i am an android... (in Off-topic)

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] November 17 2010 3:29 PM EST

user, or at least will be once my new phone gets here!

what are some of your favorite android apps?

AdminQBnovice [Cult of the Valaraukar] November 17 2010 3:40 PM EST

angry birds!

Google Voice, Goggles, Translate, Earth, Sky Map, Listen, Maps

Astro File Manager


and of course


zev November 17 2010 3:43 PM EST

Angry Birds!

zev November 17 2010 3:44 PM EST

Oh darn, sorry Novice I totally missed your first line. You already suggested Angry Birds. Great app!

AdminQBVerifex [Serenity In Chaos] November 17 2010 3:49 PM EST

I like these:

Catch - Great note taking app: https://catch.com/android

Tasker - Multipurpose automation: (high/medium learning curve) http://tasker.dinglisch.net/

Reddit is fun - A great interface for looking at Reddit: http://droidincredibleapps.com/reddit-is-fun

Cherry Rplayer - An awesome shoutcast/other music streaming app, great alternative to the radio if you hook to car radio: http://cherryrplayer.leadapps.com/

GDocs - A google docs interface: http://sites.google.com/site/gdocsforandroid/

Meridian Player - Great for playing music on your phone and viewing videos: http://androidandme.com/2010/04/applications/meridian-player-pioneer-for-android/

Opera Mini - Much faster browser then the default browser, has some cool features too: http://www.opera.com/mobile/

Ringdroid - Edit and create new ring-tones, on your phone: http://code.google.com/p/ringdroid/

RealCalc - A better default calculator: http://www.appbrain.com/app/realcalc-scientific-calculator/uk.co.nickfines.RealCalc

Google Goggles - Lets you scan and find a lot of things in real life, on the web without having to type anything, just take pictures: http://www.google.com/mobile/goggles/#text

QBJohnnywas November 17 2010 3:57 PM EST

Apps you might need; not sexy or fun but you may find them useful:

Advanced Task Killer. Android has a nasty habit of opening up apps in the background. Sometimes seemingly for no reason at all. This can be set to close down everything but the ones you want to keep open.

Astro: a file manager. Dunno if it's handy or not, but I'm used to being able to have access to the folders in a computer so this has come in handy on occasion, especially when you uninstall something but it doesn't actually uninstall everything.

antivirus free and Dr Web Anti-virus.

RockPlayer = a good media player that can handle all sorts of video files and plays back nice and smoothly. I've been watching old episodes of Farscape on my phone, that I had saved as AVI files. They wouldn't play until I got this.

Camera 360 and Vignette (Demo) are free camera apps, adding various colour and focus effects. My android phone is a Sony X10, and even though the OS is an older version than the average it's camera is excellent, an 8 megapixel camera that takes really good pictures.

(I've noticed that some digital cameras of the snappy point and click type take good pics and some are just average. This takes great pics, I actually prefer it as a camera to a phone!!)

Angry Birds as mentioned above, but also Bubble Blast has kept me occupied for ours on long journeys.

I've also got the Kindle app. My phone's screen is big enough to read ebooks quite nicely.

Minnakht November 17 2010 3:57 PM EST

Angry Birds!

No, really, it's that fun.

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] November 17 2010 4:08 PM EST

i am surprised no one has brought up angry birds! ; )

i will be doing the kindle app, google voice and google docs apps for sure. some of the others seem pretty useful too.

can you have two av's on the phone or is it best to pick one?

is there a netflix app that allows you to watch your instant que items?

i don't think hulu plus has an android app either yet?

i will be getting the evo on the sprint network if that helps.

AdminQBnovice [Cult of the Valaraukar] November 17 2010 4:32 PM EST

I'm going to weigh in on the Task manager and AV stuff.

While I've used a task manager to kill the browser occasionally, they're all but useless otherwise.

On the AV side I've yet to see any evidence or testing that indicates it's needed. Sticking to well known apps is about the best thing you can do.

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] November 17 2010 4:37 PM EST

thanks for that info! i started an appbrain account and have added most of these to a list already!

keep 'em coming!

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] November 17 2010 4:38 PM EST

on my palm pre i had an app that was called cine show time that would use your location and then show you movie times nearby. i am sure there is something similar for android but it would expedite matters if i had a name for the app.

