Editors' note: Until July 22, 10 CNET personalities are showcasing their 10 personal favorite Android apps as part of the CNET 100. With each post, you can read why they hold the apps so dear and you'll get the opportunity to vote for your own favorite title. Then after the series ends, we'll collect the full list of 100 apps and announce the 10 that you, our readers, love the most.
As a senior associate editor at CNET Downloads, Seth Rosenblatt dives deep into the world of software with a particular focus on browsers, Web applications, and security. Indeed, it's safe to say that he's used about every browser imaginable (both mobile and not) and he's never met a rooted Android phone he didn't like. He's eagerly waiting for the Motorola Droid Bionic to go on sale and, in case you haven't heard, he's big in Japan.
Seth treats his phone like the well-worn tool that it is, and that means rooting and custom ROMing it. So he's collected some of the best apps for a rooted phone. You don't have to install a custom ROM to use these titles, but you absolutely must get root access. (Not sure how to do it? Here are three how-tos on rooting, custom ROMing, and restoring.) Also, note that for most of these apps you'll want to also have the Superuser app so that your rooted apps can dig deep into your Android phone.
Over the next two weeks, be sure to check back each day on Android Atlas to see app choices from Jaymar Cabebe, Antuan Goodwin, Nicole Lee, Jessica Dolcourt, and more of the CNET crew. For yesterday's list, check out the picks from Stephen Shankland.