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    • CommentTimeAug 17th 2010 edited
    Finally broke down and joined the new millennium by buying a phone that has the ability to communicate with the world at large. Specifically a Samsung Vibrant, Galaxy S in other markets. So what apps are people using that just enrich their lives or at least pass the time in an amusing way? Right now I am pretty much just rocking news sources and public radio. And of course the tricorder app. Anything else I should definitely get?

    • CommentAuthorkrugar
    • CommentTimeAug 18th 2010
    i'm on a nokia and i run on a very limited data plan, so different platform and my stuff is mostly offline or runs on minimum bandwidth.

    listed from most used to least used:

    some sort of gps navigation software (dunno whats on your platform.. tomtom maybe? very very useful)
    offline wikipedia (usually goes with an ebook reader. seemed like a good thing to have in your pocket in case of desaster)
    an app that lets me use my phone as a webcam on the pc (not useful if you have a webcam on the pc or use skype on the phone)
    backtrack linux installed on the microSD card + microSD/USB adapter on my keyring (pc forensics keyring gadget? win)
    something that can read qr-codes/beetags. doesnt get much use, tho
    vnc-viewer. only makes sense if you have a machine on the net thats running a vnc server
    a first aid "what to do" reference. may sound kinda pointless, but it was for free.

    if you're running a wordpress blog, you might want to copy warrens setup with posterous, that seems to work pretty well.

    and the obvious:
    a proper browser (you may already have one installed. compare opera mobile)
    depending on data plan, you might want a good mail client as well?
    a way to sync with your desktop browser/mail/calendar/todo things
    some sort of IM program + twitter client
    lots of music/audiobooks and a tool that speaks audioscrobbler to pipe the mobile playlist into
    • CommentAuthorepalicki
    • CommentTimeAug 18th 2010
    Necessary: Advanced Task Killer (saves your battery life) and Anti-Virus, SMS Backup (the text message utility is the Android's most unstable program)

    Convenient: either Twitter for Android or Tridroyd, Meebo IM (ties all of your IM accounts, including gchat and facebook) into one handy package, Weather Channel

    Fun: Pandora, NPR, Shazam, Google Sky Map
    • CommentTimeAug 18th 2010
    I just got an Android today too, will follow this with interest.
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    I've had my MyTouch for a while and I love the Bluetooth File Transfer. It makes transferring things between phones quite easy. The only snag I've found is it won't play nice with iPhones.

    The work email program that came with my phone was awful so I spent $20 and bought Touchdown which syncs better with my exchange that I thought it would. Sometimes email will hit my phone before it hits my Outlook.

    I also have to agree with epalicki. Google Sky Map, Pandora, and Shazam are a must for fun. I hadn't seen the NPR one. I may have to check that out.
    • CommentAuthorlooneynerd
    • CommentTimeAug 18th 2010
    I can get an actual Motorola Droid 2 for free because I've been with Verizon so long. I'm sorely tempted to start paying the cash every month for a data plan...
    • CommentTimeAug 18th 2010
    My contract is up in a month and I'm saving my pennies for a Droid I'll be watching this thread as well.
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    Evernote and instafetch (which connects to your instapaper account) are the things I use regularly aside from the usual communications/net app suspects.
    • CommentAuthorSBarrett
    • CommentTimeAug 18th 2010
    Advanced Task Killer
    Barcode Scanner Authenticator
    Chrome to Phone
    Double Twist
    NFL Mobile

    I use all those on a regular basis.
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    NFL Mobile

    Ah yeah, William says this is awesome, keep meaning to check it out.
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    All the major ebook brands -- Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo/Borders -- have apps for android now, so grab the one that's right for you.
    Google Goggles is neat to play around with. has an app which does all the things that the website does.
    I like Twidroyd over the official Twitter app.
    Shortys is the best crossword app, hands down.
    • CommentAuthorScrymgeour
    • CommentTimeAug 23rd 2010
    New scientist, bbcnews and reuters are essential in my humble, plus google maps for navigation. Advanced task killer suddenly has loads of bad reviews sinceast update so im a bit wary.
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    I'm on a Samsung Galaxy S and here's my list.

    Google Shopper
    Google Calender [I use it way more than I regularly think about so it's going in on its own]
    Yell [Yellow Pages - not a great app but I needs it for local business interactionses]
    Txtpad Lite [ridiculously useful as a simple txt file editor and freeeee.]
    [Plus all the usual Gmail, GChat, stuffs]

    Cineworld [as I now ahve an unlimited card...mwahahaha]
    ACV [reading comics on my mobile actually feels good with this thing and the combined brightness of the Galaxy S]
    London Transport
    Advanced Task Killer

    Bump [because I've not used it seriously once.]
    Retro camera [makes even my mug look ok]
    • CommentTimeAug 23rd 2010
    I have an LG InTouch Max. Mmm QWERTY keyboard buttonses.

    Seesmic (Twitter client)
    Facebook (though I am not all that keen on the new version's functionality)
    Meebo IM (Consolidated messenger - ideal for wasting away bus journeys home)
    Wordpress (Self-explanatory, but means I've been posting a lot more)
    Advanced Task Killer (Why do all those apps even start up?! I never use them [and I can't delete them])
    Movies (with FB/Flixster account - so I can mark off/rate movies I have seen [to keep track!]) Scrobbler (so that I still generate music stats listening to stuff on the go)
    Weather Channel (So I can laugh at the inaccuracy)
    WoW Auction House (free version)

    Been messing with MortPlayer (beta) as a music player because it's better than the default. A little crashy, but I prefer it anyway.
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    For everyone saying they love their Task Killer app: they'll stop working when your phone upgrades to 2.2.
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2010
    This thread is brilliant. Thank you, everyone who has made suggestions. I'm quite new to the Android game, so this has been very helpful.

    My pieces for the pot:

    Drop and Give Me Twenty is a part of my workout routine for the next four weeks.
    Gigbox is okkkk ... it links in to your profile and finds gigs nearby/by your favourite artists. A good recommendations feature would tip this over into a great app.
    Google Sky Map was the first AR-type app I ever used, and I was very impressed. Useless in London due to ambient/ light pollution, but wonderful to see where the stars should be.

    S'it, so far. Really hoping this thread will help open my eyes to the big world out there.
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    Yes Osmosis. Google Sky Map might be impractical, but it's the most impressive use of the software/hardware package I've come across.
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    HTC desire :
    Flikr and Flickroid
    Google Goggles
    Barcode Scanner
    Google Listen
    AK notepad
    London Underground Status checker
    Wifi Analyser and connector
    • CommentAuthorKidAnarchy
    • CommentTimeSep 9th 2010 edited
    Sony Xperia x10i

    Task Manager
    Android Zip
    File Manager
    Bluetooth Transfer Protocol
    New Scientist
    Google SkyMaps
    Android Comic Viewer
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2010
    If your regular travels involve sub-surface rapid transit, I highly recommend Instapaper and Instafetch. They allow for local saving of web text, and sync with a web account. Browse for stuff up above, tag, tag, sync, go below, read.