Android apps for fun and productivity

Put three or more smartphone users together and within minutes they’re comparing apps.  That observation inspired me to lead an App Swap session at the recent Orgpro conference.  Here’s a list of some of the apps I use.  Comment on this post to suggest your own!

  • When I turn off the ringer on my phone, I often forget to turn it back on again.  Shush will turn it on after a specified period of time
  • What happens if your phone is lost or stolen?  With Wave secure you can shut it off, wipe out all the data or, if it has GPS, locate it.  Lookout performs similarly.
  • I’m not quite ready to store my music on the Cloud, or to use up broadband listening.  I store my music on my desktop and sync it with my smartphone using Doubletwist.
  • Listen to 50,000 radio stations free with Tune in radio
  • The standard Android calendar doesn’t have a traditional calendar view.  That’s why I use Jorte instead.
  • Amazon Kindle – Not quite sure how this happened but, in all my school years, I never read any Russian literature.  I’m rectifying that by reading Anna Karenina.  Using the Amazon Kindle app.  It is surprisingly easy to use.  (And who knew that Anna Karenina is just a big old soap opera?)
  • There are several apps that turn your camera’s flash LED into a flashlight
  • Golfers:  While it doesn’t beat a full-featured golf GPS device, the free Skydroid app gives accurate distances to the front, center and back of the green

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