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Hooray! You finally got a new Android smartphone!

The Google Play Store and its plethora of options can be overwhelming for anyone. So instead of blindly downloading a crazy number of apps, let’s concentrate on the essential apps you need to get.

Official Social Network Apps

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Let’s not get into the Facebook vs. Twitter war Facebook Vs Twitter: Which Is Best? [MakeUseOf Poll] Facebook Vs Twitter: Which Is Best? [MakeUseOf Poll] When deciding which method of communication to use it's all about using the right tool for the job, thinking of which network of people is best for the message and all that. But put all... Read More , and instead just get the best of both worlds. In fact, you can get the best of all social networking worlds. Our most pertinent advice would be to download the official version of each social networking app to start off with. There are great third-party apps for everything, but it’s best to start with the official experience. Google+ will be pre-installed with Android.

Pro Tip: If you’re running low on storage, it would be wise to install Facebook Lite to save storage space on your phone Low on Storage? Save Space on Android With Great Apps Under 3 Megabytes Low on Storage? Save Space on Android With Great Apps Under 3 Megabytes Running low on storage space on your phone or tablet? These tiny apps should be able to remedy that! Read More .

Download: Facebook for Android (Free)

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Download: Facebook Lite for Android (Free)

Download: Twitter for Android (Free)

Download: Instagram for Android (Free)

Official Cloud Storage Apps

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Again, let’s not worry about which is the best cloud storage app and just grab the ones you use. They are all free for download anyway. Google Drive comes pre-installed with Android.

It’s always useful to have at least one cloud drive with a lot of storage space on it, in case you want to backup music or photos. This keeps your phone’s memory free, while still giving you access to all your data. You can get 100GB of OneDrive space for free Free Cloud Storage Upgrades: Grab 100GB of OneDrive & 2GB of Google Drive Free Cloud Storage Upgrades: Grab 100GB of OneDrive & 2GB of Google Drive Cloud storage is getting cheaper by the day, but nothing beats downright free. Some of the top services have come up with a few schemes that will raise your online gigabytes without spending a dime. Read More with a few clicks.

Download: Dropbox for Android (Free)

Download: Box for Android (Free)

Download: OneDrive for Android (Free)

Microsoft Office

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Just because you’re on a mobile screen does not mean you won’t get the full power of Microsoft’s productivity suite. Microsoft Office is a free download on Android and totally worth it.

There are other great office suites on Android The 8 Best Office Suites On Android For Getting Work Done The 8 Best Office Suites On Android For Getting Work Done It is possible to get real work done on Android, but you've got a lot of options now when it comes to office suites. Let's examine the best of them. Read More , but Microsoft Office’s compatibility with the file formats you use so often makes it a winner, especially in how well it displays the content of files.

Download: Microsoft Office for Android (Free)

Pocket

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It is more difficult to multi-task on a mobile screen because of the limited real estate. So when you come across an article or video you want to check out, what do you do? Add it to Pocket, the best bookmarking app out there Pocket - The Ultimate Digital Bookmarking Service Pocket - The Ultimate Digital Bookmarking Service As Bakari previously reported, the well loved Read It Later - which enabled users to save articles to read later from a bookmarklet or various apps it was integrated with - was discontinued and replaced... Read More , and check it out later.

This way, you get an uninterrupted browsing experience, without missing out on anything. Plus, Pocket also downloads and caches articles Pocket 5 For Android: A Polished Way To Save Content To Read Later Pocket 5 For Android: A Polished Way To Save Content To Read Later The Web is full of cats. Seriously, they're everywhere. So are other silly memes and many other things conspiring to steal your attention. So how do you make time to read the good stuff? Read More when you are connected to WiFi, so you save yourself some data and don’t have to wait when you want to read.

Download: Pocket for Android (Free)

TrueCaller or Facebook Hello

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On a mobile phone, you often get calls from unknown numbers. Yup, it’s annoying, and it can be a security risk when getting calls from malicious numbers. But you can actually find out who is calling, or at least get an idea, and automatically block harmful callers.

