What is Your Favorite Android App?

Several months ago I finally broke down and purchased a smart phone. I was out of town and my GPS stopped working, and I decided to take the plunge. Instead of buying another Garmin, I would buy a smart phone that included a navigation app.

Even though I am usually an “early adopter” and pride myself on keeping up with all the new devices on the market, I had never liked the idea that while you can do so many things on a smart phone, typically the phones are so small that you can’t really see what you are doing. When the sales person showed me the Samsung Galaxy Note II, I knew that this large mobile phone was perfect for me.

I have been using my Samsung now for approximately 3 months and I absolutely love it. I don’t know how I ever got along without it. No, it’s not a trendy iPhone, but the screen is large enough (5.5″) that I can actually read the email in my Inbox. I can follow the directions on my navigation app, read and edit important documents, and I even have enough screen space that I can surf the web and actually SEE what is there.

The Samsung Galaxy Note II is an Android device and so there are multitudes of apps available for use with it. As I mentioned earlier, I love the Navigation app and I use it all the time. The Samsung “Speak your destination” feature is fantastic, and it allows me to press a button, tell my smartphone where I want to go, and immediately see the route on my screen.

Since I don’t have time to explore the many applications that are available for my new phone, I thought it would be fun to put this topic out there so that you, the followers of our blog, could chime in and tell us about your favorite Android apps. Got one that you really like? Let us know. Add your comments below.

Samsung Smart Phone


  1. Aaron

    * DoubleMap – for live locations of the IU campus buses

    * Evernote – for jotting down ideas any time, anywhere (Syncs with the PC application, too!)

    * QR Reader – for reading those funny square barcodes you see everywhere

    * Quickoffice – for opening PDFs and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) documents

    * Pomodroido – if you use the Pomodoro Technique for enhancing daily work productivity

    * Tip and Split – tip calculator for eating out t restaurants

    * Skype – for emergency situations where it’s nice to video-call someone wherever they are (without PCs)

  2. Sue

    Thinking practically and adding to Aaron’s list:
    Flashlight-to light the darkness
    Bluefire Reader: to read e-books, pdfs, etc.
    Shazam-to obtain song titles/artists from music

  3. Donna


    Nice list! I am familiar with all but Pomodroido. I plan on checking it out as soon as I have some free time.

    Do you happen to know if DoubleMap shows the locations for IUPUI buses, too, or is it just IUB campus buses?

    Thanks for contributing.


  4. Donna


    I have used my phone as a flashlight at night, just by turning it on and using the light that it puts out. I didn’t even think about looking for a flashlight app, but after you included it on your list, I installed the “Brightest LED Flashlight” app, and it is so cool. The light is very bright, and I love the fact that you can turn on a blinking light simply by swiping the gray bar at the top.

    Thanks for your input!


  5. Donna

    I just heard about an Android app called Twitch. Apparently it will automatically convert all of your phone numbers into a standard format. Since I don’t have a huge number of contacts stored on my smart phone, I don’t think that it would be all that valuable for me, but for others who may attempt to store hundreds of phone numbers, I can see where it could be useful. Has anyone tried it?

  6. Tisha

    I like free apps, like Viber for example. I can talk with my friend free, as you know, a call charge rates of foreign is not cheap!

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