When I was compiling my first list of the Top 10 Android Apps that are free, I was thinking about the whole Apple vs Android world. It occurs to me that in this world you are either an Apple Fan Boy, or your not.
For a while those of us not sucked into the Apple hype machine could only gaze longingly at the wonder of touch screen and the beautifully rendered apps on the iPhone and iTouch. We had to make do with things like the clunky Ovi store on Nokia or similar.
However Google changed all that with Android. Now those of us that refuse to be assimilated by the Apple hype machine can get the benefit of cool apps, many of which are identical to the Apple apps.
So let us enjoy and emrace the best in Android apps, knowning there is a viable, and sometimes – dare I say it, better solution to IPhone apps.
With its thousands of apps to enhance our lives, it can be difficult to sort the wheat from the chaff. So for starters here are the first set of Android apps that I have on my phone, before anyother.
Here are some of my Top Ten Android Apps.
Social Media – there are a range to choose from, and one needs to have FACEBOOK or TWITTER. I actually have the official FACEBOOK and TWITTER app. But with HTC Wildfire comes FRIENDS STREAM, which combines feed from both of these. In addition I would strongly recommend TWEETDEC – which also combines status updates from both FACEBOOK and TWITTER and allows you to update both at once.
2. Gesture Search
This is an excellent way to write with your finger to find what you are looking in the address book, and easily recognises hastily written letters.
Great fun, espeically when using to scan barcodes and QR codes, will come up with searches relevant to picture it sees. Pretty cool for doing searches on visual inputs.
If you like blogging like I do, this is an excellent way to update and add posts to multiple WordPress blogs, and is rendered beautifully for the phone. I can post articles to my WordPress blogs when sitting ont he train.
This was a great success on the iPhone and is now available as an Android App – and cross-compatible with iphones. You can exchange information such as contacts or even money (via PayPal) – just by “bumping” your device with someone else who has BUMP enabled
Great when collating ideas or notes. See a picture of something, take a photo and add it to your Evernote account. Or write some ideas. I use this a lot as ideas and concepts come to me at anytime. With this I can jot down ideas, take voice notes, take photos immediately send to my Evernote account.
What?!!! I hear you cry. I first saw this on a friends iPad, but it made me laugh. My 5 year old daughter thinks it is hilarious, so keeps her amused. Your own virtual pet. The free version is limited to what he can do, but paid versions have many more amusing animations.
8. Amazon Kindle
This works really well, and when Android tablet devices become more widespread will really come into its own. I have read stuff on my little HTC Wildfire and it works really well, although long novels work less well on a little handheld phone. But it will be superb on the Galaxay Tab.
9 .Amazon Barcode
In a shop, want to see if you can buy something cheaper at Amazon. Scan the barcode and get the Amazon product on your screen and compare prices. Great if you like to check out whether something really is a bargain.
Music on the go. I resent paying a subscription to Spotify, so Last.FM is perfect as it plays the music you like, but it keeps it fresh as you never know what will come up next. But also gives you latest news and gigs for the artists that you are listening to. And it is FREE.