I’ve only had my HTC EVO since august so technically these apps haven’t had the full year to gel, but none the less here are my favorites (and not so favorites ) for 2010:
RPN calc: former engineering geeks like me =know= RPN notation rocks over the standard algebraic notation, and until HP comes to their senses and re-issues the HP15C or HP11C this is the best alternative.
RingDroid lets you edit sound files and set them as ringtones or notification sounds
Utilities, System Status:
Android Status: a straight forward, no-nonsense app showing memory usage (including the SD card), CPU usage, I.P. addresses and other info. It has both paid and free versions
Memory Usage: Shows the main memory usage by program, and although task killers have been thoroughly debunked, it does have an auto-task killer for those that want them. It has both paid and free versions.
Quick System Info: Yet another system info app battling it out for space on my phone. This one sorts the info by tabs and also (sigh…) includes a task killer feature. It offers widgets as well, but be forewarned that I accidently pressed a “kill all tasks” widget and my SD card was turned into a read-only device somehow and had to be reformatted to restore functionality. As with the above info utilities, the status stuff is good to have, avoid the task killing. Both paid and free.
Utilities, file managers:
ES File explorer: I bounced back and forth between this and the Astro file manager before ultimately settling on ES. It has the standard file manager for local memory, but also lets you access your file shares over your wi-fi off of your PC, and access you FTP server over the cell network. I believe Astro has the same features, but only allowed SFTP when I needed standard FTP. You probably can’t go wrong with either.
Utilities, Media players:
Rock Player will play those XVID shows and movies from your (ahem) downloads without the need for re-encoding
Power Amp is an audio player with a ton of customizability including an equalizer, what folders to look at and when to rescan those folders (which I could never figure out how to do with the standard player) as well as a widget for your lock screen.
DoggCatcher ($7) is a podcast player that’s works well, I like that it remembers where you stopped played and has jog buttons that lets you get past Leo Laporte’s Ford Sync commercials easily. Here’s hoping for faster playback speeds in 2011. (google Listen is also a fine free alternative)
Graffiti gives you the keyboard for the old palm PDA’s (the first GOOD graffiti, not graffiti2), it’s handy as hell for making notes during a bumpy car ride. Unfortunately they’ve recently added ads to it, here’s hoping for a paid version in 2011.
Swype: At first I thought it was kind of gimmicky, but the more I fool with it, the more I like it. I was all set to diss it for no cursor controls, until I found the secret (swipe from the info key to the sym key and you get all sorts of editing options)(note: swype just came to me recently on the last Evo update)
DropBox lets you access and download files from your dropbaox account
Quick Save lets me save pages to my “read it later” account for viewing on my home computer. It also supports Delicious
Androzip is a good file managers/archiver, I just haven’t used it since I found ES file manager can unzip things
Demos you that you show to friend proving Android is the way to go:
Google Sky Map: It shows the constellations in the sky as you move the phone around. Way cool to show your buddies, even though you never use it otherwise
Gym Babes: If women in tank tops running in slow motion aren’t enough get your male friend to buy an Android, they’re dead.
IP Webcam: Lets you broadcast your phone camera to your wi-fi network and view the video on a browser.
Note Everything is my number one app. It lets you takes notes and you sort them into folders. If you get the paid app, you get photo notes and automatic backup to your SD card. (you also get a lot more, but this is what I use it for) add in NE GDocs and you get google docs access. This is the app I use on job sites to make notes and in turn make my boss happy. The Evo camera is good enough to make copies of blue prints, floor plans and paper notes that it all gets stored in Note Everthing and printed up later at home.
