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Old July 2nd, 2010, 10:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Nobody wants to throw away money (even if only a dollar or two) on an App which fails to live up to its promise. Of the many choices available, which App(s) (of those that do not come FREE) deliver 'the very best' experience or represent 'something you really couldn't live without?'

I'll toss one out to get the ball rolling.

Definitely worth the money: SlingBox

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Vlingo great dialer, and to use instead of a keyboard for texting or emailing, also does search
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Determines your location/time/etc. and changes desired settings. Set the conditions and situations, and never mess with you settings again.
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Nesroid.

Great Original Nintendo emulator. $3.99 I think. But you need to install your own ROMs. Free if you know how to google search.
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Doc's To Go has been the one I use the most out of my paid apps. I do a lot of spreadsheets for work so I'm using it a lot!
Alarmed Alarm Clock Just because it's got the math questions before you can shut it off. It stops the issue of me hitting the snooze button all morning and missing work!
System Panel Is a good one for monitoring system/battery performance and usages over time!
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Doc's To Go has been the one I use the most out of my paid apps. I do a lot of spreadsheets for work so I'm using it a lot!
Alarmed Alarm Clock Just because it's got the math questions before you can shut it off. It stops the issue of me hitting the snooze button all morning and missing work!
System Panel Is a good one for monitoring system/battery performance and usages over time!
I am a spreadsheet junkie. Is Doc's To Go good at making spreadsheet's or just looking at them.

Does anybody else know if there are any great Apps related to just spreadsheets? Guess I should search the Applications section of the Message Board.
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Doc's to go is great for spreadsheets. I've paid for it on my last 4 phones (4 years). It's been very worth it. I would be lost without it!

There is a cheap $3(i think) one called "spreadsheet pro" or something like that. It was horrible. It does what it claims to do but won't open ANY other kind of file. It only uses it's own filetype. Something off the wall that no other program/system uses.
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album art grabber - if you're a big music player, and hate looking at empty album art while the song is playing, this is totally worth the 2.99 or 3.50 or whatever it is.
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Doc's to go is great for spreadsheets. I've paid for it on my last 4 phones (4 years). It's been very worth it. I would be lost without it!

There is a cheap $3(i think) one called "spreadsheet pro" or something like that. It was horrible. It does what it claims to do but won't open ANY other kind of file. It only uses it's own filetype. Something off the wall that no other program/system uses.
I agree, Documents To Go is well worth the price, if you frequently edit documents such as spreadsheets, word, power point and PDF files.
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Here's what I've bought so far...

Utilities

Beautiful Widgets - I like the settings widgets better than the HTC ones and I like the small version of the clock.

Startup Auditor - stops crap like Qik and all the Sprint apps from starting up with my phone and also gives you the option to disable them from opening themselves up at random. No longer do I go into System Panel and find Qik and Sprint Nav and Sprint Zone open and running in the background 20 minutes after I killed their task previously.

SystemPanel - I bought this because I found the Lite version so useful and I wanted to show my support to the creator. The pro version also allows you to install and uninstall apps and back them up. I used to use AppMonster and AppInstaller which are free, but now System Panel for everything.

Games

WordWise Pro - I love playing Words With Friends on my friends iPhone, and this is pretty much the same thing (Scrabble) on Android. I played the hell out of the free version and bought the Pro version to show my support and get rid of all of the ads. They have said that once they get the Android version to 100% done, they might start an iPhone version too so that we can play cross-platform. Very cool, especially since Words With Friends isn't showing Android any love.

Robo Tower Defense
- I love tower defense games and this is the best one on Android.

