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Crowdsourcing: Android smartphone apps?

I just got an Android smart phone. What apps should I install?

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autographedcat
May. 30th, 2011 10:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's a lovely one! What would also be nice is one that let you have it put the phone on vibrate during certain specified hours. (I'm at work from 8:30am-5:30pm, so I want it on silent during those hours, for instance.)
autographedcat
May. 30th, 2011 10:51 pm (UTC)
Angry Birds. I'm pretty sure it's in the EULA of every portal computing device that you must install Angry Birds on it.
mdlbear
May. 30th, 2011 11:03 pm (UTC)
There are several different apps that let you use the camera flash as a flashlight, and at least one that uses the GPS as a compass.
sinboy
May. 31st, 2011 03:55 am (UTC)
I get good mileage out of the Yelp app.
fattest
May. 31st, 2011 06:40 am (UTC)
I sometimes use the "mindfulness bell," which gives a soft ring at random times.

ConvertPad is convenient when I'm not near a computer but need a conversion.

EasySpirit Level can be handy.

RehearsalAssistant is great.

RingDroid will let you make custom ringtones very easily.
fattest
May. 31st, 2011 06:41 am (UTC)
Sorry, I meant Rehearsal Assistant it great for recording rehearsals. It is probably good for other things, too, but I've only used it for music rehearsals.
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mamatiger
Jun. 2nd, 2011 08:35 am (UTC)
OO! oo oo! I have SO MANY apps. For, you know, JUST IN CASE I might need them. Which phone did you get? (I was just bemoaning the fact that I was looking forward to the dual-core Bionic...when I read an article about the up-coming *quad-core* phones. D'oh!)

The fun ones include: The Wilhelm Scream and Tricorder. Flashlight. Useful ones include Kindle, Nook, (and Aldiko if you want). Amazon app store app, they give away a free app every day. Get a different web browser like Skyfire, the native browser sucks. Swiftkey or Swype keyboards, whichever is available for your phone. Audible.com app. All the Google-branded apps. Pandora. Netflix.

To see all the apps I personally consider worth getting, check out my list at:
http://www.appbrain.com/user/mamatiger/apps-on-the-phone
(Appbrain is a useful app as well!)
firecat
Jun. 2nd, 2011 10:34 am (UTC)
Thanks for the list!

I have an LG Optimus V (Virgin Mobile branded phone). I have no idea how many cores it has. It has an acceptably high resolution screen, although not as good as the iPhone/iPod Touch screen.
mamatiger
Jun. 4th, 2011 08:21 pm (UTC)
Just so you know, I think I read the average number of apps is like 35 or so. :) I'm apparently an app-hoarder. You probably want to get Lookout, which is a security app -- you know you're living in the future when your phone needs antivirus! The Astro file manager is also useful for poking around on your sd card if necessary.

Just be sure to use your wi-fi anytime you're doing anything data-intensive, like streaming video or listening to Pandora.

There are many many Android news sites, all of them give quality advice on apps; the Amazon Android market is also helpful.
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