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  1. Zorachus's Avatar
    ok...another day with the Nexus-S, and it is growing on me finally Was having major EVO withdrawal, mainly missing a lot of the "Sense UI" stuff, but now with these new apps installed, am really starting to dig this sexy Nexy.

    Here are several apps I needed to install to get rid of the lame stock ones.

    - #1 was "Better Keyboard 8", a much improved keypad for texting, e-mails, etc...larger buttons, smarter layout of keys, and all black themed.

    - #2 was "Go SMS", hands down the best text app, and with a cool black theme, blows away the boring stock Messaging, very customizable.

    - #3 was "YouMail" Makes it just like the stock Sprint Visual Voicemail on my EVO.

    - #4 was "Opera Mini" web browser, night and day faster than the stock internet, very smooth and no lagging.

    - #5 was "On Call End" when done with a phone call, bring you back to home screen, instead of dialer.

    - #6 was "TouchPal Dialer " shows the recent calls on top with keypad below, shows how long ago the call was made or missed, more like the "Sense UI" dialer.

    - #7 was "Beautiful Widgets" a must have for the coolest clock/weather screen.

    And several other apps, but these seven above were must haves, and make my Nexus-S much improved, and closer to the "Sense UI" stuff I missed from my EVO, and a lot of these apps have option for black theme which I really like on this phone.

    But still the one MISSING app I can not find anywhere is a good default e-mail client for the non @gmail accounts. The default Sense UI e-mail on the EVO was ****ing spot on perfect, wish there was something in the Market to match that ?
    05-11-2011 01:09 PM
  2. skinneejay's Avatar
    Thanks for your list. Going to try " On Call End" and " youMail" for sure.
    So far I'm enjoying Dolphin HD but you can never have enough web browsers! haha
    05-11-2011 01:40 PM
  3. gabbott's Avatar
    - #7 was "Beautiful Widgets" a must have for the coolest clock/weather screen.
    Fancy widget is another alternative with a "sense-like" weather clock for the home screen.
    05-11-2011 01:53 PM
  4. bellesorrisa's Avatar
    I had issues with Go SMS Pro - my keyboard kept on locking up and I kept on getting an error message. After I removed the app - no more issues. I may try Handcent.

    A must have app - Vignette - its like hipsmatic for iPhone. It takes really awesome pictures and you can use the digital zoom feature on it and set it up so you can press the volume keys to take a picture. I have the demo (free) and it has many different special effects you can use. I plan to play with it for a while and maybe consider upgrading to a paid version.
    05-11-2011 02:33 PM
  5. Richard1864's Avatar
    AppBrain is another great app. After you sync with Appbrain, it keeps track of your apps for you. Great help when making sure you have them all updated, as not all the apps are easy to find in App Market.

    1-Tap Clean Cache will clean all the caches for your apps without rooting. Makes it easier for memory management.

    Webroot Security (paid version) is better than Lookout in that it only uses 1/3 of the RAM that Lookout does, yet catches all the malware AND viruses that Lookout does. It also puts less of a strain on the phone, and the battery drain is negligible. The one thing it does that Lookout does NOT do is protect your from phishing sites and apps. Been using it for 2 days now and no problems whatsoever. And my Quadrant score was 400 points higher with this than with Lookout.

    Don't forget to get Adobe Flash, Reader, and Air from the Market. They are NOT preinstalled on the phone. However, you can completely uninstall them from the Nexus S 4G too, which you can NOT do on any other Android phone.
    05-11-2011 02:46 PM
  6. QuasarZ's Avatar
    TouchPal Dialer is another option for dialer. It isn't so heavily themed black and you have a choice between blackish/gray and white. Also it lists call log, contacts, favorites and more along the top
    05-11-2011 03:09 PM
  7. Zorachus's Avatar
    I have been using Go SMS on both my EVO and now Nexus-S, it has been rock solid stable, never once crashing. And super fast / smooth.

    Used to have Handcent, but was a memory hog, and crashed daily.
    05-11-2011 03:18 PM
  8. IIJBII's Avatar
    Take a look at K9 or Touchdown for email. Many users have given Touchdown great reviews. Its not free but there is a 30 day trial.
    05-11-2011 03:46 PM
  9. Zorachus's Avatar
    TouchPal Dialer
    AWESOME
    05-11-2011 03:49 PM
  10. piaa_nissan's Avatar
    Anyone found a working 4G toggle widget? I don't use the 4G radio much but when I do it's a PITA to fire it up.
    05-11-2011 04:05 PM
  11. shibby's Avatar
    stupid zombies
    ADW launcher
    handcent
    astro file manager
    no led
    rom manager
    set cpu
    screen shot it
    05-11-2011 04:19 PM
  12. AndroidOne's Avatar
    Anyone found a working 4G toggle widget? I don't use the 4G radio much but when I do it's a PITA to fire it up.
    I use Quick Settings, is a utility that stays on the notification area and allows you to control multiple functions on your android phone like radio toggles, screen brightness, volume and ringer status. Once installed, it stays on the notification area and to use, just swipe down and open it... works and is free.

