GoodbyeAnalog’s Android App RoundUp (July 2010)

(I suggest you trust me, start your favorite Barcode App and scan away at these)

This selection might change in the next couple of months, as new and better apps become available in the Android Market, system updates become available, etc. All of these are free, so after the word “Best” there should be a big fat “Free”.  Enjoy!

Best Workout App: CardioTrainer

This is your best bud for everything from running, cycling (at the gym or on the track), weight lifting and yoga. It records your time or you can manually input your workout and share it on Facebook. Keeps track of your calories burned, and while running, tracks your route via GPS, tells you your current time and miles/km traversed over the music your’re playing, which keeps you motivated. You can set your plan, and compare your results with people around the world. I’ve been using it for two months now, and i’ve actually improved my running. From 15 minutes I used to do at the track, I’m now doing 25mins/2.5 miles three times a week (if I’m not too busy with work)

Best Messaging Substitute: Handcent SMS

Handcent SMS

This fully customizable messaging app comes with three themes for your conversation windows, embeds pictures, and includes popups, from which you can reply, insert a quick message, or speech-to-text while driving (only in English, unfortunately. You can add a background picture, and access all the contact’s options directly from the main screen while clicking on a contact pic (call, message, email, navigation, etc)

Best Viral/Meme Feed Reader: BuzzFeed

BuzzFeed QR Code (Click to enlarge)

Only for those with a lot of time on their hands and a dark sense of humor. Feeds off

Best Movies App: Movies by Flixster

Movies by Flixster Movie Detail

Get reviews from RottenTomatoes BEEEFOOREEE you head out and waste all your money on, say, Eclipse. Watch trailers, see your friends reviews (via Facebook) and get Showtimes. IMDB launched their app recenntly, I daresay a bit late.

Best Your-Music App: MixZing Media Player

Mixzing Music Player Artist BioMixzing Music Player Playing Song

I personally like music on my phone and hate the built-in app for music, as it doesn’t let you add album art, unless it’s something you downloaded off AmazonMP3 (seriously…) It has several Widget sizes and the full paid version (which I’m seriously considering) has a full LockScreen Widget you can try out on your first couple of hours. If you’re into Stations, I suggest also downloading Pandora Radio.

Best Artsy-Fartsy Photo App: FXCamera

Includes “Toy Camera” mode, which is sort of a Helga type camera, Polaroid, FishEye. Pics come out pretty cool, gives them a vintage look. Unleash the hipster in you.

Best Geek News App: Engadget

Engadget Top StoriesEngadget Galleries

For Techies, everything from the world of smartphones, computers and controversial hardware. Includes audio/video podcasts. Oh, and sexy-smooth transitions.

Best eBook App: Aldiko  Kindle for Android

Kindle for Android Most Recent BooksKindle for Android Text Resize Options

The truth is Aldiko is a very good and efficient app, but with a poor library and store. It’s good for downloading free classics, but you can’t just search for anything specific. That’s where Amazon’s huge selection of books (600,000+) comes in. Buying books is super easy if you have your payment options set-up at the Amazon site. And it will sync to all your devices with Kindle (Mac, PC, Ipod Touch, iPhone, REAL Kindle). It doesn’t have the brightness shortcut Aldiko does while reading, but I guess you can live with that. It has a boomark function and highlighter, and you can change your page from white, sepia and black, depending on your room lighting/eye comfort.

For everything else: I turn to AndroidTapp, and basically search and read the reviews. Which is where I took all the pics from (there goes your due credit) I’ll be posting a Game Review soon (Free of course)

I’ve still to find a good Tumblr app. Dear Tumblr, please make a Tumblr App, like you did with iPhone. It really isn’t that difficult.

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