If you are an Android user, you will be happy to know that there are over one million apps you can download from the Google Store to your cell phone. I wasn’t, though. I wasn’t happy because I don’t like when I have too much choice, and I think some of you out there will agree with me.
This is especially critical if you get a brand new phone, or if you have just switched to Android and are a complete novice. What to choose from a sea of one million different apps? That is the burning question. I will attempt to mitigate the fire by picking some essential apps that should get you going. After you get a hang of it, you can find a bunch of other apps that will cater to your needs. So, let’s begin.
Avast! Mobile Security & Antivirus
Some of you might say that this is far from being essential, and even a bit of an overkill. OK, I do agree that chances of you getting a virus, or malware on your Android are slim to none, since this isn’t your old Windows desktop, but look at it this way: think about all the stuff you have on your mobile phone. All the contacts, messages you keep, photos, music, videos, documents, your calendar… I could go on, but you get the idea. Imagine losing all of that. So, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Avast! Mobile Security & Antivirus comes not only with antivirus, but also with a set of anti-malware and privacy tool, and a lot more than that. And if you are still not convinced, check out its price tag. Yep, you get all of that for free.
LastPass Password Manager Premium 3.0
Nowadays, you pretty much need to register and log into every site and every service out there. Your email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Netflix, Yahoo, you name it. For each and every one of these, you need a username and a password, preferably a different one that is complex and hard to break at the same time. And I know, it’s easy to remember the ones I just listed, but what happens when you register for a service you need at the time, and come back a few months later, and you’ve completely forgotten your username and password. That’s where LastPass Password Mgr comes in very handy. Besides keeping your existing passwords, LastPass can also be used to create new ones, or autofill data into a website or an app.
No mobile phone that’s running Android should ever be without Evernote. Evenote is like the Swiss army knife among apps. It can do pretty much anything. It can take notes, create and keep lists, keep memos and reminders, double as a voice recorder, and so much more. Basically, if you need something done, Evernote is your go-to app. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the fact that it can perform OCR (Optical Character Recognition), which means you can search text which is part of an image. For example, if you are in a foreign country, take a picture of a sign, or a name of an institution. Once Evernote does its OCR thing, copy the text into Google Translate, and you will know what you are looking at. No longer do you have to play the tourist and ask for directions or which sights to see.
You will notice that there are only three apps on my list. That’s because, when you take away all entertainment-related apps and tons of games, that’s all you actually need – well maybe that’s just me! I will share some more, so look out for future posts.