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Android essentials: The first 12 apps I install on every phone

Sep 14, 2013, 18:00 (1 Talkback[s])

As a guy who writes about and reviews mobile technology, I use a lot of Android devices. And I've noticed a consistent pattern with what apps I load onto a phone first -- whether it's a personal phone I'm planning to use long-term or a review unit I'm moving into for a few weeks.

While they're far from being the only apps I rely on, these 12 titles are the first I tend to install on every phone I use these days -- the bare minimum I need to have a phone be workable as my primary device:

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