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Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Rich, May 12, 2011.

  1. Rich

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    Browsing thru a zillion apps is very tiring, to say the least. What apps do you use and why do you use them? What's good and what's bad? I've got a feeling there's a lot of other interesting apps out there that most of us haven't seen.

    Please limit this to apps for Android devices, there will be another thread for iPad apps in a couple seconds.

    Rich
     
  2. Shades228

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    Root Explorer - File browswer that you must have root access to use
    Pandora - Music
    Alarm and Timer - Has better options than the default Alarm built in Clock
    IMDB - App is better than the website most of the time
    Pew Pew 2 - I'm a sucker for geometry shooters
    Mr Number - Auto hangs up on anyone who calls me privately/blocked plus I can ignore calls from companies that changed their ToS to allow them to call me for business needs (survey crap)
    PDA Net - Wired tether
    The Find - Great app for price comparisons and coupons while in the store
    IRS 2 Go - Interesting reading some of the stuff they put out
     
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    Astrid Task - Task keeper / reminder

    EEBA [Easy Envelope Budget Assistant] - Great expense tracker lets you sync entries with other smart phones in the house so everyone knows where you stand monthly budget wise.

    Note Everything - Nice note keeper, shopping list etc

    Endomondo - Activity Tracker, tracks various exercises through GPS for distance travels calories burned etc

    MyFitnessPal
    - Daily Calorie intake / burned tracker, set weight goals

    Redbox - Reserve rentals, check local machines inventory

    Scanner Buddy - monitor local Police, Fire etc

    Tikl - Push-to-Talk, turns phone into Nextel Walkie Talkie

    TuneIn Radio
     
  4. Shades228

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    Your other thread is for Ipads are you wanting to know Tablet Apps?
     
  5. Alan Gordon

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    Angry Birds: Fun game... If one is into that sort of thing.
    Benjamin Moore Color Capture: an app that allows you to scan a color, and the app will tell you what color it is.
    Color Detector: for color-blind people... I'm not, but I know someone with an Android phone that is.
    DBSTalk: not hard to figure out... ;)
    DIRECTV: for those with DirecTV.
    Dish Network: for those with Dish Network.
    Dropbox: great way to have access to some of your files.
    EBay: If one is into that sort of thing...
    Facebook: If one is into that sort of thing...
    Fruit Slice: Fun game... If one is into that sort of thing.
    Glow Hockey: Fun game... If one is into that sort of thing...
    iMapMyRUN+: a GPS tracking pedometer.
    Key Ring: Keeps track of your discount cards... And replaces them.
    Kindle: If one is into that sort of thing...
    Google Books: If one is into that sort of thing.
    Google Sky Map: Just an awesome little bit of coolness.
    Google Music: A new app that will work with Google's upcoming cloud service.
    GroceryIQ: A synced grocery list. There are multiple ones out there, and I'm not sure which is best though...
    IMDB: It's just handy to have sometimes...
    Lookout: Anti-virus program that does considerably more...
    Ninja Kaka: A fun game (ala Fruit Ninja).
    Nook: If one is into that sort of thing...
    Photobucket: For those that use the service.
    Photoshop Express: Basic photo editing tools...
    Post it Desk: A handy note widget.
    Redbox: for those who use the service.
    The Weather Channel: Always handy...
    Twitter: For those that Tweet...
    WeatherBug: Always handy...
    Zip Code Search: Occasionally handy.
    Wifi Analyzer: Occassionally handy...
    Zedge: Wallpapers, ringtones, oh my...


    ~Alan

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  6. hdtvfan0001

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    Google Body - Awesome tablet app
    Google Sky Map - Ditto

    Pulse News - Newsreader
    TweetCaster - Twitter client

    Google Books
    Amazon Kindle
    Aldiko Book Reader - Does ePub plus PDF, lets you save position in PDFs
    Adobe Reader

    Andoku - Sudoku
    USA Today - Honeycomb version
    CallTrack - for Phone; saves log of a call to one of your Google calendars
    Documents to Go - for MS Office documents
    Bar Control - Lets you put any app in your status bar as a shortcut

    and no Android device is complete without ...

    Apps Organizer - Categorizes your apps, and you can put one shortcut on your home page to drill down by category to launch an app.

    DIRECTV has an Android app, too, but you could also look for your bank, insurance company, etc.
     
