Android Love: The 10 Apps That Make Everyday A Little Easier

By Joel Widmer | Productivity

Jul 12

It’s no secret. I’m a huge Google and Android fan.
It’s always been Gmail for my email. Gdocs has recently taken over Microsoft Word for all my documents. I have thousands of Google bookmarks; and ever since the first Android phone came out, I’ve been an unapologetic Android geek. I will say we Android fans have had our updates and downs but overall I’ve been pretty happy watching Android grow up.

Here’s a quick list of my top 10 favorite Android Apps I couldn’t live without on my Nexus One. Keep in mind that some of these may not work on your phone because each phone and carrier is a little different.

1. gTasks It took me a long time to find a simple notes app that I could sink to my computer on the go but gTasks is definitely it! Free to download and you can upgrade if you want automatic syncing.

2. Dialer One Lets face it. The stock dialer on the Nexus One is junk. It’s too big and just not functional. Dialer One picks up where it leaves off. The keyboard only takes up half the screen (so you can reach it with your fingers while holding it in one hand) and it has multiple screens that you can swipe to switch from your call log to favorites to contacts.

3. Issuu This is the perfect app for sitting in the doctors office. I’m a big fan of Issuu as a whole so, naturrally I was excited about the app version. The Issuu app does a fantastic job of taking a magazine and making it extremely readable on your phone. It’s free of course.

4. PDA Net I apologize to all of you non-T-mobile customers who have bandwidth caps (even though I hear it really doesn’t make a difference..) but if you hate trying to browse the internet during lunch hour at Panera with the half-hour time limit and ridiculously slow internet speeds you can (pretty) easily tether your phone to use it’s internet connection for your computer. I’ve done it wirelessly through bluetooth several time and if you have good 3g the speeds are actually very decent. And it’s free.

5. Reqall You can’t download this app on the marketplace; you have to grab it from their site but I’ve tried that and I prefer just using the speed dial version. Reqall simply gives you a free phone number to call, you can record 30sec voice notes on the go and when you get back to your office they will be transcribed in text sitting in an email waiting for you. Chances are if you’ve met me, I’ve recommended this handy little app because it’s simply the best and most used app on my phone! Of course it’s free.

6. ShapeWriter I’ve heard rumors they discontinued this keyboard and if that’s true I’m sorry (but I bet you can find it somewhere…)  Instead of typing on the terrible stock keyboard, this keyboard allows you to create words by moving your finger from letter to letter while not taking it off. Great for big known words, not so good for names and proper nouns. BUT it is and has been my primary keyboard for quite some time and I have not plans on changing it. Quick note, it takes 2 seconds to change back to the Android stock keyboard. Free free free

7. GVoice I’ve tried visual voicemail and it sucks compared to Google Voice. I have my Voice account set up to work with my existing phone number and it’s pretty slick. The best part? I don’t have to listen to voicemails on my phone (which I hate!) When I get home they are waiting for me in my inbox ready to play through my speakers voice-to-text transcription and all. Being from Google, of course it’s free

8. Any Cut This nifty little app makes it possible to create absolutely any shortcut you’d ever want on your screen. This is the app I used for Reqall. I also use it for shortcuts to Gmail, Google Reader, and quickly texting my fiance. It’s a must have free app.

9. Astro File Manager If you’re like me, always downloading, testing and deleting apps, a good amount of cache can get stored up that doesn’t get deleted when you delete the app. Astro File Manager allows you to go through all the files on your phone and manage them. Great for free app for creating space on your phone.

10. TweetMeep One of the simplest apps is actually a widget. TweetMeep is a widget that sits on your screen and allows you to VERY quickly update Twitter without the hassle of waiting for your account to update and sync.

Aside from the Google Maps Navigate app that comes pre-installed and puts my Garmin to shame, those are my absolute favorite apps!

PLEASE! I’d love to hear yours. What am I missing? Share in the comments below or send me a tweet at @jwidmer


About the Author

Joel Widmer is the Founder & CEO of Fluxe Digital Marketing—a content marketing shop that helps smart businesses create, produce and promote their content through a unique one-on-one interview process. When he’s not working, Joel can be found trying new restaurants with his wife and son.

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Kevin Wax July 13, 2010

Great article! Almost made me want to get a droid! :)

    Joel Widmer July 13, 2010

    Haha I’m gonna make a believer out of you before you know it.

Bill Seaver July 13, 2010

Thanks Joel. Very helpful. I see several here that I’m going to download. I’ve found Evernote to be a great app to sync with my Evernote account on my computer. Google Goggles is just plain cool too.

    Joel Widmer July 13, 2010

    Evernote is a great app! I’ve switched between that and other bookmarking tools and ultimately settled on Google Bookmarks just because of how light and efficient it is. I’d be interested to hear how you use it.

Gary Armstrong July 24, 2010

I use scanR all the time – scans documents and converts to PDF – sends them to anyone you want, can also fax them – or just save as PDF for your own files. Used it at TN Secretary of State Division of Corporations where they charge $20 to give you information on companies – you can pull up the info for free on their screens and use scanR to make a PDF of the screen shots – result was a perfect PDF file as good as they could have printed – scanR costs about 3 cents per page which you load by paying in advance (I buy 100 pages for $30 which lasts a long time).

    Joel Widmer July 24, 2010

    I didn’t realize they had scanR for Android. I’ve seen it for the iphone and loved it. Thanks for the heads up!

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