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    • CommentAuthorArsnof
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2010
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    I used to use a task killer, but after my friend pointed out that, given that the tasks you're most likely to be killing are those that auto-launch without you wanting them, they'll just be launching and getting killed, re-launching and re-killing, re-launching and re-killing... basically using up more processor than they would just sitting idle in the background. Watchdog Lite is a good app for checking in on what's using what and killing things if they go over on their CPU usage. It's also got a tiny widget so you don't have to open the whole thing. Since I've been using it, I've got an average of 25 things running and maybe 2% of CPU used at any given time. My battery life has also actually improved since quitting the task-killers.

    Seesmic is a great Twitter client. I haven't tried the standard Twitter app in a while, but Seesmic has always been my preferred app. Skyfire is a great browser. Pretty fast, view the page as you would on a normal PC browser and, because things are rendered on their side of things first, you can watch most embedded videos without having to open an outside app or using a plugin.

    For music, Slacker, Last.fm and Pandora all offer their own unique song sets, so it's not a bad idea to have them all. XiiaLive is great for streaming stations and can keep a favorites list. I prefer MortPlayer over the default player for the same reason my last three mp3 players have been Rockboxed -- it organizes your music by folder, not tags. If you listen to many podcasts, Google Listen is perfect. It's integrated into Google Reader, so if you're using that to handle your RSS feeds already, you can run across a podcast on your PC, subscribe in GReader and it'll instantly be on your phone waiting for you. I used to use Slacker for podcasts (found a few of my current favorites on there, actually), but given that it streams instead of downloading, I'd occasionally get dropped mid-show and not be able to auto-pickup where I left off. They might have fixed this in recent updates, but given the advantages of GListen, I'll just stick with that.

    The Kindle app is great. Just about to finish Guillermo del Toro's The Strain on there. WordPlayer is good for open ebooks. I read Cory Doctorow's Little Brother on it much faster than I would have were it on actual paper. If you download comics, Droid Comic Viewer is very nice. I plowed through a ten volume manga with no hassle from it. It even gives you the option of where to start reading - top left for western, top right for asian, which comes in handy depending on what you're reading.

    Wapedia formats Wikipedia pages to fit your screen perfectly.
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      CommentAuthorAnxst
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2010
     (8769.22)
    Subsonic lets me stream the 80+GB of music I have on my home computer to my phone. Well worth the cash I spent on it.

    Scanner Radio lets me listen to local police bands on my phone. Weather alert and you want to know what's coming? Sirens go screaming by and you want to know what's up? It's for you.

    Kindle for Android and Audible for Android let me take my libraries with me.

    Seesmic is my preferred Twitter client. It's quite nice.

    Calorie Counter lets me easily keep track of what I eat compared to how many calories I use. As a fat guy getting thinner for the past year, it's great.

    Endomondo keeps track of my workouts, and how many calories I burn on them, which I can feed into Calorie Counter.

    Dolphin HD Browser is by far the best browser I've come across.

    ConnectBot (an SSH client) and WiFi Analyzer won't be useful to everyone, but I set up and secure networks often, so they're handy to have available all the time.
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      CommentAuthorchiaslut
    • CommentTimeSep 17th 2010 edited
     (8769.23)
    Great thread, folks.

    Please allow me to make a few suggestions.
    If you have a barcode scanner app, you can just scan these QR codes! How cool is that?

    Touiteur is my favorite twitter app:
    touiteur

    andFTP has turned out to be handy several times:
    andFTP

    Aldiko has been my ebook reader of choice for my phone but hasn't gotten much use since I was given a Nook. Still cool though.
    Aldiko

    Because I'm a D&D nerd, I love Dicebag:
    dicebag

    Just because it's a purdy way to view your images, you should check out FloatingImage:
    floating image

    I freakin' LOVE Dropbox and squealed like a lil girl when it came out for Android:
    dropbox

    I made all these QR codes with AppReferer:
    appReferer

    Tasker is the most amazing app on the market in my opinion. You can completely customize your phone. It does have a steep learning curve, but you can just follow instructions that other people create as well.
    tasker

    (Sorry my "brilliant" idea made for such a GINORMOUS post.)
    • CommentAuthorKidAnarchy
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd 2010
     (8769.24)
    @arsnof...Thanks for the watchdog lite heads up,much more useful than task manager,I like the sort option a lot...btw you mentioned little brother,have you read Makers ?
    Just got byte tornado and it makes my downloads behave a lot better and means fact mixes always download instead of streaming,dope !
    • CommentAuthorHenchbot
    • CommentTimeOct 7th 2010
     (8769.25)
    I use my AKPad daily, especially for random music I want to check out later at home.
    Dolphin browser is incredible, I use that daily of course.
    My most used app however is different, I havent seen anyone else mention it: I use the level app ALOT. parking a motorhome, camera work, beehive stuff...its endless how much shit I have that requires a level.
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    Dolpin is badman !
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      CommentAuthorOsmosis
    • CommentTimeOct 18th 2010
     (8769.27)
    Got to give another shoutout to Google Listen. If you're using Google Reader in any capacity (and if not, really - why not) it just works. Really well. I had it installed a couple of weeks before I properly figured out its utility, but once I did I was away. It's brilliant.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeOct 18th 2010
     (8769.28)
    How timely.

