Apps are fun. They are what keep our devices in our hands far longer then they should be, and allow us to do lots of different things while on the go. Unfortunately finding the perfect app is not always easy, but that's where we step in and help you all out. So, let's hit the break and take a look at some of our favorites from this week.
Anndrew Vacca - Jorte (Free)
If you're discouraged by the lack of customizations for Sense's calendar, or by the rough-and-tumble appearance of Motoblur's, you have to give Jorte a try. Of all the personal organizers that swamp the Android Market, I'll deem Jorte my favorite. Sure, calendars are pretty straight forward and standard, but Jorte's customizations are unmatched. Jorte gives you the choice of just about any size widget you can think of, and with different themes, color options, and styles to choose from, you can match your widget to the rest of your UI, eliminating the sore thumb that is your phone's standard offering. Choose which of your personal calendars to display, which holidays to include, and even which day to start the week with. Jorte also comes with an easy-to-use scheduler and to-do list, and it supports importing these elements as well. If you choose to create them on the app, you can export as a CSV file to your computer or other devices. Even if you're happy with your phone's standard calendar (though, I doubt you are), give Jorte a shot. It's free, it's useful, and it's pretty. Case closed. [Market Link]
Kurt Schutte - Hexxagon (Free)
Ever played Othello/Reversi? Well Hexxagon will quickly remind you of that classic, simple-to-learn game but with a few twists. In this turn based strategy and logic game, instead of conquering your opponent's pieces in lines, landing next to your opponent's pieces converts them to your side. You can choose to play directly next to one of your pieces or hop two spaces, each move with it's own distinct advantages. This game offers both a rating mode, in which you'll play on a large hexagonal (surprise, surprise!) board versus a computer, with difficulty levels ranging from easy to practically impossible, and a puzzle mode which gives you 54 unique boards to master and unlock for play in rating mode. You'll receive a score based on your level of success (or failure) giving this app a great deal of replay value. It's quick to pick up and just play a game or two or you can sit there for hours on end trying to get three gold stars on all of the puzzle levels. At any rate, Hexxagon is a free app available in the Android Market so go get your download on! [Market Link]
Jerry Hildenbrand - Pocket Ants (99 cents)
I'll admit -- I was one of those kids who liked to mess with ants and anthills more than a few years ago. Fast forward to now, and I can still mess with ants and anthills, and in a way that won't get me funny looks from friends and family with Pocket Ants from Concrete Software. The magnifying glass and rock are there, waiting for devilish thoughts, but when you fool with the lives of virtual ants you can take things a step farther -- flamethrowers and lasers. There's also some settings for things like the number of ants and how mean they are to each other (when they should really be worried about you), and statistics are kept so you can refine your killing techniques. It's a great way to pass the time while, ahem, sitting in a quiet place, and you won't ever get stung. If you missed it as Friday's Amazon free app, you can grab a free trial in the Android Market for Android 1.5 and higher, and the paid version is only 99 cents. [Market Link]
Menno - SpringPad (Free)
A few weeks ago, I chose Taskos as my App of the Week because it was a simple To Do list that worked great on my phone. Last week I picked up a Galaxy Tab and found that Taskos wasn't compatible with my shiny new toy. A few of my friends have mentioned Springpad in the past, so I decided to give it a try, and quickly discovered it's not just a To-Do list. The closest description I can come up with is that Springpad is a lot like a scrapbook for your digital life. Sure, you can create and manage tasks, but it's possible to save almost anything you want to the app, from locations, to notes, to pictures, to even products found via barcode. The App lets you organize this information however you want (tag it, put it in folders, etc). The best part of the application (at least for me) is that it works on all of my devices, including having an app for Chrome (and an extension) so I can triage all the information I look at in a day and try and parse it down to something manageable. If you're looking for a dedicated To Do list, there are some great choices out there. But if you're looking for something that can do a bit more, be sure to give Springpad a try. [Market Link]
Jared DiPane - DropSnap ($3.99)
One thing that has always bothered me about taking pictures was the need to have to transfer them to a PC, and while it never stopped me from taking pictures, it has hindered the amount of them that have made it to my computer hard drive. Recently I stumbled upon DropSnap, a perfect app for my needs, that allows me to instantly upload all my photos to my DropBox account and then I can easily view them from my PC as well. One of the best things was sharing my DropBox folder with my family so they could see the images as well, and when we are out with the little one and taking pictures of him and all the fun things we were doing, they could be there in almost real time. Easily, DropSnap was the best $4 that I have spent on my Android device to date, I absolutely love the application since it does stuff for me without needing to launch the application and upload them manually. [Market Link]
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