Android Starters - a 3rd Opinion


  • Basics

    The very basic stuff to get you started and keep going

  • LineageOS

    Free Android Android Tablet Website

    Even though not everything google is gone, it still is the best approach with a wide user base.

     

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  • F-Droid

    Free Web Android Android Tablet Website

    Probably your first stop to get more apps. It is an app store, has much less stuff than google play but it get's you covered for starters... and it opens the door to the next appAurora.

     

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  • Aurora Store

    Free Android Android Tablet F-Droid Website

    Your second stop for even more apps: An alternative to google's play store - no account needed, of course.

     

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  • Naked Browser

    Freemium Android Android Tablet Website

    Best browser I have ever seen on android, its pro version is totally worth the money, rly! You might wonder, why is a browser essential? Well, check your cookies... a bare minimum of privacy is just not negotiateble

     

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  • Fennec F-Droid

    Free Android Android Tablet F-Droid Website

    Firefox on Android, a good replacement for the builtin chrome. Also supports many good addons like ublock and noscript...

     

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  • FX File Explorer

    Freemium Android Website

    Your swiss army knife to handle your files. Its free version only lacks network support (see mixplorer) and really easy to handle.

     

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  • MiXplorer

    Free Android Website

    Your other swiss army knife to handle your files. And this one also supports a lot of networking (samba, webdav, sftp and file hosters). Needs some learning but its versatility pays off quickly.

     

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  • 2nd Line of Defense

    Still essential needs but with a hint of additinal luxury

  • AdAway

    Free Android Android Tablet F-Droid Website

    Splendid adblocker and best with root (see magisk).

     

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  • Conversations

    Free Android Android Tablet F-Droid Website

    They claim "The very last word in instant messaging". Well, centralized messengers are certainly not a solution and how can they be trusted without source code?

    With a jabber-client like conversation you are in a federated space like email - it is as resilient as the internet itself without a single point of failure.

     

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  • MessagEase

    Free Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad Website

    Weirdest keyboard ever but within a week you master it. After that you can write with a single hand on a bumpy bus ride or even on a horse. Bonus: Most people probably would never ask again for your phone once they fail at first :D

     

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  • K-9 Mail

    Free Android Android Tablet F-Droid Website

    Simple email for simple needs... if that is not good enough then take fair email.

     

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  • FairEmail

    Freemium Android Android Tablet F-Droid Website

    Quite frankly, the gold standard for email - the settings are so vast, you better bring some wine and cheese and lots of time! For exmaple, it can remove the tracking from your emails.

     

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  • Tutanota

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone iPad Self-Hosted F-Droid Website

    Free email included. And it is always a good idea to have a spare email.

     

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  • KDE Connect

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android Android Tablet ... Sailfish OS Plasma Mobile iPhone iPad Website

    Like fax machines - the more computers have it, the more useful it becomes. Share freely and quickly anything within your home network. Or shut down your computer. Or just use your phone's screen as mouse. And it just keeps getting better.

     

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  • The Finishing Touch

    Absolutely optional but some apps I keep having for years now and dragging them from one phone to another...

  • Simpletask Cloudless

    Free Android Android Tablet Website

    Organize your notes, your ideas, perhaps even your entire life! Or at least your shopping list ;)

     

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  • OsmAnd

    Freemium Android iPhone Blackberry Android Tablet iPad ... OpenStreetMap F-Droid Kindle Fire Website

    Got lost? Well, don't! Splendid maps that get better and better, including hidden paths!

     

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  • Spectroid

    Free Android Website

    Seomthing beeping? This might help to figure out if it's a coil in your computer or just tinnitus :D

     

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  • Google Translate

    Free Web Android iPhone S60 Blackberry ... Chrome OS Android Tablet iPad Google Drive - Docs Website

    Dang! For this one thing I have not found a worthy replacement. Yet...

     

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