    I just ordered, from frigging Walgreen's, a cheap-ass no-name not-phone Android tablet called the "Maylong M-150."

    This will be the first portable electronic beastie of this sort I've owned. I mean, I have a couple of Sans Disk MP3 players, but nothing I have to load apps on.
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      CommentAuthorsseloske
    • CommentTimeOct 18th 2010
     (8769.29)
    One Bus Away has improved my life so much. I don't know how I managed before.
    • CommentAuthorchenryhen
    • CommentTimeOct 19th 2010
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    And everyone knows Angry Birds is out for Android, right?
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      CommentAuthorsleemo
    • CommentTimeOct 19th 2010
     (8769.31)
    I don't use my phone for a lot other than texts/maps, so there aren't a ton of apps I use. But I really like these:

    Tweetdeck - Cleaner and nicer looking than any other Twitter app I've tried on Android. And can bundle in your facebook/buzz feeds right into the timeline which makes it nice to just have the one app. Also the Android Facebook app is awful, so this is a nice replacement.

    Chrome to Phone - Rarely used, but nice to have handy incase I want to continue reading an article on the go, or toss a map location over to my phone (tho I normally star a location on google maps and it is synced to my phone).

    NYCMate - Downloads NYC train/bus maps to your phone for quick reference underground. Bus map is the key, for me.

    Awesome Drop - Really neat app for wireless tossing files onto your SD card from your browser. Works great.
    • CommentAuthorepalicki
    • CommentTimeOct 19th 2010
     (8769.32)
    And everyone knows Angry Birds is out for Android, right?


    I have done nothing even remotely productive today. Thanks.
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      CommentAuthorcelan
    • CommentTimeOct 19th 2010
     (8769.33)
    Oh god Angry Birds...my eyes are bleeding.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeOct 20th 2010
     (8769.34)
    Angry Birds is, in fact, out on Droid. I installed it last night.
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2011
     (8769.35)
    would anyone have interest in a Whitechapel Droid app? Should the overlords approve. Sub question, does anyone know how to make droid apps?
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      CommentAuthorkperkins
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2011
     (8769.36)
    Whitechapel works fine in a browser, why have an app?

    My can't live without apps are:

    Kindle for Android
    Nook app (I have a rooted Nook Color)
    Seesmic--I love this so much more than the Desktop app.
    Comixology app
    Graphic.ly app
    Alkido for all my other ebook reading
    Jota text editor is nice, still looking for something better
    Dropbox
    Perfect Viewer for reading my .cbr collection.
    Download All files, which is a little program which is useful for downloading files from webpages, or your email.
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      CommentAuthorYoav
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2011 edited
     (8769.37)
    Nice thread. I enjoyed:

    Dungeon Hunter from Games Loft.
    Springpad is pretty good as an organizer.
    Tracks works for mapping runs and doing cool stats.
    3G watchdog is nice to warn you of what you are using in download.

    I do think though that HTCs are useless.
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      CommentAuthorOsmosis
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2011
     (8769.38)
    Instapaper has been a mainstay of mine for some time. It allows me not to lose and easily to read all the interesting articles I find and forget about. But now that I have integrated Evernote and Google Calendar into my personal organisation routines, I don't forget things, places, ideas, or appointments. Genuinely lifechanging.

    Firefox Mobile's Sync feature allows seamless browsing continuity between your main browser and your mobile Firefox, which is a wonderful idea and works beautifully in practice. The downside is that FF Mobile doesn't do Flash. For me that's a showstopper; if I wanted a telephone which couldn't browse the web properly I'd have bought an iPhone. (I kid!)
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2011
     (8769.39)
    Why have an app? Because they are fun.
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      CommentAuthorNygaard
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2011
     (8769.40)
    Astro file reader, to keep track of what's eating all the drive space without plugging it into a computer.

    Evernote is nice; dropbox turned out to be excessive.

    Spotify, excellent both as regular music player and streaming service, as long as you make sure you run it in offline mode, and load playlists while in a wifi zone

    RetroCam made nice little polaroidish pictures which fitted my blog format perfectly. Suddenly stopped working after an update. Haven't been able to make it work since.

    GTasks plugs into your google calendar/mail tasklists. Simple, quick to do-list, with an interface better and more intuitive that google's own.

    WiFi Manager; autosearch, ability to set up favourite spots as separate icons. Doesn't cover some forms of authentication, but those appear to be impervious to the whole android os anyway.

    Google maps with the full pile of overlays; in five minutes, located two thai restaurants with reasonable toom yang kung and a vegan menu within ten minutes walk of a micro brewery. I'm in love.

    AlarmDroid; fully customizable wakeup call; rings with custom mp3's, ringtones, or online radio stream. Can be set to require you to solve an arithemitic problem before it shuts up. Worked like a charm, but got incredibly frustrating.

    The tattoo comes with the Peep twitter widget.

    Used to run the Opera web browser, but haven't bothered to reinstall it after I had to reset the phone due to some weirdness I suspect was caused by that useless task killer program. I mostly just use the browser to read a couple of newsblogs, which I keep as start pages.