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The 9 inch Tab Express is £74.99 while the 10 inch Fusion is £104.99 which are both more affordable than the 7 inch Nexus. Looking for a good balance between price and screen size.

RnRClown, don't go near that first one. A friend of mine bought one, and has exchanged it 3 times so far. (Screen stopped working, stopped charging, some kind of graphics failure).

I wholeheartedly endorse MannishBoy's suggestion. There are plenty of second hand ones about too.

The amount of problems you are going to have with tablets like those is going to be insurmountable. I would reccommend trying to find a second hand Nexus 7, or earlier 10 inch tablets. I wish I had know you were looking for a tablet before I sold my Xoom for 67.26 euros.

Yeah, off brand Android stuff is getting to be very common, and from all I've read, the experience is rarely something most people would want.

If you could talk yourself down to a 7" device, there are more budget options available from known brands. Asus's got the Memo, which is pretty close to last year's Nexus 7, but with SD expansion IIRC. Also, Lenovo and Acer have options.

From what I've seen, there still aren't that many tablet apps that really need 10" screens, unless it's just media playback. The 7" size is about perfect for my tastes, but I know everybody's different.

Thanks for the heads up, everyone. I'm sure glad I resisted the urge to buy. I should know better, but the price was a real temptation. I'll keep an eye out for a good deal on a Nexus 7. Failing that, those options from Asus, Acer, and Lenovo offer a viable alternative. All three are available at Amazon with a £99.99 price tag.

I saw a Galaxy Tab 2 7" going second hand at a local store, but it was £115.95 which I felt was a little much for a second hand model.

7" is fine. I guess I simply got a little greedy.

Heise's c't (big German hardware mag) just did a comparison of low price Tablets and it is just sad how bad all those low end tablets are. Google really outdid a lot of the competition with that price point and since they are selling it close to at-cost (iirc), it seems to be hard to get near that with anything in that quality.

Best bet in my eyes is to look out for a second hand N7. Anything else at that price point has some sort of bad touch.

If they don't advertise the screen resolution, stay away because it's probably painfully low.

If you're looking to pick up a cheap Nexus 7, Amazon's got some refurbs up for $240 and $247 for the 32gb.

Does anyone have any app recommendations for first time smart phone owners? My mom finally decided to get a smart phone, and I talked her into a GS3.

EverythingsTentative wrote:

Does anyone have any app recommendations for first time smart phone owners? My mom finally decided to get a smart phone, and I talked her into a GS3.

Texting - Handcent
Music Player - PowerAmp
Shopping List - OI Shopping List
Podcasts - Pocket Cast

Honestly the default apps should do for most stuff for a first smartphone buyer.

Yelp, a movie app (like IMDB or Flixter), and TuneIn for radio stations.

I wouldn't describe myself as a novice, and Poweramp is awesome, but it's got a sh*t ton of settings.

Depending on her social networking habits, LinkedIn and Facebook. I use Amazon and eBay a lot. Amazon Price Check if she likes the site and searching for bargains.

She'd probably appreciate having her bank's app, if they make one.

You'd probably be better off trying to think of things she already does that a smartphone could help with, rather than taking a shot in the dark with pre-installing stuff. If anything, clean some of the ad-ware gunk out. Starting out with a gigantic app drawer can be intimidating and make you ignore stuff.

Just ordered a Nexus 4 16gb with the new price drop.

Can't wait! Great upgrade to my crappy Galaxy Ace.

Cross posted form Kickstarter thread
THIS is cool

Configurable button for your headphone jack (Android)
I think I'll throw some money at them.

groan wrote:

Cross posted form Kickstarter thread
THIS is cool

Configurable button for your headphone jack (Android)
I think I'll throw some money at them.

That IS cool! Not sure I want it, but super cool!

That is cool. And it made the goal.

On one hand it is cool, on the other this bit is akin to the gross fumbling of infomercials:

Wake your screen -> Unlock it -> Exit your current running app -> Search for the app you want to use -> Launch it -> And finally, perform your desired Action

For example I can assign quick launch shortcuts to the major and minor cardinal directions of my lock screen unlocker. So one button to wake the screen, then a swipe to activate one of eight pre-configured shortcuts. Don't get me wrong, it's a nifty device. I just feel compelled to call shenanigans on the fact that they can't dice a potato without a slap chop.