Abduction World Attack - I loved Doodle Jump on my friends iPhone, but the game is a mess on Android (platforms run out constantly or you get a jetpack to no where). Abduction is the same concept but with a lot more features. There are like 20 different levels in adventure mode where you can unlock new characters. Then there is like single play mode where you can choose a difficulty and try to make it to the top

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Shoot-U - I've thought about buying this one because I like the Lite version, but I haven't pulled the trigger yet for whatever reason

Doodle Jump - probably my favorite game on the iPhone. It is $3.50 which is a rip-off compared to the 99 cent iPhone version. Also, unfortunately the Android version is pretty much unplayable. It seems like every time I set a high score all of the platforms disappear. You'll literally jump up and there will be nothing, no monsters, no platforms and you die. Or you get a jetpack or a trampoline and they just drop you off in empty space with no platforms above or beneath you and you die. There was supposed to be a huge 4th update at the end of June so I was going to buy it then, but the update hasn't come out yet.
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Am loving Phoneweaver at the moment - uninstalled Locale as it does much the same thing but PW just works for me(could never get Locale to pick up locations well or quickly enough) and whilst it doesn't have all the plug-ins it's still on v1.0 so there's more to come.

Pure Messenger and Calendar are awesome at displaying all the neccesary stuff in so many cool ways.

Rodo Defense and My Backup Pro are also ones to not be without
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I'm very stingent when it comes to buying apps. I only buy apps if I feel they are the best one (for me) and after doing intesive testing with the same type of apps if they exist.

Productivity Apps:

1)Docs to go - $5.55 - $29.99. As stated by other users, if you use spreadsheets and powerpoints intensively, this is a good option. I'm not a big fan of the Words UI, it looks very ugly and not appealing compare to other note apps. If you're planning on getting this but you don't NEED it right away, I'd suggest you check their site often and see when they have their sales. The regular price is a hefty $29.99, but some promotion prices range from 14.99 to as low as 5.55 (that was how much I bought mine).

2)Note Everything - 2.99 EU. I wanted my note options to be so that I can do EVERYTHING. I tried the light version which has basic features (text note, paint note and QR note) but the Pro version really DOES have EVERYTHING: text note, paintnote, voicenote (big one for me), photonote, gallary note (really nice option since I'd like to put a note on a picture I took with the gallery camera, this is something that no other note app has when I tried them), checklist, durable checklist (running checklist that you can reuse), QR note, Gdoc note (syncs withyour gdoc).
http://www.softxperience.mobi/77-1-Note-Everything-Pro.html

Utility apps:

System Panel: $2.99. As other posters have stated, one of the best app management app. I bought it because I wanted to track my apps CPU usage and battery consumption history.

Widget Locker - $1.99. I love that all of my favourite widgets are simply there without having to unlock my phone. I put my music widget and power control widget so that it's an easy two touches process (wake up phone and press on widget)
WidgetLocker Lockscreen - Android app on AppBrain

Purchase Consideration

LauncherPro: still debating whether to buy since I'm on a budget at the moment.
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I hope I am not repeating what someone already said, I am too excited to read through all the posts though.

With the last update, from what I can tell, there is now an option for the bottom dock spots to assign them a swype function.

Launch a different app
show screen previews
Open app drawer
Open notifications
show/hide status bar

If that isn't a reason enough to choose launcherPro I don't know what is!
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SwitchPro Widget - lots of additional power control functions

LauncherPro - although you only get the additional widgets with the paid version, supporting the dev is worth it for this program.

WeatherBug Elite - Great weather program with lots of information and great widgets

Widget Locker - I love the widgets on my lockscreen and the ability to change the unlock slider.
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My Cast Weather by Digital Cyclone, Inc is pretty amazing.
My-Cast Weather - Android app on AppBrain
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I would have to say some of my favs are:
Websharing-let's me transfer files without hooking to my computer
Psx4droid-play playstation games
Xscope-best browser in my opinion, pinch to zoom is great and tons of themes
Tapatalk Pro-keep up with all the phone forums I'm on
EasyMoney-keep track of my bank accounts
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...and LauncherPro Plus (LauncherPro Forum &bull; View topic - LINKS TO PURCHASE LAUNCHERPRO PLUS & TO DONATE TO FEDE)

and also; "NewsRoom - RSS News"
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Docs to Go
Beautiful Widgets
Launch-X Pro
Shoot U
Process Manager Full
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if you want a good way to study try "FlashCards" by kieran nichols. it is a really good app plus its only a dollar.
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I'll do the topic question and then some out of bordem .