Documents To Go($15) and QuickOffice($10) have been battling it out on my phone for 6 months with no clear winner. I needed basic spreadsheet for recording my time-card but both came with Word, Powerpoint, and PDF viewers as well. I went with QuickOffice first because it supported googledocs, but the spreadsheet always showed that it was recalculating even for a minor change in a simple spreadsheet. Documents To Go added the googledocs and has had a long history on Palm PDA’s and Windows mobile, but doesn’t use the pinch-to-zoom. Both PDF viewers are faster than the included viewer on my Evo. Hopefully the QuickOffice spreadsheet problem has been fixed, I haven’t checked
Evo native app that is overlooked:
Hey, my built in clock widget includes timers and alarm clocks. Pretty cool. I’m not sure if that’s just with HTC sense or if it’s a general android thing.
Multicon lets you add shrunken versions of your app icons to your screen. Now you can add more icons per screen (some people may not think that’s a plus). Pretty neat hack for free (I donated some money anyway, it’s that usefull)
Auto Rotate lets you turn that feature on and off from a widget without going into the settings
NoLock lets you turn off the swipe bar when you turn on the phone
Diversions, not games:
Scanner Radio lets you access police and fire transmissions across the country though the internet
TerraTime lets you see what the earth would look like from space with sunlight, cloudscapes and ice packs; it also gives you sunrise and sunset times.
Angry Birds: what do I need to say here? It had me addicted for a month until I played it out. Too bad the ads blocked parts of the screen that made game play tougher. I can’t believe they didn’t offer a paid ad-free version.
RoboDefense: A total time killer. You set up tanks and towers to kill people and robots running across the screen. The more people you kill, the more money you get to build more towers. (paid and free versions)
Fruit Ninja lets you slice fruit as they fly through the air
Nesoid is an Nintendo emulator that is awesome, but fails on my touchscreen-only Evo. If you have a standard slide out keyboard on your Android, this will rock.
Slice It is a fun puzzle game, and is the only app I can think of that lets you use more than one finger at a time. You are presented with a geometric shape and you have to slice it into equal area parts with a given number of lines.
Invader of Space is tough to describe (and the instructions don’t help). It’s sort of an advanced Othello with you working your way from one side of the board and the computer coming from the other side. (BattleFlood is another game with the same idea)
Stuff That I thought would be more interesting:
Evernote: Lets you takes notes (including pictures) that go straight to cloud and would be accessible on your computer. I know people rave about this, but just takes forever to upload a picture from my phone. And even when it works, I’m just left with a “meh” feeling. I’m far more productive with a combination of NoteEverything, GoogleDocs, and ES File Manager(for sharing files across wi-fi or FTP)
Slacker Radio: I guess I’d just rather listen to podcasts
WebSharing is a neat hack that turns your phone into a mini webserver that you can access on your wi-fi network. You can access the phone through a browser on your main computer and transfer or stream files though the browser. Okay, that’s cool, but so what? In terms of productivity, how is this better that simply using your USB cable or ES File Explorer over the network?
ChromeToPhone is a neat idea to send links and phone numbers from your main computer browser (chrome) to you android. Cool but it never got used past the “just installed it and fooled with it a little” stage.
Best Android related podcasts (in no order)
Android App Addicts concentrates on hosts’ ideas of current geeky apps (disclaimer: I do the show notes for them, but I wouldn’t do it if it wasn’t interesting)
Android Buffet is two guys (one of which is a developer) talking about the android app market in general. (I thought this pretty dry at first, but I’ve warmed up to them.)
Android Central is hardware centric, as these guys seem to have access to every droid phone in the world and they discuss their takes on the different phones.
EVO specific blogs that I like:
So, Here are my favorites for 2010 (and by this, I mean stuff I use day in and day out):
Note Everything for just flat-out organizing
DoggCatcher as my pod catcher
ES File Explorer as my File manager
Rock Player for watching my videos
Android Status for a quick view of my resources
Quick System Info for a more in-depth view
RPN Calc as my calculator
Multicon is always there on my screen
What I want for 2011:
A decent outliner with a collapsable/expandable heirarchy. Natura sofware has had Bonsai for years on the palm PDA, they just need to wake up and port in to the android.
Have fun in 2011!