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Android’s 5

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

Must haves are those without which daily life with an android phone seem to be impossible for me

1. Facebook

If you have a Facebook account and an Android phone then this the “must have app”. There are lot of good twitter apps in the market But when it comes to Facebook this is by far the best Facebook android app available in the android market till date. I have used a lot of Facebook apps but none comparable to this one. It has the perfect balance in UI and Functionality.
Main Features
  • Push Notifications
  • Chat Integrated
  • Location Services (not available in India)
  • Photo Upload with status update
  • Sync FB contacts with Phone

ScreenShots

Facebook

Facebook

Facebook

Facebook

Tip:

  • Keep the refresh interval High to avoid Battery Drain.

2. Astro File Manager

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.

Screenshots

Astro

Astro

Astro

Astro


3.Android task killer

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.

Screenshots

Advance Task Killer

Advance Task Killer

Advance Task Killer

Advance Task Killer

Tip:

  • Avoid Auto start and Notification. Instead have a widget on the home screen

4.  Screenshot it

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.

Main Features

  • Take screen shots based on Interval
  • Widget
  • Shake to screen shot

Screenshots

Screenshot It

Screenshot It

Screenshot It

Screenshot It

5. Twitter/Plume

Most of the phones do come with a Twitter client. Like HTC’s peep. But, twitter and Plume are by far the best twitter clients I have ever used. Between, I prefer Plume for its extra set of features, like, an integrated browser, retweet with a “RT”, allows you to write more than 140 characters (in paid version) etc etc. Both of them are little resource heavy, consume a lot of battery and memory (due to a frequent background syncing).
Screenshots
 

Plume

Plume

Plume

Plume

Twitter

Twitter

Twitter

Twitter

Useful Apps

Useful apps are those which lets you do more with your android phone

1. Wallpaper Set and Save

If you fancy changing your wallpaper too often than this app is must for you. Best thing about this app is that its very light, and adjust the picture you have selected for wallpaper without asking you to crop it.

Main Features
  • Select a default folder
  • Preview of the pictures with scrolling
Screenshots
 

WSS

WSS

Tip:
  • Keep all your wallpapers in one folder and make it as default in WSS

2. Phone Usage

This one is useful (and most of the time it will be) only if you are not in an unlimited data pack tariff. U can keep a watch on how much data (in MBs) you have downloaded from the net, on daily and weekely basis. The paid version lets you add widgets on the home screen but they don’t update frequently enough to see the real time data.
Screenshots
 

PhoneUsage

PhoneUsage

PhoneUsage

PhoneUsage

3. Birthday Tracker

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.

Screenshots

Birthday Tracker

Birthday Tracker

Birthday Tracker

Birthday Tracker

 

Tip:

  • Have a widget on the home screen which display the nearest birthday info

4. Flikie Wallpapers HD/Backgrounds

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 .

Screenshots

Backgrounds

Backgrounds

Backgrounds

Backgrounds

Flikie

Flikie

Flikie

Flikie


5. Startup Manager

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.

Screenshots

Startup Manager

Startup Manager

Startup Manager

Startup Manager

As I said there are tons of other useful apps out there. Safest thing  is to follow some of the popular apps.!

Harsha S Aithal

Pictures are taken from AppBrain
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Categories: Android
  1. amrita
    February 2, 2011 at 8:29 am

    hey can i use the Flikie wallpaper and Wallpaper Set and Save on motorola backflip!!!

    • February 2, 2011 at 10:45 am

      Use it only if you have Android 2.1 (Eclair). I suggest you to use Backgrounds instead of Flikie, as its a very lightweight app. And Wallpaper set and Save.? Yes surely you can Use 🙂

  2. Ranjith
    February 2, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Try ‘ES File Explorer’ instead of Astro…ES has better features like multi selection…
    And to track the phone usage try ‘3G Watchdog’ a free app with widgets on the home screen 🙂

    • February 2, 2011 at 11:23 am

      I was using ES File Explorer beginning. It force closed to often. Multi selection is there in almost all file managers. And I have used 3G watchdog too.. But you have got to use PhoneUsage (paid) to see the difference.

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