Mister Mo's essential mobile apps & services

Mister Mo

I thought some of our readers might find my list of essential apps and services interesting, if not informative. I am not an app junkie, and so while I might download and install more than these depending on what is available in each individual app store, if I cannot have any of these on a smartphone, I would consider that device unsatisfactory. My needs are few, as I live a very simple life.

I start by listing and explaining my required apps/services. Then I follow that up with three different lists specifying by name what apps meet those needs for me on Windows Phone, Android and BlackBerry respectively. The lists reflect apps available on the latest version of each of the platforms.

1- Gmail & Generic Email: for managing my Gmail and business email accounts
2- WordPress: for managing my blogs
3- Twitter: you know *wink*
4- Facebook: you know nau *wink*
5- Skype: sebi you know?
6- Evernote: for keeping notes and links of interest synchronised across different platforms
7- LinkedIn: for networking professionally
8- Dictionary: yes; so I do not gbagaun all over the place
9- Adobe Reader: for reading PDF documents
10- Office Documents Suite: for reading/editing Office documents
11- Music Search: for finding details of my favourite music
12- Dropbox: cloud storage
13- WhatsApp/BBM: so I can avoid SMS charges, of course
14- Image Editor: self explanatory
15- Uber: intra-city transport
16- Instagram: Photo sharing

Windows Phone

1- Gmail & Generic Email: built-in email app
2- WordPress: official app
3- Twitter: official app; Rowi
4- Facebook: official app
5- Skype: official app
6- Evernote: official app
7- LinkedIn: official app
8- Dictionary: Oxford Dictionary
9- Adobe Reader: official app
10- Office Documents Suite: built-in
11- Music Search: Shazam
12- Dropbox: BoxShot Free; BoxFiles for Dropbox; official app
13- WhatsApp/BBM: official apps
14- Image Editor: built-in; Fhotoroom, Shrinkit
15- Uber: official app
16- Instagram: 6tag

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Android

1- Gmail & Generic Email: built-in Gmail and email clients
2- WordPress: official app
3- Twitter: official app
4- Facebook: official app
5- Skype: official app
6- Evernote: official app
7- LinkedIn: official app
8- Dictionary: Advanced English Dictionary; English Dictionary
9- Adobe Reader: Kingsoft Office
10- Office Documents Suite: built-in or Kingsoft Office
11- Music Search: SoundHound; Shazam
12- Dropbox: official app
13- WhatsApp/BBM: official apps
14- Image Editor: Add Watermark free; Photo Editor; Photo Grid
15- Uber: official app
16- Instagram: official app

On BlackBerry 10

1- Gmail & Generic Email: built-in email app
2- WordPress: official Android app
3- Twitter: official app
4- Facebook: official app
5- Skype: official app
6- Evernote: official app
7- LinkedIn: official app
8- Dictionary: Pocket Dictionary
9- Adobe Reader: official app
10- Office Documents Suite: Built-in
11- Music Search: Shazam
12- Dropbox: Connect to Dropbox
13- WhatsApp/BBM: official apps
14- Image Editor: built-in; Photo Studio; Image Resizer
15- Uber: official Android app
16- Instagram: Inst10

There you are: my essential apps on Windows Phone, Android and BlackBerry. I have left out music and video because I usually just use the built-in apps regardless of what. I cannot remember the last time I downloaded a 3rd party music or video player. Anyway, the above-listed are my essential, so I doubt that they will fit in perfectly for you. But at least you will hopefully get to pick up one or two things from the them. Tell us what you think!

Psst: This list keeps being updated.

Mister Mobility

I started blogging about mobile in 2004 as a fun way to share my passion for gadgets and mobile services. My other interests include digital media, speaking and teaching, photography, travelling, and dancing.

0 thoughts on “Mister Mo's essential mobile apps & services

  • September 27, 2013 at 1:05 pm
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    MY ESSENTIAL APPS (Android)

    Clipboard app.. Clip ninja / Cljpper
    File Explorer.. ES File Explorer / Solid Explorer
    Office App… Document Togo / KingSoft Office / Real Calc / ColorNote
    IM… Whatsapp / Nimbuzz/ Echofon
    RSS Feed… gReader
    Dictionary…. ColorDict / Fora / Merriam Webster
    Web Browser…. Opera Mini / Opera Mobile / UcWeb / Google Chrome
    Video.. MoboPlayer

    It has never occurred to me to use the Official App for any app category, believing that the third party effort will usually be superior.

    Fact is, I have never even bothered running any Official App, yet (unless Chrome can be considered the exception here)

  • September 27, 2013 at 1:24 pm
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    I have most, except the Image editor..I use Shazam..instead of SoundHound. Evernote, I think I installed it once, and then deleted it, don’t need it (I think). I use Any.do, does that do the same thing? Okay, off to research the image editor app…Thanks for this :).

  • September 27, 2013 at 1:46 pm
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    My additions For Android,
    Tweeter – tweetcaster
    Music – winap (great music player, you’d be forced to make it your default player)
    ConvertPad – does absolutely all kinds of conversions…length, weight, cooking, even shoe size!

  • September 28, 2013 at 3:32 am
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    “5- Skype: official app”

    You must be referring to BlackBerry 10

    My own essential items on BlackBerry OS include.
    *Social Networking: Facebook and Twitter official, Ubersocial

    *Email: Built in
    *IM: BBM, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp

    *Clipboard management: Multi-clipboard, Clipboard history

    *Browsing/downloads: built in browser, Opera Mini UC Browser

    *RSS Reader: BlackBerry News Feeds

    *Productivity/Writing/Blogging: WordPress official app, Memopad, Docs to go

    *Document editing/pdf: RepliGo reader, Docs to go

    *Ebook reader: Buku (epub) reader, RepliGo reader

  • September 28, 2013 at 7:34 am
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    1) Why an Office Documents Suite app? Both my android phones open excel, word, powerpoint, pdf documents easily and by default

    2) Google Keep does it for me, i’ve never seen the reason to go extreme with Evernote. What am i missing?

    3) What Image Editor app do you recommend on Android that Adds Watermarks and can Photo Edit and Grid easily?

    • September 28, 2013 at 10:26 pm
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      Trae,

      1) Why an Office Documents Suite app? Both my android phones open excel, word, powerpoint, pdf documents easily and by default

      Some Android devices do not come with one pre-installed. Those apps meeting these needs are those that I install in such a scenario

      2) Google Keep does it for me, i’ve never seen the reason to go extreme with Evernote. What am i missing?

      Evernote gives you far more functionality than Keep. You should try out Evernote to get a first-hand taste of the difference. Plus, Evernote is also cross-platform.

      3) What Image Editor app do you recommend on Android that Adds Watermarks and can Photo Edit and Grid easily?

      Image Editor, Add Watermarks Free, and Photo Editor (as listed in the article) are names of apps. I do not know of one app that combines all their functionality in one.

  • September 28, 2013 at 1:47 pm
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    Mr mo windows phone has a built in music search just tap the search capacitive button that launch BING then tap the music icon at the bottom of the screen to listen to a song and get the details.

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