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Old March 11th, 2010, 07:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I wanted to make a thread so that the best applications, games, widgets, ect. could be found easily, instead of searching many threads. Any app you find resourceful? Fun? POST IT
Lets make this thread have all the best for your Android Phone! List as many apps as you like! The rules below are in place to make this thread efficient for its subscribers and viewers.


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In this thread DO NOT repost an app that is already up and NO "o that app is sweet" comments. If its in this thread it must be sweet.

If you disagree and think the app is bad,or you have a better app for the same use, quote the bad app and post the better app and write your review or explain.

Reviews about the apps are helpful (What they're used for)

You may agree an app previously listed is the best, and include why you like it. Most apps agreed with will make the Need to Have List

You may also discuss an app, widget, ect..


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Please include wether the app is for a rooted Android user, a simple capital R in parentheses will do next to the name of the app.

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Shazam
Pandora
Barcode Scanner
Backgrounds
Slacker Radio
Astro File Manager
Swype

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handcent - sms
twidroid - twitter
tumblroid - tumblr
astro file manager - access files
bloo - facebook
gmote - control computer from the phone

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Pda.net and Proxoid for computer tethering.
My Location for sending somebody directions

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Key Ring Rewards - for retail club cards
Wireless Tether (R) For Root Users
Titanium Backup - for Root users, and it's amazing.
Homerun Battle - homerun derby game, pvp, good graphics
Shazam - Music identifier (Free!)
Midomi SoundHound - supposedly better than Shazam (Expensive!)
Thompson Reuters News Pro - nice interface, and has 4x1 widget

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PhoneMyPC - Control your PC from your phone via RDP.
Websharing - Access your phone's files wirelessly from your PC via web browser.
RemoteSMS - send and receive texts from your phone on your PC via browser.
Pandora - Great music app
Pure Messenger Widget - easily view sms/emails from a homescreen widget
Not Call Log Prefs - Make your phone default to homescreen or anywhere else after ending a phone call. No more misdials when hanging up.
Xscope - Great webbrowser replacement
Barcode Scanner/ShopSavvy - scan barcodes and QR codes posted on forums.
Raging Thunder 2 - Racing game
iDemolished - Demolition game. Blow up structures using different types of explosives.
Fishin2Go - Fishing game, tons of different fish, lures, locations.

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Slacker Radio - a great radio program, genre stations instead of artist/song recommendations
Astrid - ToDo List
NewsRoom - great RSS reader
Backgrounds - specifically Android backgrounds
World Attack! - fun game
Weatherbug Elite - great weather app, great widget, cheap
Handcent - great messaging app

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Jetflicks - Great app for downloading and streaming tons of TV shows. (Paid)
Carrr Matey - Great app for locating your car when you park in a huge parking lot.
Mixzing - Best music player on the market in my opinion. Btunes is catching up and getting better and better. So we'll see.
RedBoxer - App to be able to search movies in nearby Redbox machines. Find the movie you want, you can even reserve it from the app.
K-9 - Best email app. Period.
MotoTorch - Turn your Droid into a flashlight. Widget is fantastic.
Toss It - Addictive game. Tossing paper into a trash can. Play it once. You'll have a new favorite game to play while going number 2.
Photo Safe & Video Safe - Password protect any pictures or videos that no one but you needs to see. Makes me less nervous when friends are checking out my phone.
Swype - Best keyboard input method app.

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Act One Player- Costs about 1.50 this is a great app, list movie names, full screen, can brighten the movie ect.
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Any good ones for watching/downloading movies?
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Any good ones for watching/downloading movies?
Do you know how to download the movies onto your Droid? If so the best viewing applications would be: for free nswPlayer, and for 1.50 the act one player.

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Movies...avi files?...and Video Player?
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ColorDict - Great dictionary application, can install many "ColorDict Data" files, such as Thesaurus, Translations, Bible dictionary, etc.

