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garth 21. Oct 2014 01:13 PM

What's on your droid?
 
These are my essential apps for my Android device (Nexus7 rooted). All apps are free versions. I'd be interested to know what other peeps consider essential for a happy Android experience.:)

App ops.
Avast.
Sophos.
KeePassDroid.
SuperSU.
BusyBoxFree.
X-plore.
CleanMaster.
StickMount.
ColorNote.
Kingsoft Office.
Coolreader.
PicsArt.
Dolphin mini browser.
DuckDuckGo.
RetroArch.

Jojo Yee 21. Oct 2014 02:26 PM

aCalendar
Keep
AirDroid
Chrome
WPS Office (previously Kingsoft Office)
Dictionary
Adobe Reader
Docs
Sheets
Drive
Pixlr Express
Photo Resizer
KeepassDroid
Llama
Easy Uninstaller
Battery
Bloomberg
Google+
Facebook
Twitter
WhatsApp
LINE
WeChat
Waze
Navigation
TubeMate
musiXmatch
MP3 Video
Play Newsstand
some game apps
and many more...

garth 21. Oct 2014 08:32 PM

Looking at your list Jojo I realise I forgot to install a PDF reader and dictionary after I installed a custom OS iso. I have a couple of other browsers but Dolphin is the fastest on this machine. Also got some news readers, BBC, RT, ARS, The Register and Alternative News. Somewhere in the grey area between these news sources lies the truth so all are useful. Well....maybe not all, but Alternative News is just hilarious, with links that often as not lead to the "AboveTopSecret" web forum, home of the hardcore tinfoil hat brigade:)

J_L 21. Oct 2014 10:54 PM

I was almost finished and accidentally closed this tab... Anyways my KitKat Nexus 5 has ~20 third-party apps, while my rooted Galaxy Note has ~55.

trainman261 22. Oct 2014 04:31 PM

Essential apps I think (just about everyone) should download:
MX Video Player
ColorNote
ES File Explorer
Alarm Clock Plus or AlarmDroid
Any free Flashlight (there are so many on the play store)
Transparent Screen
Barcode Scanner
The range of Google Apps - mainly Google (Now), Google Maps (although they're usually included on most Android devices)
ZArchiver
Speedtest
Adobe Reader
Adobe Flash
Other apps I would recommend:
AutomateIt
BT Remote PC
Firefox
Rocket Player
Google Sky Map
K-9 Mail
MusiXmatch
Pocket
PVSTAR+
Shazam or SoundHound
Google Translate
Zedge

Anupam 22. Oct 2014 06:30 PM

Great thread garth :).

Here's my list:

Whatsapp
Flashlight
ES File Explorer
Mobile Backup III
Contacts Backup
Contacts Backup Lite
+Backup Contacts
1Tap Cleaner
Superuser
Titanium Backup
Applock
Kik
Bluebox Security (for occasional secondary scans)
TeamViewer
ES Task Manager
Adobe Reader
IMDb
Terminal Emulator
Avast
Music Player (formerly Folder Music Player)
MX Player (must have for video playing. the best)
Solitaire Classic
Heartbleed Scanner
WPS Office
Wifi Analyzer
Next Browser
Orweb
Orbot

The four contact backup apps are for backing up contacts in text or csv format, as I do not like the original vcf format.

I used to use Boat Browser earlier, but it got ridden with ads now, and also used to hang a lot. I didn't like Opera Mini, or Dolphin either. Further, had heard permission problems with Dolphin before, so don't trust it that much. After searching the web for best free browsers, got Next Browser, and tried it. Like it so far. It has ads too, but are bearable.

I had tried Firefox before, and didn't like it that time. Don't know how is it now. Want to try it, but it has got a large download size. I suspect it must take more amount of RAM too, which my phone cannot afford. Other browsers have much less size.

garth, do you have two antivirus on your phone, Avast and Sophos?

Jojo, what kind of phone do you have? Seems like you have enough RAM and processor speed to handle all those apps, specially the social ones, which run all the time.

