Top Free Android Applications for Students

If you’re a student, an Android phone could be one of your most valuable tools. From looking up a word in the dictionary to recording a lecture while browsing the web, Android has it mostly covered. Here is a list of best free Android applications compiled by Wired, that could help you in your studies.

Studydroid: This app will help you free a few dollars for your ramen fund by allowing you to create unlimited packs of flash cards on your phone, instead of index cards. Simply create a pack, add a card, fill out the front and back, and keep adding cards as you need them. When you’re done filling out the cards, swipe left or right to move to each card and tap on the screen if you need to see the back. You can also mark a card as “known” and StudyDroid will keep track of your pack knowledge by displaying a percentage of known vs. unknown.

Droid Scan: If you’ve ever taken a picture of a white board with a regular camera, it probably hasn’t turned out quite right: Unless you’re directly in front of the board, it won’t look square. Droid Scan uses perspective correction to convert images into high-quality scans instead of distorted messes. After snapping a picture, set up four points to crop around your content. From there, you can share your shot via email, Picasa, or SMS.

3banana Notes by Snaptic: 3banana Notes makes it easy to store your notes in a cloud and access them anywhere. Any information you throw into 3banana will sync to a free web account at You can also create notes on the web and see them appear on your phone which provides a seamless connection between your notes and devices. There are also a lot of options to share your notes so if someone missed a class and wants to borrow your notes, put ‘em in 3banana.

HandyCalc: Less stuff to carry, more money in your pocket; it’s a scientific calculator!

Wapedia: While has a mobile-friendly site, Wapedia is a lot faster. First of all, you don’t have to open the browser and type in Wikipedia’s URL, which saves precious time during fast-paced classes. Second, it offers access to a lot of alternative wikis: You can search for a keyword and it will display a list of other wikis that mention your search term.

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.There is one more application which can help you, MathPad Software’s PeriodicPad.

ColorDict : ColorDict is hands-down the best dictionary app on Android. It’s hampered by slightly confusing installation: You need to install the software first, then download the data that goes into the dictionary (the actual words). There are many options for different kinds of data as well (such as a thesaurus plug-in). Once you’ve downloaded each of these plug-ins to your phone’s SD card, the dictionary is ready to go. I have a dictionary, thesaurus and spelling data in my ColorDict and they all appear under any search term, color coded.

Voice Recorder: This app does exactly what it says. After you finish your recording you can save the audio file and e-mail it to yourself. If you want to keep the recorder on while using other apps, press Menu, go to Preferences and enable background recording.

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