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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  • gReader Pro

    Google Reader users can do no better with managing thousands of RSS feeds than with gReader Pro. The app makes good use of the screen, especially the big display of the Note 2. It is fast, even with thousands of RSS news items to process.

    The app can be customized to display the way that best suits the user.

    gReader Pro -- $4.99

  • Photoshop Express

    This free app has basic image editing features that are easy to do with touch. The large display of the Note 2 is particularly suited for precise editing of photos taken with the camera.

    You won't do sophisticated photo editng using this free app, but it handles most common editing tasks quite well.

    Photoshop Express -- Free

  • Polaris Office

    This office suite is included on the Galaxy Note 2 and is available for other devices. It includes word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, and PDF editing apps. It works with Microsoft Office documents.

    It is particularly useful in multi-view as demonstrated later in this gallery.

    Polaris Office -- free on Galaxy Note 2

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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
    • multiview for note1

      Is also available thru note2 rom port. The note1 is even better for multiview as it has a bigger screen resolution.
      • 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...
        • 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.
          • 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.
  • 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.