The two best options are TrueCaller and Facebook Hello Facebook Hello vs. TrueCaller: Which Is the Best Caller ID and Dialer App for Android? Facebook Hello vs. TrueCaller: Which Is the Best Caller ID and Dialer App for Android? Facebook Hello is here -- the new caller ID and dialer app for Android. But how does it stack up against the competition? Read More . TrueCaller is a crowd-sourced phone book, which will almost always show you who is calling, but the data might not be completely accurate. Facebook Hello gives you perfect data, but won’t always show you who is calling. We recommend downloading Hello if you are an avid Facebook user, but getting TrueCaller if you aren’t.

Download: TrueCaller for Android (Free)

Download: Facebook Hello for Android (Free)

Contacts+

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Your contacts list is one of the most important parts of your phone, so don’t compromise on that. Contacts+ is the absolute best app for contacts What Is the Best Contacts & Dialer App for Android? What Is the Best Contacts & Dialer App for Android? You don't have to settle for your phone's built-in contacts and dialer apps. Read More , whether it’s managing them, placing calls, sending text messages, or using widgets to quick-reply and speed dial.

Download: Contacts+ for Android (Free)

AirDroid

Your smartphone and your computer will often need to play nice with each other, whether it’s transferring data, managing contacts, or even quickly replying to a text message while you’re on your laptop.

AirDroid creates a seamless wireless connection between phones and PCs How Do I Manage My Android From My PC? Meet AirDroid 3 How Do I Manage My Android From My PC? Meet AirDroid 3 For a seamless connection between your Android and your PC or Mac, you've got to try AirDroid 3. You can even mirror your device's screen to your computer! Read More , over a WiFi network or through Internet data, with which you can do all of the above actions. And if your phone is rooted, you will also be able to cast your phone’s screen to your PC.

Download: AirDroid for Android (Free)

WhatsApp

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Say goodbye to text messaging. WhatsApp enables you to send free messages Better Than Text Messages & Free - WhatsApp For Android Reviewed Better Than Text Messages & Free - WhatsApp For Android Reviewed A moment of introspection, please: What do you do more often - call people using your phone, or text them? I would bet it's the latter. For many people, texting is more convenient than calling.... Read More to anyone in your phone book who also has WhatsApp installed. Recently, it also added VOIP calling for free phone calls WhatsApp Voice Call: Everything You Need to Know WhatsApp Voice Call: Everything You Need to Know Popular instant messaging app WhatsApp has finally launched a new voice calling service, enabling users to make phone calls over the Internet. Read More . And the new WhatsApp Web interface How to Use WhatsApp on Your PC and Sync With Your Phone How to Use WhatsApp on Your PC and Sync With Your Phone Here is the best way to use Whatsapp on your desktop and have it sync with Whatsapp on your Android phone or tablet. Read More lets you talk with friends from your PC too.

This one is a must-have. Of course, if not many in your circle use WhatsApp, you might want to try alternatives like Telegram, Line or others Forget WhatsApp: 6 Secure Communication Apps You've Probably Never Heard Of Forget WhatsApp: 6 Secure Communication Apps You've Probably Never Heard Of The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is a lobby group dedicated to "defending civil liberties in the digital world". They maintain the Secure Messaging Scorecard, which makes for worrying reading for fans of instant messaging. Read More . It all depends on what your friends are using.

Download: WhatsApp for Android (Free)

Camera Zoom FX

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A good smartphone will come with a good camera, but don’t just rely on the default camera app that is pre-loaded on your device. Chances are, it doesn’t take full advantage of everything Android can do with a camera. The right camera app can make a difference for photography beginners Tested: Can The Right Camera App Make Your Phone's Camera Work Better? Tested: Can The Right Camera App Make Your Phone's Camera Work Better? Did you ever stop to think that the right camera app may improve your phone's innate abilities? Is that even possible? Read More , although it’s not particularly useful if you already know enough about shooting photos.

