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10 best Android tools and utility apps

best Android tools and utility apps
One of the first immediately noticeable uses for an Android device is as a tool. Before all the games, keyboards, and productivity apps, people were finding ways to use their Android devices as a tool to make every day life easier and it’s still among the best reasons to own a smartphone. In this roundup, we’ll look at the best Android tools and utility apps.

AppLock One of the best ways to use your Android device is as a tool. In this roundup, we'll take a look at the best Android tools and utility apps.AppLock

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
First on our list is AppLock. This nifty security app helps you lock up the various parts of your device so that snoops, thieves, or curious kids can’t get to them. With it you can lock up content like SMS, contacts, Facebook, photo gallery, Google Play Store, settings, and calls. As the name implies, you can also lock up pretty much any app as well. There are several options available to lock up everything and it’s a great way to keep your phone private without having to relay on a lock screen lock.
Get it on Google Play
AppLock One of the best ways to use your Android device is as a tool. In this roundup, we'll take a look at the best Android tools and utility apps.

Clean Master - best Android tools and utility appsClean Master

[Price: Free]
Clean Master is an intensely popular application that is actually really useful. Whenever you install an Android app, it creates its own folder and leaves its data laying around. When you uninstall it, that data doesn’t necessarily go with it. Clean Master can help by finding and deleting that extra crap left behind by other apps. There’s also a built in app manager, task manager, and bare bones antivirus for those who would like to get all of those features in one place.
Get it on Google Play

dashlight best Android tools and utility appsDashLight

[Price: Free / $1.59]
There are plenty of flashlight apps out there but all pretty much do the same thing which is either light up your screen white so you can use it as a flashlight or activate your LED flash so you can use that as a flashlight. DashLight has an app, a widget for your homescreen, and DashClock Widget support so you can access your camera on your lock screen if you have that set up. It’s permission friendly and it’s a solid option.
Get it on Google Play
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GasBuddy One of the best ways to use your Android device is as a tool. In this roundup, we'll take a look at the best Android tools and utility apps.GasBuddy

[Price: Free]
GasBuddy is a helpful application that keeps you appraised of the gas prices in your area. This is incredibly helpful when you’re looking for the cheapest gas in your area. It’s also great for people taking road trips and need to find gas stations on their route. The interface is simple and the information is crowd sourced so if you find a gas station with the wrong price listed, you can change it to make it right for the next group of people. It’s also totally free.
Get it on Google Play

google goggles best Android tools and utility appsGoogle Goggles

[Price: Free]
Google Goggles is an underrated tool that pretty much everyone could use. Some very basic uses include reading barcodes and QR codes which we’ve seen increase in number over the years. You can also use it to look at things like landmarks, artwork, and other media and products to help you figure out what it is. It’s not an everyday use kind of thing but it’s definitely something worth keeping in the app drawer for emergencies.
Get it on Google Play

Google Translate -best Android tools and utility appsGoogle Translate

[Price: Free]
Google Translate is the best translation app hands down. With it you can type in words and have them translated on the fly. You can also have it set to voice mode and it will translate spoken word in real time which can be very helpful for travelers on the go. The latest feature to get baked into Google Translate is the ability to point your camera at foreign text and have it translated. This is great for travelers and it’s good for local events like going out to eat at that fancy foreign restaurant with the menus you can’t read. It’s worth having in the app drawer all the time.
Get it on Google Play
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guitar tuner One of the best ways to use your Android device is as a tool. In this roundup, we'll take a look at the best Android tools and utility apps.Guitar Tuner Free

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
One of the more creative uses for your Android device is using it to tune instruments. Despite its name, Guitar Tuner Free tunes more than just guitars. It includes support for bass, ukulele, and many, many others. It also has alternative tunings such as drop d, open, and even custom tuning. There is also a built in metronome for practice, noise cancellation so you can tune in a crowded room, and there are even games to learn guitar chords. It’s a complete package for many musicians.
Get it on Google Play

Helium best Android tools and utility appsHelium

[Price: Free / $4.99]
Helium is a great app because it’s the only really good non-root solution for backing up your applications. It’s a more work than if you’ve got something like Titanium Backup but Titanium Backup requires root and this does not. The free version lets you backup your apps to your SD card (where applicable) and computer while the paid version lets you upload backups to Google Drive, Dropbox, and Box.com. Everyone should have backups of their apps ready just in case and that makes this a must have application.
Get it on Google Play

smart tools One of the best ways to use your Android device is as a tool. In this roundup, we'll take a look at the best Android tools and utility apps.Smart Tools

[Price: $2.99]
Smart Tools is an older app but has been updated over the years and still remains a great tool to have. Within the app you’ll find methods to measure things like length, angle, slope, distance, height, and width. You’ll also have a compass, level meter, flashlight, mirror, and unit converter. It’s a great all in one package that includes 16 different tools in all. You can also download any tool individually for free by checking out the developer page.
Get it on Google Play

valet One of the best ways to use your Android device is as a tool. In this roundup, we'll take a look at the best Android tools and utility apps.Valet

[Price: Free]
Valet is a free app that helps you find where you parked your car. It uses Google Play Services Location API and keeps everything very simple to help you find your car. It can be used for a number of cases including getting lost in the mall parking lot, setting a parking timer (built in) to avoid getting a ticket, and you can even set street sweeping reminders to get your car out of the way. It’s free and it’s solid.
Get it on Google Play
valet One of the best ways to use your Android device is as a tool. In this roundup, we'll take a look at the best Android tools and utility apps.

Wrap up

If we missed any great Android tools and utility apps, let us know in the comments below! There are also plenty of tools we didn’t cover, such as file browsers, flashlights, and more. To see individual lists for those, click the complete list link below to see all of our app lists!

