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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.
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
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.