Top 10 Student apps for Android

It’s that time of year folks, it’s the time parents love and kids hate… Back to school! We at TalkAndroid have compiled a nice list of apps that will be useful to any college student and may even help out a few high school kids as well. So with that being said, class is in session!

1. Fring

What’s the best way to stay connected with your family and friends who you left behind when you went off to school? A regular phone call is great, but it doesn’t get much better than a video call. Skype has typically been the go-to platform for video calls and VOIP calls in general, but seeing as it’s not supported on many devices, that sort of rules it out in my book.

Fring however works on essentially any Android phone with a camera (no front-facing camera is necessary.) Fring is free to download and works over 3G, 4G and wifi networks. You will want to watch your data usage or be on wifi if you’re going to be making a lot of video calls however.

Rate & download: Fring (Free)

2. Google Shopper

Are you getting the best price for that book you’re buying? What about those grocery items? Rest assured with Shopper. By using image recognition software, you can scan covers of books, CDs, DVDs, video games, etc etc and then be prompted with online sellers, local sellers and product info. You also have the ability to save your searches and share your searches. If for some reason the cover scan isn’t working, shopper also supports barcode scanning and voice searches as well.

Rate & download: Google Shopper (Free)

3. Evernote

One thing that practically every student has in common is the need to take notes of some kind. One of the best note-taking apps by far is Evernote. This award-winning app lets you remember and recall anything that happens in your life. From notes to ideas to snapshots to recordings, put everything into Evernote and it instantly synchronizes from your phone to the Web to your PC.

Rate & download: Evernote (Free)

4. Google Places

More often than not, going to college means going to a new and unfamiliar area. Where’s the nearest gas station? Laundromat? Restaurant? Google Places will point you in the right direction.

Rate & download: Google Places (Free)

Side note: If you’re just concerned about finding something to eat, then look no further than Urbanspoon. It allows you to search by your location, food type (Mexican, burgers, Italian, etc) and price.

Rate & download: Urbanspoon (Free)

5. Mint

As a college student, money is always tight. Even if you have a job while going to school, you’ve got to worry about rent, books, food, booze, loans (maybe), maybe a parking spot, etc etc. There are a LOT of things to keep track of for your monthly budget, and Mint for Android does a fantastic job of all of them. There really isn’t a better personal finance tool available for your phone or the web than Mint.com’s app for Android.

Rate & download: Mint (Free)

6. PhoneWeaver

You’re in a quiet classroom or in the library, and your phone goes off… forgot to silence it. You rise in the morning and your phone is dead… Google Maps with GPS was left in the background, killing your battery life. You wake your phone in the middle of the night to check the time and are instantly blinded… forgot to turn down the brightness. It’s quite annoying, no?

PhoneWeaver for Android fixes all of these things for you. Set up a GPS trigger so that when you walk into your library (or other school building) your phone automatically goes to silent mode. Trigger options are manual, location, agenda (time based) and connection (charging for example). Feel free to read our PhoneWeaver review

Rate & download: PhoneWeaver ($6.99)

7. Kaka Flashcards

One of the most important things in a majority of classes is memorization. Be it words, definitions, formulas, elements, etc etc Memorizing these things has become a major part of education. One of the most common ways for students to learn this information is creating flash cards. Well not everyone wants to carry around a stack of 3x5in cards. That’s where this app comes to the rescue. It allows you to download flashcards from a variety of subjects, or you can create your own.

Rate & download: Kaka Flashcards (Free)

8. doubleTwist

Obviously music plays a big part in your college life. Whether it’s putting together a great party playlist, or just a few mellow songs for studying, having an easy way to manage the music on your phone is as important as ever. But have you ever tried using the built in music player on your Android device to sync your music with your computer? Not very good is it? That’s what I thought. Enter doubleTwist.

doubleTwist is arguably one of the best media applications for syncing your music with your Android phone. Not only will it import your iTunes playlists, but it syncs ratings, playcounts and even your podcasts.

Rate & download: doubleTwist (Free)

9. Dropbox

Do you hate having to hook your phone up to your computer just to put music on it? What about if you typed up some notes on your phone and want to send the file to your computer, what’s the easiest way to get it there? Normally you’d have to email yourself or use the USB cable. But there’s a far easier way, using Dropbox for Android.

Dropbox for Android creates a Dropbox folder on your microSD card. Any files you put there will be sent to your Dropbox “cloud” which all of your devices (your phone & computer usually) will sync to. This makes it incredibly easy to share files across multiple devices. Just a note though, is that it’s a little easier to create a Dropbox account on your computer, instead of from your phone.

Rate & download: Dropbox (Free)

10. Android Agenda Widget

Obviously the life of a student is full of scheduling. Class at 2pm, then a study group at 4pm, followed up with intramural kickball at 6pm and finally you have that date at 9pm. But how do you keep track of it all? Are you old school and write things on paper? Well if you are, you won’t be for long.

