Best Android apps

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by bubulol, Dec 30, 2014.

  1. bubulol macrumors 6502

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    Hi, i want to make a list of best apps without many authorizations, light apps that don't consume much battery and wont stuck at background in suspicious'way
    Of course not attempt to sync and sending anonymous data from behind
    We dont want intrusive apps :rolleyes:

    There are several categories

    Launchers, themes...

    Photos

    Multimedia
    - MX Player

    Weather

    Mail

    Business

    Social

    Tools

    Battery life

    - BetterBatteryStats

    - Greenify

    Miscellaneous


    Free feel to propose your app's list ;)
     
  2. mrex, Dec 31, 2014
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    Best android apps

    im mostly using only paid version of apps. short list... mostly the essentials apps...


    Launchers, themes...
    Nova Prime
    - using it on my phone, tablet and tvbox

    Photos
    PS Touch (phone, tablet)
    Sketchbook pro
    procapture (just another cam app)

    Weather
    hw widgets
    meteoEarth

    Mail
    gmail

    Tools
    swype
    moon+reader
    msecure
    droidedit
    office suite
    zooper widgets pro
    google tv remote (free)

    Miscellaneous
    skype
    snote (only on Note)
    smart tools
    some differend kind of nfc apps
    two bank account apps

    ps. i havent ever had problems about suspicious or intrusive apps just because i dont try to get paid apps for free ;)
     
  3. Dontazemebro macrumors 68020

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    Perfect timing for this thread. I'm looking for a good pdf editor with a material design theme.

    Any takers?
     
  4. mi7chy macrumors 68040

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    Solid Explorer Pro

    Foxfi

    Torque Pro

    Lecture Notes

    Wonder if my iPad will ever get them.
     
  5. MRU, Dec 31, 2014
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    Best android apps


    Can Google's docs edit PDF's ?


    My essential android apps are nearly the same as iOS and windows phone (albeit windows phone still has a serious deficit of some of my favourites).

    Drawing/illustrating

    Corel Painter Mobile
    Sketch Book Pro
    ArtFlow


    News / Media

    Google play newsstand
    Pulse
    Flipboard
    Google News
    Netflix
    RTE Player (Ireland)
    4OD (UK & Ireland)


    Music

    Google Play Music
    Spotify



    Office / productivity

    Hancom Office
    Evernote
    OneNote
    SkyDrive
    DropBox


    Shopping

    Amazon
    eBay
    Adverts (Irish only)
    Smyths (Ireland)
    Supervalu (Ireland)
    Paypal
    Permanent TSB (Ireland)
    BOI (Ireland)
     
  6. ratzzo macrumors 6502a

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    Using a N5 with Lollipop:

    Piktures (the new stock Gallery app was all over the place)
    Google Inbox
    AdAway*
    AirDroid
    PushBullet
    Cerberus*
    Wifi Kill*
    Forza (great for soccer fans)
    Google Keep
    tTorrent Pro

    * require root

    The majority of these apps alone (besides file managing apps) are what keep me in the Android system: no ads when browsing or using free apps, I can download/upload anything from/to my phone/laptop with AirDroid, catch notifications with Pushbullet, find my phone with Cerberus even if wiped, download episodes with tTorrent and stream on my TV via Chromecast without touching a PC.:rolleyes:
     
  7. Dontazemebro macrumors 68020

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    The desktop version can but they severely crippled the app. You can only view & edit word files.
     
  8. bubulol thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Weather

    Nice Weather
    Smallest, lighest and prettiest weather app i ever used
    Major con, you need paid version for unlocking widget and adding more cities
    1,5 euros per year, not an huge cost though

    Music

    Shuttle Music Player
    As previous app, light, small and it has very nice and clean interface, it reminds me a lot Google Music



    Tools

    Watchdog
    watch activity at the background and see if apps do consume much



    My Data Manager
    For users who want to control their data consumption


    Any.Do
    Clean and minimalist interface!


    Games

    Poker Appeak
    Best poker game, minimalist interface, lightest poker game i ever played, battery consumption seems to be pretty low, love it
     
  9. Stier macrumors member

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    i just want to ask what is the best wallpaper setting app, i'm running all stock on my S5. i've got wallpapyrus but i don't think it's working that well anymore
     
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    I use mostly Google apps, so Google calender, maps, contacts, music, now launcher, messenger, voice, drive, translate, ect.

    As for 3rd party apps, that would be Pocketcasts, Netflix, Hulu, Flipboard, IMDB (which now uses material design), Amazon, Nest, FX File Explorer, Dropbox, Evernote.

    For PDF files, I use PDF Max, but it really pales when compared to PDF Expert on iOS, buts it's the best I've found on Android.

