Must have Android Apps for someone who knows their way around a smartphone

Tuesday 18th, June 2013 / 10:53 Written by
Must have Android Apps for someone who knows their way around a smartphone

If you are someone who knows their way around a smartphone; someone who had an old Blackberry or Symbian perhaps, and moved over to Android, here are some of the basic, must haves (at least in my book, ummm, phone).

eBook Readers

Aldiko: for epubs

Aldiko
Aldiko
Developer: De Marque
Price: Free+

Kindle:  for .mobi

Amazon Kindle
Amazon Kindle
Developer: Amazon Mobile LLC
Price: Free

Tip, for Kindle, using your own .mobi or azw format books, just drop the book in the kindle folder on your phone.

A Comic Viewer : for CBR/CBZ format comics:

A Comic Viewer
A Comic Viewer
Developer: Robot Media
Price: Free+

 

Music

TuneIn

For internet radio, this is the best:

the Pro version lets your record, but obviously not share the recorded stream:

ex.fm

ex.fm is the best place to search for individual songs or artists and stream:

 

Podcasts

Pocketcasts

THE BEST. EVER! A LIFE SAVER:

Or try these:

AntennaPod
AntennaPod
Developer: AntennaPod
Price: Free

 

Feeds:

These are the “Visual” Feed readers: easy on the eye.

Feedly

Feedly also has a web app which runs on your web browser as well, so you can catch up with news anywhere.

Feedly - Smarter News Reader
Feedly - Smarter News Reader
Developer: Feedly Team
Price: Free+

Pulse

Pule also has a web app accessible and is my favourite.

Flipboard

No web app

Google Current

Looks nice, works well as well.

Not so visual ones:

Press

gReader

gReader | Feedly | News | RSS
gReader | Feedly | News | RSS
Developer: noinnion
Price: Free

 

Keyboard Replacements

Don’t like the stock keyboard bundled with your Android phone or tablet, here are some options for you to try out.

Swiftkey

Swiftkey is the best (for me).

Try it for a month:

Buy it, its on sale:

Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard
Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard
Developer: SwiftKey
Price: Free

Swype

You could also try Swype:

Trial:

Full Version:

Swype Keyboard
Swype Keyboard
Price: $0.99+

 

Taking Notes

Evernote

(available everywhere, best for someone who wants to completely control how they takes notes, set reminders, to-dos, etc.) (has Windows, Mac, web, iOS, Android and Windows Phone and Blackberry apps).

Google Keep

Simple note taker, list maker? Try Google Keep:

Google Keep - Notes and Lists
Google Keep - Notes and Lists

Catch:

Catch notes is a good alternative as well. iOS, Android and Web.

 

Tasks

You can use Evernote to create reminders and task lists, or another app.

Tasks

Sync? Google Account? Use Tasks:
Free:

Tasks Free
Tasks Free
Developer: Team Tasks
Price: Free+

Wunderlist

Are you a GTD kind of Person? Check these favourites out  –

Simpletask

Simpletask Cloudless
Simpletask Cloudless
Developer: Mark Janssen
Price: Free

Remember the Milk

Remember The Milk
Remember The Milk
Developer: Remember The Milk
Price: Free

 

Backup your Images from the Phone

Dropbox

Enable auto image upload (over wifi only) and install dropbox on your home PC. Now you can just drag and drop files to keep them in sync, or you can take a photo on your phone and view it on your comp, no hassle involved.

Google +

The Google + app can also be configured to auto-upload your photos and videos from your phone to Google Photos.

Currents
Currents
Developer: Google LLC
Price: Free

 

Read Articles Offline

Pocket

Pocket: Save. Read. Grow.
Pocket: Save. Read. Grow.
Developer: Read It Later
Price: Free+

Save to it, share to it, it saves it, read later.

Or try

Instapaper

Paid, has some other features that I don’t use so can’t explain.

Instapaper
Instapaper
Price: Free+

Readability

Nice Fonts. Simple

 

Shopping lists?

Rainbow

Shared with other peoples?  Use this:

Rainbow Shopping List
Rainbow Shopping List
Developer: Chak Development
Price: Free

 

Languages

Google Translate

The must have translation app for Android, now with Offline Mode.

Google Translate
Google Translate
Developer: Google LLC
Price: Free

Duolingo

Want to learn basic stuff?

Duolingo: Learn Languages Free
Duolingo: Learn Languages Free
Developer: Duolingo
Price: Free+

 

Travel

Google Maps

You already have Google Maps on your phone:

Maps - Navigate & Explore
Maps - Navigate & Explore
Developer: Google LLC
Price: Free

Waze

Waze is a nice navigation option if you’re in a city:

Sygic

Sygic maps are good, especially because they have offline support. You will have to pay for the maps though.

Sygic GPS Navigation & Offline Maps
Sygic GPS Navigation & Offline Maps

So what do you use frequently? Is there any app or set of apps that you would recommend for a not exactly normob? Let us know in the comments section.

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Drummer, Car enthusiast and wanna be rally driver, between jobs and loving it! @raghukannan

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