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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  • 15 Android tablet apps for work and play

    Android tablets have evolved along with the operating system to become full-featured devices. Samsung leads the way with its line of Galaxy tablets that come in all sizes.

    Android tablets require good apps to take advantage of everything they have to offer and there are some great ones in the Google Play store. The 15 apps in this collection go a long way to making the Android tablet work well for both work needs and leisure activities.

    In addition to the 15 apps covered, a bonus widget that works nicely on tablets is shown in the home screen above.

    Beautiful Widgets Pro is a customizable clock widget that can turn your device into a work of art. The hundreds of downloadable themes vary from the whimsical to the simply elegant, and every aspect of the appearance is customizable.

    In addition to the clock widgets, the package also has weather widgets and system control widgets for turning things like Wi-Fi on and off from the homescreen. There is also an integrated weather app, accessed by tapping the weather section of the widget, that is excellent for seeing the forecast from your favorite weather service.

    The Live Wallpaper shown in the image above is part of the package. Besides being attractive, it shows the current weather conditions. The wallpaper changes with the weather condition so rain, snow, and other conditions are displayed to show the weather at a glance. It also varies with time of day, so the wallpaper slowly changes from daytime to night to provide an attractive screen that never gets boring.

    Beautiful Widgets Pro is $2.59 in the Google Play Store

    Beautiful Live Wallpaper is free but has extended functionality when used with Beautiful Widgets

  • Paper Artist

    This app takes your photos and transforms them into works of art. There are several filters that can turn any photo into a realistic looking sketch that can then be modified by finger painting or with a stylus. 

    The resulting sketches are very artistic and don't look like a modified photo. You can create real works of art with Paper Artist.

    Paper Artist is $2.99 on the Google Play Store

  • Verizon Messages

    Android tablet owners who also have a smartphone on Verizon should grab Verizon Messages. This app from Verizon allows receiving and responding to text messages on the tablet, even those with only Wi-Fi.

    This is platform independent so it doesn't matter if the Verizon phone is Android or iPhone. Once configured all incoming text messages are routed to the tablet for review and response. The text messages are also on the phone as Verizon Messages does not change the way those work.

    Verizon Messages is free on the Google Play Store

Topics: Mobility, Android, Apps, Tablets

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  • I used to use that wallpaper

    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.