Instead, download Camera Zoom FX. This app’s best part isn’t the options it opens up, although it does have that too, like setting certain hardware buttons to trigger the shutter, multitouch gestures, voice- and sound-activated shutter, and much more. Importantly, Camera Zoom FX has plenty of features that teach you the basics of photography and ensure you won’t take bad pictures, like a horizon indicator to ensure a perfectly flat horizon in your photos, or a crosshair that alerts you when your subject is moving.

Yes, it costs a few bucks, but it’s worth it to really get the most out of your camera.

Download: Camera Zoom FX for Android ($2.99)

LastPass

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It’s impossible to remember all the passwords for the several services you use. In fact, you’re probably more secure by not remembering those codes and letting a password manager handle that.

LastPass is the solution to simplify and secure your digital life The Complete Guide to Simplifying and Securing Your Life with LastPass and Xmarks The Complete Guide to Simplifying and Securing Your Life with LastPass and Xmarks While the cloud means you can easily access your important information wherever you are, it also means that you have a lot of passwords to keep track of. That's why LastPass was created. Read More , and it’s now also available on Android — and if you’re an existing user, it will sync all your saved data so far. LastPass works brilliantly on Android and saves you the trouble of tapping passwords on a mobile keyboard, which can often lead to errors and annoying retries.

LastPass is a free trial for 14 days, after which you will need to subscribe to LastPass Premium, which costs $12 per year.

Download: LastPass for Android (Free Trial)

ES File Explorer

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One of the reasons to love Android over iOS is that it has an open file system, much like Windows and Mac. So you can browse through your phone’s storage to find files, copy/move them around, rename and recategorize them, and so on. To do all that, the best file explorer app on Android is ES File Explorer ES File Explorer - The Best File Manager For Android [Android] ES File Explorer - The Best File Manager For Android [Android] Android doesn’t come with a file manager. Google thinks file managers are part of the past – a complicated tool that we shouldn't need when our data is stored in the cloud and retrieved on-demand... Read More . It’s simple to use, has every option you might want, and even supports network folders so you can access your cloud storage.

Download: ES File Explorer for Android (Free)

What’s One More App You Absolutely Recommend?

An “essential 10 apps” list is always going to be controversial and everyone feels some apps were left out. So here’s a challenge. If you had to recommend one app that wasn’t on this list — and only one app — what would that be?

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  1. David Terpening
    June 1, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    -Evernote- web clipper is great for both mobile and desktop use, if you frequently don't have time to finish that great read, it's similar to -Pocket- but offers more features even on the free version.

  2. Droid
    February 3, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    MX Player

  3. Squalle
    December 1, 2015 at 12:34 am

    I just got Camera Zoom FX Premium for free with the Amazon Underground App!

  4. Dronzer c
    September 21, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Hi i would like to know which apps are best for money monitor, budget vs expenses...
    The app should contain Income from various sources like salary, loan, lending amount from some person, Expenses or repayment or spend or transer details with various categories.

  5. androboit1337
    July 30, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    I also would like to mention Camera MX
    One very powerfull editing app
    I also used so of the ones mentioned above but Camera MX satisfied me the most

    You should definitely try this one!
    cameramx.com

    • Mihir Patkar
      July 30, 2015 at 1:42 pm

      I've tried Camera MX, but I do think Camera Zoom FX is superior in most ways :)

      • androboit1337
        July 30, 2015 at 1:49 pm

        Yeah, I agree, Camera Zoom FX is very good but somehow I like Camera MX a bit more :D

  6. Rajiv H. Ramahalli
    July 10, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    One very useful app that is not on your list is Evernote. It has got a fantastic search feature and
    is a true life saver.

    • Mihir Patkar
      July 30, 2015 at 1:45 pm

      Oooh, good one, Rajiv! Yes, when it comes to Note-taking apps, EverNote and SimpleNote are at the top of the list.

