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Figure 14-19. Toddler Lock

Android 2.1 and 2.2 users should consider the toddler app AnimalFun instead.

New York Times

The official New York Times app (shown in Figure 14-20) is a free app that lets you see the newspaper's content in a format optimized for mobile viewing. It's also easier to carry around than a full paper. There's no registration required, and at this point there appears to be no advertising for anything other than home delivery of the Times. That may change in the future, so enjoy the free app while you can.

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Figure 14-20. New York Times

Google Voice

I've mentioned Google Voice in earlier chapters, so I won't go into a lot of detail. If you've registered for Google Voice, the app (shown in Figure 14-21), which includes the ability to quietly check your voicemail messages during a meeting, is definitely a must-have.

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Figure 14-21. Google Voice (Image courtesy of Google)

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Marcus Foster 5/13/09 hi It's me could you give me a call back tomorrow morning so we can arrange the weekends

Vincent Paquet 11/6/08 hey marc It's on insurance i have you on one schedule for the house so give me a call back

Figure 14-21. Google Voice (Image courtesy of Google)

WikiMobile Encyclopedia (Bonfire)

It may not be the most accurate encyclopedia, but it's certainly a great first start. If you find yourself looking things up in Wikipedia all the time, it makes sense to have an app that can do that for you. WikiMobile Encyclopedia (see Figure 14-22) uses less bandwidth than your web browser, so you get the results faster. Swipe through pages one at a time. There's also a back/forward option for navigating densely linked pages.

Figure 14-22. WikiMobile Encyclopedia

Yelp

There are countless restaurant-finding apps for phones these days, but Yelp (see Figure 14-23) has a vibrant user community and ratings for just about every location. Find a restaurant, bank, gas station, or drugstore near you, at home, or on the road. The straightforward interface and copious reviews make this a must-have for anyone who travels or just likes to eat out.

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Summary

The Android Market offers an elegant solution for app downloads, both paid and free. Although critics had doubts that users would like using Google Checkout for payments, the system works well and even offers a money-back guarantee.

I'll get into more details when I discuss advanced troubleshooting, but you need not worry about losing all your paid apps if your phone should ever crash. Just go to the Android Market and click the Downloads tab. There's a record of your downloads and the fact that you paid for them. The information is stored on the Web, so it isn't wiped clean if your phone needs to be reset. Simply click the links and download your apps again.

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