I recently posted some of my experiences with 11 applications I installed from the Android Market on my evaluation T-Mobile G1 and was pleased with most all of those selected applications. I just received my own purchased black G1 today, do not buy the brown one or you won't be able to see the keyboard in most lighting conditions, and understand that the Android Market was reset for launch. Applications are appearing over time, but I was quite disappointed to find that key applications I enjoyed using were not there yet. These include the video player, PacMan, Android Says, and QuickList.
There are some good applications available at the moment, including Plusmo's College and Pro Football applications (that have been greatly improved since I last tried them), Shazam, iSkoot, WikiMobile, and The Weather Channel.
While you are waiting for the Android Market to come back up all the way and for more applications to be added, I thought readers may like to know about some applications that you can download and install directly from the internet without using the Android Market. First go into your Settings>Applications screen and check the box labeled Unknown sources and then tap OK. This will allow you to install applications outside the Android Market, but be aware this does post some risk for your device.
Here are the applications I found off the Android Market that you may want to try:
- TwitRoid, Twitter client
- ContactSync, Sync your contacts with an Exchange server
- Android iTunes Remote, Control your iTunes library wirelessly
TwitRoid lets you connect to your Twitter account, view updates, post updates, post replies, send direct messages, post photos, and search Twitter. It actually seems to be a pretty good mobile application. It seems you can only view the last 20 Tweets that were posted in your subscribed feed and I haven't found any way to view more.
If you want to tinker you can also try searching Google for Android .apk and see what other applications you might turn up and try out. I tried downloading many others, but they wouldn't run on my G1. Anyone have any links to some good applications you have found off the Android Market?