• nicbot

    alarm clock; Stock or Alarm Clock PlusV2 free
    timer; Stock
    map; Google (stock I guess)
    notes; Stock (memo) is ok but ColorNotes is better imo.

    Sites: http://www.androidguys.com and androidcommunity.com Not sure how they stack up, but it’s all I’ve needed so far. Also, XDA Developer forums is a great resource for all your device hacking and tweeking needs. forum.xda-developers.com/

    Keyboards.. So you’re going with Samsung. Swipe is good and there is a learning curve, but overall I like it. Other than that the Android keyboard is my next choice, which should come installed on your Galaxy S class device. Unless you use the Swipe function though I would go with the Android keyboard for touch typing.

    I bought this phone because I strongly disagree with the Apple environment and philosphy as well as don’t like Blackberry or Palm/HP anymore. Android is the geek/nerd platform hands down. You can tweek and geek to your desire, or leave it out of the box stock for a fully and amazingly functional device.

    The only thing i will warn you about with a Galaxy S device is the GPS. Its been hit or miss. Some devices lock and track just fine, and others not so much.

    Apps that are a must have for nerdz IMO:

    ROM Manager
    Titanium Backup
    Astro File explorer
    Google Voice
    Barcode Scanner
    VLC Remote (VLC Player)
    MyRemote (Windows Media Center/Player)
    Transdroid (remote torrent management)
    Handcent SMS (feature rich alternative to the stock SMS client)
    GPS Status
    Network Info II
    WiFi Anaylyzer

    Also, if you decide to root and install custom ROM’s look at Cognition’s. Currently the best Froyo ROMs for SGS devices IMO. http://www.ponack.net/designgears/index.html

    Hope this helps :)

  • @nicbot

    Thank you for extensive comment!

    The only thing i will warn you about with a Galaxy S device

    Mine is going to be Galaxy 580, hadn’t seen any GPS complaints, will see how it goes. I won’t go for expensive models… Appeal is definitely there but I know that I don’t use phone in practice much and it would be waste for my needs.

    Also, if you decide to root and install custom ROM’s look at Cognition’s.

    Unlikely, at least for now. :) I will have a lot of fun figuring out stuff as it is.

  • JeeMan

    I completely agree with nicbot’s comment.

    I find that the stock android apps handle OK the alarm, timer, map and notes.

    I did not root my sgs yet, because I did not feel the need for it yet. Maybe if it takes too long to get 2.2, then I’ll reconsider.

    First thing to install on your android phone is AppBrain, a better app for managing apps. Through AppBrain, you can browse popular apps of the day, popular apps of all times… to give you a feeling of what apps are useful. You can also share your list of installed apps, which is useful to tell friends what to install.

    Then, tasker is a must. It is not free, but it allows to automate a lot of things. I found that it can replace a lot of free apps. It is the only app I bought so far, and it is marvelous.

    Album art grabber
    Barcode Scanner
    App Referer
    Angry birds <- game
    Bartender <- for those party nights
    doubleTwist <- to play all mp3
    Dope Wars <- game
    GTasks <- sync google tasks
    KeyPassDroid <- used with dropbox to sync my keepass db to my pc
    RockPlayer <- to play all videos

    This is just the beginning…. And welcome aboard! :D

  • @JeeMan

    Thanks for suggestions!

    btw I am well aware that Google maps is major part of Android. But it can’t work without Internet connection and data rates are very bad around here. For now I went with same maps I used on Symbian (Yandex) because I can dump pre-loaded cache on SD card and use it with none/very little (searches and location) traffic spent.

    Got phone already! Screen could be better, but software and functionality is a bliss after Symbian.

    Alarms are verrry nice indeed, not that happy about timer (no presets).

    Got screwed with Swype, turned out there is no support for my native language and no idea when (if) it gets updated. So keyboard suggestions still welcomed.

    Anyone known why it loses WiFi when idle?.. Googling shows it seems to be a common problem with Android phones, but hadn’t found anything definitive on it.

