Top 5 Android Apps for Power Users: Joe Edition

Brandon and Geoff have already shared their top five Android apps with you. If you missed their videos, it’s well worth your time to go back and take a look! Since I focus more on hacking, slashing, and pushing your Android past what it was designed to do, I thought I’d focus on my top five apps that are a must-have for any Android power-user — though if you don’t consider yourself part of that group you should still get quite a bit of utility out of what I’ll show you in my video. 1. ROM Manager (basic version: free; premium version: $4.99): If you are interested in flashing ROMs, recovery images, backing up your device, or any number of other low-level tasks, ROM Manager is the app for you. It takes much of the risk out of flashing your device, and makes the processes much easier — though for those of us who are used to doing things “the old way” this seems a lot like cheating. 2. Theme Chooser (free with CyanogenMod custom ROMs): T-Mobile created an awesome app for distributing with their phones called Theme Chooser. They later released it as opensource and the CyanogenMod team picked it up and included it in their custom ROMs. Using this app you can customize the look and feel of your Android-powered device. The app lets you install themes which can change a lot of the UI elements in the operating system including your status bar, icons, wallpapers, backgrounds, and even icon sets and widgets. 3. Launcher Pro and ADW Launcher EX (Launcher Pro: free

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