DataViz Documents To Go
If you want to perform any serious office tasks on your Android phone, you're going to need something better than the various free note-taking apps on offer. At $10 (£6.55), DataViz's Docs To Go is your best bet. Essentially Office Mobile for Android, DTG will let you view, edit and create Microsoft Office documents and view PDF files. You also get a full suite of formatting tools and a word counter, but it's a shame it won't open plain text files.
Reg Rating 80%
Price Free for read-only app, £6.55 for full version
More Info DataViz
BBC's iPlayer on your phone. What a grand idea, and with BeebPlayer it's a well executed one too. Finding content is very straightforward, with the iPlayer library arranged by channel, category or A-Z. It also has a handy Live feature which lets you watch current broadcasts - after presenting the regulatory warning that you must have a valid TV licence. While picture and sound quality are generally good there's no bookmark facility, it really needs a Wi-Fi connection to work reliably and it sometimes goes tits up halfway through a programme for no apparent reason, but those are minor quibbles compared to being able to watch The Thick of It or Dr Who on the loo.
Reg Rating 75%
More Info Developer Dave Johnston
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.