07
Mar
android-market

In last weekend's (non-)poll, I asked for your three favorite Android apps. You did your part, and nearly 100 people took the opportunity to vote. Now it's my turn, so I've compiled the results and I'll list them below along with details and a brief description of each app.

The Results

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1. Launcher Pro (+ Plus) - 20 Votes

LP1 LP2

Given just how not-so-attractive Android 2.2 and below is, it's not really surprising that a launcher should take the top spot. What is a bit more surprising - at least to me - is that it really dominated ADW (which came in second, below) with more than twice as many votes.

LP allows you to fine-tune the appearance and behavior of your device. Thanks to its popularity, there are hundreds of themes available, and in conjunction with widgets and other customization apps, the possibilities are nearly endless.

2. ADW Launcher (+ EX) - 9 Votes

ADW1 ADW2 ADW3

Again, in a nutshell: because Android is kind of ugly.

ADW is another launcher that's very similar to LP, so everything I said above about LP applies here. It's also used by CyanogenMod.

3. PowerAMP - 9 Votes

PA1 PA2 PA3

There are tons of music players available in the Android Market. PowerAMP is considered by many to be the best, and that distinction has earned it over 1 million downloads and an average of 4.5/5 stars. Impressive, to say the least.

4. Dropbox - 8 Votes

DB1 DB2

Dropbox is one of those brilliant little services that you try once and realize it can make life much easier. For those who are unaware, it's a syncing service that works on PC, Mac, Android, iOS, and straight on the web. It creates a folder that automatically syncs across all clients, meaning anything you put in that folder is accessible from anywhere with a web connection and across any client that has Dropbox installed and linked to your account.

5. Titanium Backup - 8 Votes

TB1 TB2

If you're rooted, Titanium Backup is a must-have tool for backing-up your phone. Just like PowerAMP, Titanium is considered by many to be the best in the biz, and that's paid off in popularity with over 1 million users. The PRO (paid) version adds more features including Dropbox sync.

6. TweetDeck - 8 Votes

TD1 TD2

As it's wisely been said before: "Sadly, the problem with an official Twitter app is it focuses on what Twitter wants. Third-party Twitter apps focus on what users want." With that in mind, it's probably not such a surprise that TweetDeck comes in as the most popular Twitter client among readers.

7. Pulse News Reader - 7 Votes

Pulse1 Pulse2 Pulse3

I've long had my eye on Pulse, but I've never had a chance to try it, so I can't really talk about it from experience. What I can tell you is that it's a stunningly clean, beautiful news reader with social media integration. For those who've used it: I know I'm not doing it justice, and I'm sorry. For those who haven't: check it out for yourself. If you read the news, you'll enjoy Pulse.

Note to self: get Pulse.

8. Aldiko Book Reader - 5 Votes

Ald1 Ald2 Ald3

I have to admit that I'd never heard of Aldiko before this - but then again, that's half the point of the poll and post in the first place. In any case, if you couldn't tell, Aldiko is a book reading app, much like Google Books and the Kindle app. Based on the app screenshots, over 1 million downloads, and 4.5/5 star rating, I'd say it's probably safe to assume that this is one of the better book apps on the market.

9. K-9 Mail - 5 Votes

K91 K92

This might surprise you, but K-9 Mail is an email app. Perhaps even more surprising: word has it that it's far superior to the stock email app. It packs support for IMAP, POP3, and Exchange, as well as a whole slew of both standard and not- features. It's free and open source, with improvements constantly being made.

10. NewsRob RSS Reader - 5 Votes

NR1 NR2

Anyone who's used the official Google Reader client for Android can attest to just how much it sucks. Enter NewsRob, "the Chuck Norris of news readers" according to the description. NewsRob sports a clean, simple UI, syncing, and extensive offline support.

Conclusion

Hopefully, you've learned about a few new apps that might make your life a little easier. If not, perhaps the runners-up will help; the following five apps tied for 11th place with four votes each:

Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • AnAndroidGuy

    booo! GO Launcher, Player Pro, and WebSharing. I guess I shoulda participated in the poll =/ oh well

    • Zee

      Word to the bird. Go Launcher runs much smoother on my DHD.

  • Matt

    I tried the pulse reader and really liked it except for the battery draining feature.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Feature, ha.

    • OMGNO

      That's odd... of all features from pulse reader, the battery draining one is my FAV!!

  • Larry

    I didn't know there was a poll going on. Add a vote to ADW Launcher EX for me. I don't like Launcher Pro because the built in widgets make it too bulky for my needs (I wouldn't use them anyway) and it's annoying having these listed on the free version whenever you press to go to widgets.

