Share With the Class! Productivity Apps


    Welcome to the new series of AndroidGuys posts called Share With the Class!  We’ve created this new category in an effort to help you readers learn of new applications and share your favorites as well.  With over 30,000 applications to choose from, many gems get lost in the shuffle.  And since each of you has an opinion, we want to hear it.

    Each time out, we’ll be picking a topic or specific genre/sub-genre and turning it over to you.  To help you out, we’ve assembled a team of contributors willing to share their own faves. For this first post, we’re looking for your preferred productivity apps.

    Download Gmote 2.0

    One of my favourite apps at the moment is Gmote – a remote control app for Windows, Mac or Linux  computers. My main use for this is on my media centre pc. It works way better than various “real” remote controls and mice keyboard combos. A trackpad option turns your device screen into a mouse trackpad which is nice and sensitive! – James Pearce

    Download SwiFTP

    SwiFTP Server is a nice little server that I found for my HTC Hero . You are able to log into your phone via a URL that is based on your username when you sign up for a free account.   I moved a 4MB MP3 in 31 seconds over my Sprint service and via WiFi in 10 seconds.  If used with an FTP client such as FileZilla, you are able to delete all unwanted files, voicemails, and downloads through the clients folder views without paging to each one on the phone to delete.  So whether it’s moving MP3 or PDF / Word documents for work I am able to move these onto my phone without even reaching for the phone itself. – Brian H. Harris

    Download Astrid

    Astrid Task/Todo List is a handy app that allows you to set up to do lists, track time spent on projects, sync with your calendar/Remember the Milk, and so much more.  After using Astrid for months, I still don’t feel like I’ve scratched the surface for everything this app can do.  I use Astrid to set reminders for doctor’s appointments, work assignments, shopping lists, and other general tasks I need to complete.  With one click in the app you can send the task to your Google calendar, and from the main app menu you can sync with your Remember the Milk account. – Justin Jelinek

    Some features of Astrid that set it apart from other todo applications are it’s ability to sync with the RememberTheMilk on-line task management service, it’s ability to add tags to tasks, and integration with Locale, the popular geo-location application.  Astrid’s UI is extremely simple to use and straightforward. When entering a new task or todo item, the application allows you to simple or very detailed information depending on your preference. You can set reminders based on both the approaching goal and absolute deadlines. If you fail to complete the task beyond the absolute deadline, you can ask Astrid to pester you obnoxiously until you have completed the task. A couple of nice extras I’ve come to appreciate are the ability to set “Quiet Hours” during which Astrid will leave you alone, and the ability to colorize your task lists by their set priority. Astrid has been invaluable to me both as a formal professional and particularly now as a student. With time management certainly being one of my weak suits, Astrid provides with me with many features and much flexibility. Best of all, IT’S FREE. – Christian Navarro

    Download NewsRoom

    One of the best apps that I have found is NewsRoom. It’s basically an RSS feed reader with a great UI.  Before I was turned on to this app, I was going to each website I follow to see if anything new was posted. Now I just hit this app and all my feeds are there with the number of new posts since last checked. This saves me a bunch of time and I get all the info in one place.  There’s a free trial app in the market, but I loved it so much I bought it.  – Eric Petersen

    I have tried and occasionally use sexier and better known productivity titles like EverNote, Inserty, and ShopSavvy, however the app I find myself using the most is ListBuddy – a shopping list application with things broken down by aisle and category.  All I have to do is text my phone with the items and they automatically show up in a list sorted by type!  I can also let others (wife) text me their shopping lists.  An online tool allows for uploading of my lists so that I don’t have to use texting.

    Download ListBuddy

    You can specify the store for the items, the amount of items to get as well as the aisle that the item is located. The end result is a list broken down by store, aisle, and product type that can help organize your list and allow you to check them off of the list.  – Tom Lothian

    Your Turn!

    So now it’s time to hear what apps you are using for productivity.  Is it one of the above?  Why do you like it so much?  Come on, share with the class!

    • Guags

      Nitrodesk Touchdown for sure. Handles my Exchange email, calendar, meeting coordination and tasks. I have lots of other favorites, but that's the only one I would call Productivity.

    • Jon

      "Beacon" — Basecamp app. Incredibly useful for project management on the go — we use it a lot at work.

    • Ervin

      Everyone loves Astrid but I agree with the author of this article, it feels like there is more to.

