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I’ve been an Android user for a few years now – and a devout one at that. You know those people who are the anti-apple-fanboys, the ones who proudly refuse to buy Apple products, who gloat at every opportunity to criticize the iconic company and its fanboys? Yeah, that was me. Actually, I’m still not a big fan of Apple, but things have been different since I had to get my first iDevice – an iPod Touch – simply to be able to preview and test the apps we design for iOS at work.

Having lived extensively in a two-devices-in-my-pocket-at-all-times world, I’ve come to see reason in my arguments – both for and against Android & iOS. There are multi-platform apps that I happily use on both, my Android phone and the iPod touch. And there are those that I’ve come to love on Android, but just haven’t found replacements on iOS as yet. What follow is just that – apps I can’t live without on Android, and miss sorely on iOS.

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Bu.mp has been around for a while and it really is an extraordinary way to share information with other smartphone users (Android and iPhone). Seriously, just as the name implies, all you have to do is bump phones with another Bu.mp user and – presto! – you’re sharing contact info, photos, and app suggestions.

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One of the major draws to iOS devices is Instagram, the wildly popular free photo app that allows you to snap a picture, apply a retro filter, and share it on social networks. iPhone users have enjoyed this platform-exclusive luxury for a long time while Android fans haven’t had anything with quite the same usability, charm or community.

Most app makers’ attempts to create something similar have been met with lukewarm responses, but there’s now a strong contender that could be just what Android users have been waiting for. It’s called Lightbox.

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Put simply: Bacon Reader is a great app for browsing Reddit.

Its well-designed interface is what really sets it apart from the other Reddit apps for Android. The attention to detail is astounding, and welcomed on an app I use so much. The level of thought put into the app has allowed it to make browsing Reddit a much nicer experience than on the reddit.com site itself!

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It seems like I’m on a constant search for file syncing apps for my Android phone. Most recently I checked out DroidCloud, an app that added CloudApp functionality to Android. While this was a good solution, I kept looking and found my way to Scansfer, an app that allows you to send and receive files using QR Codes.

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I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but lately there’s been a lot of focus on this “cloud” thing and how everyone is getting in on it. Whether you’re a student, businessman, or someone who works from home, you can find a reason to use an online storage service to put your files in “the cloud.”

Recently over at Web.Appstorm, I did write ups on both Amazon CloudPlayer and Amazon CloudDrive, stating that it’s great that CloudPlayer integrates with Android devices, but wishing CloudDrive would offer something similar to what Dropbox offers — a multi-platform app so that you can easily sync files. What occured to me while telling my students about CloudDrive was that there is no way to share files. Luckily, DroidCloud fills both of these voids.

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Android’s built-in camera application is basic, but can get the job done when you need to quickly snap a moment. It doesn’t offer much beyond the simple snap-and-save routine, leaving the field wide open for other apps to enter the arena with boatloads of features, adding shooting modes, features and post-processing effects to give your shots that extra edge. Here’s a look at some of the best free Android apps to help you take better photos.

We will look at the four most common imaging tasks on the phone – capturing photos, viewing them, editing them and then sharing them with the world. Although a number of the apps do all of these on their own, more often than not they are better for one purpose than the others. All these apps are free or offer a free, ad-supported version. Some do have Pro versions that either take away the ads or offer more in terms of features.

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