Saturday, April 02, 2011

16 Must-Have Android Apps

I've been using Android for about six months now and I've tried out a lot of apps. Here are some I find essential and some that are just best in their class.
Apps that should've been included with Android

Probably my most-used app.
Allows you to sync your notes with the cloud!

Far, far better than the buggy included calendar app.

Orientation Lock widget
A necessity. The auto-orientation flipping can be annoying.

Advanced Task Killer
You need a task killer with Android to preserve the battery and to kill apps that are hung.

Google Voice
Attention voice mail haters - Google Voice transcribes your voice mail! Never listen to another message! It also makes amusing voice recognition mistakes.


Both of these are better than the awful stock music app.

It displays the lyrics of songs synchronized with the music! Awesome!

It plays songs in the order the musician intended, not alphabetically like the stock music app.

Social Networking

These probably don't need to be listed, but I do use both all the time.

Wonder if this quirky service will take off?

Doesn't work as well to identify places near your current location as the iPhone app, but still essential.

Password Management

For higher security, I choose a different password for every site. So I can't do without a password app.


Calorie Counter by FatSecret
Best thing about - You can point the phone's camera at a bar code, scan it and it identifies the food with full nutritional info. It's also easy to look up foods by keyword search or food type.

Cons - The app is a bit flaky. Sometimes it just refuses to work.
Also, you need access to the Internet to view your food diary.

Calendar Widget

Pure Calendar Widget
Great quick way to check today's appointments without opening the calendar app.

Maybe not must haves, but I like and use them a lot

Read books downloaded from Amazon. They have a lot of free public domain books, and of course some for sale. Syncs your place in the book with other Kindle apps you have.

Books on audio. Good for subway riders because it needs no net connection once the book is on your phone. (Note - the audio books are not free).

The best and fastest of the song ID apps.

Shakespeare (Kontent Design)
Puts all of Shakespeare (plays and poems) on your phone, so it's usable when offline.
Cons- no search.

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