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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  • 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

  • Goodreads

    A friend recently convinced me to join the online social network for book readers and I'm glad she did. Goodreads has a wealth of information about books for those who love to read. It is a wonderful way to discover books of interest that would otherwise never be found.

    The Goodreads app is a marvelous way to work with the social network. It is tailor-made for the Android interface and a joy to use. If you are a Goodreaders member, run, don't walk, to the app store to get the app.

    Goodreads is free in the Play Store

  • Pocket Informant

    If you spend a lot of time working with PIM data — contacts, calendar, tasks, and notes — then Pocket Informant is for you. The app aggregates all of those functions into one place and can sync with a wide variety of online services.

    The app is fully customizable, almost dauntingly so, to make all of the standard data views just right. In addition to calendar, contacts, and task views, Pocket Informant has a useful Today view that aggregates onto one screen all information that is pertinent for the current day.

    Pocket Informant is $9.99 in the Play Store

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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.
    drwong
  • looks like you are into rock/classic rock

    For that, you should try z100 with your tune in app. http://www.zchannelradio.com
    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
    deathjazz
  • 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.
    Owl`Net
    • Oh God

      You are boring and one dimensional.
      Boothy_p
    • microsoft troll vomit

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

      while android doesn't crash.
      ljenux
    • 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
    bb_apptix
  • Thanks for the list, James

    Thanks for providing a list instead of expecting folks to click through that god-forsaken gallery format.
    john-whorfin
    • 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.
      jonc2011
  • 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.
    tocool37
  • 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.
    JeffGr