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    Question Any Apps that are 'must have' to you?

    Hiya. Although I have had this phone for about two weeks now. I have rooted it.. Messed it up .. Restored it .. Rooted again.. Learning what makes it tick..
    App-wise other than emulators I have not tried anything (besides titanium backup)..I would like to know are there any apps (paid or not) that you will consider 'Must Have'??
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    App Brain

    I really can't think of any others that don't have equally viable alternatives (eg. Touch Wiz is good enough though I've gone with Launcher Pro).

    Oh I take it back - Google Voice is also a must have. Most of the Google apps are nice to have.

    Just don't download Hypnotoad -it's a piece of cra- ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD!
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    I don't think any of my apps are MUST HAVES, but I certainly have my favorites.

    Pandora is a must have for me when I forget to charge my iPod- I listen to music on the way to and from school, and walking around campus.
    Beautiful Widgets isn't a must have, but any sort of weather widget is. That's just the one I prefer. I use it a lot in the mornings to figure out how to dress for the day.
    Gentle Alarm, or any type of alarm, is a must have. I know android phones come with stock and those work for some people. The stock alarm works for me in some situations (I love the stopwatch and timer built in to the stock one, comes in handy). But I love the fact that Gentle Alarm is one of the apps that has a fade in alarm. It never startles me in the morning, and I feel like I wake up more refreshed because of it.
    Quick App Clean Cache is a definite must for me. It works for both rooted and unrooted phones, but with a rooted phone you can clean all apps with one click. Otherwise, it lists all of the apps with cache and you can clear them one by one.
    Launcher Pro Plus is a must have for me personally. Mainly because I love the Widgets that come with Launcher Pro when you pay the $3 donation and because I don't like the stock one all that much.
    Root Explorer and ROM Manager are must haves if you're rooted. Root Explorer allows you to remove/rename files and ROM Manager is for, of course, ROMs.
    ClockworkMod Recovery and Titanium Backup are must haves if you want to back up your apps (Titanium)/data and your current ROM in case something goes wrong (Clockwork).
    Google Navigation is a must for obvious reasons.

    That's really it. Anything else I have is to make my life easier/is just for fun.
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    Assuming you are rooted;

    SetCPU - overclock and underclock (look for it in the XDA G1 forums)
    Spare Parts - see detailed battery use and what apps are using the most of your resources
    AppBrain - Keeps a list of all your apps so when you change ROMs or wipe your data you can get your apps back easily. Also, installing apps from your computer
    Notification Notes - Lets you keep notes in the pulldown notification bar
    Barcode Scanner - Another way to easily install apps
    SoundHound - identifies songs playing, I use this a lot
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tibwolf View Post
    Notification Notes - Lets you keep notes in the pulldown notification bar
    This sounds like something I might like.. I have tried the 'sticky notes' type but hate to clutter up the wallpaper so removed.. There are soo many apps out there that without asking I would prob have never heard or tried this one...


    Quote Originally Posted by packerbacker View Post
    Quick App Clean Cache is a definite must for me. It works for both rooted and unrooted phones, but with a rooted phone you can clean all apps with one click. Otherwise, it lists all of the apps with cache and you can clear them one by one.
    Question, does this remove cache that would not otherwise be deleted anyway? Does it increase say the app speed or something with the cache cleared?
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    Oh yeah Hancent SMS
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    1. Vlingo: Handsfree use of your phone while driving.
    2. LauncherPro Plus/BeautifulWidgets/LPicons/HomeSwitcher(customizing your phone, dont need root)
    3. DoubleTwist/Pandora(for music)
    4. AppBrain(A more managable APP market)
    5. Handcent SMS(customize SMS)
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    1. K9 Mail: best on android - period.
    2. Launcher Pro: best launcher
    3. Dictionary Customizer: you can add your own words so the auto-correct will recognize it and not replace it.
    4. You Version Bible: best Bible app ever made!
    5. xScope: fastest browser and free (version 5)
    6. gStrings: free guitar tuner with mic pickup for auto tune
    7. AK Notepad: best notepad that can export to .txt file and send to yourself or others. other notepads just suck.
    8. Uninstaller: you need one
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    I'd have to say, besides all the google apps, App Brain, TideApp (I'm a professional Captain) barcode scanner, and Audible for audio books.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tibwolf View Post
    Assuming you are rooted;
    Notification Notes - Lets you keep notes in the pulldown notification bar
    SoundHound - identifies songs playing, I use this a lot
    Going to check these two apps. Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by mike340t View Post
    Question, does this remove cache that would not otherwise be deleted anyway? Does it increase say the app speed or something with the cache cleared?
    From what I understand, you have to manually clear your cache if you want it cleared. Quick App Clean Cache just makes it really easy for you.
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    RockPlayer - Best video player IMO. Plays just about ANY video format.
    ShopSavvy - Scans barcodes for better pricing options
    Tapatalk Pro - So you can view this website on the go all organized.
    Swarm - If your into torrents and stuff, you can download stuff straight to your phone from a torrent file.
    Quick Boot - Allows one click access to rebooting your phone and putting it into recovery and bootloader mode. Must be rooted for it to work.
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    Some of my favorites:
    AdFree - blocks ads in apps like Angry Birds (root required)
    KeePassDroid - stores all your passwords and encrypts them, can use with desktop client
    Quick Settings - lets you toggle all your system settings without taking up home screen space with widgets
    Roam Control - use Verizon's network at will
    SDX Stock App Remover - take out all that bloatware (root required)
    Tapatalk - forum viewer, makes reading forums (like this one!) much easier
    VLC Remote - control video playback on your computer from your phone
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    Quote Originally Posted by ericdives View Post
    Oh yeah Hancent SMS
    Quote Originally Posted by dtm_stretch View Post
    5. Handcent SMS(customize SMS)
    I think I will try this.. I just looked at the webpage and it has the striped look that I had on my other phone and the ability to change the font is a real plus..

