Thanks to a post on a forum I frequent, I’ve decided to put together a five-part series discussing my favorite applications. For part 1, I’m going to list my top 5 “everyday” applications, i.e. applications that I use every day and are the reason my wife says I’m “married to my phone.”
- Touiteur Premium (Free/~$2.70 Premium) – Touiteur is my favorite Twitter application. Since it came out, it’s had the best user interface, and the developers have gone on to make it a full-feature application. The free version provides many options, but purchasing the Premium version unlocks all the options, and in my opinion it’s well worth the upgrade.
- Locale ($9.99 + $0 – $0.99 for plugins) – Locale is my favorite automation application. It ensures that my phone doesn’t ring at work, but always does at home. It launches Touiteur when I dock it at work. It also launches Slacker Radio when I plug in headphones. I have about a dozen scenarios plugged into Locale, and I can always count on them to work. Yes this app is expensive, and yes many of the plugins aren’t free, but it’s been well worth it to me. I did try out Tasker, but I didn’t find it nearly as easy to use as Locale. I also find the priorty setup of Locale more to my liking.
- Folder Organizer (~$1.35) – Folder Organizer is really much more than the app name suggests. It does allow you to group your applications into folders for your home screens, but it also allows you to add Bookmarks, Contacts, or other app shortcuts into folders. Folder Organizer also lets you change the icon and the name of the application, making it easy to theme your icons to match your phone theme. There is a free version that only works with Applications called Apps Organizer as well.
- NewsRob Pro (Free/~$6.75 Pro) – NewsRob is a mobile source for Google Reader feeds. It syncs with Google Reader, maintaining your read/unread status both ways. While the mobile Google Reader is very good, NewsRob has ways of handling sites that don’t provide the full article in the feed. NewsRob can auto display the full website, a stripped down version of the website, or an Instapaper version of the webpage if you desire. This makes it much easier (and faster) to read through my feed as I don’t have to wait for the web page to load. Background sync means I always have new items to read, and I can even read in areas with no service. The free version is now ad supported, but the full version is worth it if you’re an RSS junkie.
- Slacker Radio – After going back and forth between Pandora and Slacker, I’ve settled on Slacker. This has more to do with the music service than the application itself, but the app does work well on my Droid. I found that with Pandora, my stations began to all play the same songs after awhile. Slacker’s song logic doesn’t run all my songs together, and I can actually keep separate playlists.
These are just five of the apps that I use every day on my phone. In the coming weeks I’ll list my favorite “stock replacement” apps, “relatively unknown” apps, apps for rooted users, and games. If you have some apps that you love and use every day, leave the details in the comments. I’m always on the lookout for great apps.