Tips for using Nexus One phone

Tips for using Nexus One phone

Summary: I have been using the Nexus One for work e-mail and mobile surfing for the past two months, and I'm very pleased with the experience. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your Nexus One:If you need to connect to your corporate Exchange e-mail system, use Touchdown.

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I have been using the Nexus One for work e-mail and mobile surfing for the past two months, and I'm very pleased with the experience. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your Nexus One:

  • If you need to connect to your corporate Exchange e-mail system, use Touchdown. It synchronizes your Exchange e-mail messages, calendar and contacts. If the paid Android Market is not available in your region (like Singapore), you can download the software and buy the licence key from their Web site.

  • Get the desktop dock for the Nexus One. When you dock your Nexus One, it turns into a pretty desk clock that shows you the weather, plays music and lets you set alarms too. I bought two docks: one for my office desk and another for home.

  • Consider buying a spare battery. Depending on the apps that you install, the battery can drain quite quickly.

  • The Nexus One supports multitasking, unlike the iPhone, so there is a possibility that a poorly-designed background app is consuming lots of power. To check which apps are consuming the most power, go to Settings, tap on "About Phone", and tap on "Battery Use" to see the amount of power used by each app. Tap on an app to see more details about its power consumption. Read this for more tips on optimizing the battery life.

  • The latest Nexus One firmware upgrade supports the pinch-to-zoom multitouch feature for maps and the Web browser, just like the iPhone. The firmware upgrade was pushed to my phone wirelessly and the upgrade was completed without any hassle.

  • If you need to connect your notebook to the Internet via Bluetooth or USB tethering with the Nexus One, try PdaNet.

  • Why wait for the iPad? You can read eBooks on your Nexus One now using Aldiko. Many classic books are available for free downloading.

Topics: iPhone, Collaboration, Hardware, iPad, Mobility, Telcos, Singapore

Lee Lup Yuen

About Lee Lup Yuen

Lee Lup Yuen is passionate about mobile phones and PDAs, as he is constantly buying new gadgets and programming them in J2ME, .NET, Symbian and AppForge.
He has developed commercial applications with mobile technologies like SMS, MMS, WAP, 3G video streaming and location-based services.

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