Once you’ve prised your Nexus 7 out of the box, watched your free copy of Transformers: Dark of the Moon (surely "binned it immediately" - Ed) and spent a few hours playing Dead Trigger the time is ripe to start thinking about the first third-party apps that will help you really get the most from your shiny new piece of Google …
I'd have to add a vote for VPlayer. All the other players, like MXplayer and Dice player, do a mostly good job, but fail when it comes to mkv files with AC3 audio. Or at least certain ones. With those other players, the video plays but is silent. VPlayer's the only one I've found that does the job.
Props to ES file explorer, though I also quite like Ghost Commander, which has the split-screen view.
The TED app is great, and although it handles text content quite poorly, the NASA app is worth getting for the constant release of Curiosity images and video right now.
Don't forget to get Camera Launcher for Nexus 7 - which does what it says in the description, and which let's you record images and video.
I'd also like to commend Google for including the store credit, which was a really smart way to convert Freetards like me into paying customers - and support the little guys - by getting me over that stubborn reluctance to pay even a few pennies for worthy games and apps. It makes me realise there are worse things than paying for software, namely advert-festooned apps and being nickel-and-dimed to death through pay-2-play disguised as free-2-play games.
The only major thing I'm lacking right now is a decent replacement for Google's Listen podcast app. I have Pod Kicker, but I'm still looking for something better.
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First stuff I installed on my Nexus 7
* Flash - had to side-load as an apk, but it's still needed on Android, no matter what Adobe say.
* Firefox Beta + Adblock Plus + Phony - stomps mightily on Chrome on the Nexus 7. Set Phony extension to desktop version to avoid getting those daft mobile versions on a tablet, plus it then lets you go to www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/ and view BBC progs just like you do on the desktop (yes, in HD too).
* Astro File Manager. I've been familiar with this one the longest, but no doubt other FM's mentioned are equally as good.
* MX Player. This is my favourite video player on the HP Touchpad (CM9) and it's just as good on the Nexus 7.
* Winamp. Trhey may have moved some features to the Pro version after offering them in the free version (which I think is a really bad PR move), but even the free version is pretty good.
* Camera Launcher for Nexus 7. In a moment of madness, Asus/Google decided not to present the built-in camera app to the end-user. This app basically makes it "visible" again.
* FBReader. Best Android e-book reader out there (much better than the Kindle app for example).
* Cover Art Downloader. Put in on my Nexus 7 out of habit - nice to have artwork with your MP3s.
* Advanced Task Killer. I put the widget on my home screen and press it when I'm about to play a game.
* Box (or Dropbox etc.). Useful app to mess around with your cloud storage (I've got 50GB, but I don't use it much because I don't have Net access on the move with the Nexus 7 except via expensive/data limited 3G tethering with my Android phone).
Of course, once I'd done the above, the next step was unlocking, rooting and putting on a Modaco ROM (yay for landscape rotation on home screens), but that's a bit off-topic I guess.
Swiftkey lasted a minute...
Before getting kicked off my Tab. Once I'd done the setup, I opened a document to test the keyboard out. After failing to type "testing" 5-6 times in a row (It predicted something like ssstwss - wtf?) and only showing me the prediction instead of what I'd actually typed, the backspace key suddenly decided that it would only delete the last few letters and refused to go any further back despite repeated taps and holding. Avoid.
I think the biggest takeaway from this article is the Revelation from Richard Lloyd above that Adblock Plus is available on Android. Come back Firefox, all is forgiven...
Total Commander File Manager
I realy like Total Commander a lot . 2 screens and plenty of options . Also GO Launcher kicks butt .
And Sophos for AV . Also . I like Ttorrent because it has a very good search option .
I use these on a Samsung Tab 7.7 on ICS 4.0.4 it is rooted but still running stock ICS .
I have loaded jelly but no GPS made me go back to ICS .
The XDA -Devs ....... the best :-)
Dice Player is the best media player.
V Player is rubbish!
V player is a pile of poo, on my N7 with 720p MKV's if you jump to a point in the show the audio slows & goes out of sink badly, eventually it just gives up the ghost and crashes. Unfortunately the also appears to not have been updated in a long time so I doubt the bugs are going to be fixed anytime soon. Diceplayer or MXPlayer are much better alternatives and are also free!
So these are essential app? Which make it look like a tablet instead of a phone? Wtf? Install a useable keyboard opposed having a good one in the first place? Wtf? Make it look like iBooks with a blatantly obvious knockoff? Wtf? Install a file explorer to clear the junk? Wtf? That is so last century to do that manually.
Damn and I was expecting to see some killer apps in there. Where are they?
Ps. What about the iOS killer feature flash? Surely that was the reason iOS never takes off, so why isn't that in the list? Then again still just software to make it useable opposed to great apps.
Good range of apps
Several unexpected ones in there too - much better than those I'd thought of. Great stuff, Alun.
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