To see our complete list of Android apps and games lists, click here!

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Sennheiser GSP 670 headset review: premium price, subpar performance

The search for a new headset can really get frustrating. Sure, there are a million options on Amazon for under $50, but when you want something premium, where do you start? If you’re looking for the best possible audio quality, you start with the Sennheiser GSP 670 and hope you can find it on sale because these things don’t come cheap.The GSP 670 is a premium headset with sound quality and a price tag to match. Launching at $350, you’re paying for the Sennheiser name and quality. We’ve tested multiple Sennheiser headsets throughout the years and have almost always come away impressed. That’s the same story here.The first thing you may notice about this headset is just how big it is. It looks big before you pick it up and it feels big once you put it on. Coming in at just shy of 400g, it has the weight to make those extremely long gaming sessions taxing, but luckily Sennheiser included one of the best headbands I’ve seen in a headset yet. It’s big and comfortable without looking too ridiculous.The earcups are equally nice with large plus fabric cups that will keep your ears away from the driver covers. If you prefer leatherette cups you’ll want to find another option, but I did find these to be one of the most comfortable headsets to just sit and listen to music on. The clamping force is just right (although uneven; more on that later) and the earcups provide a wonderful seal to keep the noise of the world away from your ears.One the outside of the headset, there’s a small tactile wheel to adjust chat volume if you’re using a gaming console, a large volume knob, and a multifunction button that will provide audio prompts for battery level and put you into pairing mode when you hold it down. The only thing we’re missing here is a physical switch to move between Bluetooth and 2.4ghz connection standards, and we’ll tell you why that matters in a bit.The microphone is on the left side of the headset and provides a nice tactile click when you flip it all the way up. This is how you mute your microphone and comes in handy when you need to have a quick conversation and get back to whatever you were doing before.I wish I could report that the microphone provided better audio quality but I was pretty disappointed. It’s been a struggle to find a wireless headset that really gives great performance in this area (I’m guessing there’s a bandwidth issue) and the Sennheisers fall disappointingly short. I think they sound much the same as every other headset released in the last decade, which isn’t saying a lot.Both Bluetooth and 2.4ghz connection standards are here. Plugging the USB dongle into my computer, the headset paired almost instantly and opened up a world of opportunity to tune through the Sennheiser app. There are options to tune your EQ, how the microphone sounds, and even provide a noise gate in case you have a noisy background. I didn’t find much difference in how the microphone sounded using these options so hopefully, they continue to be tuned in future updates.The sound that comes through these headphones is a completely different story. This has been one of the best audio experiences I’ve had in my time reviewing tech. I’d put it up there with the Sony WH-1000xm3 in terms of enjoyment. Where Sony offers amazing noise cancelation, the Sennheiser GSP 670 takes the crown in terms of audio quality.I found music pleasingly bass-y without feeling like I’m slogging through the mud just to listen. Mids are very clear while highs are crisp without being piercing.I just wish I enjoyed wearing these more. I can’t overstate how heavy these things are. At just under 400g, they’re one of the heavier headsets I’ve tested and it can be exhausting during long sessions. With 16 hours of battery life, those sessions can last all night, but you’ll need breaks.Additionally, I don’t like wearing these because of how the cups sit on my head. While the cups themselves are large enough that my ear doesn’t touch anything, the clamping is uneven and annoying. You can use the sliders in the headband to adjust your clamp, but I always end up with more pressure on the bottom of the cups than at the top.Frankly, these don’t look great and certainly don’t look like something I’d pay over $300 for. They’re big and bulky with muted colors and an … aggressive? design. I’m not entirely sure what to call this design language but there are definitely better-looking options on the market. This won’t matter to some, but for those who do care, it’s a bit of a killer and makes the cost harder to justify.ConclusionThere are always trade-offs when you’re using a wireless headset. Sennheiser smartly did not skimp on the audio quality and if you’re looking for a wireless headset that sounds great, this is definitely where you want to start. I put it at the top of the list in that respect.But, where it falls apart is pretty much everywhere else. Tradeoffs become pretty obvious when you use these for more than a few hours.Yep, they’re built solidly and the plastic design means they’ll hold up to some abuse. But, these look cheaper than competing options like the Astro A50s and Arctis Pro Wireless. Plus, as I’ve said a few times, they’re heavy.It’s awesome that they have both 2.4ghz and Bluetooth standards. But there’s no way to manually switch between them and the second that your computer plays audio via the USB dongle, the Bluetooth cuts out completely. If you’re using these to take a phone call or listen to music on your phone and you accidentally click on a YouTube link on your computer, say goodbye to your audio. This would be an easy fix with a manual switch and we hope to see that in a future revision.Best over-ear headphones (spring 2020)I can’t state enough how crappy the audio from the mic is. Maybe I’m spoiled by streamers who invest hundreds and hundreds of dollars into their audio equipment, but this sounds like every headset I’ve heard the last decade of gaming and that’s pretty disappointing.If your voice quality matters to you at all, I’d suggest getting a standalone mic. But you have to ask yourself if you’re grabbing something like a Blue Yeti, is there a justification for the GSP 670 when you can buy a wireless headset for far cheaper?I know it probably looks like I hate the Sennheiser GSP 670 but I don’t. In true dad fashion, I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed. While they’re best in class in terms of audio quality, the things they miss on are a killer and make them harder to recommend over other competitors.After a bit of searching, I’ve found the Sennheiser GSP 670 around $300 and sometimes cheaper on sale. I think if you can find these cheaper than that, go for it. Your ears will thank you. At full price, they’re a tough sell.Buy the Sennheiser GSP 670 at Amazon