I have had my smartphone for about 3 months now. In that time I downloaded a lot of apps and deleted most of them again. Some I even downloaded twice and some of those I deleted a second time. Also everyone has to publish a list of their favorite apps sooner or later. So here’s a short list of apps I won’t be deleting anytime soon:
11 Favorite Apps:
- Barcode Scanner: scans 2D barcodes also called QR-Codes that encode links to quickly open them on the phone.
- Birthday: a widget that displays your contacts’ birthdays on the homescreen – very useful. It also creates reminders on the day, so if your phone isn’t just lying in the corner without power you cannot miss any birthdays anymore!
- Tower Raiders Gold 1+2: my one and only favorite android game (there are free versions for trying it first)
- DroidWeight (+ RpgTracker) I only write apps that I want to use myself
- Imdb App: great info on movies, in the UK we even tested checking showtimes. What I am missing with this one is the ability to rate movies.
- KVV: paying for bus tickets with the phone just rocks
- Öffi: looking up public transportation timetables and finding out which train to take is even better
- Twitter: I use twitter and it was made for phones originally
- Wallet: storing important information for you … I’ve used it on my last trip to remember the pin for my credit card (I never needed it before)
- Skype: just tested and it works really well while near WiFi of course 🙂 Any other voip client should do as well. However sipgate currently has no numbers available.
- Advanced Task Killer: because sometimes I just want to kill everything with one click
There are a few more that I use regularly, but they either do not work so well or I am still looking for another app that does the same thing better. Here are the runners-up:
11 Miscellaneous Apps still on the phone:
- K-9 Mail. I need a mail app, I am only still hoping to find a better one that is easier to configure. With K-9 you have to be really careful it does not cause a lot of traffic! I managed to keep it in check by now.
- Adobe Reader. I rarely need PDFs on the phone so it is just on the phone as a precaution.
- XBMC Remote. Not working very well so far. We’re still hoping that it will make the other list soon so that I can use the phone as remote control for our entertainment center.
- App Installer: installs apps that are on the SD Card. I used this for debugging my app before I found out how to connect my phone with eclipse. (There’s a bunch of different apps that does this, I randomly picked one that seemed ok)
- Leo: only links to the web. A bookmark would be nearly as efficient.
- Google Sky Map: looking at the stars with this app is a lot of fun, but I only do it on vacation. So it stays but it is rarely used.
- Whisky Tasting: I paid for it to check it out. Well I am not impressed with it. But I paid for it. (I did not know I could return it in the first 15 minutes after purchase, I might just have done that.) I’ll code a better one myself one of these days.
- Sudoku: no device without sudoku. That’s a rule. I randomly picked one of the myriad of sudoku apps.
- Angry Birds: everybody has Angry Birds installed right? I suck at it but still I might end up having time to kill and be sick of Tower Raiders and Sudokus and have no book with me and … everybody has it. So I have it, too!
- Elixir: provides a lot of widgets to improve the homescreen with some shortcuts. Only it is not very easy to handle and not all the buttons do what you would expect. I might just code those I need myself one day.
- OpenGPSTracker: I do not have a dedicated GPS device so this comes in handy every once in a while – for example we used it during our skiing holidays.
PS: I linked to appbrain because they provide the QR-Codes, so once you installed the barcode scanner you can quickly go to each app with that 😉