15 must-have widgets for Android

Jason Hiner's favorite Android widgets

Android widgets can provide an at-a-glance look and quick access to lots of different information and functions. Here are 15 of the best Android widgets (also see our list of 25 great Android apps).

A couple things to keep in mind with widgets: 1.) They can sometimes hog resources, bandwidth, and battery life so you should make sure you're using a task killer to regularly refresh your open apps; 2.) Widgets can take up a lot of screen real estate and so you may need to use an alternate home screen launcher, such as Launcher Pro, to give yourself some extra space.

See all 15 widgets in a single list in the companion blog post.

By Jason Hiner

Jason Hiner is Editorial Director of CNET and former Editor in Chief of TechRepublic. He's co-author of the book, Follow the Geeks.