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Old June 24th, 2011, 01:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just ordered a DINC2 (arriving today) and was wondering if there are any apps that you thing are essential. Are there any apps that you just can't live without? Juice defender? Any apps for texting? Just curious.

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For me, Easy Reminder. This app lets you control your SMS and miss call alerts. Since this phone only alerts me once on a missed text. Often times, I didn't notice the alert. Easy Reminder can set alerts to multiple times or indefinitely until you read your text or missed call. Pretty neat.

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Now that people are making malware and viruses for Android, I think Lookout is a must-have.

Also, since the phone has a front-facing camera, I use Tango. This app scans your contacts and lists all of the ones that have Tango/have FFC's and lets you chat with them. Doesn't let you chat with laptops though. If you don't like that, there are a bunch of 3rd party video chat apps that will hold you over until Gingerbread comes to our phone.
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These are my favorite must haves (Still trying different music players)

Handcent for texting
Isyncr for syncing with Itunes
Astro or some type of file explorer
Angry Birds for wasting time
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Rage faces for sending lols to your friends

Amazon app of the day,

Dc metro if you live here

Groupon and livingsocial are nice

3g watchdog to look at data use

Switch pro Widgets.to get the good ones
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I love threads like these, as I always find new apps that I've never heard of or known about before.

Most of my essentials are built in (email, messaging, etc), but here's the few that I use extensively:

Google Reader (free)
Amazon Kindle (free)
Dropbox (free)
Elixir (free)
GasBuddy (free)
JuiceDefender/JuicePlotter (if I'm in a battery life saving mood, I generally keep JD disabled; free)
Root Explorer (paid, I think)
Titanium Backup (free/paid)
Titanium Media Sync (paid, I think)
Google Voice (not extensively used, but very very handy at times; free)
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amazon app store -free apps you get good ones every once in a while
Handcent-texting
Astor-file manager
Gassbuddy-Duh gass pricess
smsautoreply-lets you auto reply to ppl while at work/sleep/class
Swift keysX beta-best keybord hands down
and Rhapsody-i dont like paying per track
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I just ordered a DINC2 (arriving today) and was wondering if there are any apps that you thing are essential. Are there any apps that you just can't live without? Juice defender? Any apps for texting? Just curious.

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I like the "GO" series; Go Contacts, Go Weather and Go SMS. They're all free and I think do a better job than the default apps. I also really like the Swype keyboard (free beta) and Screebl for controlling the screen.
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Couldn't find Amazon App Store, is it just Amazon.com app?
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Couldn't find Amazon App Store, is it just Amazon.com app?
You have to download it. Amazon.com: Appstore for Android (I think that's the right URL.)
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BUMP. I had to dig deep for an App Thread.

So check this out - an app that uses facial recognition to either lock your phone or just some apps. I use it to lock any apps that you spend money with (amazon, mint), my email, and my social networks.

It is really slick, works FAST, and is a nice extra layer of security.

Visidon AppLock – Face Recognition For Unlocking | xda-developers
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Exclamation Invisible app locker

This is what I use for the same propose.

http://market.android.com/search?q=pname:net.xdevelop.protector3

It is really quite clever and a bit sneaky. Throws fake error messages with secret dismissal techniques. A more covert tactical approach to app locking. Give the free trail a try, you will probably like it. Brilliant!!!
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My essentials, in no order:

Widgetlocker (awesome for customization, works great with inc2)
MLB at bat 2011 (go brew crew)
Pandora/Iheartradio
mma junkie
IMDB
GOSMS
Friendcaster
HBO GO (just an awesome app, so cool)
Zedge (ringtones and wallpapers for free)
barcode scanner
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Dont forget swype. I also use Handcent and Tango.
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For those headed to Germany: Wetter.com for German and Austrian weather
ConnectBot - SSH connectivity
Astrid - To-do task control
Fish Bowl Photostream and QuickPic - picture and video management
PlayerPro - spanks the WinAmp's a**
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A few others to add to my list:

Handcent (free)
Google+ (free)
Nesoid (paid)
Swiftkey X (paid)
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Good thread. It would be helpful if people note if an app is free or requires root!