    EDIT: Don't work on Gingerbread as it did on Froyo...
    piaa_nissan likes this.
    05-11-2011 04:30 PM
  13. AndroidOne's Avatar
    Useful utilities:
    Quick Settings
    Android system info
    Bookmarks Manager
    Phone Silencer
    On Call End
    Android Cleaner

    Useful widgets:
    Smooth Calendar
    Beautiful Widgets

    Productivity apps:
    Documents to Go
    Jorte
    Amazon Kindle
    GoodNews
    Express News
    World Newspapers
    KeePassDroid
    Real Calc scientific calculator
    Swiftkey (Swiftkey X Beta) - by far my favorite add-on keyboard

    Entertainment:
    Poynt
    Movies (Flixter)
    Redbox
    Netflix
    TV Llistings
    TuneIn Radio
    Pandora

    And...
    Amazon Appstore
    AppBrain
    mrrobb and hi-tech34 like this.
    05-11-2011 04:44 PM
  14. HuskerD's Avatar
    What Podcast player/manager does everyone use? I'll be coming from Palm where I have been very happy with DrPodder.
    05-11-2011 04:54 PM
  15. QuasarZ's Avatar
    Beautiful widgets has a 4g toggle.
    Jorte Calendar
    Facebook
    Foursquare
    Astro
    Barcode Scanner
    Pandora
    Soundhound
    IMDB
    TV listings
    UTC time
    Flight Track
    AirWx
    Aviation Weather
    Rainy Days
    Convert Pad
    AK notepad
    Brightness Control
    No Lock
    (Id like NoLed but it won't work with a lock screen modifier. No lock is more important to me)

    Those are my must have apps
    05-11-2011 04:59 PM
  16. AndroidOne's Avatar
    What Podcast player/manager does everyone use? I'll be coming from Palm where I have been very happy with DrPodder.
    I am not a heavy podcast user so my needs are simple. I use the podcasting functions on GoodNews, an RSS reader that works with Google Reader service. Is able to access, download and play podacsts very nicely in my opinion.

    There are many podcast app on Android, DoggCatcher seems to be popular with many in these forums.
    05-11-2011 05:15 PM
  17. bloo0153's Avatar
    What Podcast player/manager does everyone use? I'll be coming from Palm where I have been very happy with DrPodder.
    I started out using Google Listen when I got my first Android Phone. I was easy to link my current podcast subscriptions from Google Reader. However, I soon found there to be problems with Listen. If I paused a podcast for more that an hour it would lose my current place and it lacks lock screen controls. Its annoying to have to unlock the screen whenever you want to fast forward through a commercial or skip ahead. You have to update each feed one by one. Also, the media buttons on my headset would give focus to Listen over the built in music app . (IE Pause Listen...Hit play...both Listen and music app would start.

    I ended up buying BeyondPod. It was free to try, unlike DoggCatcher, so at least I could get a feel of the app before purchasing. BeyondPod was a little confusing at first (many options) but I eventually got the hang of it. It also can link to Google Reader. It has lock screen controls. My headphone media buttons work correctly, and it never loses its place. I can also just hit update and it will download all of the new podcasts in my feeds.

    My two cents.
    05-11-2011 07:00 PM
  18. BlackHawkA4's Avatar
    Since its titled must have I'm just gonna go with the only thing I have that the phone is missing.

    Androzip
    05-11-2011 07:23 PM
  19. alpinejag's Avatar
    What Podcast player/manager does everyone use? I'll be coming from Palm where I have been very happy with DrPodder.
    I'm really missing drPodder.
    05-11-2011 08:58 PM
  20. Trun's Avatar
    "the Opera mini browser uses Opera's servers to compress web pages"

    That's the reason I'm not using it. I don't need my personal data cached on a third party server.
    05-11-2011 11:09 PM
  21. drewsonian's Avatar
    I'm really missing drPodder.
    My wife uses Podtrapper and likes it so far.
    05-11-2011 11:24 PM
  22. KoukiFC3S's Avatar
    "the Opera mini browser uses Opera's servers to compress web pages"

    That's the reason I'm not using it. I don't need my personal data cached on a third party server.
    You can use Opera Mobile then. It doesn't go through Opera's servers.
    05-12-2011 01:37 AM
  23. ramk13's Avatar
    What Podcast player/manager does everyone use? I'll be coming from Palm where I have been very happy with DrPodder.
    DrPodder was by far the app I used most on my Pre. I was worried when I made the switch, but DoggCatcher has come pretty close to giving me what I need. For me it was totally worth the money. I had to change a bunch of the default settings, but it does the basics: Downloading, resuming, streaming, conditional downloading, marking episodes as new/old, filtering, deleting media.
    05-12-2011 02:45 AM
  24. HuskerD's Avatar
    Thanks for all the great suggestions on the Podcast apps! I haven't made the switch yet, but I'm trying to get some research done ahead of time so I'll be ready.
    05-12-2011 10:42 AM
  25. va2azerik's Avatar
    I have been using SPB shell, I like it but it isn't a must have. Just eye candy
    05-12-2011 12:38 PM
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