If you’ve recently invested in an Android device and are finding it difficult to know where to get started, you’re certainly not in the minority.  With thousands of apps to choose from, it can be tricky to know where to begin.

Given that you’ve all the time in the world to explore what’s on offer, it’s a good idea to start out with some of the most important basic fundamentals.  So if you’re currently holding a ‘naked’ Android device and want to get things off to the best possible start, you won’t go far wrong with the following 10 essential apps:

  1. Evernote

First up, the free version of Evernote is so great you’ll probably never have to bother with any of the premium monthly plans.  Not only is it easy to use, but is also packed with incredible features like a voice recorder, note taker, list keeper and more.  Truly indispensable for just about anyone.

  1. Facebook Messenger

Packed to bursting point with more features and additional extras than you will ever need, Facebook Messenger makes it as easy as possible for you to keep in touch with pretty much everyone you know.  What’s more, Facebook has also upped the security of its mobile messaging service significantly, to such an extent that Facebook itself and even the FBI cannot read them!

  1. Google Drive

Even if you don’t need the right now, you are going to need Google Drive soon enough.  Not only does it provide you with a ton of additional storage space 100% free of charge, but it also serves as a comprehensive mobile office suite for the editing and creation of files.  Ridiculously easy to use and great for sharing larger files or collections thereof.

  1. LastPass

Evidence would seem to suggest that most people are terrible at creating the kinds of complex passwords that are guaranteed secure. They’re also are just as bad at remembering them.  Which is precisely why LastPass exists – a great way of both creating brilliantly complex passwords, changing them on a regular basis and ensuring that they are remembered.  An indispensable security tool.

  1. Netflix

Perhaps the single most important entertainment app you’ll ever gain access to in this lifetime.  While there’s no getting away from the fact that you’ll be looking at a subscription starting from around $8 per month, Netflix serves up the most spectacular archive of entertainment.  Not to mention, a growing arsenal of original programming – some of which is the best to have made it to the small screen in years.

  1. NordVPN

We’ve selected NordVPN as while it isn’t the single most powerful VPN on the market, it offers perhaps the greatest value for money and the simplest user interface.  Which means that if you aren’t familiar with the way VPNs work and their value in the modern scheme of things, NordVPN represents the perfect starting point.

  1. PicsArt Photo Studio

One of the best mobile image editing studios that features an extraordinary array of filters, features and tools.  Excellent for transforming your everyday photographs into genuine works of art, regardless of whether you have any experience or talent whatsoever in professional image editing. Oh, and it also happens to be 100% free of charge.

  1. Spotify

Completely unmissable for anyone with even the slightest taste for music of any kind, Spotify is all about taking control of your playlists and introducing you to outstanding new music.  Not to mention, the kind of music you probably forgot you were into along the way.  By a wide margin, the very best streaming music service currently available on Android

  1. Battery Defender

Do yourself, your device and your battery a favour by installing this surprisingly effective power-saving app.  While it might not have any direct impact on your hardware, it nonetheless does a great job preventing apps and features that aren’t currently in use from sucking up your precious power unnecessarily.

  1. Free Android Root

Last but not least, if your knowledge of Android and back-door tinkering is already pretty advanced, you might also want to arm yourself with a free rooting tool. This way, you’ll gain privileged access to Android’s back-door to such an extent as to allow you to make changes to its coding and completely customise your Android experience.