I've been using my HTC Desire for about two months and I think it's time to compile a list of apps I love - also for potential new Android phone owners. Finding good apps in Android Market is a bit tricky sometimes so recommendation lists are a good way to go.
Before I start the list, may I recommend two things for the new Android user:
- A task killer app. You're going to need this on an Android device. Multitasking also means battery drain. After I restart my phone, the first task kill takes away like 20 applications running in the background (most of which you don't need). I use Advanced Task Killer
myself (avaiable for free from the Market.) Put it as a widget on your screen, and tapping it once will kill most unused apps. Advanced Task Manager
is also a good one and provides more detailed information and control of your phone's services, apps, installations etc.
- a QR code reader. QR codes are the quickest way to get to an app download on your phone as well as other links. You don't have to type anything or search on the Market - just point your phone camera at the code and you can open the link right away. When you're browsing a site like AndroLib
it makes downloading apps a lot easier. I use Barcode Scanner
myself but there's lots of apps that do the same thing. For the links to the apps in this entry, you're gonna want a QR code reader to download them.
And before I say anything else, comments like 'har har iPhone pwnz Android' on this post will be considered to be profoundly foolish and annoying. This is not a post to fanboy/girl about how your iPhone is soooo much better and iOS is soooo much better than Android. kthx.Tweetdeck for Android
Hands down the best Twitter and Facebook app for Android. (Haven't included Buzz or Foursquare myself, but those are also supported.) I've tried out many, but Tweetdeck immediately stuck even when it had a lot more bugs - at versoin 0.9.10, the app is still in beta. I've had it since 0.8.9.7, and the community and developers are very actively involved in improving the app. Soon, version 1.0 will be available on the Market, but until then you can download the beta version from the above link. You do have to register to be able to download, but the app is worth the trouble. It's gorgeous and smooth, very user-friendly, the little yellow bar shows how much of your timeline you haven't seen yet, images from known upload sites appear inside the app, it loads conversations, you can configure multiple columns... I was using HTC Peep before, and Tweetdeck for Android was the app I didn't know I need until I got it. Ha.Akinator
This is a paid app and it's so much fun I was willing to pay for it. If you don't know what it's about, try the website first
! Whilst entirely unproductive and not very useful this scores high on my entertainment list. It's extra fun to play with friends and enter their answers to the questions only to seem telepathic yourself.Questionable Content
I first downloaded the app because I was interested in trying out mobile webcomic reading (which is my favorite thing to do now). The webcomic starts off slow and there's some bothersome gender stereotypes and even fat jokes, but this app wins because of its user-friendliness - scrolling and reading is so smooth and it's great to not need to zoom in and tilt the screen the whole time to get a comic to display right. The art style gradually improves from bleh to awesome and the characters and the cast improves greatly as well. It's like a geeky indie version of Friends
. I am puzzled why Shit My Dad Says
is a TV show and this comic is not.Cheezburger
A viewer for all Cheezburger funny images sites. If you find yourself frequenting ICHC, Failbooking, Failblog, Totally Looks Like, etc - this app collects them all and is like a thousand times faster and better in use than any of the websites. My only problem is that the main viewer seems to ignore some of my site preferences so that I still have to look at crap from http://women.hawtness.com/
where 'hawtness' is apparently defined as the complete opposite of the things I might find women attractive for. Still, the daily LOLs I get from the rest of the images is worth the minor annoyance.Katawa
This app might only be available in European Markets. Either way, it's an app that allows you to quickly view the latest issue of popular webcomics like Penny Arcade, Three Panel Soul, VG Cats, Ctrl+Alt+Delete, Dinosaur Comics... my only complaint is that it doesn't allow archive viewing of all these comics, as many of them don't have dedicated viewers like the QC app. And I found out that reading webcomics (or just small comics) on my phone is my favorite thing to do ever.Manga Browser
Of the manga reading apps I've got, this is my favorite and the most userfriendly - it allows you to browse and view all the archives of MangaStream, MangaFox and MangaReader. What this means, exactly, to me? I can read yaoi on the train
. <3 Just like the QC app it doesn't require extra zooming, scrolls with the trackball (if your phone has one) and one tap on the screen goes to the next page. It doesn't preload the whole manga, which means no slow loading times (but a few load screens in between). No annoying menu items clogging up your view. Other apps don't quite get this right: when you're using an app to view images, the last thing you want is navigational clutter. Mobile phone screens aren't that big.
These are the apps I've been using the most. There's of course a lot of useful apps out there - Aldiko and Kindle for e-book reading, Android Comic Viewer for .cbr and .cbz comic files, Dr. Web for virusscanning, the official apps of Foursquare, Tumblr, etc; Google Maps and Google Sky Maps...
I was surprised to find how much I like comic reading on my phone. E-book reading, not so much actually.
A last tip is to check if your phone already has a native app before you download anything. I found myself searching for an alarm clock app when HTC Sense already has one; d'oh.
Any favorite Android
apps you want to share? :D