Thousands of phone apps are available, but what 3 do you really need?

Summary:We constantly hear how many thousands of applications the Apple App Store has available, yet the quantity of apps and the race to the bottom mean little to me personally. While choice is nice, there are probably too many applications available for people to even begin to find all the best and filter through the junk. Steve Litchfield posted an article over at All About Symbian talking about how most people can probably have a great mobile experience with just a few selected apps rather than loading hundreds and hundreds of them on their phone. I consider myself something of a power user and generally have 25 to 35 apps and games loaded on my devices. Can you get by with just 3 apps and if so, what are they?

We constantly hear how many thousands of applications the Apple App Store has available, yet the quantity of apps and the race to the bottom mean little to me personally. While choice is nice, there are probably too many applications available for people to even begin to find all the best and filter through the junk. Steve Litchfield posted an article over at All About Symbian talking about how most people can probably have a great mobile experience with just a few selected apps rather than loading hundreds and hundreds of them on their phone. I consider myself something of a power user and generally have 25 to 35 apps and games loaded on my devices. However, if you take away games I too think I could easily get by and perform what I need to with just a few quality apps. Steve listed his three Symbian apps as Gravity, Google Maps, and Opera Mini. Take a look below to see what my selections are for each mobile operating system I have used and then chime in with the three you find essential.

Symbian

  1. Gravity (Twitter app)
  2. Quickoffice
  3. Mail For Exchange

Apple iPhone

  1. Echofon (Twitter app)
  2. Quickoffice
  3. Laridian PocketBible

Windows Mobile

  1. Spb Mobile Shell
  2. Twikini or PockeTwit
  3. Bing

Google Android

  1. Touchdown (Exchange client)
  2. Twidroid (Twitter app)
  3. Documents To Go

BlackBerry

  1. UberTwitter (Twitter app)
  2. Gmail
  3. Pandora

Palm WebOS

  1. Tweed (Twitter app)
  2. Pandora
  3. Evernote

Keep in mind that these are all 3rd party applications and that there are plenty of apps and utilities loaded by default in the operating system on each device. For example, native Office apps are present in Windows Mobile and an outstanding web browser is present on the iPhone so no 3rd party app is needed in these cases.

Topics: Hardware, Apps, Mobility, Operating Systems, Smartphones, Social Enterprise, Software, Telcos

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Matthew Miller started using a mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host with GigaOM's Kevin Tofel on the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned over 200 d... Full Bio

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