The 30 Essential Android Apps

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In a year, Android's gone from shaky upstart to mobile juggernaut. And nowhere is that more apparent than the apps—the Marketplace is positively bursting, with over 14,000 apps. Here are the ones you need, the essentials.

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If we've missed anything or you've got a superior alternative, let us know in the comments, since you vastly outnumber us. By 'us' I mean me.

DISCUSSION

I'd disagree that a task manager is mandatory for keeping an Android phone speedy. I used to run TasKiller on my Hero, but uninstalled it after doing some research, and haven't seen any performance drop. Something about the way Linux allocates memory and handles background processes...

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[androidforums.com]