There are a few Android applications that I use and find either really useful or entertaining, so I thought it would be useful to share them with everyone else, and also describe what about them I like (and possibly what I think could be better). I’m going to write them as a top 5, where the ordering is determined by many things or none at all. They might be at the top because I’ve just found them, because I use them a lot, or for no particular reason at all 🙂
The first one on my list is a game that I’ve only just discovered. It’s extremely simple, but very very fun. The addictiveness of the game combined with the fact that it’s free has earned it the top spot. The story of the game is simple as well: you’re a newly hatched dragon who has run away from your nest. You haven’t learned to fly yet, so you have to use the many rolling hills to build momentum. It’s all about timing and even when you get it just right it feels quite exhilarating. There is only one control in the game: touch the screen anywhere to dive. You have to use this to dive into the hills just at the right time and then let go to allow you to shoot out of the valley off the opposite hill. One of the things that makes the game extra cosy to play, is that when you do lose you don’t die like in many games, but you’re simply taken back to the nest by your mummy 🙂
This is one of my favourite applications, and it would probably have been number one, if I had written this post in a few weeks when I might be slightly less excited about Dragon: Fly! 🙂 It is extremely easy to add or edit posts, add images from the phone and upload and publish the posts. You don’t get the thumbnail generation feature that the normal WordPress interface gives you when uploading photos, but since the images taken on my phone aren’t that big anyway, I just use the full images in a scaled display for thumbnails and then click through to the full sized versions. You can also use it to approve (or delete) comments, which I think could be very useful, though I haven’t used it yet as I get very few comments (hint, hint 😉 ).
As I mentioned in the beginning of the post, the ordering of this list is a bit random. This application is actually maybe my most favourite one 😛 It’s very simple and easy to use. You simply open an MP3 and then the app gives you a graphical representation of the song and you can drag and drop the start and end points, play the currently selected region and save the currently selected region as a ring tone once you’re satisfied. I don’t know if there are other apps out there that do similar things with more features, but it’s hard to imagine any of them being significantly better.
This is an app I’ve had for a very long time, and I almost forget it’s not just a standard Android feature. I use it almost more than I use my browser 🙂 It’s fast, simple, looks good and it’s free. There is an ad-free version for £1.79 (about $2.95), but the adverts are quite subtle and don’t really bother me. The app features lots of other apps as well as Wikipedia, but I’ve never actually used this feature. Seems very useful, but I didn’t know the feature existed until I looked at the market web page for the app while writing this. I’ve always wanted an app for Wiktionary, so now I like it even more! 🙂
At £1.81 this is the only paid app on the list. I actually only just bought it now, but I’ve had the demo for a while and I’ve quite enjoyed just playing the bit you get for free 🙂 So, now I’ve got the full game. The game is a simple, Risk-like real-time strategy where you have to try to conquer all the little islands before the NPCs capture them. When you hold an island you gain troops there, so it’s important to quickly get the easy ones so you can get more troops to conquer the more heavily guarded islands.
That’s all the ones I’ll put on here. Some other apps that I use, but won’t include in an otherwise too long list are: Alchemy, ASTRO, AudioManager, ColorNote, DropBox (that one is really useful), IMDb, London Underground Free, QuickPic, StopWatch & Timer, Sudoku 10,000, TripAdvisor, Urban Dictionary, Winamp, xkcdViewer and YouTube.