There are over 50,000 apps currently on the Android marketplace, and most of them are of high quality and useful, as the cookie-cutter and useless apps are down rated very fast, even if they somehow pass the screening process. What this means for you is that you can turn your Android phone into almost anything you want, from a portable media player to a gaming machine and even a full-fledged personal assistant and mobile computer for all the usual tasks you would do on a laptop/desktop PC.
Managing your time and To Do lists is one of the things that most people don’t seem to be able to do or simply don’t like, and having a device that remembers all of the things you need to do and reminds you of them when the time is right can be a real life saver sometimes. That’s why I’ve compiled a small list of the best Android apps that can help you manage your tasks and save a lot of time and headaches.
Astrid. Astrid is one of the best task management apps on the marketplace. Not only is it free, but it also has enough features to satisfy even the most demanding user. You can easily manage full-sized projects with this thing! It has support for notes, tags, random reminders, priorities, and much more. Truly a must have for every pocket, especially when the default Calendar app looks like it was ripped straight from Windows Mobile.
Tasker. Tasker is a revolutionary app that truly takes location awareness to the next level. It allows you to automate a lot of tasks on your phone and use the GPS, accelerometer, magnetometer and other sensors to perform various actions. For example, you can have it turn on the silent mode when you get to your office, open your favorite web sites when you get home, remind you to buy groceries when you pass near the store, and much more. You should really try it out when you get the chance. The only drawback is that it’s a bit difficult to use for newbie users and it can drain the battery fast, especially if you have created a lot of actions.
Locale. Locale is another app similar to Tasker, with less features but with a much more intuitive and user friendly interface. If you want to have the functionality listed above but don’t need the complicated menus and advanced features, Locale might be a better choice for you.
Action Complete. This app is a very good GTD-based planner, and it’s very easy to use. You can start planning your schedule and To Do list right away using the simple interface, big touch friendly buttons and menus, and the integrated support for various features you might need. If you find Astrid too complicated, or want a GTD-style planner, this could be the app you need.
Documents to Go. Documents to Go is simply the best mobile office suite for Android. It has support for all the file formats you can think of, and it gives you the ability to view and edit any documents on the go right on your smartphone. If you’re constantly working with documents, you’ll find this app really useful.
Time is really an expensive commodity nowadays, but thankfully with mobile operating system like Android, you can get all the tools you need to manage it better right in your pocket, and that is a great thing for all of us who can’t remember what they need to do this afternoon :-). Be sure to check out the above apps, because they can help you a lot (especially Tasker and Astrid).