Tuesday, June 14, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops

Top 9 Smart Phone Apps - 


Today's Tops is a contribution from GuyverV, editor of one of our favorite blogs-- "i wish i could fly".  Take a look at these selections and let us know what you think!
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these are a few of my favorite apps

having been asked several times what apps i use on a daily basis, i've decided to write down my favorites. what can i say? i'm a man of the people, for the people. the android applications listed are the majority of my favorite apps. they're also all free. enjoy.





google voice: probably my favorite app. you can get a phone number from google and it will be directed to your phone or up to 5 other numbers. but that's not the power of the app. even using my stock cell number, the app can transcribe my voicemails, tell me when i've missed calls even when the phone is off and allow me to text over wifi. it also stores voicemails on the google voice site for viewing/management.  one thing that disappoints me is the fact that it can't do VOIP natively. hopefully that's coming soon.






dolphin browser HD: a smartphone without a browser is a pretty useless thing. the  preinstalled browser app on android is functional, but for those who are looking for a fast powerful browser, this is it. the user interface is very good, the home page is a customizable speed dial for your favorite pages. one criticism i have, that should probably be leveled at google and not the dolphin team, is the inability to sync your bookmarks from chrome in an effective way. 


 tweetdeck: while i'm still annoyed that twitter has now purchased the once independent app, i still hold this app as the king of social media. twitter, facebook, foursquare, buzz (meh), this app handles them all with incredible ease and a slick UI. 

feedly: i rarely watch the news anymore. i get my information from RSS feeds. most people recommend google reader for those who love rss feeds, however, i prefer feedly because it makes the feeds look attractive to read. it sounds like a small thing, but once you see it, it's hard to go back to jumping to site to site to get your information or looking at rss feeds as google reader presents them (which is where it'll sync from if you want).

gosms: i've never liked the stock sms application. i'm a rather superficial person and stock sms is just "bleh" looking. not only is gosms a better looking alternative, it allows you to back up your text messages and schedule messages to be sent later. it supports plugins for facebook chat & emoji, has a file system and a bevy of other hidden features.
google listen: as simple as it gets. if you listen to podcasts, this podcast catcher is simple and easy. an interesting twist is that it syncs to your google reader account where you can listen to and manage them. from your phone you can listen to them on the fly or download them beforehand if you know where you're going has a spotty data connection. 

words with friends: there isn't much more to say here except that this is scrabble & it's pretty damn fun. it also has cross platform support so android users and throttle iOS users and visa versa. one knock i have to give it is that the notifications for when the other player has moved are spotty. other than that, it's a fun distraction


movies: only ebert watches more movies than i do....no, it doesn't matter if you think i'm wrong, but thanks for suggesting it. it's a sad fact of my life that i've spent many countless hours in front of a movie screen. that said, this app makes my addiction much easier to plan. it tells you about upcoming movies, currently playing movies, upcoming/recently available dvds. it also allows you to manage your netflix Q

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