Apps! Apps! Come get your apps! Hit the break with us as we take a look at some of our favorite applications from this week while you continue to keep yourself safe and out of the way of the incoming hurricane!
Sean Brunett - Go Contacts Ex (Free)
One of the great things about Android is the ability to replace any part of the OS if something isn’t working quite the way you want it to. Many of the default Contacts applications leave something to be desired, so I went searching for a good alternative and found Go Contacts Ex. You may know the Go team from popular apps such as Go Launcher and Go SMS. Go Contacts Ex is a full on contact replacement app and it’s done very well. One of my favorite features of the app is simply its UI. It has a simple layout that is incredibly easy to navigate. The main screen of the app has four tabs across the top and four along the bottom.
On the top is your call-log: All, Missed, Incoming and Outgoing. The bottom is: Dialpad, Contacts, Groups and Favorites. Another feature that I love about the app is the ability to customize which Groups are displayed. One of the best aspects of Android is that it automatically syncs to the cloud, so for those of us who keep our contacts on Google, we always have them available no matter what. The phone, though, has its own groups and numbers stored on the device. Go Contacts allows you to hide whichever ones you would like, so if you only want to show Google Contact groups, you can. This is just the beginning of the customize-ability of this contact replacement app. I highly recommend it if you’re growing tired of your current app or just want to try out others. [Market Link]
Jerry Hildenbrand - Wifi File Explorer Free ($1.49)
There's a lot of different ways to get files from your phone or tablet to your computer (and vice versa) but I was on the lookout for a wireless version that was easy to use and came across Wifi File Explorer. The missus got tired of watching me type a bunch of stuff and pull files from my phone or tablet while she had to dig out a cable, and there was no way I wanted to try to explain wireless adb or SSH to her. Geek, she is not. But this one, it's perfect. There is no set up needed (although you can change some of the parameters or set a password), just run the app and it tells you exactly what to enter into any web browser's URL bar to get there. Once inside the storage, it's a mostly familiar file tree -- one you'll understand if you've spent any time using Windows Explorer. Download or upload whatever you need, and when you're done, hit the exit button and everything shuts down. It really doesn't get any more user friendly than this one. It's free in the Android Market, runs on any device using Donut or higher, and can be moved to your SD card. There's a Pro version that allows for multiple file transfers, create directories, handle zip files, and stream music for $1.49. What's not to like? [Market Link]
Anndrew Vacca - CNN for Tablets (Free)
One of the things I love most about my Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the fact that it adds some excitement to my every day routine. No, it doesn't replace my phone and no, it doesn't replace my computer, but it does add some flavor to the day-to-day tasks that I use these devices for. For example, catching up on the day's news has never looked as good as it does on the CNN App for Tablets. CNN has gone all out in creating an interactive, clean, visually stunning user experience that lets you read and watch the news in a way never before possible. Sure, it's the same content you'll find on CNN or at CNN.com, but here, with text, photos, and videos living together in landscape, the news just feels a bit more engaging. If you're looking for something to replace the TV during your morning coffee, you've found it. [Market Link]
Jared DiPane - Racing Moto (Free)
Finding a game that I enjoy to play for more then three or four minutes has always been a struggle for myself, and Racing Moto has changed that for me. In Racing Moto you hop on your bike and hit the open road, racing through rush hour traffic, dodging cars, and much more by tilting your device to steer and tapping the screen to accelerate. Sure, sounds basic but it is quite addictive and definitely leads to a lot of fun, and the best thing is that it is free. Who can beat a free game that provides lots of entertainment? [Market Link]