Ringdroid - This is an amazing app. on my old Q9C I made ring tones on my computer for my phone. With Ringdroid, you make them on your phone. And it's actually a really nice audio splicing tool. Only thing I would like to see added is the ability to Fade in and out of the audio you splice out.

Unit Converter
- Just as the name suggests, a unit converter app. Quick and easy conversions.

Wifi Analyzer - Scans all of the WiFi networks in range and tells you what channel they are on, the signal strength for the networks, etc. Useful for when you are setting up or troubleshooting wireless networks.
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A Beer - a funny app that turns your Droid into a pint of beer

Armageddon - an awesome 3-D aircraft dog fight game using your phones accelerometer.

Camera ZOOM FX - something extra for your camera photos.

Documents To Go - A Microsoft office in your pocket, but a little pricey. Worth it if your a student.

Google Earth - Google Earth in multi-touch. Third party app. Found at: Google Earth for mobile

i Music - great song searching and downloading (for short periods of time) app.

iCommando - an awesome first person sniper game for Droid using the accelerometer.

Papi Jump - Awesome time Killer

Papi River - another awesome time killer with the same concept as helicopter

ThrottleCopter - classic helicopter game on your phone

Jewels - the game bejeweled for mobile phones

The Weather Channel - great weather application

Widgets

The Beautiful Widgets - for a small fee, have one of the best weather widgets on your homescreen

android and me - great site in a widget, that allows you to read android updates on the go
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With Directions, Download Swype Keyboard here!

Swype keyboard leaked for Motorola Droid Typing without the tapping

Quake II - One of the best first person shooter games available for Droid, Quake II is worth the time and effort to install onto phone from site.

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auto memory manager - (Root Required) This app helps control how much is dedicated to different processes. It helps to free ram being used by invisible, non-essential processes.

battery left
- widget that estimates the exact percentage of battery left as well as how long until the phone dies.

executive assistant
- A widget with buttons for email, texts, phone, calendar, rss, and facebook (and twitter but i've never tweeted). Displays the info on your home screen when you press the button, never have to leave the home screen.

gentle alarm
- I can wake up to a sneeze two rooms away, so my alarm does not need to be loud and scary. This alarm is only as loud as you want it to be, and it fades in so as not to startle you out of your dreams.

jetflicks - stream tv shows in high quality to your phone. A 3G connection is required. The cost is $4 per month with a 12 month subscription, but if you watch stuff on your phone often, this is a great app. Good selection too.

juice defender - still investigating but, reviews indicate that it can significantly increase the life of your battery.

not call log - when you end a call, your phone will default to the home screen (or another screen of your choosing) as opposed to the call log screen.

Sportstap - a widget that provides score updates. Can be configured for favorite team updates!

palmary weather - Great new weather app. High quality images and useful information make this a very good weather app.

apps organizer
- place apps within folders to conserve screen real estate. Can use in conjunction with Better Cut for some real cool looking folders.

any rss reader - A widget that displays RSS feeds on your home screen.

3 - I think its actually called Cubed. But its a great music app. Can use a widget, displays album art. If opened, it has a very nice graphical interface. I believe it is still in beta but I have no doubt that it will be one of the better music players available. Search "rockon" but do not download "rockon", download "3". (Does not stream, plays music on SD).
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DigiClock Widget - The clean legible layout made it my favorite clock widget
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Voice Alerts: reads SMS, GMail, Twidroid mentions/DMs, more to you. Great while driving, as you don't need to touch the phone or indulge bluetooth. A talking alert, much more useful than traditional alert sounds.

Alarmoid: set daily schedules for quieting sounds, including ringer. Then create a VIP list in google contacts (server), and add that list name to this app. Those folks will be able to ring thru, even during quiet time.

Setting Profiles: set it up to, for example, turn on your GPS when you leave the house; turn it off when you return home while also turning on your WiFi; schedule turning on one or more apps by locale and/or time. The list goes on. Learning curve, but the rewards are great for those who hang in there.

