I have been wandering in the Android planet for quite a long time. Used or have had hands-on with many apps in the Android galore. Finally settling down to few apps which are either useful for me or must haves. And I am listing down the Top 5 in both the categories with few tips .!
Must haves are those without which daily life with an android phone seem to be impossible for me
- Push Notifications
- Chat Integrated
- Location Services (not available in India)
- Photo Upload with status update
- Sync FB contacts with Phone
- Keep the refresh interval High to avoid Battery Drain.
Most android phones lack a decent File Manager in the package (out of the box). There are tons of File manager in the android market. File manager is an essential part when it comes to Move/Copy/Rename files between folders. And They are also loaded with tons of other features like process monitoring task killers etc. One thing to look for in a File Manager is to check whether it can send files via Bluetooth or not. Almost all of them claim to do so but sometimes the experience is not good enough.
Due to the no. of apps we use, Task Killers have become an integral part of the android phones. Till Android 2.1 (Eclair) The memory management of Android OS was in the back seat. People tend to use Task killers to close (rather Abruptly Kill) any opened applications to gain memory and battery. Even in Android 2.2(in which they claim to have a better memory management in place) or later versions it is suggestible to use a task killer to avoid any application that is running in the back ground. Most of the task killers provide a widget, and it can be used to close all aps without opening the actual task killer app. But It is often being criticized for draining the phone’s battery.
- Avoid Auto start and Notification. Instead have a widget on the home screen
Worth paying 4$ s if you are upto frequently showing off your phone. Very light, feature rich app which lets you take the screen shots of your phone.
- Take screen shots based on Interval
- Shake to screen shot
Useful apps are those which lets you do more with your android phone
- Select a default folder
- Preview of the pictures with scrolling
- Keep all your wallpapers in one folder and make it as default in WSS
2. Phone Usage
Its normal for people to have friends and its normal to forget their birthdays.! So if you have Facebook account then you will have most of your friends’ birthday there. This app will pull data (authorized, see the second screenshot) from your FB account and display the nearest birthdays as a widget. But its a paid app.
- Have a widget on the home screen which display the nearest birthday info
Both Flikie and backgrounds are huge when it come to number of wallpapers they have. Flikie is UI heavy and feature rich. Where as Backgrounds is lightweight and has very simple UI. But serves the purpose .
U need root in your device for this one. Its normal that after installing few apps on the phone it tend to become slower when booting up. The reason is that some apps gets added to boot list without your knowledge and makes the boot little painful. Startup manager is a good app which lets you to remove both user apps and some of the system apps. But know what you are doing and do it at your own risk.
As I said there are tons of other useful apps out there. Safest thing is to follow some of the popular apps.!
Pictures are taken from AppBrain