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Remember when phones were just to make calls (oh god, do some of you not? I’m getting old…)? No longer! Now that I’ve had my Droid X2 for a while, it’s time to share some of the wisdom I’ve gathered over a couple months of use. My basic stipulations for apps are that they are either free or provide a service that I can’t get anywhere else. So far I haven’t bought a single app (although I have some media subscriptions that come with an app). Pretty good service record! There are a lot of Apps out there, and a lot of those apps are great for something or other, so I’m going to stick to the ones that I find myself using on a daily basis.
Amazon App Store
I thought I would kick it off with this because the Amazon App Store offers a different free app every single day. It’s a great way to try out some apps that you might not look at otherwise. Head over to the link and you’ll see the free app front and center.
I only have about a 5 minute train ride, so it’s great to have something to do besides awkwardly avoid eye contact with strangers. Here are a few of my favorite time wasters:
Angry Birds: If you don’t know what Angry Birds is yet, well, I don’t believe you. But I’ll humor you. It’s basically a physics-based game where you shoot little birds with different abilities at different structures in an effort to crush a bunch of pigs. Confused? Just try it, it’s the most addictive thing this side of old-school Coke. Get it here, and the sequels here and here.
Shortyz: I love crosswords. They’re a great diversion, they build trivia knowledge so I can compete better in bars against unemployed hipsters who spend their days reading encyclopedias, and they may even help fend off Alzheimer’s. Shortyz is easy to use and has a ton of free crosswords every day, including my all-time favorite not-too-challenging Washington Post crossword puzzle. If you like crosswords, it’s a must-have. Get it here.
Roms: There’s nothing better than the classics, and luckily Android supports all kinds of emulators. There’s a lot to say about these and I’m not going to take the time to get into specifics, but here are my choice PlayStation (guide to set up), SNES (no save states in free version), and GBA. As a warning, there may be some… legality issues… so I’m not going to link to any games, but if you want to find some, just search for something like “SNES ROMs” on google (in the emulator world, games are called ROMs). If you want to know more, shoot me an email.
- Words With Friends: It’s a slow, buggy app but it integrates across platforms and with Facebook so all of your friends probably have it. Not as good bonus tile placement as Scrabble, but it works. Get it here.
- Androminion: If you’ve played the board game Dominion, this is a very basic app that includes the first couple expansions. Get it here.
I have a terrible memory and am usually so busy I forget what I’m doing right now, let alone what I need to do in a few hours or, heaven forbid, tomorrow. These are the apps I use to keep track of… everything:
Astrid: Astrid is a sweet task manager. It’s quite simple in design, but integrates with Google Tasks, Producteev , and Astrid.comhttp://astrid.com/, which allows you to share lists with other people. The widget isn’t the prettiest to look at, but it gets the job done. Get it here.
Stock Android Calendar: Honestly I like the stock Android Calendar. I know some people prefer other things, but frankly it syncs with Google Calendar and it has a clean, resizeable widget. That’s about all I need, although there are some other good options out there.
Evernote: Evernote is a great note taking app. You can record text and audio, take pictures, or combine any of the three. The best part is that it syncs up with evernote.com for easy access from a computer. You can share notes with others and even save whole websites (like recipes) for later viewing. Get it here.
- Evernote (4×1): Easy use of the key features of the Evernote app mentioned earlier.
- Twitter (4×1): Quick look at the last tweet on your feed, takes you into the app.
- Mint (4×1): Quick overview of your cash and credit debt. Makes me feel bad until I stop spending money.
- Power Control (4×1): This came default on my phone. It lets you toggle things like Brightness, WiFi, GPS, and more on and off. Toggle things off if you aren’t using them – you’ll save a ton of battery.
|What are you waiting for? Go get ’em!|