My Favorite Droid Apps

Jun 9, 2010 | Mobile

I recently got the Droid, and I have to say that I’m thoroughly impressed by its capabilities every day.  I do not have much hands on experience with the iPhone, but for my money I’m glad I have the Droid.  This is mainly due to its seamless integration with Google apps, but regardless, it looks like Android OS is going to be a real competitor in the mobile industry for the foreseeable future.  With that said, here’s a list of my favorite apps for the Droid.

  • Gmail – The interface on the Droid is very sleek and greatly resembles the browser look and feel.  It’s easy to search, easy to go through different labels and can manage multiple accounts.
  • Astrid Tasks – A simple but great app to make sure you stay on top of the daily tasks that can slip your mind.  You can assign tasks a priority level, organize them into categories, and set notifications when a deadline is approaching.  Astrid also lets you sync with Remember The Milk, a great web-based task management service with a Gmail-like interface.  If you choose to do this, you can manage your tasks from your PC, work computer or Droid.
  • AndFTP – A great little FTP program to transfer files to and from your Droid from any FTP server.  If you have FileZilla FTP server software running on your home computer, you always have the ability to grab a document, picture or song that you may have forgotten.
  • LogMeIn – I have used their free web-service to remotely manage my computer for some time, so I was very happy to see that they had an app to do just that from my phone.  It still appears to be in the beginning stages of development, but it does a solid job of allowing you to mess with your computer from anywhere in the world.
  • Advanced Task Killer – The Droid does a nice job of managing multiple open apps, but sometimes things can get a bit slow.  When that happens, you can use this app to kill whichever apps you select.
  • SportsTap – If you are a sports fan like me, this is essential.  It seems to handle every sport I can think of and even gives you box scores with up to date stats.
  • SkyDroid – This app cost $0.99, but it probably is the best dollar I’ve ever spent.  It’s a golf GPS with an extensive list of courses around the country.  Your course not listed?  No problem, you can map it yourself on their website and download it immediately after.  With this on the course, you will be able to tell how far every shot is, from where you are to any spot on the course.  Simply awesome.
  • NFL Mobile – I believe this is the first year this app is available for Verizon, but it allows you to watch NFL Network from your phone, and that alone makes it worth it for me.  It was great during the NFL draft because I was out but still caught the majority of the picks as they happened.  I even turned on the TV towards the end and there was only a 5-second delay – not bad at all for mobile streaming TV.
  • Digg – This is my favorite site to find the weirdest, funniest and best headlines from around the globe.  The app is just as good to get your quick fix of daily headlines and absurdity.
  • Backgrounds – If you want to customize your home screen background, this is without a doubt the app for you.  They have tons of pictures from Flickr, in every possible category.  You are pretty much guaranteed to find something that you like.
  • Pandora – This is my favorite music service to find new tunes based on genres and songs that I already like.  They do a great job of finding similarities between songs and artists, and after each listen I usually end up Googling a band or two that I’d never heard of before.