This is Part 5 in our series of Five Fave Freeware apps for different computing and smartware platforms.
According to AndroLib, there are over 250,000 apps available in the Android Market. Of this we have around 170,000 choices in free applications. That, dear readers, is a LOT of choices. And like Jason, I had a lot of trouble figuring out what apps I would call my five fave. Heck, because of the limited space on my aging rooted T-Mobile G1, every app installed is a favorite and essential!
But okay, I will have to whittle it down to just a measly five. So I’ll cheat a bit (the way Jason did!). The following are my runners-up that I think are worth a look at. I didn’t include apps that require a rooted phone, nor did I include games.
So what are my top five fave apps?
I mentioned earlier that Camera 360 has a lot of filters and effects. Meanwhile, Retro Camera has only five. So why pick this over the others? Retro Camera really gives you that feel of using an old camera. It pushes my imagination by confining my view to a square rather than to the whole screen. Plus the borders are just so cool!
Most people would use Evernote. I would rather use Catch Notes simply because it’s much lighter. I can tag my notes for easy access later. I can set alarms to notes. Share them online. Tweet them. Get comments. And it all gets synced to the cloud, allowing you to access everything on any browser.
By far the best free open source finance manager I ever had on Android! It can do multiple currencies and multiple accounts. You can back up the database to Google Docs or to your phone’s external memory. You can also export the data to CVS format. Oh! And did I mention that you can create recurring budgets and create reports? This is really helpful when it’s time to audit your expenses after a company trip.
CardioTrainer’s constant reminders that I should exercise are a god-send! Unlike most fitness apps I’ve tried, I can also add time spent doing exercises other than running. Name it, it would have it: swimming, dancing, aerobics, treadmill walk, treadmill run, biking, stationary biking, boxing, climbing stairs, even driving! And all my fitness data can also be synced to the cloud.
I can be scatterbrained. Really scatterbrained. Having Thinking Space allows me to put all my thoughts in order. By far this is the best mind mapping app I’ve seen on Android. You can export the maps to open them later on your desktop using Freemind, Xmind or MindManager. Yes, you can sync it to the cloud too! Not only that, but by synching to the cloud, you can also keep the past versions of your mindmaps. So you can always go back to see what changes you’ve made.
What about you? What are your favorite Android apps?
We’re doing a week-long series featuring free applications on different platforms. Missed the other four? Here they are!
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