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By d14b0ll0s, Senior Member on 11th July 2012, 12:53 AM
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Best (and worst) apps for the TF700 Infinity

Because of the max. length of a single post I had to remove some links, so use search in the Playstore whenever a name without a link is given.

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I'm leaving the old list below, but I URGE YOU to consider using Free Software, without gapps and Playstore closed-source apps. Please have a look at and

Let's share our finds here. My rather messy list was edited by Chief Geek who, apart from having a cool nickname, made it look MUCH better, so remember to hit THANKS here (and, if you feel like it, below).

• I/O scheduler: sio for .21 & .22 firmware (Requires Root), cfq (default) for .26 firmware <-- managed through ATP Tweak, see my other thread on rooting and tweaks for the Infinity
• CPU governor (stock kernel so far): interactive (default)
^^ both managed by ATP Tweak (version for the Prime) and No-Frills CPU Control or other similar app bundled; many prefer paid SetCPU for advanced settings and schedules

ROM Toolbox (for rooted users) ROM Manager, App Manager, Root File Browser and more.
CatLog Logcat Reader.
SManager Make, edit or simply manage your .sh scripts (you can set it to run as root and/or at the boot time).

Terminal Emulator
Terminal IDE

Volume+ Make your device sound LOUDER (you can register here to get the full version for free, but if it helps, support the developer). With a simple fix you can get it to work with PowerAmp too. And remember to change the audio device in the system audio settings to Volume+!
Equalizer Advanced equalizer app and widget (you need to buy a key to save presets).
Around Sound Make the sounds of a certain loudness in your surrounding pause your music or movie when needed.

FxCamera A more advanced version of camera software than the stock one.

WiFi Analyzer
GPS Test

SwitchMe (Requires Root) Adds multi-user capabilities to your device (although switching users = reboot, so remember to use fast switching in order to speed it up a bit; the free version doesn't support password protection).
Power Switch The virtual SmartCover for any Android device.
• See this thread for soft "screen off" button, controlling your device by waving the hand and more.

Web Browsers
Chrome A popular browser by Google, although no flash and no H/W acceleration on the Infinity. Be aware that setting some permissions in the browser lets Google collect all omnibox data.
Opera Mobile Light, fast and secure, but not optimised for the Infinity (yet?).
Firefox Beta It is buggy in regard to add-ons, but gives some really cool opportunities like ad-blocking.
OverSkreen ($2.49) Is a must have for multi taskers. It allows you to place several browser windows on the screen at once, much like a window GUI; uses the stock browser AFAIK. Have a look at some other floating apps here.
Dolphin Has had some serious privacy issues, so personally I won’t use it anymore.
Boat Browser Another browser with privacy issues.
Maxthon Mobile Browser A somewhat new and lesser know browser that is designed specifically for tablets and ideally for 10" screens.

AdAway (Requires Root) One of several proven ad blockers.
AdFree (Requires Root) Another great ad blocker.

Be aware of USB debugging security threats, like this one.
Pocket (former Wallet) Store all your passwords encrypted in one place.
KeePass For storing passwords securely. Try also its Windows client (download Pro ed.).

B-Folders Secure Organizer Secure organiser with syncing capabilities.
File Locker Encrypt files or directories and use some advanced features for free.
BoxCryptor Encrypt your cloud data.

Seal (Paid) With Seal you can protect any application with a password or a pattern easily, so nobody but you can open them.
App Protector (7-day trial, then paid) ^ Another solution for app-locking.

LBE Privacy Guard (officially unsupported, but .apk can be download from devs' website, there should be a translated non-lite version to be found as well)
DroidWall Android firewall (use with caution).
WiFi Protector (Free for XDA users) Protection from ARP spoofing.
DroidSheep Guard -- || --

Cerberus One of the popular theft-protection apps (unless you prefer ASUS Device Tracker, which may be a bad idea).

