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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Top 10 Free Android Apps

I am a sucker for a good, free Android app.  A good app can make your life easier, remove stress, organize your brain and make your dinner.

The Top 10 Free Android Apps (in no particular order):

1.  Simple Shopping List

Before this app, I bought numerous little notepads.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOOOVE the written word.  But now I have around 50-60 little notepads with shopping lists in them.
This lovely, simple, clean app makes it easy for me to type a shopping list and check things off as I get them in the supermarket.  I predict that by the end of this year I could possibly have saved 5 large trees by cutting down (pardon the expression!) on paper use.

Note:  This app has been discontinued (so glad I still have it on my phone!!)  I have replaced the link with "Good Todo" a similar, easy to use list.

2.  Ebay Designer Last Minute!

I love Ebay.  I am addicted to Ebay.  I buy pretty much everything on Ebay because it’s so much more fun than shops.  This colourful, easy to use app pulls all the designer fashions ending soon without any bids over $50.  This means I can nab all the latest fashions without spending a lot!  All the best brands, home page and search included, my ebay page, easy log in.  Love!
Oh, and it was designed by someone very familiar...

3.  MyFitnessPal

 I downloaded this app to see how many calories I was burning at the gym.  As a completely unintended byproduct, I find myself 3 kg lighter.  I love this app.  I will never remove this app from my phone.  It tells me if I am over or under my calorie limit for the day.  Warning:  Do not be too strict on this to avoid malnutrition.

4.  Brightest Flashlight Free

This is probably the simplest app ever!  But if you are stuck halfway down the middle of the hallway in the dark and you can’t find your keys, this app is indispensable.  It does what it says.  Press it and it turns your phone into a bright flashlight.

5.  Everything

 An all encompassing name for an all encompasing to-do app.  I don’t like complicated to-do apps.  I find that if the organizer app stresses you out then its not doing its job.  This app is fun, colourful, simple and stress-free.  The best organizer that isn’t too serious.

6.  Bedtime

This app is sooo simple but so useful!  You put in the time you are going to bed and it tells you the best times to wake up using sleep cycles.  It works and you do wake up feeling more refreshed! 

7.  Astro File Manager

This is a brilliant free app that lets you connect your Android phone to your computer via usb and move/edit/delete/copy files.  Easy to use and effective.

8.  AVG Antivirus Free

Let’s face it.  You need security when downloading apps and allowing permissions etc.  This app is wonderfully effective at keeping you safe without getting in your way.

9.  Pixlr-o-matic

Thousands and thousands of photo effects, retro washes, filters, frames, hours of fun!!  Some fervently believe this app to be better than its famous cousin, Instagram.

10.  Screenshot

For screenshot apps, most of the free versions require ROOTED phones.  I have no idea how to root my phone, other than dropping it in a saucepan of boiling water but I don’t think that’s quite what they’re talking about.  So, as far as I know, my phone isn’t rooted and this app worked perfectly.  Just shake the phone to take a shot.


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