I usually feared Android phones might be all hype and overrated, especially as it changed into said that the Android platform itself become reputedly fragmented as there have been several variations of it jogging on diverse phones, consequently applications did now not continually run in addition to they need to on all phones. Android itself became a tad immature as compared to the long established reliability and standardized interfaces of the Symbian-powered, in most cases Nokia phones. But over time, old systems have disappeared as producers seize up.
I’d been a Nokia stalwart all the while but finally relented and migrated to an Android phone approximately 3 weeks in the past, like among the legions of fast-growing Android enthusiasts. Thought I might grasp onto my trusty Nokia 5530 a touch while longer but I wager the temptation of embracing that green little robotic became too extremely good. Customization is the name of the game in era these days in any case. My Nokia did a lot of things for me, and I, in particular, depend on plenty on it when I am traveling. After unlocking it with an easy hack to furnish me complete capability get entry to, I’d loaded it with tons of packages or ‘apps’ as they are normally referred to as. When I bought my ‘el cheapo’ Chinese made, splendid bang-for-the-greenback, Android 2.2 powered ZTE Blade, I hoped it’ll outdo my Nokia in terms of usability given the masses of thousands of Android apps within the ‘Android Market’. Well, iPhone has more apps, but the good day I in no way really pulled for the iPhone camp for a few cause, possibly due to the fact I suppose I like supporting underdogs more! After having the cell phone for 3 weeks now, I should admit that Android has not upset, and I am quite pleased to research it has lived as much as its hype.
I want to maintain my apps depend to the minimum. I mainly install apps which can be beneficial in organizing my existence or for when I journey. If you are an Android beginner and feel overwhelmed with the aid of the big Android marketplace, here is a short list of a few first-rate Android apps (I actually have established all of them) in case you occur to be nicely, an absolute minimalist like me who appreciates effective, smooth to use, first-class apps. The horrific news is that some apps aren’t free and the better apps or people with advanced capabilities frequently requires one to ‘root’ the telephone, that means acting an easy ‘hack’ to grant complete, ‘brilliant- person’ functionality to the smartphone such that you may install any app or other modified cellphone firmware with unrestricted get admission to. Rooting may also void your telephone’s assurance, so it can now not be an amazing concept to root your telephone proper out of the container before ensuring it’s miles freed from hardware or software program faults. Better to present your phone a run for a few weeks first earlier than rooting it, just to be at the secure facet. Giving info right here is unnecessary as there are zillion pages on Android apps, installing custom designed Android firmware and rooting on Google.
Utilities:(vital as Android devices are memory and battery hungry)
Set CPU – very CPU clock fee and control battery optimization using customizable profiles
Advanced Task Killer Pro – autokill strolling historical past apps
Easy SpeedUp – kill walking heritage apps in one click on
Autorun Manager – prevents some apps from auto-beginning
AutoKIller Memory Optimizer – kill apps while memory reaches preset tiers
Blade Buddy Pro – optimization tweaks to speed cell phone
Spare Parts Plus – more phone optimization options
App Installer – for listing app and installing them
Power Control Plus – extra features and toggle buttons to enable/disable plane mode, lock display, Bluetooth and lots of extra in one click on
Battery Widget – battery degree indicator in percentage and shortcut to show control, Bluetooth, and many others.
Astro File Manager – file explorer
Root Explorer – like Astro, with getting entry to phone machine documents also
Launcher Pro- complements the stock Android domestic display screen and provides more functionality
SlideIt – One of the first apps I hooked up.Great keyboard, similar to the greater famous Swype. I choose SlideIT for its advanced velocity and predictive accuracy.
PowerAmp – absolute need-to-have for audiophiles, extensively seemed because of the exceptional Android song participant presently. Sound is mind-blowing with its 10-band equalizer with separate bass/treble controls
Player Pro (with elective DSP equalizer plugin) – opportunity to PowerAmp
Rock Player – helps most famous video formats, which include MTV and Avi
Document Readers or Editors:
Quickoffice Pro – for viewing and editing MS Office documents
RepliGo Reader – first rate for viewing and modifying PDF files. Free!
Cool Reader – eBook reader assisting most codecs like Fb2, ePub, pdf, and many others
Easy Money – Expense Manager
Checkmark ToDoList – purchasing, to do and widespread list manager
CheckIt Off – everyday venture and to-do manager
Jorge – calendar app
Launcher Pro’s built-in calendar – comes with an exceptional scrollable widget too, integrate with Google Calendar
GPS and Location:
GPS Essentials – for available information on close by satellites and other beneficial GPS gear, comes with a nifty compass too
Google Maps – the maximum famous one. It is typically pre-loaded on Android
NDrive – easy navigation that might not rival Google Maps, however, may be used offline. Country maps are not unfastened even though.
Opera Mini – my all-time favorite for its velocity and person-pleasant interface
UC Browser – excellent, nicely-made, purposeful browser
Handcent SMS – a much better SMS app than the inventory Android’s with features like assigning person SMS tones to contacts, SMS scheduling and lots of extra
Go SMS – alternative to Handcent
Concise English Oxford Dictionary – quick reference for English Language fanatics and a handy accomplice for eBook analyzing
XE Currency – free cellular version of a first-rate foreign money converter for visiting
ConvertPad – conversion software covering many categories, from period and weight to temperature, energy, and torque
Many people download apps at once from the inbuilt Android Market app on the cell phone. I prefer to download the applicable ‘.Ask’ record to my PC, transfer it over to the phone, just run the document and install. That way I can research and review apps better before putting in. No manner is the list above the satisfactory. Functions may be the equal throughout comparable packages, however, consumer-interface and private choice vary. I love simplicity and speed, but go with what you want and want.
Android is straightforward sufficient to get a dangle off. I failed to need to morph right into a geek since I was given my phone. The platform is likewise continuously evolving and it can best get higher with time.
Pek W is an enterprise analyst and component-time blogger with a zany face and a good quirkier personality, who takes visiting, photography and generation critically.