If you have yet to dip your feet into the widget pond, your Android home screen has more power than you realise. One of my favourite features of Android devices is the ability to add widgets to your home screen. These allow you to not only customise the look and feel of your phone, but also to get the best use out of your Android device.

To help you become a widget master, here is a list of my favourite Android widgets on the market.

Battery Widget Reborn (BETA)

Battery Widget RebornOne of the first things you’ll want to do is track your battery usage and for this, Battery Widget Reborn is the flashiest of the lot. With this you can track battery info and usage stats, receive notifications when something is using a lot of juice and automatically switch to airplane mode during the night. Plus it’s pretty (win win, really).

Telstra 24×7 ® (free)

TelstraSecondly, you’re going to want to keep tabs on your data usage throughout the month. As a Telstra customer you can easily do this with the Telstra 24×7 app. Once you’ve set up your My Account profile, the widget can be used to display your estimated usage on your Telstra post-paid mobile plan.  Information is also available on things like the number of  days left in your bill cycle, and it can also be used to help you to easily access a range of Telstra services.

Extended Controls ($0.99)

Extended ControlsExtended Controls allows you to quickly adjust a range of phone settings, including brightness, airplane mode and volume from your home screen. There is a wide range of beautiful designs to choose from and its battery-saving feature is fantastic. Seriously this really is the “must-have” widget app for every Android user.

Evernote (free)

EvernoteI still remember a time before I used Evernote, and it wasn’t pretty! I found myself stuck under a mountain of notes across several devices and operating systems. Enter: Evernote. The app will allow you to easily collate notes, lists and clippings across any device with the app logged in. The widget allows you to quickly access and add notes on the go. They’re also notorious for having a beautiful app.

Ultimate Custom Widget (free)

UCCWSo you’ve downloaded all the above and you’ve gotten a taste of widgets. But something’s missing… you want more! MORE! For this, there’s only one solution: Ultimate Custom Widget. This app will allow you to make your own widgets from scratch! You have complete control of all the visual elements and what elements are displayed using an easy WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor.

These are only a few of the great widgets you can use to customise your Android device and I recommending jumping in head first – the more you try, the more you’ll love!

Once you have, I’d love to know: what are your favourite widgets?

Note: This is a personal blog entry and does not represent an endorsement by Telstra of the mentioned non-Telstra widgets. Any purchase or use of the widgets is undertaken at own risk; readers should conduct their own checks on relevant product specifications, uses and pricing. Widget prices are as quoted on GooglePlay at date of publication; separate data usage charges may apply for download/use.