- 1 The Results
- 1.1 1. Launcher Pro (+ Plus) - 20 Votes
- 1.2 2. ADW Launcher (+ EX) - 9 Votes
- 1.3 3. PowerAMP - 9 Votes
- 1.4 4. Dropbox - 8 Votes
- 1.5 5. Titanium Backup - 8 Votes
- 1.6 6. TweetDeck - 8 Votes
- 1.7 7. Pulse News Reader - 7 Votes
- 1.8 8. Aldiko Book Reader - 5 Votes
- 1.9 9. K-9 Mail - 5 Votes
- 1.10 10. NewsRob RSS Reader - 5 Votes
- 2 Conclusion
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.
1. Launcher Pro (+ Plus) - 20 Votes
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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: