Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Oct 2011 18:28 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless So, today I finally joined the ranks of millions and millions of Android users, meaning I now have access to three of the major mobile platforms (Android, iOS, and Windows Phone 7). I am, however, a complete Android noob, and I'm suspecting there will be many more Android noobs in the years to come - among OSNews readers as well. Hence, I figured this might be as good a time as any for an OSNews Asks item: Android all the things! Okay, technically that's not a question, but these are: what are the best Android applications? The most useful widgets? The most beautiful themes? Should you root your Android device? Is there any reason to add the Amazon App Store? Are there any tweaks to improve the Android experience? And so on.
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File Manager, SPB Shell 3D, Amazon Store
by leonalpha on Wed 12th Oct 2011 19:15 UTC
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- I'm sort of a geek, but I never opted to root my phone as I didn't really need it in my daily usage.

- Definitely get the Amazon App store as it gives you a free app per day. Beware, however, that if you reset your phone, apps that you download for free cannot be redownloaded for free later (after they've gone back to paid). I tried redownloading an app and ended up paying for it.

- In terms of theming, I found SPB Shell 3D to be the best. You have to pay, but it works really well (although it drains the battery a bit quicker and there's some lag here and there).

- The stock Android camera app doesn't provide any video editing tools. Check out VidTrim for simple video editing.

- File managers are really cool too as they allow you to move your files around on the phone. I have ASTRO File Manager and it works rather well.

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