The most underrated apps you aren't excited about yet

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Recently, we took a look at the most overrated apps on Android. Now, we're going to take a look over the lesser-known side of things. All of these apps have fewer than 50,000 downloads and all of them are fantastic. These are the most underrated apps on Android.

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Hermit – fewer than 50,000 downloads

I took a close look at Hermit just a few days ago, and, with good reason, I return to it here. The app creates wrappers for websites. These can be used to replace resource-intensive official apps for the likes of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. These so-called Lite Apps function just like normal apps – they appear in the recent apps drawer and can send notifications – but the only storage space they take up is the space needed for the icon, and Hermit should use no more than one percent of your battery.

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Hermit creates Lite Apps from web pages, saving battery and storage space. / © ANDROIDPIT

Loop - fewer than 5,000 downloads

If you're like me, then few things are more satisfying than data points averaged into an incline. Couple that with positive habits, and you're onto a winner. Loop lets you create habits and track how often you do them, producing graphs that visualize your progress. It's an open-source app that's completely free and there are no ads in sight. No matter what habit you want to introduce or observe, and to what schedule, Loop can handle it, using algorithms to track the strength of your habit based on a balance of long streaks and missed days.

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Loop lets you add widgets of graphs and charts to your home screen. / © ANDROIDPIT

Regularly - fewer than 50,000 downloads

It may not be particularly pretty, and it was last updated in 2013, but Regularly remains a superlative way to keep track of those irregular recurring tasks that other calendars and to-do list apps struggle to deal with. Create tasks and choose how regularly you do them, e.g. once a week, twice a year, or three times a month, and Regularly will keep track of them for you, issuing reminders and logging overdue tasks. 

It uses an algorithm that understands urgency, so if there's a task you only do once a year, and you're a few days late, then it won't bombard you with notifications. But if there's something you do once a week, and you're four days late, Regularly knows it's important that you get it done sooner rather than later.

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It looks pretty retro, but Regularly functions superbly. / © ANDROIDPIT

MiXplorer - unknown number of downloads

A free and excellent alternative to the many great file explorers already out there, MiXplorer looks gorgeous, and it's incredibly functional. Most notably, it supports 19 cloud storage solutions for free. Additionally, you can cut and paste multiple items, and it has user-created themes that can be applied to change the app's appearance.

MiXplorer isn't available in the Play Store (yet), and the app is still undergoing heavy development, but you can download the latest version from the XDA Developers forum.

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MiXplorer is the file explorer of choice if you're looking for cloud storage integration. / © ANDROIDPIT

Instadict - fewer than 50,000 downloads

Perhaps its unfortunate name is the reason for its relative obscurity, but Instadict offers a novel way of looking up words. Highlight a word, copy it, shake your phone, and a definition is summoned up through mysterious forces. Like a magic 8 ball that actually makes sense, Instadict is surprisingly addictive, and I don't think I've ever been keener to know what obscure words mean since installing this app on my phone.

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Copy a word from within any app and give your phone a shake to have definition materalize. / © ANDROIDPIT

What apps do you use that no one knows about or are criminally underrated? Let me know by taking to the comments.

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  • peteraq Apr 19, 2020 Link to comment

    I have recently discovered Priority ToDo. Its just a todo app, but very easy to use and is free.

  • Zack Arm Mar 25, 2016 Link to comment

    Underrated because the wide range of users generally find little to no need for these. I know for myself, the only potential one is Hermit but it would be situational such as if I knew I would be pushing my battery for a few days with little to no charging time.

  • GrimJimCrowley Mar 23, 2016 Link to comment

    I've been using Metal Pro for social media. How does Hermit differ?

    • Chimbori Mar 24, 2016 Link to comment

      Metal is only for certain specific sites, while Hermit is for absolutely any site. You can add from a free Library (in the app), or by searching for it, or by URL, even if it’s a private forum or blog.

  • surya kumar Mar 23, 2016 Link to comment

    Agree with the hermit.Haven't tried others yet

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