Must Have:
WidgetLocker Lockscreen
Beautiful Widgets
Tasker

Pretty Good:
LauncherPro Plus (the extra widgets are so-so for now)
Vignette
SwitchPro Widget


Regret:
Tapatalk Pro (ever since these forums pulled support)
Silhouette Donation (great looking wallpaper, but like most, I change mine a lot and should probably stick with free ones )
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bplayer - because HTC Music sucks.

And of course the Slingplayer app. Not cheap, but I love it.
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And probably Docs To Go. (It's on sale until august 12th for 8.99 so I'm going to pick it up.)
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WidgetLocker
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How about Super Gmail - a cool Gmail notifier plus message subject/body text to speech ...

http://www.maildover.com/supergmail.html
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I have many of the EXTRAORDINARY apps already suggested (Beautiful Widgets, Locale, Docs2Go, etc). So here are a few unmentioned.

PhoneMyPC - Holy Crap! This thing can turn your phone into a trackpad for your computer!
Yeah so what? There's more. It can remotely take a snapshot of your computer's current display screen (in case you want to check up on your kids activities without fully diving into privacy violation?).
Cool, but wait, there's more! You can watch the actions of the display LIVE on your phone (in case you want to fully violate privacy? I dunno...).
Wait, there's still more. You can actually interact with your computer live, remotely (over 3G from wherever), in the exact way that you are thinking. Just click the 'Interact Live' button, and you can wake your computer, login, see your desktop on our phone, open whatever files you like, open your browser, do ANYTHING from ANYWHERE as long as you have a data connection! It is full remote access to your computer (a GREAT thing to have if you forgot to print or send a copy of that file on your home PC). I have even tried it to stream Netflix to my phone! (FYI, it only runs at 2fps and does not have sound... yet).
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Mobile Fax - Use your camera as a scanner and your data connection as a modem and send up to 9 pages a day. Personally, I do not have a fax at home, but I occasionally find the need for one. Problem solved! Are you a construction worker (or other sub-contractor)? Do you need to fax an invoice to the head-boss before the end of the day? Pull out your phone and get it done in seconds!

Scan2PDF - Uses the camera as a scanner and converts the image into a PDF. This is great for students like me. Rather than xeroxing pages out of a book, I just snap a few PDFs as I flip the pages and I'm on my way!

OneClick widget (may no longer be available on the market) - A nice assortment of widgets to control phone functions. But what sets this one apart is the ability to customize the color scheme of the icons. ALSO, the airplane mode widget gives the option to leave the Wifi radio on!

Mini Golf Wacky Worlds - It makes me sad that the game only has 36 holes!

BetterCut - Helps to customize those icons for your desktop. Do you use 'Carrr Matey' or some other app with an absurd icon eyesore? Here's your fix!

Pure Music Widget - Various size widgets for controlling your android music player from the desktop

I hope that helps. ENJOY!
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I have many of the EXTRAORDINARY apps already suggested (Beautiful Widgets, Locale, Docs2Go, etc). So here are a few unmentioned.
Definitely some interesting apps that I wouldn't think about. Just some questions I have on some of them. How is the fax quality of the mobile fax? and how long does it take to fax a page? I'm thinking fax is over 3G and not 2G? How is the quality of the scan of scan2pdf? Both seem like really good fines
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1. Tasker: It's Locale on steroids, and it's cheaper. Get it before they jack up the price.

2. Pure Calendar, Messenger, Music: All excellent apps, and the developer is amazing to deal with. Nice guy, and incredibly responsive.

3. FolderOrganizer: Amazing application for those like me who are anal about organizing their applications and icons

4. LauncherPro Plus: The widgets Fede is releasing with this are absolutely fantastic. They are still basic in functionality, but they're so slick and fast I don't care.

5. SystemPanel: Basically, all of the system data you could ever need in one app. It's also the task killer for people who hate task killers.

6. SwitchPro Widget: Best toggle widget. Worth the money.

7. Nexus Revamped Pro: My personal favorite, most customizable live wallpaper.

8. Vignette: Best camera app for photo effects.

9. Beautiful Widgets: Almost limitless customization potential in your clock/weather widget, plus additional toggle widgets.

