9 Android apps worth your time
When it comes to Apps (particularly iPhone apps), you can spend a hell of a lot of time downloading and playing with them, pretty much wasting your time. I try and avoid app overload, here are 9 apps that I would recommend.
Pulse is now the only way I check news (mainly tech news), I’m not a news junkie and I don’t particularly like keeping up with newspapers or news websites. It’s one of those apps that’s always there when I feel like having a look and it’s just an excellent way of keeping up with the news websites you enjoy. The interface allows you to quickly navigate through feeds from multiple sources. Each block contains the beginning of the title and usually a thumbnail image. It’s by far the best mobile RSS reader I’ve used.
If you don’t yet have Dropbox, get it! It’s really the best way to store your files in the cloud, it has interfaces for pretty much all desktop and mobile devices as well as a browser based interface. You begin with 2GB of storage, which is plenty of space for documents. If you’re planning on storing music and videos then you’ll probably need to upgrade. Essentially, by installing Dropbox on your mobile device, you gain access to all the files that you put on Dropbox, it can be an incredibly useful and is the best at syncing multiple machines.
This comes as standard with your Android phone and is probably the most important app for me. With free push access, this updates as soon as I receive an email and will stay synced with Gmail on my desktop.
I don’t use Springpad much on my desktop, but the android app is just a great way of bookmarking. I’ll often use it in conjunction with Pulse when I find something interesting. It’s a real multi-purpose app, it can work for bookmarking, notes, to-dos, alarms, events, lists and contacts. If you type in a movie, restaurant, album etc. it’ll look it up for you and display further information. It’s also a great place to save a thought when you don’t have a pen at your disposal.
For me, CalWidget makes Google Calendar useful, without it, I probably wouldn’t use Google Calendar at all. I’ve set it up so that one of my home screens just displays a list of events with their date and location.
ASTRO File Manager
ASTRO appears to be the best file manager yet for the Android. As such it can occasionally come in useful when dealing with files on your phone.
I use this app purely because it gives me a more accurate reading of battery life. Simple as that, it’s well made and definitely worth a look.
There’s (arguably) no better way to read PDFs on an Android than Adobe’s own mobile reader. It definitely lacks features, mainly good bookmarking. But it does have some really nice features, like “Reflow Text”, it’s the ability to view text whatever size and still fit to screen. It’s a lot like using Kindle on Android, speaking of which…
The best way to read your Kindle books is… with a Kindle, but that’s not to say that the Android app isn’t worth having. It’s a lot more portable and still a great way to read a book or magazine.
When it comes to genuinely useful apps, I don’t think there’s any real difference between Android and iPhone. Fortunately for Android, quantity doesn’t mean quality.