I remember that glorious day as if it were yesterday. What day you ask? The day I received my android smart phone, the HTC Incredible. It is the phone that ushered me into the smartphone arena. It changed not only how I do many daily tasks but it amazed me with its features, and for me redefined what a phone is capable off.
When I first got the phone I downloaded dozens of apps (it’s fun isn’t it?) and then as the months went by I uninstalled many as I found myself using a select few apps consistently. Here are 5 apps that made the cut and are worth checking out:
Ever heard of cloud storage? If you haven’t heard about it or used it before, you’re in for a treat. Dropbox is a company that provides free and paid cloud storage to the public. You can sign up on their site (dropbox.com) and get 2GB of storage space for free. You then download their software which places a “Dropbox folder” on your computer’s desktop. When you place a file (any kind of file) in that folder, it syncs to Dropbox online effectively making it available anywhere. This is really cool! You no longer need to carry a flashdrive with you. Things get even better when you get the free android app available on the android market. With the app, you can upload pictures you’ve taken with your phone to your Dropbox account instantly – I use the app for this all the time to upload and share pictures without having to use a USB cable to transfer the files to my laptop. It’s very fast and convenient, you’ll wonder how you lived without it.
I’m a creative guy, and my head is always buzzing with all kinds of ideas, often when I’m out and about. I wanted a notes app that I could use to store ideas that I have on the go, as well as simple things like lists and things to do. Enter “Catch”. This is a free app that gives you the ability to take different types of notes, such as text notes, camera notes, reminder notes, even voice notes! You can set it so that every time you add a note it will sync to your Catch account that is available online so your notes are available anywhere you have an internet connection. Never forget that next great idea ever again!
I’m a forum junkie. Their are several forums I frequent, and having a smartphone allows me to view and post in threads while on the go when I want to. The problem is that viewing threads in a regular phone browser is not intuitive. You often have to zoom in, or the text won’t format nicely for proper reading. Tapatalk is the answer to this. You can save your favorite forums and threads for fast and easy viewing, and of course, publish posts. Get your read on.
I’d now like to introduce you to my new little friend, his name is Gasbuddy. Gas prices continue going in one direction (hint: it rhymes with yup), and this is having a large impact on many drivers. Wouldn’t it be nice to save some money at the pump during these difficult times? Enter Gasbuddy. Gasbuddy is a free app that uses your phone’s GPS and data connection and provides you with local gas prices. You can organize the list it gives you by price per gallon or by distance. Gas prices are typically updated every few hours both by other Gasbuddy users or by the gas station themselves. Drive by that gas station smiling, knowing that just a few blocks away is another station with much cheaper gas. You’re so smart.
4. TuneIn Radio
I love music of all kinds and this is one app I use almost everyday. It’s free and gives you access to thousands of radio stations, both in the U.S and abroad. You can set your own station pre sets by browsing stations via the app. One thing I like about this app is that you can search by country, it’s a great way to discover new music. Did I mention it’s free?
As much as I love my android phone, the battery life was just terrible. It was especially bad when I first got the phone as I was constantly downloading new apps and exploring its features. I didn’t want to change out batteries or use a larger battery that would take away the slimness of my phone. The solution? JuiceDefender. This fantastic app (free version available) has built in battery saving profiles (balanced, aggressive, extreme, custom) that you can put into effect with just a touch of a button. Click the profile you like (I suggest starting with balanced and then go from their). The app optimizes the battery usage of your smartphone giving you HOURS of extra juice. After installing this app, I was shocked at how much more battery life I was getting. Truly remarkable, try it and see the results for yourself.
So their you have it, 5 great apps that I use all the time that I’m sure you’ll love too. Give them a test run and let me know what you think in the comments. I plan on doing a part 2 with more great android apps so stay tuned! Till next time.