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I actually need a new vest.

Baron Of Hell wrote:

I actually need a new vest.

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He really likes the vest.

Come on, Android people, help me out. I have this shiny new Nexus 7, my first Android device, and not so many apps. I've got a couple of file managers, a couple of eBook readers, a couple of comics apps, and a couple of games. I've mucked about with themes, widgets and my home screens. What's good?

Lair Defense is a great game. Astrid is great. As is Aldiko if you like to read on it. Currents and Reader, both by Google, are good for reading blogs and things. Google's Listen is, in my opinion, by far the best podcast app on android. Do you play Minecraft? Minecraft Canary is useful. Pax Britannica is a great single button RTS. That's about it for the non-obvious ones.

Flipboard is probably my most used app outside of browsers. I'm not sure if the tablet version is any good though.

Weird thing is that when it's plugged into my car's USB port and navigating, the battery still drains, albeit a lot more slowly than it normally would when navigating.

Yeah, the Galaxy Nexus does that too. You need a charger that reports itself as being a wall plug... I believe this is done by soldering the two center pins together, so you can theoretically just modify a cable instead, but it makes that cable dangerous to plug into a computer. (Do NOT actually do this until you look it up and make sure I'm right, because I'm not certain.)

I had a Motorola charger that was cheap and put out the full 1.0 amp, but it failed rather catastrophically, blowing fuses whenever and wherever it was plugged in, almost instantly. Right now I'm running on an Amazon charger that claims to be 2.5 amps across two ports, but reports as a USB connection so that no sane device will actually pull that much. Pretty frustrating to advertise it that way.

I mostly use Comicrack free, Time Recording, and Dice Player. I also use a stream software but it is useless if you don't have the server that goes with it but there are a bunch of others that do the same thing.

Malor wrote:

Yeah, the Galaxy Nexus does that too. You need a charger that reports itself as being a wall plug... I believe this is done by soldering the two center pins together, so you can theoretically just modify a cable instead, but it makes that cable dangerous to plug into a computer.

Like I said up thread, it's generally easier if you can open the charger to solder a couple of points together vs modding a factory made cable. All in all it's a pretty easy mod to do if you already have a 1A charger. Here's a thread that I originally found on XDA's EVO 4G forum. I did several back when I got my phone.

Hey are there options to allow you start reading a comic or book or audio book on one device and continue on another device where you left off? A option that also worked if one of the devices was a ipod would be great.

Comixology for comics and Kindle/Nook for books.

Baron Of Hell wrote:

Hey are there options to allow you start reading a comic or book or audio book on one device and continue on another device where you left off? A option that also worked if one of the devices was a ipod would be great.

The Kindle app.

I have a Nook Simple Touch reader, and it's syncing has never worked correctly for me to Android. It's supposed to be there, it's just very inconsistent.

I've read many a book in Moon+ Reader. I like that the font, background, and page turning styles are all customizable.

Google is about to start a $.25 App sale for the next 5 days.

http://officialandroid.blogspot.com/

maverickz wrote:

Currents and Reader, both by Google, are good for reading blogs and things. Google's Listen is, in my opinion, by far the best podcast app on android.

It's really too bad that Google killed Listen, I've tried a lot of other podcast apps and Listen is by far my favorite. As for Reader, I recently switched to greader and I've found it to be a superior RSS reader.

I didn't like Listen at all.

If it didn't get flaky on my phone, I'd still vote for Pocket Casts. But Doggcatcher is more stable and still allows for the use of Presto to speed up playback speeds.

Chaz wrote:
Stele wrote:

Yeah you need a proper charger. I had that problem with my moto droid with monoprice generic cables. But when I got a cheap ($6 sale) Motorola charger off Amazon it worked great. Still works on my Nexus too.

Was this one that's a dedicated charger with micro USB on one end and a car charger on the other, or a charger with a USB plug on it? Got a link?

Sorry I'm a few days late. But this is the one I got on Amazon. It's actually $5 now, instead of $30. Yes it's a charger, not a USB plug, but it's the micro USB that seems standard on most Android phones now.

