Aug 22, 2015
I have noticed I often wish "Damn I wish someone had made an app for that" and when I search for it I can't find it. Then I outsource the search to facebook or other people; and they can usually say - yes, its called X. Which I can put down to an inability to know how to search for an app on my part; more than anything else.
With that in mind; I wanted to solve the problem of finding apps for other people.
The following is a list of apps that I find useful (and use often) for productive reasons:
This list is long. The most valuable ones are the top section that I use regularly.
Other things to mention:
Internal storage - I have a large internal memory card because I knew I would need lots of space. So I played the "out of sight out of mind game" and tried to give myself as much space as possible by buying a large internal card.
Battery - I use anker external battery blocks to save myself the trouble of worrying about batteries. If prepared I leave my house with 2 days of phone charge (of 100% use). I used to count "wins" of days I beat my phone battery (stay awake longer than it) but they are few and far between. Also I doubled my external battery power and it sits at two days not one (28000mA + 2*460ma spare phone batteries)
Phone - I have a Samsung S4 (android Running KitKat) because it has a few features I found useful that were not found in many other phones - Cheap, Removable battery, external storage card, replaceable case.
Screen cover - I am using the one that came with the phone still
I carry a spare phone case, in the beginning I used to go through one each month; now I have a harder case than before it hasn't broken.
MicroUSB cables - I went through a lot of effort to sort this out, it's still not sorted, but its "okay for now". The advice I have - buy several good cables (read online reviews about it), test them wherever possible, and realise that they die. Also carry a spare or two.
Restart - I restart my phone probably most days when it gets slow. It's got programming bugs, but this solution works for now.
These sit on my screen all the time.
Data monitor - Gives an overview of bits per second upload or download. updated every second.
CpuTemp - Gives an overlay of the current core temperature. My phone is always hot, I run it hard with bluetooth, GPS and wifi blaring all the time. I also have a lot of active apps.
Mindfulness bell - My phone makes a chime every half hour to remind me to check, "Am I doing something of high-value right now?" it sometimes stops me from doing crap things.
Facebook chat heads - I often have them open, they have memory leaks and start slowing down my phone after a while, I close and reopen them when I care enough.
Facebook - communicate with people. I do this a lot.
Inkpad - its a note-taking app, but not an exceptionally great one; open to a better suggestion.
Ingress - it makes me walk; it gave me friends; it put me in a community. Downside is that it takes up more time than you want to give it. It's a mobile GPS game. Join the Resistance.
Maps (google maps) - I use this most days; mostly for traffic assistance to places that I know how to get to.
Camera - I take about 1000 photos a month. Generic phone-app one.
Assistive light - Generic torch app (widget) I use this daily.
Hello - SMS app. I don't like it but its marginally better than the native one.
Sunrise calendar - I don't like the native calendar; I don't like this or any other calendar. This is the least bad one I have found. I have an app called "facebook sync" which helps with entering in a fraction of the events in my life.
Phone, address book, chrome browser.
GPS logger - I have a log of my current gps location every 5 minutes. If google tracks me I might as well track myself. I don't use this data yet but its free for me to track; so if I can find a use for the historic data that will be a win.
Fit - google fit; here for multiple redundancy
S Health - Samsung health - here for multiple redundancy
Fitbit - I wear a flex step tracker every day, and input my weight daily manually through this app
Basis - I wear a B1 watch, and track my sleep like a hawk.
Rescuetime - I track my hours on technology and wish it would give a better breakdown. (I also paid for their premium service)
Voice recorder - generic phone app; I record around 1-2 hours of things I do per week. Would like to increase that.
Narrative - I recently acquired a life-logging device called a narrative, and don't really know how to best use the data it gives. But its a start.
How are you feeling? - Mood tracking app - this one is broken but the best one I have found, it doesn't seem to open itself after a phone restart; so it won't remind you to enter in a current mood. I use a widget so that I can enter in the mood quickly. The best parts of this app are the way it lets you zoom out, and having a 10 point scale. I used to write a quick sentence about what I was feeling, but that took too much time so I stopped doing it.
Stopwatch - "hybrid stopwatch" - about once a week I time something and my phone didn't have a native one. This app is good at being a stopwatch.
Callinspector - tracks ingoing or outgoing calls and gives summaries of things like, who you most frequently call, how much data you use, etc. can also set data limits.
Powercalc - the best calculator app I could find
Night mode - for saving batter (it dims your screen), I don't use this often but it is good at what it does. I would consider an app that dims the blue light emitted from my screen; however I don't notice any negative sleep effects so I have been putting off getting around to it.
