20 Android Apps: Our Favorites
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While Google Maps may come bundled with almost every Android phone, it is still an app, and an extremely useful one at that. You can use Google Maps to find nearby restaurants and businesses, as well as to look up their contact numbers and then dial them up straight from the app. When you’re done making reservations, you can get directions from your current location. Unfortunately, the turn-by-turn directions aren’t automatic, but a simple button press between steps is reasonably straightforward. The iPhone has essentially the same app with the addition of multi-touch zooming (although the Android version could get this feature in a future update). Windows Mobile devices have several choices for applications with similar functionality, but they tend to be slightly less polished, lacking the luster of the Google Maps interface.