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Best Droid Apps

24 Oct

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I recently switched from an iPhone to the Droid X.  I absolutely loved the iPhone, but the sad fact is that AT&T service was absolutely horrible.  We don’t have a land line, so this was my primary phone.  I could only get on the Edge network (no 3G) with 1 bar of signal strength in my house.  If I walked around, I constantly dropped calls.  In my kitchen, beside the refrigerator: NO SIGNAL. This would not do.  I heard good things about the Droid X and decided to switch.  Major pros:  8MP camera with a flash that takes incredible pictures!!; video recording; large app database; can serve as a WiFi hotspot for 5 devices; large, crisp touchscreen; Swype technology for messaging/text that allows you to swipe the word on the keyboard instead of typing individual letters; and Verizon service.  I had it one day and was completely in love.  I’ve had it for a week now, and couldn’t be more happy.  My only minor complaint is about those tiny navigation buttons on the bottom.  You have to push them far too often for any kind of navigation, and they’re just too small.  If you’re listening Motorola/Droid people: It’d be great to have that navigation interface right on the touchscreen like the iPhone does, with one, LARGE central button for returning to the home screen.  It’s a pretty minor complaint, and I’ve already adjusted, but a girl can always dream, right?

I’ve spent any spare time I could whittle out this past week researching apps and came up with a working list that I thought I’d share.  If you have favorites you don’t see here, I’d love for you to leave a comment!  I’ve tried to roughly categorize them, and, please note that Jenna is 4, so many of the “kids’ apps” are geared for preschool, but many are fun for kids of ALL ages too!

Special thanks to Mo at One Ping Only for her contribution to this list and helping me find some of the great ones!

General:

  1. Advanced English & Thesaurus
  2. Barcode Scanner – scans barcodes and looks up prices and reviews
  3. Bathroom Finder (by BeTomorrow) – Helps you find a bathroom wherever you are
  4. Battery Monitor – battery status without being in standby mode
  5. Congress – Info on elected officials – bios, how they vote, etc.
  6. Craigsnotification – Craigslist
  7. Droidlight LED Flashlight – lights up flash to use as a flashlight
  8. ebay
  9. Evernote – I love this for all kinds of lists/notes, task manager, etc
  10. Find Dunkin Donuts – in case there’s no Starbucks to be found.  Or you need a donut.
  11. Find a Starbucks – because OBVIOUSLY!
  12. FM Radio
  13. Google Sky Map – uses GPS – you hold phone to sky & it shows what constellations to look for there.  AWESOME!
  14. Google Shopper – scans bar codes and adds to your list (Maybe this came on the phone? Can’t remember)
  15. Grocery IQ – grocery list-maker.  Can scan barcodes to add
  16. I’m Hungry – vegetarian recipes
  17. iPharmacy + Med Scanner
  18. Indian Recipes
  19. IMDb – Movie and movie star database – look up info, reviews, parental cautions, etc.
  20. Hospital Intel – info on area hospitals
  21. Huffington Post
  22. iSyncr – to sync from itunes to droid
  23. JetVD – supposed to make it easy to download movies/clips from YouTube
  24. iTranslate – translates using voice or typing
  25. Kayak – find cheap travel rates (flights, hotels, etc.)
  26. Mabilo Ringtones – great database of ringtones
  27. MyFitnessPal – lookup/track calories, fitness goals, etc.
  28. Note Everything – just to……note everything  =)
  29. NPR News
  30. NYTimes
  31. ONN – Onion News Network (from The Onion). Satire
  32. Open Table – for making reservations at restaurants
  33. Pandora – radio
  34. Photoshop Express – for photo editing on your phone
  35. Public Radio Live
  36. Recipes
  37. Relax & Sleep – ambient noise with many choices
  38. Retro Camera – takes awesome, retro/square pics (like Hipstamatic on iPhone) & makes it easy to share them
  39. Shazam – identifies songs you hear playing in stores, offices, etc.
  40. Soup Recipes
  41. The Weather Channel
  42. Time Mobile – Time magazine
  43. Tippy Tipper – helps calculate tips
  44. TuneIn Radio
  45. TV.com – TV streaming
  46. TripAdvisor – hotels, restaurants and area attractions
  47. Twidroyd – Twitter app.  Have this AND TweetCaster & haven’t decided which one I like best
  48. TuneIn Radio
  49. Unit Converter (by Sunny Moon) – converts temps, velocity, power, pressure, cooking, distance, weight, volume & a ton of other ones
  50. USA Today – news
  51. Voice Recorder
  52. Wapedia – Wikipedia for droid
  53. White Noise – great for background sound
  54. Whiteboard – simple whiteboard for drawing/doodles
  55. WordPress – for blogs/blogging
  56. Yelp – restaurant ratings – look up or add
  57. YouTube (maybe this came with droid??)
  58. Geodelic – finds restaurants, retailers, attractions near where you are using GPS (haven’t tried yet)
  59. Around Me – Similar to Geodelic.  Had this on my iPhone.  Search for pharmacies, pubs, gas, coffee shops, restaurants, hospitals, etc. Works well.

