08-08-2013 02:06 PM
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  1. ayobonus's Avatar
    Hi all!

    I just got my new 2013 Nexus 7 a couple of days after the launch from Amazon. This is my very first Android device ever. I've been a long time Apple user, but as of late, I'm getting really bored of iOS and I think it's really stale. I've always wanted to get into the Android/Google ecosystem, but I've always hesitated. I wanted the original Nexus 7, but I never was able to pull the trigger. This new Nexus 7 was too good not to buy. So I did it, and I've got to say, I love this little tablet, and I love Android. I'm still learning the ins and outs of the Android OS, but I'm getting used to it. And I really love it.

    I've been tinkering with some apps and widgets, and I've found some really good ones. But I've been wanting to ask a bunch of experienced Android users what they recommend in terms of apps/widgets, and I also just wanted to know what apps/widgets Android users use that they can't live without.

    So let me know of any apps/widgets/services/etc. that you could recommend to a brand new Android user. And just let me know of any app or widget that you use on your Android daily that you cannot live without.

    Thanks everyone, and I'm really glad to be a part of the Android family!
    alysariah likes this.
    08-05-2013 11:55 AM
  2. kozlosap's Avatar
    Pulse, Google+ & Google Now, Tune In Radio Pro, Google Keep, Nova Launcher Prime, UCCW widgets and Zooper Widgets Pro, DashClock, Camera Zoom FX. For productivity I like Pocket Informant P13 and A1 Calendar. Have fun!
    ayobonus likes this.
    08-05-2013 12:02 PM
  3. gmurphy0487's Avatar
    I'm a big fan of flip board. Tapatalk is great if you frequently visit forums. Also, try a few games. Game play is great on the new nexus 7.

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk 2
    hodan and ayobonus like this.
    08-05-2013 12:14 PM
  4. Diknak's Avatar
    Google Now (the widget is awesome), Flipboard, Reddit is Fun, Google+ (turn on photo uploads), Dropbox, Evernote, Hangouts, MightyText (if you have an Android phone), NFC Launcher (automation), Tasker (automation), Ingress (if you can tether).
    ayobonus likes this.
    08-05-2013 12:36 PM
  5. stkorn97's Avatar
    Swiftkey is always my number 1 app to be installed back on a new device. Beyond that, Ive been toying with come UCCW widgets which are pretty awesome, Dashclock I just recently learned about and love it. I love the new android central app also, much easier than loading actual site on tablet/phone. Theres more, but most people covered them already.
    ayobonus likes this.
    08-05-2013 02:28 PM
  6. tflash's Avatar
    Hi all!

    I just got my new 2013 Nexus 7 a couple of days after the launch from Amazon. This is my very first Android device ever. I've been a long time Apple user, but as of late, I'm getting really bored of iOS and I think it's really stale. I've always wanted to get into the Android/Google ecosystem, but I've always hesitated. I wanted the original Nexus 7, but I never was able to pull the trigger. This new Nexus 7 was too good not to buy. So I did it, and I've got to say, I love this little tablet, and I love Android. I'm still learning the ins and outs of the Android OS, but I'm getting used to it. And I really love it.

    I've been tinkering with some apps and widgets, and I've found some really good ones. But I've been wanting to ask a bunch of experienced Android users what they recommend in terms of apps/widgets, and I also just wanted to know what apps/widgets Android users use that they can't live without.

    So let me know of any apps/widgets/services/etc. that you could recommend to a brand new Android user. And just let me know of any app or widget that you use on your Android daily that you cannot live without.

    Thanks everyone, and I'm really glad to be a part of the Android family!
    I'm only listing apps that are not a system app.

    HD widgets for toggles that aren't in the 'quick settings' pulldown menu, like mute and GPS settings.
    Micro CPU monitor - helps me tell if CPU is cranking away for some good reason, or not doing anything to justify a screen delay ect.
    GPS monitor - helps me see if GPS is locking on to satellites properly.
    MX player with custom codec v1.7.16 to add back DTS sound support and play any video file.
    BubbleUPnP - Server/ renderer program to stream videos (also a great music player) to and from computer/ N7/ Blu Ray player/ Smart TV ect. (This one should be a system app!)
    ES file explorer - This should be a system app. (Who ever heard of an operating system without a file manager?)
    Firefox web browser with flash support and adblock plus (both sideloaded)
    GrooVe IP - for making FREE (no really, it's really free) VoIP calls with a google voice number.
    Splashtop for mirroring my PC screen.

