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      CommentAuthorMattDemers
    • CommentTimeApr 25th 2011
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    If I can plug my work before I go into the thick of things: I write about Android apps for a living for a couple different blogs. You can find my work three times a week on Droid Life.

    So ahem, enough about that.

    EasySMS and Texdro are great apps for if you're too lazy to type SMS on your phone. Both of them allow you to type out new messages on your computer, then routs them through your phone to send. This is a great alternative to those of us who don't live in America and don't have access to Google Voice.

    TweetDeck is my preferred Android Twitter app of choice. Free and powerful; great combination.

    ReadItLater is great for downloading long articles in a style-free format; definitely helps when websites are being stubborn with fancy elements, or you want to download an article to read later in a place where you might not have a connection.

    Meganoid is a great platformer in the vien of Super Meat Boy.

    TeslaLED turns your camera's flash into a flashlight.

    UTorrent Remote allows you to view and manage torrents downloading on your "home" computer on your phone. Amazing.
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2011 edited
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    @ sleestak: Four days into my shiny new smartphone-enhanced life (oh shurrup. I'm always slow on the uptake) and, frankly, those QR thingies are possibly the coolest thing I've come across so far. Forget search engines and URLs, everything just needs one of those, damn it.

    [sits back and waits for his naive enthusiasm to be destroyed as WC explains how & why QR code is the work of the devil and bent on destroying the world]

    qrcode
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      CommentAuthorScribe
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2011
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    Quick Task Killer
    Opera Mini
    Periodic table
    NPR News
    Public Radio LIve
    Uninstaller Pro
    Wiki Mobile
    Wordaholic
    Family Guy Soundboard
    Moron Test
    Paper Toss
    Android Lightsaber
    Amazon Kindle
    Magic 8 Ball
    • CommentAuthorDarkest
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2011
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    Just an old Google Maps app. This is because if my phone had arms it would be dragging it's knuckles across the floor. Any recommendations for a "smart" phone. I have been reluctant because at present I hardly use it as anything but a phone and even then rarely.
    • CommentAuthorBankara
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2011
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    I got the same phone, though I suspect it is the 3G version and you have all 4 G's. I like my Samsung Galaxy S and I frequently get asked whether it is an iPhone and I am happy to reply that though it functions similarly I can swap out SIM cards, add more storage, and carry a replacement battery for heavy usage days. I recommend getting a spare battery, they are about 10 bucks on Amazon and worth it for when you are reliant on it for things like navigation or lots of calls and cannot plug in to top it up.
    Google apps: Google Voice, Maps, Talk, Places, Navigation, Earth, Skymap, My Tracks ( I cycle a lot and it is cool to get an idea of where i have been and how far I went, my tracks is great for that)

    General Apps: Meebo IM client, Dolphin browser is definitely the best, Advanced Task Killer (I use it only when performance is sluggish and I want a quick fix), Tumblr, DoubleTwist is a hell of a lot better than the stock music player but if you are a Mac user of if you have all of your music tied up in iTunes it is a frustrating experience to sync music to an Android phone, Barcode scanner, Kindle, HopStop is great if you live in an urban area for public transportation directions, Pandora and Slacker for Radio

    Camera / photo related apps: These make up the lions share of apps for me since i am a photographer. Yes, I know, and I don't want to hear your fucking lecture. I always carry my real camera, which I should add for good measure is the exact same weight and dimensions as a cinder block and despite the fact that it is always attached to me like an extra limb made of pig iron it isn't always the right camera for the job but I cannot always have that with me AND carry one of my 20 odd different film cameras and even if I did it would almost certainly end up not being the one I want for the shot I am looking at or else the film type and speed would be no good for the situation. Using these apps is cheating and not nearly as satisfying as doing it right but I get some kind of approximation of the shot that I want but that I would usually walk away from because I cannot get it the way I want. Cheating, yes, but ok in my book.
    Retro Cam is my go to. easy to use, mimics Holga/Diana, Russian Leica copies, Brownie, Polaroid, and a pinhole. it is fun but Square format only. Camera 360 has more modes, I don't like it as much but it is good for certain situations. Vignette is highly configurable, not as user friendly but really cool looks you can achieve with it. FX camera is ok, mostly for Polaroids, the other styles aren't that interesting.
    These are the ones I am most familiar with, the ones I am experimenting with are LittlePhoto and Retro Styler (retroid) which shoots a Polaroid SX-70 style. Photographic light Meter is buggy but if they get it together then I can stop carrying a fucking separate light meter around with me when I shoot with an old film camera that doesn't have one built in. PicsPlz to edit a straight shot in post rather than commit to a style in-camera. Flickr Free so I can share my telephony photo genius with you fine folks in the Photography thread.
    Games: Angry Birds has like 3 different variants now, Paper Toss is the greatest waster of time ever invented, NSoid and SNESoid emulate Nintendo and Super Nintendo and give you a chance to finish Super R-Type or Super Mario Brothers 2. The same developer makes emulators for Sega Genesis and TurboGrafx 16 so if you can find roms then you can get your retro game nerdgasm on.
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2011 edited
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    [Yes, I'm reading xkcd this morning. Sorry.]
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      CommentAuthorOsmosis
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2011
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    Runkeeper is working extremely well for me so far. I've been smartphoned up for almost a year and I still marvel at having a GPS unit in my pocket. Having a robot voice read out my distance, time and pace in my ears while running is strangely motivating.
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeMay 16th 2011
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    Miren browser, pandora, google reader, the new google doc widget and picplz.
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      CommentAuthorchiaslut
    • CommentTimeMay 16th 2011
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    @Foamhead - QR codes are pretty slick, but I'm not gonna make another massive/obnoxious post like I did last time.

