Best Nexus 4 apps

Top 10 Tony Crammond 14:40, Jul 12 2013

We take a look at some of the best apps for the Nexus 4

The Nexus 4 may have been around for almost a year now but the device is still up there with the best on the market in so many ways. The 1.5GHz quad-core Krait processor can handle any task you throw at it and the device feels reassuringly sturdy in the hand -- and those are just two of its many redeeming features.

Now that the device has been around a while, we’ve had a chance to get an idea of what the really essential apps for the Nexus 4 are so we thought we’d put together our top five to help you get the most from your Nexus.

Instagram

All right haters, it's time to jump on the Instagram train. 

Instagram has more than 130 million users and it's the best way to discover and share your photos with friends. Sure, the filters aren't for everyone but the visual nature of the service can really serve a different purpose than something like Facebook or Twitter.

Instagram also just added video sharing too, so it's even more interesting for you who are visually-inclined.

Download Instagram for the Nexus 4 here.

Google Drive

The Nexus 4 is definitely a great phone but some of you may feel a bit constrained because you can't expand the memory. Well, Google Drive is likely the right app for you because this gives you additional storage in the cloud. 

With Google Drive on your Nexus 4, you'll have access to all your files with the tap of a few buttons. You can upload photos to the cloud, as well as download them to your handset. It can automatically sync with your device if you want it to. 

If you're a heavy Google user, you should be using Google Drive. Google is unifying the storage across Google+ Photos, Gmail and Drive, so you can get up to 15GB of free storage. The Google Drive app itself will give you 5GB of storage if you don't use the other ones. 

BeFunky

Let's be honest: the Nexus 4 doesn't have the greatest camera around but if you download and use the BeFunky app, you can create some stunning shots. 

The BeFunky app is a free photo editing app and the reason I'm choosing this one over the plethora of others is that it's very simple to pick up and use. You don't really have to know a lot about saturation or hues, you can just tap a few buttons and create beautiful shots. If you want to get into it, BeFunky also lets you dive deep into the photo muck. 

The BeFunky app also lets you do things like add filters to your pictures, throw on text, and it's extremely simple to share your photos via email, Facebook, Twitter and other avenues. 

Vine

Vine app hits Android
Vine app hits Android

The Vine app just came out to Android in the last few weeks and it has rocketed to the top of the charts for a reason: People love to create these fun, short videos. 

Vine was developed by Twitter and this app allows you to create seven-second videos that can be easily shared. These videos loop like GIFs and they doesn't have to be continuous footage, so you can let your creativity run wild.

The Vine app is free and it's very simple to share your clips through Twitter.  
Evernote

Free

Best apps for NExus 7
Best apps for NExus 7

The Evernote app is one of my favorite ways to keep track of your notes and it fits well with the highly-portable Nexus 7 tablet.

Evernote lets you easily and quickly take notes on your Nexus 7 through text, images and voice. These notes will sync to your Evernote account on the Web and you can access those notes via a browser, through a computer app or on your Android or iPhone. You can even email notes to a specific address to have it filed with your account. 

Evernote works on the freemium model and if you want offline access and extra storage space, you may have to pay for the yearly subscription. Still, I think most of you will be just fine with the free versions.

Download Evernote for the Nexus 7 here.

Hangouts

Free

The Hangouts app for the Nexus 7 is one of the best ways to unify all of your Google-centric communications. 

The Hangouts app was introduced at the Google I/O conference and it allows you to combine your Google+ chats, GTalk, Hangouts and more into a single app. With the Hangouts app, you can do one-on-one chats, group discussions and even live video chats with multiple people. 

The Hangouts app also lets you send pictures, emojis and a lot of other things. The cool thing about the Hangouts app is that it's available on Android and iOS, so you can use your Nexus 7 to chat with your friends on iPhone or iPad. 

Download Google Hangouts for the Nexus 7 here.

RunKeeper for Nexus 4

Free

Runkeeper Pro screenshots
Runkeeper Pro screenshots

RunKeeper is billed as "the personal trainer in your pocket," and not only uses a GPS to track your runs, walks or cycle routes, it keeps a record of calories burned and your progress on your fitness journey. The app can be used with a variety of peripheral sensors to measure your heart rate and even allows you to add photos you’ve taken with your Nexus 4 to your route map, giving you physical landmarks to watch out for.

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