Reviews of Android OS Apps

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  1. Ed Hardy

    Ed Hardy TabletPCReview Editor Staff Member

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    I'd like to start a collection of quick reviews of Android OS software. I'm going to add a few, but I encourage you to add some of your own.

    These don't need to be in depth, just your impressions of the apps you've tried.

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  2. Ed Hardy

    Ed Hardy TabletPCReview Editor Staff Member

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    Application: Google Sky Map
    Price: Free
    Requirements: Android OS
    Grade: A++
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    Google Sky Map is a free astronomy app released by Google Labs. It shows you the names of everything you see in the night sky.

    This app uses your device's built-in GPS, compass, and other sensors to detect where you are and what your looking at, so it's very easy to use.

    If you would like to become a bit more familiar with the constellations, or just find out what that bright object in the sky is, you can't go wrong with Google Sky Map.
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    Ed Hardy TabletPCReview Editor Staff Member

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    Application: Advanced Task Killer Free
    Price: Free
    Requirements: Android OS
    Grade: A++
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    The Android OS doesn't make it easy for you to do memory management*, but Advanced Task Killer Free makes it a breeze. This app can be as simple or complex as you want it to be.

    Most of the time, what I use is a simple widget that shuts down everything running on the smartphone. But you can also open this app and selectively choose which background apps to close.



    * Why do you care about this? To be honest, I'm not 100% sure memory management is necessary with the Android OS. But after many years as a smartphone user, I've gotten used to being able to close all the background apps if I want to. So if you think your device isn't running as quickly as it normally does, you can run Advanced Task Killer Free and see if a background app is slowing it down.
     
  4. Ed Hardy

    Ed Hardy TabletPCReview Editor Staff Member

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    Application: IMDb
    Price: Free
    Requirements: Android OS
    Grade: B
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    The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is a site I go to at least once a week, so I downloaded the stand-alone IMDb app. This presents the same information as you'd find on the website, just organized a bit better for small smartphone screen.

    The big advantage of the app is you can watch the movie trailers. It's also quicker if you don't have access to 3G.

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    Hook Have keyboard, will travel

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    This is a great idea. I will be contributing a number of these this week-end. :)

    Edit: A little slow getting started, but more coming. ;)
     
  6. Hook

    Hook Have keyboard, will travel

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    Application: Graffiti
    Price: Free
    Requirements: Android OS
    Grade: A-
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    This really works brilliantly on Android. I was never a heavy user of Graffiti on Palms but I only ever had G2 and thisis G1. I have several keyboards, including Swype, and for simple text without complicated punctuation or note taking, this is the simplest and fastest input method.

    Works very well using your finger.
     
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    Hook Have keyboard, will travel

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    Application: Astro
    Price: Free or Pay
    Requirements: Android OS
    Grade: A++
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    An excellent swiss army knife file manager. Indispensible for manual file management and exploring not only the SD storage but the phone as well. Many bundled capabilities.

    Free version is ad supported. $4 to remove ads-- well worth supporting the developer in my opinion.
     
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    Shawn Pickett Mobile Deity

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    Application: Bar Code Scanner
    Price: Free
    Requirements: Android OS camera on device
    Grade: A

    Scan Bar Code of products and it googles it for information and prices good quick research tool if you see something in store.
     
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  9. Ed Hardy

    Ed Hardy TabletPCReview Editor Staff Member

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    Application: Dropbox
    Price: Free
    Requirements: Android OS
    Grade: A

    This app ties into the Dropbox online files storage/exchange service.

    I mostly use this as a way to exchange files between my different devices. The Android OS app allows you to easily download or upload images, video, or audio. If you have a compatible file management app you can exchange any type of file.

    In addition, if you are willing to pay for additional storage capacity beyond 2 GB you can use this as long-term storage.

    The app is easy to use, free, and handy. Still, there are issues. File management is lacking. If there's an easy way to move files between folders I don't know of it.
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    Folks using Dropbox might be interested in these 2 articles from Lifehacker:

    Print Files on Your Printer from Any Phone or Remote Computer via Dropbox
    (Print Files from Any Phone or Remote Computer via Dropbox, Mac Edition)

    Dropbox Giving .EDU Addresses 500 MB per Referral
     
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