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nigameash
Sep 30, 2012, 05:31 PM
I recently bought a nexus 7. I want to use the tablet for college work, taking notes, playing games, etc. I am interested in some good apps to download on it, essentials so to say. I am new to the android platform so any pointers would be helpful.



Southernboyj
Sep 30, 2012, 05:35 PM
I recently bought a nexus 7. I want to use the tablet for college work, taking notes, playing games, etc. I am interested in some good apps to download on it, essentials so to say. I am new to the android platform so any pointers would be helpful.

Evernote is a great note taking app that syncs with your other devices.
It will sync with Windows PC's, Macs, other Androids, iOS devices. It is also free.

I find Google Currents to be awesome for reading articles. It is sort of an RSS reader. You could also use Flipboard.

For reading books I use an app called FBreader, I like it quite a lot and it has a night setting that essentially inverts the text/background for easy reading in the dark.

As far as for college work, I'm not sure other than Evernote for notes. I use my MacBook for writing essays and doing other projects. I don't really feel like any tablet (iOS, Android, RIM, Windows etc.) is very useful for this type of task.

MacRumorUser
Sep 30, 2012, 05:36 PM
Horn is excellent on Tegra 3 and is .25c today :-)

nigameash
Sep 30, 2012, 05:42 PM
Downloading Horn and FBreader now. On my iPhone, I have an app called XSysinfo that is a memory free-er app. Any good ones on android? I love iStudiez Pro on my iOS devices, any good alternatives on android?

Southernboyj
Sep 30, 2012, 05:49 PM
Downloading Horn and FBreader now. On my iPhone, I have an app called XSysinfo that is a memory free-er app. Any good ones on android? I love iStudiez Pro on my iOS devices, any good alternatives on android?

When you say "memory free-er" are you referring to clearing your RAM/cached processes?

Also, I'd do some Google/Youtube searches for things such as "top 20 android apps 2012" or "best android widgets 2012" etc. You can find a lot of videos or articles of people reviewing their favorite apps/widgets.
Widgets can enhance your Android experience just like good apps can.

nigameash
Sep 30, 2012, 05:50 PM
When you say "memory free-er" are you referring to clearing your RAM/cached processes?

That is correct.

Southernboyj
Sep 30, 2012, 05:57 PM
That is correct.

I'm not sure about 3rd party apps (there may be some that do this more efficiently) but go to Settings -> Apps -> Running/Cached processes.

MacRumorUser
Oct 1, 2012, 12:57 AM
Do not use memory free-er's on Android.

You really shouldn't have to these days especially with Android 4+

http://lifehacker.com/5650894/android-task-killers-explained-what-they-do-and-why-you-shouldnt-use-them

thinkinblue613
Oct 1, 2012, 01:27 AM
Productive apps:

- Firefox Beta has a "Reader" feature.
- Evernote and Evernote Widgets
- Dropbox
- Drive
- ezPDF Reader
- Kingsoft Office
- xScope Pro (I use this for my flash, there's a way to get it without rooting.)
- Talkatone (Makes your Nexus 7 into a phone)

News/Entertainment:

- Flipboard
- Pulse
- BBC News
- IMDB
- Flixster
- Fandango
- Plex
- Netflix
- ESPN Scorecenter
- Amazon Kindle
- MLB At Bat Lite

Utility Apps:
- Speed Test (tests speed of data in your device)
- Zedge (excellent for customization of wallpapers, ringtones, notifications..)
- AntiVirus