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I have had my Android handset for about 8 months. I ordered the MyTouch 3G as soon as it was launched last summer. Since then I have been experimenting with various apps, trying them out. Some apps made the cut and have stayed on my phone, others were uninstalled. The following list is what remains after all of these months.
- A Online Radio: I love listening to online radio. With 3G becoming ubiquitous, I can now listen to my favorite internet radio stations when going for a jog or riding in my car. A Online is free and offers an easy-to-use interface. It even allows you to add stations manually. Love it.
- CardioTrainer: This is a fantastic app for recording your workout using GPS and pedometer. There are paid extensions, such as a “Weight Loss Trainer” and “Racing Against Yourself.” I only use the free “Record Your Workout.” I like how I can see how many calories I’ve burned.
- CauseWorld: This app is a great way to help direct donations to causes that are important to you, such as helping the people of Haiti or saving the environment. For more info, check out my review.
- Facebook: Need I say more?
- Google Finance: A great way to quickly track your investment portfolio in real-time. Also, offers business news summaries.
- Google Goggles: This app made a big splash when it was released. Basically, it enables you to use camera pictures to search the web. I’ve had mixed results when using the camera for search purposes, although I’m excited to try using it as a means to translate signs or menus in other languages. Has tons of potential.
- Google Listen: The best app for downloading and listening to podcasts. I’m a big fan of the “This American Life” podcast, so I have that show synched using this application.
- Google Voice: I like using this app to route my voicemail messages to my Google Voice number. I find the transcription service particularly helpful, which saves me considerable time, instead of always having to listen to my voicemails.
- Mobile Backup: This is a T-Mobile application that enables me to easily backup my contacts to their servers.
- NPR News: A news app for listening to NPR stations and podcasts. Admittedly, it is a bit of an overlap with my A Online Radio.
- NYC Bus and Subway Map: Nothing fancy. Pretty self-explanatory.
- Opera Mini 5 beta: I’m an Opera Mini browser fan. I like using this browser because of the compression technology Opera servers use to speed up page delivery. I consider this app an improvement over the stock browser.
- PDANet: I actually use the paid version. It’s a fantastic app for tethering my phone to my laptop. It’s easy to use and it doesn’t require that I root my phone.
- Speed Test: An easy-to-use app for measuring Internet download and upload speeds.
- Seesmic. Definitely my favorite free Twitter app. I can quickly check updates on the people I follow and easily post my own tweets. It even allows for managing multiple accounts.
- TasKiller: A must for folks who want to better conserve their battery power and reduce the CPU and RAM utilization. I think it is odd, however, that Android requires a 3rd party app for this type of phone management.
- Yelp: I replaced Sherpa with this App. I’m a Yelp devotee, so when they launched the app, I jumped at downloading it. Has all the info/reviews I need when I’m on the go. Very helpful.
All of these apps can be found in the Android Market.
What are YOUR favorite Android applications?