Every time I set up a new phone or tablet, one of the first things I do is re-download all of my Android applications. Of course, there’s the usual suite of Google and social media apps. I won’t go over those here, because they’d fill the entire list and then some. Once I download all of my essentials, there are a few more that I consider “must-have”. Let’s take a look at them, yeah?
There’s tons of newsreader options available, but Feedly is my favorite. I like it because it’s easy to add feeds and discover new content. You can also bookmark articles to read later, which is nice for when I come across something I want to share with our readers. The UI is easy to navigate, and there’s a bunch of different viewing options to make the reading experience even more enjoyable. Feedly is usually the first and last app I open each day because I’m a news junkie. If you are too, I highly recommend it!
Speaking of which, you can add our feed in any newsreader you may use.
I don’t get out much, but when I do, It’s usually to a show. Bandsintown Concerts is a great way to keep up with all the live music happenings in your area. You can track your favorite artists and view upcoming local shows. You can even purchase tickets directly from within the app. Don’t miss out on your favorite band again because you didn’t know they were coming to town until it was too late.
Tasker isn’t for the faint-hearted, but if you’re an Android tinkerer like myself, this is an app that will make your life easier. It performs tasks (sets of actions) based on contexts (application, time, date, location, event, gesture) in user-defined profiles or in clickable or timer home screen widgets. Even for me, it can be a bit overwhelming at times. Fortunately, there’s numerous guides and how-to’s on the Internet that’ll help you along the way, should you decide to give it a spin.
Note: Tasker does come with a $2.99 price tag.
Okay, I know I said I wasn’t going to add any Google apps to this list. However, I have to make an exception for Snapseed. There’s a bazillion photo editing apps out there, but this is my “go-to” for every photo I share. In fact, I even wrote a guide that shows you how to quickly and easily edit your photos in Snapseed. You should check it out.
Snapseed has tons of editing options, filters and other goodies. It also features an HDR mode that makes your pictures pop like none other when used correctly. And you don’t have to be a professional photographer or need sick PhotoShop skills to use it. There’s even guides within the app to give you creative ideas on ways to make your even your most boring photos more interesting. Don’t spend loads of cash on expensive photo editing software until you’ve given Snapseed an honest shot. It’s well worth your time!
The last app on my list is basic, yes, but it’s one I use pretty often. As the name implies, it’s an app that you can use to test your WiFi and mobile data connections speeds. Nothing more, nothing less.
Thanks for stopping by to check out my list of essential apps. What apps do you install first thing’s first on your devices? Drop us a line in the comment thread to let us know!