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Bryan M

Android

I have finally given up on Windows phone and have gome over to Android - specifically a Galaxy S7. I am still learning how to use it and very much liked the windows 8.1 OS for simplicity

When I try to view the forum on Internet or Chrome it appears quite small - so my first ask is what browser do those android users view the forum on?

Secondly I find the whole App thing a bit bewildering on first encounter - are there any must have apps, things to avoid etc
Twelfth Monkey

The google play store is full of stuff, but I reckon there is little in the way of apps that you won't know you want in advance. The only app worth having is one that fulfills a need, and I haven't got anything that I didn't seek out:

Banking, Wikipedia, Amazon, eBay, torch, MapmyWalk, BBC weather, altimeter, Google Sky Map, Virgin mobile app, Chrome/ Google, supermarket and antivirus apps and that's about it, I think.

Sky Map is brilliant. It's great to know what you are seeing when it's Mars, Venus, Jupiter etc. Mercury will be at its best at around 7 p.m. on the 19th, apparently!
BeN

I'm on iOS but like Twelfth said, the best apps are the ones that meet your needs.

For me it's generally the social media ones (Facebook etc), messaging and chat (Whatsapp), news, navigation (Google Maps), Gmail, and handy convenient stuff like food delivery and ride hailing (Uber et al), plus a couple to help me with travelling (flight times, hotels, weather).
Andy C

Slightly off topic, but I'm quite tempted by Google Pixel as my next phone, anyone got one, if so how do you find it?
Blarno

I recently moved to Android after 5 years of Windows, quite enjoying it - especially now I've deleted or disabled the myriad of pointless shit that comes preloaded onto the OS.
Bryan M

That's what I am working through, but not sure what's pointless.  Also with some apps there are many of the same thing and it's trying to work out the
Gold standard app from multiple wannabees
him

^^^ What phone do you have?

Nexus/Pixel devices have fairly clean installs, other brands (Samsung I'm looking at you) install all manner of other apps.

I have a Nexus 6P which is great, I've run Android phones for around 6 years now.

What apps do you think you want to remove?
Humphrey The Pug

I moved from Windows to Android about 2.5 years ago, having previously dabbled with iOS and Android.

I loved Windows and it's simplicity, it just worked and was very slick on my Lumia 920 and the hardware was fantastic too but for some reason Microsoft just could get a decent market share and as a result WP seriously suffered with Microsoft seemingly not knowing how to progress with it so I dumped it and decided to go back to Android.

I'm glad I did; my first outing with Android was hit and miss bug Android now has developed into a great OS, it's slick and very easy to use and also very customisable.

I use Chrome as my browser and find it's fine and as others have said; there are no must have apps, just what you need.
Bryan M

In the absence of knowing any better, I went for a Galaxy S7.

There appears to be two of everything
gooner

I can't get the forum to work in any sort of viewable manner on my iPhone but it's not a problem on the iPad. My previous phone, an android htc one, displayed this forum fine though. But other than that I'm not inclined to revert back. The bonus with the iPhone has been getting to the end of a two year contract with my phone still working so I've kept it sim free for the last year and it hasn't missed a beat.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Bryan M wrote:
In the absence of knowing any better, I went for a Galaxy S7.

There appears to be two of everything

I have an S5 on a contract that is just coming up for renewal.  Instead of going for an S7, I bought a J5 2016 on offer which seems to do 99% of what the S7 can do with the benefits of a removable battery, removable memory card but a screen with slighly lower resolution. For about half the price, I couldn't see any real difference and decided not to commit to a long term contract on an S7. I now just have to revert to a SIM-only contract
PhilD

gooner wrote:
I can't get the forum to work in any sort of viewable manner on my iPhone but it's not a problem on the iPad.


How is it looking? I've never had a problem with the forum on various iphones, now v6.
gooner

PhilD wrote:
gooner wrote:
I can't get the forum to work in any sort of viewable manner on my iPhone but it's not a problem on the iPad.


How is it looking? I've never had a problem with the forum on various iphones, now v6.


Like this:



It's just too small to be really usable. I need a magnifying glass!
him

Bryan wrote:
In the absence of knowing any better, I went for a Galaxy S7.

There appears to be two of everything

My wife has an S7, and yes there is, the "stock OS" app and then the Samsung version of it.

The first question is do you prefer the Android App or the Samsung App?
cbeaks1

gooner wrote:
PhilD wrote:
gooner wrote:
I can't get the forum to work in any sort of viewable manner on my iPhone but it's not a problem on the iPad.


How is it looking? I've never had a problem with the forum on various iphones, now v6.


Like this:



It's just too small to be really usable. I need a magnifying glass!


Press the blue line at the top that says something like turn off crappy unreadable mode.

My phone reverts to this occasionally too.
Martin

Yes, click on turn mobile browsing off at top left of the screen and it's fine.
PhilD

cbeaks1 wrote:


My phone reverts to this occasionally too.


Never really worked out the pattern but it's a simple fix.
gooner

PhilD wrote:
cbeaks1 wrote:


My phone reverts to this occasionally too.


Never really worked out the pattern but it's a simple fix.


