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Essential Sprint HTC EVO LTE Free Apps

HTC EVO LTEIt has been over a month and  I can’t put my new HTC EVO LTE 4G phone done. The new EVO has become an essential part of my life and I am discovering more essential Android apps daily. Here are just a few of what I’d like to call my essential free Sprint HTC EVO apps.

I wanted to strictly talk about the free apps. Quite frankly just about every one of these free apps can also be purchased with upgraded options. While there are some really nifty paid Android apps, there are plenty of free ones to give you what you need. Why pay for something that you can get from another maker for free? So here are just a few free apps that you should go and download right now on your Android phone.

Astro File Manager I wind up throwing a lot of files on my phone. Whether the files are pictures of my daughter, music, documents, PDFs, etc, I am stacked with a media mess on my EVO. Astro has been an app I have used for awhile now and I love it. It helped me organize quite a bit on my old EVO and is even better with the speed of the EVO LTE.

TweetCaster As an avid tweeter, I probably use TweetCaster more than any app on my phone. It is a great app to bring your Twitter feed into your phone, sort through tweets, upload files to Twitter, etc. It is fast, clear, and updates as often as you want. TweetCaster is by far my most used app on this EVO and my original EVO.

Dolphin Browser This is my favorite Internet browser for Android phones. I am not a big fan of the stock browser that comes with the phone. This one is customizable and makes sorting bookmarks very easy. I would also highly recommend the speed dial.

SMS Backup and Restore This is an interesting app that I discovered on a forum. Unfortunately I had to do a couple of factory restores on my original EVO. I am hoping that won’t be the case with the LTE but if so, I am prepared. This handy app allows you to backup and restore your phone’s text messages once you reboot your phone. Calling this essential may be a bit of a stretch but I do know how lucky I was to have it after a few of those resets on the old EVO.

Pixlr-o-matic The reason I went with the EVO LTE over any other phone was the camera. The camera is the best on the market when it comes to phones in my opinion. As a new father, I am snapping pictures of my daughter constantly. This app allows me numerous options when it comes to editing or enhancing pictures. This is a very cool app if you are a habitual camera user and want to have a little fun with your pictures.

Advanced Task Killer This is another holdover from my original EVO and maybe the most essential when it comes to saving life on your battery. I love my EVO but what I hate about it is that it will open random apps at random times for random reasons. You may not know it but you could have up to 20 apps open on your phone at any time. It doesn’t take a genius to know what is going to happen to you battery life with that kind of ongoing activity. This app allows you to open it up, see what’s running, and kill it immediately. Granted I still have to open it frequently to get all of the apps but it has been a lifesaver when it comes to getting the most out of my battery.

Universal Password Manager I discovered a long time ago when I downloaded iAccounts for my iPod that I was in desperate need of easy access to my passwords. I have passwords for websites, FTP, WordPress blogs, social media accounts, my router, and just about everything and anything under the sun. This app has been a lifesaver at times and the best part is that it is free!

Beat the Traffic If you are looking for the fastest, easiest commute, this is the app to download. It does take up a lot of space but if you are a daily traveler, it is worth it. There are two versions of this app (like several on this list) and you absolutely get more options with the paid. If you are only looking for one route though, the free version will be fine. Get personalized traffic reports for each route and more. This is a killer app!

Pandora Pandora is possibly my second most used app on my EVO LTE. I love the selection and the variety of the genres of music. I also love the fact that all I have to do is sign in and I get the same favorite stations I can listen to on my computer, phone, or anywhere. As a big heavy metal fan there aren’t a whole lot of great metal stations out there these days. Pandora allows me to search for a station based on my favorite band or who I feel like listening to at the moment. As long as I save that search for “Slayer”, the next time I open up Pandora, Slayer will play. I love it.

Out of Milk I will readily admit I have a horrible memory when it comes to the little things like needing to pick up milk, call about this, or remembering a specific date. This app has saved my behind numerous times and helped me avoid some of the usual complaining from my wife about my inability to remember the little things she asked for. There is a pro version but I have stuck with the freebie. It works for me. This is a fantastic app for creating shopping and to-do lists.

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