f/6465800-list...ock-white-list)
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    Default Re: I'm new to Android and my Google Nexus 5, need your help please!

    Quote Originally Posted by jj14x View Post
    Because it violates google's policy about ads, it is not available on the play store. You will need to sideload from https://f-droid.org/repository/browse/?fdid=org.adaway

    Just remember - you need to be rooted to use this. Also, if you visit sites like fatwallet or slickdeals etc that use their own redirect links for revenue, adaway will block most of those redirects. You will need to create a whitelist for their redirect links (see http://slickdeals.net/f/6465800-list...ock-white-list)
    Awesome, thanks! Got it working now

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    Default Re: I'm new to Android and my Google Nexus 5, need your help please!

    Quote Originally Posted by NotJustAPhone View Post
    Posts like these are not helpful. If you are not inclined to answer a new member's questions, then simply move on. And no, posting a link to "Let Me Google That For You" is not an appropriate response.

    I suggest that you take the time to review the Android Central Forum rules, especially the portions that are quoted below:

    Mobile Nations communities should always be fun, friendly and helpful places to be. We want to provide answers to all member posts and questions as QUICKLY as possible. With that in mind, we ask that all members kindly follow these basic guidelines:

    P.U.P.P.A.H
    (Be Polite, Understanding, Patient, Professional, Attentive and Helpful)


    • Be polite. We ask that you keep your language clean and polite.
    • Be understanding and patient. You may be a power user or developer, but the person you’re talking to on the other end may be a complete newbie. Be patient, and provide all details possible if you’re posting about a problem (descriptive thread title always helps).
    • Be a pro. Don’t get into arguments over dumb things. If someone responds in a poor or rude fashion, ignore it. If you notice a pattern of rude or poor behavior from a particular member, report them to our moderators. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. In a nutshell, ‘think before you post’.
    • Be attentive and helpful. Answer questions in a timely manner when you can, and provide thoughts and suggestions that might lead to the solution of a members’ problem.


    Telling someone to "Search" - Do not reply to a question by telling someone to do a search. Kindly suggest a search link, answer their question, or feel free not to respond.
    no. i refuse to enable lazy people that want to sit back and have everything spoon-fed to them. i've helped people more than anybody here - but people need to first use the search button rather than list out a litany of questions without even trying to search - that's why it's there. and this was an extremely egregious case of that.
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    Keep the discussion on-topic.

    If it bothers you so much, the solution is simple: just move on and don't post in the thread. If you believe you have a "right" to continue telling members who are simply seeking help to go search, you are mistaken.

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    Default Re: I'm new to Android and my Google Nexus 5, need your help please!

    People of all ranges of experience come to this forum--this community--for help and to help. I like to help people. Anyone who isn't interested in helping a beginner should simply stay out of the conversation--it's really that easy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlm View Post
    Hello all,

    I'm new to the forum and just wanted to say hi! I've been an iPhone user for many many years and recently I got very bored and fancied a change. The Google Nexus 5 had a lot of features for the money and I'm very happy with it.

    I was very particular with the way I set up my iPhone, very minimalistic! I don't like bloatware and I like to keep things simple. Especially when it comes to reducing things like notifications and other non-useful stuff which drains the battery and clutters the screen. I need some advice if you don't mind!

    What are the must have apps on Android?
    How can I set the phone up to save battery life?
    Is there any bloatware I can remove by re-installing the OS? If so how do I do this?
    How easy is it to heavily customise an Android phone?
    What's the best (cheapest) wireless charger available?
    Is it easy to root the phone? Have no idea of it's benefits.

    I'm sure there's lots I need to learn about Android so any other tips are welcome, looking forward to your replies!
    Welcome to the forums, and Android! I think B. Diddy answered your questions. I will elaborate on a couple:
    Rooting....I would highly recommend getting used to your new phone first. Get to know its ins and outs, forward and backward. And to do this is to spend joyous amounts of time just playing with it. By all means, do not take what I said as don't root, but you don't go tearing apart engines without knowing something about them. Ask questions... We will answer. Read everything you can about it. Several times. Know how to root, unroot, and common fixes. It is much better to come to the forums calm and collected as opposed to in a frantic rush because something isn't right.

    Apps: tell us what you are looking for. Games, note taking apps, etc... Let us tell you what we like and let us know how you like them.

    Glad to have you here. Did you post an intro thread yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlm View Post
    Hello all,

    I'm new to the forum and just wanted to say hi! I've been an iPhone user for many many years and recently I got very bored and fancied a change. The Google Nexus 5 had a lot of features for the money and I'm very happy with it.

    I was very particular with the way I set up my iPhone, very minimalistic! I don't like bloatware and I like to keep things simple. Especially when it comes to reducing things like notifications and other non-useful stuff which drains the battery and clutters the screen. I need some advice if you don't mind!

    What are the must have apps on Android?
    How can I set the phone up to save battery life?
    Is there any bloatware I can remove by re-installing the OS? If so how do I do this?
    How easy is it to heavily customise an Android phone?
    What's the best (cheapest) wireless charger available?
    Is it easy to root the phone? Have no idea of it's benefits.

    I'm sure there's lots I need to learn about Android so any other tips are welcome, looking forward to your replies!
    Welcome! There's some great info and advice above, from several members and Ambassadors. Regarding the question of must-have apps, there's one particular resource you should look through:

    Android Central Editor's Picks
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    Well said, Golfdriver97! I would also add--when you're ready to root, BACKUP BACKUP BACKUP!
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    Default Re: I'm new to Android and my Google Nexus 5, need your help please!

    Quote Originally Posted by Gekko View Post
    no. i refuse to enable lazy people that want to sit back and have everything spoon-fed to them. i've helped people more than anybody here - but people need to first use the search button rather than list out a litany of questions without even trying to search - that's why it's there. and this was an extremely egregious case of that.
    Holy high horse, Batman!

    The problem with someone pulling the 'use the search function' card is that oftentimes boards will purge older posts, rendering searching completely useless. A thread like this helps refresh the well, so to speak - not to mention keeping it current. I ran into this irritating issue searching through old posts on a guitarist board.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dieter Bohn View Post
    I hope that this helps some people!

    Android Keyboard Shortcuts for Gmail | Android Central
    Edited for wrong quote.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BobDaNob View Post
    Holy high horse, Batman!

    The problem with someone pulling the 'use the search function' card is that oftentimes boards will purge older posts, rendering searching completely useless. A thread like this helps refresh the well, so to speak - not to mention keeping it current. I ran into this irritating issue searching through old posts on a guitarist board.
    Exactly!

    Say you work at Walmart, or any other store, and a customer comes in who's never been there. They proceed to ask you if you carry ibuprofen. Obviously you carry ibuprofen because you're Walmart. But this person is completely foreign to Walmart and knows no better. You respond by saying "well, I've helped tons of people here before, but you need to go search through the entire store first. I'm not actually going to help you otherwise." That's basically what this guy is saying. Just because you CAN do it, doesn't make it right. It's not difficult to not be a jerk. I just don't understand some people.
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