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