The best apps for my Android phone
Posted on Saturday, April 10th, 2010 at 3:20 pm. #
A few of my friends have got their own Android phone, and they’ve asked me what I’d recommend. So, here’s a short list.
Best Android Twitter app: Twicca. It’s made by a Japanese team, who’ve diligently incorporated everything possible into the app, and added a nice widget for the home screen. It’s pretty and works well, and in my opinion beats the pants off Twitdroid or Seesmic.
Best Android Podcasting app: Google Listen. It uses Google Reader to manage your subscriptions, and periodically downloads new episodes. It’s good for a long drive. Tip: while you soon get used to the extra stuff appearing in your Reader feed, ‘m’ marks an item as unread, ‘j’ then skips past it.
Best Android Music app: Last.fm. This scrobbles what you listen to on the included music player, and also lets you access your personal radio stations. It’s rather fine.
Best Android Google Reader app: NewsRob. Nicely, you appear to be able to configure it to go and get the webpage, rather than just show the RSS feed: which might be handy for things like BBC News, for example. There’s a free version and a paid-for: the free version doesn’t have sharing functionality on it.
Best “What else should I install” Android app: AppAware. AppAware monitors what you install, and shows you what everyone else is installing too. Useful to discover new and interesting apps.
Best “pointless but fun” Android app: Google Skymap. I actually used this in Ghana, when we wondered what the bright star was up there. Turned out to be Mars.
Best completely illegal Android app: iMusic. If you can still find it, this is an app that downloads any old song you want to your phone, completely illegally, from websites somewhere. Steve Jobs wouldn’t like it.
Best useful Android app: JuiceDefender. It does some nifty switch-on/switch-off of your 3G connection when your phone’s asleep to save battery life: lots of it. For me, doubles the battery life; and you can buy an add-on that makes it even more agressive.
Finally, I also have TipCalc (to work out how much tip to leave); CallTrack (which adds all calls you make/receive/miss into your calendar for a permanent record); Kayak (for quick flight searches); LBC (for live radio); London Tube (for ‘has it broken down again?’ type info); Opera Mini (very fast browser); Sipdroid (for Media UK’s office number); and SMS Popup (which pops up incoming SMS’s like the iPhone). Oh, and a few more.
What are your favourite Android apps? Let me know in the comments.