Top Android apps for the Galaxy Note 2 including multi-view usage

Top Android apps for the Galaxy Note 2 including multi-view usage

Summary: The Galaxy Note 2 is well suited for productive work with its huge 5.5-inch screen. That work requires good apps, especially those that work in multi-view. Here are some good ones.

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  • Using Gmail and the Browser in multi-view

    Like many folks, I get a lot of Gmail throughout the day. Many messages include web links to other information, and this is where multi-view comes in handy.

    I run Gmail in the left pane and the browser on the right. Whenever I tap a link in an email it opens the page up in the browser without leaving Gmail. It saves a lot of time over a day having both apps open at the same time.

  • Pure social networking with Facebook and Tweetings

    Social butterflies will find this method of following both Facebook and Twitter updates. With Facebook running side-by-side with Tweetings, both social networks can be followed at the same time.

    Never miss another twitter update while looking to see what's new on Facebook.

  • Using gReader Pro and the browser in multi-view

    As mentioned in an earlier slide, gReader Pro is my preferred method to follow lots of Google Reader RSS feeds. This is accomplished by scrolling down a long list of news items, tapping items of interest for more detail.

    Once I scan an article synopsis, those of particular interest get sent to the browser on the right to read the entire article. Having both apps open together prevents gReader Pro from closing every time I check out an article.

    When an article is open in the browser, I drag the border to make the browser window bigger. Once done I drag it back to the middle and instantly return back to gReader Pro.

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Topics: Apps, Android, Samsung, Smartphones

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  • Good review and observations.

    This is the first review of Android apps that I have read that actually showcases the advantages of both the ecosystem and it's use in a phablet.

    Perhaps Android developers have decided to focus more on the phablet and seven inch tablet form factors and, basically, ignore the ten inch tablet display dimensions in their app optimization efforts.
    kenosha77a
    • Android UI is scalable

      To any resolution, aspect ratio and screen size. It was designed that way in the OS from day1 unlike iOS which has devs bitmapping the UI for each device.
      warboat
  • pocket informant

    how is pocket informant better than the myriad of calendar/to do apps which are free? why would I want to pay $10 for this?

    also you should note in your article that for those who install custom ROMs on their note 2, multi-view is not restricted to a few apps. you can use any app at all side by side.
    theoilman
    • multiview for note1

      Is also available thru note2 rom port. The note1 is even better for multiview as it has a bigger screen resolution.
      warboat
      • I'm interested in the Note 3

        The Note 2 is impressive no doubt. Hopefully the Note 3 will use the same technology Samsung put into the Nexus 10 for an insane and super-detailed screen resolution without sacrificing image quality...
        DonRupertBitByte
        • note 3

          I have room in my pocket for slightly larger device so I'm hoping for 6-6.5" full hd screen in the note 3. And please make sure the sd slot can be accessed without removing the battery like in note1.
          warboat
          • Note 3 announcement???

            Has Samsung formally announced there will be a Note 3? If so, have they mentioned a possible release time frame?
            number cruncher
    • PI is excellent, but...

      Pocket Informant is an excellent PIM IF you need and use all the "bells and whistles". This has been a mobile app favorite on nearly every platform for many years. If you can make use of its features it is well worth the money. However you are correct in saying there are many other PIMs on the market that may serve you well and are free!
      number cruncher
  • Galaxy S3

    Some custom roms for the Galaxy S3 have multi window cooked into them. Just a thought for those who don't know.
    chethammer
  • 2 missing apps in your list

    With the S-Pen, ezpdf and squareup should be on the list. PDF mark ups and signatures for credit card processing would be ideal with the pen and the larger screen.
    Sul52