Tablets may not be the most popular pieces of hardware out there. However, there are tons of people who have them and use them everyday. They’re great for productivity, media consumption, and reading. These are things you can do on a phone. However, the extra screen real estate really helps make it easier. There are plenty of experiences that are just so much better on tablets. Here are the best tablet apps for Android.
Adobe has made a big move in the Android world the last couple of years. They have a ton of apps and most of them work better on tablets. You can edit photos with apps like Photoshop Express, draw stuff like Illustrator Draw, read PDFs with the popular Adobe Reader, and even edit videos with Premier Clip. Of course, the flagship product on Android is the venerable Lightroom for editing photography. There are well over a dozen other apps that can do various things. Most of them work well with their desktop counterparts. That means you can take your work with you. They’re not as powerful as the desktop apps but we didn’t expect them to be. You also need a Creative Cloud subscription if you want every feature and full syncing with the desktop versions of those apps.
AirDroid is a powerful app. What it does is let you manage your phone from other devices. That includes sending files, answering text messages, and even stuff like record screenshots. With this, you can use your tablet to read and respond to text messages and move files from your phone to your tablet or vice versa. We don’t recommend doing larger files, but it should work well for things like images or documents. You can use some of the basic features for free. You’ll have to subscribe and pay monthly (or yearly) to get everything. Pushbullet is another excellent app that does many of the same things.
Amazon Kindle is an exceptional ebook reading platform. Amazon has tons of books that you can buy. Additionally, you can buy books anywhere and sync them to any device. A tablet makes for a good ebook reader with its larger screen. The app has a variety of reading options and it should be easy enough to download books for offline reading. There are even a selection of free books in case you’re short on funds. There are tons of ebook readers out there, but this one is about as solid as it gets. Google Play Books and Barnes&Noble Nook are also excellent eBook platforms.
Feedly is an RSS reader. Essentially, it’s a news app. You can find the blogs, sites, and sources that you like. Follow them and you’ll have a steady stream of news to read all day. This should suffice enough to replace the morning paper (although the paper is still better for local news). The interface is simple to use, it syncs between devices, and you can follow as many topics as you want. There is also support for Evernote, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and others. There are few RSS readers that do it like Feedly and fewer still apps that give you control over what you see. The app is free to download and use.
The Google Drive suite of apps is excellent for tablets. The full suite includes Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Keep, and Google Photos. There is also integration with Gmail, Google Calendar, and other Google apps. The whole thing is intertwined in such a way that most of your office and cloud storage needs are covered. You can backup and access photos, make spreadsheets, write stuff, and keep notes of all different types. It’s about as good as it gets for productivity. You can purchase more Google Drive storage if needed as well. 100GB goes for $1.99 and it goes up to $99.99 for 10TB.
LastPass is a password manager app. It lets you put sensitive information such as your login credentials for the websites you visit. The app is capable of auto-filling the credentials into apps so you don’t even have to remember what the passwords are. Additionally, you’ll have a secure spot for things like your health insurance policy number, credit cards (if you want), and other such things. It’s free to use most of the features. You’ll have to subscribe for $12 per year (or $1 per month) to get every feature. It’s pretty good and one of the must-have tablet apps.
Microsoft Office is about as well-known as it gets when it comes to office software. Like Google Drive, Microsoft has a whole suite of apps that all work together. You’ll have OneDrive for cloud storage, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and a few others. The result is a note taking app, cloud storage, and a full office suite. Most of it can be had for free, although you won’t get a whole bunch of cloud storage with OneDrive. It’s a great option for those who are serious about productivity. These are good tablet apps to have.
Pulse SMS is arguably the best way to get SMS text messages on your tablet. You install the app on your phone and then also on your tablet. Pulse syncs your texts between the two devices (along with your computer if you want). This is a very simple, clean, and effective method of seeing text messages on devices other than your phone. It also features MMS and group SMS support, theming and customization features, and Material Design. The sync texts feature is a premium feature, though. Thus, you will need either the $0.99 per month subscription (which is cheap for services like this) or the lifetime license for a single $10.99 purchase. After that, it works like it should.
Solid Explorer is an excellent file browsing app. You can use to check out the files on your tablet. This is good for finding ebooks, whatever is in your download folder, or move stuff around if you need to. It has a design that compliments the larger screen real estate on tablets nicely. You can open two folders at once, click and drag, and browse multiple parts of your phone at once in landscape mode. You can check out a free trial to see if you like it. The full price is $1.99.
SwiftKey Keyboard is one of the best keyboard apps on Android. As it turns out, it’s also great for tablets. SwiftKey has a layout that moves half of the keyboard to either side of the device. That makes it much easier to type when you have a device where you fingers don’t reach the middle. Or you can set it up in other ways as well for more comfort while typing. The keyboard is completely free to use. Even the themes are free these days. It works pretty well.
If we missed any particularly epic Android tablet apps that you think should’ve been on this list, tell us about them in the comments!