HTC EVO 3D

It's been a while coming but now that the HTC EVO 3D is here, we know a lot of you are picking one up. With picking up a new device comes the task of loading up some apps as well, unless you have a previous device and just plan to use what is already synced on your Google account. For new comers to Android who may be making the HTC EVO 3D their first device we have to ask, what apps will you load first? We've listed some of our top choices after the break, share yours in the comments.

Top apps for your EVO 3D

Google Voice

Google Voice

We're big fans of Google Voice and think you should be as well. Why not take full advantage of the great features? The application itself is free, only requirement is to have a valid Google Voice invite or account. [Market Link]

Pulse

Pulse

With that big, beautiful display Pulse is an easy choice for being one of the first apps you load. The newsreader is one that continues to grow in features all the time and looks great while doing so. If you need a good newsreader application -- you can't go wrong with Pulse. Have a look at our previous review of it, you'll see why it's a must-have app. [Market Link]

Adobe Flash 10.3

Adobe Flash

It's Adobe Flash -- not much else to say really. OK, OK. This is actually loaded on the EVO 3D by default. But iIf you're looking to get all the content possible on your device, you'll want to be installing Flash -- the latest version, please. That'd be Flash 10.3. The new save to SDCard feature will help save you some storage space as well. The content from the web as it was meant to be seen. [Market Link]

Zedge Ringtones & Wallpapers

Zedge

Customizing your device to just how you want it is one of the first things that happens when you get a new one. Zedge Ringtones & Wallpapers app can help you do that. With lots of wallpapers and ringtones available for download -- Zedge makes it easy to find stuff to make your device yours. [Market Link]

PicPlz

PicPlz

There are a lot of apps in the Android Market for taking pics -- which you choose is entirely up to you of course but one I use personally is PicPlz. The sharing options and image filters it has available in the app make it a great alternative to other popular services like Instagram. [Market Link]

This is just a shirt list of apps that are available in the Android Market, some selections we've chosen as our favs. If you've got your own -- be sure to share them in the comments so that others may find great apps as well.

 

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HTC EVO 3D - What apps will you load first?

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unfortunately amazon's app store doesn't do that, but then again it's probably good with the 70 or so "app of the day" that i have (most I won't ever install).

A actually you're incorrect. It won't automaticallydownload all your free apps but it will give you a list. I know this because I recently switched from a G2 to a Sensation.

Yep. I have my one account on three phones. When I get an app on one, it shows in my list on the other phones. Paid and free. All I need is Google to sync the Market apps, and Amazon Appstore to sync those. Nice and quick. No need for any other "app" store to keep track. Unless there are other apps you buy from outside these two, but I though only Market and Amazon have "official" safe apps.

That's the "Shirt" list... when do we get the "Pant" list?

I'd have to say the Sirius/XM app... can't miss Howard Stern first thing in the morning with the Sirius/XM app!

There is a Sirius/XM app too? Man, you guys are the cause of this Android noob not getting any sleep in anticipation of this phone. lol I guess I have more AM browsing to do today.

My phones always get Appbrain, BibleReader, JuiceDefender, Lookout, and Handcent. After that Palmary Weather Pro, ElectroDroid, Red Cross S.O.S., Carpenter, Documents To Go, Dolphin Browser, Droid48, Geocaching, and Kindle, Nook, and OverDrive e-book/audio book players.

Definitely the first person I found who also uses Droid48. I still find it funny to let people try to use my 48G to do simple math. RPN FTW

Yeah. My RPN days go back to the venerable HP 55. I actually had a 41C. By the time the 48 rolled out, I was already working with handheld computers. I still think RPN is the way to do math.

How about the App that allows Phil N. to actually finish and post his Full Review before we got out and buy the thing.

Haha, right!?

I wanna read his full review. He's giving us snippet by snippet. I have a feeling it's gonna be a good one :)

AndroidCentral advocates Sprint, and you know, I'm okay with that. Sprint is a great company :P

To be honest, while these are good apps for any Android phone, I don't see what makes them special to load on the EVO 3D first. You would think something that takes advantage of the special glasses-free 3D on the device. Do 3D rendered games take advantage, or does it require a special edition? 3D enabled movies? I'm more interested in coverage for that than for a general "These are all-around good apps" list. Those deserve their own article, surely. However they are not specific to the Evo 3D.