    That should get you started.
    ayobonus likes this.
    08-05-2013 02:56 PM
  7. tflash's Avatar
    Swiftkey is always my number 1 app to be installed back on a new device. Beyond that, Ive been toying with come UCCW widgets which are pretty awesome, Dashclock I just recently learned about and love it. I love the new android central app also, much easier than loading actual site on tablet/phone. Theres more, but most people covered them already.
    Hacker keyboard is my fav. It has a the numbers showing on the top row and has ARROW KEYS for full screen editing.
    ayobonus likes this.
    08-05-2013 03:00 PM
  8. ayobonus's Avatar
    Thank you to those who have responded! I'm getting some really cool apps here, thanks for the recommendations!

    Anyone else? I'm open to anything!
    08-05-2013 03:40 PM
  9. Diknak's Avatar
    oh, I forgot about Swype. Some prefer SwiftKey, but I like Swype better because I think it has better predictions and replacing words is much faster.

    If you have small kids, Zoodles is a perfect app.
    ayobonus likes this.
    08-05-2013 03:46 PM
  10. TraderGary's Avatar
    Kindle, WeatherBug Elite, RealCalc, SwiftKey, Amazon App

    Sent from my Nexus 7 (2013)
    ayobonus likes this.
    08-05-2013 04:41 PM
  11. guruachary's Avatar
    Kindle, WeatherBug Elite, RealCalc, SwiftKey, Amazon App

    Sent from my Nexus 7 (2013)
    Kindle is fine but limits you to books from Amazon store. I prefer Moon+ Reader as it not only reads Kindle format, but a few others too. So I can download any ebook from any website in different format.

    And oh, my fav apps: Android central, Android Central Forums, Tapatalk, Facebook & Tripview (real-time app for Sydney city rails).

    Sent from Samsung Galaxy S4 using Tapatalk
    ayobonus likes this.
    08-05-2013 05:09 PM
  12. keilflex's Avatar
    Zooper widget no doubt, weather bug elite. App cache cleaner
    ayobonus likes this.
    08-05-2013 05:10 PM
  13. elysm1's Avatar
    Kindle, WeatherBug Elite, RealCalc, SwiftKey, Amazon App

    Sent from my Nexus 7 (2013)
    When I tried to download Amazon, it told me that it wasn't compatible with my device? Anyone?
    08-05-2013 08:27 PM
  14. Jack13's Avatar
    Adobe Reader, Podkicker, Amazon, Amazon MP3, Walgreen's, Dolphin Browser, Flixster

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 4 Beta
    08-05-2013 09:41 PM
  15. iOS Gravity's Avatar
    Adobe Reader, Podkicker, Amazon, Amazon MP3, Walgreen's, Dolphin Browser, Flixster

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 4 Beta
    Chrome browser and Flipboard.
    hodan likes this.
    08-06-2013 12:31 PM
  16. pfunnyjoy's Avatar
    EBay! And definitely ES File Explorer.

    Guess we have to wait for Amazon Mobile to update, says it is incompatible in Play Store. I miss that one!


    Sent from my Nexus 7 (2013)
    08-06-2013 02:19 PM
  17. cpaight's Avatar
    +1 to everyone who already mentioned UCCW...even if you don't want to build your own, it gives you access to tons of widgets that all the talented devs come up with. I'm currently using JackClock and also partial to HurleyClock. Also gotta have a good launcher like Apex or Nova. If you like podcasts, Pocketcasts is about the best I've found.
    08-06-2013 02:26 PM
  18. stkorn97's Avatar
    +1 to everyone who already mentioned UCCW...even if you don't want to build your own, it gives you access to tons of widgets that all the talented devs come up with. I'm currently using JackClock and also partial to HurleyClock. Also gotta have a good launcher like Apex or Nova. If you like podcasts, Pocketcasts is about the best I've found.
    Yeah, I picked up a sense 5 skin for UCCW and I love it. Very simple but really well done overall. I like all the options that are opened up having that app.
    08-06-2013 02:27 PM
  19. Wobblin30's Avatar
    When I tried to download Amazon, it told me that it wasn't compatible with my device? Anyone?
    The tablet version has not been updated for 4.3. Phone version works though
    08-06-2013 03:52 PM
  20. Nemephosis's Avatar
    I like Airdroid (for transferring files to my phone over wifi) and the Power Nap Widget (cause I am a lazy *** lol)

