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    Android users: what are your favorite apps?

    I've had my Nexus 7 for maybe like 2 (or 3) weeks now and I'm still wading through the Play Store. Unlike my daughter who has no qualms about installing whatever to try and then jettison it for something else (and thus populating "My Apps" at a prodigious rate ), I tend to do a bit more research- to the point of paralysis by analysis .
    What I'm most interested in:

    -Fitness tracker that uses GPS, doesn't require a constant data connection, and an easy UI. Currently using Google My Tracks.

    -Email that will push Gmail and Outlook.com notifications but doesn't necessarily have to sync with either.

    -And whatever else that you consider a "must have"
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    I use "my mail" and find it works well. I have apps that operate the cabin systems in the aircraft I fly. Those are pretty useful. Outside of that "simple physics" and "simple rocket" are pretty good basic physics games.

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    For me, it is Ingress. Ingress is a GPS-based augmented reality game developed by Niantec Lab, a division of Google.

    I also need OneBusAway to check the bus schedules as I heavily rely upon public transit when not in the saddle. Other than that, Gmail and Hangouts for communication.
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    I bought an LG android based phone recently for two reasons recently. Those reasons are the function of a mobile wifi hot spot so I can use my laptop when a wifi connection isn't available and the ability to monitor my email for notifications about assignment opportunities - almost all of my income now is from internet based work platforms and some of the best are first come first served.

    It works pretty well for those two things otherwise I hate the thing. I miss the ease of answering and calling on my old flipphone. Maybe it's this LG but the touchscreen is wacky and unpredictable. My old LG flipphone would let me talk for hours and with light use hold a charge for a week or more. This damned thing is - even with everything cutoff, wifi, bluetooth, mobile data - a battery hog. I have to travel with a charger.

    Back to no1mad's question: I found an app called WiFi Analyzer that shows the relative signal strengths of wifi signals in your position. Some of my work involves placing or troubleshooting wireless access points and this app can be convenient as a start - it won't replace inSSIDer on my work laptop - but its a quick start. I also like Flashlight. Kind of handy when you need a little light.
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    After reading an article in the Wall Street Journal, I recently switched from K9 Mail to CloudMagic mail. I am much happier with the switch.
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    Swiss Army Knife. It's got a calculator, flashlight, and a few other things I don't remember all packaged in one app. I also use the weather underground ap too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdon View Post
    I use "my mail" and find it works well. I have apps that operate the cabin systems in the aircraft I fly. Those are pretty useful. Outside of that "simple physics" and "simple rocket" are pretty good basic physics games.
    Currently using Blue Mail, but may give My Mail a shot.

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    After reading an article in the Wall Street Journal, I recently switched from K9 Mail to CloudMagic mail. I am much happier with the switch.
    I looked at CloudMagic, but a lot of the extra features (like those cards) aren't needed for my purposes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by no motor? View Post
    Swiss Army Knife. It's got a calculator, flashlight, and a few other things I don't remember all packaged in one app. I also use the weather underground ap too.
    I took a gander at Weather Underground in the Play Store on my laptop. I need to do the same on my tablet (to see how it is rendered), but I think I may give it a shot- I know from experience that AccuWeather doesn't always live up to its name.
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    I use Weather Underground on my laptop. It's not too bad. I have a weather station just over the river from me.
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    The Weather Channel

    Live Marine Weather

    GPS

    Pandora
    Google Maps

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    My bank's App.
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    On my nexus 7 I just use the built in mail app works fine for me.

    One of the more recent fun games I've found is 2096. It's a good numbers game.

    A few other apps I use a lot:
    Amazon
    Strava (for catching up on what others are doing)
    Netflix
    Photobucket
    Pixlr Express - good photo editing app

    There are more but those are off the top of my head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    The Weather Channel

    Live Marine Weather

    GPS

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    Google Maps

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    My bank's App.
    I just tried The Weather Channel out for a bit and quickly uninstalled it. I can handle the little ribbon of an ad at the bottom of the screen when viewing in 'phone/portrait' mode, but when I rotated over to 'tablet/landscape' that ad turned into a tile that seemed to take a 1/4 of the display... no thanks. BTW, I don't know if it is because Omnigoogle has been reading my posts, or it is because I have you in my Google+ circles, but the first review that came up for me was yours from back in January for a now older version

    Pandora is on my tablet, my daughter's tablet, the big screen tv and the new Blu-Ray player... and yet I use Slacker more.

