1. smileyhead

    OP smileyhead I like cute stuff.
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    Post the names of your favourite apps. Every vote grants an app one point. Bulk votes are not allowed.

    Format: [app's name as it appears on Google Play, excluding any subtitles] ([short description]) - [score]
    Apps with 2 points or less are hidden in spoilers.

    *: Paid application; free version available
    **: Paid application
    $: Requires root access for some features
    $$: Requires root access

    Books & Reference

    Bible Study app, by And Bible Open Source Project (Bible reader) - 2 pts
    Wikipedia (Wikipedia reader) - 2 pts

    Communication

    Dolphin Web Browser (Internet browser) - 7 pts
    Opera (Internet browser) - 6 pts
    WhatsApp Messenger (Instant messaging service) - 4 pts
    Skype (Instant messaging service) - 3 pts
    Gmail (Email manager) - 2 pts
    Google Chrome (Internet browser) - 2 pts
    Handcent Next SMS (SMS manager) - 2 pts
    Trillian (Instant messaging service) - 2 pts
    Brave Private Browser (Internet browser) - 1 pt
    Discord (Instant messaging service) - 1 pt

    Entertainment

    Netflix (Movie & TV streaming service) - 4 pts
    IMDb (Media & celebrity database) - 2 pts
    MALClient (MyAnimeList client) - 1 pt

    Games

    Angry Birds Classic (Casual game) - 10 pts
    Sonic CD Classic (Action game) - 7 pts
    Fruit Ninja® (Arcade game) - 6 pts
    Angry Birds Rio (Casual game) - 5 pts
    Cut the Rope (Puzzle game) - 5 pts
    Minecraft** (Arcade game) - 5 pts
    RetroArch (General emulator) - 4 pts
    Flow Free (Puzzle game) - 3 pts
    Fpse** (PlayStation 1 emulator) - 3 pts
    Plants vs. Zombies (Strategy game) - 3 pts
    Where's My Water** (Puzzle game) - 3 pts
    Angry Birds Seasons (Casual game) - 2 pts
    Canabalt HD** (Arcade game) - 2 pts
    Death Worm* (Arcade game) - 2 pts
    Doodle Jump (Arcade game) - 2 pts
    Dragon, Fly!* (Arcade game) - 2 pts
    Game Dev Story* (Casual game) - 2 pts
    GBA.emu (GameBoy Advance emulator) - 2 pts
    MAME4Droid (Arcade emulator) - 2 pts
    MD.emu** (Sega Genesis, CD, Master System emulator) - 2 pts
    Meganoid* (Action game) - 2 pts
    Mupen 64 (Nintendo 64 emulator) - 2 pts
    NES.emu (NES emulator) - 2 pts
    Snes9x EX+ (SNES emulator) - 2 pts
    Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Classic (Arcade game) - 2 pts
    Sonic the Hedgehog Classic (Action game) - 2 pts
    Words with Friends Classic (Word game) - 2 pts
    World of Goo (Puzzle game) - 2 pts
    Alto's Odyssey (Action game) - 1 pt
    DraStic (Nintendo DS emulator) - 1 pt
    FINAL FANTASY DIMENSIONS (RPG game) - 1 pt
    Magnet Balls** (Puzzle game) - 1 pt
    My Boy! (GBA emulator) - 1 pt
    osu! (Rhythm game) - 1 pt

    Music & Audio

    Google Play Music (Music player) - 3 pts
    SoundHound (Ambient music recogniser & Spotify client) - 3 pts
    Poweramp** (Music player) - 2 pts
    TuneIn Radio* (Internet radio player) - 2 pts
    AIMP (Music player) - 1 pt
    ViPER4Android FX (Music player) - 1 pt

    News & Magazines

    rif is fun for Reddit (Reddit client) - 2 pts

    Personalisation

    Nova Launcher* (Launcher) - 5 pts
    ZEDGE (Wallpaper and ringtone downloader) - 4 pts
    Smart Launcher (Launcher) - 1 pt
    Swift Installer (Theming engine) - 1 pt
    Wallhaven (Wallpaper downloader) - 1 pt

    Photography

    QuickPic Gallery (Gallery manager) - 2 pts

    Productivity

    Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard (Keyboard) - 7 pts
    Dropbox (Cloud storage) - 4 pts
    Alarm Clock Xtreme (Alarm clock) - 2 pts
    Evernote (Note-taking app) - 2 pts
    Google Docs (Word processor) - 2 pts
    Acode (Code editor) - 1 pt

    Shopping

    Amazon Shopping (Web shop) - 6 pts

    Social

    Facebook (Social network) - 10 pts
    Twitter (Social network) - 6 pts
    Tapatalk* (Forum client) - 4 pts
    PingChat (Social network) - 2 pts

