New Phone Update – 23 First Android Apps

25 07 2011

Seeing as my last post about my new Galaxy S II has been so popular, here’s a quick update from day 3.

I’ve put a load of music on it, using Kies and configured the built-in apps for my various social networking accounts, etc. So, the obvious next step was to start downloading some apps.

Here’s what I’ve installed so far:

  • AVG anti-virus – with Android‘s growing popularity, it’s important to protect your phone
  • WordPress – obviously
  • Huffington Post – ditto
  • IMDb – I rely quite heavily on IMDb when I’m watching TV and films; it puts a stop to those endless “who’s that?”, “what was she in?” conversations.
  • StumbleUpon – I love StumbleUpon. I find so many new sites, opinions and ideas from it.
  • TV Guide – so many times I’ve been out somewhere, knowing that there’s something I’d like to watch later, but not knowing exactly what time it’s on. It’s great to be able to check what time it’s on and whether it’ll be repeated on another channel later.
  • ITV Player – so I can watch ITV programmes as well as BBC ones on my phone (it came with iPlayer pre-installed)
  • Facebook – this has a bit more functionality than Social Hub
  • Shazam – for IDing music out and about. Easier than memorising the lyrics to search for later!
  • Google Sky Map – this is going to be really interesting. I’ve not had chance to go outside at night and look at this, but I’m looking forward to it.
  • Barcode Scanner – scan barcodes on the go for price comparisons or data import.
  • Adobe Reader – for viewing PDFs.
  • Dictionary – both dictionary and thesaurus functionality with text and voice search.
  • Google Earth
  • Knitting Stash – save details of equipment, supplies and progress on projects
  • Google Shopper
  • Pulse – news / feed reader. Nice layout.
  • ReadItLater – save all kinds of text (articles, documents, web pages etc) to read later offline.
  • Photoshop Express – photo editing software. I’ve not tested this yet.
  • Amazon KindleeBook reading software.
  • Skyfire – I’ve not tested this web browser yet, but apparently it’s much faster than the default.
  • Evernote – allows you to create notes (text, audio, images) and store them in the cloud, accessible from any device with the software installed. Lots of people have been raving about this app, so I’m going to give it a go.
  • Layar – displays augmented reality (AR) layers over your camera display. Choose from all sorts of different layers, eg Tube stations, restaurants etc.



3 responses

26 07 2011

Also worth considering:

Dolphin browser
Little Photo
Perfect Viewer
ES File Explorer

26 07 2011

Thanks for the suggestions. I’m just working through them now 🙂 It came with AccuWeather already installed and a widget on the home screen. Made me think of you!

28 07 2011

Honestly, there isn’t one of these I would be without now. If you want any info on them, let me know. Oh and appbrain market is a much better method for finding apps from your phone than the default app.

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