  • nicbot

    I think by default the wifi sleep policy is enabled to turn off wifi when the screen sleeps. To change it go to settings–> wifi settings–> press menue–> advanced–> change sleep policy to never.

    Bumer on the swype language…

  • @nicbot

    Already googled and applied that. Not the issue… I actually set really long sleep time (10 minutes) and it keeps loosing connection even if phone never went to sleep.

    If I just leave it lying at the table for several minutes then it fails to connect to anything until I toggle WiFi off and on again.

    Just installed some network status app to see what is going on with connection.

  • dan l

    late to the party, sorry:

    appbrain is absolutely a must have. Ditto dropbox.

    Other general must haves:

    Evernote. It’s pretty slick for android.
    Remember the Milk: You’re either an RTM guy or you’re not. If you are, you must have this app.
    google Voice: just for vm transcription.
    Android Notifier
    Chrome to Phone

  • @Rarst

    Youlou = Contact manager and dialer replacement.
    Pulse = NewsReader with selective Google Reader implementation (you decide what you want to import)
    K-9 = email client, supposedly can support Exchange, but I’ve not gotten it to work
    arcMedia = Video player
    gTasks = Google Tasks “client”
    .Podkast. or Google Listen = Podcast catchers
    QuickDesk = Give yourself an extra screen page
    WiFi Widget = Nice widget that gives you wifi IP, MAC address, Speed and toggle switch
    Edwin = Entertaining but useful speech to text app (requires data connectivity)
    Skype = VOIP over wifi (not Skype Mobile)
    Stumbleupon = Great way to find fun and useful apps (for the Android!)

    Enjoy! I love mine (Droid Incredible)

  • @dan l

    Yeah, discovered conveniences of AppBrain already. It’s strange native market is not something like that (I hear some updates coming in that department).

    I am not much into GTD… Tried RTM in the padt but didn’t “get it”.

    Not sure what “Android Notifier” you mean, don’t see exact match in market.

    @Rob Dunn

    How does Pulse compares to mobile version of Google Reader? Decent one at /i/ not terrible one at m.google.com

    Second mention of gtasks, but I can’t find it in the market. :(

    btw Samsung did quite nice job with their TouchWiz UI, so I have little immediate need for alternate launchers/togglers/etc.

    Also for the context – data rates are killer around here, so I mostly need apps that work offline or on minimal traffic.

  • @Rarst

    Re: Google Reader – I find myself using both. I use Pulse as a way to quickly check the nerdy tech blogs as it offers up a picture snapshot of the article, but Reader scales nicely with large lists of feeds (and is fast).

  • @Rob Dunn

    Lately I just mostly prefer to read feeds at my desktop through FeedDemon. Too many conveniences with filters and such.

    I wish Google Reader implemented some of that functionality. Really, sync is cool but totally no synergy between Feed Demon and reader.

  • nicbot

    If you’re in to old NES, SNES, Genesis, etc… games scope out:

    nesoid lite (emulator)
    snesoid lite (emulator)
    gensoid lite (emulator)
    ROM Gripper (game rom catalog and download client)

    Also, I believe MapDrid and/or Rmaps do a good job of offline map caching/storage. I haven’t played with them much, but heard good things about both so check em out.

    Ringdroid is a great app for cutting ringtones from music on your phone. Super easy to use if you’re in to ringtone mania and don’t want to waste data use or edit on your desktop.

  • @nicbot

    Not much into games. Installed sudoku and several prominent titles like Angry Birds.

    For a map – as above. Went with Yandex maps. Good map of my city and I could just download 600MB of cache and drop on SD card for very complete traffic-less coverage.

    Took a look at Ringdroid, but mostly when looking up way to assign custom ringtones to Google contacts (which is all of mine since I migrated that way). Went with Ringo Lite in the end.

  • @dan l

    Thanks, will take a look.

    Although WiFi connection seems somehow restricted (Samsung tweak or something?)… I am unable to ping phone over WiFi and was unable to connect to couple of HTTP/FTP servers on the phone.

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