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First impressions of new phone (Galaxy Note)
blaisepascal
It's shiny and new. And big. And slippery. I'll need a skin just to give the surface some grip.

One issue I have, and this may be just be something which can be worked out, is that my earbud's mic doesn't seem to work with the Note. This is important to me because with the iPhone the earbud/mic combo was my main way of going hands-free. With the Note the size it is it's really bulky to hold it to my face, so I want this solved soon.

Here is the list of apps recommended by various people:


AK Notepad (Scott Kreidler)
ASTRO (Scott Kreidler)
Ad Network detector (Stepdad)
Adobe Reader (Scott Kreidler)
Amazon App Store (Stepdad)
App2SD (Scott Kreidler)
Astrid Tasks (Scott Kreidler)
Authenticator (Scott Kreidler)
Beautiful Widgets (Joseph Prisco)
CIDR Calculator (Ian Smith)
CLapp (Scott Kreidler)
CarHome (Joseph Prisco)
Chrome Beta (Ian Smith)
Clockwork ROM Manager (Ian Smith)
Cyanogenmod (Arc Riley)
Delayed Lock (Stepdad)
Dolphin Browser HD (Joseph Prisco) (Stepdad)
DroidLight (Scott Kreidler)
Dropbox (Stepdad)
ES File Explorer (Stepdad)
ElJay (Joseph Prisco) (Scott Kreidler)
EverNote (Ian Smith)
Facebook (Ian Smith) (Scott Kreidler)
Flighttrack Pro (Ian Smith)
Flixter (Joseph Prisco)
Foursquare (Scott Kreidler)
Friendcaster (Joseph Prisco)(Scott Kreidler)
GoSMS (Scott Moyer)
Goggles (Ian Smith)(Scott Kreidler)
Google Earth (Stepdad)
Google Sky Map (Scott Kreidler)
Google Translate (Ian Smith)
Google+ (Ian Smith) (Scott Kreidler)
Grocery IQ (Scott Kreidler)
Handcent (Joseph Prisco) (Scott Kreidler)
Hotel Tonight (Scott Kreidler)
JustPictures (Joseph Prisco)
Kindle (Ian Smith)
Kitchen Timer (Ian Smith)
LiveJournal (Scott Kreidler)
Medscape
Mx Player Pro (Stepdad)
NYCMate (Ian Smith)
OI File Manager (Stepdad)
PayPal (Scott Kreidler)
Perfect World Clock (Ian Smith)
Plume (Scott Kreidler)
Ring Guard (Mom)
Safari (Ian Smith)
Shake Awake (Stepdad)
Shazam (Scott Kreidler)
Skype Mobile (Scott Kreidler)
Sonos Controller (Ian Smith)
Svox (Stepdad)
Swiftkey X (Mom)
TED (Scott Kreidler)
The Weather Channel (Scott Kreidler)
Translate (Scott Kreidler)
Tripit (Ian Smith)
Tubemate (Stepdad)
Tunein radio pro (Stepdad)
TweetDeck (Joseph Prisco)
Twitter (Ian Smith)
USAA app (Ian Smith)
Visual Voicemail (Scott Kreidler)
Volume Widget (Stepdad)
WiFiFoFum (Ian Smith)
Wifi Buddy (Scott Kreidler)
Wifi Manager (Stepdad)
YouTube (Scott Kreidler)
c:geo (Scott Kreidler)
imo (Joseph Prisco)


I'm going to look at them all, but probably not install them all. Some just aren't suitable (USAA app is a banking app for a specific bank, for instance), some are duplicates in a category.

For the record, here's a list of the apps I have on my iPhone:



:) Sudoku +
Battery
Carcasonne
Cogs
Constitution
Contre Jour
Distant Suns
Downcast
Easy Alarms
Englitina
EverNote
Foodonthetable
ForeverMap
Foursquare
Free ATM
GMail
GasBuddy
Genius
Get Running
Google
Google Earth
Google+
IMDb
Kindle
Labyrinth LE
Lattitude
LiveJounrnal
Mint.com
Netflix
Night Stand
Night Stand Lite
Nightstand
QuickMMark
RunKeeper
Sessions
Shazam
Simplenote
Skobbler
TouchCalc
Trainyard
Translate
Tuna Pitch
Unblock Me
Urbanspoon
Waze
Wikipanion
iHandy Level
iNetHack
zaTelnet


There are some duplicates between this and the previous list, and there are a few things I'll have to either find equivalents to or just drop. Does anyone know of any English Concertina application for Android?

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Interesting! I tried to buy one in December before I had surgery, but there were still buggy and no one had an unopened box to sell. Now that Nomad and Gyades bought me an iPad, I don't need the Note anymore, but will probably buy an HTC One S. (4.3 may be big enough to me. Size matters when you have to carry it around.)

My biggest concern was that it felt like holding a paperback book up to my face, in order to talk on the phone. I hope you get your earpiece working soon!


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