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Last Updated: September 3rd, 2011

The Amazon Appstore has received very mixed reviews since its launch March 22nd of this year, most recently taking the heat from the Apparatus developer, but one thing is for sure - the free app deals it offers daily have become very popular among the folks here in the U.S. I for one religiously check the Appstore every night, hoping to pick up the next best app. Speaking of which...

The Amazon Appstore has now given out more than 100 free apps - some incredibly useful and some outright awful. I'm curious to see today which app deserves the highest marks in your grade book.

My Favorite App - Gentle Alarm

As for me, I'm going to go as far as labeling the following app as life-changing: Gentle Alarm by mobitobi revolutionized the way I wake up every morning. The app is so well done and feature-rich that I would gladly pay 100 times as much as I did (oh wait... but seriously, I'd pay $5 for it).

Each morning I am no longer startled out of bed by the conventional buzzer or even worse, the heart-attack-inducing screech coming from the wife's side (I set my alarm 2 minutes before hers now so that I can get the hell out of there). Gentle Alarm lets me out of the magical escape and into the cruel world easy and makes me feel refreshed and well rested. This here is life-changing, at least to me, and I never would have picked it up if it weren't for the Appstore.

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So now let's hear yours - what was the your most valuable acquisition? Leave a comment below with the name of the app (including the Appstore link if you want) and why you think it deserves the #1 spot in your Amazon collection.

Bonus: AndroidTapp put together this little inforgraphic after the 103rd app was given out (click to zoom in):

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Artem Russakovskii
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  • David

    I so agree with you. I love this app. I am amazed now how low the volume can be on this thing and it wakes me up so slowly, yet in a way that doesn't shock me awake.

  • Mpciii

    I'd have to say even though I played Plants vs Zombies a ton and still do, Wave Launcher has been the most useful.

  • SDL

    The number one amazon appstore app for me is SwiftKey X: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005D9MUWY/ref=tsm_1_bl_aw?tag=vglnk-c1655-20
    This app easily gets more use than any app I own, plus it just plain works.

  • http://www.theandroidsite.com Ben Marvin

    I love Gentle Alarm, I actually bought it before the Amazon AppStore was a thing. Great app.

    As far as free apps from Amazon, I use Tweetcaster Pro every day, and the free Angry Birds games were pretty nice too.

  • @Chris_Findley

    I'm a big fan of the Swiftkey series but I'd purchased it before the App Store offered it to me for free. The app I use most that wouldn't be on my phone otherwise has to be WeatherBug Elite.

  • Zepplin76

    I like the Alarm Clock Plus more then GentleAlarm but my fav is the FlexT9 much better then Swiftkey X IMHO... I wish someone would make an app that tells you how much Amazon App of the day savings you have... I have something like 130 apps NOT installed but accepted in case I ever want em and since i REFUSE to pirate this appeases me :)

    • jim

      lol. ya same here. there's a ton in queue that i've purchased but not installed

  • Mr. Mark

    Alarm Clock Plus does the same thing, for free.

  • spookytay

    swiftkey x, I use it the most, and works very well

  • http://cineblur.com Brent Pierce

    I use these everyday:
    Gentle Alarm and Tweetcaster Pro.

  • JayMonster

    FlexT9 hasquicly become my keyboard of choice. To me it is a great blend of Swype and Swiftkey. It still has a rough edge or two, and Nuance could improve it a bit, but I am far more effective with it than any other keyboard.

  • Leon

    My fav hands down is Flex T9 keyboard that they gave away. I totally love it and it's the best free app they've given away by far. The voice changer was fun, and watchdog is a good app to have.

  • http://www.howtoandroid.in prakash

    The android app which i loved most in nexus is sound hound.. really an awesome app which finds all the songs i need.. just i hum the music it will find the song and lists before me.. Really an awesome app :D

  • geeves1279

    Executive assistant is one I use daily. Nice widget to see everything at once twitter, Facebook, messaging, email, calendar and feeds

  • Bruce

    I stopped using the Amazon Market. I flashed a different ROM and they wanted me to pay for the free apps I had downloaded on the old ROM. They don't want my business if they treat me that way.