Anti-virus software, malware protection, anti-theft (sometimes bundled with firewall):
BitDefender Mobile Security & Antivirus
Lookout Security & Anti-Virus
AVG Anti-Virus Free
avast! Mobile Security
TrustGo Antivirus & Mobile Security

(eBook|PDF|various) Readers
Perfect Viewer (a picture viewer) with its PDF Plugin is in fact almost perfect - the favourite of many (myself included) for reading purposes, but lacks the option to edit documents. It's (ad-)free by default (donation-ware), so if you like it, be sure to donate.
RepliGo PDF Reader ($1.99) is a fast PDF reader with annotating features (very fast rendering and nice UI, but also seems to be giving me some random reboots).
iAnnotate PDF Reader is another great PDF reader. Not as good as RepliGo, but free is good.
ezPDF Reader Probably the most advanced pdf reader for Android, but sometimes painfully slow.
Solo PDF Reader The simple (and fast) solution.

Stock MyLibrary seems pretty cool after the update (but very slow in rendering pdfs, esp. those consisting of images)

Aldiko Is the old stand by that many use. Popular and proven.
Cool Reader
Mantano Reader Lite (= free version)

CamScannerHD and Handy Scanner. Trial versions of two document scanners. Take photos of whatever you wish and turn them into pdf documents. See what timrock has to say about it.
ComicRack For reading your eComics.

Office Suites
KingSoft Arguably the best (free) office suite for an Android tablet, works pretty well on the Infinity.
OfficeSuite Pro ($14.99) Certainly not free, but probably the best office suite available for Android.

Calendars and Tasks
Wizz widget (transparent)
Touch Calendar Free
Android Pro Widgets

Evernote A powerful app for taking notes and managing tasks.
Astrid Tasks Task Manager with Synchronisation to Google, nice features like repeating tasks, unfortunately there is only a small widget in the free edition, but apart of that it is brilliant. By inviting 3 people on a shared list, you can unlock the premium one.
Todo List Widget

Media Players & Entertainment
If you experience problems with DTS (sound system) or codecs in general, see this post.
BSPlayer Plays most formats and supports H/W decoding (even has its own H/W decoder, apart from the default one).
MX Player
VLC Player


TuneIn Radio A cool radio app that allows you to search for your favourite songs and stream the radio that's playing them.

IMDb frontend Allows you to see what movies are out there these days. Looks really good on the Infinity.

SoundHound Get to know what's that song heard on the radio or on the street that just rings a bell, but doesn't ring it enough for you to get to remember.
TrackID Another similar app with a very funny comment in Playstore by one of the users saying it changed his life, as it helped him find a girlfriend and a job

File Managers
Solid Explorer Beta II A somewhat new player, but is getting great feedback.
Total Commander Old PC classic reborn.
Astro File Manager
Root Explorer

Remote Management
AirDroid Lets you manage (and even push) files to your Infinity over WiFi and much, much more. Comes with an Android-like GUI for PC, but works only in horizontal mode.
WiFi File Explorer

uTorrent Remote

Also note that Splashtop Remote HD comes with your Infinity for free by default and can be found through MyCloud app (-> MyDesktop).

Cloud Storage
See also info on BoxCryptor in the "Security" section.
Wuala Secure cloud storage with reliable encryption (remember not to lose your key or password).
DropBox Probably the front leader in Android realm for mobile cloud storage, although there are some security concerns against it.
Ubuntu One Files Another cross-platform client, originally for Ubuntu Linux distro.
Google Drive New app, but no stranger to the cloud service world. Some having issues, which is expected for new apps.
Asus Cloud Already on your device, but if you want to use with your other Android devices.

News & Information
Tablified Market HD An app for even more apps! (tablet-specific, updated)

Zinio Free app that allows you to access a mix of free and paid media.
BBC News Reader My personal favourite.
Pulse News Another news reader.
Google Currents
Reader HD (Paid) Reader compatiple RSS reader that follows the Android Design Guidelines. Has Dark and Light themes as well as magazine and list views. Finally articles can be mobilized with all popular services. This has replaced pulse, flipboard, and currents for me. (psych2l)

See my initial thoughts on keyboards on the bottom of this post.
In case of problems with diacritics when docked, be sure to use KLSwitcher for setting your locale.
You can also try External Keyboard Helper Pro for custom layouts.

TouchPal Free but skins cost. A favorite KB. You may have to switch back to default KB when docking.
SwiftKey Tablet ($3.99) This KB has a large following. It’s proven to be a wonderful tablet specific keyboard that permits to do standard layout or even “thumb” style with a gap in middle. Very customizable. There is a free trial available.
Hacker's Keyboard is a popular one for anyone that finds themselves commonly fighting to type syntax.
Lots Of Other Tablet Keyboards To Try!

