According to Atrackdog, the Android App Market currently stands at 108,697 apps strong. The Android Market is pretty deep and it can be frustrating trying to determine which apps to pull the trigger on. Kinda like the iTunes App Store, it is easy to get lost in all these apps or even sidetracked by all the other apps queried.

I really have no desire to uninstall a hundred apps before I find the one I want. How can I find the right app for my purposes?

For me, the answer is a combination of the average user rating, along with the number of ratings and downloads. Amazon and Rotten Tomatoes helped change my ways. By utilizing user rating systems, my luck with apps, movies, purchases and more have greatly increased.

When exploring iPad, iPhone, Android, BlackBerry apps The best indicator I’ve found over the last few years has This post explores the hottest free apps within the last 7 days. These are not only the apps that have been downloaded at a rapid pace this past week, but are also some of the highest user rated apps you’ll find. Utilizing one of my favorite Android App Sites and App, AppBrain, we bring you the 10 Hottest Free Android Apps This Week.

Alchemy (Games) 4.82 Stars, 20k ratings

You have only four base elements: Fire, Water, Earth and Air. Combine them and their products to get more than 200 new elements. You can create a Life, Beer, Vampires, Skyscrapers and many more.

Google Chrome to (Tools) 4.79 Stars, 2k ratings

Google Chrome to Phone lets you easily share links, maps, and currently selected phone numbers and text between your computer running Chrome and your phone. You also need to install the Chrome browser extension on your computer, which can be found by searching for ‘Chrome to Phone’ at http://chrome.google.com/extensions/

Call Confirm (Utilities) – 4.79 Stars, 2k ratings

No more accidental calls. Raises up a confirm dialog on any calls. Number, photo and contact name on it help your decision.

Tuner – gStrings (Tools) 4.78 Stars, 16k ratings

gStrings (cohortor.org/gstrings) is a chromatic tuner application measuring sound pitch and intensity. It will let you tune any musical instrument (violin, viola, violoncello, bass, guitar, piano, wind instruments).

ROM Manager (Utilities) 4.75 Stars, 11k ratings

ROOT USERS ONLY! Turn off ads in settings if you want! Flash an alternate/experimental recovery and flash back to fix “stuck at M”! Manage your ROMs via a handy UI. organize and perform backups and restores from within Android! Install your favorite ROMs over the air! SEO: ROM Manager, ROMs, nandroid, backup, root.

Google Search (Search) 4.75 Stars, 1k ratings

Search the web and your phone with the official Google Search app. Get phone search results plus query and web site suggestions as you type, and instant results for weather, stock quotes, local businesses, and more! Refine your query, Enhanced business listings, Voice search shortcuts and hints.

Google Sky Map (Entertainment) 4.71 Stars, 93k ratings

Google Sky Map turns your Android-powered mobile phone into a window on the night sky

LauncherPro (Customization) 4.71 Stars, 66k ratings

If you can’t open it, download “Home Switcher”.  Super-smooth scrolling, Animated screen previews (like Exposé or HTC Sense), Up to 7 home screens, App drawer (2D and 3D!) with a fly-in effect and smooth scrolling,  Scrollable shortcut dock.

Awesome Drop (File Sync) (Utilities) 4.71 Stars, 800 ratings

Drag and drop to sync files to your phone from a web browser. Drag files into the dropbox on the web and they sync to your phone. No account required!

Quick Settings (Utilities) 4.70 Stars, 12k ratings

This version has two independent mobile data switches. “Mobile Data (APN)” switch modifies APN to enable/disable connection. “Mobile Data” switches data on and off directly. Choose the one that works for you and don’t mix them up. Important! Make sure “Mobile Data (APN)” is ON before you start using “Mobile Data”.

3G Watchdog (Utilities) 4.70 Stars, 10k ratings

Monitors your Mobile Internet (3G/Edge/GPRS) data usage, shows a status icon (green/orange/red) in the notif bar and a detailed report page. Widget available. Useful if your “unlimited data” plan actually has some restrictions (read the fine print!)

EStrongs File Explorer (Utilities) 4.69 Stars, 31k ratings

Free,Featured File manager & Appmanager & taskkiller which explores the phone & PC.

Where’s My Droid (Utilities) 4.69 Stars, 19k ratings

Ever lost your phone and you go to call it to listen for the ringer and remember its on silent mode? Now when you lose it you can text your phone and it will turn silent mode off, the ringer vol up, and start ringing.

Uninstaller (Utilities) 4.69 Stars, 20k ratings

Fastest and simplest uninstall tool on android! Remove user application easily by single click! Display application name,version,install time and size. Search application by name. Various sort mode. Exclude system applications that can not be uninstalled

Talking Tom Cat (Entertainment) 4.65 Stars , 50k ratings

Talking Tom is your pet cat, that responds to your touch and repeats everything you say with a funny voice.  You can pet him, poke and punch him or grab his tail. Record videos of Tom repeating your words and upload them to YouTube & Facebook or send them by email.