J_L 22. Oct 2014 07:40 PM

Nexus 5:
2 Player Duel
2 Player Touch
4 in a Row Multiplayer
Action for 2-4 Players
AirDroid
Anti theft alarm
Bambuser
Castle Clash
Cat Vs Dog
Clean Master
Clipper
CM Security
Elixir
Farm Heroes Saga
Guns Girl
Home Launcher
LINE
Major Mayhem
Nights Keeper
Tool Box
Two Player Fruit Shoot
WeChat
X-plore

Galaxy Note:
2 Player Reactor
AdAway
Adobe Flash Player
aDownloader
Air Hockey Cross
AirDroid
Alarmy
Angry Birds Star Wars II
Anti theft alarm
App Quarantine
Arcade by Kongregate
Autostarts
Bad Piggies
Battery Saver
CamScanner
Candy Crush Saga
Castle Clash
Chrome
Clean Master
Clipper
Digitizer Booster
Elixir
F-Droid
Flappy Anime
Flow Free: Bridges
Freedom
Fruit Slice
Google Authenticator
Google Goggles
Greenify
Guns Girl
Halloween Anime Live Wallpaper
Internet Booster
Muffin Knight FREE
MyScript Calculator
Norton Halt
Osmos HD
Performance Booster
Photo Editor
Piano Tiles
RAM Booster
Robotek
SD Maid
Set DNS
Smart Care
Smart Launcher
StumbleUpon
SuperSU
Tank Hero: Laser Wars
Temple Run 2
textPlus
Tool Box
Wi-Fi Finder
wordoid!
X-plore

Jojo Yee 23. Oct 2014 01:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Anupam (Post 104100)
Jojo, what kind of phone do you have? Seems like you have enough RAM and processor speed to handle all those apps, specially the social ones, which run all the time.

Xiaomi Note, available online only. I think it is also available in India.

garth 23. Oct 2014 11:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Anupam (Post 104100)
I had tried Firefox before, and didn't like it that time. Don't know how is it now. Want to try it, but it has got a large download size. I suspect it must take more amount of RAM too, which my phone cannot afford. Other browsers have much less size.

FF for Android isn't very good.
Quote:

Originally Posted by Anupam (Post 104100)
garth, do you have two antivirus on your phone, Avast and Sophos?

I thought sophos was on demand, just realised after I read this it isn't. I removed it now anyway:o:D

Anupam 23. Oct 2014 07:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by garth (Post 104114)
FF for Android isn't very good.

I installed Firefox for Android yesterday on my mother's tablet, which has Kitkat, and has better specs than my phone. I must say I was pretty impressed with Firefox. It worked well, and seemed much like the Firefox that I love on the PC.

I had tried Firefox on Android back when it was just released, and that time I felt it was really bad. Probably because it was still being developed. I wasn't impressed at all. But now, it looks like they have put serious work into it and it has improved greatly.

I would love to install it on my phone, but I wouldn't because of the install and RAM size, which would be much for my Gingerbread phone, with less RAM too.

Quote:

Originally Posted by garth (Post 104114)
I thought sophos was on demand, just realised after I read this it isn't. I removed it now anyway:o:D

Hehe :D. You were not feeling any lack in performance with two AVs?

garth 24. Oct 2014 01:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Anupam (Post 104129)
Hehe :D. You were not feeling any lack in performance with two AVs?

Yes as it turns out:D
Performance is definitely better now.

J_L 25. Oct 2014 08:30 PM

Added on my Nexus 5:
LostNet NoRoot Firewall
Purple Popup Browser Lite
Smart WiFi Toggler

*I had to edit this post and re-input my original message, because "a censored word was detected".

