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You tell us: Which Android apps are a must have?

You tell us: Which Android apps are a must have?
Last week we asked you which smartphone are you most excited about, and a large majority of you listed an Android based device. So keeping with that theme, we'd now like to know which Android apps are a must have? It can be any app (free or paid) that you use a lot and can't live without, or even an obscure app that most people haven't heard of. To get the ball rolling, here's a list of our top Android apps...

1) Google Maps with Navigation. Sometimes it comes pre-installed on the phone, or you have to download it from the Android Market, but regardless, the Google Maps with Navigation program is our top must have app. It provides your current GPS location that can be shown as a satellite view or traffic view, check what locations are near by (restaurants, hotels, gas stations, etc), and and zoom into a street view with 360 degree rotation. But the main event is the Navigation part, where you can simply speak the destination and it will find the directions. As you are driving, the map constantly updates with your position on the road and when you need to make a turn, it shows it on the screen and an automated voice reads it aloud. And the best part is that it's free to download and doesn't have a monthly fee.

You tell us: Which Android apps are a must have?

You tell us: Which Android apps are a must have?
2) LauncherPro. Regardless of which version of Android you are running, everyone likes some extra customization, and that's where LauncherPro comes in. You can have up to 7 home screens and 3 dock bars of the bottom, which you can select which shortcuts you want on the dock bar and can even have a specific background image for it. There is also the ability to change the App Drawer to the 3D View, adjust opening and scrolling speeds and highlighted colors. Even though this app is free, there is a pay version called LauncherPro Plus ($2.99) that gives you a nice selection of desktop widgets that emulate the ones found on HTC Sense UI devices: People, Bookmarks, Calendar, Messaging, Twitter, Facebook, and Friends. It is also recommended to install Home Switcher so that can easily change between LauncherPro and your device's default home layout.

3) Beautiful Widgets. Even though this app cost about $2, it is well worth it. Included in Beautiful Widgets are a bunch of desktop widgets for Bluetooth, Brightness, GPS, Plane Mode, etc. But the one that we like the most is the Home Weather (or Small Home Weather) as it shows a nice widget that includes the time, date, temp, weather, and current city. Tapping on it will show it full screen, and there are also some nice customizations for selecting different clock and weather skins, font styles, and also a Live Wallpaper that will change depending on the time of day and the weather conditions.

4) chompSMS. If you are a moderate to heavy messenger, than you should give chompSMS a try. It offers numerous settings, such as customizing the list and conversation styles, colors and themes, as well as notification settings for which ringtone to play, vibrate pattern, and LED blink color.

5) Lookout Mobile Security. It's hard to believe, but there are some rogue apps out there that are designed to hurt your phone by carrying a virus, or worse, to steal your personal information. The best way of defense is not to install apps that are from unknown sources, but with thousands of apps out there, it can be hard to figure out which aren't safe. Because of this, having Lookout Mobile Security installed is a nice way to add an extra layer of protection for your phone. Not only will it scan your phone for viruses and potential threats, it will also scan each new app that is downloaded and installed. Furthermore, it also includes a Data Backup that will save your contacts, call history, and even pictures (if you select it) to their secure server, and also a phone locator that you can access via the web to view your missing phone on a map and make it play a loud scream sound.

These are just a few of the apps that are available for Android, of which would be too many to mention. Let us know in the Comment section below which Android apps are a must have for you!

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:48

1. jar7826 (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Sep 2010)

ESPN Scorecenter i love this app esp during football season. also Yahoo Fantasy football. if you use yahoo for fantasy football this a must have app. not only can you track your team but you can change your lineup, add/drop players

posted on 29 Sep 2010, 17:52

2. gf (unregistered)

Ping Chat - Very BBM-like program but it's cross compatible with Droid, Blackberry & I-phone. Supposedly windows support coming too

posted on 29 Sep 2010, 18:17

3. scorpio85 (Posts: 160; Member since: 16 Jan 2010)

Torque, saves me hunreds of dollars by not needing to purchase gauges for my car.

posted on 29 Sep 2010, 18:23

4. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)

well i'm on Xbox LIVE sometimes and i'm a real Achievement whore so i use Achievement More Pro which syncs your Xbox LIVE Achievements and gives you a list of completed and uncompleted Achievements by game and you can select any Achievement to get links to find a guide for that specific Achievement or to find a video for it. it's a real thumbs up. my friends and i use Dropbox a hell of a lot to share cool programs or songs or pictures or what have you so you know i have the official Dropbox app (for devices running 2.1+) for you guys not in the know here's a linkhttps://www.dropbox.com then i have my Last.fm internet radio, this service is also available through Xbox LIVE and i enjoy having my Last.fm library playing while i do my homework. i'd also really like to see a phonearena app...just saying.

posted on 29 Sep 2010, 18:31

5. hellfroze (unregistered)

QuickSettings - so awesome how everything I want to know is right there. ADW.Launcher - made the tiny screen on my X10 Mini so much more usable. SlideIt - made *text entry* on my tiny screen *possible* :)

posted on 10 Nov 2010, 13:00

32. angad (unregistered)

hey man,from where did you get the adw launcher.
post the link or email me the file.

posted on 10 Nov 2010, 13:01

33. angad (unregistered)


posted on 29 Sep 2010, 19:19

6. MisterMe (unregistered)

Color note: like little post it notes for your phone Alchemy: a wickedly fun and addictive game Ringdroid: make your own ringtones jetvd: plays YouTube videos in hq and hd Gdocs: a notepad that syncs with Google docs Shazam: music identifier Cubed: neat little music player with cool effects

posted on 29 Sep 2010, 19:57

7. SL (unregistered)

Dx Top Lite for the Samsung Fascinate. It allows me to get the Google toolbar for voice searching / navigation from the handset (google maps also needed). A must for the non Bing-ers out there.

