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Re: Brand new to Android (Note 2) from iOS... a few general questions?
Welcome to Android! One of the great things about the platform is that it is very flexible. Pretty much, everything is an application, including the home screen (launcher). That means you can pretty much change anything to sit your needs. It's also one of the drawbacks, since other operating systems have set ways to do things. With Android, you have to configure it to what you want.
Originally Posted by brnact
Most of the stock apps work well enough. If something doesn't work for you, there are always options. With email, the stock Gmail app works fine for me. I have found that K-9 Mail and MailDroid have some better options. Some people have found Touchdown to be better for work email.
1) Are any of the stock ATT or Samsung apps any good? I can' t seem to delete them, should I just hide them? Right now I'm using the stock email and calendar apps, they seem ok...
If you have a preloaded app that you don't want, you have a couple of choices: Go into Settings, Application Manager, All, click on the application and choose Disable. If you have rooted your device to give you full system access, you can either Freeze the app, or completely remove it.
Personally, I just use Google Play Music for my music collection. It does take a while for the music to initially upload (it does it in the background at a low priority, and only when the computer is idle). Once the music is in the cloud, it can be played directly, or downloaded to play locally.
2) Do you folks use Google Play or the Samsung music player for locally stored music? Google Play is taking FOREVER to upload songs from my PC, is that normal? I do have kind of a slow connection, 5/1 I think.
There are some apps that will sync your iTunes library, but I haven't tried any of them.
3) How do I move music files onto the phone? Just drag files into the drive that shows up when I hook the phone up to my PC via USB? Will the phone know the difference of photo and audio and video files and sort accordingly?
The stock browser works fine for me. On my Nexus 7, I also have the xScope Browser loaded (since Chrome doesn't play Flash files). If you want Flash in the stock browser, you'll have to side last it.
4) Stock internet browser, or Chrome? Also when I click a link it asks if I want to open with Chrome, Internet, or Pop Up browser... is Pop Up Browser and Internet the same app?
The popup Browser is a separate browser that opens up in a small window, allowing you to see two things at once.
Autocorrect is built into the keyboard. The keyboard is just another app on Android, and there are plenty of options out there. The stock keyboard should show three choices while you type (or swipe across the keys). SwiftKey is another awesome keyboard that not only suggests words, but also suggests the next word to type. The predictive texting capability is a really neat feature, and sometimes a little freaky to see it almost be able to complete sentences for you.
If the keyboards installed aren't fitting your style, try out a few of the other ones available.
Which email application? Different applications may give different options.
6) When I was reading an email earlier someone had included a phone number. I clicked it wanting to text, but it called them without asking. Holding the number brings up the text editor, not more options (iPhone would ask if you want to call or text if you held it down)... is there any way to text directly from a number? (like on iPhone)
When I hold on a number in the Gmail app, it gives me options to call or send an SMS.
Dropbox has a feature where it will automatically upload photos as soon as you take them. If you have Dropbox on your computer, they will download automatically to it.
7) Is there anything like Apple's photostream on Android? When I take a pic on the phone it'd be nice if it showed up on my computer automatically.