J_L 27. Oct 2014 05:54 PM

Due to disconnections using LostNet Firewall and filters not working in NoRoot Firewall, I switched to Mobiwol and FilterProxy.

dollyp 29. Oct 2014 03:49 PM

I've only just got a smartphone (been too busy with Windows and latterly Linux - oh and work) and whilst I've gone with Google (Moto G) I'm trying to keep my dealings with the tax-shy, nosy data pirates to a minimum. Clearly one has to have a Google a/c but I will try to minimise what data gets to them. So far on my phone:

Browser - Firefox
Calendar etc - Informant but synced with Google (I used Inf way back when I had an ipaq)
Launcher - Nova
Note taker - Google Keep
Alarm - Timely
File mgr - ES
Maps & nav - trying Syngic and Navfree (tried but failed to install Nokia)
Video - VLC
Audio - Shuttle+
Pdf - Foxit (as it reformats text to let my old eyes read)
Keyboard - Swype

Tips on how to lower my use of Google services would be appreciated. I've still to sort out a password manager - I use KeepassX on my laptop but the Android Keepass uses the v2 file format and Linux doesn't have a stable v2 equivalent. I'm also looking for replacement calls and messaging apps; the stock calls app is not very good as you have to go to a separate People app to make any changes. Also still to find a decent email client; sort of read-only so that my emails will be preserved on my laptop (got to move to imap I know).

Useful thread.

Regards
David

ldmpub 02. Dec 2014 06:59 PM

Here is my personal list of "unbeatable apps under Android' with their short description :

Synchronization with Thunderbird (contacts, agenda, tasks, …)
BirdieSync /com.callicia.birdiesync

Agenda on my Home Screen
Business Calendar / netgenius.bizcal

DropBox Folder synchronization
Dropsync / com.ttxapps.dropsync

File Manager
ES Explorer / com.estrongs.android.pop

Personnal Notes
Evernote / com.evernote

PDF Reader
Foxit PDF / com.foxit.mobile.pdf.lite

Password Manager (synchronized with my Computer thru DropBox)
KeePassDroid / com.android.keepass

Epub Read
Mantano Reader Lite / com.mantano.reader.android.lite

GPS Car Navigation
OsmAnd / net.osmand

Picture Viewer / Gallery
QuickPic / com.alensw.PicFolder

Alarm Clock for wake up
com.alarmclock.xtreme.free

Audio Player (I've done and I maintain the french translation ;-) )
Smart AudioBook Player / ak.alizandro.smartaudiobookplayer

GPS Sport Tracker
Sports Tracker / com.stt.android

List of Tasks on my Home Screen
Tasks Free / ch.teamtasks.tasks

To count time spent
Timesheet / com.rauscha.apps.timesheet

Price comparison tool while shopping
Unit Price Compare / leoliang.unitpricecompare

To check Wifi signal quality/strenght
Wifi Analyzer / com.farproc.wifi.analyzer

Office Documents reader
WPS Office (Kingsoft Office) / cn.wps.moffice_eng

best regards,

UserError 07. Dec 2014 03:06 AM

One of the main advantages of using android is that you can tweak it to match your specific needs and rooting makes it even better. These are the apps I currently have installed:

Launcher: Themer with custom add-ons
Browser: Mercury Browser
File Manager: Simple Explorer (Free at XDA, not available in the PlayStore)
Security: AppDefender
Root: ClockworkMod Superuser
Firewall: Firewall Plus [root]
AdBlock: AdFree [root]
Device Efficiency: Greenify [root]
System Backup: Titanium Backup [root]
Sensor Test: Sensors
Productivity: WPS Office
Calendar & ToDo: Any.do apps
Audio Player: Apollo
Camera: Camera MX
Gallery: Cyanogen Gallery
eBook: FB Reader + PDF plugin
Fitness: 7 Minute Workout
GPS: Sat Stat
Navigation: MapFactor
Quick Reminder: Notable

Personally I don't like antivirus app or that kind of things. They consume too much valuable resources.

J_L 07. Dec 2014 11:22 PM

Once again, just when I was about to finish typing my new list, I accidentally closed the tab. The inconvenience of TSA quick reply... I'll just list my SuperSU apps then:
AFWall+ ; App Ops ; BusyBox Free ; Clean Master ; Greenify ; Llama ; Lucky Patcher ; StickMount ; X-plore


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