More than 700,000 apps are available for Android-based smartphones. Tom's Hardware, a leading tech website, sorted through the plethora of apps and offers its recommendations for the 40 best free apps. Among the choices:

Astrid Tasks & To-do List Keeps track of your appointments and daily tasks. It also can remind you to take that pill.

K-9 Mail One of the most popular apps available, K-9 takes the place of your built-in email app and offers robust features that rival the best desktop email programs.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary Never be at a loss for words again.

IMDb Movies & TV The app version of the popular Internet Movies Database website brings voluminous information about movies and TV shows.

And for social networking fans, there are free apps available from Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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