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10 Should-Have Apps for the Newbie on Android!

Alright here’s my list of should have free (except 1) apps for the Android OS. I will follow up with my segment of App Talk to review them in greater depth.

  1. ASTRO File Manager – Name is self explanatory
  2. TasKiller  / Advanced Task Killer – There’s a lot of different programs doing the same thing. It’s good since it clears up memory and helps when your phone feels sluggish
  3. Pure Grid / Pure Calendar – Looking to replace the stock calendar on your phone? Feel that you need to have an agenda view of your appointments? Look no further than this app. The best out there yet. It’s a paid app and for those without access to the paid apps on Market, click here to buy.
  4. GDocs – Allows you to create .docs on the go. Create first, sync later. You can access it on a computer and retrieve them from your Google Docs account.
  5. NewsRob – If you are a RSS junkie like I am, this is the reader for you. It’s free, it’s one of the better ones, it syncs with Google Reader!
  6. 3G WatchDog – Set your data plan’s free data bundle into this app and it will monitor your usage for you.
  7. BatteryLife (widget by CurveFish) – 1 of the better battery apps out there. IMHO.
  8. Locale – Going to bed and don’t want to be disturbed by your phone? Need your phone to log on and download your RSS feeds at 5pm before you head for home? Locale allows you to set and determine how your phone will react in certain conditions, all to your hearts’ content.
  9. FX Camera – It’s a fun camera app. The stock cam is all fine and dandy but all work and no play is not what Android is about! (Just look at the mascot and names of updates) This app goes well with PicSay, a fun photo editor.
  10. Backgrounds – Wanna spiff up your phone without trawling the web for wallpapers? This app is made for you.

* Bonus: Dead Pixel Checker – Checks for dead pixels over a series of solid-coloured background

For the recent batch of HTC Hero released not too long ago in Singapore, there has been a lot of complaints of dead/bright pixel and “stars” that plague the LCD screen. No one has yet to establish if it’s a batch issue at this moment.

I will come back with more, keep checking back!

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  1. TRUST
    October 8, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    Here’s another must-have Android applications for Hero

    http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9138469/10_must_have_free_Android_apps?taxonomyId=15&pageNumber=1

    Go install those if it is suitable for ya too….

  2. Tingopop
    October 9, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Thanks for the link! There’s a lot of good apps in that post as well. And also, thanks for your kind words and encouragement!

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