      I used to be a major Evernote fan, but it has dropped out of my workflow almost entirely now. I still use it for archiving important notes and when there's a big project, but that's about it.

  7. Daniel McHugh
    June 11, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Whatsapp and Clean Master are the first things I install on my android devices. I would use google hangouts more if more people I knew used them.

    • Mihir Patkar
      July 30, 2015 at 1:45 pm

      Low blow about hangouts, sir :D

  8. Valerie Camina
    June 9, 2015 at 9:38 am

    CleanMaster by Cheetah Mobile. It aitomatically detects and alerts users to any potential problems with your phone like overheating, memory hogging apps, apps restarting, and other problems that can slow phone down, hog memory, or affect phone performance and a quick tap easily fixes the problem.

    • Mihir Patkar
      July 30, 2015 at 1:46 pm

      A lot of people seem to dig CleanMaster! Have you tried any alternatives? What makes you go back to CM?

  9. Mary Ely (ShowMeMaryEly)
    June 8, 2015 at 1:31 am

    I can't believe you suggest Whats App instead of Google Hangouts with the Google dial pad. You even get your own personal google number with voicemail for free!

    • Mihir Patkar
      July 30, 2015 at 1:48 pm

      Google Hangouts comes pre-installed on Android phones, Mary, that's why I didn't list it here :) These are all apps that people should download, which aren't packaged with Android.

  10. Barron Bird
    June 7, 2015 at 12:39 am

    MightyText: Allows you to do texting straight from your computer, although there are other apps which do it as well. You also need a security app like Lookout. Also I want to back up my photos automatically, so I like Gallery Drive Sync.

    • Mihir Patkar
      July 30, 2015 at 1:48 pm

      I love MightyText, big fan. It's one of the first apps I install, but I don't think it's a "necessity" as such for a lot of people.

  11. Andrew Whelan
    June 4, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Profile Scheduler, or AutomateIT if you want to get a bit more carried away.

    • Mihir Patkar
      July 30, 2015 at 1:49 pm

      Interesting. Reckon that's something most people should install first? Why?

      • Andrew Whelan
        July 30, 2015 at 10:14 pm

        The very first thing I noticed that was missing when I moved to Android from BlackBerry and previous "un-smart" phones was "But where are the profiles for Meeting, Silent etc?". So Profile Scheduler was, quite literally, one of the first apps I installed. 3 Androids later and it still is. And being in a business where I need to keep my phone on 24/7,being able to schedule to silence all of the non-vital notifications between 11 and 7 is almost a necessity.

        • Mihir Patkar
          August 18, 2015 at 12:46 pm

          That's a fair point, Andrew. I didn't really think of it. I guess I adjusted to Android's way of doing things over the years, but you are right, Profile Scheduler makes a lot of sense for Android newbies. Thanks for commenting, you changed one mind here!

  12. Jeff Li
    June 4, 2015 at 5:52 am

    I think it's important to note that the LastPass app is not really free. You have to buy LastPass Premium for $12 a year. That's a huge turn off for some people. You can either look at it as a web service for a $1 a month, and in that case, it's a steal. Or you can look at it as a $12 Android app that you have to buy again every year.

    • Mihir Patkar
      July 30, 2015 at 1:51 pm

      Fair point!

  13. Yadin Habie
    June 4, 2015 at 2:16 am

    Add Evernote and Clean Master then it would be complete.. ????

    • Mihir Patkar
      July 30, 2015 at 1:51 pm

      Another CleanMaster fan! We seem to have a lot of those here, haha! Come on, give us one more, apart from Evernote and CM :)

  14. D. Lloyd Jenkins Jr
    June 3, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    Sunrise calendar - by far the best new take on the old calendar look. It is absolutely stunning. You have all the views present (month, week, days) at the same time and it's ridiculously easy to use. And they are adding a virtual assistant soon. And guess who it will be... Clippy! It also has its own keyboard. And there's more. Check it out. You're welcome, world.

