Quality essential android apps
I think its about time we compiled a list of quality android apps.
All these mobile markets boast bazillions of apps in their libraries which is complete BULLsit. 99.9999991% of the apps are complete trash or outright spyware disguised as something "pretty". The search feature in these markets are pretty useless too. you have almost no control over what gets displayed, and unless you know the exact name of what you want, the "search" feature is a waste of time.
So lets get a list started of apps that are actually worth the money/drive space. Couple things I don't want to see though... no 2 second time wasters. If its actually really GOOD and something you'd use a lot, then sure, but if its something simply "nifty" for 2 minutes, thats a POS and doesn't belong in the list. Another thing is that if its a "free" app, it must be "free", not "free" disguised as a "we're going to watch everything you do from this day forward and save it to sell to others" "free". If it needs rediculous permissions, then its a POS and doesn't belong here.
Other than that, lets givver!
Some Apps that I use often:
Netflix: for watching netflix.
Crunchyroll: because i'm a geek and watch a lot of anime
Lynda.com: because I'm a geek and need to learn lots of shiz
Adobe reader: for reading pdf files on my Asus T prime.
MXPlayer: for watching movies/videos. great no nonsense plug and play player. haven't found a file it wouldn't play yet.
Smart office2: It'll open doc, excell and powerpoint files, and allows limited editing. Not perfect, but the best there is available at the moment. (that I've found)
vconvertit: unit conversion tool. Be careful there are a lot of versions out there that are POS. vconvertit doesn't require any special permissions.
Zinio: magazine stand app. lots of inexpensive magazines offered here. I'm an avid reader.
Tethering Widget: Allows one click enable hotspot/teathering. very handy if you use your phone to give others wireless access. (which i use to enable my transformer prime a lot)
Flashplayer: Flash is a POS but i need it to watch online porn, so it sneaks in there.
Thats all i have right now, lets compile this list so we can actually have quality applications on our mobile devices for once.
This one is great if you have an android tablet and phone, Tablet Talk. It allows you to tether either via bluetooth or wireless your tablet to your phone and allow it to make/receive calls or texts. Its great for those who want to use their tablet as a gps in their card and keep with hands free.
Barcode Scanner is a very handy app to have around as well as Google Clopud Print which in my experience works great. Printing from your Android device from anywhere. K9 mail is my email app of choice & I think should be mentioned as well.
MX Player lacks DTS audio support. I don't know about you guys, but I have a fair number of MKV's that use DTS. As such, I'm left with using BSPlayer which works just as well.
Since I rooted my Nexus 7, I installed CIFS Manager as well (had to install a kernel with CIFS support) so now I can mount my SMB (Windows) network shares and stream all my media to the tablet.
If you can find some XBMC nightlies, it works pretty decently too. You could always compile your own too. Same goes for VLC.
I use Documents to Go for document editing/viewing, but I rarely do that. Google Docs usually is adequate.
I use WiFi Analyzer a lot. - Analyzes all wifi signals in the area and what strength/channel they are on. helps you set up a router / ap on the best channel.
Teamviewer - remote into your desktop at home.
XMBC remote - remote control for your XBMC setup over the network
Samsung Remote - remote control for your Samsung TV over the network
CSipSimple (for those with voip accounts - use your VOIP account via your cellphone using dataplan or the wifis - good for avoiding those $0.40 min LD charges)
Google maps / Navigation - For getting around.
Peel (for those with IR blaster) - Uses IR to control your TV, Reciever, etc, much like a Harmony remote.
Team viewer is a must
Adfree, if you're rooted
- Go Locker
- Go Launcher
- Go SMS
- Canada Post
- RBC (Bank App)
- XBMC Remote
- Minimalistic Text
- Adobe Reader
- Dolphin Browser
- SwiftKey 3
- WiFi Matic
Personally, I like Kingsoft Office. Seems like a good app so far without too many issues.
Thanks Sam. I'll have to give that a go. Have you found a mounting system for your car yet?
I don't suppose you other fellas could give a short description as to the function of each app?
I haven't found a car mount/dock yet that's officially for the N7. I want that rather then a generic so I can just dock it into the car when I'm driving and remove it, no fumbling for power/aux cables.
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