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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  • Kindle

    Tablets, especially smaller models, are perfect for reading ebooks and the Kindle app is a great way to do that. It syncs up with the Kindle library in the cloud to keep the content up-to-date.

    The user library is displayed in a nice carousel format for finding the desired book.

    Unlike the iOS version (due to Apple's restrictions) it is possible to shop for Kindle books right in the Android app. Book purchases immediately appear in the user library.

    Kindle is free on the Google Play Store

  • Flipboard

    This app originally appeared on iOS and has now evolved on Android so the current app is top-notch. Flipboard builds a news magazine based on your preferences. The tablet screen is perfect for flipping through lots of content in Flipboard.

    A nice feature is the ability to add your Twitter timeline and Facebook news feed to Flipboard. Flipping through updates from friends is enjoyable on tablets of any size.

    Free on the Play Store

  • Google+

    The social network from Google is worth mentioning in this collection as using the app on Android tablets is very nice. The animation effects used by the app are great and fast on most 8-inch and 10-inch tablets; it's a great experience using Google+.

    This app is so good on the Note 8.0 I am using Google+ more than I have in the past.

    Free on the Play Store

Topics: Mobility, Android, Apps, Tablets

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    but the grass looks cheesy. How about haunted house HD, for this fall season anyway.
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  • 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.