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    Must have android apps?

    Finally getting my first smartphone. I went with the htc inspire. too bad i ordered it over the weekend because they dont ship on the weekend. any much have android apps in your opinion?
    Whoever came up with the phrase "There is no such thing as a stupid question" obviously never had the internet.

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    Re: Must have android apps?

    Quote Originally Posted by mamamia88 View Post
    Finally getting my first smartphone. I went with the htc inspire. too bad i ordered it over the weekend because they dont ship on the weekend. any much have android apps in your opinion?
    I have a bunch of apps installed, but I would highly recommend these in particular:

    AutoRotate Switch: Sometimes it's nice, when you're viewing photos, to have autorotate on. Other times, when you're lying down, it's not nice. AutoRotate Switch allows you to, with the long-press of the search button (which would normally launch a search-by-voice, which I've found useless), toggle between having AutoRotate on or off. Of course you can always turn it on and off through the menus, but this is handy to have for quickly turning it on and off.

    Sound Manager: By default the sound Android makes when you take a picture is extremely loud. I found this to be true on my old MyTouch 3G, on my new MyTouch 4G, and on my sister-in-law's Motorola Droid, so I think it's probably universal. There isn't anything included in Android to turn it down. This application allows you to turn down the System Volume, which includes the camera noise.

    Juice Defender: There are a lot of webpages (examples below) explaining why you shouldn't use a task killer in Android, and you really shouldn't. But a lot of Android users complain about poor battery life... or even if it's not poor that they just wish it were longer. This app will more than double your battery life. Even with the basic free version, it turns off your data when your phone's screen is off, but still allows for push notifications and incoming phone calls. And then when you turn the screen on again, your data turns on again. I would highly recommend installing this app.

    http://lifehacker.com/#!5650894/andr...uldnt-use-them
    http://geekfor.me/faq/you-shouldnt-b...-with-android/
    http://www.infoworld.com/t/smartphon...sk-killers-609
    http://androidspin.com/2010/05/25/wh...-with-android/

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    Re: Must have android apps?

    Oh gee, I shouldn't have read this thread.

    A notepad app that isn't slow or horrible or bloated: https://market.android.com/details?i...=search_result
    (And it finally doesn't have a horrible name).

    Google Sky Map: https://market.android.com/details?i...=search_result
    Yes, it's rarely going to be useful, but I love tinkering with it.

    A good file browser that isn't ugly: https://market.android.com/details?i...=search_result

    FBReader for ebooks: https://market.android.com/details?i...=search_result

    The Android version of the best RSS reader ever: https://market.android.com/details?i...=search_result
    Requires an Internet connection (see below), but on the plus side it handles me 100+ subscriptions incredibly well.

    This one isn't free, and it's quite young, but it's indispensable for me: https://market.android.com/details?i...=search_result
    (There are lots of these services; this is the one that bothered to make an Android app that is actually good).
    It is what I show people when they wonder how I can possibly live without mobile data. I just send something to read it later when I'm at home, and it's instantly synced with my phone. It's very elegant.
    Last edited by Mr. Picklesworth; April 16th, 2011 at 05:12 PM.

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    Re: Must have android apps?

    AK Notepad is pretty indispensable for me.

    Bump is handy for sharing files over Bluetooth with other devices, if you can get it to work (had trouble doing iPhone 3G to Android transfers, but that might be because of my hard case or the iPhone's bad accelerometer)

    Google Goggles is a good tech demo.

    Update Google Maps as soon as possible and you'll get free GPS navigation (walking or driving, cool!)

    Rockplayer is a great video player that will play files that your standard video player probably won't be able to touch.

    Soundhound or Shazam will be able to identify songs, just hold your phone up to where the song sound is coming from. Useful if you like music.

    HTC Sense is a nice UI that comes with your phone, but if you get tired of it you can download several home screen replacements. I was using Go Launcher until recently, with the "backyard" theme. Currently I'm using SPB Shell 3D, which is $15, but it's an awesome 3D home screen with tons of preinstalled widgets. I just hope that your Inspire has a 1GHz CPU because I can imagine that lesser CPUs would struggle.
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    Re: Must have android apps?

    root it, then:

    Rom Manager

    Wifi Tether

    Pandora

    Android Assistant
    Just hand me my pitchfork and torch.

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    Re: Must have android apps?

    LastPass for website passwords
    KeePass for all other passwords
    XiiaLive for listening to SomaFM
    Lookout Mobile Security for backup, location, anti-malware/spyware and remote data nuke

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    Re: Must have android apps?

    Quote Originally Posted by v1ad View Post
    Wifi Tether
    Wifi tethering is a part of Android 2.2 already, you don't need an extra program.
    I try to treat the cause, not the symptom. I avoid the terminal in instructions, unless it's easier or necessary. My instructions will work within the Ubuntu system, instead of breaking or subverting it. Those are the three guarantees to the helpee.

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    Re: Must have android apps?

    depends on the network, some charge extra for it(Evo - Sprint). + it is a lot easier to use and more features.
    Just hand me my pitchfork and torch.

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    Re: Must have android apps?

    I don't have an Android device (wish I did), but I'll list some of my favorite iPod Touch games that have Android versions:

    Doodle Jump (oh my, you could get addicted, it's great)
    Angry Birds (it gets very frustrating, but it's fun)
    Fruit Ninja (simple and satisfying)
    Words With Friends (also very addicting, especially if you have other friends thta play it)
    Dillo Hills (clone of Tiny Wings, haven't played Dillo Hills but apperantly it's very similar and good)

    There's other good games out there, but those 4 are enough to keep me entertained during school (plus some others that unfortunately have no Android port *cough*Robot Unicorn Attack*cough*)
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    Re: Must have android apps?

    Angry birds & Listen

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