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Smartphones have really changed the way we do things! We are more productive, more entertained, and there is an app for just about anything we want to do. With school right around the corner (here in the USA at least), I thought it would be a good time to look at a bunch of apps that help make you a better student.

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In February, we here at Android.AppStorm put together our best tips, tricks, features, and shortcuts. This month, we’ve gathered our favorite apps – the ones we use all the time, and that we’d recommend to our friends.

There’s a bit of overlap, naturally – between us, we use four or five different Twitter apps! We’ve skipped all the stock apps, however; we’re not giving out awards for great design, we’re trying to recommend apps that you might not already be aware of. By the same token, I doubt we need to tell you about the official apps for Facebook or Twitter; if you’re already a user, you know about the app, and if you’re not a user, the apps are unlikely to convince you to become one.

So here are 100 apps that, between us, we recommend trying out. Enjoy!

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For the past few months, we here at Android.AppStorm have been collating our best tips, tricks, features, and shortcuts. Some are useful, some are geeky, some are just for fun.

As with all such lists, you’re probably aware of some of these tips already – but I bet you don’t know all of them! Did you know that you can search your text messages, Kindle books, and tweets all at once? Or that CyanogenMod 7 lets you disable two-thirds of the LEDs in your display, to save battery? Or that you can force websites to show you the full version of their site, even though you’re on a mobile browser? Read on to find out more…

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Who says Android has to be dull and ugly? This is a misconception that has been perpetuated since the days of the T-Mobile G1 and the first version of Android. The UI might have been basic and quite square back then, but fortunately this isn’t the case now. Thanks to the openness of the ecosystem, a slew of launchers and themes, and various mods, it is now possible to customize every single nook and cranny inside your phone.

As a matter of fact, this world of customization is the main reason I love Android and never get bored of it, even after a year of tinkering. Below, you will find an assortment of tools to help you get started, improve and even master the art of modding your Android interface.

BAZINGA! The Sheldon Cooper homescreen, one of my own setups

BAZINGA! The Sheldon Cooper homescreen, one of my own setups

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Every proud new owner of a smartphone will end up frustrated with the short battery life and memory issues. I am no exception and naturally I have scoured the Android Market for “System Utilities” to help me handle some these issues. There are some really amazing apps that can boost memory, improve battery life and improve device performance significantly, but many of these “All in One” solutions require rooted phones and some may not work in all phone models.

In this article we will explore 35 apps currently available on the Market that are very useful for monitoring your Android phone usage, tweaking, the system and taking control of how you use your device. Some of these apps will help you understand your Android phone performance and advanced features. The apps I like the most are those that show detailed infographics: graphical displays of usage statistics and system performance. Many of these apps have really helped me to fine-tune my phone’s performance.

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One of the biggest advantages of Android’s open source roots is that users have complete control over pretty much every aspect of the operating system. If you don’t like any aspect of the stock Android experience, there’s a good chance that someone somewhere has already done something about it. If you own an Android phone that is not a Nexus (One or S), you have probably already experienced this. HTC’s Sense UI and Samsung’s TouchWiz are examples of phone manufacturers’ attempts to providing device-specific Android experiences.

This is often misunderstood by the less tech-savvy, who assume that what you see is what you get. But with a few downloads, you can completely overhaul the way your phone looks and acts.

For more articles on customizing Android, check out our roundups of Awesome Live Wallpapers, Outstanding Android Themes, and Beautiful Wallpapers.

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The wallpaper is one of the most basic customizations on any computing device, be it your computer screen or your phone. It is the one thing most of us change the moment we get our hands on a new device. — and, if you’re like me, every few days. Unfortunately, it isn’t difficult to get bored by the stock wallpaper collection, and finding good wallpapers for Android phones on the web is not the easiest of tasks. Let us take that challenge, then, and present to you a collection of 60 kick-ass wallpaper images to spice up your home screens.

Note that the wallpapers in the list below are in two different sizes, which are most common across the huge variety of Android phones out there. It is virtually impossible to have different versions of every wallpaper image to match all the devices out there. It shouldn’t matter much though, since Android will let you crop an image to fit the device resolution when you select a wallpaper.

We have divided the images into three broad categories – patterns for a minimalistic and consistent background; photographs for more vivid imagery and artwork for that subtle creative touch.

See our follow-up posts: 60 More Gorgeous Wallpapers for Your Android and Bring Your Background to Life With These 35 Live Wallpapers. If you’re looking for HD wallpapers suitable for 720p or 1080p screens, also check 50 Beautiful HD Wallpapers for Your Android Phone.

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