I found that the mobile function made it quite readable on my Android phone. Turning it off on the iPhone doesn't make it much easier to read:




I'll stick to using my iPad, which as I have it with me all day for work isn't really a problem.
PhilD

I'm sure you know about turning it to landscape...

 
simonp

Surely there's a scaling facility on iOS that lets you make text bigger? Try Settings, Display and Brightness, Text Size.

First thing I always do when considering an Android device is check the xda forums and make sure it is root-able. Rooting is essential if you want full control over the device, as you can install, or uninstall, any app, baked in, or not. There are a few Google apps you have to leave alone, but everything can be binned. My Nexus tablet doesn't have Chrome on it for instance.
simonp

Andy C wrote:
Slightly off topic, but I'm quite tempted by Google Pixel as my next phone, anyone got one, if so how do you find it?


I was all set to buy one before it was released. Then it was and I clocked the price!
BeN

Am I the only old man who uses a computer to read the forums?

I don't really like browsing the web on the phone. It just doesn't feel 'right'.
TreVoR

gooner wrote:
PhilD wrote:
cbeaks1 wrote:


My phone reverts to this occasionally too.


Never really worked out the pattern but it's a simple fix.


I found that the mobile function made it quite readable on my Android phone. Turning it off on the iPhone doesn't make it much easier to read:




I'll stick to using my iPad, which as I have it with me all day for work isn't really a problem.




Try changing the board style in your profile to "subsilver". Mine looks exactly like it does on a computer.
Bryan M

I had that issue but the firefox browser on the new phone displays it perfectly but not on chrome etc
Chris M Wanted a V-10

BeN wrote:
Am I the only old man who uses a computer to read the forums?

I don't really like browsing the web on the phone. It just doesn't feel 'right'.

I also use a computer most of the time.
Humphrey The Pug

This is how my phone displays the forum:


Bob Sacamano

Humphrey The Pug wrote:
This is how my phone displays the forum:




You can toggle between that format or turn mobile browsing on via a link in the top left corner.
Humphrey The Pug

Bob Sacamano wrote:
Humphrey The Pug wrote:
This is how my phone displays the forum:




You can toggle between that format or turn mobile browsing on via a link in the top left corner.


Oh I like it like that, I hate the mobile versions of websites.
Racing Teatray

I have to say back in the day, when mobiles were new and interesting, and getting smaller every year, rather than larger, I used to upgrade to a new phone annually.

I used to particularly like the thin Motorola flip-phones that looked like something out of Star-Trek.

However, nowadays when every telephone just looks like another featureless black rectangle, I just find I don't care anymore.

I have an iPhone 5 (not sure if it's an S or not) which is over three years old and I cannot see myself replacing it until it actually breaks. The only reason for replacing it would be for a bigger memory but I do have an iPhone 6 as my work phone as well (itself over 2 years old) so the need simply isn't there.
PG

simonp wrote:
Surely there's a scaling facility on iOS that lets you make text bigger? Try Settings, Display and Brightness, Text Size.


From what I have tried, that makes letters bigger on the menus, but not anything you actually open (unless I'm setting it wrong). One of the big things that pee'd me off moving from Blackberry to iOS was lack of text scaleability. Yes, you can make the typeface bigger on an iphone with the swiping gesture, but it doesn't repaginate anything - which makes it therefore quite a useless feature.
PG

BeN wrote:
Am I the only old man who uses a computer to read the forums?

I don't really like browsing the web on the phone. It just doesn't feel 'right'.


I'm another computer prefer-er.
Tim

PG wrote:
BeN wrote:
Am I the only old man who uses a computer to read the forums?

I don't really like browsing the web on the phone. It just doesn't feel 'right'.


I'm another computer prefer-er.


Me too.
I've got an iPhone 5S and the screen is probably too small to read the forum all that well, plus I had the same issue as Gooner last time I looked.
Michael

Racing Teatray wrote:
I have to say back in the day, when mobiles were new and interesting, and getting smaller every year, rather than larger, I used to upgrade to a new phone annually.

I used to particularly like the thin Motorola flip-phones that looked like something out of Star-Trek.

However, nowadays when every telephone just looks like another featureless black rectangle, I just find I don't care anymore.

I have an iPhone 5 (not sure if it's an S or not) which is over three years old and I cannot see myself replacing it until it actually breaks. The only reason for replacing it would be for a bigger memory but I do have an iPhone 6 as my work phone as well (itself over 2 years old) so the need simply isn't there.


My iPhone 6 is over two years old and I've declined an upgrade instead moving to a sim only contract so I pay a grand total of 15 a month. Because my home broadband is with EE I get an additional 5GB data so it's incredibly cheap.
A colleague can swap out batteries which is the only thing flagging at the moment so I hope to have this phone some time yet.
Racing Teatray

Yes, I'm on a SIM-only too and my sister works for O2 so I get a family discount meaning I pay a similar amount to you.

The battery on my 5 is ok actually. I'm not a heavy user of it, either for calls or data.
Tim

Racing Teatray wrote:

The battery on my 5 is ok actually. I'm not a heavy user of it, either for calls or data.


I had a 4S for 3 years and only upgraded it because the battery was down to about 24 hours life per charge.
Imagine my disappointment when the 5C that replaced it started out with a similar life!
As far as I can tell the major difference between the cheaper one and the S version is battery life - the 5S I got a month ago lasts at least 3 days between charges.

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