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Best paid Android apps of all time

by Phil Hornshaw

Not every app worth having is free. Sometimes, the apps that let your Android phone do the most useful things require a little investment. We’ve worked through the paid apps in the Google Play Store to find out which ones are absolutely worth dipping into your bank account to obtain.

Documents To Go Premium ($14.99)

Documents To Go PremiumIf you're looking for a full-fledged suite of office programs that let you create documents on the go, you're going to want Documents ToGo. Everything from creating and editing word processing files to making and viewing PDFs is supported, making it possible to work from your Android device even when you're out in world or traveling.

SwiftKey Keyboard ($3.99)

SwiftKey KeyboardSwap out your standard Android keyboard for the high-speed alternative that is SwiftKey. The keyboard allows for both the standard and split configuration for thumb typing, and SwiftKey includes a powerful predictive text tech that figures out what word you're typing next and helps you pick up serious speed.

PicSay Pro - Photo Editor ($3.99)

PicSay Pro - Photo EditorPicSay goes beyond your usual photo editing apps. It does all the standard stuff, like allowing for easy cropping, removing red eye, sharpening or blurring images and more, but also includes a lot of fun editing features as well. You can also distort your images, add text and word balloons, and even make color splashes by turning all but one part of a photo black and whitgives you a more fun version of your usual photo editor.

Titanium Backup Pro ($5.99)

Titanium Backup ProFor users with rooted devices, Titanium Backup is a must-have. The app lets you backup just about everything on your device, from apps to contacts and even settings, and makes it easy to restore your Android device if you should ever need to (or if you swap out for a new phone). The app supports multiple profiles, so more than one person can use it to save their information, and allows for syncing to services such as Dropbox or Google Drive for cloud storage of your backups.

Tasker ($2.99)

TaskerOne of the coolest things about Android devices is the ability to customize them, and Tasker lets you make your Android do all kinds of cool custom things. You can program your device to do tasks automatically, like sending messages or updating schedules, and tune it to adapt to you - for example, starting music playback when you plug in headphones. Tasker requires a little bit of technical knowledge and willingness to experiment, but can make your device do some very cool things.

Pocket Casts ($3.99)

Pocket CastsPodcast manager Pocket Casts brings all re podcasts you could ever want to our Android device in one place. The app automatically fetches the latest episodes of the casts you listen to, and makes it easy to find new ones. Then, it provides tons of useful controls so you can navigate to episodes you haven't heard or skip around in one you're listening to, or change the playback speed of a podcast to slow it down or speed it up. The app also is smart about downloading, letting you choose what to download and when, and resuming your downloads when your network connection is less than reliable.

Root Explorer ($3.99)

Root ExplorerFor users of rooted Android device, Root Explorer can be a highly useful app. It lets you access the file directories of everything on your device, giving you full control of all the data on your smartphone. You can link Root Explorer to accounts like Dropbox and Google Drive in order to move files back and forth to your phone, and the app includes a text editor and the ability to create and extract compressed files so you can use your device as a means of storing, trading and transporting your documents and information.

TuneIn Radio Pro ($3.99)

TuneIn Radio ProAccess radio stations from across the globe using TuneIn Radio, a streaming app that includes more than 100,000 radio stations in its repertoire. You can listen to just about anything, from talk and sports to news and music, and tune in to stations that are located across the country or across the continent (and even on other continents).

Photoshop Touch for phone ($4.99)

Photoshop Touch for PhoneIt's not quite as robust as the version of Adobe Photoshop that users can get on their PCs, but Photoshop Touch is still a very impressive photo editing app. The interface has been specifically tuned to make it easy to alter photos using touch controls, and Photoshop Touch lets you do all the most useful things, like cropping, adjusting exposure and editing in layers.

Camera Awesome ($2.99)

Camera AwesomeGet the most out of your Android with Camera Awesome, an app that brings lots of extra capabilities to your standard camera. The app packs things like facial recognition, guides for composition, the ability to adjust your exposure, timers and other modes, and editing tools for after you've got the shot but you want to make your photo better. You can also quickly and easily share your images from within the app.