    • Mihir Patkar
      July 30, 2015 at 1:52 pm

      Whoa, Clippy as a virtual assistant? I need to give Sunrise another shot :D

  15. Daniel Escasa
    June 3, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    MessagEase, although it's not for everyone. It'll be the very first app I'll install. HootSuite, free for up to three social networks. Say, isn't LastPass a free <strong>trial</strong>?

    • Mihir Patkar
      July 30, 2015 at 1:54 pm

      I hadn't even heard of MessagEase. Tell me more about it, why do you like it so much?

      And yeah, LastPass should be marked as trial, sorry about that!

      • Daniel Escasa
        August 6, 2015 at 8:42 am

        MessagEase is not only an alternate keyboard, it's an alternate layout. The alphanumeric and punctuation characters live on just nine keys, then there's the large “space bar” under them. To one side (you can move them to either the left or the right side) are:
        * a MessagEase “control” that really only resizes the keyboard or dismisses it far as I can tell;
        * a numeric-alpha toggle that also includes copy, paste, delete (I think -- never used it), and voice control;
        * backspace
        * Enter

        These four keys also take the center and separate the alphabetic from the numeric keys when the device is in landscape mode.

        What can you do with nine keys? Turns out, a lot, especially with drag-and-drop.

        For instance, the key in the middle has the O in its center; Q, U, and P above; C and B left and right, respectively, and G, D, and J below. To get the O, just tap that key. To get, e.g., Q, drag from the O key to Q.

        The other keys do similar multiple duty. Best to take a look at it on the Play Store, as I'd spend too much time describing it when you should be looking at a picture :)

        The creators, Exideas, believe that the QWERTY layout makes little sense on a small device. Heck, I have a 7" phone-tablet, and before I installed it, I broke a sweat when I had to use the QWERTY keyboard.

        OTOH, the MessagEase keyboard takes up maybe half the space of the QWERTY keyboard while:
        * making all characters available, even accented letters;
        * allowing single-finger operation.

        In regard to the second, I started much of the posts in my blog using MessagEase on Evernote and an LG P500, which has a 3.5" (?) screen. I did edit though using my laptop and the full keyboard and TrackPad+TrackPoint.

        Now, even on my phone+tablet (sorry, I don't think I'll ever get myself to use 'phablet' :), it's the only keyboard I'll use.

        • Mihir Patkar
          August 11, 2015 at 6:37 pm

          That's one hell of a reply, Daniel! Thanks for commenting.

      • Daniel Escasa
        August 12, 2015 at 2:29 am

        And now I just learned that LastPass is free, not just a free trial.

        May I suggest that instead of editing the article (again?), just indicate an Update: thingy?

        • Daniel Escasa
          August 12, 2015 at 2:32 am

          BTW, forgot to mention that the LastPass website says that a Premium version would allow for...

          <quotegt;
          unlimited sync across all devices at home, at work, and on the go.
          </quote>

          I'm not sure what that means. I have the LastPass browser extension installed on my two Chromes (Windows and Portable), and my two Firefoxes (Zorin GNU/Linux and FreeBSD), and they all sync properly.

        • Mihir Patkar
          August 13, 2015 at 6:37 pm

          I have an article on this coming up tomorrow :)

          The basic explanation is this:
          If you are a new LastPass user and you set up an account on your phone, it'll be free for all smartphones you use that account on. Because you know, you obviously use 20,000 smartphones.

  16. Steve Rosenberger
    June 3, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Great list! What one app would I add? That's easy. SwiftKey. It's absolutely brilliant.

    • D. Lloyd Jenkins Jr
      June 3, 2015 at 7:05 pm

      I agree. SwiftKey just makes your mobile life that much simpler and prettier.

