If something is popular, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s good. In the case of smartphone apps, a mediocre one can sometimes be much more popular than a better made app simply because it is the default one or is promoted by a big (and wealthy) player on the market. Here is a list of seven apps that are at least as good as their popular alternatives.
Differently from iOS, Android doesn’t offer an official desktop manager akin to iTunes, which means there are numerous alternatives of varying quality and functionality. MoboRobo Android Smartphone PC Manager is about as good as it gets. It is simple to use, serves as a backup and restore client for almost all the data on your devices, allows you to easily manage files on them and, what is even more pleasant, works for iOS too, which allows you to bridge the gap between all your mobile devices.
2. Sunrise Calendar
Calendar apps are indispensable for those who like to plan ahead; but the pre-loaded ones both for iOS and Android leave much to be desired. Enter Sunrise Calendar – a free app for both systems which is beautifully designed, has intuitive interface, allows you to easily organize your time and synchronizes with a number of other services, like Google Calendar and Evernote.
3. Picsel Smart Office
Picsel Smart Office is a small but powerful tool for both Android and iOS that allows you to read and edit documents created in Office 2003/2007, PDFs, images, open email attachments and more. If you need to share your files with other people, you can easily do it via Dropbox.
4. Apex Launcher
Apex launcher has been created specifically for those who are either tired of the Android’s default homescreen or want something more from their device. As a result, it provides you with an opportunity to either customize your homescreen to let it better reflect your personality, or tweak and set it up to make your smartphone experience more comfortable.
The developers state that Atrium is one of the best Facebook apps currently out for Android, and it is easy to believe them. It certainly beats the default app. It is hard to actually add something to an app that serves as a connection to an already existing platform, so the main selling points of Atrium are its clean, simple and intuitive user interface that allows one to stay in touch with one’s friends and the latest news via a single app, keep track of your groups and pages, send instant messages and much, much more.
6. Google Hangouts
You may ask: who needs another video conferencing software? Isn’t Skype good enough? It is a legitimate question, and Google Hangouts does its best to answer it. For starters, it is completely free: while Skype requires paid subscription for video conferencing with more than one person, Google Hangouts allow you to start up a conversation with up to 10 people completely free of charge. Add excellent video quality and a number of business-related features, and you’ve got a clear winner.
7. Tango Video Calls
Another great video call alternative, Tango has free video calls, an option to send recorded video messages to multiple people, excellent quality, and, in addition to all that, Tango is generally easier on system resources and battery than most of its counterparts, which comes in handy if your battery life leaves much to be desired.
New apps appear every day, and nothing is set in stone: what seemed like an excellent solution yesterday may turn out to be obsolete tomorrow. Keep in touch with evolution, look at the developments in this sphere – and you will always get the best possible smartphone experience!
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