Whether you prefer to spend that break time shopping, playing games or sneaking in a workout, there are apps to suit your needs. Here's a list of 50 of the best.
1) Hello Vino
Feeling a lack of confidence while shopping in the wine aisle? Hello Vino puts a digitized sommelier in your pocket. It can suggest an appropriate wine to accompany a particular meal, occasion, flavor preference or regional preference. You can even enter a wine you've already chosen and receive food pairing recommendations. Free.
Tired of losing your workout notebook? JEFIT is a workout planner designed by bodybuilders. It features a routine planner, logging system, progress tracking system, exercise database and even a resting timer. Free.
This is a solid, no-frills CBR/CBZ viewer. Use it to read all those comic archives that you found lying around. Free.
Aldiko is a decent eBook reader and possibly the best available on Android. It doesn't handle DRM. Free.
A Trekker geek toy, this app turns your phone into a tricorder. The coolest thing about it is that it actually uses real data from your phone's sensors. It can display acceleration, the local magnetic field, an analysis of the local acoustic environment, your location from various providers, the availability and strength of cellular and Wi-Fi signals and the current state of the sun and solar wind. Free.
Stay on top of all your favorite MMA promotions with this app. It allows you to track upcoming UFC, Strikeforce, WEC, DREAM and MFC events, with full fight cards and even betting lines. The developer is working on a news feature that will provide real-time news from all the major MMA feeds. Free.
7) Nesoid Lite
This Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) emulator allows you to play every NES game ever made right on your Android phone. You'll have to take responsibility for the legality of your ROMs. Free.
Start listening to free, personalized Internet radio on your Android. This app brings Pandora off your computer and puts it on your phone. It's fully integrated with Pandora on the Web. You can listen to all your existing stations and create new ones on your phone too. Free.
Looking to get in quick game of hoops or a little football? Pickup Sports, the grand prize winner in the Snaptic Move Your App! Developer Challenge, helps you find nearby pickup games of basketball, football, soccer, tennis and other sports. You can even find pickup running partners and workout buddies. The developer plans to add badminton, racquetball and yoga to the next update. Free.
B.iCycle is a cyclometer for your phone. It tells you your current speed, average speed, maximum speed, total distance, trip distance, current altitude, climbed altitude, burned calories and trip time. It also includes maps and you can watch your bike move along the trail as you pedal. Free.
Twitter's branded client is among the best of the Twitter clients available for Android. It hasn't closed the gap with Twitter for iPhone yet, but it's getting there. Free.
This is a solid client for using Fandango's services to check movie times and purchase tickets. Free.
13) Google Sky Map
Hold your phone up to the sky, and this app uses the location service and tilt sensor to figure out where you are looking and overlays constellations and astronomical object information. It's a fun tool for exploring the stars! Free.
14) B&B Gallery
B&B Gallery is a fast, no-frills multitouch image viewer. It doesn't offer any of the fancy animations of the standard gallery; it just gets you straight to looking at your images. Free and paid. The free version features ads. The paid version goes for $1 and removes the ads.
Foursquare is not just for iPhone anymore. Use this app to record all your location-based social networking needs: check-in with the places you visit and check the leader boards. Free.
Gowalla is the other major location-based social networking app on Android and is also a solid pick. Free.
The Android Facebook app has its challenges, but it enables account syncing between your Facebook friends and the contacts on your phone. Free.
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