Calendar in Status Bar: square icon, reflecting day name and date number.

Bar Control: Put whatever app(s) desired in your status bar for quick access, from anywhere.

Flex Dialer Pro: pushes Google Voice calls thru Verizon network, while showing your GV number. Great for times when data connections are flaky. Recent update added exclusions list-- numbers to always/never use GV.

SMS PopUp: the only messenging client that's GV friendly. Configure button for "reply to number", and you'll aways be dumped into GV for composing your reply. You get a popup notification, while retaining GV awareness for reply purposes.

Amazon Lightning Deals Widget: Self-refreshes. Notification per deal in status bar, so you can grab sweet deals of interest. (Alternative: set up a new twitter account and follow @AmazonDeals only. Use one of the freebie twitter clients to push sound notifications to you.)

List Plus: super-easy config to set by location. Uniquely allows multiple locales per item. (Example: Grocery items. Type in WalMart, & get a list of nearby stores; ditto Food Lion. Tap the local stores you are likely to frequent. Two locations will be added: Walmart & Food Lion, covering all branch stores you selected.)

ToDo Q: like List Plus, only more of the traditional to-do styling. Most delightfully attentive dev I've encountered to date. Think of it as a dressed up Astrid with built-in Locale-like functionality. gCal friendly.

dxTop home replacement: Replaces several apps. Customize icons, even folders; screenshot home screens; 5-icon customizable app dock; task monitor/killer; apps organizer via categories within app drawer-- you can also add related folders to your desktop.

MoreIcons Widget: Make better use of the premium screen space.

Note Everything Pro: voice/text notes optionally in the status bar and/or with sound/timed alarms; encrypted notes; toss checklists, etc to gCal

Calendar Add Event: *quickly* add items to your preferred gCal

Calendar Pad Pro: better UI for stock cal

HiFi MP3 & OGG Audio Recorder: Create your own voice alerts, usable with any app accepting ringtones as alarm (freebie Rings Extended adds this capability to all apps)

Listables: creates a linked list of all your installed apps; one tap takes you to the app's Market page

Screebl: profoundly intelligent screen on/off automation, saving battery life
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Is any kind of a Task Killer needed for the Droid?
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Is any kind of a Task Killer needed for the Droid?
A Task killer is a useful thing to have to end programs when they are not responding, but also to end all programs running when you put the droid on its charger for the night. This way, is any of the apps are running with internet, they do not run through the night, and you don't get charged.

TasKiller - A free task killer application for your Android system.
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I put Advanced Task Killer on my wife's Droid and certain programs keep coming back on after she kills them, without opening them.
How is that happening?
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Some apps are persistent. News readers and the such usually restart to refresh any feeds you have, text message app restarts to get text messages, settings app comes back. That kind of thing, I believe. it kills all the apps you really need to kill though.
Oh yeah my list of must have apps:
Swype- best keyboard EVER
Handcent- best messaging app EVER
Beautiful Widgets- Bets clock app EVER(see a pattern here?)
Armageddon Squadron- Best flight "sim" app EVER
Mixzing- Best music app EVER (still going)
Ringdroid- best ringtone making app EVER
Advanced Task manager- Best Task manager EVER
Phonemypc- Best app EVER

Thats just some of my favorites.

And Root. I know it's not an application, but Root is awesome. Probably wouldn't be as happy as I am with my droid.
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HelixLauncher - best launcher, period.
handcent
toss it - toss paper in a trash can...perfect!
apps organiser
pandora
locale, with pluggins
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I followed Kitesurfer's instructions for installing Swype but as soon as I tried to use it on my Droid, I got a message stating "Trial period has expired - please upgrade/update".

Any ideas why I'm getting this message?
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I followed Kitesurfer's instructions for installing Swype but as soon as I tried to use it on my Droid, I got a message stating "Trial period has expired - please upgrade/update".