10. Audio Manager Pro: Great app for controlling your audio levels. Although, lately with Tasker, I haven't used it at all. Great app either way.

11. PhoneMyPC: Amazing app for controlling remote PCs. The last update made HUGE improvements to performance, too.

12: Slingplayer Mobile: Yeah. It's awesome.

13: Note Everything Pro: Best quick notes app.

14: Touchdown: Amazing exchange sync app. Excellent interface, great widgets, lots of functionality. Worth the money.


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1. CacheMate: Best cache management app, if you have root.

2. ROM Manager Premium: Allows for switching ROMs without access to a PC. Great application. Also has some other nifty functions, like permissions fixes.

3. SetCPU: Overclock your phone without burning out your CPU. Awesome.

4. Root Explorer: File manager for root users. You can do just about anything with it, even edit system files.


Games


1: Crusade of Destiny: Great little 3d RPG. Reminiscent of WoW on a smaller scale.

2: Baseball Superstars 2010: Very entertaining baseball game. Some of the translations to English are a little off, which actually makes it more fun. Also has some elements of Baseball Simulator 1000, if you remember that game.

3. Armored Strike Online: Really fun Scorched Earth/Worms type game. Has been improving with updates.

4. Gameboid, Nesoid, Snesoid, PSX4Droid: I can play Final Fantasy 7 on my phone. That is all.

5. Zenonia: Excellent classic style JRPG

6. Raging Thunder 2: Really good racing game.
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one I didnt see mentioned here, but if you are like me and a big Google Reader user for RSS feeds, Feedr is the best client out there for Google Reader sync. $2 in the market.
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Definitely some interesting apps that I wouldn't think about. Just some questions I have on some of them. How is the fax quality of the mobile fax? and how long does it take to fax a page? I'm thinking fax is over 3G and not 2G? How is the quality of the scan of scan2pdf? Both seem like really good fines
There is a free/light version of mobile fax that allows you to send one fax per day. Give it a shot. It seems to be decent quality but you may need to play with the settings (make sure 'lighten edges' is enabled). Faxing is fast and easy, but it takes a steady hand and you may need to retake the shot a couple times to get used to it. I dunno if it would work over 2G, I've never tried it.

Scan2pdf quality is decent. Though the dev, rather than update the existing software, has released a newer separate version, so I bet it's even better.
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So I tried out the free version of startup auditor and a program i disabled both on start up and after wards popped up in my ATK, afterwards. It only did that once, I'm just curious, was this a fluke or have other people had this issue?
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Hi guys, I see all of you recommending Docs To Go, is this better than QuickOffice or are they close?
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Hi guys, I see all of you recommending Docs To Go, is this better than QuickOffice or are they close?
They are awful when it comes to customer service.
Datawiz, that is.
I would not recommend Docs to Go to anyone.
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I'll second (or third?) Pure Grid Calendar widget. Dev is a great guy, drops by these forums from time to time, very responsive on feature requests

I think MinimalText deserve a donation - truly amazing app, it should cost money but it's free -- worth a donation for sure.

I would not reccomend Beautiful Widgets anymore, they (used to?) leak private info into the logs. And cause some serious memory issues and had annoying popups about downloading more skins eventhough the one I had was fine.

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I am loving mlb at bat. I have two teams I follow, one is in my current home town, the other across the country. I don't get radio reception in my crappy cubicle, so being able to listen to day games from the home town team is great. I also love being able to listen to games from my other team and keep up with them from afar.
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Nikon spot on. This is very handy in the field for questionable shots. Lots of great info. Also just fun to play around with at home. I get bored easily & don't really like games to much.
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Most special apps. Like astronomy. Paid stuff is better.
I bought ADW Launcher, Chomp, MX Video - if it works well, I usually buy it.

While I do have Docs to Go - not using it right now - I'd have to do something through Dataviz.
I own a copy for Palm. I can get a sideways upgrade. (I asked)
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Best apps...widgetlocker, beautiful widgets, Radarscope, camera ICS, Poweramp, MLB, Slacker Radio, EasySwitch, airdroid, wifi file explorer.

