Bored of all the same-old free “must-have” Android apps that top the charts? There are a number of alternative, richly featured apps that do the same thing (or tap into the same service), plus, as an added perk, many of them are Android-only.
Flipster Pro (over Facebook)
Facebook’s Android app is ugly, slow, and unreliable. The Web app via Chrome is somehow a much better experience. But luckily, you don’t have to put up with either of them. Flipster is a nice Holo client for Facebook which gives you full functionality within a sleek design.
Falcon Pro (over Twitter)
I wrote about this great Twitter client before, but now it’s even better since it has a gorgeous 4×4 scrollable widget of Tweets. Its built-in browser lets you read articles, view photos, and watch videos without every leaving the app.
Notif Pro (over Wunderlist/Any.do)
Notif Pro does more by doing less. There’s really nothing to the “app” itself – it simply exists to make up your textual, visual, or list-based reminders, and then pins them (along with a custom Holo icon of your choice) to the status bar.
Tim Clark’s exclusively Android weather app is a sublime marriage of style and substance. It has a beautiful widget that can forecast your city’s weather for the whole week, with a bevy of stylish icon packs to choose from. It also has a persistent in-status bar notification that gives terse assessments like “Slighty Cloudy. Ice Fog. Cool.”
Snapseed (over Instagram)
Ok, so this may be a bridge too far for some, but Snapseed is a great way to initiate actual reactions and +1s in Google+, which is so central to the “stock Android” experience, after all. It has some robust editing features that let your crop, rotate, filter, and tune your image, and it can share it directly to G+ with a button. Maybe it’s not a replacement for Instagram, but it’s something fun to run alongside Instagram.
-The ScreenGrab Team