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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (May 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144938255X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449382551
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,039,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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O'Reilly makes some of the best tech books around, so we were super excited to hear about their new title Best Android Apps: The Guide for Discriminating Downloaders.

-- Jason Chen,

(Jason Chen)

About the Author

Mike Hendrickson has held a variety of positions in the publishing industry including, Product Development Manager, Editor, Executive Editor, Editor-in-Chief, and Associate Publisher. Two constants are that he has always enjoyed managing people and being involved with cutting-edge technologies. At O'Reilly, he is the Publisher for the Open Tech eXchange division, where he is working to grow existing print market share while expanding into new online and in person markets.

Brian Sawyer is a Senior Editor at O’Reilly Media, where he manages theMissing Manuals division. He is also the author of Kindle Fire: Out ofthe Box and coauthor of NOOK Tablet: Out of the Box and BestAndroid Apps. You can him find him on Twitter at @briansawyer.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Karissa Eckert TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 28, 2010
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I got an advanced e-copy of this book through netgalley (dot) com. I was excited to see which apps they picked for best apps. I have been using the Android platform since the first G1 phone was released through T-mobile. I now use a Nexus One. I go through new apps/games every couple months to see what is out there and, as I said, was curious to see how they went through the massive amount of apps. They do a pretty darn good job and the every day user should be pleased with this guide.

This is an interesting book and starts out by going through the best overall apps for the Android platform. After that the book is broken down into sections (business, communications, lifestyle, entertainment, games, utility/tool, and reference apps) and they go through the best apps for each thing.

At the end of the book the QR Codes are listed in alphabetical order for all of the apps that were presented in the book. If would have been nice to have the QR code right at the bottom of the app after it is discussed, but the page it is on is referenced so it's not a big deal.

This book goes through a broad range of apps. We are talking any thing from sky maps to server access, to app organization to clothing organization. Some of them you will never need, some of them you already use, and some of them will be extremely useful to you. The authors do a pretty good job of providing free alternatives as runners up to the apps that cost something.

The format is basically the app name, cost, developer, version, a quick description of the app, and then many screenshots of the how the app works. There are a ton of screen shots in this book and it is a very effective way to see the apps.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Eldon Andy Andersen on October 21, 2010
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As a new Droid X user (and a new smart phone user) I found this book helpful in understanding the world of "apps" and directing me to a few very good ones. When there are thousands of apps and new one appearing all the time this list is a small drop in the bucket and will outdate quickly. I found the "" web site to be an excellent (and searchable by topic) source for descriptions (and user reviews) of the thousands of apps out there. I look at this on my computer and then download the apps I want from the "market" on my Droid X.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 9, 2010
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Best Android Apps / 978-1-449-38255-1

My husband has had an Android phone for over a year now, and he follows the available apps pretty closely; I, on the other hand, am about to move from a Blackberry to a Android, so I was delighted to have the chance to review this book on behalf of the publisher.

I'm first delighted to announce that even though my husband predicted that he'd already have or know about all these "best" Android apps, we found quite a few even in the first chapter that he didn't know about - and was intrigued enough to read more. Of course, with this sort of book, time marches on and threatens to make the material "out of date" quickly, but we were pleased to note that several of the apps mentioned as being the best in their category were ones that he already has been using and enjoys immensely - such as the ones for email management, task tracking, and application killing - so there was some nice validation there, knowing that the book knew what it was talking about.

For the newbies, such as myself and my parents (who are also moving to Android phones), there is a wonderful amount of information here. The authors have gone to a lot of trouble to pick the best apps in various categories - such as security and app scheduling and phone ring customization - and they careful explain the pros and limitations of each app, along with helpful screenshots. One way in which this book stood out as being more valuable than, say, just doing the research yourself was in the way that many apps performed functions that I would not have even thought of myself, but which I immediately wanted - for instance, an app to store all your reward cards' barcodes so you don't have to lug them all in your wallet all the time!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert I. Hedges HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 5, 2011
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"Best Android Apps" is a good book for anyone with an Android phone, but is particularly helpful to new Android users such as myself. I had an early generation smartphone (that wasn't very smart) for years. I finally made the switch and thus far have really enjoyed learning and using my Droid (Motorola Droid 2; Verizon.) The phone has many capabilities I have not yet mastered, but one of the things I needed help with right away was sorting through the dizzying array of applications available for the phone.

That's where this book comes in: it features a relatively small number of apps which have been culled from the thousands available, and passes on to the reader those the authors find most helpful. I am generally impressed with their selections (my favorites of their suggestions thus far are "Barcode Scanner," "doubleTwist," and "WeatherBug.") Certainly there's something here for everyone, but unsurprisingly the demographic the book is targeting seems fairly young (note the plethora of gaming applications in particular.)

The book is very nicely printed and features nice color screenshots of the apps they recommend and features an extremely useful index of scannable codes that enable quick downloads of the apps in the book, though I don't understand why the codes aren't on the page where the actual app is featured.

People who are experienced with Android phones will likely not glean as much useful information from "Best Android Apps" as neophytes of course, but the authors are quite good at presenting the pros and cons of each of the apps they recommend. On balance it's a helpful book, though like its peers it will become dated quickly due to the extremely fast evolution of technology. This book is useful especially to people new to the Android world, and I do recommend it, though some will find the specific compilation of recommended sites more useful than others.
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