    Tools

    ASTRO File Manager & Storage Organizer (File manager) - 10 pts
    App2SD $$ (App manager) - 5 pts
    Lucky Patcher $ (App patcher) - 4 pts
    Newpipe (Internet video downloader) - 3 pts
    Magisk Manager $$ (Root toolbox) - 3 pts
    AdAway $$ (Ad-blocker) - 2 pts
    Gboard (Keyboard) - 2 pts
    Google Translate (Translator) - 2 pts
    ROM Toolbox Pro** $$ (System tweaker) - 2 pts
    Terminal Emulator $ (Terminal emulator) - 2 pts
    TubeMate (YouTube video downloader) - 2 pts
    Aurora Droid (FOSS app catalogue) - 1 pt
    FX File Explorer* (File manager) - 1 pt
    Lawnchair (Launcher) - 1 pt
    LibreTorrent (Torrent downloader) - 1 pt
    MatLog (Log viewer) - 1 pt
    RAR (File manager) - 1 pt
    SD Maid* (File manager) - 1 pt
    Termux $ (Terminal emulator) - 1 pt
    Tasker** $ (Automatic settings-tweaker) - 1 pt
    Via Browser (Internet browser) - 1 pt

    Travel & Local

    Google Maps (World map) - 2 pts

    Video Players & Editors

    YouTube (YouTube client) - 11 pts
    MX Player (Media player) - 7 pts
    YouTube Vanced (YouTube client) - 3 pts
    VLC (Media player) - 1 pt
     
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  2. FancyNintendoGamer567

    FancyNintendoGamer567 GBAtemp Maniac
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    Why is DraStic below the .emu ones?
     
  3. nxwing

    nxwing TYPE-MOON Enthusiast
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    +1 for Youtube Vanced. If you hate ads, you should check it out. Also comes with a pure black theme for the AMOLED screens out there
     
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  4. KokoseiJ

    KokoseiJ GBAtemp VOCALOID Enthusiast
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    Is SuperSU better than the magisk? To be honest I don't see any reason of using SuperSU over Magisk unless you are using android below 5.0.
     
  5. AmandaRose

    AmandaRose Do what I do. Hold tight and pretend it’s a plan
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    The First Final Fantasy Dimensions should be in the essentials list its every bit as good as any of the first 9 mainstream Final Fantasy games. Just nobody meantion the disaster that is Final Fantasy Dimensions II :rofl2:
     
  6. Ricken

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    Is it still good to keep the list as is since some apps have been obsoleted or removed from the play store?
     
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  7. Joom

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    A bunch of stuff here is rather old. Titanium, for example, really isn't all that usable on Android 10. I've started using Lucky Patcher to handle backups and freezing, but of course, there's a lot more options out there now. ES File Explorer was also found to contain malware, no? I stopped using it for FX a good while ago, and never looked back. I also definitely wouldn't call Facebook essential unless being tracked all the time is a necessity. SuperSU and most other rooting solutions have also been largely replaced by Magisk. Anyway...Here's a lengthy list of the stuff I recommend:

    YouTube Vanced (If you go looking for this, only get it from the vanced.app site) +1
    NewPipe +1
    Aurora Droid (F-Droid alternative) +1
    LibreTorrent +1
    Magisk +1
    AdAway +1
    MatLog +1
    Termux +1
    Viper4Android +1
    DraStic +1
    VLC +1
    Brave Browser +1
    FX File Manager +1
    SD Maid +1
    Wallhaven +1
    My Boy! +1
    Lucky Patcher (Only use releases by Mr. ChelpuS) +1
    Swift Installer (Versatile themeing engine for both root and rootless) +1
    RAR +1
    Smart Launcher +1
     
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  8. smileyhead

    OP smileyhead I like cute stuff.
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    I've finished updating the list. I've re-counted every reply in the original thread and looked through the list.
    Here is a list of changes:
    • Dropped anything with only one vote. Most of these apps are really old and obscure, and might even have been taken down.
    • Dropped anything with generic names, like ‘File Explorer’ or ‘Navigation.’ These are impossible to track down.
    • Dropped anything that has been taken down. I doubt y'all want to download the Adobe Flash Player app on a modern phone, for example.
    • Dropped anything that is really old and hasn't been updated in a while (unless it's popular).
    • Dropped some others mentioned by @Joom.
    • Adopted a new format that primarily separates applications into categories instead of being solely based on score (though I might revert this based on feedback; it was just an idea).
     
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  9. Ricken

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    Guess I'll add my suggestions

    - Magisk$$ +1
    - Via Browser +1
    - Lawnchair +1
    - Adaway$$ +1
    - YouTube Vanced$$ +1
    - AIMP +1
    - Acode +1
    - Tasker**$ +1
     
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