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Recommend me some android customisations

Discussion in 'Mobile Phones & Tablets' started by Cheetah Designs, 21 Oct 2014.

  1. Cheetah Designs

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 10 Jul 2006

    Posts: 2,307

    I have a sony z3 compact and I am coming from an iPhone 5s. I am looking for some recommendations on the following:

    - Keyboard - looking for something quick and basic. I don't like anything SwiftKey esque. My main issue with th the stock keyboard is that it appears leggy to me and hinders my typing.
    - Notification system bar - I don't like the styling on the stock one
    - text message app
    - Contacts and dialer app - don't like the inbuilt ones. Would like something basic
    - Email app that will work with exchange.

    Any recommendations would be appreciated.

    Thanks
     
  2. Orcvader

    Capodecina

    Joined: 11 Oct 2009

    Posts: 14,453

    Location: Greater London

    - Google Keyboard, it feels much lighter and smoother to use compared to Swiftkey and Swype.
    - Can't really recommend the notification bar as the ones on the Play store are a bit hit and miss on working.
    - Could try Hangouts, or other apps like Textra, EvolveSMS or Handcent.
    - Exdialer is pretty good for contacts/dialler, although I haven't used it in a while as I'm happy with the HTC one.
    - Apparently Gmail will be getting a massive update which pretty much merges the stock Google Email app to it: http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/1...to-handle-all-your-email-accounts-in-one-app/

    Other alternatives is K-9 and CloudMagic, apparently Nine is a very good one for exchange based accounts however.

    I would also recommend using Nova Launcher, it's a fantastic home launcher and feels much smoother than the stock (well, on my brother's Z1 Compact it did). You can also customise the icons as well with the millions of icon packs on the Play store.
     
  3. AbsenceJam

    Mobster

    Joined: 2 Nov 2007

    Posts: 4,304

    Tried Google Keyboard? You can play with loads of settings for the stock one, could help.

    I use Textra for SMS, was my favourite after trying a few out.
     
  4. jkb

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 27 May 2011

    Posts: 1,265

    Location: Northumberland

    email app for exchange - I just changed to nine for exchange after using touchdown for over three years. It looks and feels so much nicer. Doesn't have it's own calendar app like touchdown but integrates into whatever calendar app you want to use.
     
  5. nam

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 2,250

    Location: London

    wrong post...
     
  6. BigBoy

    Soldato

    Joined: 19 Oct 2002

    Posts: 6,189

    Location: Bath

    Sonys stock keyboard is awesome, one of the best I've tried for free!
     
  7. Scottland

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 15,390

    Location: North Wales

    Google Keyboard is the best for me.

    See link below for some Sony themes that might change the colour scheme to your taste:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=MichaƂ+Ambroziak

    I use EvolveSMS, but Google's own Messenger application or Textra are popular.

    I'd personally stick with the stock Dailer/Contacts application. You can't (as far as I know) change the dialer which pops up on an incoming call, so it's easier just to get used to it. Do you have the Lollipop update (android v 5)? It looks much better with that.
     
  8. Terrier_Jimlad

    Mobster

    Joined: 4 Nov 2006

    Posts: 2,726

    Location: Yorkshire

    QKSMS or Textra

    Tried many, but Nine for Exchange is by far the best in my opinion
     
  9. Orcvader

    Capodecina

    Joined: 11 Oct 2009

    Posts: 14,453

    Location: Greater London

    Talk about an old thread... my opinion on best apps to use have changed around now :p.
     
  10. G-MAN2004

    Caporegime

    Joined: 4 Jul 2004

    Posts: 30,235

    I use Textra for my messaging app. It's been absolutely flawless for me over the past year.
     
  11. DannyDrama

    Hitman

    Joined: 20 Nov 2013

    Posts: 917

    I'm using a slimmed ROM with textra as my only messaging app. Been flawless so far. I just use the Gmail app for all my email accounts including hotmail and exchange.