Top 15 Android tablet apps for work and play

Top 15 Android tablet apps for work and play

Summary: Android tablets have come a long way since the first, the Motorola XOOM, appeared. The right apps make them great tablets for both work and play.


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  • DoggCatcher

    Android tablets are great for listening to podcasts, and DoggCatcher is a great way to do so. Once you subscribe to podcasts of interest, the app downloads new episodes when they appear and handles playback simply. You can incrementally speed up the playback to get through long podcasts in much less time.

    DoggCatcher has a good library of podcasts to help you find what you like, and you can search for specific shows right in the app.

    In addition to handling podcasts nicely, the app can handle RSS news feeds, too. I've never used it for that, preferring to use it as my podcast app of choice.

    $2.99 in the Play Store

  • Google Play Music

    I listen to music all the time on the Note 8.0 tablet and the Play Music app is very nice. The big display of the tablet makes it a breeze to search through my large music collection, which is stored in the Google cloud. Google's Listen Now service, which is Google's music streaming service, has a large collection and is as good as the recently launched iTune Radio service.

    Google Play Music is available for free.


  • Plume Premium

    Twitter apps are a dime a dozen. but Plume Premium is the best of the lot for tablets. Its multi-column display is perfect for the tablet screen in landscape yet it works equally well in portrait. 

    Plume supports all standard Twitter functions and augments them with features to make it easier to work with Twitter.

    Plume Premium is $4.99 on the Google Play Store (there is a free version available with ads)

Topics: Mobility, Android, Apps, Tablets

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    but the grass looks cheesy. How about haunted house HD, for this fall season anyway.
  • looks like you are into rock/classic rock

    For that, you should try z100 with your tune in app.
    It is an amazing "classic rock" station and I guarantee you will hear stuff you haven't in a long time (for better or worse). After being spoon fed with my local corporate classic rock station for decades, I have been amazed with this one, especially being a broadcast station. Very interesting 1.0 web site too
  • No serious work can be done with android.

    If a full Windows 8 tablet can be purchased at $199 to $249, then buying an android tablet is stupid.

    Microsoft should reduce the OEM cost for devices that are less powerfull and a screen size less than or equal to 10 inch.
    • Oh God

      You are boring and one dimensional.
    • microsoft troll vomit

      no serious work can be done with windows phone/tablet.

      while android doesn't crash.
    • yeah but

      Yeah but Windows 8 cost over $100 without the hardware, so that will never happen.
      In the meantime, I can do anything that i need quite easily on my Android tablets.
      Nick Thompson
  • Most of those Apps

    Came as native in my PlayBook
  • Thanks for the list, James

    Thanks for providing a list instead of expecting folks to click through that god-forsaken gallery format.
    • No list on mine

      Please (for the 50th time) ZDNet allow authors to provide at least an option to download the whole article. Or require identification of articles as screenshot only in your emails, so we can avoid wasting our time and opening them. Your present system is ridiculous.
  • swiftkey

    As far as Android goes I agree whole heartedly, Swiftkey is the way to go, The standard Android Keyboard is bad, I like it on my Nexus 7. But after using the one on my windows phone, it leaves a lot to be desired. You say Swiftkey learns as you use it? if it does it must still be in Kindergarten, After about a week of using my windows phone I swear it could read my mind. I would so buy a windows phone OS Tablet.
  • Evernote

    One feature of Evernote that the writer forgot to mention is that this app has Windows and iOS compatible versions which is also free and can sync with the Android one. As a writer, I can jot down ideas or whole pages on my tablet, iPad or smart phone while out and later on log into my PC at home and the notes are already available. A highly useful cross platform application.
    Techrat, Inc.
  • QuickOffice Pro

    In case you aren't aware, QuickOffice Pro is no longer available. Google bought it and recently re-issued it as a free app. The free app does have the full editing capabilities of the former "Pro" app, but they removed all the integration with cloud services other than Google Drive.