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Sean Brunett - Go Contacts Ex (Free)

Android Central

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 WifiExplorer. 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)

Android Central

One of the things I love most about my Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the fact that it adds some excitement to CNNmy 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)

Android Central

Racing MotoFinding 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]


Reader comments

Android Central Editors' app picks for August 27, 2011


I do like me some Wifi Explorer. I got it during Amazon's free app a day and have actually used it a few times. It's nice if you're lazy and don't want to grab a cable at home, or just don't have one around to be able to grab stuff off it without having to use dropbox or email it to yourself.

ES File Explorer is really nice too, but you have to do all of your moving of files from the phone itself.

I just bought the pro version of the WiFi File Explorer after trying the free version to make sure it worked. Works great with the ASUS Transformer!

Surprised no one went with Netflix now for Asus Transformer since they updated firmware and fixed the issue it had with playing.

PDAnet tablet or Dual Battery monitors would run a close 2nd & 3rd.

Love Go Contacts EX - it was exactly what I was looking for when I moved from my Palm Pre. I'm one of those weirdos who doesn't want my contacts sucked up into Google. I'm happy to export my contacts periodically to SD and back that up on to my computer.

They can have my calendar, they can't have my contacts.

Also got WiFi File Explorer free from Amazon and love it.Would definitely pay for this app.The IP address the app gives you is always the same. I put a bookmark at the top of my browser. I just start the app on my phone, click on my bookmark and Im sharing files. Great pick Jerry!

Eh, no Wifi File Explorer. I use WebSharing. Basically the exact same thing except the UI (both the app and the web browser) looks much, MUCH better

Ok I've been playing with WebSharing for a bit and have to say I do like it a lot better. WiFi File Explorer has a more minimalist approach. Websharing is more polished. For example I can see all my pictures and choose which ones to copy. In Wifi FE you have to know exactly what the file name is. It is a lot quicker to navigate. I like the Video tab where you can view thumbnails of your vids and stream them to your monitor without actually downloading them. Thanks for recommendation.

Unfortunately WebSharing will not allow access to the removable SD card on the ASUS Transformer. This is too bad because I usually store most of the things I would want to transfer to my computer on the Removable SD Card.

WiFi File Explorer will allow you to set the startup folder to /Removable/MicroSD/ in the settings menu. As yet I can find no way to do the same in Websharing.

I still use Awesome Drop which does everything I need it to, and when it doesnt Drop Box does. I liked WiFi File Explorer but I like the apps I already have better even if they dont each do everything.

wifi file explorer crashed on my xoom and was not made for it at all kinda sucks played with it for 5 min knew it was junk refunded

Go contacts is super sweet, having to force close every other time I open it though. Did reinstall and it did not help. On thunderbolt running cm7...anyone else having this problem?

Edit using it for a few more hours, no force closes in a while, liking it...

Go Contacts EX is nice! Very slick phone app with easy to use and convenient features. It has replaced my stock phone app.

DLing Go Contacts EX now. I've always felt the stock app was inefficient and kind longed for my old Palm device. This looks way cool and I hope it is stable enough to be a replacement. Thanks for the tip!

LOVE Go Contacts EX. How can anyone still like old proprietary iPhones when you can replace ANYTHING on your Android phone?? This is a great Contacts/Dialer/History replacement - and all the better that it's free! Thanks for putting this out there!

Nobody mentioned ES File Explorer with it's built-in DropBox integration. Advantages over WiFi FE:

-It's free (including pay features of WiFi FE).
-ES File Explorer is a great multi-purpose app (now even includes root exploring).
-On top of offering web interface, native DropBox clients available for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Blackberry (and of course Android).