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Must Have Android Apps

Mon Sep 26, 2011 7:13 am

I'm getting a Nexus S tomorrow and I wanted to know what some must have apps for it are. I know Flightaware is a natural, but what other apps are absolutely necessary?
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RE: Must Have Android Apps

Mon Sep 26, 2011 7:29 am

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RE: Must Have Android Apps

Mon Sep 26, 2011 9:35 am

Here's an alphabetical list of a few of the apps I've got on my Nexus S, pick and choose what suits you!

Android Agenda widget - great one to show your meeting schedule.
Barcode scanner
CheckMyTrip - Amadeus's app
Dolphin browser HD - neat replacement to the stock browser
DrinkIn - for a quick cocktail recipe  
Google Sky Map
GPS Essentials
Google Maps
Marriott - If you stay with them
Swift Key X - the only paid app on my phone - replacement keyboard
United Airlines - awesome app if you fly UA/ CO - by far the best airline app I've seen
Whats app - alternate to SMS
XE Currency
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RE: Must Have Android Apps

Mon Sep 26, 2011 10:22 am

I'll nominate Dropbox and Readitlater.
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RE: Must Have Android Apps

Mon Sep 26, 2011 12:02 pm

This list has several of the apps I use.

It also has a tutorial link in the first paragraph about how to use QR barcodes to download the apps quickly (although they have you download ShopSavvy whereas most of us prefer BarcodeReader).

As for other things on my phone, I'm a fan of internet radio, and am using AOR to listen to various radio stations, but I imagine there are some better apps out there for that.
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RE: Must Have Android Apps

Mon Sep 26, 2011 12:12 pm

Amazon Kindle
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RE: Must Have Android Apps

Mon Sep 26, 2011 1:16 pm

My list of must-have apps for Android (note, all are free):

3G Watchdog
Advanced Task Killer
Amazon Kindle
Barcode Scanner
Battery Time
GPS Test
Spirit Level Plus
You Tube

And a list of cool ones, though not essential:

Angry Birds
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Google Sky Map
Macdo in Europe
Planefinder Free
Skies of Glory
Tesco Locator
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RE: Must Have Android Apps

Mon Sep 26, 2011 1:30 pm

A few for me.

First, Operation apps:
Pandora (or iHeart Radio) - radio streaming is one of the best things about smart phones, IMHO.
Green Power (battery saver app) - I used JuiceDefender for a long time, but I didn't like how intrusive it was. I've since switched to Green Power, and I just ran 63 hours on a single charge. If you have a job where you can't make personal calls or use your phone much during the day other than texting, and you don't use it during your commute, this app is absolutely incredible. I went from barely lasting a day to running 2+ days on a charge.
K-9 Mail - if you use any e-mail provider other than g-mail, this is the best I've ever run into.
Wapedia - Wikipedia app
RailBandit - depending on where you live, this is the most comprehensive set of mass-transit schedules I've come across in the Android market.

WordFeud - iPhone users swear by "Words with Friends", but it is very unstable on Android and really bothered me. If most of your friends are into Scrabble-type games and use Android, WordFeud is great.
Dragon, Fly - a mindless, addicting game with a great physics engine. Lacks some development, and is short on levels, but hopefully this will change soon as they continue to update the app.
Live Hold'e, - if you're into Poker, there's nothing better. And definitely worth the paid version.
MathDoku - if you're into KenKen and Sudoku, this app is great.

Dazzle - this is a customizable "one-touch" access toolbar you can place anywhere on your home screens. Some phones come with something similar, but none of the built-in ones have proven to be any good to me. Dazzle can have icons for things like Ring Volume, Brightness, Wi-Fi, GPS, Sync, Bluetooth, and a whole lot more. No better way to manage your phone's functions.
Beautiful Widgets - great weather, clock, and calendar widget that is fully customizable in looks and function. You can really make this your own, it is fast and stable, and looks great.

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