    • del

      Setting profiles
      Es file explorer (can access windows network shares)


      • Peadar

        I agree. Setting Profiles is really useful.

    • Jonathan

      I use gTasks for my to-do list. I like the ease of use and the clean interface. I also like that my tasks sync to the Google cloud. The widget is a lifesaver. It's limited by Google Tasks's feature set, but I personally prefer more simplicity with my task list.

    • I like AK Notepad.Some features: life-folder, notifications and export to sdcard.….

    • Docs2go for sure is one.. I can keep up with the dailey spreadsheets released at work and not get the "not enough memory" error I get from Quickoffice

      I love Repligo Reader for its multi touch zooming in PDF's… A

      Astro is amazing too

    • After trying Astrid (great!) I tried to find a simple app to keep track of my daily expenses. Fast and simple like Astrid.
      Not finding it I decided to make my own.

      Have a look to Pecunia!

    • Luke

      Astrid for tasks.
      Financisto for expenses (free & simple).
      AK Notepad for notes.
      BeamReader is a great PDF reader.

      I learned about some new apps from the above comments, this article is good idea! Keep up the good work, AndroidGuys.

      • ontheFritz

        thanks for the Financisto note! I've tried about 5 daily expense apps and this is the best looking and easiest to use.

    • List buddy seems a little simplistic and lacking. UpVise lets you do shopping lists with all of the features of list buddy plus recurrance and syncing to a free UpVise account. Like wise the UpVise free app lets you create and sync notes, contacts, tasks and rss feeds. The app is extensible beyond those free features for a small fee as well. Despite all the other features it's an amazing app on it's shopping list merit alone.

    • Ok, I give up… How do you use those little square thingies with the label "Download <programname>"? I keep seeing them, but I haven't located enough clues to know what program to use to read them. Would you mind publishing a explanation of where to get them and how to use them? Maybe a paragraph at the bottom? Even a note about the actual name of those thingies would enable me to Google it!

      • Angel Webster

        You can download BARCODE SCANNER from the Android Market.

      • Mike A.

        Those are called QR (for "Quick Response") bar codes. They're two-dimensional bar codes used for transferring urls and other information.

        Just search for "QR" in the Android Market, and you'll find a number of applications capable of reading these codes.

    • Steven

      Remember the milk app with pro subscription for Todo list and the free Quickcopy app for copying saved snippets to the clipboard instead of typing.

    • ActionComplete is a GTD-inspired task manager/to-do list organizer featuring high quality user interface, streamlined workflow, and integration with Google services.

      AC for Web is in private beta now. AC Web/AC Android two-way sync is coming.

      Kind regards,
      Borys Burnayev

      • Jason

        Is it available in the Android Market?

    • Kevin

      OruxMap offline maps you make the map you want from multiple sources, load them on your phone and your phone finds the map nearest your location.

    • epiboy

      Actually, why go with Astrid when you can get Remember The Milk directly? It's a great app![polldaddy 2794022 polldaddy]

    • jenny

      I add goaruna to the list to manage and store files.. free too

    • FlingTap Done To-do List has attachments, labels, archiving, filters, and location reminders. Some features are paid but the free version is still among the best to-do lists available for Android.

      Android Market:

    • almyz125

      i would have to go with astro file manager for my favorite productivity app.

    • Martin

      Locale has always been good to me!

      Qik – get to great see live videos of my nephew

      Postdroid app – perfect for me since i travel a lot and it lets me send great quality personalized physical postcards. Perfect for occasions as well!. Cheap and send it anywhere in the world!

      and ofcourse Pandora!… 🙂

      Good to see market and 30000+ apps – watch out iphone… 🙂

    • For implementing GTD you can use this web-based application:

      "track" nice to record your travel and upload it to google earth…

    • Nick

      I quite like Easy PDF. It allows me to use my Hero's camera, capture my travel and food expenses and create PDF files. Then I can email them to my accountant. Brilliant!

    • Sherman

      Definitely My911. It uses the phone's accelerometer to detect a crash and provide Automatic Collision Notification (think Onstar). But since it's on your phone

    • thaks for your sharing. great post!! like this :p

    • For remote work, a good application is "oDesk" by Laura Software. The links is here:…. It allows you receive notifications when new jobs are posted on the oDesk market. Perfect to be on top of new posted jobs.

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