The Don CharlieV Android Guide: #1: Starting to Explore

Disclaimer: These guides only reflect my personal choices and experience with Android. I am by no means an expert and do not wish that my guides be taken to heart, but only be used to enhance your own Android experience.

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As mentioned in my previous post, I will start with those apps that are simple and easy to use. These apps have no setup required to get going. You simply download them and run them, for example, most games fall into this category.

No experience required.

Androsensor

 Androsensor
Category: Tools
Widget: No
Size: 500kb-1MB
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fivasim.androsensor
App Website: http://fivasim.pcriot.com/androsensor.html
This app displays all your phones sensor data on a single screen. Includes: location data, accelerometer, gyroscope, light readings, magnetic field, orientation,proximity, battery status& sound level. This may vary from phone to phone.

Angry Birds Seasons

 Angry Birds Seasons
Category: Games
Widget: No
Size: 20-25MB
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rovio.angrybirdsseasons
App Website: http://www.angrybirds.com/
The 3rd release of this popular game series. Updated from time to time, based on various world holidays and seasons…

Free and Paid versions available

Angry Birds Space

 Angry Birds Space
Category: Games
Widget: No
Size: 20-25MB
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rovio.angrybirdsspace.ads
App Website: http://www.angrybirds.com/
The latest, and possibly the greatest, of this series. The birds take to space in defence of their eggsteroids. The classic game with a new twist of gravity fields.Free and Paid versions available

Barcode Scanner

 Barcode Scanner
Category: Tools
Widget: No
Size: 500kb-1MB
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.zxing.client.android
App Website: http://code.google.com/p/zxing/
This app displays all your phones sensor data on a single screen. Includes: location data, accelerometer, gyroscope, light readings, magnetic field, orientation,proximity, battery status& sound level. This may vary from phone to phone.

Cut The Rope

 Cut The Rope
Category: Games
Widget: No
Size: 15-20MB
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zeptolab.ctr.paid
App Website: http://www.cuttherope.ie/
Feed your creature, Om Nom, by cutting the ropes holding the candy. Very addictive…

Free and Paid versions available

Tiny Flashlight + LED

 Tiny Flashlight
Category: Tools
Widget: Yes, flashlight on or off without opening the app
Size: 1-5MB
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.devuni.flashlight
App Website: http://devuni.com/cgi-sys/defaultwebpage.cgi
I prefer this specific flashlight app because of it’s versatility. It also functions as a flashlight, flashes in morse code, acts as an emergency traffic beacon and more…

Fruit Ninja

 Fruit Ninja
Category: Games
Widget: No
Size: 15-20MB
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.halfbrick.fruitninja
App Website: http://www.fruitninja.com/
Slash fruit to bits using your finger as the sword. Addictive!

Free and Paid versions available

Google Sky Map

 Sky Map
Category: Reference
Widget: No
Size: 1-5MB
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.stardroid
App Website: http://groups.google.com/group/google-sky-map
Uses the GPS and other phone sensors to identify stars, star systems, planets, etc that youre pointing the phone at. It also guides you in the right direction of what you’re looking for.

Osmos

 Osmos
Category: Games
Widget: No
Size: 15-20MB
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hemispheregames.osmos
App Website: http://www.hemispheregames.com/osmos/
Really trippy and VERY hypnotising game. Simply the best way to unwind… Works especially well with headphones. Somehow the hours just float by…

Demo and Paid versions available…

Pricecheck

 PriceCheck
Category: Shopping
Widget: No
Size: 1-5MB
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mobile.pricecheck
App Website: http://www.pricecheck.co.za/
An app for South African users (I’m sure there are also international versions of this). Scans a barcode & searches for the product on their website’s database (http://www.pricecheck.co.za/) It then allows you to compare prices.

Shazam

 Shazam
Category: Music
Widget: Yes, features live tag stream and instant access to tag song.
Size: 1-5MB
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.shazam.android
App Website: http://www.shazam.com/
“Listens” to whatever song is playing and searches for the Artist, Song title & more for you. Watch the YouTube video once tagged or download the MP3 from Amazon and more.

Swiss Army Knife

 Swiss Army Knife
Category: Tool
Widget: No
Size: 100-500KB
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.digital_and_dreams.android.swiss_army_knife
App Website: http://www.digital-and-dreams.net/main/?page_id=38
This app includes a flashlight, ruler, timer, stop watch, compass, bubble level, calculator and magnifying glass, all lightweight and accessible on one screen.

Wikidroid

 Wikidroid
Category: Reference
Widget: No
Size: 100-500KB
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.isaacwaller.wikipedia
App Website: http://www.digital-and-dreams.net/main/?page_id=38
Not the only Wikipedia browser out there, but this one is quick & simple.

That’s it for this first part, 13 down, 37 to go, now just go play around with these for a while.

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