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Tuffphones Top 15 Android Apps - Part 3

Hello and welcome to the third and final part of our 'Top 15 Android Apps' series. So far we've had a rundown of apps 15 through 6, and these final five are some of my favourite so far.

So, without further ado, here they are...

  1. Astro File Manager / Browser

    This app is, basically, a phone organiser which lets you access your files and content – such as music, movies, documents and photos – from one easy-to-navigate system. You can also check anything you might have saved up in the 'cloud' through Dropbox, SkyDrive, Box or Google Drive, if you use those services.

    Supporting over 11 languages and more than 40 million downloads, as well as 345,000 different reviews, this is an app that has stood the test of android time.

    You can download Astro File Manager from the Google Play Store.

  2. WhatsApp Messenger

    "WhatsApp Messenger is a smartphone messenger available for Android and other smartphones." This is the description taken from the Google play store, which basically says it all.

    Using your phone’s 3G connection or Wi-Fi – when available – you can message your friends and family to your heart's content. This includes picture messages, video messages and audio notes.

    There aren’t any hidden costs associated with sending MMS-style messages, and for the first year, the app is completely free. After this time you will be charged 0.99 USD annually for access to the service, which – as luck would have it – is only approximately the same price as a standard MMS message anyway, so why wouldn't you use this fantastic app?

    The app taps into your handset’s contacts list so there is very little to set up. Plus, if any of your buddies are using WhatsApp, it'll automatically connect the pair of you, so there’s no need to add in all of your contacts.

    To get WhatsApp Messenger on your phone, free of charge for the first year, download it from the Google Play Store.

  3. BBC News

    Like many people out there in today's world, I like to make sure I’m up to date with the latest news. Ear to the ground, finger on the button and all that jazz. That's why one of the very first things I do in the morning (after checking my weather app – thanks WeatherPro), is access BBC News for Android.

    With access to the BBC news feeds via 3G and Wi-Fi, it is possible to remain up to date with the latest headlines. Another useful feature is the ability to add, remove and reorganise news categories to suit your preferences – and – if you don't have time to read a full news piece, you can save it to the device for further offline reading at a later date.

    The BBC News app is currently free over at the Google Play store, so it's worth a download if you like to keep up to date with the latest happenings.

  4. Wikipedia

    "I am addicted to Wikipedia!" There, I said it... and it’s true, I am addicted to Wikipedia. I am a huge pub-quiz nut; I love it, and Wikipedia tends to be my largest source of 'general knowledge'.

    There are a few useful features with the Wikipedia app, such as the ability to save to offline reading. The 'share' feature is also very handy.

    There isn’t really much I can add as the app speaks for itself. All I know is I couldn't live without it.

    Pick up the Wikipedia app, free of charge, at the Google play store.

  5. Hill Climb Racing

    A lot of us out there work hard – probably harder than we should do sometimes – and while it is great to go home at the end of the day feeling satisfied with what we might have achieved, it is also great to sit back and relax.

    This is where Hill Climb Racing comes in. A free game, which often gets updated with new levels and vehicles to ride in, it’s physics-based driving where you attempt to get as far as you can along the course without flipping the vehicle and landing on the driver’s head or running out of fuel. It's a lot more addictive than it sounds!

    In my opinion, the best of the game’s ‘features’ is that it’s free! So head on over to the Google play store and take a look.

    Well, that's it – the third and final piece in our Tuffphones Top 15 Mobile Apps collection. We hope that you have found something interesting here that might be of use to you. If you have any apps that you'd like to see added to a future list then please let us know. Also, please remember that you can visit Tuffphones for any of your rugged, waterproof and tough mobile phone needs.