I think what it was showing is what you can do to assign functions.
I would assume that the button would override the lock screen, but if not...then no, it's no good.
I'd want to quick double press and have it click a picture, from lock screen. Everything needs to be doable from the lock screen.

No money to them yet.

groan wrote:

Everything needs to be doable from the lock screen.

If everything is doable from the lock screen, what is it locking exactly?

I know. I only lock so it doesn't accidentally dial.

Hopefully this is correct location for this, but my Galaxie S3 (verizon) both email apps stopped sending notifications for new email last month, I have to manualy refresh them in order to receive mail to the phone. Any Idea how to fix this?

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Fastmav347 wrote:

Hopefully this is correct location for this, but my Galaxie S3 (verizon) both email apps stopped sending notifications for new email last month, I have to manualy refresh them in order to receive mail to the phone. Any Idea how to fix this?

They're still set to notify you in their individual account settings within the apps?

Kurrelgyre wrote:
Fastmav347 wrote:

Hopefully this is correct location for this, but my Galaxie S3 (verizon) both email apps stopped sending notifications for new email last month, I have to manualy refresh them in order to receive mail to the phone. Any Idea how to fix this?

They're still set to notify you in their individual account settings within the apps?

crap, It seemed they they were turned off by themselfs, I guess when the apps got updated it reset everything.

Sanity check me here. I'm sitting at my desk planning how to get from A to B in my car. The default route Google Maps wants me to take involves making a left that is actually illegal, so I move the route around to a more legal one. Now I want to send that route to my phone to actually navigate me there. I can't figure out a way to do that with the new maps website/app. Using Chrome to Phone just opens maps with my current location. Emailing myself the link and opening it in the phone just opens maps in a browser window.

It seems dumb that there's no way to do this, and I feel like I'm missing how. Am I?

Chaz wrote:

Sanity check me here. I'm sitting at my desk planning how to get from A to B in my car. The default route Google Maps wants me to take involves making a left that is actually illegal, so I move the route around to a more legal one. Now I want to send that route to my phone to actually navigate me there. I can't figure out a way to do that with the new maps website/app. Using Chrome to Phone just opens maps with my current location. Emailing myself the link and opening it in the phone just opens maps in a browser window.

It seems dumb that there's no way to do this, and I feel like I'm missing how. Am I?

Not sure, but you can definitely reroute on the phone just like you do on PC.

MannishBoy wrote:
Chaz wrote:

Sanity check me here. I'm sitting at my desk planning how to get from A to B in my car. The default route Google Maps wants me to take involves making a left that is actually illegal, so I move the route around to a more legal one. Now I want to send that route to my phone to actually navigate me there. I can't figure out a way to do that with the new maps website/app. Using Chrome to Phone just opens maps with my current location. Emailing myself the link and opening it in the phone just opens maps in a browser window.

It seems dumb that there's no way to do this, and I feel like I'm missing how. Am I?

Not sure, but you can definitely reroute on the phone just like you do on PC.

Like, by dragging the route around to say "no, I want to go this way"? How do you do this magic? I can't seem to get it to happen.

Chaz wrote:
MannishBoy wrote:
Chaz wrote:

Sanity check me here. I'm sitting at my desk planning how to get from A to B in my car. The default route Google Maps wants me to take involves making a left that is actually illegal, so I move the route around to a more legal one. Now I want to send that route to my phone to actually navigate me there. I can't figure out a way to do that with the new maps website/app. Using Chrome to Phone just opens maps with my current location. Emailing myself the link and opening it in the phone just opens maps in a browser window.

It seems dumb that there's no way to do this, and I feel like I'm missing how. Am I?

Not sure, but you can definitely reroute on the phone just like you do on PC.

Like, by dragging the route around to say "no, I want to go this way"? How do you do this magic? I can't seem to get it to happen.

Well, looking at it, it looks like it's only limited changes now. Only gray routes can be dragged to be the main route. I could have sworn I've done more, but that last big Map update that took away the Nav app changed a bunch of stuff.

Man.. I love my Nexus 4.

Once you deviate from the route while actually navigating it will update, so even though it's gonna show the illegal left, once you do what you need to do it should update very quickly.

El-Producto wrote:

Man.. I love my Nexus 4.

Yeah, I just got mine.

It's awesome.