Until Skype gets its backside into gear and delivers a fully functioning app for Android, Fring is the easiest and most reliable way to make VoIP calls using your Skype Out account. Once you have logged into Fring and added your Skype details, you can access all the contacts on your phone - with a 'Call with Skype Out' option for each one. Call quality is rather metallic and prone to echo but connections are generally stable and, more importantly, it works over a Wi-Fi network.
Reg Rating 75%
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ALK CoPilot Live
We reviewed ALK's navigation app in September 2000, but recent improvements make it worth a revisit. The keyboard is now laid out in the Qwerty format, and the annoying hang-on-exit clash with HTC's Sense UI has been fixed. Yes, £27 is still good value for fully functioning turn-by-turn navigation as does the £20 a year subscription to the premium Live services, such as traffic information and fuel prices. In nearly six months of regular use CoPilot has never once steered us wrong and you can't ask for more.
Reg Rating 90%
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ASTRO File Manager
I really only use this app for backing-up apps to my SD card but that alone is worth the download. I've changed 'droid handsets quite a lot recently and this back-up facility has been a real time saver by allowing me to move apps from one handset to the other, without having to re-download them.
I think it was you guys who mentioned this app a while ago. Since I installed it on my Hero, it's been invaluable. It allows you to back up all of your contact info, including call history and texts, and download them to a new handset.
In addition, the handset lockdown gives real piece of mind should the phone get stolen and the ability to see who the tea-leaf is texting and calling is a big help to police etc.
Top class app, and FREE!! We Love You Android!
I found this very useful when helping others install home networks, signal strength and quality by channel made finding the best router position a doddle. And yes, Analyzer is their spelling.
Astrid Task Manager
Brilliant little task manager - lets you set targets as well as deadlines along with fixed or deadline-related reminders, lets you record how long you've spent on a task if need be, and can handle recurring tasks.
AppBrain is more than just an Android App, it is a system that uses an App, a website and a user account. It make the Google market manageable and easy to use!
Using the website gives a front-end to the Google market but goes much further. It categorises the hottest apps and lets you see other user's app lists. It hides spammy apps like soundboards or sexy asian chicks. It allows you to get recommended apps based on your current list (and the lists of others).
From the website you can then click to install an App and it will then show up in you install list on the Android application. The AppBrain app will also show all apps that have updates pending and allow you to install them one after the other.
Overall, the best view onto the Android Market via the web and the best way to update, install and keep track of your apps.