In many ways the biggest difference I've noticed between being an iOS user and a noob Android user, besides the hardware itself, is the amount of customization options available to Google's Android OS devices. But just because there's somewhere in the galaxy (a Samsung galaxy) of a million specialized widgets available for Android doesn't mean new users are easily directed to the latest and best customization options. Fortunately, there are some regularly updated lists which compile which apps are worth your while, very useful for both new Android users and more veteran devotees...
The 12 Best Android Widgets for 2012
Time Magazine's Techland gathers a dozen of the best functionality enhancing widgets. Two of the most useful are the .99 cents Extended Controls, uncovering direct access to commonly toggled options like Wi-Fi and 4G connectivity right up to the home screen; the other is the free 3G Watchdog, offering a data consumption figure so you're not hit with any overage fees.
PC Mag's The 100 Best Android Apps of 2012
With over 450,000 apps in the Google Play store, knowing which apps are worth a download or purchase can be a weekly task. That's why we appreciate PC Magazine's ongoing roundup of apps revised quarterly. Divided into Utilities, News/Readers, Reference, Productivity & Organization, Communication, Social, Music and Video, Games, and Sports/Travel/Shopping, the recommendations include both paid and free options.
Tech Radar's Top 200 best Android apps 2012
The top 100 list above not enough? Tech Radar starts off with 60 of their top picks of best free Android apps, then throws in 50 of the best free games, 10 best paid-for games, 10 best alternative Android apps, get specific with the 10 best HTC Desire apps, top 30 best free Android 3.0 apps, 10 best free Android apps for kids, and conclude with the top 10 best office apps for Android. Some of these are UK specific, but the majority of the list is useful for us Yanks too.