We've downloaded quite a few Android apps in our day, and use a fair number of them on a pretty regular basis. When it comes down to it, though, there are five Android apps that we've been able to agree that you'd have to pry from our cold, dead hands.
Are there any Android apps that you feel similarly strongly about? Let us know in the comments.
Caller ID by WhitePages ($6.99)
If you're like us, you get at least a few calls each week from phone numbers you don't recognize -- and more often than not you quickly end up regretting falling victim to your own curiosity. Caller ID by WhitePages will satisfy your curiosity by giving you the reverse look-up of information for an unknown number -- including the caller's name and address. Alas, the app won't identify all of your mystery callers, but most is certainly better than none, wouldn't you agree? Edit: A free 1-week trial is available, after that, reverse look-up will run you $6.99 for 6 months.
And Android said "Let there be light," and there was light. Whether you're scrambling for your keys or need to illuminate a safe pathway through the darkness, DroidLight (or any number of available LED flashlight applications, depending on your Android-powered device) will fire up the on-board LED camera flash and turn your smartphone into a bright flashlight.
There's no shortage of instant messaging applications for Android, but among the best of these offerings is Meebo. Meebo users can log into multiple instant messaging accounts simultaneously, and chat with friends using AIM, Yahoo! Messenger, Google Talk, Windows Live Messenger, FaceBook, MySpace, ICQ, and Jabber. Contacts from across networks are merged into a single buddy list, and the app remains connected in the background, notifying you of new instant messages and keeping track of ongoing conversations and chat history.
Whether you're a broke college student or you have a series of offshore bank accounts, an 80-foot yacht and an Android phone, Mint will bring all of your financial accounts together in one app. As the official Android app of Mint.com, this free money management tool consolidates checking, savings, credit card, and investment accounts. Mint users can also set and track goals and budgets, and break down and monitor their spending.
Controlling and watching live TV, accessing and scheduling DVR programs, and streaming OnDemand shows using your Android-powered smartphone over a 3G, 4G, or WiFi network is made possible by SlingPlayer. Although sticker shock is a realistic concern when searching this app out in the Android Market, can you really put a price on watching your very own TV from pretty much anywhere? Before you get too excited by the possibilities, though, remember that you also have to have a Slingbox SOLO, Slingbox PRO or Slingbox PRO-HD hooked up to your TV. Find out more at Slingbox.
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