Best Android apps

Smartphones are now an essential business tool and there are hundreds of applications to choose from

By - January 4, 2011
Best Android apps

Smartphones are a key part of any businessperson’s gadget lineup and Android-based phones are among the most popular. We look at some of the best Android applications on offer.


Smartphones are pretty good at many things but file management is not one of them. If you deal with multiple documents while on the road then AstroFile makes the job a lot easier. Using AstroFile you can copy, move and rename files, back them up, send them as attachments and even create compressed archives.


You have tons to get done, which is why you create ‘to-do’ lists. GTasks synchronises with Google Tasks so that your lists of things to get through every day are with you no matter where you are.


Smartphones are getting more powerful and with solid state storage taking off, storing all your data on your phone is becoming easier. If you’re still finding that you’re having to trash one file to save another, consider AndroZip. This application manages a range of compressed file formats, including 7ZIPhone, BZIP2, GZIPhone, RAR, TAR, and ZIPhone files. You can also use AndroZip to create GZIP, TAR, or ZIPhone archives.

WiFi Analyzer

You’re on the road and in need of a wireless hotspot, but not just any one, the best one. WiFi analyzer seeks out all the wireless networks in your area and provides details such as how powerful they are and whether they are locked or not. WiFi analyzer is also good for troubleshooting wireless networks at home or the office. It can pinpoint dead zones, for example, or analyse all networks in the area to find a less crowded channel.

Note Everything

Note Everything is a note-taking application. It’s simple and easy to use but very powerful. Notes can be text-based using the built-in keyboard, or they can be voice recordings or even paint notes. Notes can be organised in folders, re-arranged, and sent to contacts. Voice notes can also have text notes attached to them.


Astrid is the ultimate to-do list manager. Create tasks with notes, deadlines, reminders tags and priorities. Input is straightforward and reminders can be set in any form. Astrid can also sync with online site Tasks can also record time spent on each of them so Astrid also acts like a time-logger for billing hours.


Lost your phone? Or worse, had it stolen? AntiDroidTheft is a simple tool that, once installed, allows you to log onto the web and find your phone. AntiDroidTheft uses the built-in GPS on Android phones to send out a positioning signal. With a camera the phone can also take a picture of its surroundings (and perhaps the thief) and send it to the website.


Business is all about ideas. ThinkingSpace is a mind-mapping application for Android that makes it simple to jot down ideas and plans. ThinkingSpace is easy to use and can export maps to images for sharing with others. The maps are also compatible with the likes of Freemind and other desktop mind mapping applications.


For many users Twitter is a business tool, either for marketing or keeping in touch with clients. Tweetdeck is one of the best Twitter applications and late this year the team launched a Tweetdeck version for Android. Just as full-featured as the desktop client the application can manage multiple accounts, track mentions, retweets and direct messages, add geo data to tweets and connect to Twitter, Facebook, Google Buzz and Foursquare all from one application.


As its name suggests Quickpedia is a mobile version of Wikipedia. One of the best features for mobile users is that you can use the “nearby” option to list geographic Wikipedia entries based on how close they are to you. Also there is a “news” option which lists relatively recent news items with links to Wikipedia entries; good for passing the time in a waiting room.

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