Any ideas why I'm getting this message?
I re-booted the phone and it seems to be working fine now.
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I re-booted the phone and it seems to be working fine now.
I tried rebooting as well but as soon as i tried using it again it said the same thing? Help with Swype!!!
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The only one I have that hasn't been mentioned is Car Dock v2.



Launches when place in the dock, home button returns to the app when in the dock, icons are customizable and has 4 screens even though I only use one. Screenshot is showing the icon's I used instead of the default app icons.
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I tried rebooting as well but as soon as i tried using it again it said the same thing? Help with Swype!!!
I found that you must ALWAYS check the "Disable Audio Warnings" otherwise you'll get the "Trial Period Over" warning. This must be a bug. If this does happen, just re-boot again.
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If you travel, TripIt is pretty good.
Also sorry if this was already mentioned but the Dolphin browser is really good and includes tabbed browsing and all kinds of gestures... and yes, it does include "pinch to zoom".
Lastly if you listen to music TuneWiki is great
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Games
Armored Strike-Market
Air Control-Market

Others
Car Dock Speakerphone-Market, automatically puts calls on speaker when in car dock.
Bright Dock-Market, keeps the display on when in the car dock.
Dialer One-Market, easy to navigate for contacts and is highly customizable.
Firehouse Scheduler-Market for $5.99 US, great for cops, firefighters, and EMS schedules.
Not Call Log Prefs-Market, Already mentioned but a great app with no problems.
Pro Paint Camera-Market, free and paid versions, another great alternative to default camera.
Pic Say Pro-Market, free and paid versions, great photo editing app as well.
PhotoVault-Market, paid app, great for hiding photos, password required.
SMS backup-Market, back up texts to your gmail account.


These are apps that I have and love that I did not see mentioned as of yet. Many of the apps already mentioned I have and have not had any issues with.
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I tried rebooting as well but as soon as i tried using it again it said the same thing? Help with Swype!!!

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^I'm actually having a hard time trying to get that as an apk file. I open the zip and its the apk file extracted and when i upload it to my phone i cant do anything with it on astro. Can you try re-uploading that again or fixing it?
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^I'm actually having a hard time trying to get that as an apk file. I open the zip and its the apk file extracted and when i upload it to my phone i cant do anything with it on astro. Can you try re-uploading that again or fixing it?
You shouldn't have to open it as a zip or extract anything, period. If your browser isn't downloading it and leaving it as .apk, then your browser settings are messed up.
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^Nvm, I dloaded it through my phone instead and that worked. Thanks a bunch!! Works great!
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PhoneLocator - very useful for finding yr phone or spy someone
Got To Do - task/to do
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GoWalla - Now available in the Market. Cool GPS application with check-ins and trips and passports. Sort of a social networking site. iPhone people get it too, so the amount of users can be pretty large. Cool and fun and free.
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I download SlideIt and it is truly excellent. It allows me to keep the droid closed and vertical when entering texts or emails. Great options.

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Replica Island is pretty fun, free, and matches the quality of most pay games.
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Wheres my droid- if phone is lost and is on vibrate or no sound...you can txt a phrase to your phone and it will ring
easymoney-keep track of finances
personal assistant free- keep track of all your accounts like bills and other things

and i just got swype the leaked version doesn't work but the beta did it is amazing
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lately i have been trying slidescreen and LIKE it
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While I like the idea of a "best apps" thread to get ideas for apps, the problem with a thread like this is that if you're looking for something specific, ie. the best email, you have to read through the whole thread (which can grow to be many many pages). Even when "searching" the thread, you still have to read through multiple posts.

Wouldn't it be easier/more useful to have a "Best X App" thread, etc. A thread for each app category (Email, ToDo, Notes, GPS, whatever...) so that the original poster can always update the first post with a summary of the apps others have posted in subsequent posts? That way anyone looking for the "best email app" only needs to read the top post of the thread, or at the very least know that the whole thread will be about email apps, instead of having to scan each post for mention of an email app?
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I read the majority of these apps and I am very satisfied with the ones I have tried, so THANKS for the posts. I have a couple to add myself that I find helpful if not awesome.

