10 Free Apps for the Fire Phone

By Dan Gookin

Nothing stirs up controversy like listing ten apps out of the hundreds of thousands available at the Appstore. Upon risk of certain threats and intimidation, here are ten apps for you to peruse and consider adding to your Fire phone’s app inventory. Each of these apps does something interesting or unique. They’re all free.

Droid Sky View (Star Map)

Ever look up into the night sky and say, “What the heck is that?” Unless it’s a bird, an airplane, a satellite, or a UFO, the Droid Sky View app can help you discover mysterious objects aloft. It may turn out that a particularly bright star in the sky is, in fact, the planet Jupiter.

Easy Voice Recorder

Don’t let your Fire phone go without such a vital feature as an audio recorder! The Easy Voice Recorder app features an elegant and simple interface: Touch the Record button to start recording. The app manages your recordings, letting you review them, edit the audio, and share your vocal musings with others.

File Manager

You probably didn’t get a Fire phone so that you could spend countless hours browsing folders, pruning directories, and juggling files. In fact, such activity is discouraged, but not if you get the File Manager app. You find yourself right at home, or in a similar place as you would be when managing files on a computer. It’s not a necessary thing, but when you need to get direct with files on your phone, the File Manager app is your buddy.

Visit the Appstore, which features plenty of File Manager apps.

Flixster

The Flixster app is your phone’s gateway to Hollywood. It lists currently running films and films that are opening, and it has links to your local theaters with showtimes and other information. The app is also tied into the popular Rotten Tomatoes website for reviews and feedback. If you enjoy going to the movies, you’ll find the Flixter app a valuable addition to your phone’s app library.

iTranslate

Che cosa sto dicendo? Well, if you have the iTranslate app, you can easily tell what anyone is saying (or writing) in a variety of languages. Type the text in English or Spanish, or choose from a number of foreign tongues. Tap the phrase to view an instant translation. Though it’s not entirely accurate, it’s good enough to get a gist of what’s going on.

Netflix

It’s not the big screen. It’s not even the little screen (which I’m guessing is TV), but it’s still something to watch. The Netflix app gives you access to a streaming library full of television shows and movies. Yes, the Fire phone’s screen is small, but it’s personal. And remember that you can hook up the phone to a large-screen TV or monitor by using a Miracast adapter, conveniently sold by Amazon.

The Netflix app is free, but to get the most from it, you need a subscription to the Netflix streaming video service. It’s not horrendously expensive; plus, your phone counts as one of up to three devices you can use to access your Netflix account. So you can still watch on the TV or the computer while you enjoy taking movies with you anywhere, thanks to the Netflix app.

OfficeSuite 7 Free

When you need to create or edit documents on your Fire phone, consider the OfficeSuite 7 Free app. At the simplest level, the app lets you easily view Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents on your Fire phone. It also lets you create such documents, although the paid version of the app, OfficeSuite Premium, is a better choice for that task.

Stocks

The Stocks app is your eye on the market, a delightful tool for people who are obsessed with the stock market or want to keep an eye on portfolios and financial stuff like that. The app offers you an overview of the market — plus, you can create your own portfolios to follow your favorite stocks.

Most online trading companies, such as E*Trade and TD Ameritrade, feature their own apps. If you use those services, get their corresponding apps from the Appstore.

vTube

Someday, the Fire phone may let you access YouTube by using the YouTube app. Yes, such an app exists, but it’s not available at the Appstore. What is available, however, is the vTube app, which is the next best thing. Use vTube to search for and view videos you’d otherwise find on YouTube.

Yahoo Sports

The Yahoo! Sports app helps you follow teams from a number of leagues, check scores, and review schedules. You need a Yahoo! account to get the most from the service.