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Thursday, July 12, 2012

The 12 Best Android Tablet Apps

According to research firm Research2Guiance, there are over 500,000 apps in the Android Market, but how many of them are worth downloading to your sleek Android tablet? Well, if you're looking for apps that will give you the best tablet experience, that cuts the amount down to software written either for Android 3.0 Honeycomb (Google's first tablet-specific operating system) or Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich (the unifying OS that ends the development split between Android tablets and phones). Note: We wholeheartedly advise avoiding tablets running any version of the Android 2.X OS, as the operating system, and the apps, were designed for phone use and thus may not deliver the best slate experience.

There are two methods for finding Android tablet apps. You can browse through the Android Market's suggested tablet app section, or check individual app descriptions to see if the software was written for Gingerbread or Honeycomb. After spelunking the depths of the Android Market, we discovered several excellent apps that will let you watch movies and TV shows, sync files, game, catch up on your reading, network, edit photos, draw, frag opponents in beautiful locales, exercise your creativity, and discover the depths of the Web. Of course, the software listed here is just a handful of exemplary apps found in the Android Market.

Adobe Photoshop Touch($9.99)


Adobe brings its Photoshop wizardry to the Android tablet space with Adobe Photoshop Touch. This app lets you use your fingertip to capture hard-to-select image elements and to select parts of an image to extract by scribbling. You can also merge images, sync projects with Adobe Creative Crowd, or fill an area or layer with an image snapped with your tablet's camera. When you're done, you can upload images to Facebook and view its comments from within the app.

Autodesk SketchBook Pro ($4.99)


Have a knack for drawing? Like to whip out a few doodles in your downtime? In either case, check out the excellent Autodesk SketchBook Pro, a paint and drawing app that's optimized for Ice Cream Sandwich devices. This Android app uses the same paint engine as its desktop counterparts, but you can pencil, pen, marker, and layer using just a finger.

Dropbox(Free)


Tablets are increasingly serving as work devices, so you need an app that lets you quickly access important files. Dropbox's Android tablet app lets you do just, plus sync files across the multiple platforms on which you on have Dropbox installed—Linux, Mac, Windows, or mobile. You can easily create new TXT files (or edit them) from within the app, and create links to share individual files.


Ready to read your RSS feeds on a large, mobile display? Google Currents is a welcome addition to the Android newsreading apps space, thanks to a slick design, the ability to tap your Google Reader feed for content, native offline reading, in-line video playback, and cross-device syncing. Google Currents is an app worth a try if Pluse and the handful of other Android newsreading apps aren't to your fancy.

IMDb(Free)

Consider IMDb's Android app an excellent Netflix companion. Featuring a beautiful image-driven, swipe-friendly interface featuring movie trailers, popular actors, and international movie listings spread across thirteen countries, IMDB is a must-have for movie buffs who want the latest Hollywood and independent film news.

Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation HD($6.99)

Gameloft's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3-inspired Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation brings hardcore first-person shooting action to the Android platform. The FPS features 90 experience ranks, 13 campaigns, 12 player multiplayer action, and 6 diverse locales (including Los Angeles and Pakistan). The near console-quality graphics are certainly among the best on the platform and make for an immersive, cinematic tablet FPS experience.

Netflix(Free)

If you subscribe to Netflix consider this app a must-have. It enhances the value of a Netflix subscription by letting you watch movie and television content on large-screen mobile devices, with excellent streaming. Although some content isn't available on tablets, it's still a wonderful service for marathons of 30 Rock.

QuickOfficePro HD($14.99)

Business-minded Android tablet owners will find a lot to like in QuickOffice Pro HD which lets users create, view, edit, and share Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint files. The app also includes a File Browser and integration with Box.net, Catch, Dropbox, Evernote, Google Docs, Huddle, and SugarSync to help you manage your local and remote files, as well as email attachments.

Riptide GP($2.99)


Avid gamers will note that we don't often see water in mobile games, simply because it's so taxing on the processor. That's why chipmaker NVIDIA co-developed Riptide GP, an addictive racing game using jet skis and water courses, to showcase its most powerful Tegra 2 chipsets last fall. Although NVIDIA swears there are Tegra-exclusive special effects in the game, gameplay is just as fast and furious on a Samsung Galaxy Nexus with Ice Cream Sandwich, which uses a dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP chip.

Skitch(Free)


Skitch is an Android tablet app that lets creative types edit, annotate, and save photos. There are numerous tools at your disposal including arrows, shapes, and texts, and thanks to tablets' large screens, you have plenty of room for marking things up. After you've completed your editing session, you can then save the images to Evernote, Facebook, or Twitter.

StumbleUpon(Free)


Web surfers who long to find new content outside of their usual haunts will find much to like in StumbleUpon’s Android tablet app, as it brings webpages, video, and images of interest to you in a sleek, intuitive, package. Not only can you stumble across all categories of interest, but you can stumble exclusive within a topic—perfect for when you want to spend an hour or two dissecting film noir motifs.

TweetCaster for Twitter (Free)


TweetCaster offers much more than the official Twitter app, like advanced searches, retweets with or without comment, content filters, easy list-making, and much more. Its interface received the Ice Cream Sandwich makeover last December, which added features exclusive to Android tablets such individual tables for retweets and local trends. Ah, the benefits of extra on-screen real estate.


Article source: pcmag

3 comments:

  1. I can definitely agree that these are some of the best Android Tablet apps as well! I have a bunch of them on my device too, and love all the different things I can do with them. My favorite category for apps is entertainment, because of all the traveling I do for my job at Dish. Having so much downtime in airports and hotel rooms makes the average game boring, so that’s when I use Dish Remote Access. It works with the Sling Adapter I have at home, allowing me to watch all of my favorite shows, live or recorded, anywhere I go in the world. The app works on my phone as well, but with my tablet the shows look absolutely amazing, and I have a bigger picture to work with. :)

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  2. some of them are interesting, but other not really. i mean, i wouldn't say that it makes any difference on what kind of device you use them, or that they change the quality of working with your tablet

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  3. Interesting information I haven’t been through such information in a long time.
    android news

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