Advanced signal status - about once a month I am in a place with low phone signal - this one makes me feel better about knowing more details of what that means.
Ebay - To be able to buy those $5 solutions to problems on the spot is probably worth more than $5 of "impulse purchases" that they might be classified as.
Cal - another calendar app that sometimes catches events that the first one misses.
ES file explorer - for searching the guts of my phone for files that are annoying to find. Not as used or as useful as I thought it would be but still useful.
Maps.Me - I went on an exploring adventure to places without signal; so I needed an offline mapping system. This map saved my life.
Wikipedia - information lookup
Youtube - don't use it often, but its there.
How are you feeling? (again) - I have this in multiple places to make it as easy as possible for me to enter in this data
Play store - Makes it easy to find.
Gallery - I take a lot of photos, but this is the native gallery and I could use a better app.
In no particular order;
Facebook groups, Yahoo Mail, Skype, Facebook Messenger chat heads, Whatsapp, meetup, google+, Hangouts, Slack, Viber, OKcupid, Gmail, Tinder.
They do social things. Not much to add here.
AnkiDroid - Anki memoriser app for a phone.
MyFitnessPal - looks like a really good app, have not used it
Fitocracy - looked good
I got these apps for a reason; but don't use them.
Not on my front pages:
These I don't use as often; or have not moved to my front pages (skipping the ones I didn't install or don't use)
S memo - samsung note taking thing, I rarely use, but do use once a month or so.
Drive, Docs, Sheets - The google package. Its terrible to interact with documents on your phone, but I still sometimes access things from my phone.
bubble - I don't think I have ever used this
Compass pro - gives extra details about direction. I never use it.
(ingress apps) Glypher, Agentstats, integrated timer, cram, notify
TripView (public transport app for my city)
Convertpad - converts numbers to other numbers. Sometimes quicker than a google search.
ABC Iview - National TV broadcasting channel app. Every program on this channel is uploaded to this app, I have used it once to watch a documentary since I got the app.
AnkiDroid - I don't need to memorise information in the way it is intended to be used; so I don't use it. Cram is also a flashcard app but I don't use it.
First aid - I know my first aid but I have it anyway for the marginal loss of 50mb of space.
Triangle scanner - I can scan details from NFC chips sometimes.
MX player - does videos better than native apps.
Zarchiver - Iunno. Does something.
Pandora - Never used
Soundcloud - used once every two months, some of my friends post music online.
Barcode scanner - never used
Diskusage - Very useful. Visualises where data is being taken up on your phone, helps when trying to free up space.
Swiftkey - Better than native keyboards. Gives more freedom, I wanted a keyboard with black background and pale keys, swiftkey has it.
Google calendar - don't use it, but its there to try to use.
Sleepbot - doesn't seem to work with my phone, also I track with other methods, and I forget to turn it on; so its entirely not useful in my life for sleep tracking.
My service provider's app.
AdobeAcrobat - use often; not via the icon though.
Wheresmydroid? - seems good to have; never used. My phone is attached to me too well for me to lose it often. I have it open most of the waking day maybe.
Uber - I don't use ubers.
Terminal emulator, AIDE, PdDroid party, Processing Android, An editor for processing, processing reference, learn C++ - programming apps for my phone, I don't use them, and I don't program much.
Airbnb - Have not used yet, done a few searches for estimating prices of things.
Heart rate - measures your heart rate using the camera/flash. Neat, not useful other than showing off to people how its possible to do.
Basis - (B1 app), - has less info available than their new app
BPM counter - Neat if you care about what a "BPM" is for music. Don't use often.
Sketch guru - fun to play with, draws things.
DJ studio 5 - I did a dj thing for a friend once, used my phone. was good.
Facebook calendar Sync - as the name says.
Dual N-back - I Don't use it. I don't think it has value giving properties.
Awesome calendar - I don't use but it comes with good reccomendations.
Battery monitor 3 - Makes a graph of temperature and frequency of the cores. Useful to see a few times. Eventually its a bell curve.
urbanspoon - local food places app.
Gumtree - Australian Ebay (also ebay owns it now)
Printer app to go with my printer
Car Roadside assistance app to go with my insurance
Virgin air entertainment app - you can use your phone while on the plane and download entertainment from their in-flight system.
Two things now;
What am I missing? Was this useful? Ask me to elaborate on any app and why I used it. If I get time I will do that anyway.
P.S. this took two hours to write.
P.P.S - I was intending to make, keep and maintain a list of useful apps, that is not what this document is. If there are enough suggestions that it's time to make and keep a list; I will do that.