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

      You must be doing something wrong. I've installed the Market on more than 1 phone, including the wife's new phone, and it still sees all the apps in My Apps that I've claimed when they were free no problem. Just log in using the same Amazon account, and they should still all be there for free.

    • joes

      Can't say I've had that problem. I've switched ROMS quite a bit and not had any problems installing the apps I've selected. I've got close to 140 by now. I just recently went from the SGS to the SGS2 and no problem there either.

    • PezLee

      Some ROM developers seem to forget to remove their accounts when they post (especially alphas and betas). Try clearing data and cache before uninstalling Amazon App Store.

      After you reinstall it may work properly for you again.

  • Deltaechoe

    Swiftkey X for me, i missed flex T9

  • EngineerGA

    FlexT9 is awesome. Swiftkey is better at prediction/correction, but I can enter text so much faster with the finger swiping motion. Gentle Alarm rocks too, and I use it every morning. Peggle, Chuzzle, and Plants vs Zombies are all very fun. I am a cheap guy and would never have paid for these apps just for fun or convenience. Amazon is awesome, and it is way better than the Market in my book.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/brandonjnunn bjn714

    Swiftkey X is the only keyboard I have used that does not seem to develop lag as the prediction engine grows with customizations. Been using the beta since day 1. Also, WaveLauncher is awesome. I can keep only my essential icons on the dock and the others that would be on the homescreen in WaveLauncher.

    On a non-Amazon related note, if you throw WidgetLocker and GO Launcher in there, you have a perfect phone.

  • mskks64

    Flex T9 and plants vs zombies

  • Sam

    Pocket Casts. Use it every day. Made my old N1 replace my Zune as a podcast player.

  • Mathiias

    Folder Organizer definitely. Close second are flex t9 and SwiftKey x. Still haven't decided which I like better.

  • Droidlover

    Off topic but I use SPB Time instead of gentle alarm. Was cheaper (when I bought it was $2.00, but it's gone up by now) and the interface is so beautiful.

    Throw in skins, different alarm modes (incl. paranoid, bio, ascending, alarms before alarms etc...) and you've got yourself an amazing app...

    Not sure what Gentle Alarm has over it.

  • Art

    I love Gentile Alarm too, but anyone notice it sometimes will disappear from the notification tray & lock screen and not run at the set time? Sometimes when I reboot it won't load and I'm pretty sure I have all the options set correctly.. I don't have any task killers except for Watchdog..

    Anyone else have this issue? I'm running Droid 1 with CM7.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/brandonjnunn bjn714

      I had that problem all the time on my OG Droid with Gentle Alarm. I do not know if it happens on other devices or if it is just the app. Also I ran no task killers at all. I currently use a free app called Alarm Klock because it has the slide to dismiss interface that I grew to like on the Droid X Blur Alarm Clock. You can also set the amount of time range for which it will slowly increase the volume. Not quite as fancy as Gentle Alarm, but it just works. Never has it failed to go off, and I don't even use the notification icon to keep the system from killing it. (Mind you that is on devices with 512 and 768MB RAM, so on an OG, I would use the icon.)

  • jon

    PicSay Pro. Had no idea apps like these existed for android that offer so much. Definitely my favorite and the most useful. Star Chart is a close second since I'm an astronomy geek.

  • LADYDI

    SwiftKey X (#1) , Chuzzle, PacMan, Jenga, Pocket Yoga, Random Mahjong, SoundHound Infinity are all great freebies. Thanks to AAS, might never have downloaded any of these.

  • terry r

    Swiftkey X for me , missed the flex one too.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/brandonjnunn bjn714

      Swiftkey seems much better. I got both. Yes flext9 has the swipeish feature, but after using it for a day or two it begins to LAG a lot on predictions. Became unusable after a week. Multiple devices and OS versions. I have been using Swiftkey X with no lag issues at all.

  • Kenneth

    Wave launcher for me. I use it a ton and its so convientient to be able to open any app from any screen with ease

  • Aatif

    PvZ and FlexT9!

  • Bob

    Mighty Grocery Shopping List
    My Wife uses this daily and it has saved many a trip for a forgotten item not to mention always having her Shopping list with her instead of the list sitting on her desk when she is at store.

