Just got my new Droid X and, after using Task Killers for the first few days, I found a post that explains why you SHOULDN'T use task killers on Android phones (at least any newer phones or 2.x+ phones). In short, the way Android managers tasks means you should not have to end tasks unless a task goes out of control and gets stuck in a loop. http://android-devel...ndroid-way.html
Basically, Android will kill an inactive task if it runs low on memory......its like comparing Windows 7 superfetch/memory management to Windows XP memory management......Android is on the scale of Win7 memory management, while non-android phones are generally on the XP level. Do you go around killing Windows 7 tasks and disabling superfetch to keep your memory open? Didn't think so.
JuiceDefender and JuicePlotter are must haves. They tweak the APN settings to limit the amount of battery they waste. JuicePlotter shows a graph of how quickly your phone discharged, and what was on at each point in time a record was snapped.
JuicePlotter is in my own experience a HUGE battery drain. I just got a Droid X which has very good lifetime compared to most other phones, with JuicePlotter running, my phone dropped from 100%, down to 40% in 8 hours of standby (remember, the phone is suppose to have around 220 hours in standby, based on my 8 hours for 60% drain, that would mean around 11 hours for a full drain in standby). I disabled JuicePlotter the following day (while leaving JuiceDefender enabled, free version though) and from a 100% charge, it dropped down to 90% after the same 8 hours of standby. Perhaps still a fairly large drop (that would work out to around 80 hours of standby), but considering the combination of apps I am using are bound to lower battery life a bit, and the fact that my battery is probably not fully conditioned yet, JuicePlotter essentially lowered my battery lifetime to roughly 1/8th of what it was without it.
Now, for my must-get apps:AppBrain
- Makes it super easy to manage apps, you can browse it with your computer and save an app you want, then sync your phone with your AppBrain account and get those apps. You can also browse it like the normal Android Market.Astrid
- Task scheduler/manager.K-9 Mail
- Much better than the stock mail apps, you can manage multiple accounts from various providers with ease.Timeriffic
- Easily set times for your phones ringer to be disabled and many other things (sleep times, so you are not woken in the middle of the night by a random phone call).Dolphin Browser HD
- Great browser....supports up to 8 tabs and tons of other features.Battery Indicator
- Only bother if your phone does not easily display the % charge (such as the Droid X)Quick Settings OR Dazzle
- Dazzle is a Widget-only app that can instantly toggle (one-touch) Wifi, Bluetooth, Ringer, airplane mode, data sync and screen brightness. It has a GPS control but it takes you to the settings (due to widget limitations). Quick Settings is an app that does the same basic thing, but you must open the app first. Being a Droid X users, I have a widget called Power Control which does all of the above except ringer and airplane mode control, as a trade-off, being a Motorola widget, it CAN toggle GPS without going through the system settings.
If anyone has suggestions to replace my above list please feel free to tell me, I am quite new to the Android market and have no clue what the absolute best apps for things are.