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Hardcore geek question: What’s your first app install on a new phone?

Whenever I get a new phone, the first thing I do is install some kind of Google Sync facility. On a BlackBerry device, I visit google.com/m and immediately download the Google Sync client, followed by the Gmail app, Google Maps and also the ‘Google’ app itself (just because it’s there).

On other platforms such as Windows Phone 7, I’ll configure my Gmail account so the contacts/calendar and mail are active. Likewise on iPhone — and obviously Android too. On a Nokia I used to *always* install ShoZu first — always (via their site) — but now I find myself generally gravitating to the Ovi Store icon and then sequentially picking key apps off my personalised list.

What about you — what are the first apps you install on a virgin device?

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By Ewan

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12 replies on “Hardcore geek question: What’s your first app install on a new phone?”

Ah, you see this is one lovely little feature about the Ovi store that Nokia should shout about. When I swapped from my N85 to my N8 and fired up the Ovi Store on the phone for the first time it already had my account information (login name, password and payment preferences) installed as I had pumped in my general Ovi account details when I started the N8 for the first time. And there on the first page of my first visit to the Ovi store on my N8 was not a “Top List” of some such, but a list of the applications that I had installed/brought from my N85! Brilliant! Actually the list was only populated by the ones that would tun on my N8, and with just two exceptions they all did. The list was ordered to show the most recent installs/purchases, and top of the list was just the one I was looking for, Opera. In all it’s 10.1 glory. Great. So there was me thinking I would need my N85 to hand to go through the folders on there, but no, Nokia had all this sorted!

I had to visit Google for the Gmail application as I did not fancy tying my gmail account to my Nokia Email app quite yet (I have other plans for that). And apart from that everything game down via the Ovi Store.

Ah, you see this is one lovely little feature about the Ovi store that Nokia should shout about. When I swapped from my N85 to my N8 and fired up the Ovi Store on the phone for the first time it already had my account information (login name, password and payment preferences) installed as I had pumped in my general Ovi account details when I started the N8 for the first time. And there on the first page of my first visit to the Ovi store on my N8 was not a “Top List” of some such, but a list of the applications that I had installed/brought from my N85! Brilliant! Actually the list was only populated by the ones that would tun on my N8, and with just two exceptions they all did. The list was ordered to show the most recent installs/purchases, and top of the list was just the one I was looking for, Opera. In all it’s 10.1 glory. Great. So there was me thinking I would need my N85 to hand to go through the folders on there, but no, Nokia had all this sorted!

I had to visit Google for the Gmail application as I did not fancy tying my gmail account to my Nokia Email app quite yet (I have other plans for that). And apart from that everything game down via the Ovi Store.

For Nokia Symbian: making sure Nokia Messaging and Maps are updated, adding iFMW and Nokia Bots (if compatible) afterwards.

For Androids: iFMW, Evernote, Dropbox, and configuring my signature for GMail.

A file manager if one isn’t offered out of the box. After that Evernote then a decent Twitter app.

Looking forward to some sort of review of your new N8.
Your last rage against the iPhone was interesting, and I wonder if Nokia have fever click or swipes to complete any task?

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