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With the Android market breaking 100,000 applications, it is no wonder why finding the perfect application can be a difficult task. Many hours are spend, many batteries killed, all in the hunt of finding a great application. Check out some of our favorite applications with us after the jump. 

Kyle Gibb - Queue Manager

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queue_managerI use Netflix a ton, and they haven’t come out with an official Android app (yet). So, to check up on my mailing queue and add new titles on the go I use Queue Manager. The app allows you to view and edit your DVD and streaming queues, search and browse for new films to add to your queues, and even review what you have watched recently. Queue Manager uses Netflix’s third-party APIs, so you will need to log in with your email and password to get everything set up. The app is built using Adobe Air, and while it is a bit sluggish (the app was just released last week), it has proven to me the viability of Adobe Air as a development platform for Android. [Market Link | AppBrain]

Ali Fazel - GEICO

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GeicoIf you’re using GEICO for your auto insurance company, the GEICO app is definitely a handy tool to have close at hand. While you can’t actually make changes to your policy, the app does give you quick-at-hand access to roadside service, quoting a new auto policy, and various important GEICO phone numbers. Plus, you have the most awesome insurance mascot looking you in the eye, and all your favorite GEICO videos. [Market Link | AppBrain]

Sean Brunett - Pinball

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pinballThis simple yet addicting game allows users to have a mobile pinball machine in their pocket at all times. There are a variety of table themes to choose from, including: bowling, underwater, soccer, invaders, Android land (pictured), sixties and Christmas tree. You can view high scores specific to the table theme and compete against anyone to try for the top spot. Users can customize the controls in options (by default the touchscreen controls the flips) It’s a free game and one that will keep you busy for hours! [Market Link | AppBrain]

Jesse Potter - Movies

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Although the Movies app by Flixter Inc. isn’t one of the lesser known apps on the market, it’s moviesan app I find myself using multiple times a day. You see, when it comes to spending 90+ minutes of my time watching a movie, I like to research it first. Quality movies these days are few and far between, so for me, it’s important to make sure I’m not wasting my time watching junk. Not only does the Movies app provide movie showtimes based on your location (using GPS or a preset zip code), but it also provides Rotten Tomatoes’ rating for each movie as well. So right from the movies app you can figure out when and where a movie is playing, and then use the Rotten Tomatoes rating to gauge whether or not you actually want to spend your hard earned money to see it. I’ve always said that you have to see a movie for yourself before you can say whether or not you like it, but I find the Rotten Tomatoes “Tomatometer” to be very trustworthy, and an accurate gauge as to whether or not a movie is worth my money. [Market Link | AppBrain]

Jared DiPane - 4G Toggle for EVO

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4G ToggleGranted this can only be used by those of us with the HTC EVO 4G, but if you own this device you will not want to miss out on this widget. This simple widget, which is available in two different skins, allows users to easily toggle to 4G of their device on and off. What set's this one aside from the rest is that upon rebooting your device, the last setting will stay, so if it was off, it will remain off which is something many other toggles do not allow. Give it a shot for yourself today for only $0.99. [Market Link | AppBrain]

 

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Android Central Editors' app picks for Oct. 28, 2010

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Isn't the Movies app one of the apps that Engadget outed as sending out personal information to advertisers without it being listed in the permissions? Even if it is in the permissions, I kind of feel like we should be promoting apps that aren't exploiting users for extra cash.

The Geico app is not useless. I paid my car insurance with it in the nick of time when I had no access to a computer.

Personally, I like the Movies app... Used to have it on my ipod touch and I downloaded it as soon as I got my EVO... Having the Rotten Tomatoes rating, local show times, and embedded trailer in the same app is handy. You know of any better alternatives?

I use the Geico app but I agree the others are lame.
Liveprofile is an app that AC should really consider recommending.

Evo with htc sense has the 4g widget on stock. Kilz me to see peeps rooting their device and running senseless roms then paying for sense type widgets like this and clocks, anf wifi widget, and gps widget. Humm, buy a porche, convert everything to chevy, then buy porche upgrades to get what you had before converted to chevy. Should have bkought a ford and burried it in back yard. Senseless.

I still prefer the Switch Pro widgets... 8 in a single row and it includes a 4g widget plus many more useful ones... for the same cheap $1

It seems like each of these "Editor Picks" articles is worse than the last. I'm seriously starting to wonder if there's money changing hands to get some of these apps listed. A Geico app? That's what you guys consider to be the best of the 100,000+ apps out there?

Though I agree this is one of the lower end articles I have read I can also say I have never seen anyone be this rude to the writters here. At least they take the time to do it.

I agree. I used to like this weekly feature, though not so much lately. But the reaction from the commenters quite out of proportion.

Gonna have to stop reading this site if you start including ads in your "articles"...

There's no way any human being would conceivably write this sentence unless Geico was paying them: "Plus, you have the most awesome insurance mascot looking you in the eye, and all your favorite GEICO videos."

Dude I love the Geico mascot and the videos. Quit complaining or start writing your own articles you douche.

Some of there comments sounds like ur missing facebook or something. These r their picks, if u don't like them.... don't get them. Why do some of u people get so upset?? By the way... the geico and movies apps r really great apps actually.

Awesome find on the netflix queue app. Much appreciated.

to everyone complaining about the app pics. One mans junk is another mans treasure :) We all have our opinions on likes and dislikes, you don't have to be so rude about your dislikes :)

I was needing a 4g toggle since I use Launcher Pro and then I realized that beautiful widgets had one now! If it weren't for this article I would not have even stumbled across it. Thanks.

You should have mentioned that the Movies app also has the capability to control your Netflix queue. Making the Queue Manager app redundant.

As a fairly new EVO owner, I really look for these type of posts to guide me through. This is really disappointing.. Not even close the best apps.. and most I find by accident. Come on guys.. keep the advertising $$ out of it.

Again, folks, if you want in-depth reviews on apps -- and a lot of good apps -- check out our Apps section. We could repeat the same apps week after week in this roundup, but that would be silly, wouldn't it?

That said, we might look at tweaking the format a tad.

100,000 apps and you give us the most useless ones. Android Central readers should now go to Phandroid or one of the other android sites for real app reviews.

Are you guys checking to make sure apps are clean of malware before you recommend them. A lot of these apps seem to have access to things that I don't think they should have access to.