03-08-2010 14:00 - edited 04-04-2011 15:23
One of the best things about modern phones is the wide variety of Apps available. Sometime however there are so many to choose from that it can be hard to spot the best. I propose we list all the best apps we have found, especially those we can't live without.
I'll try and update this original post regularly to include the suggestions of others, so please keep to a standard format:
- Brief Description
- Min. Android Version required
- Brief Review
- link to android Market
Android Market links for past recommendations:
|LauncherPro / LauncherPro Plus|
|Air Control Lite / Air Control|
So here we go...
LauncherPro / LauncherPro Plus
The developer is constantly adding improvements and really seems to listen to his user base. One of the few apps I was willing to give a donation towards, however the recent launch of the paid 'Plus' version now includes HTC style widgets, which I have been very happy with. Try free version first!!!
on 03-08-2010 14:33
Google Maps / Navigation update
- Recently upgraded version of Google Maps & Navigation. Now also provides "Places nearby"
- Excellent, provides Turn by Turn navigation like a TomTom. The new places app lists useful points nearby, e.g. can select from Banks, Petrol Stations, Medical, etc.
- 5/5 must be worth a lot more than this!
on 03-08-2010 14:35
- Network traffic counter. Shows Data usage broken down to Monthly, 7 days, and today.
- Excellent for making sure you remain under the 100MB daily limit, especially if you are using Last.fm or other data hungry apps.
on 03-08-2010 14:39
UK National Rail
- Realtime train departure information.
- Pick a station from all the stations on the network. Store your most frequently used ones for ease. Lists all the trains departing, with expected times. Like the departure board at the station.
- Not available on Android market. Available from: http://www.nationalrail.ktbm.com/
on 03-08-2010 14:59
on 03-08-2010 16:43
- An alternative and much better way to use the Android Market. Also enables the ability to install apps directly from your PC with the Fast Web Installer.
- Android 1.5+
- One of the most invaluable indispensable apps out there, AppBrain gives you a much more user friendly experience in browsing the Android market. As well as giving you a better option to browse the market on your phone, the app also allows you to browse and install on http://www.appbrain.com directly from your PC when coupled with the Fast Web Installer. It will also give you recommendations for apps based on what you already have installed.
on 03-08-2010 17:03
- Can't find a place to top up your Oyster card? Let your Android locate one for you.
- Android 1.5+
- If you've ever had one of those times where you need to catch a bus, but you find your Oyster card is not topped up enough for the ride, this will stop you needing to pay that over the top £2 for a ticket.
on 03-08-2010 17:23
Wheres My Droid
- Misplaced your phone? Left it on silent? This will help you out.
- Android 1.5+
- Although I have the app, I have yet had the need to use it personally. What this app will do is upon receiving a text message with a pre-set phrase (the default being 'wheres my droid') the app will turn the ringer volume up and begin to ring for a set amount of time. Perfect if you find yourself misplacing your phone often.