At times it almost feels as though there should be a reward for finding just the perfect application in the market. With more than 100,000 apps, and more being added every day, it can be a bit of a challenge. But that's where we come in. Let's take a look at what some of us run as our favorite applications for this week, and just maybe you will find some of them useful!
Sean Brunett- Todo.txt Touch
Gina Trapani of Smarterware.org, Lifehacker and TWiG fame has released her first Android app. It’s an app that integrates with Dropbox and manages your todo.txt file that lists and syncs your to do list. You can add, update and prioritize lists as well as label them with various tags. Gina acknowledges that there are plenty of task managers out there, but she was motivated to write this app because the todo.txt file can be viewed and opened by every editor imaginable, it would allow users to choose their own. While the service is currently integrated with Dropbox, there are more cloud services on the way. The app is priced at $2 for a couple reasons. For one, it’s a good app, so it’s worth the couple bucks. Secondly, Gina is experimenting to see how many Android users are willing to pay for apps, so let’s show her that we are very willing, particularly for quality apps. [Market Link | AppBrain]
Andrew Melnizek - Solipskier
For those of you that love skiing, heavy metal music, and rainbows, I’ve got just the game for you. Mikengreg has brought Solipskier to Android, a fast paced game that requires you to draw out a ski slope for the stick-figured character on-screen. As you trace out the trail, you’ll want to mix it up bit and have your skier hit high jumps for high scores. Solipskier boasts a heavy metal soundtrack that, oddly enough, works. Oh yeah, and the higher the score, the more of a rainbow trail you leave in your dust. The game is available for $2.99. [Market Link | AppBrain]
Chris Kerrigan - Glow Hockey
I've been searching for a long time for a decent air-hockey app for Android, and Glow Hockey has finally filled that void for me. It's a fairly simple game; use your finger to move your paddle around, and the first to score seven goals wins. Glow Hockey is unique in its graphics. The puck, paddles, and walls are a vibrant glow of various colors, which you can customize. There are some very neat particle affects when the puck bounces off something, or when a goal is scored. There are four difficulty levels; Easy, Medium, Hard and Insane. Let me be the first to tell you that Insane lives up to its name, and I am yet to beat the computer on this setting. The AI is relatively intelligent, and is incredibly fast on the harder difficulties. Unfortunately, there is no multiplayer support yet, but the developer has said it's a feature that will be included in the near future. So, if you're a air-hockey lover like myself, I strongly recommend Glow Hockey. You can find it in the Android Market for the very low price of FREE. [Market Link | AppBrain]
Will Shankln - Swype
What seemed like the world's longest closed beta recently opened its doors to new registrations (and is being packaged as OEM on additional phones). So, while it still isn't available in the Market, MOST of us can now get the latest version of Swype onto our Android devices. You're probably well aware of the trace keyboard concept by now, typing by zipping one finger into a variety of shapes and patterns that Timothy Leary would envy. Once I got used to it, I found it very hard to go back to a tap-only keyboard. Speed, speed, speed--that's what you get with Swype. I also find it to be plenty accurate with word recognition, with a slick UI to boot. The much-improved clone SlideIt has shown itself to be a worthy rival, but like Transformers vs. Go-bots or Garfield vs. Heathcliffe, my take is that you still get a more polished overall experience with Swype. Extra perks--like easy contractions, quick access to arrow keys, swype to capitalize, a bigger overall vocabulary, and more reliable accuracy--keep me coming back to the OG trace keyboard. [Sign up for the beta]
Jared DiPane - HeyWire
Do you live outside of the USA and wish there was a cool option for you like Google Voice where you could have a secondary number which you were able to send and receive free SMS? Well, HeyWire is just that, and has many of the same features as Google Voice, except it is available world wide. You can use the Android application, or the website to send SMS to your friends in over 146 countries, and it even works between Android and iOS devices. What are you waiting for, pick up the free application and test it for yourself! [Market Link | AppBrain]
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