My foray into the Android world has sent me searching for the best available apps for my various needs. Here is the set I’m currently using along with some general thoughts:
- Email: K-9 mail. The built-in IMAP client on the Droid 2 is fundamentally broken. It fails to move and delete messages on the server. K-9 mail is better, but far from perfect. The mail client on iOS 4 is much nicer to use with the exception of the type-to-filter feature for folders when moving messages.
- Feed Reader: NewsRob. The Google Reader syncing seems a little flaky and the syncing seems to take a “check each feed” approach instead of utilizing the API to just get unread items. However, it’s pretty decent to use and makes nice use of the volume up/down rocker for quickly flipping through items.
- Podcasts: Google Listen. I tried a few other clients. This one is a little quirky, but seems to work best and the UI feels at home on the Android OS.
- Twitter: Twitter for Android. I’m using the official client – it works fine. It only supports one account, but I’m sure multiple account support will be added in the future. There are a bunch of alternatives out there, I’ve been lazy.
- Camera: I’ve used Retro Camera and am currently trying out Vignette. These provide some fun filters – if not quite the Instagram experience.
- Flickr: Flickr Free. It works, is slow to start up and lacks visual polish. I tried Flicka which looks pretty, but didn’t work great on my device.
- Sports Scoreboard: ScoreMobile. I love their BlackBerry app too.
Overall I’m finding acceptable replacements for just about everything I used on iOS and BlackBerry. I also really like the agenda and weather home screen widgets (I think these are Motorola specific). The apps as a whole don’t have near the polish of the iOS apps I use, but the trade-off of polish for background network activity is one I’m OK with so far. I haven’t used my iPod touch since I got the Droid.
Fellow Android users, what apps should I be using that I’m not?
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For music, I use Mixzing – this music player has a feature like iTunes Genius, and just works well as a player in general. Very polished, includes a homescreen and lockscreen widget.
For *streaming* music though, I use Subsonic. You have to pay for the server, but it really is an excellent music streaming service. You can stream music locally or remotely over the internet, subscribe to podcasts, index your mp3s, set bitrate limits and automatically cache the music you listen to on your phone for offline use.
I’m a huge fan of the home replacement app Slide Screen: http://slidescreenhome.com/
I think that Advanced Task Killer and Lookout Mobile Security (both free) are must haves. Task Killer keeps your phone running smooth and Lookout not only scans new apps and files for viruses, it will backup your data and find your phone too. If you lose your device in a pile of paper work, just log on to Lookout’s site from your computer and you can track via GPS or make your phone scream.
Barcode Scanner (http://www.androidzo[...]ner_clh.html)
Chrome to Phone (http://code.google.c[...]rometophone/)
Find My Way (http://www.androidzo[...]ay_fjcm.html)
Gesture Search (http://gesturesearch[...]glelabs.com/)
GPS Status (http://www.androidzo[...]box_uzy.html)
NPR News (http://www.npr.org/s[...]/android.php)
Retro Camera (http://www.urbian.bi[...]ps/retrocam/)
StopWatch & Timer (http://www.androidzo[...]er_bmgo.html)