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Spotify - to play music
Slice It - To slice things, its a fun puzzle game
Uloops Studio Lite - Create simple loops and music, sort of fun
Wikipedia Encyclopedia - Its wikipedia
Piball Deluxe - Very good pinball game and its free
Memory Trainer - Like that Dr Hirososdosososmea brain training but free
Google + - Their app is the best part of the site so far, so well laid out, Huddle is good in theory but no one uses it
Evernote - Jot down notes access them anywhere on any pc or smartphone
Beats - Very addictive rhythm game
Bug Village - Manage a bug village, runs in the background but threw the internets, the game is a very snazzy GUI so it's something to pop in and out of.
Thought it would be worth the extra few bob
Games-wise: MoonChaser, NinJump, Pumpkins vs Monsters, YooNinja, Fruit Slice and Flood-It are all fantastic. A few iPhone rip-offs, but still good!
All of those are free.
Google Goggles (identify anything... and, erm, solve Sudoku puzzles by scanning them, which is silly)
Tweetdeck (for Twittering)
Angry Birds (it's even free, albeit ad-supported)
Freecell (if you are that way inclined)
Google Docs (yes, a lot of Google stuff)
NetSentry (for monitoring data usage)
Red Stone (for if you like puzzles that will drive you insane)
Google Sky Map
RAC Traffic (if you drive or possibly even if you don't)
Guardian Anywhere (skims the Guardian website at 4am every day and so gives you a version to read free offline during the day)
TheTrainLine (for train times, then book with the individual company instead to avoid booking fees)
eBay (if you do)
Radio Soulwax (because it's very pretty, but make sure you're on WiFi)
Vlingo (voice controlled japery, for showing off what smartphones can do)
Those are all free. Plus spend 62p on Cut The Rope. :)
Swype, which is a really good keyboard where you trace out the word rather than pecking away at individual letters. I've described it badly but it's incredibly useful in practice - http://swypeinc.com/
If you want to monitor your phone/text/data usage then the DroidStats widget is really good.
I think i need to have a go on this before I make the jump to full touchscreen. Everytime I've had a go at typing on a touchscreen phone it's been a nightmare and I've been glad to go back to the physical qwerty on my E71. You've got the San Fran, too, yeah? I keep looking at it thinking, 'come on, it's only a ton', and then getting put off by previous horrors. Is Swype the revelation that some people say?
Someone at work was saying it won a contest for quickest way to type on a mobile device. It'd be very different to use than a physical keyboard, but once you're up to speed you can type pretty quickly with it.
Yeah, I've got a San Fran and love it. ~£100 for an Android device which can run the latest version (not stock, needs some minor tinkering) and is free to SIM unlock is pretty cracking. Wouldn't touch the Wildfire-size devices with a barge pole because of the tiny screen size. Orange have just released the "upgrade" to the San Fran and badged it the Monte Carlo (it's the ZTE Skate). I say "upgrade" because they put a crap processor in there and as it's new it doesn't have speedy custom ROMs available (yet) so it's just a bigger screen for the moment. It's £119 for existing Orange customers though (which I technically am because I bought the San Fran from them then immediately put in a different SIM), so I'm half-tempted to buy one and give my San Fran to the missus.
TL;DR Swype is pretty great but massively different if you're use to a physical keyboard; San Fran is brilliant and highly recommended.
It'd be that it's the smartphone keyboard that Apple wish they had invented first.
Hate myself for stooping to that, but it really does smack of one of those great little innovations that Apple are really good at incorporating into their own stuffs then being hailed as massive innovators for. This isn't a criticism.
...I use a numerical touchpad input combined with predictive text.
Can text faster than my iphone owning pals although you do need to teach it a fair number of words. Surely phones should come with a dictionary already filled with swears? They're in the real dictionary.
Not tried swype yet mind.
Any touchscreen keyboard should too, how useful it just depends on how well implemented it is, I suppose.
even considering that the screen on my phone is small enough.
