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    QOTW: Which smartphone apps are essential?

    Out of the hundreds you've probably tried, which are indispensable?
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    Re: QOTW: Which smartphone apps are essential?

    Boring but for me it's Facebook, Instagram, Google Fit, Google Photos, Google Drive, Onedrive, Gear360 and TouchOSC
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    Re: QOTW: Which smartphone apps are essential?

    Oh and forgot - Nationwide banking app!
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    Re: QOTW: Which smartphone apps are essential?

    I find the Met Office app and the satnav useful but, not essential. Most others I have tried are either hampered by intrusive advertising, just plain crap or, more likely both. I am soundly peed-off by the number of pre-installed apps that cannot be prevented from running in the background and cannot be uninstalled.

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    Re: QOTW: Which smartphone apps are essential?

    Too many to list but a few slightly less standard ones:
    Monzo Bank
    Discord
    Inbox
    Waze
    Duolingo
    KFC Colonel's Club
    POF

    Those last 2 aren't related

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    Re: QOTW: Which smartphone apps are essential?

    Nova Launcher - gives you the same familiar interface on all of your Android devices
    HD Widgets - great weather/time widgets
    Automateit Pro - simple if this then do that app
    ES File Explorer Pro - the free version is hot garbage, but the paid for one is awesome
    Google Keep - a Gmail users dream of a note taking app
    Google Maps - detailed offline map of your area
    UK Bus Checker - essential if you live in a major UK city
    Google Translate - don't go on holiday without it
    Unit Converter - another one of those utilities that you should not leave the country without
    Clipstack - great clipboard manager
    Ebay - nothing like outbidding someone in the last few seconds, while standing in a queue at the till in ALDI
    Gett - finding a taxi the easy way
    Deutsche Zeitungen a plethora of German newspapers and magazines neatly organised in one app
    BBC News
    Poweramp Easy on the eyes music playback
    ACR - Call recorder
    Paypal
    Paypal Here - for taking card payments while out and about
    Fing - network discovery tool
    PingMeter - 'The machine that goes ping'
    IP Tools - combo tool for trouble shooting network problems
    PingTools - another network utility
    Wifi Analyzer - another WiFi discovery tool
    Pinouts Pro - essential app for anyone who ever wanted to attach a new plug to a cable
    Adaway - brilliant adblocker for rooted devices
    Root App deleter - remove/turn off junk apps on cheap China phones that are rooted
    Teamviewer - remotely control other devices
    Anydesk - another remote control app
    Tinycam - watch your CCTV cameras
    BT WiFi - the essential WiFi app for road warriors
    AF Wall+ - easy to use firewall frontend, because cheap Chinese phones/tablets can not be trusted
    Lastpass - Password manager
    Google Authenticator - two factor authentication across many websites
    Eset Mobile Security - Anti malware scanner
    CCleaner - because the rubbish needs to be taken out even on non-Windows devices
    Google Rewards - sell your soul in exchange for some Google Play credit
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    Re: QOTW: Which smartphone apps are essential?

    Tinder. And solitaire.

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    Re: QOTW: Which smartphone apps are essential?

    Whats app, reddit poweramp and the google ones are essentials.
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    Re: QOTW: Which smartphone apps are essential?

    Whatsapp, youtube and reuters. The rest I can ditch really.
    Grab that. Get that. Check it out. Bring that here. Grab anything useful. Take anything good.

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    Re: QOTW: Which smartphone apps are essential?

    Kindle, ColourNote, Compass, WhatsApp, MX Player, Fuelio, Torque, D&D Spellbook, D20 SRD, MyFiles, Adobe Reader, ConvertPad, MyVodafone, eBay, Steam.

    Plus the usual utilities that come with it. I deleted as much of the Google guff as I could get away with.

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    Re: QOTW: Which smartphone apps are essential?

    My most used apps are Tunein Radio, Android Auto & Solitaire. I use these everyday all the rest are as and when.

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    Re: QOTW: Which smartphone apps are essential?

    These days I mostly just browse the web, youtube and use my phone for my 360 camera. My essential list for 360 photos/videos is:

    Ricoh Theta app
    Vanish360
    Ricoh Theta+
    Snapseed
    Retouch
    Lightroom CC
    Collect
    Street View
    Insta360 Air
    Golden Hour

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    Re: QOTW: Which smartphone apps are essential?

    None... I dont use a smart phone and will never need one

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    Re: QOTW: Which smartphone apps are essential?

    Essential? None at all.

    Since I don't find a smartphone essential, or even particularly desirable, but really just occasionally convenient, there certainly are no individual apps that I find essential.

    Like Rubarb, don't have a smartphone, don't need one and, unless the privacy issues are resolved to MY satisfaction (not holding my breath on that), don't want one. Everything I want, aznd the utterly minimal things I really need from a mobile phone can be satisfied by an old-fashioned dumb phone, that being a dozen or so number memories and the ability to make/receive phone calls.

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    Re: QOTW: Which smartphone apps are essential?

    On iPhone the built in apps were good enough so suit my essential needs.

    On Android i have had to download a "Notes" app, since the built in one didnt meet my essential needs.

    Now if the question had been for nice/fun to have apps, the list would have been longer

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    Re: QOTW: Which smartphone apps are essential?

    MX player
    WhatsApp
    Opera mini
    FreeCell
    DNS66 - If you really want to stop most ads
    Last edited by Faiakes; 02-06-2018 at 09:31 PM.

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