Google Voice - the official google voice app for Android phones. I use it because I now have a registered number AND my Verizon number and its free visual voicemail (verizon makes you pay monthly for theirs). Right now Google Voice is by subscription only but it will become mainstream soon enough. It is totally worth it!
Handcent SMS - is a GODSEND for messageing (SMS and MMS). It is full customizable with downloadable themes as well.
eBuddy - My personal favorite IM app. It integrates all of the popular (and some underground) IM programs - MSN, GChat, AIM, Facebook, Yahoo, Hyves and ICQ.
Seesmic - My personal favorite Twitter app. Nuff said
Last.fm - Pretty much like Pandora, but the widget for Last.fm is the best I've seen. Last.fm is a little behind pandora but I have it linked to my Xbox Live account and I am a fan of the integration.
WeatherWidget - In my ever searching quest to find the Nexus One Weather app for my Droid, I have come across this one and you can link it to what ever weather service you want (app has to be downloaded i.e. The Weather Channel, AccuWeather...) Four different sizes for your screen and very clean.

Hope this helps! Happy Apping
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The only one I have that hasn't been mentioned is Car Dock v2.



Launches when place in the dock, home button returns to the app when in the dock, icons are customizable and has 4 screens even though I only use one. Screenshot is showing the icon's I used instead of the default app icons.
How did you change the icons for the app? I have this set up on my phone too and it just has the enlarged (and distorted) versions of the apps original icon.
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Launchpad - Your favorite/most used apps easily accessible from the notification bar

Easymoney - Manage your finances and budgets on the go - MUST have to get me away from being tied to the computer with Quicken

ToMarket - The BEST shopping app available (almost as good as HandyShopper for Palm)

Bar Control - favorite apps in the notification bar

SWYPE! (sorry, I had to say it even though it's already been said. I just tried it for the first time)

GDE Home - Home replacement

Word Up! - Very addictive game

Touchdown - Mail and calendar app for Exchange
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here are some of my favorites

GMOTE - Control computer via bluetooth/wifi from droid

CAR LOCATOR - stores car location, gps / turn by turn back to car

BEAM READER - views pdf files on phone

HOME ++ - home replacement

PDA NET - allows tethering via usb/bluetooth w/o rooting

NESOID - NES emulator, also makes SNES, gameboy advance, SEGA, etc.
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MUST HAVE!

MOBILE DEFENSE - free app that allows users to track phone if lost/stolen from any computer. allows you to lock the phone, send a message, track, and set off a password protected alarm
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Can't find this one, is this the exact spelling?
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Look out - tracks lost phone, anti virus and backs up contacts/pics. I like it better than Mobile Defense ( I did see this in the Market, search for defense).
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Everyone should have appbrain if they're reading this topic

Appbrain market sync - allows you to sync your installed apps with appbrain.com. Use appbrain.com to search the market, make lists of apps (I have a list of interesting apps found in topics like this), and select apps to install/unistall from your Droid. Sync from the Droid, and any apps marked for installation or deletion are taken care of...sweet!

Tripit - excellent travel aggregator - send your email confirmations from flights, hotels, etc, and it's all in one place, and can be synced to your google calendar

Mileage - simply program to track fillups & mileage on the car. Has stats and graphs. Graphs not easy on the eye, but if you're just looking to view mileage stats, this is for you - aCar is nicer looking, but much too complex for this simple task.
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MOBILE DEFENSE - free app that allows users to track phone if lost/stolen from any computer. allows you to lock the phone, send a message, track, and set off a password protected alarm

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Can't find this one, is this the exact spelling?
that is the right spelling, if you cant find it try "Mobile Defense (BETA)"



or scan this
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