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- CNET editors' rating: 4.5 stars
Movies wraps show times, theaters, trailers, and movie reviews from such sites as Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb into one free app powered by Flixster.com. There's also integration with Movietickets.com for online ticket sales, Yelp for preshow eats, Google Maps for directing you to a theater, and Netflix for accessing your DVD queue.
When you need definitions and synonyms on the fly, little is faster than the free, reliable Dictionary.com. There's a history screen for referencing words you previously requested, and another to bring you the daily definition in English or Spanish. As for other tricks, you can text or SMS definitions to a friend and press to hear the word's pronunciation.
The free, ad-supported app seeks out prices for goods either by typing the name or scanning the bar code with your camera. ShopSavvy then spools out online prices and local offerings at major brick-and-mortar stores. You can read other peoples' product reviews, and can save what you like to a wish list. Too bad you can't e-mail that list out to others. ShopSavvy's price alert feature is a nice touch, alerting you when a product's price meets your criteria. It's fairly good overall, but a concentration on major retailers means it may regularly miss your local mom-and-pop store.
When is your Android phone more than a phone? When you turn it into a combination keyboard and mouse to control your computer. After installing a free Gmote server app for Windows, Mac (Snow Leopard), or Linux, Gmote creates an ad-hoc Wi-Fi connection with your computer--unfortunately, if you don't use Wi-Fi, you're stuck. The onscreen controls can stream music from your computer, launch movies from afar, navigate the Web, and control a presentation. It's not as powerful or as sophisticated as some apps we've seen for the iPhone, but it does the trick, and without charging a dime. Unless you opt for the $2.99 donation version. App developers like to eat, too.