    Plus a bunch of games, really into Simcity and Tapped Out right now, the best part is game progress syncs across platforms, so I can keep playing on my iPhone and iPad too. In fact, just about all these apps sync across platforms, which is why I use them.
     
  12. bubulol thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I cant recommend any Google services and apps, those apps and services and well known for eating huge amount of battery life and attempt to send your own datas in order to make benefit on it :rolleyes:
    If you disable most of Google services, battery life might increase by far
    I use essentially Youtube, Gmail and Maps but you can easily find the equivalent
     
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    Im using a Nexus 5 w/ Lollipop 5.0.1

    Launchers, themes...
    Nova Pime w/ Tesla unread plugin

    Photos
    Stock Gallery
    One Drive
    DropBox

    Multimedia
    MX Player
    Power Amp
    Cloud Skipper

    Weather
    Fancy Wigets

    Mail
    Google Inbox
    Bluemail

    Business
    None

    Social
    Facebook
    Tweetcastor
    Hangouts

    Tools
    Google Now
    Google Calender
    Kii Keyboard or Google stock
    DirecTV Remote
    Printer Share
    Battery life
    None

    Miscellaneous
    eBay
    Amazon
    Package tracker
    Tapatalk
    Photobucket
    Craigslist
    TV Guide
    Pulse
    Audio Manager(use it to hide stuff)
    Phonezap
    Pocket

    Browsers
    Chrome
    Firefox
     
  15. mrex, Jan 3, 2015
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    mrex macrumors 68020

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    Best android apps


    funny, my gapps work just fine and i dont see any odd battery consumption... i dont use g+, but only drive, maps, gmail+inbox, keep, calender, youtube, music, hangouts...

    i just forgot... Amazon Appstore: free app of the day, and they offer good amount of free apps regularly. like the new year collection, apps for over 100dollars. have got many good apps for free. some are crap but some are apps you would buy after all.
     
  16. bubulol thread starter macrumors 6502

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    They do eating battery life at background
    Google is the main reason i dont really appreciate Android, i will never buy Nexus and attempt to avoid their services as much as possible
    If there were better alternatives, i would use them instead of Google rogue apps :rolleyes:
     
  17. Vegastouch macrumors 603

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    Well too bad for you then. I like Google services. Some people are OCD about their battery life. I care more about functuality. I care about battery life too and I'd get a phone with a bigger battery and why I haven't seriously considered a Moto X 2. But function/usability, options, whatever you want to call it is a big reason why I prefer Android over iOS.
     
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  19. bubulol, Jan 3, 2015
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    bubulol thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Dude, Google is worst than Apple
    They impose alot of things anonymously
    Why i cant uninstall their own services?
    Why they need to track every single data from users?
    On Kiktat, you are stripped of the possibility to write any kind of data on your external SD card
    WTF, the first main reason, Android users point out about Apple and the non existence of SD card on iPhone
    They will close more doors, step by step, its funny that you approve them and keep using their own apps/services
    Remember Microsoft and their OS, Windows XP (IE, Windows Media Player...)
    I have android Phone but i prefer some aspect from Apple
     
  20. Vegastouch macrumors 603

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    Well again, too bad for you. Your opinion. Some are worried about it, some aren't. I am not. Apple keeps track of things as well and I also don't care about that. Don't use a smartphone if your worried about those things.
    Also I haven't used iOS as my main for a while, I can't imagine you can delete their apps either.
     
  21. mrex, Jan 3, 2015
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    mrex macrumors 68020

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    Best android apps


    no they dont, only few percent like all apps do if you intend to use them at all... dont know what is causing your battery drain, but that doesnt happen on my devices...

    external sd card is working just fine in my Note...

    you can disable them.
     
  22. bubulol thread starter macrumors 6502

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    They monetize you data from your back
    Man, i dont pay about 500$ a phone which every single data will be used for advertising purpose
    They want my datas, ok then, give me phone for free
    Of course, Apple collect datas but they don't monetize it
    As i said, if i can find alternative apps that can replace Google'ones, i will do without any hesitation
     
  23. bmxracer macrumors member

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    That is not true, I am running KitKat and have numerous apps, pictures and music on my sd card.
     
  24. gotluck, Jan 3, 2015
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    Gallery
    Quickpic

    Music player
    Rocket player

    Corp exchange app
    Nine

    Sms
    Google messenger

    Reddit
    Reddit sync

    File manager
    Solid explorer

    Continuity
    pushbullet
    Air droid

    Wifi management
    Better wifi on off

    Media players
    Mx player
    Bs player
    Dice player
    Ace player (ace stream/ torrent stream)
    sopcast

    Ps4 remote play
    Sixaxis controller app
     

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