The successor to the Motorola Droid has been released with the Motorola Droid 2 and with it, the need to install new apps on a new phone. These are the apps I find the most useful for the Droid and in turn the most useful for the new Droid 2.
All of the apps below can be reached on androlib and can be easily installed by using Barcode Scanner to scan the QR code on the page. Most of the apps I use are free , so no cost is incurred downloading most of these applications.
- Advanced Task Killer (ATK) – ATK is a great way to kill apps when not in use to free memory and save battery life.
- Astro File Manager – An easy way to view the file and directory contents of the Droid
- Barcode Scanner – When you come across a UPC or QR code and want to look it up, this is the best app for scanning and reading them.
- Bump – A fun way to share contact information with people by bumping your phones together. The future of business cards.
- Connectbot – SSH client to connect to remote servers.
- DroidLight – For those times when you really need a flashlight, instead of using the screen to illuminate, use this app to turn on the LED flash on the back of the Droid.
- Evernote – Stay organized by writing and syncing notes with the Evernote website and apps for desktop and other mobile devices.
- Gesture Search – Search your contacts, apps and other items on your phone by launching this app and drawing letters on the screen. I find it to be a quick, easy way to look up contacts and prefer to use it over the Contacts app.
- Google Goggles – A cool app that lets you take a picture and then scans the picture and runs searches based on it.
- Google Sky Map – The app I always use to demo the phone. Run the app and point your phone at the sky to get an Augmented Reality view of the constellations overhead.
- Key Ring – This great app scans the barcodes on your rewards cards (or any card with a barcode, like a gym membership), so you don’t have to carry the cards. When checking out, just hand the phone to the cashier and let her scan the UPC from the phone.
- Kindle – For those times when you want to read and don’t have a book available, the Kindle app has a built-in bookstore and can whisper sync with your Kindle and other Kindle apps.
- Last.fm – Streaming music app that creates radio stations based on what I regularly listen to thru iTunes or based on a band or song.
- Layar Reality Browser – A variety of information can be seen by activating layers in this browser to gain all types of information around you.
- Mother TED – Mother TED gives streaming access to every TED Talk released online, sorted by name, category, etc. and streams them to the phone in very clear audio and video.
- Pandora Radio – A streaming music app, like Last.fm, that allows me to listen to radio stations based on a band or song I like.
- Seesmic – A nice looking Twitter client that allows the monitoring and posting of tweets from multiple accounts.
- Shazam – When I am listening to the radio or in a store and wonder what song I am hearing, I let Shazam give it a listen and it comes back and tells me who I hear.
- Shop Savvy – When you are shopping and want to compare prices, scan the UPC barcode with this app and get prices from around the web and local brick and mortar stores to see where you can find it cheaper.
- TV.com – Streaming access to clips to CBS and Showtime shows are how the app is promoted, but the real lure is the classic TV shows you can watch. MacGuyver, Beverly Hills 90210 (classic), Twin Peaks, Family Ties, and others to select from make this a worthy app to install.
This is just a small sampling of apps that are available for the Droid 2 and other Android phones. With the more powerful processor and better screen, the Droid 2 can successfully run all the apps available for the Droid and much more.