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Ok, I have purchased a smartphone running android. Any suggestions for must-have aps?

Date: 2011-07-31 02:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Tech geek! I mean, oh, how cool! Okay, I have no clue about any of this smartphone crap-- but, I'm mostly wondering, will it work where you're going?

Date: 2011-08-01 04:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yep - I got an unlocked phone that runs on European networks. Should be fine.

Date: 2011-07-31 04:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
i only do free apps, the ones i use the most are epicurious' app, weather channel's app, imdb app, flixter app and sol free (solitaire) app. of course also have the linkedin, fb and lj apps, but rarely touch them. i used to love's app, but now it needs connection to work, so is less useful to me. before i got a separate ereader i used to use the kindle app, the ereader app and the stanza app all the time for various ebook reading. i'm making the rash assumption that you can get all these for the droid, because i have an itouch, and am thus apple based...

Date: 2011-08-01 04:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Cool - thanks very much!

Date: 2011-07-31 09:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ooh! *raises hand* I've just passed my first year of Android ownership. I can help!

Maverick is an excellent alternative to Google Maps (and doesn't demand to be updated every other week).

Amazon's Kindle app will sync with a Kindle device and with any other Kindle apps you may have on other computers. I've been slowly working my way through free Kindle books, and the app is convincing me I want a proper Kindle; I feel so free now that I don't have to lug around stacks of novels.

Aldiko is another reader app, one that will smoothly open any epubs one may have downloaded from AO3, if one were of the ficcish persuasion.

Astro does what Finder or Explorer do on a computer: look through folders for your files. This is especially useful for finding downloaded attachments, pdfs of bus schedules, etc. My Android (2.2) doesn't have a file tree navigator app, so I quite like having Astro around.

If you knit/crochet, Knitting Stash in indispensable.

AppBrain lets you search apps on your computer and sync them after, versus mucking about with the Market app on your device.

Dropbox has been very useful on the bus to campus, letting me download and review documents I need for meetings (especially if my printer is dead again).

Winamp's app is improving, and it's the best music player app I've tried.

The apps for eBay and Facebook are annoyingly slow, and most times I find it's easier to use the browser for that information. IMDb keeps telling me to download their app, but the mobile site seems to give me what I want.

Ooh, and it's a good idea to put shortcuts/widgets for WiFi and 3G/mobile browsing on one of your screens so you don't have to hunt through the settings menus to turn these on and off.

I'd also (finally, I promise this is the last one) recommend finding a local/national transportation app. The National Rail in the UK has a paid app that's been very useful.

Ah, that got longer than I expected. Sorry! I hope there's something useful in there.

Date: 2011-07-31 03:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank You!!!!!!!! That was exactly what I needed.

Date: 2011-08-01 07:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You're welcome! Glad I could help.


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