I’ve just recently been thrust into the world of smart-phones, and I must say I’m pretty damn impressed by the volume and quality of Android applications floating around. I was helped by a few of my US buddies to get started, but after having the phone for a month, I’ve done plenty of searching, sorting and trying things out.
I thought I’d share what I’d found, and open it up to people to tell me about Android applications that they’ve found useful. My phone is a Samsung Galaxy S (on Optus)
SMS replacement: I’m using ChompSMS and it works pretty well. Not a huge gain over the standard SMS, but a few nice bells and whistles.
Email replacement: I tried K-9 mail and DroidMail but neither of them can do the “create a calendar entry from this email” which is awesome piece of functionality that the built in Samsung client can do.
Twitter: I find the standard client from Twitter to work just fine. I hear that Seesmic is really good, but never bothered to be honest.
Barcode Scanner: Barcode Scanner v3.5 appears to be “the gold standard”. It works brilliantly, and is pretty much used by every single application that makes use of the scanner.
Collection Database: If you have books, movies, music that you want to manage and do stuff with, the stand out one is Shelves . This is really awesome, with the ability to import/export to CSV as well as Google spreadsheets, and you can use the barcode scanner to enter information.
GTD/Tasks: After trying a whole bunch, I’ve settled on Shuffle, however that’s mostly because I like this most. Astrid and ActionComplete were both pretty awesome, but didn’t quite work how I like to.
These are all free, not because I’m a complete socialist, but because I’ve not found the need to pay for anything. At least so far in the Android world, the free and open source application eco-sphere has provided a robust and vibrant application suite to choose from.