Top 10 android apps worth paying 2012


We’ve already shown you our favourite 60 best free Android apps, but what of the produce from those developers keen to actually make a bit of money from spending all their spare time hunched over a development phone?More great apps at Top 150 best Android appsIt is possible to find free alternatives that offer similar features to most of the below apps, but some of the paid-for app crowd are simply so polished and innovative you feel duty-bound to occasionally throw the maker a couple of quid as a thank you.And don’t panic because we’re mentioning money here – the average cost of this little lot is around two dollars a pop. In return, you’re able to tether, customise, share data and more, all in incredible style, thanks to the work of Team Android’s finest people.Read on for our pick of the 10 best paid-for Android apps.With all the apps out there, it can be difficult to figure out what apps are worth your hard-earned dollars. We took a look through Apple’s App Store and Google Play and found some of our favorite apps out there that are worth the cash it takes to download them.On the list is an app that will let you collect cool links you see during the day and read them later, even when you’re offline.When you’re headed out for the night, one app we found will help you identify what you see in the sky, and another will ensure you can bring all your favorite tunes with you for the ride.If you’re looking to capture what’s going on around you, one of our favorite apps helps make your photos look their best, while another helps you polish videos you record while you’re out-and-about and upload them to the web.Take a look at the gallery above for some of apps we think about worth paying for.Have a favorite paid app of your own? Let us know about it in the comments.

1. EasyTether, £6.47

A rather steep asking price on this one, but it’s worth paying – that one-off fee lets you use any Android phone as a 3G modem, freeing yourself from the misery of having to use wireless hotspots. The free demo works for causal browsing, but refuses secure (https) connections, rendering half the internet broken. Hence you might want to buy the full app.

2. Beautiful Widgets, £2

The maker of this app got into a bit of trouble with HTC for cloning its HTC Sense UI look a little too well, but a few rejigged fonts soon fixed that and got it back on the Android Market. Your micro-transaction gets you a stunning collection of clocks and weather icons, bringing Sense-like style to any boring ‘vanilla’ Android home screen.

3. Touiteur Premium – £3.73
You may well think there’s not much room for a paid-for Twitter app on Android, with the likes of Seesmic and the official Twitter client already doing a damn fine job. But for £3.73 the ‘Pro’ version of Plume (previously known as Touiteur) adds a home screen widget, in-app browser and support for the Twitlonger protocol. For the ‘power’ user in you.

4. Vignette, £2.99
The quite frankly terrible standard Android camera app can be customised too, thank god, with superb tools like Vignette bringing numerous effects and shooting options to all Android handsets. A self-timer and geo-tagging tools are the headline additions, while casual snappers will love the wacky colourisation toys. Make your phone’s camera actually useful.

5. More Icons Widget, $1.99

A superb little enhancement that really ought to win the creator a job and substantial pay cheque from Google, this manages to miniaturise four app icons and squeeze them into the space usually occupied by one. Looks a bit scruffy around the edges, but if you want everything contained on the one screen, it does the job.

6. Spotify, £9.99 subscription

The streaming music service that’s taken Europe by storm. You basically get what seems like all the music ever recorded, apart from the newest stuff, for free, in exchange for a £9.99 per month subscription. There’s also offline syncing so it doesn’t break if you’re out of wi-fi range, plus access to all your PC playlists – and multitasking so it doesn’t go quiet if you need your phone for something else.

7. DroidBox Pro, $1.99
The developer of DroidBox has somehow managed to squeeze more features into his Dropbox-compatible app than are contained within the rather feature-light official Dropbox Android client, with this unofficial enhancement of Dropbox’s web interface letting you create folders, force uploads and generally tinker with things as Android users are wont to do.

8. Documents To Go, $14.99

If you have a tiresome job that requires constant access to the ‘Torture Suite’ made up of Excel, PowerPoint and PDF, you can probably put a copy of Documents To Go on expenses, letting you read and edit popular PC file formats on the go. Managing a complex Excel spreadsheet on a HTC Tattoo might be a bit of a chore, but if you’re stuck in an airport for 36 hours it could be a lifesaver.

9. Tasker – £3.99

Tasker set the trend for mobile automation, letting users control their phones by time, location, battery status and more, creating a whole range of criteria for your telephone to follow, automatically. A few Android hardware makers, most notably Motorola, are copying some of Tasker’s finest features, but none go as deep or let you control as much as this great app.

10. SwiftKey X, £1.86

The fantastic little alternate Android keyboard takes next-press prediction to the next level, analysing your typing style so it can guess the next word you’re about to type. If you get lucky by starting to write a sentence similar to one you’ve already bashed out before, all you have to do is keep tapping the words that come up. SwiftKey X also provides a tablet version offering a choice of layouts, too.

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