Just for Fun:

  1. Australian slang
  2. British slang
  3. Comics
  4. Dilbert
  5. Jewellust – ADDICTIVE – like Bejeweled
  6. Kindle
  7. Labyrinth Lite – moves a metal ball around different wood mazes
  8. Line Up
  9. Nook – B & N eReader
  10. Solitaire – several different styles of solitaire
  11. Sudoku
  12. Seinfeld – Seinfeld one liners & jokes
  13. United States Constitution – the entire Constitution – you know – for “just-in-case”  =)
  14. Vocab Builder – match words to definitions
  15. Word Drop – like Bejeweled & Boggle had a baby
  16. Word Search
  17. Wordsmith – like Scrabble
  18. WordUp!

Kids/Games: (* denotes fun for grownups, too)

  1. Balloon (by Spigo) – See how many balloons you can pop
  2. Bubble Burst Free*
  3. Color Drips*
  4. Connect Four
  5. Disney Fairies Puzzles
  6. Drop*
  7. Finger Bowling*
  8. Find Differences*
  9. Glow Puzzle
  10. Hello Kitty Puzzle
  11. Google Sky Map
  12. Jokes for Kids
  13. Kids Connect the Dots
  14. Kids Numbers
  15. Kids Drawing
  16. Kids Piano Lite
  17. Kids TV Pro
  18. Memory Master Kids (they have a grownup edition, too)
  19. Paint Pro
  20. Puzzle Blox Arcade
  21. Shapes
  22. Tangram*
  23. Touch! 4Kids
  24. Tic Tac Toe Free
  25. Thumb Maze 3*
  26. Toss It* – throw a wad of paper into the trash can in many different settings
  27. Traffic Rush*
  28. Traffic Jam*
  29. Unblock Me Free*
  30. Whiteboard
  31. xPiano
  32. Yo Princess2 Puzzles
  33. Kid Mode – lots of games, puzzles, activities (assorted)
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6 Comments

Posted by on October 24, 2010 in Favorite Things, Product Reviews, Random Fun

 

6 responses to “Best Droid Apps

  1. Miss

    October 24, 2010 at 5:19 am

    AppBrain. I’ve been using it to manage my apps from the web and you can actually install and uninstall from there too.

     
  2. psychmamma

    October 24, 2010 at 7:05 am

    Oooh!! Brilliant! Thanks!

     
  3. MommyGeekology

    October 24, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Holy crap what a list lady. I love this!

     
  4. domestic Extraordinaire

    October 27, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Terribly sad to lose you to the Droid, but I totally understand. With no iPhone I am guessing our WWF games aren’t going to happen anymore.

    Wouldn’t it be great if there were games that spanned across both platforms.

     
  5. psychmamma

    October 27, 2010 at 12:32 am

    Domestic Extraordinaire –

    There ARE some! WWF just needs to get on the bandwagon! 😉

     
  6. Elias

    May 20, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Another app I love for my kids is the TV Everywhere app. Now, I only let me kids watch educational stuff, as they are five and three…Electric Company, National Geographic, that kind of thing. As a DISH customer/employee I can use the TV Everywhere app to access any of these shows live or recorded off my receiver from anywhere I get a 3G connection, and I can do it on my phone, iPad/tablet, or laptop. It’s a perfect way to keep the kids when travelling or in a waiting room, that kind of thing. Also, since it’s rare they watch TV it can be used as a treat.

     

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