In a sea of over 700,000 apps in the Google Play Store, it’s pretty easy to lose track of what apps are useful and which weren’t worth the download. Many time you will find a flashy new app because it has a feature we think will make our lives easier. The problem is, a few months down the road you may not remember the name of the app it replaced.
What we are going to do here today this list some applications that aren’t new, but have proven their usefulness over the course of time.
iSyncr for PC (USB & WiFi)
The amount of people who use of iPods regularly is pretty staggering. The problem is, once you jump ship and stop using an iPod, your music and playlists are kind of held hostage. iSyncr helps free your music from iTunes by letting you sync your songs. You can even the playlists you’ve worked so hard to put together. While there’s a free version, it’s pretty limited in what you can sync to an Android device. In most cases, you’re much better off paying a few dollars to get the paid version because the limitations are removed, as well as being able to sync it over Wi-Fi.
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The way devices are handling the Android OS is incrementally getting better. This means Android battery life is slowly getting better. However, Androids are still battery vampires. Using an application like JuiceDefender can almost double your battery life. JuiceDefender achieves better Android battery life by shutting off services such as the background syncing of information, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Where JuiceDefender is different than the competition is the available configurations. Depending on how much configuration you need, there are three different versions of JuiceDefender to choose from. See which version fits your needs best before you spend the money using this comparison chart. In the Ultimate version, you can choose which apps you want to sync when the data intermittently turns on. This means you only have the apps with the data most important to you, like email or Facebook, come through when data syncs.
ASTRO File Manager / Browser
ASTRO is arguably the most popular file manager in the Google Play Store. Sure, most Android devices have some sort of file manager built into them these days. But ASTRO takes file management a step further. ASTRO File Manager not only searchs for files on your device, you can also search your cloud storage accounts like Google Drive and Dropbox. Another search feature of ASTRO lets you search for files on computer attached to the same network.
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TweetCaster Pro for Twitter
TweetCaster is one of the best and easiest to use Twitter applications for Android. TweetCaster has a lot of features falling somewhere in between a desktop application and a basic mobile Twitter application. One of the most useful features is one they call Zip it. What Zip it does is let you silence a particular person from showing up in your Twitter stream. You don’t unfollow them, they just don’t show up. This is extremely useful if you’d like to follow someone who updates their Twitter account all of the time and just keep them on a list or a group instead. When using Zip it, the person is only silenced in your Tweetcaster feed, not in any other app or on Twitter.com.
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Business Calendar Free
Business Calendar is a hard Android email app to top. The free version has a lot of features the most of the built-in Android calendar applications. Features like having the actual words visible on month view instead of bars, the unique way of changing from month view to week view then further adjusting the amount of days shown. All of these changes are done with a swipe of a finger.
Business Calendar has14 different widgets. All of them are highly configurable. Another configurable option is the appointment templates. By pre-configuring appointments with the location, description, reminder time, privacy settings, attendees, and even which calendar you’d like the appointment to appear on. You’ll save a lot of time in the long-run using a template when possible.
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3G Watchdog Pro
3G Watchdog is a must-have application for anyone a limited or pay-as-you-go data plan. By setting up the amount of data you have available to you and the beginning date of your billing cycle, you can easily and accurately keep track of how much data you’ve used over the course of the month. The free version sends you a warning letting you know when you’ve reached a predetermined data limit. The defaults threshold of data is 75% of your data allotment. The Pro version gives you more ways to see where you’re using your data and more configuration options. If you’re just curious on how much data you using on a monthly basis, the free version is great.
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App 2 SD (move app to SD)
Once the feature of moving application to the microSD card became part of the Android operating system, many people stopped installing a separate App 2 SD app. A great reason to install a totally separate application to do this process is because most of the time you forget to move the newly installed application to your external storage. Installing a third-party App 2 SD application like this one will notify you as soon as a new application is installed to move the new application to your memory card.
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Llama – Location Profiles
The problem with most location aware applications is there continually using GPS which drains your battery. Llama changes the settings on your Android devices based on your location, but it notes your location by the wireless tower you are near. This method uses considerably less battery power. Using Llama, you can automatically change settings like ring tones, notification and ringer volumes, wallpapers, screen brightness and Wi-Fi settings to name a few things when you get home or to work.
Download Llama – Location Profiles
Just because these applications aren’t on the first page in the Google Play Store this week doesn’t mean they are worth the download. If you look, most of these applications have tens of millions of downloads. Being a time tested app with lots of downloads and great reviews has to count for something