My Android Apps list

I’m a gadget geek, and nowhere is that more evident than in my need to have the latest, best phone on the market. Right now I’m convinced that is my HTC EVO. Eventually people around me start to adopt the same phone and want to know the apps I recommend, so a few weeks in to using my EVO (and making the jump to Android), here is a reference list of the apps I’m currently running:

  • Android Froyo 2.2: significant improvement over previous OS, though many of the features were already present in HTC Sense
  • HTC Sense: several of the user interface and functional improvements to the phone are really from HTC, and not part of the base Android OS
  • Swype: better input than the plain keyboard
  • Advanced Task Killer: much debate over whether it’s good or bad to use a task manager; I decided it’s worth it, occasionally, and this one seems to be about the best
  • Android Banking: decent (but not great) banking app, until my bank finally releases an Android app similar to their iPhone app
  • AppBrain App Market: better interface to the Android market
  • Android System Info: better interface into the various system functions and data
  • Astro File Manager: for managing files on the SDCard
  • Audible: audio books (still have to use the website)
  • CardStar: manages barcodes for restaurant and shopping clubs (better in theory than practice)
  • ChompSMS: better than the stock SMS message system; alternate between using this a Handcent SMS, not sure which is better
  • Compass: for when I am lost in the woods with my EVO
  • Congress: quick details on various bills and how different Members are voting
  • Craigsphone: when I want to search for a deal on Craigslist
  • DirecTV: for managing my DVR at home
  • Dolphin Browser: replacement for the internal browser; faster, and more features
  • DroidAnalytics: good interface to Google Analytics
  • Ebay: for when I want to search for a deal on eBay
  • Epicurious: love this on my iPad, so had to have it on phone as well.
  • Evernote: trying to decide if this is my preferred Note manager
  • Facebook: alternate between this and the touch.facebook interface
  • FCCTest: speed test, but since I have mostly given up on 4G it’s not very important
  • Flashlight: handy
  • Fandango: handy
  • Fring: video conferencing
  • Google Goggles: for cheating on pub quiz images
  • Gmail: probably better than the HTC Sense email app (I also tried Touchdown, but there wasn’t enough value)
  • Google Sky Map: very cool when out around the campfire
  • GotToDo: GTD-based task manager that I sync on the back end
  • Grooveshark: best music solution, with subscription I get any music I want, and offline listening. Why buy music?
  • Groupon: good app for local company
  • Handcent SMS: this, or ChompSMS
  • Kayak: shopping for travel
  • MeeboIM: for occasional IM access
  • Metal Detector: funky
  • Mint.com: tracking money
  • Multicon: a must have, for creating smaller icons and shortcuts
  • NewsRob: not my favorit RSS reader, but synched with Google Reader
  • NewsRoom: my favorite RSS reader, but not synched with Google Reader
  • OpenTable: for booking dinner
  • Pandora: when I want the music picked for me, and streamed
  • PayPal: for access to transactions
  • Peep: Twitter
  • PureCalendar: widgets for displaying schedule and tasks
  • Qik: doesn’t work well (yet) for video conference, but is good for video record and publish
  • ESPN ScroeCenter: good access to sports scores
  • SheadSpreet Pro: spreadsheet program on my phone
  • Taxi Magic: for booking a cab
  • Ted Mobile: watching TED videos; wish I could queue and download
  • TripIT: use it for all my travel details (and for keeping trackof other people’s travel arrangements)
  • Urbanspoon: same as the iPhone app
  • WaveSecure: if I lose my phone, I can track it or kill it remotely
  • WeatherBug: better weather app and widgets
  • Wordfeud: if I wanted to play Scrabble like games with random strangers that sometime stakes days or weeks to finish (I usually lose interest)
  • World Series of Poker: actual, online head to head if I am mindlessly looking to play while on the train
  • Yelp: Yelp
  • YouMail: all my voicemail is translated and sent to phone; better translation than Google Voice

There are a few other apps, but these are the ones currently installed and mostly being used.

Battery life is the biggest drain (pun intended), and I find that I usually carry around a second, charged battery to swap out. I bought a charger that lets me charge the spare and the phone at the same time.   I generally leave Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi and background sync disabled, unless I need it or don’t care about preserving the battery.

4G sounds great, but is generally worthless to me (it’s still spotty, even in Chicago where the network is “deployed”, and at the end of the day I find I don’t need it that often. I do have the Hotspot configured to turn on when I want to tether my iPad, but 3G is fast enough (I can’t believe I’m saying that).

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