Areodjarekput November 17 2010 4:53 PM EST

Which phone? And will you root?

I own a rooted droid X. I use AdFree, ASTRO File Manager, MinFreeManager, MyPhoneExplorer, Quick Boot, SetCPU, Titanium Backup, and Wireless Tether for Root Users. Of those, AdFree, MinFreeManager, Quick Boot, Titanium Backup, SetCPU, and of course Wireless Tether require superuser permissions (root).

I do not like Advanced Task Killer, or any task killer for that matter. The manner in which android handles memory means that 'killing' tasks is unnecessary, and can cause problems with apps that require background services if you're not careful. I use MinFreeManager, which tweaks the internal workings of Android's memory management, so make sure I always have free memory.

AdFree blocks the ads that appear on a lot of free apps, or lite versions of pay apps.

ASTRO, as has already been mentioned, is the best (only?) file manager out there.

MyPhoneExplorer is for backing up my contacts, call history, and text messages to my computer. I like to have everything archived, and the ability to store my texts and calls on my computer was the biggest plus when I upgraded from my old phone.

Quick Boot allows you to quickly reboot, reboot in recovery, or reboot into the bootloader. If there is ever a problem with my phone, I use the reboot widget, it reboots in seconds, and the problem is solved.

SetCPU allows you to overclock your phone. I mainly use it to run the same clock speeds on lesser voltages, in order to lengthen my battery life.

Titanium Backup is IMO, the most invaluable app for root users. It allows you to easily backup, delete, restore, freeze, and unfreeze apps. I use it to freeze all of the bloatware apps that come installed on the x, (Amazon MP3, Blockbuster, etc). One could just delete these apps, but Verizon will not allow you to get the official releases of android updates if you are missing any of those apps. I wanted the official Froyo release, so I froze all of those apps, and when 2.2 rolled out, I unfroze them, unrooted my phone, got the new release, and re-rooted. I have also scheduled backups for all of my downloaded apps, and all of my system apps every week, just in case.

I also use doubleTwist and Last.fm to manage my music, Dolphin HD to replace the default browser, and Handcent SMS for my texts.

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] November 17 2010 4:55 PM EST

it is the sprint evo...i feel newbish, but what does root mean exactly?

QBJohnnywas November 17 2010 5:14 PM EST

Task killer is fairly necessary on the Sony thanks to the older OS version, and how far into the phone you have to go to force close. Some of the newer apps - Angry Birds for instance are glitchy on mine, so task killer is one of my most used Apps. The roll out of 2.1 android still hasn't happened on mine, never mind 2.2!!!

QBJohnnywas November 17 2010 5:16 PM EST

And while AV is still someway off being necessary it still has found some dubious stuff, only twice, but once is too much.

And no, I wasn't looking at dodgy websites!

AdminQBnovice [Cult of the Valaraukar] November 17 2010 5:27 PM EST

Most of the time android does a fantastic job of handling memory, but in the case of hung stuff I totally agree

AdminQBnovice [Cult of the Valaraukar] November 17 2010 5:28 PM EST

I'd be more suspicious of the AV itself justifying it's existence with false positives

zev November 17 2010 5:47 PM EST

Well Dudemus I don't know what they mean by "root" for the android (probably the same process as jailbreaking an iphone) but in Australia to root something has a much much different meaning. So i won't root my phone.

AdminQBnovice [Cult of the Valaraukar] November 17 2010 7:34 PM EST

rooting a phone is the process whereby you gain superuser access to the phones operating system, and are then able to grant that access to applications, allowing more to be done to and with your phone.

QBJohnnywas November 18 2010 5:22 AM EST

My phone just got an upgrade. To Android 2.1. Sony really aren't doing themselves any favours in the Android market....

But I now have less problems with hanging apps, and battery life has improved by about 60%.

Anybody know of any decent games verging on the RPG for android - and not the sort that resemble Facebook RPG-lites like Mafia Wars. I can't find anything.

AdminShade November 18 2010 5:46 AM EST

SpeedX is a very nice and addicting game, paid only though so I can't get one (don't have cc yet)
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