A cutting-edge Android phone like the LG Nitro HD is capable of some pretty amazing stuff. With 4G LTE connectivity, a high-def 720p display that measures a huge 4.5 inches, and a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, this handset has all you need to showcase the best Android has to offer. But finding the best material from the estimated 500,000+ Android apps out there can be a challenge. Here are some essential apps that will upgrade your mobile life AND help you get the most out of your phone.

Pandora (Android Market, free)

Pandora Internet radio is a must for anyone who wants music on the go and doesn’t want to spend vast epochs of their life syncing tracks. Sure, Spotify is more hip, but it also costs money to stream on your phone — Pandora is free. Creating your personalized station is as quick as searching for your favorite artist, and the service automatically remembers all your searches, further personalizing your music every time you tap thumbs-up or thumbs-down. With a battery that’s capable of 7 hours of talk time, the Nitro has juice to keep you rocking all day and all night.

Speed Forge 3D (Android Market, $2.90)

You’re going to need a game to keep yourself occupied on those long commutes or when you’re waiting in the doctor’s office with hopelessly out-of-date magazines. Speed Forge 3D is the perfect choice, for several reasons: 1) It looks gorgeous on the Nitro’s HD screen, with brilliant colors popping from the Real RGB striped pixels. 2) It’s incredibly simple — anyone who’s even seen a racing game will know how to play, and the accelerometer-based controls are perfectly intuitive. 3) It’s wildly addictive. Watch out when you lend your phone for friends to have a try.

BOX (Android Market, free)

You want an easy way to access all your stuff when you’re on the go? It doesn’t get much simpler than Box: Just drag and drop files onto the Box site on the desktop browser, download the app on your Nitro, and now you can see those documents wherever you are. You can even play videos that you’ve stored, and the 4G LTE connection will ensure that you’re watching within seconds of tapping (just watch out for those data charges).  And right now, until March 31, 2012 LG has a promotion running and if you download Box from your Android device you get 50GB of lifetime secure storage and file sharing for FREE. This is an LG exclusive deal.

TED Air (Android Market, free)

The TED (Technology Entertainment Design) conference is an incredible meeting of geniuses, with some of the most insightful keynote lectures ever. With this app, they’re all on your phone, and they look glorious on the 720p screen, and most use the widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio. You can save videos for watching when you’re offline, or share via Twitter, Facebook, or Google+. Plus now you’ve got an app to fire up when there’s a pretty young thing sitting next to you who you want to impress with your brain.

Google Currents (Android Market, free)

Calling Google Currents a news reader is really underselling it. It’s the best and most feature-rich story and site aggregator on Android, bar none. Imported feeds look like they’ve been tailor-made for the app, with well organized sections and clean article layouts that look straight out of a magazine. Best of all: photos look gloriously sharp and crisp on the Nitro’s ultra-dense display.

What makes LG Nitro’s True HD IPS Display so amazing?

A 16:9 Aspect ratio for widescreen entertainment, sharper, crisper images, amazingly accurate colors, 329 pixels per inch and did we mentioned 720p resolution!  And if that isn’t enough bang for your buck, the battery is good for up to 7 hours of talk time.

The Nitro HD is exclusively available on AT&T’s 4G LTE network.  Find out more at the official LG Nitro site.

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Karl Tennant