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10 Epic Android Apps

Among the hundreds of thousands of Android apps, we've rounded up 10 epic, must-have choices. These apps will save your bacon, day in and day out.
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According to the latest statistics, there are more than 250,000 apps available within the Android Market. Of course, the vast majority of these apps will never find their way onto most users' Android devices. The number of apps that most people download onto their smartphones is numbered in tens, and only a handful can be considered truly must-have apps.

So just what makes an Android app an epic, must-have app? Criteria could include an app that you use every day, or an app that helps make tasks easier. Business users may point to apps that make it easier to connect to company resources while on the road, or that help them be more productive. Or an epic app can be one that, while not used on a regular basis, comes in very handy to save your bacon in one way or another.

For this selection of 10 epic Android apps, we've used all of these criteria to come up with apps that should be considered a part of any user's smartphone. We've left out games, which, while a lot of fun, can't usually be considered vital. And we also haven't included apps that are most likely already bundled on your device, such as Gmail, Google Maps, and Facebook (though in certain cases some of the apps on this list are pre-bundled on devices).

The apps on this list span the gamut from basic utilities to tools that make it easier to get things done. But there is one thing they all have in common--if you've installed these apps on your smartphone, at some point in time you will be very glad that you took the time to download them.

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Tonkatsu
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Tonkatsu,
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10/27/2011 | 7:15:33 PM
re: 10 Epic Android Apps
Hmm, my phone was loaded with apps that covered all of these functions (other than the anti-virus/malware app), I've been doing all this stuff since day one when I brought my phone home, without downloading any additional apps. Any suggestions for apps that don't come pre-loaded onto every modern phone?
Leo Regulus
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Leo Regulus,
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10/27/2011 | 7:46:39 PM
re: 10 Epic Android Apps
Slide Shows are always a very poor choice of format.
Prosthetic_Lips
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Prosthetic_Lips,
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10/27/2011 | 7:51:13 PM
re: 10 Epic Android Apps
GateGuru? Why not just bring up flightaware.com on your browser? Look up flights, see maps of where the plane is, and even where the plane is that you be flying on for the next leg.

Sounds like the imdb app -- why bring up an app when the webpage is just as good?
Harvey S
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Harvey S,
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10/27/2011 | 10:07:37 PM
re: 10 Epic Android Apps
No kidding! Got through the first 3 slides, waiting for each one to load, and decided it wasn't worth doing that 7 more times...
moarsauce123
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moarsauce123,
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11/6/2011 | 6:24:51 AM
re: 10 Epic Android Apps
I've made a list of 10 must-have apps for android [with screenshots]. Do check it out on my blog: http://goo.gl/aDx8W
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11/17/2011 | 5:41:51 PM
re: 10 Epic Android Apps
The number of apps grows by the minute, but more than half of downloads are quickly discarded. What are YOUR favorite apps? And what makes them your go-to apps?
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Jim X,
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12/13/2011 | 9:17:18 PM
re: 10 Epic Android Apps
It is for advertizing every time you click a new page loads with ads they get credit for, itGs a way to make a dime and the content is just an agitator to get a cheap hit.
mrmessma
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mrmessma,
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2/16/2012 | 6:44:38 PM
re: 10 Epic Android Apps
This is the most pathetic list of apps I have seen, really, a flashlight app? The use of Epic in this title is nothing short of insulting.
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