I installed it and enabled it but I cant Swype to type still, HELP! :( (I'm usually good at tech, is this a sign that im getting old)
Choose Swype as the input method.
this is amazing! I LOVE IT!
it's pretty good, yeah. i sorta flick between it and typing properly.
now that I have swype
real football 2011 - looks sexy but AI is pretty poor and the commentator is hilariously awful.
But it might not be licenced outside the UK. But live video of epl goals for free is pretty good.
Here's a pic I took the other day with it http://i.imgur.com/iRK8O.jpg
Pulse - you can add feeds to this and then sort them into categories and stuff, it's very pretty
PewPew - really pretty free shooter game
QuickPic - much faster than the standard gallery app
Wordfeud FREE - like Scrabble innit
WFMU - Ronseal
Good Morning - fun alarm app, you can write anything in the app and it'll wake you up saying it (oh, the LOLs)
Egg timer - you know, for timing your dinner and stuff
Chrome to Phone - really ace little app than allows you to send stuff you're looking at on youe desktop browser straight to your phone
Dolphin Browser Mini - better than stock browser, not used anything else mind
Aix weather widget - puts a cool graph of the temperature / rainfall over the next 24 hours of the location of your choice
Whatsapp - messaging app, it's fully replaced texting with my mates who have it, like a cross between texting and instant messaging but uses your data allowance
^all free :)
Switched to Miren to try it and haven't gone back. Honestly can't remember what it was that made me think "I like this better than Dolphin" but there was something.
Have you tried PewPew 2? It was Amazon's free app of the day a while back but I haven't gone through the faff of pretending I'm a 'merican to get stuff off there.
Are you running a Gingerbread ROM on your SanFran? I'm still on a 2.2 ROM because I haven't phone-fiddled in a while.
I'm still on a Froyo ROM and a bit reluctant to change at the moment because I've got a good battery life and hardly any random reboots / phone freezes, but I might give it a try somewhen.
Layer is the same, maybe a tad more useful in the real world.
Endemondo is good for tracking and timing your walks/bike rides/whatever.
Bump is a nice easy way to swap numbers and photos and stuff, pretty sure it works cross platform with iphones an such too.
RD3 and Electrum are fun little drum machines.
tweetdeck for twitter
Playerpro for playing music, better than the stock one by far.
And Launcherpro is awesome for pimping your homescreens and dock and stuff out, lots of options, the widgets suck though,. so don't upgrade to pro just for them like I did.
locks phone, sends you a google maps link to its location, turns the ringer volume up, texts a friend when a new sim card has been put in
Im not sure it keeps on bragging to me about how if I loose my phone I'll find it
I have a budget lg with like android 1.0 that nothing works on
and then it turns itself off silent, so you can ring it and hear where it is.
syncs with instapaper to read stuff on the go.
also Offi travel is amazing for buses and things.
is the level of customisation Android affords you. You can completely change the look and feel of the phone in just a few seconds. This is what makes owning one far more interesting than having an identikit iphone.
Here's my latest homescreen, anyone else tried this with theirs? http://i.imgur.com/opCIx.png
(thinly veiled "has one unread text message" post)
You on an Oxygen rom?
From the Modaco forum, with a Blue Gingerbread theme. When I've got some proper free time I'm going to reinvestigate the available ROMs and stick something Gingerbread on there.
I've got a scrolly dock thing at the bottom but I like it MINIMALISTIC. Gonna play around with a Gingerbread ROM now I think.
i tend to be a minimal type of person when it comes to these types of things. but that's pretty cool. what's the 'spices' one?
It's on the shut down menu when you hold down the power button. Although before that I used Shoot It.
omg it will rock your texting world.
for about 10 minutes is awesome. There's also a great Manga browser called Manga Browser for browsing Manga, good quality full page scans with a choice of English or Japanese text.
Oh, and get the Ethereal Dialpad. It's pointless and kind of fun.