I've had it since Dec 2010 and it works great and hasn't failed yet.

I should probably get a 2nd one so I could just leave it in both cars and not forget it ever again.

Stele wrote:
Chaz wrote:
Stele wrote:

Yeah you need a proper charger. I had that problem with my moto droid with monoprice generic cables. But when I got a cheap ($6 sale) Motorola charger off Amazon it worked great. Still works on my Nexus too.

Was this one that's a dedicated charger with micro USB on one end and a car charger on the other, or a charger with a USB plug on it? Got a link?

Sorry I'm a few days late. But this is the one I got on Amazon. It's actually $5 now, instead of $30. Yes it's a charger, not a USB plug, but it's the micro USB that seems standard on most Android phones now.

I've had it since Dec 2010 and it works great and hasn't failed yet.

I should probably get a 2nd one so I could just leave it in both cars and not forget it ever again. ;)

I saw that one. Good to know that it actually works. My only hesitation is that I like having the phone mount on the left side of the wheel, and the power outlet is on the right, below the shifter. I think that cable might be too short.

By default it's about 3 feet of cord. But it's coiled and can stretch quite a bit farther. Just depends on how strong your mount is. Or give it some time to stretch out.

But that thing always leaves me with 100% when I get where I'm going, even with GPS on.

Sale on google play for the next 5 days with a bunch of $0.25 apps.

This slick deals link aggregates everything on sale today.

Huh. I guess Verizon is pushing out Jelly Bean to GNex. Just got an OTA update.

EDIT: Well the main differences I notice are Google Now, the new application chooser, and the new back/down button context change.

Other stuff I should check out?

Here's the highlights:

http://www.android.com/whatsnew/

and the detailed list:

http://www.android.com/about/jelly-b...

Apart from the things you've mentioned, I think the biggest thing for me is the improved navigation in the Camera app: you can swipe from camera to gallery, and then quickly swipe through your recent photos, deleting any you don't like with a quick upward swipe. The improved actionable notifications are great, too, but they're only available in apps that support them. I got this super-slick timer app the other day -- it lets you pause/unpause and cancel timers straight from the notification shade.

BeyondPod has great support for actionable notifications.

I update my CM10 nightlies every few days, and a little while back they snuck in a timer and a stopwatch into the stock Clock app. It fits right in, looks great. Little buggy yet, but I love that those two things are stock now.

LiquidMantis wrote:
MikeSands wrote:

72 hours of battery life, though - how do you manage that? I figure I could get 48 hours by turning wifi/data on only when needed, and not playing games, but not much more than that.

It's admittedly with very light usage, handful of texts, checking email, maybe a short phone call or two. With LTE I keep wifi off unless I need access to my LAN. I'm on this streamlined ROM.

I noticed today that I had forgotten to put my phone on the charger. Haven't really used it, but I could have easily hit 4 days.

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I'm amazed that Screen is so far down that list. How long do you have the screen on for over those 72 hours? If you click on Screen in the list, it should give you the "Time on" stats.

pneuman wrote:

I'm amazed that Screen is so far down that list. How long do you have the screen on for over those 72 hours? If you click on Screen in the list, it should give you the "Time on" stats.

Screen so thoroughly chews through battery that I'm betting it was off the entire time he didn't notice that it wasn't on the charger.

Yeah that's just a phone not being used for 3 days.

EDIT: Just checked mine. At 90%, on battery 3.5 hours, and the screen is taking up 52%, while only being on 21min. Screen is always #1 anytime I bother to check. And I have it on the shortest 30-sec screen saver timeout too.

If I didn't have my phone on WiFi there's no way it would last 3 days even with the screen off. I doubt it would last 24 hours.

Connected to WiFi (or with all connections disabled) is another story though.

Rumours about 4.2 include that they're aiming to improve battery life as a major part of it. Fingers crossed!

That was about 15 minutes of screen time, 12 on of call time.