written by: Michael Dougherty•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 2/28/2011
Looking for the best in Android applications? Look no further, this is the last list you will ever need! I will list some of the top Android applications on the market today, both paid and free. Sit back and enjoy these excellent options.
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These are the top paid Android applications. All these applications will cost you money to download and use. The cost of each application varies but all are well worth the cost. For the top free Android applications please see page two.
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Pocket Informant is an integrated calendaring and GTD-based tasks solution for Android. The main focus of this top Android application is to fuse together your calendar and tasks into one easy to use solution. This is the PIM (Personal Information Management) application on the Android platform. Whether you are a professor, salesperson, executive of a multi-billion dollar company or stay at home dad this top Android application is well worth the price of $5.99.
One thing to note about Pocket Informant is that it has only recently been released on the Android platform after performing well for years on other popular mobile platforms. Features are stil being added, bugs fixed and sync issues resolved but if the application's performance on other platforms is any clue, it will be up-to-snuff on the Android platform in no time. Feel free to check out the following reviews to see how Pocket Informant has done on mobile platforms in the past.
If you're an MLB fan, this top Android application is a must have! MLB at Bat '11 gives you live, real-time box scores, player statistics, game highlights, news, team standings and much more. By far the best feature of this application is the ability, for current MLB.TV subscribers, to stream live regular season and postseason games right to their Android phones. This top Android application is well worth the price of $14.99 for any hardcore baseball fan.
PowerAMP is a powerful music application for Android. This top Android application is leaps and bounds ahead of most default Android music players. It plays MP3, MP4/M4A, OGG, WMA, and FLAC files as well as a few lesser known formats with ease. Included with PowerAMP is a 10-band equalizer as well as separate bass and treble adjustment sliders. Missing album artwork? No problem, PowerAMP will download your missing artwork and includes a basic ID3 tag editor. PowerAMP includes 4 different widgets and its playlist (queuing system) is fantastic. This top Android application just rocks! Pun intended. Check it out by downloading the free trial (fully functional) and if you enjoy this application as much as I do you can pay $4.99 for an unlock code.
These top Android applications focus on getting things done. All those tasks you have scheduled with the top Android application for personal information management (PIM) can be accomplished quickly and easily with these excellent top Android apps. Backup your phone, flash the latest ROM and edit those Microsoft Office documents that you didn't have time to finish at work with these top Android applications.
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Titanium Backup PRO
Titanium Backup PRO requires root access but if you have your Android phone rooted it is extremely powerful and can backup, restore and freeze ALL your Android applications (including protected apps). This is a must have Android application for any user who has rooted their Android phone and likes to flash different ROMS. One of the best features of this top Android application is the ability to sync to and restore from the Dropbox service in case of a lost phone or failed SD card. This includes your apps, data and market links. This alone makes this Android application worth the price of $5.99 for any root user.
ROM Manager is another top Android application for root users allowing you to manage all your ROMs easily with a simplified interface. You can download, backup and update your ROMs using your SD card or OTA (over the air). It works with some of the more popular ROMs and at $4.99 is a must have for all Android root users!
This top Android application is a must have for any user who has occasion to create or modify Microsoft Office documents on-the-go. This is the #1 selling office application on the Android Market for a reason, with a streamlined interface, above average speed and the ability to create or modify Microsoft Office files directly on your phone. You really can't go wrong for $14.99.
These are the top free Android applications. All these applications are free to download and use.
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Google Maps with Navigation is a must-have top Android application! You will never have to carry a paper map or stop to ask for directions again. Not only does this application give you the basic 2D maps you are used to, but you've also got a free, voice-guided GPS navigation system at your fingertips.
What portable device would be complete without Facebook? This application can truly be called one of the top Android applications, easily topping 10 million downloads and used by Facebook addicts all over the world 24/7, Facebook for Android is the definition of a top Android application!
Androidify is the first of the "just for fun" Android applications we will take a look at. This top Android application simply lets you personalize the little green Android as yourself. That's right. You can be the Android robot! Once you have reproduced yourself as the Android robot you can then use it as your profile picture and amaze all your equally geeky friends. Well worth the price of ... free!
These top Android applications mostly focus on entertainment with a couple of very useful applications thrown in. Lets keep a smile on your face and accomplish our goals with these top Android applications.
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Google Earth for Android lets you explore the earth from the palm of your hand. This is the portable version of the Google web application we all know and love. Works as intended and is a must-have for any Android user.
Advanced Task Killer is a very useful top Android application regardless of the frequency you use it. This may not be an Android application you will use every day but having it there when you need it is a godsend. Basically this handy little Android application allows you to kill running applications and even auto-kill applications that run on your phone each time you reboot it. Great little Android application that the developer could easily charge for. Get it while it's free!
The second in our "just for fun" top Android applications category is Tom the Talking Cat. His name is Tom, he's a cat and he talks. Period. Good for a laugh and a must have for those Android users who need to prove to everyone that they have way too much free time.
I use this top Android application on a daily basis. You can scan barcodes on almost anything and instantly have access to price comparisons and reviews of the item you scanned. Super useful for price matching or deciding between two similar products. Barcode Scanner can also scan QR codes that can contain anything from URL's to contact information. Get this application now.
Google Sky Map for Android puts the night sky in the palm of your hand. This is the portable version of the Google web application we all know and love. Like Google Earth for Android, works as intended and is a must-have for any Android user.
This is the official Twitter application and lets you get real-time Twitter updates on-the-go. Tweet and share photos, videos and links from anywhere in the world. Twitter has taken the world by storm. Do you tweet?
The most complete weather application on the Android Market. The Weather Channel Android application gives you real-time weather updates anywhere in the world, allows you to get weather updates by speaking the location, and keeps you up-to-date on all severe storm warnings in your area. A must-have top Android application that is not only functional but comes with several well designed widgets for your home screen.