Android Apps You Would Have To Pry From Our Cold, Dead Fingers

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The Android Market may be smaller than Apple’s App Store by tens of thousands of Apps, but that doesn’t mean they lack in quality.(How many silly fart apps do you need anyway?)

We love using Android, and there are a few apps that dominate our home screen and time on the phone. Frankly, we’d be lost without them.

We compiled the list of the 10 Android apps we use every day, and couldn’t manage without. Don’t even think about trying to take them away.

Amazon Appstore give you a free premium app every day

Amazon's Appstore may not have much of a selection as Google's official Android Market, but you will find most of the highest-rated and most popular apps there. Our favourite part of the Appstore is that Amazon offers a premium paid app for free every day. So far Amazon has given away popular titles such as Angry Birds Rio, Fruit Ninja, and Flight Control.

How to get it: You'll have to download the Amazon Appstore directly from Amazon. Click here for our guide. Unfortunately, the Appstore is not available on AT&T phones right now.

Amazon MP3 lets you stream music from your online locker

Last week's launch of Amazon's Cloud Player was a huge move for Amazon. Not only can you store your music online, but you can also stream it to your Android phone. That's nothing new, but the app does allow you to purchase new music from Amazon's online store and add it directly to your player.

Price: Free in the Android Market

Advanced Task Killer will save your battery

We love that Android allows for true multitasking, but if you're not careful, that can be a huge drain on your battery. Advanced Task Killer is a simple app that will tell you which apps are running and allow you to shut them down. We suggest keeping as many switched off as possible to help your battery last as long as possible.

Price: Free in the Android Market

Twitter is our favourite social app for Android

We can't live without Twitter. It's our favourite way to keep up with our friends and the latest breaking news. Twitter's official app is attractive and sleek, matching Android's design. New Tweet notifications show up either in the included widget or your phone's notifications bar. If you're a Twitter user, this is the best app for it on Android.

Price: Free in the Android Market

Lookout will block viruses and malicious apps

After a string of malicious apps hit the Android Market last month, many people were looking for ways to keep their phones protected. Lookout has been around for a while, and it's our favourite security app. It automatically scans each new app you download and alerts you if it detects something wrong. You can also use Lookout to set up your phone for automatic backups.

Price: Free in the Android Market

Google Voice integrates with Android

We love that Android let you integrate your Google Voice account with your phone. You can set your phone to dial out and receive calls from your Google Voice number, which is very handy for taking advantage of all the great service Google Voice has to offer. You can also text from within the Google Voice app, which will not count against your carrier's texting limit.

Price: Free in the Android Market

Google Reader is the easiest way to keep up with you RSS feed

Google Reader is another great Google service, and the Android app is our favourite way to keep up with the news we care about. Story headlines appear in a simple, mobile-friendly list. Tapping each one expands the story and gives you the option to read it from your phone's browser.

Price: Free in the Android Market

You can get Angry Birds for free from the Android Market

Android is the only platform where you can get the full version of all three Angry Birds games -- Angry Birds, Seasons, and Rio -- for free. (As long as you don't mind some ads). If you're just getting started on Android, that's hundreds of levels of pig-smashing fun at no cost.

Price: Free for Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons, and Angry Birds Rio

Firefox 4 is our favourite mobile browser

Firefox 4 for Android was officially released, and it's easily the best alternative browser on the platform. It features tabbed browsing and allows you to sync your passwords, bookmarks, and tabs with the desktop version of Firefox. (Surprisingly, it works better than syncing Chrome with Android's default browser).

Price: Free in the Android Market

Dropbox is our favourite file storage app

We can't get enough of Dropbox, so we're glad the company developed an Android app. The app will sync files across your phone and computer and let you view them on your touch screen. You can also upload photos and videos to your Dropbox from the phone.

Price: Free in the Android Market

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