Best Android Apps - Condensed List with Notes

Here's a list of the 50+ best Android Apps that I've found for various tasks. 

I know these lists have been done before and elsewhere, but hopefully you'll find my years of smartphone use and app-evaluations helpful as well. I have them sorted by category, and I put a $ symbol next to the paid apps, the rest are free.

Feel free to add comments with other apps you like and I'll put them in.

Google Stuff
  • Email: The default GMail app
  • Business Calendar $ (far better than the default calendar)
  • Maps, Currents (news), Earth
  • Reader (RSS feed reader that I use it to track deals online, among other things)
  • Picassa Tool (for photos)

Productivity Tools
  • Timeriffic, Profile Valet, Tasker (allows custom ringtone volume/mute schedules and system automation)
  • TeamViewer (awesome remote login app for controlling your desktop remotely, or media pc, etc)
  • CamScanner (free & $ versions, lets you take pictures and crop them into PDFs)
  • OfficeSuitePro 6 $ (my favorite office document viewer/editor I've used, also works for PDFs)
  • EZPDF $ (my favorite standalone PDF reader/editor)
  • Mileage (input gas station fillups, track cost and MPG)

  • mobile webpage (best deals site on the net :)
  • eBay (dedicated ebay app)

File Syncing
  • DropBox (best of the best, it just works)
  • Google Drive (works especially well for documents and collaboration)
  • Box, PogoPlug (both work fine, just not as good as DropBox or Drive in my opinion)

Social Media
  • Google+, Facebook, Twitter

  • QuickPic (fast and free video / picture viewer)
  • YouTube, Music Player
  • Google Music & Amazon Mp3 (allow you to store and stream your music library from the cloud)
  • Spotify, Pandora, Slacker & iHeartRadio (streaming radio apps)
  • SoundHound & Shazaam (listens to and recognizes music with the phone mic)

  • Mint (awesome app for budgeting and tracking all of your bank account activity, and input cash transactions)
  • Bank specific apps (both of my banks have apps that allow depositing of checks, etc)
  • Square (credit card reader to take credit card payments, they just charge 2.75% per transaction)

  • Nook (B&N), Kindle (Amazon), Books (Google); (all free, and work great)
  • Aldiko (great for everything else, & unlocked books. Very customizable)
  • Calibre (OK, this is a windows/mac/linux program, but it manages, converts and uploads ebooks really well)

Interface Apps
  • Screen Filter (dims the screen further for using your phone/tablet in the dark) 
  • ADW launcher (my favorite homescreen/launcher, it's very customizable) 
  • AdFree (needs root access, takes out ads across the phone, in apps and the browser)
  • Elixer 2 (and Elixer Widget 2); (great app for controlling system settings, think 'power control' widget on steroids)

App and System Specific
  • Swype (my favorite and fastest keyboard, much nicer than tapping)
  • Chrome Beta (great browser that syncs bookmarks with your desktop)
  • Titanium Backup (requires root, allows backup and restore of your apps, has a paid version as well)
  • SMS Backup+ (backup/restore your texts and call logs)
  • Amazon Appstore (has a free app every day, I got many of the paid apps above with this)
  • Folder Organizer $ (sorts and categorizes your apps for easy retrieval and auto-updating folders on your homescreen)

I hope this turned you to a new app or two that helps! Please let me know what you think in the comments, and feel free to add suggestions for the list.

Also; Most of these apps will work on an iOS device as well (iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, etc). I actually started with iOS and found many of these apps while using iOS. Both are great platforms, I think it mostly comes down to hardware preference anymore.

maven3 posted Jun 25, 2012
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You can get Swype on iphone, ipad or ipod touch. Of course you need to be jailbroken.
Acidbaby (rep: 6.84k) posted Jun 25, 2012
@Acidbaby; that's good to know. I haven't used iOS for a while now.

I'm definitely not trying to start an Android vs iOS debate ;)

You bring up a great point though, most of the apps I listed are available on both platforms.
maven3 (rep: 5.23k) posted Jun 25, 2012
Yeah, just saying. Pretty much any app for either OS is available on the other if youre rooted or jailbroken.
Acidbaby (rep: 6.84k) posted Jun 25, 2012
That's a very nice list - well done.
erick99 (rep: 19.5k) posted Jun 25, 2012
Thanks erick99. I think I know now some of your pain in writing/submitting pages. The page editor has a mind of its own. (perhaps you should do a page on how to do pages ;)
maven3 (rep: 5.23k) posted Jun 25, 2012
Very good reference and resource! I install and maintain 'custom roms' on well over half a dozen Galaxy S's, and this is a very helpful list. Thanks Maven!
shalom24 (rep: 906) posted Jun 25, 2012
im new to android world and this list is very helpful thanks
rd995 (rep: 111k) posted Jun 25, 2012
this list helps so much -- thanks
vkcraft (rep: 5) posted Jun 26, 2012