  8. steve053

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    Quick Settings - one press to access ringer, wi-fi, volume, airplane mode, gps etc
    Screen off - soft key to turn off screen
    Weather Bug - radar and
    Wifi Analyzer - shows wifi strength, chanels etc
    Wireless Tether (needs root) - free wireless tethering for multiple devices
    MyBackup Pro - (best with root) back up data
    Titanium Backup - (best with root) back up and freeze aps
    Adfree (needs root) - blocks ads in apps
    Movies - uses gps to find closest theaters, lists movie times, links trailers
    Google Maps -
    Multiicon - put up to 4 icons in the same space as a single icon
    ShopSavy - scan barcodes to find the best price on any item
    gReader - Google reader
    Astro - file management
    QuickBoot (needs root) - one click reboot, recovery, bootloader or Power off
    Safe Neighborhood - lists convicted sex assult fellons in the area
    Navigon - navigation / map software
    arcMedia - media player for codecs not natively supported
     
  9. kiknwing

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    It's been a long time coming but..

    Netflix
    - currently available for HTC Incredible, Nexus One, Evo 4G, G2, and Samsung Nexus S.
     
  10. Mark Holtz

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    My suggestions.....

    GasBuddy
    Dropbox - Mobile client for the Dropbox application. I use it to upload my KeePass file
    KeePassDroid - For accessing my KeePass Files
     
  11. Rich

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    Good question. Since I don't have an iPhone, I don't care about iPhone apps. Selfish of me. Should have thought it thru better. Yeah, all apps for Android and iOS devices. I do have an Android phone and I do care about all the Android apps. Perhaps a Moderator can change the titles? Or can I? Let me see. If I can't, would one of the Mods please change the titles to include all Android apps and all iOS apps?...Nope, I can't change them. Have to be a moderator.

    Rich
     
  12. Rich

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    I use Advanced Call Blocker. My son's a cop and he disables CID when he's working, so your app would block him. I like Advanced Call Blocker because it's so much like my OOMA's Blacklist feature.

    Finally found The Find app. Amazing how you can type in "The Find" and then have to scroll thru so many other apps till you hit it. I downloaded it and will give it a try.

    Rich
     
  13. Rich

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    Just downloaded Note Everything. Been using Evernote and don't like it. Just uninstalled Evernote and will try Note Everything.

    I wonder if Scanner Buddy has an iPad app? Or something of that ilk? That sounds interesting.

    Tikl, the app that turns your phone into a walkie talkie, I've been trying to get my son to put that on his phone, but he refuses. Thinks I'm gonna drive him nuts with it....:lol:

    Rich
     
  14. Rich

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    Which do you think is better, Alan, The Weather Channel or Weather Bug Elite? I've got the Bug Elite on my Droid, but I expected more from it. Thought it would be like the application on my PC.

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  15. Rich

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    Finally! The lack of that was a bit of a turnoff in the Android tablets I tried.

    Rich
     
  16. hdtvfan0001

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    Once the Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android comes out 4Q...all apps are supposed to work cross-platform between Android tablets, phones, and also Google TV. That could be a game-changer...opening up many tens of thousands of apps across all Android devices.
     
  17. bobukcat

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    Yes, keep in mind the Netflix app does not work on any of the Android tablets yet.

    It's true that not all applications work across all platforms but the vast majority do. I was watching one of the Android developer sessions at IO earlier in the week and one of the attendees asked why apps don't scale to the larger screen on a Xoom. The response he got was a very firm "if your application isn't scaling it's because you wrote the application wrong, and it's not something new in Android 3.x, it's been there since 1.6!" I actually felt embarrassed for the dev getting verbally slapped like that in front of who knows how many people but it says a lot about how our experience depends on the developers.
     
  18. hdtvfan0001

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    That was an OUCH moment in that position in front of peers for sure. :eek2:

    The good news is that the new ADK is supposed to include easy tools to drive multi-platform apps routinely.
     
  19. Lord Vader

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    I LOVE this app! I get so many BS calls, including from some Pakistani-sounding scammer threatening me with legal action claiming I have an outstanding debt. He calls with different names from bogus numbers like 123-456-7890 or 10001 or 789, I kid you not. Mr. Number blocks out all this stuff. It has reduced my unwanted calls by 90%, and that is no exaggeration.
     
  20. armophob

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    I am looking right now to get an Android for the sole purpose of using the IHeartRadio ap. The cheapest I can do this that I have found so far is Virgin unlimited data for $25. But I am still on the fence about a phone. I do not care if it even rings. I just want to be able to hear my radio program anywhere in the US. Just looking for the cheapest.
     

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