Best Android Apps
The Guide for Discriminating Downloaders
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: April 2010
Pages: 240

You can choose from thousands of apps to make your Android device do just about anything you can think of -- and probably a few things you'd never imagine. There are so many Android apps available, in fact, that it's been difficult to find the best of the bunch -- until now.

Best Android Apps leads you beyond the titles in Android Market's "Top Paid" and "Top Free" bins to showcase apps that will truly delight, empower, and entertain you. The authors have tested and handpicked more than 200 apps and games, each listed with a description and details highlighting the app's valuable tips and special features. Flip through the book to browse their suggestions, or head directly to the category of your choice to find the best apps to use at work, on the town, at play, at home, or on the road.

Discover great Android apps to help you:

  • Juggle tasks
  • Connect with friends
  • Play games
  • Organize documents
  • Explore what's nearby
  • Get in shape
  • Travel the world
  • Find new music
  • Dine out
  • Manage your money

...and much more!

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    3.0

    Great reference, but needs updating

    By jmagsho

    from Massachusetts

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Concise
    • Easy to understand

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Intermediate
      • Novice

      Comments about oreilly Best Android Apps:

      Great reference book for beginners. Unfortunately, the apps and the information are grossly out of date. I keep hoping that a new revision is on the way but to no avail. Frankly, I'm surprised that O'Reilly hasn't updated this yet.

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      Already out of date

      By Vcapo

      from Newburgh, NY

      About Me Developer

      Pros

      • Easy to understand

      Cons

      • Outdated info

      Best Uses

      • Novice

      Comments about oreilly Best Android Apps:

      [$] for a digital version of a book on apps that is already out of date? Are you kidding me? I can figure out most of the apps by looking at the icons on the cover of the book. C'mon fellas, I can go to any forum and blog and get the same list for free.

      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great little reference book!

      By Brian

      from Phoenix, AZ

      About Me Android End User

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      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Concise
      • Easy to understand
      • Helpful examples
      • Well-written

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        • Intermediate
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        Comments about oreilly Best Android Apps:

        Their are many BLOGS and Android web sites out there that review "best apps". None can compete with this book for content, organization, and thoroughness. As quickly as the market is expanding, the authors will be challenged to keep up with current information in the 2nd Ed. Assuming there will be one...

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        3.0

        Great, but almost instantly out of date

        By Ken, Android Fanboy

        from Denver, CO

        About Me Developer, User

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        Pros

        • Concise
        • Easy to understand
        • Hard-to-find gems inside
        • Well-written

        Cons

        • Immediately out of date

        Best Uses

        • Novice
        • Tinkering

        Comments about oreilly Best Android Apps:

        Best Android Apps has some apps you might otherwise not find, even after browsing the Android Market for hours and hours. Its reviews are concise and helpful.

        The downside is that the book is out of date almost instantaneously. For example, with Android 2.2 out, new must-have apps (like a flashlight and enhanced widgets) aren't mentioned. Meanwhile some mentioned apps are probably obsolete as the OS's base featureset grows (for example, Twitter is now included with Android). Meanwhile recommended apps like Mobile Defense are no longer available to new users.

        The QR Codes are helpful for download books, but they should have been included with the text, not at the back of the book.

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