Since late last year, I decided to switch to Android. I could be late, but maybe right on time for a decent Android smartphone as I got the Samsung Galaxy S3. It has and has done what I want so far. 🙂 I do love my iPhone 4, but since I was able to do more with the Android, I hardly miss the iOS. I rooted my iPhone (for homebrew apps, fyi), but only now did I realize how much time it took me to, for one, customize it.
Speaking of customization, after much theme changing, I decided to learn to make my own. I decided to stick with UCCW after much browsing through Android themes for inspiration because I’ve seen how much you could do with it. It was frustrating to use at first, but now I’m quite faster with it especially that I even get to practice with another Android phone. 😛 This is my current theme:
I changed it a bit from last time.
The apps I have in my phone, on the other hand, are mostly on productivity, references, and social media. I have installed a lot, but kept a few. I have been meaning to share some of what I use, so here I go:
After many finance applications, I finally found the app that does what I want and looks pretty. I ♥ the Holo UI. The app is very straightforward and doesn’t have fugly icons. I hope a debt management will be included in the next update.
My first finance manager app choice. It has more than just adding expenses and income. I like its income manager. I haven’t updated my app yet, but after checking it now (for this blog post), I want to use it again.
I also tried Financius (Google Play Store). I liked it and its interface looks pretty and simple almost like Expense Manager only with less colors. But August came and I noticed that the budget doesn’t reset monthly. I didn’t bother with it anymore after the latest Expense Manager update and when it temporarily offered a free purchase of the paid add-ons.
When I’m already tired of the music I have in my phone, I load up 8tracks and stream music. Fast, free, and it has most of the music I want to hear. Like last month I was on the 90s mood. Since I was lazy to go through my mp3s, I just ran 8tracks, searched for 90s and saw endless playlists of 90s music. Made me and my wine bud happy. If you decide to go on 8tracks, follow me! Imma follow back.
Google Play Music
Music player of choice. Has a widget with its only downside for me is that it can’t be transparent.
Similar to GetGlue, but you share the specific song you’re listening to. I’m a sucker for such apps. Besides, it’s music.
Like a music you you suddenly hear while at a restaurant, cafe, or anywhere and you don’t know its title or even the artist? Shazam instead of Google-ing it. 😛
AndroZip File Manager
Extracts ZIP and RAR files.
Why do I still have this? Since Yahoo acquired this, they killed it. I don’t understand why. I don’t even understand why they bought it in the first place. Anyway, thinking of migrating to Any.Do. Other suggestions?
For backup and file sharing.
Since getting active again on Facebook, I started to use Hootsuite again to simultaneously update my status in Twitter and Facebook. I wish Plurk’s included.
All my self-hosted blogs are powered by WordPress. I use this mainly for editing and publishing already-drafted posts.
Other apps worth mentioning that I don’t want to categorize as they would be on their own:
Best to be safe than sorry.
Lightweight dictionary since it requires online connection.
Eye in the Sky
Pretty and simple weather app. Its widget matches well with my current theme.
No more Google Reader, so I migrated to this one. Interface is pretty, but I still prefer Google Reader over it. I hope they fix the widget soon.
To share amazing food discoveries.
It is very similar to the period tracker I used in my iPhone that’s why I chose this over numerous period tracking apps. You can keep note of symptoms and moods in a day and if you had/have intercourse with or without condom. This app looks less girly than other tracking apps and you can choose your mascot/pet. I chose the dog because you know I ♥ dogs. 😀
I used Instapaper before, but I had to switch to Pocket because of the limitations of the former in Android. Once I started using Pocket, I wondered why I didn’t use this before. UI is neat and images and videos can be viewed. It was awesome-r when it was integrated in Google Reader. This is one of my favorite apps.
I don’t have games in my phone anymore because I got Dante for those.