    Plus, because of the widgets, Launcher Pro asks for too many permissions for my liking. I'd rather have the option to add whatever widgets I will use, on my own separately. ADW Launcher affords me that flexibility so I prefer it.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      I wouldn't mind ADW, but the fact that to remove widgets, you have to drag to the top vs the bottom in Launcher Pro is a deal breaker for me. On a large screen, it's such a pain. Small thing, just like the widget thing you mentioned, but something I'm not willing to deal with.

      • Lolo

        In the settings of adw, you can change it to the bottom of the screen if you would like.

    • David Ruddock

      I agree. LauncherPro is too busy for my needs, but maybe that's because my Nexus One's screen is too small to really get use out of all the crazy widgets that are out there.

      I love ADW EX because it's highly configurable and you can really adjust just how much it affects your Android experience. Never even had a desire to try LaunchyPro.

      • AnAndroidGuy

        Check out Go Launcher, much better than those 2

        • AndroidFan

          I've got to agree, GoLauncher is superb!

        • Larry

          I'll give it a go and see how it is.

        • Larry

          Trying Go Launcher now, so far it's great. I'm still learning how to customize it, but having the folders generate their own thumbnails for the apps I place in them is pretty cool. It also runnning smoothly.

        • Larry

          Well, half a day in and I had a Force Close on Go Launcher. I finally finished customizing it to my liking. I'll keep it for a week and see how it goes. It's not better than ADW Launcher, but it certainly matches it in everything (absent the force close).

  • Chuck

    The official Google Reader app rocks, and in just a few months on the Market has something like double the downloads of all three Newsrob versions put together.

    • mrw

      Does it allow offline reading yet? It didn't at launch and that makes it a no go for me and many others. Feature comparisons often matter more than the number of downloads.

      • Chuck

        No, it doesn't have offline reading. But the point I was trying to make is it's probably not fair to say "anyone who’s used the official Google Reader client for Android can attest to just how much it sucks."

        • http://zalzalaweb.com/jens anakin78z

          Indeed, I'm a fan of the Reader app.

        • Larry

          The Google Reader app is great. Minimalist and functional. I tried almost every app out there and once Google released the official one, I've never looked back.

  • Adrian

    That's probably the smallest poll ever...

    I'm mean 10 people think an app is good (in some cases 7, 5, etc) and that makes a top 10? At least you should have let the poll open for more days/weeks.

    • Aaron Gingrich

      We had no new replies in a number of days. The poll lasted a week, I stated it clearly at the beginning.

      I agree that ~100 replies isn't a lot at a glance, but considering that users actually had to come to the comments and reply manually, I'm content with it. Based on the feedback, it's also served its purpose of providing some suggestions for alternate apps readers can try.

      I see what you're saying, but collecting more responses wasn't reasonable in an efficiency sense.

  • Ethan

    i know this gets asked on an almost hourly basis but could you please cite the name of the clock widget that spells out the time as showed in the ADW launcher picture

    • Stillray

      That could be Minimalist Text, but perhaps Clockr. Clockr's paid version is Clockr Evolution, and I think well worth the pocket change.

  • STiK

    Amazed noone seems to use screebl.

    • http://zalzalaweb.com/jens anakin78z

      I certainly do, but I don't think it made the top 3... hard to pick just 3.

      • Aaron Gingrich

        There were multiple votes for screebl, but not enough to make it high enough on the list.

  • Larry

    No love for Fancy Widget or Beautiful Widgets?

    • Aaron Gingrich

      IMO, they're useful but I can certainly live without them. Other apps are just more useful.

      • Larry

        Ah, I think I missed the "can't live without them" part. :)

  • Jimmy

    GO Launcher EX and GO Launcher EX Notification for me: https://market.android.com/search?q=go+launcher+ex&c=apps

  • Mark S

    Dang, I only use 2 of the top 10. I don't get replacement launchers but I guess I am not picky, and the top two I tried but they added a slight lag.

  • http://www.androidsupportforum.com AndroidMan

    Maybe if this poll was better publicized more votes would have been cast. Open it up again.

  • Soma

    As a quick poll, I think it tells a story about what Android users really want from their handsets.

    Choosing 3 was actually quite difficult, so I avoided selecting any personalisation apps (home launcher, lockscreens etc) and went for solid media apps that make my phone such a joy to use.

    I hope you do another one in the future and hopefully more people participate too. Next time you should have categories, because it would be nice to know what apps people are using for specific needs.

    Good stuff.

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