Thursday, January 28, 2010

Essential Android Apps

After I did my factory reset of my G1, I promised myself I'd be more selective about what apps I installed. The G1 is now an underpowered phone, and the surest way to make it even slower is to install lots of apps, some of which may be poorly written when it comes to conserving resources.

So here it is, my list of essential apps. I plan to keep it up to date as I install and uninstall items, keeping the list as lean as possible.

The main test here is: do I actually use the app. Sure, the Draw application was cool - but in the nearly 1 year I had it, I never once used it for anything remotely practical. Same goes for the compass, and most of the other apps I had installed on the phone.

Of course, what I really need is the new Nexus (or whatever comes after that) - which no doubt has a much faster processor, and can handle running whatever I throw at it. Until then, I'm going to try the frugal app lifestyle.


  1. similar list on my end...

    add "remember the milk" for tasks
    WeatherBug instead of Accuweather - I like the fact that weatherbug includes a nifty notification icon of the weather so no wasted screen space
    And I've been using ToggleSettings which also includes a profile switching tool and task management

    I'll have to prepare a simple list like this too... I flushed my phone this past Tuesday and only have my primary apps too.

  2. Nick thanks so much for sharing. Definitely create a list, and then I'd love to link to it.

    I'll have to look into switching out WeatherBug for