Dolphin Browser HD (free)
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Winamp- free music player with wireless sync, easy with itunes too. nice widgets on phone as well

catch notes- quickest note taker, i use it atleast 10 times a day for notes

firefox- great browser
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Quick Settings (Free)
Amazon App Store - As mentioned for the daily free app (Free)
Pandora (Free)
SkyDroid - Golf yardage app (Paid, but a great value)
Sound Hound (Free or Paid)
Chrome to Phone - If you use Google Chrome as your browser on your PC, this is a must. Sends whatever web page you are looking at, directly to your phone (Free)
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Skype with Video Call Download from here. Hacked app, no root required.

I uninstalled the current version and re-installed this apk file. I cleared the data on the pre-installed skype (white logo).

Worked great on wifi, will test 3g later. Really stoked. Download today and make an iphone owner really jealous.
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Talking screen off and lock

This free app gives you the cool gingerbread crt lockscreen animation! Pick old TV from the animations list. It will help save your power button from waring out too.
Customizable lock and unlock sounds that you can change.
Allows you to have an on screen one touch lock or run it in the notification bar.
I am digging this one!

http://market.android.com/search?q=pname:com.katecca.screenofflock
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This is an awesome thread, I hope more people join in here. This is a great way to learn about what is out there and works. I can't believe some of the apps people come up with!

My Favs-
-Our Groceries (free)
Allows me and my wife to easily sync a grocery/shopping list on our phones.
-Netflix (free app with paid service)
No need for explination...
-Shazaam (free)
Still use this all the time to find out what that awesome song is on the radio when I don't have time to wait for the DJ to tell me.
-Minus (free)
Like dropbox but you get 10GB of free storage right off the bat.
-Root Explorer (paid)
The best file browser/manager I have used to date.
-Groupon and Living Social (both free)
Great deals and easy
-TuneIn Radio (free)
Streams all my favorite local radio stations over 3g or wifi no matter where I am.
-MyDays (free)
Keep track of my wife's ovulation, menstruation, and likely PMS days. A life saver!
-PureGrid Calendar Widget (free)
Very nice customize-able calendar widget that syncs with my google calendar.
-Barnacle Wireless Tether (free) and PDANet (free/paid)
Best tether apps out there.
-Documents to go (free)
For when I need to view pdfs, powerpoints, and word docs.
-Phandroid app! (free)
Gotta have my access to this forum easy and available at the push of a button at any time!
-XDA Premiu (free/paid)
Another GREAT forum!
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Here's a pretty good article I came across the other day in Computerworld - "11 Android apps to boost speed, battery life and more"...

11 Android apps to boost speed, battery life and more - Computerworld
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I paid for most of these but they have free versions too:

Launcher Pro Plus - launcher
Android Agenda Widget - calendar
Weather Bug Elite
xScope - browser
NewsRob - google reader
PDANet - tether

Free:

NPRNews
System Panel Lite - task manager
Dazzle - I just use the brightness widget
CIA Factbook
Unit Converter
US Constitution
50 States
Exchange Rates
Wapedia - Wikipedia
Moon Phases
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  • Swype - keyboard replacement http://beta.swype.com/
  • Zeam launcher - lightweight and customizable Sense replacement
  • Fancy Widget Pro - no longer available, but replicates the Sense home clock with weather
  • SMS Backup+ - backs up SMS, MMS and call logs to gmail
  • SMS Popup - popup screen when new text arrives
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Cut the rope is a fun little game!
You can get it for free on get jar, if you don't wanna pay the 0.99 on the market.
Enjoy!

Oh, & don't forget to try the new San disk memory zone beta app.
Manage & move all files on your phone, includes dropbox support & has backup and restore features. Its free.
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