Android App Reviews Archive

GTasks : ToDo List & Tasks

This will be my last app review for the year, so here’s one that might come in handy this holiday season when we have so much to remember. I’m a big fan of Google apps as are most Android users and a very handy feature that isn’t easily accessed on our devices is the Tasks feature

Emergency+

This app was recently mentioned on the Australian ABC and should be installed on all our phones in my opinion. The app was developed by Australia’s emergency services and their Government and industry partners, helping people to call the right number at the right time, anywhere in Australia. It uses your mobile phone’s GPS functionality so

GPS Status & Toolbox

Does your phone or tablet sometimes have difficulty getting a GPS ‘fix’? Mine does from time to time, often for no apparent reason as it often has worked fine the day before which seems odd. I use this free app to check my GPS is working or to download the A-GPS data periodically to improve

Aldiko Book Reader

Reading and buying books online instead of buying the ‘real thing’ has become very popular over the last few years. Seniors, especially travelling seniors, recognise the advantages of electronic or eBooks as they take up no room in the van for one thing and can be bought anywhere there is an internet connection of course.

TV & Movie Guide Australia

Finding a good app to show a TV guide for whatever region of Australia you are in can be tricky as the channels tend to change their guide formats sometimes, but this one has been working fine for us for some time now and it has become our firm favourite. The app displays all the free to

Tinfoil for Facebook

Many seniors love Facebook as it enables them to keep in touch with friends and family, especially to view photos (and videos) of grandchildren. I am a very late adopter of Facebook, mainly because of previously reported lax security for it’s members and the companies concentration on it’s users being a product rather than customers

Smart Magnifier

Many of us have trouble reading the fine print on labels and the like and we often don’t have a magnifying glass handy. This clever app turns your device into a Magnifying Glass by using your camera zoom function, auto-focus and LED flash features. I have tried it out and was quite surprised at the magnification

Google Play Books

In my review of the Amazon Kindle app I mentioned the need to have an Amazon account before being able to make use of the app, so for those people who just want to download some free classic novels to read this app from Google works well. I have recently been rereading some of the

Memory-Map

An increasing number of seniors are in the ‘grey nomads’ category, especially here in Australia at the moment with many thousands of us on the road travelling this enormous country. Having a way to navigate the ‘road less travelled’ is always a welcome addition to our Android devices. Memory-Map is a kind of ‘mud map’ that

Voice Recorder

Most phones have a sound recorder app preinstalled, but sometimes you just want a simple, easy to use app that makes it easy to record a quick note or maybe a longer meeting. The reason I like this particular one is because it simplifies getting the recording off the phone and sent to myself as

Fuel Map Australia

The developers of WikiCamps have come up with another handy app for us travellers, Fuel Map. At this stage it is just available for Australian drivers, but hopefully they will add other countries as they have done with WikiCamps. From their excellent description : “Fuel Map is a crowd-sourced database of petrol stations and fuel

ES File Explorer File Manager

Many users of Android devices will have many years experience working with their files and folders within Microsoft Windows or an Apple operating system and they are often confused when trying to locate a file on their phone or tablet. This has been one of my ‘must install’ apps for years and it has grown into
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