14 Android apps that Suanie thinks you should have

My sisters just bought identical Samsung Galaxy Notes. In a bid to welcome them to the world of Android, I decided to put up a post on some of my favourite Android apps.

My Nohkea is a Samsung Galaxy Nexus which runs on ICS. I think by now the Note should be the same. You should get it running on ICS for increased awesomeness.

So in no particular order, here’s my current list of recommended Android apps.

1- SwiftKey X
This is the BEST Android keyboard now! It learns as you go and soon you’ll just have to tap a few times for a full, complete sentence. Faster than Swype (which I also tried but didn’t like in the end). Free trial for one month then you’ve to purchase it but I’m telling you, IT IS WORTH IT! ๐Ÿ˜€

Get SwiftKey X here: *click*

2- Gesture Search
Wouldn’t it be great if you could search for contacts and other things using freestyle writing instead of having to type it out? Yeap and it’s a Google product.

Android app - Gesture Search

Get Gesture Search here: *click*

3- Plume for Twitter
I love Twitter! Life’s nuggets of information cramped into 140 characters or less. It was one of the first apps I looked for. After trying many different Twitter apps for Android, I decided to go with Plume. The interface is clean and easy to use.

Get Plume for Twitter here: *click*

4- Browser Texting
Yes I still SMS. But I don’t like typing out SMS on touch screen, I’d rather compose the message on PC as I’m on it most of the time. Nokia’s PC Suite allowed me to do this, so does BrowserTexting on Chrome/Firefox. Basically you download a Chrome/FF extension, match your devices via a QR code and you can type out and send SMS via your web browser!

Get BrowserTexting here: *click*

5- Chop Chop
My favourite coffee place, Artisan Roast in TTDI uses Chop Chop for their loyalty programme. Buy 9 cuppas, get 1 free. So I use Chop Chop too! Besides it always make me happy to ask, “CAN I GET A CHOP CHOP??? ๐Ÿ˜€ ”

Android app - ChopChop loyalty

Get Chop Chop here: *click*

6- Juice Defender
Let’s face it: smartphones drain battery life like a deprived vampire. If you’ve your data connection running then even more so. When you enable Juice Defender, it kills off your data connection when your phone is locked. That means anything that requires data connection (i.e. WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter) stops running in the background. Once you’ve unlocked your phone, then data runs again and you get your information as per normal. Sounds like nothing but from experience, it has maximised my phone’s battery life when I’m outside without a charger or external battery pack. Useful to have.

Get Juice Defender here: *click*

7- MyDistress
A NKRA Polis Selangor project for Selangor area only. But pretty good thing to have. You have to fill up your personal information and hope you’ll never have to use it. Requires GPS turned on so it’s best that you consciously activate your GPS whenever you’ll be driving alone. Best to get a car charger then. Read the description on the AppStore. Deep wrote something about it too, read it here: *click*.

Android app - PDRM MyDistress

Get MyDistress here: *click*

8- Barcode Scanner
You should always have a barcode scanner app. This is a pretty good one.

Get Barcode Scanner here: *click*

9- Camera ZOOM
Before there was Instagram for Android, THIS was Instagram for Android. Actually seeing how shitty Instagram for Android is, this is probably still a better choice for photo taking and editing. Just that Instagram makes it a heck lot easier by mindless cropping and filtering. Oh well.

Get Camera ZOOM here: *click*

10- The Malaysian Insider
My favourite non-mainstream news portal. It should be yours too.

Android app - The Malaysian Insider

Get The Malaysian Insider here: *click*

11- Evernote
A notepad service that saves your notes to a server and you can retrieve them from your phone and PC? Why not?

Get Evernote here: *click*

12- Pure Grid Calendar
I finally stopped using a feature phone, then I spent a lot of time trying to find out how to make my Nexus behave like my old Nokia. I really liked the Nokia’s calendar functions and got used to how they look and behave. So after trying out many Android calendars, I decided that Pure Grid is the best fit. It syncs with my Google Calendar and Google Tasks, perfect!

Android app - Pure Grid calendar

Get Pure Grid Calendar here: *click*

13- Flashlight
What, your phone doesn’t come with a torchlight function?? What do you mean, it’s not a feature phone so don’t have?? Oh wait, now you can have it. Great when you’re groping for your way out or when you need more light for a photo.

Get Flashlight here: *click*

14- Dropbox
If you’re not using Dropbox yet, please sign up with my Dropbox referral link so both you and I can get free 500MB space! What does Dropbox do? It’s a service where you can store your files, photos etc on their server. When you need your files, just retrieve them wherever you are, as long as you have a device connected to the Internet. You can also share your stuff with selected people, easy for private photo sharing in original file sizes. Also the new Dropbox interface has ‘drag and drop’ making it easier to store your files. I use it a lot, thus eliminating thumbdrives.

Get Dropbox here: *click*

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These are pretty awesome too:
:: Where’s’ My Water? – Fun game
:: Waze – Tells you about traffic situation, decent navigation tool
:: SpeedDial – best, easiest speed dial app I’ve tried



  1. Why so many of your apps need to pay one? I’m using Smooth Calendar and Business calendar to sync my personal, office and facebook calendars. They’re perfect for me and free.
    Thanks for the Gesture and JuiceDefender apps though.

  2. Apps are what is needed to make your smartphone smart and unique.Im fond of app creating and find it really helpful to use site like Snappii where i can build apps in minutes.

  3. Shu: No ar. Maybe cos I link the paid app page ๐Ÿ˜› Forgot about the free ones. But if it’s good, pay for it!!!

    I settled on PureGrid because it behaved the way I want. Now my homescreen lists all my appts and to-do based on Google calendar and tasks. I don’t want to sync work/FB stuff.

    I got SwiftkeyX at a bargain. USD 0.99, was during one of their discount days.

    Vlad: I’ll leave the app creating to more capable people ๐Ÿ˜‰ Yeap that’s one of the reasons why I love my Android, so customizable!

  4. perhaps you might want to take a look at http://www.box.com too. It offers 5GB and has similar functions as http://www.dropbox.com. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Hi George! I have a box account with 50GB (it was during a promo period) but I’m just so used to dropbox that I haven’t gotten around to using Box. But thanks for the reminder ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. Great share~~~
    P tracker, out of milk and Line are useful for gals so they got to be at my homescreen nowadays =)

  7. eh i searched for swiftkey but only got swiftkey 3.. how??

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