Android Friday: Four Apps That Stand the Test of Time

Actual PicSay Pro screenshot.

I’ve been an Android user since 2008, when I purchased a T-Mobile G-1. Three years later, I’m still using Android, and outside of the Google apps that come with the phone, there are four apps that I use today that I originally installed on my G-1 (from least geeky to most geeky): PicSay Pro, RingDroid, ES File Explorer and ConnectBot.

PicSay Pro

I bought this app two years ago for $6 when I had a T-Mobile G-1, and was elated when I fired up my brand new LG Optimus a few months ago and it was waiting for me to install in the Android Market.  The best way to describe PicSay is “Internet Meme Maker”. PicSay lets you caption and edit photos in a way that would look perfect on FailBlog, any LOLcats forum, Fark, or Reddit (or any other quality internet social site).

PicSay works like this:

  1. Take picture of something interesting
  2. Optional: add hat or mustache for good measure.
  3. Caption the picture using one of several hundred preset styles and fonts.
  4. Hit the share button and post to your favorite social network or email to friends.

You can also save pictures to the SD card for later use.

PicSay Pro on Android Market

RingDroid in Action.




This one is simple: take any MP3, WAV or other music file and cut it down to to ringtone length, and then install it. Simple, useful and  free.  You can also amaze your friends by recording your own ringtones.

RingDroid on Android Market



ES File Explorer

There are many, many file managers on the Android Market. ES File Explorer was one of the firsts, and today, it’s still one of the best. Why? Because it can access files stored on Windows file servers, websites via FTP and SFTP, and files stored on the phone.

Browsing the Network with ES File Explorer

Browsing the Network with ES File Explorer

ES File Explorer on Android Market




If you don’t program, develop websites or administer Linux and Unix systems, you can stop reading. If you do, ConnectBot is the gold standard for accessing remote systems via SSH.  It’s a very complete SSH client, and it does a great job of making keyboardless phones command line friendly.

ConnectBot on Android Market



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