    • Mihir Patkar
      July 30, 2015 at 2:01 pm

      SWYPE RULZ SWIFTKEY DROOLZ

      Haha j/k, I like Swiftkey too. It's hard to convince people to use Swype/Swiftkey after Google incorporated swipe-typing in the default keyboard, but I wish more users would download these apps to see how good they are.

  17. senlamy5
    June 3, 2015 at 5:34 am

    Great list of apps to install first. My set of apps is Sticky Password, Aladin, Skype, Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram, Twitter, Evernote

    • Mihir Patkar
      July 30, 2015 at 2:02 pm

      Hmmm, why Sticky Password over LastPass senlamy5? Not arguing, I'm really curious about the reasons :)

      • George Lanter
        July 30, 2015 at 2:06 pm

        Because of the synchronization freedom. I don't like cloud, I sync over WiFi

  18. Deborah Brown
    June 3, 2015 at 3:56 am

    I am a heavy user of all things Google. I can't live without Google Drive to store and backup all my documents on my phone and PC. I rely on Google photos to upload all my photos for storage, automatic editing, and organization. Inbox /Gmail posts events to Google calendar and organizes trip itineraries.

    • Mihir Patkar
      July 30, 2015 at 2:02 pm

      I'm totally with you on being a Google Guy, but all of those Google apps come pre-installed on Android though, Deborah. Tell us what you download first :)

  19. Sandra Walsh
    June 3, 2015 at 2:59 am

    I would be sure to get my dropbox and evernote installed and synced.

  20. Donald Decker
    June 3, 2015 at 1:54 am

    I own a set of Beats ear buds. I love them to the max. I don't go anywhere without my beats. The sound is phenomenal. So when the part that plugs into the phone went tits up, you can imagine how distraught I must was. I have to use phone (stock) issue head phones. Sound sux!!! But then I heard about POWERAMP! I don't miss my beats at all.... Well maybe a little ? If you love music half as much as I do then you will love this application. (sorry about the half post)

    • Mihir Patkar
      July 30, 2015 at 2:07 pm

      POWERAMP FANS UNITE! I can't believe more people don't know about this app. And then there are enough others who don't want to pay for it. I almost feel like writing an ode to it, convincing users to buy PowerAmp.

  21. Floyd Hughes
    June 2, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    I would recommend DriveSafe.ly as my goto app if I could only recommend one. It reads my texts and emails out loud and allows me to respond via voice control. I've been using it for several years across 3 different phone upgrades. Absolutely must have.

    • Mihir Patkar
      July 30, 2015 at 2:08 pm

      Ooooh nice! That's a good one, Floyd, thanks for sharing.

  22. Adam DeVuyst
    June 2, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    GUYS HE SAID ONE Trello Need Trello

    • Mihir Patkar
      August 13, 2015 at 6:38 pm

      ADAM IS THE ONLY ONE WHO READS MY ARTICLES I LOVE YOU ADAM

  23. Alek Davis
    June 2, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    Key Ring (loyalty/gift cards, coupons, etc), Feedly (RSS reader), Player FM (podcasts), Google Play Books (e-reader), Nokia HERE (maps), MovileVOIP (international calls), OneNote (notes), Skype, Viber (comms), Yahoo! Weather, DashClock (home screen).

    • Mihir Patkar
      July 30, 2015 at 2:13 pm

      Nokia HERE over Google Maps? I'm intrigued. Why?

      • Alek Davis
        July 30, 2015 at 6:25 pm

        Because Nokia HERE keeps maps (of selected locations) on the phone, so you do not need to use cellular signal when using GPS while driving.

        • Mihir Patkar
          July 30, 2015 at 6:40 pm

          I admit I haven't used HERE maps in a while now, but isn't that the same as Google's offline maps? Google Maps lets you download the map of any city to use it offline.

        • Alek Davis
          July 30, 2015 at 7:22 pm

          Maybe. I haven't used Google offline maps. If it offers the same functionality there is no need to use it. I just moved to Android from Windows Phone and Nokia HERE was the default GPS app there (and it was the best GPS app I used at the time, so I kept it on Android).