    @Osmosis - I'm a fan of Runkeeper too. I like the fact that it lets you choose which activity you're doing.

    I've recently started using Springpad in conjuction with it's Chrome add-on and it's pretty handy for someone like me who has to have lists (or I just forget about stuff).

    The combination of Zeam (a lancher) and Minimalistic Text has made my Droid so sexy.

    As far as games go, Drop7 and Archmage own my soul.
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    A ton of Google apps, obviously. The ones that were baked in originally are slowly being decoupled because the carriers aren't updating fast enough, so it's always worth getting the newest versions of gmail, maps, etc. Optional ones such as Reader, Chat, Voice, and Googles are ones I use a lot. Chrome to Phone is useful for the occasional need to punt things to the phone as I'm heading out the door.

    Netflix is finally on android, but you should check if your device is supported.

    Flixster / Movies is great for checking movie theater listings.

    My Tracks is good for app for recording your biking/hiking/running. Recommend uploading data to strava.com afterwards.

    Angry Birds, Robo Defense, and Alchemy are good games. I had Drop7 for iOS and it is a nice Tetris style game. If I'm ever bored enough, I'll shell out the $3 it costs and rebuy it.

    Evernote is good for keeping track of ... notes. Advanced Task Killer, Barcode Scanner, Astro File Manager, SpeedTest, Playlist Alarm, Silent Boot similarly all just do what they say.

    DoubleTwist for managing music and Ringdroid for very simple ringtone creation. Google Music just came out so still playing with that. Amazon MP3 (which my carrier makes mandatory) similarly just became useful with their new cloud streaming storage instead of just being an interface into their MP3 store.
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeMay 17th 2011
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    Not app-related as such, and, having been an Android user for a whole two weeks, apologies if this is common knowledge or overly alarmist...

    99% of Android handsets vulnerable to account credential theft
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeMay 17th 2011
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    I have a feeling you will see android push the 2.3.3 update after that article. You can manually download it to an sd card and install it, I have and it works fine. Also an argument can be masse that 99% of all modern networked devices are susceptible to an attack, see playstation network and iphone tracking.
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeMay 18th 2011
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    • CommentAuthorarchizero
    • CommentTimeMay 18th 2011
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    Photoshop Express, Autodesk Sketchbook Mobile, Sketcher... to create and edit images. Documents to Go for text. ezPDF reader to read pds, skyfire for browsing, and barcode scanner to read QR codes (and manage my school's laptops). Using a galaxy tab...
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      CommentAuthorCat Vincent
    • CommentTimeMay 19th 2011 edited
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    Here's a question - is there a good .rtf text editor for Android that would actually make a tablet work for writing? Not found one yet. Ability to talk to Dropbox-saved files an important factor.
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeMay 19th 2011
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    You could use google docs. If I had a blue tooth keyboard I would. I try to stay away from typing on such a small keyboard.
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    @Beamish:
    It's a good idea, ta. And yes, BT keyboard is a must.
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      CommentAuthorchiaslut
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd 2011
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    While it's not really an app, I wanted to report those who might be interested that the SingleClick method of rooting your Android phone was quick and painless.
    But in a more app related topic, ROM Manager made it really easy to try different ROMs, but I think I like the CyanogenMod best.
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      CommentAuthorOsmosis
    • CommentTimeJun 19th 2011
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    I got fed up with Google Listen's abandonment by the folks at Mountain View and moved over to Beyondpod, a much more fully-featured podcatcher that plays nicely with Google Reader. It's got a slick interface, drag-and-drop reorder for playlists (which is a dream after Listen's "move to top"/"move to bottom" sillies), and allows categorisation of feeds. Only problem now is listening to them all.
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeJun 19th 2011
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    I recently switched to K-9 mail and have enjoyed it.