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First of all, I do NOT try or install and definitely would NOT pay for any app that receives less than 4.0 rating on Google Play.

Best apps I've paid for:

CamScanner: The best document scanner app for doing my job. Handy Scanner is also very competent, but I only need one app for scanning purpose.

DW Contacts & Phone Dialer: The most customizable contacts and dialer, although its customization menus and options are unnecessarily complicated and have many redundancies.

Delayed Lock: The default phone lock activated too soon and too often; it was driving me mad until I uninstalled this app to override the default phone lock settings.

Dr.Web Anti-Virus: The most non-intrusive anti-virus app with the smallest footprint among anti-virus apps. Just do NOT use or turn on its broken and unnecessary anti-theft feature.

Fast Reboot Pro: It automatically clears RAM and caches every time I unlock my phone, keeps my phone snappy.

Folder Organizer: The single most useful app I have on my phone, keeps my apps and home screens organized.

Mobi Calculator Pro: The calculator with the best history function, allows me to edit and add notations to history entries, which really helps me do my job.

Quick Boot Plus: The reboot app I like the most, simple and clean.

Relax Melodies Premium: I have trouble sleeping, this has really helped me fall asleep fast. I am using it every night.

SetCPU: A nice battery saver. Previously I also used it to prevent my phone from overheating. However, I replaced replacing the manufacturer batteries with a third-party one, which resolved the overheating problem.

SystemPanel App/Task Manager: The interface is very beautiful, user-friendly and informative. I use favorite it in another app/task manager, Smart Task Switcher Pro, that pops up whenever I tap on the Home key. (Smart Task Switcher is not too great on its own; it has too many problems, and the developer has not fixed or updated it since last year.)

Titanium Backup Pro: I use it to uninstall bloatware, moving apps in and out of /system. This is my primary backup app because ClockworkMod does not work with Link2SD installed.


Best games I've paid for:

Battleheart, (the best action RPG for Android phones; it is a pity the developer announced in March that they had given up the Android market and ceased all productions for Android. I shall miss Mika Mobile,) Battle for Wesnoth, (the PC and iOS versions are far superior and receive new updates way more frequently, but this is still the best strategy game on Android,) Dungeon Village and Game Dev Story, (I started playing KairoSoft games and loved both. I want to get all of them,) Majesty: Fantasy Kingdom and Majesty: Northern Expansion, and Rebuild.


Wastes of money (for me anyway):

Juice Defender Ultimate: It worked, but it also severely slowed down my phone. The developer also has not updated the app since last year.

OfficeSuite Pro+
: This is absolutely the WORST office app... let me scratch that, this is the WORST app that rips off people. PERIOD. Before you pay $15 for the "Pro" version, it does not reveal that people will have to pay $5 to $10 for each additional component (e.g., Windows-compatible fonts, spell-checker, dictionaries, etc.) You do not have to buy the extras, but the app keeps bothering you with sale pitches. Thank goodness I got it free from Amazon AppStore and did not get ripped off by it.

ROM Manager Premium
: ClockworkMod does not recognize or format /sdcard/_ExternalSD correctly on my phone. It also does not work with Link2SD and therefore cannot backup anything correctly. For me personally, Link2SD is the one single must-have and my number-one favorite app. Link2SD conflicts with ClockworkMod, so it makes ROM Manager unusable on my phone. I can have only one of either Link2SD or ClockworkMod, and I choose Link2SD, so ROM Manager would have to go.

ROM Toolbox Pro: Has a classy stylish interface. It does a lot of things and duplicates most of the functions of Titanium Backup and ROM Manager, but it does not do anything particularly well.

Widget Lockscreen: I used it for a day before found out Go Locker is free, better and has more options. Beautiful Widgets, which I am still using, may also become a waste because the GO Launcher EX version (which is free) is updating and improving fast. All the free GO Launcher EX components and giveaways are quickly outclassing all their competitions and paid counterparts.
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