The 25 best Android tablet apps for work, productivity, and business

by George Jones

December 24 2011

(Note to readers: An updated list of the 25 Best Apps for Android Tablets has been published here in October 2013)

From medical reference to real-time language translation, this list of the best 25 apps offers power, flexibility, and protection for mobile workers.

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  • 1 SwiftKey Tablet X Keyboard
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    SwiftKey Tablet Keyboard

    We’ve found SwitKey’s custom keyboard to be more efficient than most—it has a split option for landscape, and forward-thinking users will be able to take advantage of this utility’s predictive capabilities, which can really speed you up.

  • 2 Evernote
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    Evernote for Android

    It’s so ubiquitous and so indispensable that we feel a little lazy including it. In our minds however, this is easily one of the best five apps of the year. The note-taking and cloud syncing are excellent, but the ability to record audio within the context of any note? That’s sublime.

  • 3 Juice Defender
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    Juice Defender

    It’s not the prettiest of Android apps, but road warriors looking to extend their Android tablet’s battery life should look no further. Juice Defender has more settings, options and toggles than we’ve ever seen. It also has five preset and customizable profiles that allow for easy power management.

  • 4 RepliGo Reader
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    RepliGo Reader

    This PDF reader does it all. Extensive annotation capabilities, an easy-on-the-eyes night-reading mode, document rotation, and more. RepliGo also gets bonus points for syncing quickly and easily with Gmail, Dropbox, and Evernote.

  • 5 Kindle Reader
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    Sure, Amazon has created its own tablet, but for existing Kindle subscribers who already own an Android tablet, the company’s Kindle app is ideal. The fact that many newspaper subscriptions now come through to the Kindle app makes it even better, even if they’re not the best-looking digital newspapers in the world.

  • 6 Google Currents
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    Google’s news browser/reader is surprisingly elegant with a nice interface, and nice, clean-looking story pages. ProTip: Did you know that you can access TabTimes through Currents? Look us up.

  • 7 Google Translate
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    Google Translate

    An app version of Google’s amazing translation web site, this app quickly translates text between 60+ languages. A new Conversation Mode even allows you to communicate directly with another person in close to real-time.

  • 8 Box
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    The easiest way to describe the cloud-based data services Box provides is that this app is a combination of Evernote and Dropbox, but on steroids. We like the high levels of encryption, fast searching capabilities, offline access, and cross-app data sharing. Perfect for small to large businesses.

  • 9 Citrix Receiver
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    Citrix Receiver

    The more businesses and IT admins we speak to, the more we hear about Citrix’ virtualized Windows desktops being the ideal combination of security and productivity. Corporations and employees who want to use their corporate tablet for work (or vice versa) should look no further.

  • 10 PrinterShare Premium
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    Printing from a tablet is highly under-rated. You don’t really need it—until you *really* need it. This PrinterShare app is fairly easy to configure, particularly if you have Google Cloud Print activated.

  • 11 File Manager HD (Honeycomb)
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    File Manager HD

    Maximize the potential of your Android Honeycomb tablet by using it just like you would a Windows PC. File Manager HD allows you to quickly move navigate the directories on your tablet, and even allows cut, copy and paste functions.

  • 12 Package Tracker Pro
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    Package Tracker Pro

    Does exactly what it says, and does it well. Track packages across over 20+ different shipping carriers, and you can sort packages into lists, set notifications, and sync with the developer’s website.

  • 13 Intuit GoPayment for Tablets
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    Intuit GoPayment for Tablets

    Square gets a lot of attention, but Intuit’s GoPayment payment service is also remarkable, and it’s optimized specifically for Android Honeycomb 3.x. Set-up is easy, you can get a free credit card swipe, and Plus, you can quickly and easily sync your sales data with Quickbooks.

  • 14 Adobe Collage
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    Adobe Collage

    Less of a heavy design-oriented app and more geared towards inspiration and thematic projects such as mood boards, Adobe’s newest app is ideal for the less artistically inclined. This app allows you to import multiple images from multiple source and draw and design over them.

  • 15 Mindjet for Android
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    Mindjet for Android

    Recently released for Android, Mindjet’s touch-based approach to mind-mapping software is elegant, efficient, and powerful. Existing Mindjet customers will also appreciate the deep hooks into the desktop version of the application.

  • 16 EZ Speech Pro (Gus Communication)
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    EZ Speech PRO

    We’re choosing Gus Communication’s EZ Speech Pro as much for its potential as for its execution. The app is designed for people who can’t speak, but can read. You select from pre-generated messages or type your own, and the app’s text-to-speech function takes it from there.

  • 17 Blausen Human Atlas HD
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    Blausen Human Atlas HD

    A fantastic and surprisingly deep reference guide for human anatomy, Blausen HD depicts nine complete body systems, including circulatory, muscular, and nervous systems. Thousands of images, and a deep medical glossary are also included.

  • 18 Nursing Central
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    Nursing Central

    At $160, this is one of the priciest apps we’ve come across. But with constantly updated information about diseases, medical definitions, and even abstracts and tables of content from leading periodicals, Nursing Central is indispensable for nurses and students.

  • 19 Pocket Cloud
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    PocketCloud Remote RDP / VNC

    Wyse’s remote desktop access app is tops for businesses and very easy to initialize. The Pro version of PocketCloud allows you to connect to multiple computers, grants 256-bit encryption, VMware View support, and RDP file redirection.

  • 20 Due Today
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    Based on David Allen’s Getting Things Done organizational philosophy, Due Today provides multiple views and ways of organizing your tasks in a manner that is efficient and easy to parse. Small businesses (and homes) will appreciate the ability to set start dates for projects, as well as the automatic syncing with ToodleDo.

  • 21 Catch Notes
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    This free app allows you to capture notes, photographs, and ideas quickly and easily, and share them if you’d like. With over 26,500 user ratings, Catch Notes has a 4.4 average rating in the Android Marketplace. That’s impressive, and a testament to this app’s effectiveness.

  • 22 Pulse News
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    This is sacrilege in some circles, we like Pulse’s Android (and iOS) news reader better than Flipboard. It’s easier to browse and navigate through stories, and we appreciate the built-in integration with Evernote, Instapaper, and Read It Later. For smaller publishers, it can be kingmaker—the Pulse curators are constantly surfacing new content publishers.

  • 23 Wolfram Alpha
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    Stephen Wolfram’s 25-year magnum opus may not look that pretty on your Android tablet, but the comprehensive knowledge and statistics it quickly calls up is impressive indeed. If you want answers versus information, this is the app you want to use.

  • 24 ezPDF Reader
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    ezPDF Reader

    A bevy of customizable views for PDFs and extensive annotation options make ezPDF reader stand out. Supports deep annotation options, embedded videos and audio and also incorporates multiple advanced gestures into the interface. It will even read text-based PDFs to you via text-to-speech.

  • 25 Wunderlist HD
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    This is a power organizer’s task management app that transcends most basic to-do listing. You can organize individual lists of tasks, and can even add items onto your lists via email. Wunderlist also supports cloud syncing through a Wunderlist account.


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