    Quote Originally Posted by lancelot916 View Post
    1. K9 Mail: best on android - period.
    2. Launcher Pro: best launcher
    100% AGREE, I have researched email prog to email prog and they all lacked what I wanted... I just wish it had the option to 'compress' the page like how it all fit on my BB screen.. I don't mind scrolling up/down but do not want to scroll sideways in an email...

    Quote Originally Posted by packerbacker View Post
    From what I understand, you have to manually clear your cache if you want it cleared. Quick App Clean Cache just makes it really easy for you.
    Ah ok cool got it. I really would have never thought about clearing app cache to be honest...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ragnarokx View Post
    Some of my favorites:
    AdFree - blocks ads in apps like Angry Birds (root required)
    SDX Stock App Remover - take out all that bloatware (root required)
    VLC Remote - control video playback on your computer from your phone
    Adfree seems to be a prog to replace/edit a hosts file. This is what I have always done on all of my personal machines and then I let OpenDNS block what I didn't (wish there was a mobile way to use Open DNS other than my wifi router)... Good to see I can do this on Android as well!!
    SDX came installed when I rooted and it is one hell of a dangerous fun app... I was constantly backing up/removing/crashing/replacing lol...
    Does VLC Remote work with any PC media prog like media center?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike340t View Post
    ok cool got it. I really would have never thought about clearing app cache to be honest...
    Me neither. But I had tons of Droids break on me and one of the 50 million times I was in there with a broken phone (each time the Verizon rep trying to blame the broken phone on me, but would always admit it was a hardware malfunction and NOT my fault) they suggested that I clear cache every once in awhile to prevent lockups. Been doing it ever since.
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    Is there a way to have any button wake up my phone? Having to just press the power button to wake up my phone had gotta be on my top 5 annoyances...
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    Barcode scanner/Saavy Shopper
    Google Voice
    Handcent
    Launcher Pro +
    Google Shopper
    Wikitude
    Layar
    Meridian
    Pandora
    MVideo Player
    Google Listen
    Doggcatcher: Podcast catcher
    Oi Shopper
    Connect Bot-Terminal emulator
    Out of Milk- Shopping list
    Convert pad
    Smart measure
    Google goggles
    Gtasks
    Google translate
    Talk to Me
    Quadrant
    Ringdroid- Ringtone
    Mp3 downloader-
    Games:
    Angry birds
    Moron Test
    Blow-up
    Fruit Ninja
    Kids Paint
    The Swartz- Star Wars like light sabers with sound effects
    Talking Tom: a lot like iPhones talking Karl
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike340t View Post
    Does VLC Remote work with any PC media prog like media center?
    No, VLC is a video program and this remote lets you control it. Not sure if there is a Windows version - it's the best player I've ever used on OSX though (free and open source too!).
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    Radar Now is a great app to have
    Backbreaker football is fun
    The gameloft games are fun and stunning looking
    Raging thunder 2 is pretty good
    Tiny flashlight app handy
    Quake 2 droid is cool

    Those are some to name a few.

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