In order: SMS Popup, Google Voice, Battery Status, Better Keyboard 8, Compass, Dolphin Browser, then (almost) all the Google apps. Not sure why compass is that high on the list, but I'm just not comfortable without seeing it there, considering I've had it since the G1 in '08.

Appbrain isn't necessary anymore after the Market site went up.

ASTRO File Explorer(First and Foremost), Bank of America, Shazam/SoundHound, Amazon AppStore, PicSay Pro, SpeedTest and MusicMate/MP3 Downloads (music download app).

These are my 7 vital apps. The rest are games and just other little apps I use every now and then.

Lookout is a joke. Until it scans files on the phone and sd card itself and not just apps when installed, and then on some schedule, it's useless. All it does is give people a false sense of security.

Is there a program to transfer available apps from my Palm Pre to the EVO 3D? I purchased full versions of angry birds, etc on palm and don't want to deal with adds or have to pay again

Best advice is to email the developer and explain your situation.
In the end, however, its like paying for an XBOX 360 game, then selling your XBOX 360 to get the PS3 and expecting the game developer to give you a free copy of the PS3 game since you already purchased the XBOX 360 version. Its not gonna fly.

are you seriously that clueless if u had to ask that question maybe you dont need to bother getting the evo 3d because its probably too advanced for you lol

The absolute first and most important app I will load is "Missed Call" so I will not be missing my messages, calls, and such. Why Android doesn't have the ability BUILT IN to offer repeating audible reminders for missed notifications still boggles my mind.

Interestingly, I don't find it in the market for some reason. Will have to research...

I went online Sprint as a premier and it said it would cost me $550 full price or $475 with my one year upgrade. Well if I wait until November I can get it for another 2 year contract for $200 plus trade in my evo 4g for $150 so it will be $50 total for the Evo 3D if I wait until November. Damn I want this phone. Guess I will wait.

By then the Evo 4D will be out and you can get that phone... and you'll be saying to everyone else... "You got the wrong phone silly head..." while running around in circles!

Contact customer care. They're able to give you a one-time courtesy upgrade. Also, the EVO 4G will probably not be worth $150 trade-in come November.

If it doesn't effect the sexy new lock screen I'll be installing Go Launcher EX on the device. I just player with a 3D at a dealer and the carousel screen feature is a bit annoying and I found myself activating that easily when trying to swipe to the next screen - I couldn't find anywhere to disable that effect. I also think the default sense bar at the bottom of the screen is a waste of real estate (apps/HUGE PHONE/widgets) - LauncherPro/Go Launcher gives you 5-15 icons with swipe gestures to double that amount. These alternate home launchers also let you change your grid size (4x5, 5x5, etc.) I realize I will lose many sense widgets, but I have other comparative widgets/toggles I prefer to sense.

Other apps I always seem to install:
- Catch Notes
- Google Docs
- Zedge
- Dropbox
- Aldiko
- Amazon App Store
- Smooth Calendar
- Digging winamp lately...

Engadget, Android Central, Lookout, Google Voice, Evernote,Vevo, Shazam, Angry Birds, Call Confirm, Handcent, Pandora, etc.

Man I would first load up busybox and Wireless Tether if I could but until we can get root, I don't know what I am loading.

Handcent, ADobe Flash 3.0, Google Voice, Tango, Angry Birds, All Google Apps, Netflix, (sky map, goggles, docs, etc), Weatherbug, Maybe Appbrain and facebook...

[edit: I forgot to list the Equipment Protection App from Asurion and Sprint)

The rest, I'll have to wait and see. Need to play around with the phone to really see what I need. This will take me at least a day to set up.

On another note, The question you should be asking is which apps will be trying to get rid of first.

@ryocoon: Good point, but I'll also say that the 3D isn't the buying point to me. I'm after the dual-core (for future upgradability and performance now) and I'll like the Sense 3.0 as well. I'll probably do some things with the 3D, but only for grins.

All the apps ihave now which are few because my evo keeps running out of internal memory and the ones I erased for the same issue. I keep deleting apps and im still out of memory. (yes I moved apps to sd card already does no good)

The word is "storage", not "memory". "Memory" is RAM.

I have 128 apps installed on my stock Evo 4G, of all types, and still have 53MB available on the internal storage.