Resource Management
Tasker (Paid) Control everything you need in your tablet by automatic triggers, actions, tasks, etc.

Elixir 2 - Widgets Includes a popular info bar widget.
HD Widgets ($1.99) Nice weather and clock widget(s) and some others.

[you can have a look at my thread on battery life if it is your concern]
Dual Battery Widget For those with the Keyboard Dock
Battery Widget? Reborn! (BETA)
Battery Monitor Widget This one isn't very pretty, but it shows %/h drain or charge in real time, which is very cool when you're monitoring your battery usage.
JuiceDefender series (Free-$$) The JD series offers a lot of different products. Some free, some cost. JuiceDefender Ultimate costs, but offers a lot of crazy settings for really maxing your battery life.

Tablet CPU Usage Monitor ($0.99) is designed to give good feedback from dual and quad core devices.
System Tuner
System Monitor

PrintHand Mobile Print (Paid) Print from your device directly via WiFi or Bluetooth without a computer.

Any Cut This application allows you to put shortcuts to the Home screen of your Android device. You can for example create a shortcut for the quick dialing of a certain number, sending an SMS, or even changing your hidden proxy settings. Unfortunately, looks really bad on the FHD screen.

Communications & Sharing
Irssi Connectbot A modified version of the popular ConnectBot SSH client for Android optimised for the Transformer series.

tTorrent Lite (comes with ridiculous restrictions) / tTorrent Pro (paid version / no restrictions)

Friendcaster Alternative Facebook client (a little less privacy risk).
CSipSimple VoIP Client with nice integration.

mysms (Free) Remote SMS for Tablets.
SyncSMS (Paid)
Tablet Talk (Paid)

Titanium Backup (uses gzip and HyperShell)
There are "pro" paid versions of both ^^

Launchers & (G)UI
Reports on crashes with some launchers. These will likely disappear over time as they update to solve issues.
Some people, including myself, see lags while using the stock launcher and docked, so a custom launcher might help in this department.
Apex No. 1 for many.
Nova Launcher The fastest on the Infinity, but most crashes too so far.
Go Launcher HD For Tablets/Pads
CircleLauncher Light

SPB Shell 3D
ADWLauncher EX

GUI add-ons / changes:
• Add some gesture functionality to your launcher / UI, e.g. through GMD GestureControl.
Simple Text-Text Icon Creator
Minimalistic Text
The Icon Ultimate Themer's dream with free and paid access to many different icon styles. It's cheaper to get them from the app than his store, and you can get high-res tablet friendly versions of the icon by long pressing on each. I suggest checking out the metro and project glass icons, they look great. (psych2l)
1Tap Quick Bar "Fastest way to start your task" (try the Power Toggles alternatively)

A separate thread discusses games for the Infinity in detail.
(BTW, it seems that the same game at the same time may be cheaper in Google Play than in TegraZone, so be sure to double-check)

Apps to avoid (causing bootloops etc.)Remove some stock bloatware, too, if you don't need it.

Also, try avoiding NTFS on your external storage
in general if you intend to connect it to the Infinity.


Some other interesting apps:

Dictionary / encyclopedia app: ColorDict seems to be a reasonable choice (default in RepliGo).

• Both TubeMate and FREEdi YouTube Downloader let you download YouTube videos to your device.

Lux For setting (auto)brightness. Some like it, I find it annoying and not fully compatible with brightness setting in notifications area. Alternatively, you may try Screen Filter, I haven't tried it, as I've done some brightness tweaks manually instead.

Google Sky Map If you've always wanted to name the stars you're looking at just as they do in the movies, you can now have your try with a little help on Google's side.


There's also App Market for Adults out there (and for adults only).


Summary of our other discussions here:
I) Some of my (initial) thoughts on keyboards moved to another post.
II) Various browsers reported to be working faster with browser2ram, but makes them more prone to data loss (cache, history, open tabs).
III) MartyHulskemper's favourite apps here:
IV) KilerG's list of Android apps here:

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11th July 2012, 01:07 AM |#2  
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Ermmmm keep it on balanced rather than performance lags less.

And is it just me or I just run into you every time ?

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11th July 2012, 01:18 AM |#3  
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Originally Posted by ray3andrei

Ermmmm keep it on balanced rather than performance lags less.

And is it just me or I just run into you every time ?

