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Android OS: list your killer apps

Discussion in 'mobiles and tablets' started by editor, May 18, 2009.

  1. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    How big are we talking here? Until I downloaded the "London City" app I'd got a large tube map saved for when I was working in london and it worked fine, plenty clear enough for me to read station names and work out routes etc.
  2. editor

    editor Like an ultra left hatboy on heat

    Do you want me to mail you the file? PM me your email addy and you can have a go.
  3. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    I've just tried it with a 1.5meg tube map, and it seems fine, maybe a slight softening aound the edges of text at max zoom, but still perfectly readable.

    I'l have a play with some larger image files when I've got a moment later... :)
  4. bmd

    bmd and you will see me

    Cyrket - Android app market via PC or Mac or whatever.
  5. bmd

    bmd and you will see me

    I tried TideApp but it seems broken atm, would really like something that showed tide tables if anyone knows of a good UK one.
  6. dweller

    dweller muthafuckin snakes

    acontacts is a nice clean contacts app if phonebook wasn't your bag.
    good for setting up group texting and t9 searching of contacts
  7. cliche guevara

    cliche guevara Well-Known Member

    Also, if you download the barcode scanner, you can use it to scan any app you come across. Saves having to find it again on your phone.
  8. editor

    editor Like an ultra left hatboy on heat

    The Telegraph news app is *excellent* - really slick, and there's even video stories in there.
  9. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    Just a shame it's the fucking Telegraph really :D
  10. dweller

    dweller muthafuckin snakes

    two apps I used today

    BuddyRunner is a great app for recording
    your runs. it uses gps and while you're running a voice tells you when you hit half a mile and how fast you are running,
    when you end your run it sends your info to a webpage with a map of your run, speed and elevation.
    It is way cool!!!

    don't want to carry books with you on your run?
    settle down and switch on textonphone
    brilliant ebook reader, I found a great book to read today by browsing through "today's reads" and you don't need to download the whole lot,
    just read it a page at a time online - it saves your place - perfect
  11. editor

    editor Like an ultra left hatboy on heat

    iTweet is a fabulously slick Twiter client, well worth the £1.60.
  12. Macabre

    Macabre digiratti

    Flood-it is an excellent puzzle game that keeps me entertained on the chube.
  13. sumimasen

    sumimasen Celebrity-endorsed

    Blatant rip-off of Coloroid, but to be fair it's a more attractive improvement for sure.

    Other cool games are
    Labyrinth - use the tilt to get a metal ball from A to B.
    Light Racer - kinda like Snake, but with motorbikes!
    Chess for Android - challenging enough
    Papijump - addictive fucker
  14. sumimasen

    sumimasen Celebrity-endorsed

    ConvertAll is a useful app from miles to kilometres, pounds to ounces etc. Categories include volume, time, kitchen, mass, energy amongst others so pretty comprehansive.

    Needs hard keyboard so doesn't work with HTC Magic, I believe.
  15. cliche guevara

    cliche guevara Well-Known Member

    Better Keyboard is great. I was sceptical about paying $2.99 for a slightly different keyboard at first, but it's worth it imo. Added functionality of being able to swipe left/right to get to the alt/number keys is great, and a quick swipe down puts it away. A long press on any key gives you the alternative characters, and these are actually written on the keys for ease of use. Customizable skins make it easy to fit in with your theme, although I find the Android one to be the most pleasant looking. The only thing it is missing is an upward swipe to capitalise, but i'll be feeding back my thoughts to the developer on this.
  16. cliche guevara

    cliche guevara Well-Known Member

    It works fine with the Magic.
  17. editor

    editor Like an ultra left hatboy on heat

    OK. I'll give it a go!
  18. cliche guevara

    cliche guevara Well-Known Member

    Worth bearing in mind with paid apps that you can always get a refund within 24 hours if you don't like them, so there's no reason to be scared of trying them out.
  19. Ozric

    Ozric mostly learning guitar...

    Is Better eyboard as laggy as the reviews say?
  20. editor

    editor Like an ultra left hatboy on heat

    So far not, but I've only had a quick play.
  21. cliche guevara

    cliche guevara Well-Known Member

    I've had no lag with it at all. The standard keyboard had more lag.
  22. Fez909

    Fez909 um...

    Anyone using the last.fm app? Is it any good?

    Getting a G1 when my contract is up, but have been putting off getting an mp3 player in case last.fm android makes it redundant!
  23. editor

    editor Like an ultra left hatboy on heat

    Google Maps has just been updated:

  24. Stig

    Stig Bull in a china shop

    I'm so glad I saw that, because directly underneath it is an app to sync the updated goole maps with the 'my maps' feature, which I've been wanting fopr ages!
    I've made quite a few google maps, including a london pubs map, and been wanting to be able to use them on the phone without the clunky horrors of going through the browser.

    So thanks loads for that tip!
  25. editor

    editor Like an ultra left hatboy on heat

    The public transport directions are comically bad for London. They haven't got access to LT data so every suggestion involves weird buses, long walks and coaches to Victoria!
  26. cliche guevara

    cliche guevara Well-Known Member

    I've ditched Chomp SMS for Handcent. Better, more customizable layout, awesome text notification pop ups, quick reply from the pop up. It's great. And free!
  27. Macabre

    Macabre digiratti

    Anyone got a good, free app for recording phone calls? All the recording apps just record your own voice and not the callers.
  28. dweller

    dweller muthafuckin snakes

    I haven't come across anything - you have to put the phone on speakerphone to pick up their voice.
  29. editor

    editor Like an ultra left hatboy on heat

    Based entirely on your say-so I deleted Chomp and downloaded this one. I'm impressed but it doesn't seem to display the character count when you're typing a message.
  30. cliche guevara

    cliche guevara Well-Known Member

    That's been frustrating me too actually. Its a shame because everything else in the app is great. I'm gonna feed it back to the developers, you should too.

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