Since joining the Android family I’ve cycled through multiple programs for multiple functions. Each time I try a Web browser, for example, I always try to find another to see if it has that little extra something the current one lacks. I have been through several SMS clients, each with noticeable advantages and disadvantages. In this article, I’ve compiled five of my favourites, each accompanied by a short review.
With it being the time of year where looking out of the window can yield such a variety of results – especially for many of us here in the Northern Hemisphere – it’s often a good idea to have an idea of how conditions will pan out during the day. On Android, there are weather apps aplenty, so it’s a good time to round up some of the better efforts.
Now, you’ll probably be aware that many clock widgets also feature a weather function too. However, I have left most of these out here, instead focusing on more dedicated weather apps. There are few here that tag a clock into their app, but I hope you understand when I leave something out like Fancy Widgets or Beautiful Widgets. So, for some informative, beautiful and useful weather apps, read on…
When you are travelling, especially in foreign countries where everything feels alien – from the people to their clothes, names, places, and food – it’s easy to be intimidated. You might have no idea of the cost of everyday items, or how to behave according to the local customs. Of course you can make use of Google Translate, Wikipedia, and Google Maps, but the cost of using these on your home data plan while abroad can really add up.
However, if you decide to take your Android with the right selection of apps already downloaded, you can find yourself surprisingly at ease. Let’s take a closer look at some of the best apps for travelers like you.
From Kindle to Kobo, e-readers are becoming more and more popular. But as with most gadgets, these purpose-built devices can set you back more than a fistful of coins, and if you already have an Android phone or tablet, you might prefer to just read on that, and put the cash you save towards… well, more books.
Now, although there are many e-reading apps on the Android Market, few can compete with an actual e-reader. I have found the cream of the crop and will review each one in an effort to find the ultimate Android e-reader.
It’s that time of the year again when we all resolve – among other things – to keep the resolutions we make for ourselves every year. To be honest, I’ve been guilty of breaking new year’s resolutions within as little as a week and yet I take a shot at them every year. Exercising more, controlling what I eat, working less and playing more. We all say we want to do it, right? The problem is, it’s just really really hard to keep track of all of these things when we have so much else going on in our lives!
At least, that’s the excuse I’ve been giving myself for a while now.
This year will be different, though. I’m going to be a little proactive and try to use technology to my advantage in ensuring I don’t have that one excuse in 2012. So here is a roundup of over 30 Android Apps that let you track your goals – whatever the kind – and help make sure you stick with them as long as possible.
With apps like Siri and Google Voice Actions, people are getting more and more vocal with their handsets. You could argue that the digital age has made human conversations much less personal, as we are no longer required to communicate with our friends and family vocally. Luckily, there are some fantastic apps that let us use our voice to get a little closer. Here are the five most popular ones.
If there is one thing you are absolutely not supposed to be doing while driving, it’s playing with your phone. Not only is this a dangerous (and in many places illegal) practice, but also highly inefficient; if you’re trying to text while driving, for example, it’s pretty much impossible to do either very well.
Fortunately, there are a number of applications for Android that help you get things done while driving, and even maximize your driving experience. There are some that actually make driving fun. Here are a few that caught my eye.
We’ve all seen the futuristic sci-fic films that feature cool headsets or bionic eyes that enable someone to see live information around them. Perhaps the best known examples include Terminator, Robocop and Iron Man, who each have the ability to identify and analyse the environment around them, like the Terminator’s ability to identify that one particular punk’s garments would fit him perfectly – “Your clothes… give them to me, now”.
Augmented Reality apps have been available on the Android Market for some time, and I believe they represent one of the best things about smart phones; the ability to overlay the view through your camera with useful and fun information was one of the things that initially wowed me enough to buy my first Android. Now, there are some pitfalls in trying out AR apps. Some – let me tell you – are pretty awful. I’ve weeded these out, and below are what I consider the best currently available on the Android Market.
So, read on for a round-up of great AR apps and let your Android show you what it can do! It’s like the future… only ‘now’.
We carry our phone literally everywhere and use it dozens of times throughout the day, so why not put it to some good use in the process? I’ve collated a set of apps that help you get one small thing done every day, adding a tiny little bit towards making your day better, more productive, or more fun.
With summer finally here many of us are in the mood for getting fitter and trying on those summer clothes. To help you show off at the beach I’ve collected a pretty good round-up of apps I’m finding quite useful in this endeavor for summer!
With apps for tracking progress, keeping an eye on your food intake, water intake and even apps that act as pretty good personal trainers – without the high per hour price tag – we’re really spoilt with our Androids!