    Also, AppSales to see what apps are reduced in price. Maybe you have your eye on one you wouldn't buy for full price, but now it's 80% off and is much more worth looking into. I got Archos Video Player (another one I would recommend even at $5) for $1 on sale.

    Soundhound lets you tag and ID music playing, much recommended over Shazam. Faster and more accurate.

    AndChat is a very good Android IRC client.

    My Data Manager is a terrific way to keep tabs on the data you use. I would have recommended something else right up until a week ago when they decided they wanted it to look pretty instead of actually work. They failed at making it look pretty as well, so I write it off as garbage and replaced it with that.

    GWiki is a good Wikipedia app.

    Wolfram Alpha should be on everyone's phone, really.

    Google Sky Map is recommended. Powerful stargazing tool and totally free.

    If you are rooted, or plan to root:

    Greenify. Sometimes, apps just seem to like to run themselves. Facebook is a huge offender, and worse, it came with my phone and I couldn't uninstall it (well, I could now that I am rooted but this works better.) It hibernates apps so that they can't run in the background. You will lose any notifications it may give you but the upside is... it isn't running in the background and eating battery or processing power.

    XPrivacy (not in Google Play Store, will have to google it.) You can give granular permissions to apps. Why does a game need access to phone calls, the internet, contact list, your camera and SMS/MMS features? It doesn't, plain and simple, so you can block those permissions with this. Be very careful though. Sometimes things will run fine. Sometimes they will run but a little crippled. And sometimes they just won't run at all. Start enabling some of the permissions until it runs and then you will know which one was blocking it.

    Titanium Backup: Because sometimes the answer really is just "duh".
    08-06-2013 07:33 PM
  21. Gekko's Avatar
    ASTRO File Manager
    Bloomberg
    Chrome to Phone
    CNN
    CNNMoney
    Drive
    Dropbox
    Fancy Widgets
    Fancy Widgets Unlocker
    Finance
    FlightTrack
    Goggles
    HistoryEraser
    HP ePrint
    Jorte
    Lookout
    MightyText
    My Tracks
    MyBackup Pro
    NBC Local News
    Nova Launcher
    Nova Launcher Prime
    OfficeSuite
    OnTheFly
    Pandora
    Parcels
    Player
    Bloomberg Radio+
    ShareMyApps
    Shazam
    Status Agenda
    The Weather Channel
    Translate
    Twitter
    Zagat

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    08-06-2013 09:07 PM
  22. hodan's Avatar
    Flipboard
    Doggcatcher - podcasts
    Tripit - travel itinery
    Evernote/One Note
    Dropbox/Skydrive/Google Drive
    Android Central
    The Verge
    Reddit
    Tapatalk
    Lookout - security
    Skype
    08-06-2013 11:22 PM
  23. Tuco Ramirez's Avatar
    Cant live without? Yikes, I don't imagine there is anything I can't live without, with the exception of food and water.
    08-06-2013 11:42 PM
  24. jollyxier's Avatar
    I download some awesome apps as follow and some of then are recommended by Enolsoft blog-Must Have Android Apps for Google Nexus 7.
    Must Have Nexus 7 Photography App Camera Launcher
    Amazon Kindle
    Instagram
    Facebook
    Solid Explorer
    SwiftKey 3 Keyboard
    Dropbox
    Netflix
    Apex Launcher Pro
    08-07-2013 04:50 AM
  25. jaboop's Avatar
    Chrome
    Youtube
    Google Play music
    Android Central!!!
    Robot Unicorn attack 2 :3
    flipboard
    Playstore
    08-07-2013 09:55 AM
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