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.


 |  Image 8 of 16

  • Thumbnail 1
  • Thumbnail 2
  • Thumbnail 3
  • Thumbnail 4
  • Thumbnail 5
  • Thumbnail 6
  • Thumbnail 7
  • Thumbnail 8
  • Thumbnail 9
  • Thumbnail 10
  • Thumbnail 11
  • Thumbnail 12
  • Thumbnail 13
  • Thumbnail 14
  • Thumbnail 15
  • Thumbnail 16
  • SwiftKey

    Android has a big advantage over iOS as third party keyboard apps can be installed. SwiftKey is one of the best on Android and the first app I install on every device. In addition to being a useful keyboard that supports both typing and spelling words by swiping in one continuous movement, SwiftKey employs predictive text entry that gets better the more you use it.

    The predictive text works as follows: start typing a word and after just a letter or two SwiftKey figures out what word you want and presents it above the keyboard. This process is so accurate it is uncanny. Every Android device should have SwiftKey installed.

    SwiftKey is $3.99 on the Google Play Store

  • Tunein Radio Pro

    Tablets are good for listening to music in the background while doing other things, and that can mean streaming radio programs with TuneIn Radio Pro. This app handles stations from all over the world in every music genre imaginable. There is a simple preset system for saving favorite channels, and a local function that displays all radio stations in your particular area.

    The Pro version allows voice control for listening to music hands-free.

    Tunein Radio Pro is $6.99 on the Google Play Store

  • DoggCatcher

    Android tablets are great for listening to podcasts, and DoggCatcher is a great way to do so. Once you subscribe to podcasts of interest, the app downloads new episodes when they appear and handles playback simply. You can incrementally speed up the playback to get through long podcasts in much less time.

    DoggCatcher has a good library of podcasts to help you find what you like, and you can search for specific shows right in the app.

    In addition to handling podcasts nicely, the app can handle RSS news feeds, too. I've never used it for that, preferring to use it as my podcast app of choice.

    $2.99 in the Play Store

Topics: Mobility, Android, Apps, Tablets

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Related Stories


Log in or register to join the discussion
  • 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.