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Weekend Open Forum: What are your essential mobile apps?

By Jos ยท 28 replies
May 2, 2014
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  1. Although TechSpot regulars are mostly about desktops -- and all the tinkering, tweaking, customizing, and performance-squeezing that comes with it -- there's no denying that for most of us mobile devices are increasingly becoming must have items in our tech...

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  2. Testing123

    Testing123 TS Rookie

    Have to Agree with Netflix, Spotify, Evernote, and Gmaps.
    Cloud Magic (more robust mail client - I use for bypassing corporate exchange security policies)
    Trillian IM (Multi Protocol IM client)
    Remote Mouse (For lazy changing of Netflix on the couch, etc.)
    Teamviewer (Remote software for managing multiple PC's on Android)
    Copy (Cloud Service)
    Swiftkey Keyboard (Pad Android Keyboard)
    Strava (Map my bike rides/runs socially)
  3. Mike Steele

    Mike Steele TS Enthusiast Posts: 37   +6

    Mine is an asus android tablet. after finding "Timely Alarm Clock" I've found an actual use for the thing. There's also "Scanner Radio" to listen to the police scanner in my area and "Tune-In Radio Pro". other than that I've never really found much use for an android tablet other than an addition to my collection of useless tech junk I've accumulated over the years.
  4. 1.root app delete
    2.Garfield Daily
    3.Xtreme alarm
    4.Silent sleep
    5.Opera Classic
    7.Ktweaker app that comes with kernal.

    If I run the i9505 google edition rom that will include Nova Launcher and Gravity Box.
  5. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    1. Most used app ever, and by far the best RSS reader for iOS: Newsify
    2. Mailbox for email
    3. NYT Now for news
    4. Any.do for reminders - hands down the best reminder app.
    5. iAliens for Reddit.
    6. FB
    7. Twitter.
    8. Spotify for music.
    9. WeatherCube for weather. Pretty nice app.
    10. Google Maps for navigation.
    11. Youtube app for videos.
  6. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,363   +67

    My favorite app is my own Stolen app, which emails your exact address to you every time the phone is turned on in case it's stolen. It costs $5, but you can make an additional $10 from google for referring it, according to a techspot article. Work for me. The conclusion I've come to is most people don't download anything but the free apps. My suggestion to google is to charge a minimum of $1 per app, so we can make some money. There are others but they've been hacked. Just promoted this website to 1500 people on facebook too.There have been no responses, so try downloading from this link in your android browser
    Last edited: May 3, 2014
  7. Just a browser. I don't need anything else.
  8. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,137   +625

    YouTube, Google Maps, WhatsApp, Gmail, RealCalc, that's about it.
  9. gcarter

    gcarter TS Enthusiast Posts: 75   +20

    The most used apps on both my iPad mini and HTC Desire Hd are...
    BBC news
  10. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 7,989   +2,879

    WhatsApp and my banking apps. Everything else just takes up space as far as I'm concerned. I seldom use anything but those. Heaven knows my phone came preloaded with a whole bunch of waste of time sh!tware which I've disabled. I'd like to remove them altogether but I'm not interested in rooting my phone.
    Oh yes I almost forgot, built in Google Maps is a Godsend, far better than my old Garmin.
    Last edited: May 3, 2014
  11. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,515   +2,312

    The CD player in my car radio.
  12. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 7,989   +2,879

    You too eh? I'd still be using my 8 track stereo if I could get cartridges. If if ain't broke, don't break it is my motto.
  13. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +50

    I like my google maps, Amazon, bbc news and the train line app. Most others I can do without.
  14. mrtraver

    mrtraver TS Guru Posts: 363   +59

    Real racing 3, csr classics. facebook, chrome, teamviewer
  15. Darkshadoe

    Darkshadoe TS Guru Posts: 571   +112

    I have an app (can't remember the name) but what it does is that you press a few numbers, wait a couple seconds and then you can hear someone talking to you and you can talk to them.
  16. 1. Google Maps
    2. Viber
    3. News & Weather
    4. FB

    The above I use daily.. a lot. Apart from that other essentials for me are.. (even though not used very frequently)
    ColorNote, Mobo Player and CamScanner
  17. Don't own a cellphone, was given a Tablet, given that I have the Wi-Fi off, I use Kindle reader and Adobe Reader. I did turn the Wi-Fi on yesterday and rooted it, so who knows what I will get up to.
  18. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,231   +229

    Google maps, viber, go weather
  19. hanlonconnor

    hanlonconnor TS Rookie

    I have a slew of apps but I would only say are few are essential: Opera, Gmaps, Gmail, IMDb, Evernote, 8tracks, MLB At Bat and ESPN Streak for the Cash.
    Does 8 still count as a few?
  20. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,515   +2,312

    If you have to take off your shoes to count them up, then that's more than a few... So yeah, 8 counts as "a few". (Unless of course, you're wearing mittens).
  21. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 2,146   +1,223

    My gameboy emulator followed by the browser.
  22. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,045   +321

    candy crush
  23. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +95

    Some which I regularly use are:

    Outlook Mail
    One drive
    Ms Office

    If I happen to be carrying S4:
    Flipboard in place of weave
    FF in place of IE
    Carbon in place of Mehdoh
    Polaris Office in place of MS Office
  24. kissx

    kissx TS Enthusiast Posts: 64

    WeatherBug. Netflix and Google maps are my Fave's
  25. AnonymousSurfer

    AnonymousSurfer TS Guru Posts: 452   +40

    1. Spotify
    2. Kaspersky Mobile Security
    3. Clean Master
    4. Reddit
    5. Twitter

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