  24. Rodney Reid
    June 2, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    PAW server. It allows you to turn your phone into a server, allowing access from your computer to download photos, SMS, and most importantly, apps. With this you can allow someone to log into your phone via wifi and download and install an app directly to their phone. Really great for sharing apps that may no longer be available...Like the original Flappy Bird.

    • Mihir Patkar
      July 30, 2015 at 2:13 pm

      Nice one, Rodney!

  25. Jawad Khan Mohmand
    June 2, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    Wunderlist www.byte-notes.com

    • Mihir Patkar
      July 30, 2015 at 2:13 pm

      Oh man, Wunderlist is brilliant, isn't it?

  26. Mike Avellanosa
    June 2, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Cabinet file explorer is nice

    • Mihir Patkar
      July 30, 2015 at 2:14 pm

      Nicer than ES File Explorer?

      • Mike Avellanosa
        August 16, 2015 at 2:17 pm

        I would say yes. Check it out, it has the best material design implementation out of all the file explorers ive tried

  27. Tihomir RAdeff
    June 2, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    double click lock - lock your device with double tap. very useful for older phones that don't have that option (cpu doesn't supports it)

    • Mihir Patkar
      July 30, 2015 at 2:16 pm

      It's kind of a cheat because you end up wasting valuable real estate on your home screen, but I do see the need for it, especially on a phone where you want to protect the physical button from wear and tear.

  28. conditional cognition
    June 2, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Tasker

    • Mihir Patkar
      July 30, 2015 at 2:16 pm

      A geek after my own heart.

  29. Scott Davison
    June 2, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Evernote, Maps.me, Plex, Memento database, Ticktick, Spotify

    • joshsiddoway
      June 2, 2015 at 2:18 pm

      OneNote is a much better alternative to Evernote. I switched about a year back and haven't regretted it since

      • Mihir Patkar
        July 30, 2015 at 2:17 pm

        ONENOTE VS EVERNOTE, FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT!

        No really, why do you prefer Evernote, Scott, and why do you prefer oneNote, josh?

  30. Brad Gunter
    June 2, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    I agree with the vast majority of this list but I must add a couple that I deem essential. Evernote, Tasker, Autovoice, Pushbullet, IFTTT and TeamViewer. What can I say, I love automation.

    • Mihir Patkar
      July 30, 2015 at 2:18 pm

      Pushbullet is brilliant, isn't it? I love it. I can't recommend it to new users, I think it's a bit complex for them, but I can't imagine a phone without it now.

  31. Gangai Victor
    June 2, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    FX file explorer Jet audio CM browser Evernote

    • Mihir Patkar
      July 30, 2015 at 2:18 pm

      I was a big Jet Audio fan, then I discovered PowerAMP. Tried it?

  32. likefun butnot
    June 2, 2015 at 11:59 am

    One for ten is about par for the coincidence of my opinion with @Mihir's. ES File Explorer is worthwhile. I'd almost say two for 10, since getting official Cloud Storage apps is probably useful, but ES File Explorer already supports signing in to all of them, even on multiple accounts, so it's really not necessary to have them. Instead, I'll say that the first app I install is the K9 mail client, followed by Firefox, Doubletwist, Andmade Share, JustPictures, Moon+ Reader, Comic Rocket, Plex and Google Voice. I also install Fdroid and the Amazon App Store right away.

    • Mihir Patkar
      July 30, 2015 at 2:19 pm

      You are my mortal enemy. One day, our paths shall cross. One day...

      • likefun butnot
        July 30, 2015 at 10:53 pm

        On that day I will happily beat you with the clue stick you so desperately need. :P

  33. Glen LeBarr
    June 2, 2015 at 11:20 am

    CM Browser....light, fast, and simple

    • Mihir Patkar
      July 30, 2015 at 2:20 pm

      I actually haven't tried this in a long time, I've been happy with ES File Explorer. What makes it better than ES? Genuinely curious, not trolling or trying to get into an argument :)

  34. Sagar Thaker
    June 2, 2015 at 10:31 am

    true caller.. are you serious.