First and formost I will download TWIT TV for all my weekly podcasts that I love to watch and hear. Then I will download the android cental widget and application, Then I will download MEDIAFLY, TV.COM,TUNEIN RADIO, STITCHER, ENGADGET, CNET TV, CNET NEWS, REVISION 3, GEEK BEAT TV, PULSE NEWS, GO CHAT, YAHOO MESSENGER, DOLPIN BROWSER MINI, AT BAT LITE, ANDROID NEWS, APP BRAIN, BBC NEWS, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS APP, GOOGLE GOGGLES, GOOGLE VOICE, GOOGLE NEWS, SOUND HOUND, VEVO, GOOGLE TRANSLATE, TUBE MATE, WALL STREET JOURNAL, YAHOO MUSIC, XDA DEVELOPERS, WORLD NEWSPAPERS, THE YOUNG TURKS APP, RADIO.COM, 1080 ESPN RADIO APP, APP LIST BACKUP, BOOKMARK TREE MANAGER. For gaming I will download my favorite apps 3D BOWLING, ANGRY BIRDS, FINGER BOWL, FRUIT NINJA, HOMERUN BATTLE HD, PAPER TOSS, ASPHALT 5, GOOGLE MUSIC, There will be NO NEED FOR ANY TASK KILLERS AT ALL AND NO NEED FOR APPS 2 SD NEITHER CAUSE ALL THESE 2 APPLICATIONS ARE NATIVE ON THE EVO 3D. For security purposes I will download LOOKOUT FOR APPS SCANNING AND NETQUIN FOR FILE SCANNING. My BENCHMARK APPLICATIONS I WILL USE ARE LINPAC, ANTUTU BENCHMARK APP, NEOCORE, QUADRANT STANDARD APP, AND PHONE TESTER WHICH IS FOR A MULTITOUCH SCREEN TEST. Last but not least I will also download My Data Manager which monitors my monthly data usage.. My Evo 3d will be essentially used as an entertainment/gaming/business device I will definately put that dualcore processor to the test daily.....

I am not sure which apps yet, I am upgrading from using an palm pre for an year and a half, so I'll be learnin on how to use the new os from google than go from there Any ideas?

I recently switched from a MyTouch 3G (old-skool!) to a Nexus S 4G, and here's the list of things I installed as soon as I got the phone home, in approximate order:

note: I rooted immediately so I could use Titanium Backup to restore my apps with their settings. This is particularly important with Google Authenticator, because there's no way I could find to get the barcodes back after the initial scan.

Google Voice
LauncherPro Plus
Titanium Backup Pro
Google Authenticator
Barcode Scanner
Swype
Tweetdeck
Gowalla
Amazon app store
Shazam
My Coffee Card Pro

Lots more apps have been installed since, but this is pretty much my definitive "load first" list.

Does anyone know what's Sprint's next Smartphone to be released after the EVO 3D? I'm passing on the EVO 3D and waiting for something else. I'm very content with my HTC EVO at the moment.

I'm converting from my day 1 Palm Pre and I'm looking forward to the Android experience. I have no ideas what apps I'll be downloading first since this is my first Android phone. My girl has had the EVO 4G since September, but she doesn't allow me to play with it much so I'm still fairly new to Android. Anyone have any good advice to what apps would be great to download in addition to the ones given in this article???

i to am moving from palm pre to evo 3d im worried cuz pres are very customizable i don't know if evo 3d is so lets hope. Pre is the honda of cars in respect to customization.

am i the only one who hates the stock sms app on the evo? idk if the 3d will address basic issues that any txt app should have but i can only hope. that being said the first app i will load is handcent! with all the font packages and skins. this app is prob my all time fav app period. i just love the mass customizable options this app has. this should be first for everyone.
then google voice. and then the a.c. app of course!

also hoping for a slew of 3d apps to come out on or near launch day.
a 3d kickstand app would be funny as hell.

but im drooling , waiting to get this beast in my hands. time to retire the o.g. evo that i had since june 4th 2010. been a great year old friend, now its time to mess around with your new hotter sister...

Brand new to Android with an EVO 3D after 3 years with an iPhone 3G

Picked up some suggestions from this thread, thanks!

Also snagged Android Terminal Emulator, and QR Droid. Anybody know of better Terminal / QR apps I should check out?