    Google Maps came with the tablet, as did quite a few other Google products that I have no need for, but can't get rid of because they are baked into the system ... and why the Camera app is hidden is beyond me.
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    MapMyRide is good. It uses GPS to map out your ride. Calculates time, speed, distance, etc.

    Tapatalk .. to view forums.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
    I use Weather Underground on my laptop. It's not too bad. I have a weather station just over the river from me.
    I installed Wunderground right after giving TWC the boot. Aside from the fact that the nearest reporting station is 9 miles away (actually, there are 4 of them) and not the 1/2 mile that Weatherbug has, I might keep it. Time will tell.

    Edit: Apparently, there used to be a Weatherbug station at my kids' school. Now there closest reporting site is 7.3 miles away at a different school...
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    I'm forced to a limited number of apps due to limited storage in my phone, so here's what I have installed:

    - Wifi Analyzer(I'm a computer geek, what can I say?)
    - RF signal tracker, which I use for reporting poor cell signals to my carrier as needed(also kinda does wifi, but not as well as Analyzer)
    - Opera Mini(the included browser is not so great)
    - Pandora for tunes(although I wish I could get the alarm clock functionality to be a little more reliable)

    I also have a couple audio signal generators, a timer app, and a few other things, but they aren't essentials.

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    • If you use Outlook/Exchange for work e-mail, Touchdown is incomparable. Absolutely the most important app on my phone.
    • 1Weather is by far my favorite weather app. I keep the 4x2 widget on my home screen and use it every day.
    • Realcalc is my favorite calculator. It's got scientific functions and RPN notation if you're into that (like the old HP calculators)
    • Wunderlist is the most useful to-list app.
    • If you have a Roku, get the Roku app. You can use it as a remote, which is more than a novelty. When you can't find the remote and can just open up your phone, it's a lifesaver. Also you can use the phone keyboard with the search functions so you don't have to use the arrow keys to select letters.
    • There's a lot of flashlight apps to switch on the LED camera flash, but I use TelsaLED. It's got some nice widgets.
    • I've used a lot of different keyboards (I hate the stock Android keyboard). I ended up settling on Swiftkey.
    • Airdroid is a generally awesome app. Being able to control the phone and send texts via browser is super-handy for me.
    • If you buy a lot of stuff on Amazon, the Amazon app is great. I actually prefer the Android and iPad apps to the desktop browser for most stuff.
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    I broke down and gave Spotify a shot, as one of my former supervisor's keeps spamming my Facebook feed with all of her raves. I gave Pandora the boot off of my tablet before the end of the second song.
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    The apps I use most on the phone:

    strava
    android weather
    amazon kindle
    native email & phone apps
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    power toggles
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdon View Post
    I use "my mail" and find it works well. I have apps that operate the cabin systems in the aircraft I fly. Those are pretty useful. Outside of that "simple physics" and "simple rocket" are pretty good basic physics games.
    What apps control the cabin systems? And why?

    Some of my apps:
    Color Note
    Drop Box
    Swiss Army Knife
    Pandora
    iHeart Radio
    Red Cross Tornado
    Weather Underground
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    Flying a jet is no different than riding a bicycle. It's just a lot harder to put baseball cards in the spokes.

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    Stockwatch
    Viber
    QuizUp (seriously fun!)
    Snapchat
    FlightRadar24

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    Quote Originally Posted by daihard View Post
    For me, it is Ingress. Ingress is a GPS-based augmented reality game developed by Niantec Lab, a division of Google.
    Why did I have to read this? Last night I had a training run to hack a portal in a nearby park...in the rain. My part of town is full of the Resistance! They must embrace the New World Order, heh.
    I love pho long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will G View Post
    What apps control the cabin systems? And why?

    Some of my apps:
    Color Note
    Drop Box
    Swiss Army Knife
    Pandora
    iHeart Radio
    Red Cross Tornado
    Weather Underground
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    Made for Bombardier for the Global Express. Basically, your phone becomes a remote control for the cabin lighting, window shades, entertainment systems and temperature control.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big_e View Post
    Why did I have to read this? Last night I had a training run to hack a portal in a nearby park...in the rain. My part of town is full of the Resistance! They must embrace the New World Order, heh.
    Congrats! You've obviously chosen the right faction.
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    I use the Nook app a lot. Never thought I would want to read books on my phone, but I find it is very nice to always have the book I'm currently reading with me. Easy way to fill downtime. Also, it's pretty easy on the battery.

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    Cardio Trainer... the app is great for walking running, riding, hiking...whatever moves you.
    Just Do It..

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