  • The Lynxy

    FlexT9 is the best. SwiftKey X fails at having the prediction box come up on every input field, otherwise it might have won. Plants vs Zombies is my runner up :)

  • NuLL.n.VoiD

    FlexT9 is my favorite. Swipe, tap, voice and draw. The prediction is bit off but the flexibility of choice keeps me using it instead of Swype. When it showed up as a free app, the was no question. I had to get it.

  • rinklighter

    Biz Calendar and PocketCasts for me. So there have been 100 apps, and about 30 decent/good ones.

  • Schurdl

    In the time I've had my 'droid phone (May '11), I've seen more apps that I've passed on than ones I found worth getting on the free app programme; In all, I grabbed 8 so far. I mainly pass on games, and avoid anything of dubious origin (I always cross-check with Android Market before grabbing, and pass on apps that don't show there)

    Of those I did get, I decided one to have been a mistake, one a questionable use of storage space, and two decidedly useful. The rest fall in between.

    My mistake was Executive Assistant (EA); it sounded useful, but ended up being overloaded overkill for _MY_ particular needs. Swiftkey was recommended by a colleague at work, so I got it when it appeared. But I found its keyboard a little cramped compared to the one I'm used to, I'm sure it is a case of getting used to it, which is why I call it questionable, so I intend to try it again down the line. Convertr and Cozi Organizer are the two useful apps: Convertr for work, and Cozi for the family. Both have paid off handsomely to-date.

    The one thing I hate about Amazon is that there's no way I can dump EA. If I deinstall, it is always there asking to install. If I ditch Swiftkey, it will do the same. I'd rather not have the clutter and would be happiest if Amazon offered a way to "ignore" apps you stop using...

    • Bob

      "The one thing I hate about Amazon is that there's no way I can dump EA. If I deinstall, it is always there asking to install. If I ditch Swiftkey, it will do the same. I'd rather not have the clutter and would be happiest if Amazon offered a way to "ignore" apps you stop using..."

      Amen to that

      • stompsfrogs

        If you go to amazon from a normal browser, go to Your Account (top right, under your name) then to Your Android Apps and Devices and you can delete things from there.

  • Adam

    Age of Zombies easily. The only game I have on my phone that I find thoroughly entertaining instead of just being a mildly amusing time waster for about five minutes.

  • meikan

    SwiftKey X, hands down. Love the multilanguage prediction option, I can get reliable predicion in catalan, english and spanish.

    I'm european and I missed the first batch of awesome apps for free, nowadays you get a goodie every 7 crappy ones.

    For those europeans that want the amazon appstore, its easy to make a fake profile. Fakenamegenerator.com is what you need :)

  • jbonics

    Swiftkey and soundhound and back to T9. Thanks Amazon.

  • Joe

    I have to go with Gentle Alarm and the Business Calendar app as my top two.

  • http://about.me/rlcassidy RLCassidy

    Business Calendar, & tweetcaster.

    I DL all the others 'just in case'

  • Philip Blair

    What's my favourite Amazon app? Well that would be none, AS AMAZON APP'S STILL ISN'T AVAILABLE IN THE UK!!

  • PezLee

    Since I bought Fancy Widget Pro at least a year ago...
    I would probably put them in this order: Widget Locker, Flex t9, Folder Organizer, Business Calendar, Pocket Casts (while using) Cardio Trainer Pro

    I know, all work and no play, but since I only use these together, thought I should separate them from the others.

  • jim

    Flex T9 & Soundhound

  • Zomby

    None, since it's still unavailable outside the US.

  • Sam Montana

    swiftkey x for sure. I was using the beta and was about to buy the full version when it went up as free app of the day. Many joys were had.

  • http://wave-france.blogspot.com Supercopter

    My choice is "PewPew 2", this game is simply my fav' Android game, Amazon Appstore or not.

    I'm also thankful for "Folder Organizer", "SeekDroid" and "Zenonia 2".

    Outside-US guys, take a look at the Modaco forum: it's pretty easy to use the Appstore from anywhere.

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