The Android Agenda Widget is a fantastic widget which easily puts your days activities within a fingertips reach. It can sync from a variety of different calendars (not just Google’s) and it displays them beautifully on your desktop. The widget itself is very customizable and has ten different sizes to choose from. So it’ll have a display option to fit even the pickiest of users. As a bonus for you LauncherPro or ADW launcher users, your widget will even be scrollable.

Rate & download: Android Agenda Widget (Free)

BONUS!

11. Class Buddy / Class Buddy Pro


One of the most difficult things in school to do is keep track of your grades and schedule. Now from what I’ve read about this app, the calendar isn’t that great at all, so use your calendar of choice and the Android Agenda Widget above.

What these apps are best at is keeping track of your terms/semesters, courses/classes, calculating cumlative gpa and class attendance. If that’s all you need, then Class Buddy is for you.

Rate & download: Class Buddy (Free)

So what will the “Pro” version of Class Buddy get you for $2.49? Probably the biggest thing missing in the non-pro version in my opinion and that’s the ability to keep track of individual grades on homework, quizes, tests etc. That will allow you to figure out your GPA “on the fly” during the course of your semester.

Rate & download: Class Buddy Pro ($2.49)

So there you have it, TalkAndroid’s Top 10 err… I mean top 11 student apps for Android. We hope you enjoyed our list and found some great new apps as a result. If you’ve been using any of these apps for a while, or you’d like to suggest a few more useful apps for students, let us know in the comments

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  • curse

    what is this “sync your music with your computer” thingy?

    When I want music on my phone, I connect it to my computer and copy some music over to the sdcard, the media player has nothing to do with it…

    “import your iTunes playlists” uhm.. oh yea.. so.. does anyone but iPhone users really use iTunes?

  • http://techthirst.com Anuj Ahooja

    Class Buddy [Pro] looks pretty awesome. Thanks for the list!

  • Kittie

    Thanks for the List~

  • http://protoscholar.com Rebecca
  • GoogleDroid

    Google Places now comes as a built in app w/ Google Maps. If you download that, Places is added automatically, you don’t have to add it as a separate app.

  • scott posilkin

    woah man nice list. especially that calendar widget

  • http://mobilereviews.org mobile reviews

    Thats true, the new built in Google Apps, do not require to be added separately. However, as far as the third party tools are concerned, Google has no other option. The Dropbox, and the weaver apps add to such a list.

  • burnhead_it

    Guys, you really should try StudiPlaner. It helps to organize my student’s courses and semester with lot’s of features I like. One feature is my favourite, post a course on facebook:)

  • http://www.flashcardmakerpro.com Jeffrey Austin White

    I recommend Flash Card Maker Pro. I use Flash Card Maker Pro to teach my 6 year old daughter how to read and do math problems. This is the only flash card application that is optimized for Android pads, tablets, and mobile phones. Flash Card Maker Pro uses advanced gesturing and text-to-speech capability providing a fully interactive experience for users of all ages. This multi-sensory teaching tool uses all pathways of learning (visual, auditory, kinesthetic or seeing, hearing, touching) simultaneously, in order to enhance memory and learning. Use Flash Card Maker Pro on your Android phone or tablet to teach children how to read and do math, to help students study for exams, or to prepare for an upcoming presentation.

    Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand. (Chinese Proverb)

    Recycle your old paper flash cards and download the latest digital version today! Flash Card Maker Pro has the following highlighted features:

    1. Create Your Own Flash Cards
    2. Share Flash Cards with Other Users
    3. Download Decks of Cards from Developer Website
    4. Text-to-speech Audio Playback
    5. Built-in Study Timer
    6. Randomize or Change Order of Playback
    7. Swap Question and Answer
    8. Change Card Colors and Text Size
    9. Navigate Between Cards using Touch Gestures
    10. Backup Database to SD Card

  • Clarence Simpson

    Class Buddy is really great, but one cool alternative is GradeWizard. GradeWizard is all about grade/GPA tracking and prediction. So if you don’t care about all the scheduling and reminders that Class Buddy offers, GradeWizard might be a better bet.

  • http://www.aptsdenver.com Denver Rent

    Deference to article author , some fantastic selective information .

  • Sophie

    I previously used AnkiDroid and FlashcardsBuddy (which is not listed), but now I found a new app that has been released recently. It’s called Flashcard Expert and provides not only the usual stuff, but has some really new features. The coolest feature is that you can define lots of attributes for a cardset (like a database) and you can design a template how the flashcard shall be presented. So you do not just have a front and a back side (and maybe a comment site) but you can have 10 or more (logical) sides – each side spoken in a different language, presented with a different font or having multiple images!
    In addition you can provide custom labels which you can assign to your cards. This is a bit different from the typical Leitner system, but it’s quite flexible. It’s more than a typical flashcard app. I love it.

    Sophie