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My 5 Essential Android Applications


There are lots of lists of the best Android applications. As the proud owner of a new Motorola Droid 2 and in-house tech. support for my wife’s Droid Pro, though, I started thinking about what the essential applications are for a new Android phone user.

Everyone uses devices in different ways. What works for me, may not work for you. Here’s where I’m coming from: I use my smartphone first as a phone and then as a way to receive information. I don’t try to work on a phone–even the over-sized Droid X.

I’m also not interested in texting. For some reason, even though instant messaging (IM) is second-nature to me, texting just never worked for me. If, like many other people, though texting is your life, I recommend you give chompSMS a try.

My friends who use it tell me they like that it includes contact pictures, signatures, and blacklisting to keep creeps off their phone. What they really love though is that they can text for free with their other friends who are using chompSMS. Free texting is a win in anyone’s book.

For my personal list though my first essential application is:

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