GregsAndroidApps

I’ve been using an Android phone for several weeks now and often get asked what apps I am using.  I decided to create a simple list that I can point people to.

Apps I use on my Google Nexus One (running Android 2.1-update1) in no particular order:

  • Touchdown – Microsoft Exchange Client for Android.  $20, but worth every cent.  A few people have reported stability issues but I’ve yet to have any problems whatsoever.  The calendar widget is very useful.  Exchange support will eventually be part of the Android OS I’m sure, but for now, this works great.  UPDATE 7/8/2010:  I’m now running Android 2.2 (Froyo) and have gone back to using the built-in email client.  However, Touchdown does have features that the android mail client does not such as server-side searching, rules and more, so it’s still very useful.
  • NewsRob – RSS Reader – syncs with Google reader.  FastReader is another good one.
  • TweetCaster – Twitter client – there are several good ones but I prefer TweetCaster with the dark theme.  Twitter just released their own Android app which has a few additional features that is worth checking out.
  • Travel stuff:
    • TripIt app – a must have (if you use TripIt… and if you travel a lot, you need to use Trip It!)
    • Flight Track Pro – another must have – syncs with TripIt.  My favorite feature is that you can put a widget on your screen that always shows your next flight.
    • Kayak app – for quickly searching flight schedules, prices, etc.
    • OpenTable – a must have for travelers
    • Google Translate – very impressive – supports many languages – includes voice!
  • Evernote – I have evernote on every device I own.  Fantastic note taking – notes are synced with Evernote server and appear on all devices.
  • Facebook – will sync data with your contacts.  You can choose to only sync the data with existing contacts.  Suddenly most of my contacts have pics!  It is missing some features that leave me going to the facebook website in my mobile browser.
  • Advanced Task Kill – great integration with notifications area, auto-kill features, etc.
  • AreaCode ID – shows the city/state of the person calling you – just installed it so it’s too early to judge
  • Astro – great file manager – also has backup features
  • DriveSafe.ly – great app that reads your text messages aloud and can even auto-respond.  Don’t drive and text!
  • JustPictures – view pictures from Flickr and SmugMug
  • MeeboIM – great IM client that works with AIM, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, Jabber, etc. – very good background options
  • Photoshop.com – duh!
  • Speed Test – network speed tester
  • Wifi Analyzer – good wifi finder app – great visualizations
  • WordPress – very good mobile client for managing your wordpress blog (also supports wordpress.com blogs)
  • Here I Am 2 – the usual features – send your current location via MMS, Email, etc.
  • Compass – I was surprised that it wasn’t included in the base OS
  • Barcode scanner – there are several other good alternatives – they word fantastic with the camera on the N1
  • Amazon – has barcode support – very good app
  • ConnectBot – SSH/Telnet client – very good
  • Opera web browser – just in case
  • Google Earth
  • Accuweather, The Weather Channel, Weather Bug (yes, I’m a weather junkie).  I also use AirWX, a fantastic app for aviation weather that includes METARs, TAFs, PIREPs, Charts, and even approach plates (and it will cache them). UPDATE 7/8/2010: My new favorite weather app is My-Cast Weather by Garmin.
  • Fandango movie app – so I can pick a movie before my wife picks one
  • Loopt
  • Discovery Channel App
  • USA Today
  • NPR News
  • Google Sky Map – this app is fantastic – find constellations, identify stars, etc.
  • BBC News
  • Daily Dilbert
  • GPS Status – check GPS status, speed, etc.
  • Paypal
  • Pandora
  • Shazam
  • TV.com
  • Voice Recorder
  • Adobe AIR and several apps I’m already running with it – but you can’t get this just yet, but believe me, you will want it!  Join the pre-release at http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/air2/android/
  • SMS Popup – great app that shows a popup when a new text message is received.  The popup dialog allows you to reply/delete directly.  You’ll miss far fewer messages with this app.
  • Area code ID – after installing this app, when someone calls you, it displays their city/state using their areacode/prefix.

Update 7/8/2010:

  • Adobe Flash 10.1!  You want this – amazing.  Suddenly your web browser is the best of all worlds
  • Kindle – excellent!
  • Satellite Flybys – shows me when the space station and other satellites will pass overhead
  • Engadget – good tool for browsing content at Engadget.com
  • Swype (beta) – an AMAZING replacement for your keyboard.  It’s hard to explain, so go to http://swypeinc.com and view some of their demo videos.

11 Responses to “GregsAndroidApps”

  1. […] Apps I use on my Google Nexus One (running Android 2.1-update1) in no particular order: http://gregsramblings.com/gregsandroidapps/ […]

  2. I’m not thrilled with the UI for Touchdown. 😦

    A couple of other fun free apps: check out UrbanSpoon for more dining options, and the “Bubble” level app.

  3. Check out Google Listen if you listen to podcasts. Nice to have over-the-air downloading instead of having to download to your PC and then use iTunes. I also use Moxier World (shows the time and weather in global cities which is helpful because although I remember that Bangalore is 30 minutes off, I can never remember which way.

  4. Curious what touchdown gets you over stock exchange support, maybe htc / Verizon has different exchange support than nexus one.

    • The stock exchange support doesn’t work with our Exchange server. I think (but I’m not sure) that it’s because the builtin exchange support doesn’t support enforced password/pin.

  5. Also forgot to add a couple of apps: where for gas prices, business locations, local news.

    Wave secure to backup sms, contacts, pictures, call log, and do remote wipe if lost or stolen

    Twitter for android is cool but a light theme and no support for multiple accounts.

  6. Nice list! I LOVE the NPR app.

    How do you not have Layars on there? Augmented reality where-to-eats, Tweets-Around, and so much more! And what about My Tracks for tracking your jogging/bicycling? Good stuff there = ) I’d also shoutout GBlocker, for getting any particular telemarketers ( or ex’s ) off your back. Oh yeah, Blackmoon’s email save is solid too! Oh snap, what about Locale for muting your phone at night, automated SMS/HTTP/etc ? Must have.

  7. Nice list! I LOVE the NPR app.

    How do you not have Layars on there? Augmented reality where-to-eats, Tweets-Around, and so much more! And what about My Tracks for tracking your jogging/bicycling? Good stuff there = ) I’d also shoutout GBlocker, for getting any particular telemarketers ( or ex’s ) off your back. Oh yeah, Blackmoon’s email save is solid too! Oh snap, what about Locale for muting your phone at night, automated SMS/HTTP/etc ? Must have.

  8. look for gesture search, write with your fingertip and search contacts, bookmarks, etc. also WiFi on/off. Puts a switch on your desktop so you don’t have to dig thru menus. If you travel, get Car Locator. Park your car, GPS Mark the spot, find it later. Free app has 10 free trials. Keeper is an encrypted password locker – very handy

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