Phoning it in

Inspired (if that’s the right word) by Young Masher, I decided to have a long, hard look at my phone, what’s on it, how I use it and how often it gets used.

First of all, I have a Nexus S3:








I like my Nexus S3, it gets a lot of use every day; from very early in the morning, through to very late in the evening, and in to the night.

The big selling point about this phone, the one thing that makes it a quadzillion times better than any other handset I looked at, is the absolutely awesome battery life.

So, the applications installed on it are, alphabetically:

  • Adobe Flash Player
  • AndFTP
  • Audioboo
  • BBC News
  • Calculator
  • Camera
  • Clock
  • Contacts
  • ChatOn
  • Chrome
  • DomainTools
  • Drive
  • Dropbox
  • eBay
  • Email
  • FileExplorer
  • FM Radio
  • Evernote
  • Facebook
  • Flipboard
  • Freeview TV Guide
  • Gallery
  • Game Hub
  • Gmail
  • Google Local
  • Google Maps
  • Google Navigation
  • Google Play Books
  • Google Play Movies
  • Google Play Store
  • Google Search
  • Google Talk
  • Google+
  • GuitarTuner
  • Lookout
  • Meetup
  • Messaging
  • MusicShop
  • MX Player
  • My Vodafone
  • My Web
  • Nexus Availability Checker
  • Ocado
  • Phone
  • S Planner
  • S Voice
  • Skype
  • SpeedTest
  • SwiftKey 3
  • Talk
  • The Pill
  • TweetDeck
  • Twitter
  • WhatsApp
  • WordPress
  • YouTube

Some of these come with the handset, so having them there is no indication that I have ever used them.

But which applications do I use?

To one degree or another, pretty much all of them, with the very notable exception of Facebook, which I do not use on my phone ever.

But here is a list of the applications that I do use every day – and some of them (the bold ones) get used dozens, if not hundreds of times a day:

  • BBC News (a scaled down, mobile News app)
  • Camera (it takes photos and shit and that)
  • Clock (also my second alarm clock of the working week)
  • Contacts (my Gmail address book)
  • Drive (formerly known as Google Docs)
  • Evernote (the mutts nuts of portable note-taking)
  • FileExplorer (it explores hardware for files)
  • Flipboard (a brilliant RSS aggregator)
  • Freeview TV Guide (for, you know, TV guide information)
  • Gmail (my primary email app)
  • Google Navigation (SatNav)
  • Guitar Tuner (use this when I’m doing guitar practice in the car)
  • Lookout (my sentry/guard system)
  • Messaging (the SMS application I use so well and so frequently)
  • Phone (it makes and receives calls! you can talk to people!)
  • S Planner (a slightly slicker Google Calendar with full interface)
  • S Voice (I talk to my phone, tell it to do things, it does them)
  • Skype (for, like, Skyping and stuff)
  • SwiftKey 3 (the best virtual keyboard app I’ve found)
  • Talk (an interface to GoogleTalk or GChat as it used to be known)
  • TweetDeck (totally well-used app)
  • WordPress (a very slick interface to WordPress websites)


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2 Responses to Phoning it in

  1. Masher says:

    I’m tempted by that SwiftKey app. I remember you showing it to me at the Ace. I only send a small amount of texts each month (between 10 and 20), but it really annoys me that I have to switch keyboards just to insert a comma!

    The two database apps I use are:

    1) mSecure – this is used for storing passwords and any other sensitive data. It is, of course, encrypted and backs up to Dropbox. It also has a desktop interface if you want one (I do).

    2) Memento – very flexible database that has loads of templates or you can create your own. I use this for storing contact details, my DVD collection, info on my MI2 cache, stuff for work, etc. You can select whether to encrypt or not for each individual database and it backs up to Google Drive as a spreadsheet, making it quick to enter lots of info should you need to.

    Neither are free apps, but they work well and I’ve had no problems with them.

    • Brennig says:

      Thanks for those, young Masher. I shall have a butcher’s hook at them.

      My SMS activity has gone bonkers, from sending about one text a week to c. 120+ per day.