    • Mihir Patkar
      June 2, 2015 at 10:54 am

      Yup. You no like?

    • Sagar Thaker
      June 2, 2015 at 12:18 pm

      yes, I don't. There are lot of privacy issues with TrueCaller. It updates my number without asking me, in its database, just because someone who has my number in their contact list decided to use TrueCaller. It was banned in UK, after that they have provided link to remove one's number from their database. But not everybody is that savvy to do it or they are oblivious to the fact that their number is being stored without their knowledge/consent.

  35. Chinmay Sarupria
    June 2, 2015 at 10:27 am

    My phone has many of the above listed apps installed but I don't consider them must have or that they should be installed first. These apps may be top but certainly not the best atleast for me. My best apps are Iris, Sleep As Android, Drupe, Akosha, AroundMe, Backgrounds, PhotoMath, Saga - Automatic Lifelogging, Twilight, Heart Rate;And for games I would say Shadow Fight 2 is the best android game ever.

    • Mihir Patkar
      June 2, 2015 at 10:55 am

      Oh man, Shadow Fight 2 looks great. I'm going to pitch some article about it to my editor now!

  36. Steve Bateman-Wright
    June 2, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Norton Identity Safe (password manager), One Note, MS Office Mobile, Telegram, Tune In Radio Pro, Copy (cloud storage...absolute must), Pushbullet, Photo Editor, Pixlr, Type Mail, Prey, WiFi Transfer Pro.

    • Mihir Patkar
      June 2, 2015 at 10:56 am

      SEE STEVE, THIS IS WHY I ASKED FOR ONE APP! (That's a good list though, thanks for making me look like I missed a lot)

  37. 45f25ff0
    June 2, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Only one app: Telegram - the difference between this and Whatsapp is basically wider than between whatsapp and the old txts. More than one: Firefox, AdFree/Adblock (Root), TypeMail.

    • Mihir Patkar
      July 30, 2015 at 2:21 pm

      I really wish more people used Telegram so we could all switch to it en-masse and stop using WhatsApp. But alas, no luck there.

  38. Vamsi Krishna
    June 2, 2015 at 4:32 am

    MX Player or VLC for Android is a must for me since I watch many videos. SHAREIT is another favourite.since we share lots of music and videos between our friends. Lastly screen Lock. Instead of locking phone by lock button using screen lock app just a tap on the app locks it.This even saves the button from quick damaging.

    • Mihir Patkar
      July 30, 2015 at 2:21 pm

      I haven't been too happy with VLC for Android. Agree about MX Player though.

  39. David Strube
    June 2, 2015 at 1:43 am

    These are all on my primary home screen: Inkpad is great for taking quick notes for future reference. Stop, Breath, Think is an excellent meditaion app. Podcast Republic is my podcast payer of choice. Alarm Clock Xtreme Free is a good alarm clock / timer / stopwatch

    • Mihir Patkar
      July 30, 2015 at 2:22 pm

      Fellow Stop, Breathe, Think user, let us educate the masses and make them one of us. We owe it to mankind--nay, to all living beings everywhere.

  40. Jim Carter
    June 2, 2015 at 1:05 am

    Pocket, Box, Pushbullet, feedly, Smart Receipts Pro, Weather Timeline - Forecast, Whitepages Caller ID, Enhanced SMS & Caller ID+, Clipper Plus with Sync, PDF Tools (in no particular order). I use my phone almost exclusively for business purposes. Hence an app like Smart Receipts Pro for my expense tracking.

    • Mihir Patkar
      July 30, 2015 at 2:23 pm

      I haven't tried Smart Receipts Pro. Worth paying for?

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