Best Free Android Apps

Vignette Android App Review

Description:

Most smartphones have a camera that allows you to take pictures.  The android phones have been known to have high megapixel cameras built into them to help you take great looking pictures.  Well what about editing these pictures on your phone?  You can’t unless you have the power of an app that will allow you to edit pictures in your gallery.  Well now there is an app, and its free which will help you to edit you pictures by adding camera effects to your photos to give them the look you are wanting. The app is called Vignette for the Android platform and it allows you to mess with your pictures.

There are lots of really neat visual effects that you can add to your camera phone photos.  You can import pictures from your gallery to apply effects to them.  The app allows you a 10X digital zoom into your pictures to be able  to get the look and feel you need.  You can even geotag your location with the photos using this app. The biggest setback to this app is that the pro version is the only version that can handle a 5 megapixel resolution.  This is kind of lame because a lot of the android phones have a 5 megapixel resolution which almost forces you to buy this app to be able to use it with your camera.

Features:

  • there are several different camera effects that can be added to your photos which can make them look very different.  The build in filters and effects really makes the photos look like they were taken with a special camera instead of your phone.
  • vignette effects which focus attention at the center of the frame
  • porta which gives a smooth skin tone for flattering portraits
  • velvia gives vivid colors for natural photographs
  • liford is a classic black and white filter
  • there are also more filters such as toy camera, vintage, color highlight, tinted monochrome, lens effects, cinematic and even customize filters by combining them

There are also some photo frame options such as rounded corners, oval shapes and Polaroid photo borders to help make your pictures pop and stick out to your friends and family.  The app is a lot of fun to take some great pictures with your phone and will have you taking more pictures than ever before.

Conclusion:

This is a very decent app that costs nothing to try out and then costs $2.99 if you want the whole thing.  This app has gotten a perfect 5 out of 5 rating.

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Prism 3d Android App Review

Description:

Games for the Android are getting more beautiful and more polished all of the time.  Even the Free games are looking better and better these days.  The case in point is the FREE app called Prism 3d for the android platform.  This is a brand new game that tests your alertness and your reflexes.  The game is run by the accelerometer on the phone and you control a ball that bounces in 3d off of 3d tiles, with amazingly smooth graphics.  This game is free and boasts 25 levels to keep you coming back for more which is great when games interest you that much to come back and play again.  The game also has a creation mode which allows you to create your own levels through a dedicated level editor which includes the infinite mode.

Having played this game myself the game looks great.  The ball is bouncing up and down and you can move the direction of the ball by simply tilting the phone to make the ball bounce on the tiles that you want it too.  Each tile is labeled something different so you have to play the game to really understand what we are talking about when we say that by landing on the tiles something different happens to the ball.

Features:

  • This game uses the accelerometer on your phone to create a 3d ball and titles
  • The ball bounces straight up at you so you need to tilt the phone to move the ball along and land on the tiles that will help you to progress to the end of the level
  • The pro version of the game allows you to use the game editor tool to create you own levels
  • the game is very attractive with smooth graphics and colorful tiles and ball animations
  • This game will keep you coming back to try and beat all of the levels and keep you coming back to try and beat your old score

Playing this game is simple enough, but the challenge comes in hitting the right tiles and not falling off the edge which causes your progress to end and makes you start over.  If you like challenging games that take some strategy, this is a great one!

Conclusion:

This app costs nothing but does have a pro version which costs $1.49 and this app has gotten a 5 out of 5 star rating by other android phone users.

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Bump Android App Review

Description:

In the world of contact information and sharing it, nothing is more frustrating than to try and share information and have it take forever.  The old way of sharing information involved the other person pulling up their contact software on their phone and then typing in all of your information which took forever.  Some phones can now e-mail contact info as a vcard, but there is an even easier way to do this.  The Bump app that exists on the iphone has just been translated and converted to work with the Android platform.  Bump is a great and easy way to hurry and share some contact info.  Note that both parties need the app, but its free and is quick to download.  You simply open up the app, pick the information you want to share, and bump it to the phone you want to share with.  When the two phones bump, the information that you wanted to share gets transmitted to the other phone and vise a versa.  It makes sending contact information easier than ever as you simply do a fist bump with you phone to exchange contact information.

