These days, our digital life has shifted from the traditional desktop PC to mobile devices like laptops, smartphones and tablets. Many people just do not need the classic PC because all they do is some web browsing, gaming and social networks. While Windows dominates in the desktop OS market, Android is the leader in mobile devices. I would like to share with you the best Android apps I use which I consider essential.
The list of my favorite apps I consider essential looks as follows.
Total Commander (file manager)
Total Commander is the famous file manager which is available for Microsoft Windows for a long time. It is very powerful and has all the features required for working for files productively. In my opinion, Total Commander is the best file manager for power users. The Android version does not require your device to be rooted. It is a freeware app.
Like its Windows version, the Android version also comes with lots of useful features:
- customizable toolbar
- two panel interface with handy touch gestures
- full file system access for rooted devices
- built-in archiver
- group selection by files mask
- access rights editor
- useful plugins like FTP/SFTP
AFWall+ (Advanced Firewall Plus) is a must-have application for Android users with rooted devices. It allows you to restrict unwanted apps from accessing the internet. A very good thing about it is that it works as a black list or as a white list. I prefer to use it in the white list mode, so all apps are blocked by default, and only a few, trusted apps are allowed to access the Internet. The application supports profiles, import/export of rules and even has support for custom scripts which can be helpful for advanced users.
AFWall+ is a freeware application which is available in the F-Droid repository.
Naked Browser Pro
Naked Browser Pro is the world's fastest browser which I switched to some time ago. It is a paid app. It has really great features:
- An integrated ad blocker which is implemented via a text file stored in the Downloads folder.
- Customizable gestures.
- Customizable text appearance.
- Very fast content rendering.
- Perfectly working text reflow.
It has a lot of features you will like. Try out the browser here:
Foobar2000 (audio player)
Foobar2000 is a very popular desktop music player for Windows with a wide range of options, customizable user interface, support for many music formats and tons of plugins. Foobar2000 is also available for Android.
The app supports the following formats and services:
- Supported audio formats: MP3, MP4, AAC, Vorbis, Opus, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, Musepack
- Gapless playback
- Full ReplayGain support (playback and scanning)
- Supports playback and downloading music from UPnP media servers
I wrote an article about Foobar2000 for Android, check out it here:
MX Player (media player)
MX Player is a great media player available for Android. Like the VLC player for Windows, it can read a large number of video formats out of the box, has a beautiful and useful user interface, and can remember the last played file and its position. MX Player exists as a free as well as a paid app. The free version is exactly like the pro version, but shows ads when you are connected to Internet.
This app list of my favorite apps is far from complete. I use many other apps (Telegram, Hacker's Keyboard, ConnectBot etc) but the apps mentioned in this article are really essential for me and I can't live without them.
What are your essential apps? Feel free to tell us in the comments!