Which Android apps do I need?

I've just bought my first Android phone (HTC Desire S) and wondered which apps you guys recommend I should have. Thank you :-D

Most Useful Answer blizzard7  Nov. 4, 2011 at 14:45

You may want to look here.

Also, Lewis Curdie wrote a nice set of articles here on Mobot on some Android apps. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

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mrew42  Nov. 4, 2011 at 11:27

All depends on what you want to do with your nwe smartphone, but as a bare minumum may I suggest 2x Battery and 3g Watchdog. The former can extend your battery life by judicous use of turning off bits you don't need while the screen is off. The latter keeps an eye on your data allowance so you don't go overboard.
What else are you after?
Games (angry birds), utilities (astro), new readers (BBC news), eBook readers (kindle), shopping (Argos, Amazon, ebay, paypal).... the list goes on.......

CTPAHHIK  Nov. 4, 2011 at 11:46

Aldiko is better than Amazon. I like PDF and EPUB handling in Aldiko.
Bank Control UK - banking
Cloud and Sheep - for boredom
Whats App Messenger
SMS Backup+ - for backup to Gmail account
Tesco Clubcard - new readers can read bar code from phone screen.

Everything else I have is paid.

blizzard7  Nov. 4, 2011 at 14:45

You may want to look here.

Also, Lewis Curdie wrote a nice set of articles here on Mobot on some Android apps. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

CTPAHHIK  Nov. 4, 2011 at 16:40

Don't use Advanced Task Killer - it's useless on Gingerbread. All automatic task killers don't work on latest Android versions. If you want to kill single app have to do it via settings or it starts up again.

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 4, 2011 at 17:05

^ That's right, 2.3+ Google stopped one 3rd party App being able to directly control another 3rd party app. I think it was for security reasons, though I could be wrong. I think I'm right in saying the Desire S has got a Sense 3.0 update recently, which would have included the HTC Task Manager, which is allowed to properly close other Apps.

On the App front, I recommend "My Data Manager", for keeping track of your wi-fi/3G/roaming data usages, it's got a great looking homescreen widget and is generally v.good to use, it's also free, which is nice :).

CTPAHHIK  Nov. 7, 2011 at 08:47

My Data Manager has problems with switching between WiFi and 3G. I uninstalled it after a few days. Moved to 3G Watchdog Pro. Best free app is 3G Call Meter. It's very difficult to setup, but once done it works perfectly.
HTC Task manager requires killing an app a few times. Besides this annoyance it works good.

Smiff  Nov. 7, 2011 at 13:47

not specific to this phone but i'd always install (*need rooted phone):

*AdAway - better adblock
*Titanium Backup - app & settings backup and restore
AppBrain - alternative market frontend
SayNoto0870 - can save you money
mVideoPlayer - better video player
TouchPal - better keyboard
Wifi Analyzer - geek tool
Go Launcher Ex - better launcher
LgCamera - better camera
QuickPic - better gallery
Virgin Trains - if you use any UK trains
Dolphin Browser HD

that'll do for a start. all currently free or free versions.


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