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I remember running into you numerous times, but it's probably not you, it's me having holiday and spending evenings on xda forums ;D
11th July 2012, 01:23 AM |#4  
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Originally Posted by d14b0ll0s

Let's share our finds here. My list of "best for X on the Infinity":

a) I/O scheduler (after rooting): sio
[b) CPU governor (default kernel so far): interactive (default)] <-- both managed by No-frills and ATP Tweak bundled
c) web browser: Dolphin Browser (I like Chrome, but it doesn't support H/W acceleration on TF700) [any reason why FireFox isn't available for the Infinity, btw??]
d) (fastest) PDF reader: RepliGo Reader (2nd place: iAnnotate PDF)
e) e-book reader: Cool Reader & Aldiko (stock MyLibrary is fine for epubs too)
f) Office Suite: Kingsoft Office (because it's free and very good) or OfficeSuite Pro (because it's even better / more intuitive)
g) notes: SuperNote "bundled" with TF700
h) ADBLOCK (after rooting): AdAway (!!!)
i) video player: BSPlayer FREE (2nd: VPlayer, 3rd: MX Player because of UI, but it doesn't play most of my big movie files well enough) + MyNet for network multimedia of course
j) file manager: Total Commander (+ stock file manager sometimes); WiFi File Explorer for remote management within your WiFi network
k) cloud storage: I'm used to Dropbox, although I intend to try & ASUS cloud storage; not much luck with Google Drive though
l) press / news: Zinio & Press Reader seem fine; but I particularly like "BBC News" app
m) dictionary / encyclopedia app: not sure, I would like something well integrated into my Android, so far I've only tried ColorDict, as it was RepliGo's first choice I believe
n) keyboard: yet to try bunch of different keyboards next weekend [tried and liked the GO keyboard, but I didn't play well with the dock...]
o) battery management: GSam Battery Monitor (+ 2nd: Dual Battery Widget)
p) system management in general: not sure yet, I've "clicked through" System Tuner, System Monitor Lite and Tablet CPU Usage Monitor, they seem OK, but nothing special
q) calendar: the stock app + (stock?) Wizz calendar widget (transparent)
r) weather widget (& other widgets): HD Widgets [default Accuweather is OK, although it has some lame names for non-existing places]
s) music player: no preferences, I'm not using my tablet as mp3 player
t) torrents: tTorrent Pro (but because of the I/O issues I won't be using torrents too often on my Infinity)

+ games my win is Heroes Call THD, although be aware it tries to build its way through a clever micropayment system

+ other apps: Terminal Emulator (!)

Nice list! 8D

In answer to letter 'c'. I believe that FireFox doesn't officially support tablet layouts at this time. They state in the forums that you can try their nightly builds from their website in order to use it on tablets.

Also for letter 'j'. My favorite file explorer is Solid Explorer beta. Its pretty solid for a beta!
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11th July 2012, 03:16 AM |#5  
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Originally Posted by d14b0ll0s

j) file manager: Total Commander (+ stock file manager sometimes); WiFi File Explorer for remote management within your WiFi network

just tried this out and im liking it better than File Manager HD.
11th July 2012, 07:05 AM |#6  
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I made this: a while ago. It's a TON of Android apps that I use on a consistent basis. Try out any of those, some might help you out.
It was made for phones, but those apps should be just fine on the Infinity.
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We need a list of 1080p optimized games/apps. I would make one myself but I dont have the time to constantly update a list. Anyways I don't think any apps have been optimized for the infinitys resolution yet???

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Nice list, almost identical to what I'm using.

I'm also using Moviebrowser UPNP for all my series and movies management. Makes it much more fun to watch a serie or movie on the couch while the misses watches some drama show.

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11th July 2012, 10:19 AM |#9  
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Mynet for network media? I only find one app on the market and it's in some strange language. :P

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Regarding Dolphin Browser: are you guys using the good old Dolphin HD or the new beta version for tablets? I used the HD on my old Galaxy S along with extensions for LastPass and Xmarks, kept all passwords and bookmarks in sync.

Chrome has so far failed to impress me. It's laggy, scrolling before a page is completely loaded is almost impossible and it tends to be a bit wonky on zooming some pages.
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Mynet for network media? I only find one app on the market and it's in some strange language. :P

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I think MyNet is an Asus app that is already installed on your Infinity tablet.
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