Features:

  • this app offers a very quick solution to exchange contact information, pictures and even android apps
  • One of the easiest ways to share information between two phones
  • one really cool thing is that it works between android and iphones so you can get a contact information from a person using an Iphone device
  • the app will not allow you to send music, but you can send pictures and contact info via android or iphone
  • The app loads quickly and has a very fast approach to letting you easily select the information you want to bump and then just bump it to the phone that you want to send the information too

If you have contact information that you need to share with others, this is a great free app that will not only help you to share information with other android users, but it also bridges the gap between both the android and the iphone platforms for data sharing.  Get this app today as its free and you have nothing to lose except frustration and the old long times of sending information.  this is a great app with a great design and sleek navigation screens.

Conclusion:

This app is free and has been given a 5 out of 5 user rating by others who have used this app.

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Kindle for Android App Review

Description:

The kindle from amazon has certainly held steadfastly against the onslaught of the iPad.  The kinds offers an easy to read electronic ink screen with fast download times for books as well as a free 3g network.  Well for those of us that own android phones, we can now have access to all of the books that the Kindle has access to with the new Amazon Kindle for Android app.  This app allows you to access over 620,000 kindle books right from your phone including thousands of free.  This is great if you have an android phone but can’t afford a kindle.  The app is also great as you can use your phone to adjust the text size, color mode, or brightness so that you can make the book a little bit easier to read and pick up and open up.

There are several pros to this app as you can have access to all of the kindle books without needing an expensive kindle.  You can also read thousands of books including the New York Best Selling book lists.  Having thousands of free books to read is also a huge plus to the app.  The app also saves and syncs the last page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights between the actual kindle and android phone if you own both to make life very easy.

With any app, there are a few cons, and the cons that we can see is that the app for the android does not let you search or have dictionary features like the kindle has.  This makes it more difficult to find a part in a book or to search the book for something you remember reading.  The other thing we would like to see is more options for customization like the hand held kindle does.

Overall, this app is great as it allows you to read kindle books, sync with the kinds so you can pick up where you left off on either device, and gives you a way to read fantastic books without the need of an expensive kindle.  The app lets you search books and get a brief description on the books in the amazon store so you can choose to purchase them o not.  Anything you download on the android app will also download on your kindle device.

Conclusion:

This app is FREE and has been given a 4 1/2 out of 5 star rating by other android users.

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Screebl Android App Review

Description:

So many people complain that there are not enough apps that help an Android phone save battery power.  Well that is simply not true as there are apps out there.  One such app is called Screebl and ti controls power saving features on your phone based on the orientation of the phone.  Never have the screen blank again while using your phone.  the coolest part is that you can actually save power by doing this with the new screebl app for the Android phone.  You can extend the screen timeout dynamically with the position you are holding the phone.  You can save battery power in the long term by using this app that is based on the orientation of your phone.

Although screebl can save you some battery life in the long term, the savings are somewhat not as much as thought as the app is constantly running in the background which takes some juice from the batter.  Its a catch 22.  Screebl for the Android monitors the axis orientation of the phone to determine how long or short the screen timeout should be.  you can leave the default settings active, or you can configure your own settings write from the app.  The notification system allows you to see the status of the battery saving as it has a window shade giving you a visual depiction of what is going on.

Features:

  • based on the orientation of your phone, this app will either shorten or lengthen the screen timeout time.  This means if you are using the phone, it will stay lit, if you set teh phone down, it will shorten the time
  • the times can be configured so you can adjust it however you would like based on your phone usage preferences
  • the app runs in the background and gives you a status update depiction using a notification window screen on the top of the phone

If you are looking for an easy way to keep your screen lit so you can do what you want, this is a great app to get.  The app is simple to use and free for heavens sake, so its a least worth a look.  Saving battery means more talk time and more time to play with apps and so forth.  This is a great way to monitor the battery usage on your phone.

Conclusion:

This app is FREE and has been given a 4 out of 5 star rating.

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