25 Essential Android Apps for Science Nuts

If you are a science nut, then you might already be attached to your Android at the hip. Unlike the iPhone, Android’s processing capabilities allow it to keep its current state when you switch to another app — even independent apps — without losing information. In the following list of twenty-five essential Android apps for science nuts, we tapped a few science-minded friends to learn more about their favorite apps.

The following list is categorized, the links are filed alphabetically within those categories, and each link leads to download pages from a variety of resources. These tools can lighten you bag, save time and provide essential geek essence.

Android Tools

  1. Save MMS: Save photos, audio and video from your MMS text messages directly to your memotry card.
  2. WiFi OnOff: This free app allows you to enable or disable your WiFi with one click. Uses only a single home screen cell space.
  3. WiSyncPlus: This app provides ultimate control over synchronization and power savings for your Android phone. Control and schedule all WIFI and cellular data access and limit Google’s core services to save battery life.

Class/Office Tools

  1. Documents to Go 2.0: Use this free app to view and use Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe PDF files and to create, view, edit, save and send attachments while maintaining 100 percent of the original file format.
  2. Droid Scan: For less than a cup of coffee, you can turn your mobile device into a portable document scanner. Droid Scan also uses perspective correction to help you take a photo of a whiteboard from any angle. After you shoot the whiteboard (figuratively), share your shot via email, Picassa or SMS.
  3. iReader: This app is the most full-featured ebook reader for Android. Use it to read books and PDF files on your phone.
  4. Speaking Pad: Why settle for a regular notepad when you can have one that speaks while you type? Not great a lecture, however.
  5. StudyDroid: This free app allows you to create unlimited packs of flash cards on your phone. Simply create a pack, add a card, fill out the front and back, and keeping adding cards as you need them. Mark a card as “known” and StudyDroid will keep track of your knowledge by displaying a percentage of known vs. unknown. Great tool to study for tests, certifications and licenses.
  6. Voice Recorder: This free app can save trees. Use it to record lectures, meetings and more and save the audio file and email it to yourself. You also can enable background recording so you can record AND take notes, but be aware that some users have complaints about sound quality with the background action.

Reference Tools

  1. ColorDict: This free dictionary app gets constant rave reviews across the Web as the best dictionary app on Android. The download is the only gripe…but it’s easy when you realize you need to install the software first, then download the data that fills the dictionary. You also can gain access to plugins, such as a thesaurus.
  2. Elements: A periodic table of the elements is a handy app for your science courses. Just click on an element to look up its melting point, appearance, atomic radius and more.
  3. HandyCalc: The best, free scientific calculator around.
  4. SciencePal: If you’re willing to part with a dollar, SciencePal offers elements as well as constants, polyatomic ions, solar system and nuclides in one easy-to-use app.
  5. Taber’s Medical Dictionary: An essential for medical students or clinicians, this download contains over 60,000 entries, 9,000 new and revised terms, 1,000 full-color illustrations and 30,000 audio pronunciations. You can add contents to your favorites for quick retrieval, too.


  1. Listen: Google Labs provides podcast search, subscribe, download and stream to your Android phone. You also can create a personalized audio-magazine filled with free shows and news stories while you listen (English only).
  2. Mother TED: If you’re addicted to TED, this app allows you to watch the latest TED videos based upon themes, talks and tags.


  1. Facebook: Stay connected, share status updates and do whatever you do on Facebook with this app.
  2. Google Buzz: Gain instant access to the mobile version of Google Buzz with this free app.
  3. Twidgit Lite: Stay updated with your Twitter feed with the ability to view the last twenty tweets, including reply and retweet functions.
  4. wpToGo: Blog away to multiple WordPress accounts using text, images, tags and categories. You also can view comments and post previews on the go.

Outside the Gates

  1. Cardar: Free up some gray matter with this app…you don’t need to remember where you’ve parked the car, because you can find it later with this app. Also includes driving directions from Google Maps.
  2. Ghost Radar: This portable app from Spud*Pickles is designed to detect paranormal activity by analyzing nearby energies; however, it does not detect EMF nor gravity. Geek factor is increased by the ability for the paranormal to speak, but you need to download the Eyes-Free Project’s Text-to-Speech extension.
  3. iMap Weather: If you live in a lab, when do you have time to look outside? This app will inform you about the weather through high-quality radar images, lightning strike information and severe weather notifications even when your phone is off.
  4. Metal Detector: This free app turns your phone into a metal detector (which is a great tool if you constantly lose your car keys). Great device, because it doesn’t pick up on aluminum.
  5. Where: Never get lost, find the closest coffee shop and stay on top of news with this app, which includes businesses, weather, traffic and headlines. Get it all in one app with Where.
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