posted on 29 Sep 2010, 20:42

8. lexus (unregistered)

jetflix is a must have for a tv app well worth the money

posted on 29 Sep 2010, 21:06

9. ZiqZaq (Posts: 5; Member since: 29 Sep 2010)

Advanced Task Killer Zedge App ( Music , Ringtones , Wallpapers) Pandora Screen Shot ( Premiun Version ) ...Etc ..I like then all :P

posted on 29 Sep 2010, 21:10

10. jskrenes (Posts: 209; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

TV Listings. Better TV guide app than the one by TV Guide. Pandora/Slacker/IHeart Radio/Tune In for music and radio. G Strings guitar tuner. Better tuner than some of my standalone tuners.

posted on 29 Sep 2010, 21:16

11. Ed (unregistered)

Easymoney 3banana Gps status Trafficstats Flight track

posted on 29 Sep 2010, 22:41

12. Infiniteskiy (unregistered)

tv guide mobile is a good ape to have. =)

posted on 29 Sep 2010, 23:58

13. ECom53 (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Sep 2010)

- Radar Now - Live weather radar based on your GPS location - AK Notepad - Store personal and business notes that are backed up online. Changed phones and sync your notes right back up on your new phone... Very useful app and great if you change devices frequently! - Audio Manager - Lets you control alarm volume, music volume, alerts volume, ringer volume, system volume and voice call volume all from one widget. G4 - Great app if you're a gamer... High quality videos, reviews, previews, walk throughs, cheats, etc... NFL Mobile (Verizon only) - Allows you to watch live Sunday and Thursday night games on your phone, as well as stat tracking, favorite teams, fantasy football, etc. Great if you love the NFL Tikl - Gives your android phone push to talk capability with any other android phone. Does not use your airtime or data to talk back and forth with other Android users on any carrier. Very sweet app.

posted on 30 Sep 2010, 01:14

14. mr. droid (Posts: 278; Member since: 21 Aug 2010)

delete history.. makes me feel like i always have a brand new phone. what pisses me off is that not all apps are compatible for all phones. its android for god sakes! if the app is available on their market, then it should work on any phone that runs of your damn operating system. freakin stupid.

posted on 30 Sep 2010, 05:08

15. TheEclectic (Posts: 77; Member since: 23 Sep 2009)

handcent > chomp

posted on 30 Sep 2010, 06:17

16. ggfunk (unregistered)

I'll throw in a vote for Slacker as my favorite streaming radio service and another prop for ADW.Launcher.

posted on 30 Sep 2010, 07:37

17. rmg (unregistered)

app that can be program to unlock my car doors.

posted on 07 Oct 2010, 10:04

21. Turf (unregistered)

Viper has an starter/alarm you can install. 400.00+ 50/year. Google it.

posted on 30 Sep 2010, 17:12

18. messiah (Posts: 438; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)

Adw launcher. Weather and toggle. Xscope . Hands down the best three apps. The rest is all window dressing.

posted on 30 Sep 2010, 18:24

19. XxVerbalxX (unregistered)

kindle pda net easy tether touch to talk bar code scanner skyfire (if not on 2.2)

posted on 04 Oct 2010, 12:43

20. pravy (unregistered)

DroidCam - lets u make the best use of your high end cam...turns it into a wireless webcam to work with Skype, Yahoo Msgr, MSN etc on your PC. No Mac version yet.

posted on 17 Oct 2010, 08:33

22. David C., Chelsea, MA (unregistered)

I wish 'FORA TV" had an Android app. The iPad has one. Now its Android's turn !!!

posted on 21 Oct 2010, 10:35

23. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

Screen grabber
Market enabler
Chrome to phone
Fast web install

Im still looking for a good app to manage my hotmail account

posted on 26 Oct 2010, 10:07

24. vkg (unregistered)

Regarding games, Angry birds is a must have, its jus soo awesome and Air traffic controller is a very addictive game too.

posted on 27 Oct 2010, 09:34

25. kluvztt18 (unregistered)

1) Jetflicks is a wonderful app where you can watch all your favorite shows including all the past seasons.. shows like Weeds, Dexter, Glee, etc. are on this app and its only $50/year for unlimited access... one cool thing is that if you have a Droid X you can output the videos via the HDMI cable to your HDTV so you don't have to watch it on a tiny screen!

2) Laputa Reader has tons of books, including very popular series like Twilight, Harry Potter, Vampire Diaries, etc. and its FREE. Love it!

posted on 28 Oct 2010, 12:45

26. Melissa G (unregistered)

Tunee~Free music, you find and downolad...kinda like itunes, but free!
Alchemy~Addicting game
Space Physics~Game
What the doodle~Game

posted on 30 Oct 2010, 19:42

27. dyster (Posts: 63; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

My DX must haves:

3 Music Player
Agenda Widget
Cache Cleaner
Beautiful Widgets
Ringleader - nice to have unique notifications for my 4 email and texts
SMS Backup and restore
And of course.. Angry Birds. Cut the rope soon!

I have another 8 productivity apps, but the above I use alot.

posted on 04 Nov 2010, 05:00

28. liam (unregistered)

gotta love gmail...

lets see what else

agenda widget
huffpost/ nytimes/ npr news
tunein radio/ pandora
the weather channel...

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