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Started by Bellycat on 16-Mar-2011 10:36:10
Android! Android! Androi!

So, I've ditched the iPhone and bought an Android handset.

What applications should I be getting, preferably free?

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PurpleHelix - 16 Mar 2011 15:08:38 (#1 of 6628)

Dolphin Browser - it's just better.

Moschops - 16 Mar 2011 15:11:04 (#2 of 6628)

TuneInRadio

Google Sky Maps

Evernote

Seesmic (if you use Twitter)

Last FM

RAC Traffic

WeatherBug

WikiDroid

Jonked - 16 Mar 2011 15:15:09 (#3 of 6628)

NewsRob (if you use RSS feeds - links to Google Reader)

Amazon Kindle

Handcent instead of the shonky built in messaging app

MyTracks

Aldiko

Train Times UK (you have to pay for that, but definitely worth it if you use trains a lot)

Bellycat - 16 Mar 2011 15:38:38 (#4 of 6628)

Oh, I had train times on the iPhone and it was £6 on that so don't mind paying £3 on the android. It looks better on Android too, more of a widget.

I don't read books on the phone as I always have my Sony Reader with me.

I'll take a look at the other stuff though, thanks

Bellycat - 16 Mar 2011 15:39:06 (#5 of 6628)

Already got TuneIn radio too, think it's fabulous

Bellycat - 16 Mar 2011 15:41:19 (#6 of 6628)

Ah, MyTracks is very similar to cyclemeter on the iPhone which is groovy, another cool suggestion. this is going well.

Got the girlfriend one too to replace her clunky old brick

Moschops - 16 Mar 2011 15:45:29 (#7 of 6628)

the freebie chess, backgammon and cribbage games are all pretty good, if that's your sort of thing.

Bellycat - 16 Mar 2011 15:48:43 (#8 of 6628)

I do love backgammon

Bellycat - 17 Mar 2011 12:32:33 (#9 of 6628)

Are there any alternatives to tvcatchup on the android? it doesn't seem to work on mine.

DejaVuAgain - 19 Mar 2011 12:58:28 (#10 of 6628)

I think LiveStation may have an app, although can't say for certain as it isn't showing up on my lowly 1.5 Marketplace.

Bellycat - 19 Mar 2011 18:14:03 (#11 of 6628)

unfortunately livestation requires flash, which my phone can't run. never mind

itinerant - 25 Mar 2011 15:16:20 (#12 of 6628)

definitely second the freebie chess by Aart J.C.Bik. Haven't played chess for years but with my new phone I've gotten the chess bug again.

On the subject of music and android, can anyone give me some good advice on the best way to buy music via my phone that I can also back up on my PC if necessary? I am a luddite who has resisted this path for some time and was continuing to buy CDs, put the music on compooter and then on phone. However, CD shops are becoming rubbish whereas my new phone is blowing me away with its functionality and ease of use, so I want to join the ranks of the mobile music downloaders! What I want to avoid is the irritating habits I have heard about iTunes, where for example, you get a new phone and it makes you download everything again.

BadgerDancing - 26 Mar 2011 09:42:37 (#13 of 6628)

I use media monkey on my PC. Does the job and is free. Transfer of stuff to the desire goes without a hassle.

KuangEleven - 26 Mar 2011 18:28:26 (#14 of 6628)

you get a new phone and it makes you download everything again.



All your purchased music? Do you know more details? I can't see how this can happen, but it'd be useful to know.

lordwoody - 27 Mar 2011 11:28:13 (#15 of 6628)

I've downloaded a game which I can't delete. It's called Boost the Cat, when I look at my downloads its not on the list so there's no delete option, when I search in the marketplace it's no longer available ( I thought of re-installing it then deleting) How do I get rid of it?

ChilliFiredNappyRash - 28 Mar 2011 09:10:59 (#16 of 6628)

Double Twist should be good for managing and playing music when they finally sort out a playlist syncing issue.

Emyr42 - 28 Mar 2011 09:34:00 (#17 of 6628)

Lordwoody

In Android 2.2/FroYo: Settings>Apps>Manage Apps

I seem to remember a similar settings page in 2.1, can't comment on archaic versions.

blackadder - 28 Mar 2011 10:16:19 (#18 of 6628)

I much prefer the music app you get as standard. it looks much better than twist.

Bellycat - 28 Mar 2011 10:17:27 (#19 of 6628)

Yes, the standard music app is perfectly fine for me too. So long as you're music is all correctly tagged it's easy enough. That's the same for all mp3 players though.

lordwoody - 28 Mar 2011 14:54:45 (#20 of 6628)

In Android 2.2/FroYo: Settings>Apps>Manage Apps

Yes, thanks, in fact my daughter pointed this out to me after I posted but it's good info.

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