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2012′s Best Android Apps for Lawyers

Time for the annual run-down of the best Android apps for lawyers. You can check out last year’s list here. This year, I beefed-up the list, dropped the extensive rhetoric, and give you the apps I think are well-worth your time and money. There’s always a caveat to the list, which is this: these aren’t necessarily lawyer-specific apps, and I don’t list Twitter clients or Facebook. Yes, you will see Google+; I explain why.

So, let’s begin, in no particular order:

  1. Depose ($7.99) – this is a great new release for taking depositions or arranging questions for direct or cross-examination during trial.
  2. Evernote (free) – this is a staple app among lawyers, I use the app for tracking recipes and instruction manuals more than legal matters.
  3. Dropbox (free) –  this app will probably always make the list because it’s a staple for lawyers wanting to go mobile and deliver their documents anywhere your internet connection can take you.
  4. Fastcase (free) – here’s your answer to free mobile case law searches.
  5. dLaw (free; paid for add-ons) – this is a great offline resources for statutes and other materials that you may need some time.
  6. Google+ (free) – I’m moving more and more away from Facebook (particularly because of all the “challenge” requests), to Google+, which provides me with video conferencing, chat, and Facebook-like interactions. That’s why this app makes the list, while Twitter and Facebook don’t.
  7. ezPDF Reader ($2.99) – a great PDF application that allows you to view, edit, annotate, and save PDF files on your Android device.
  8. RepliGo Reader ($1.99) – see # 7.
  9. Adobe CreatePDF (free) – gives the users an ability to create PDF documents on an Android tablet.
  10. SignMyPad (free or $19.99) – well worth the price of admission to be able to capture and save digital signatures on an Android tablet or phone.
  11. SignNow (free) – see # 10 without the cost.
  12. PS Touch ($9.99) – edit photos in a Photoshop-like app.
  13. LogMeIn ($29.99) – give yourself the ability to login remotely with the “home office” when you’re away.
  14. PocketCloud Remote Desktop VPN – ($14.99) – see # 14, except cheaper.
  15. Waze (free) – great turn-by-turn navigation app with plenty of features; I actually prefer this over Google’s built-in app.
  16. CallTrack (free) – this app helps track the time of phone calls made from your Android phone, and imports them into Google Calendar for use later.
  17. Google Chrome (free) – this is only available for Android 4.x devices, but is the best (not fastest) browser on the market.
  18. Dolphin Browser (free) – if you can’t get Chrome, here’s the next-best browser for Android users.
  19. Life360 (free) – a good way to keep track of your family, and now coworkers or staff.
  20. Dictadroid ($1.99) – if you’re looking for an Android dictation app, this is a good one.
  21. Speaktoit Assistant (free) – if you don’t have Google Now, or you’re not quite satisfied with Google Now, now, this app provides Siri-like usability for Android phones.
  22. Vlingo (free) – I prefer Speaktoit Assistant, but Vlingo also makes the list of cool Siri-like apps for Android.
  23. Maluuba (free) – has this replaced Speaktoit Assistant as my go-to Siri-Android-wannabe? Almost.
  24. Swiftkey (phone and tablet | $2.99) – this app gets a lot of rave reviews because it adds superb predictive type to your Android device.
  25. CamScanner ($4.99) – add the ability to “scan” documents with your Android tablet or phone to your mobile arsenal.
  26. Google Drive (free) – I have reservations about actually storing important information, but for basic word processing and document creation, this is a great tool.
  27. RealCalc Plus ($3.49) – easily add up your millions, or perform complex calculations; this beats the default calculator app.
  28. Amazon Kindle (free) – I love being able to read books on my tablet, this boosts the enjoyment.
  29. OfficeSuite Pro 6 ($14.99) – my favorite word processing app.
  30. Documents to Go ($14.99) – a lot of folks love this app, my chief complaint is formatting issues.
  31. QuickOffice Pro ($14.99) – I also love QuickOffice, though I use OfficeSuite more.
  32. Paperland Live Wallpaper ($0.99) – although this doesn’t quite classify as an “app for lawyers,” it’s calming, soothing, and the graphics rock; moreover, it’s whimsical.
  33. Sketchbook ($4.99) – I replaced my free app with this one, which offers a few more design features and tools; plus the price was right at $0.25.
  34. TuneIn Radio Pro ($0.99) –  use this app to listen to radio stations across the globe.
  35. iHeartRadio (free) – use this app to listent to the stations (usually held by Clear Channel) that aren’t available on TuneIn Radio.
  36. FoxFi (free) – before Verizon restricted tethering, I used this app to share my internet connection with the world around me. Now, I use Verizon’s tethering app.
  37. Google Apps Device Policy (free) – this protects your phone from security threats.
  38. Lookout Mobile Security (free + paid) – so does this.
  39. Key Ring Rewards Cards (free) – this is like Apple’s passport for your Android phone.
  40. Future Date Calculator ($0.99) – here’s a little gem for a cheap price. The app does what it’s name implies. I will probably never discuss this.
  41. Locale ($9.99) – this app is a life saver for managing actions on your phone, like turning it to silent when you enter the courthouse.
  42. Weather Channel (free) – I prefer this app over the others because, well, it’s The Weather Channel, and I have fond memories of gathering around the tv and watching the weather, on cable, 24/7.
  43. OnGuard Weather Alerts ($1.99) – I live in Tornado alley where we get fierce thunderstorms, hail, and tornadoes. This app acts like a weather radio, sending alarms for sever weather watches and warnings.
  44. Google Reader (free) – this is the native app from Google for reading RSS feeds/
  45. gReader Pro ($4.99) – this is an extension of the Google Reader app, with support for things like podcasts and voice reading.
  46. Tasks ($0.99) – on flaw of Google Calendar is the tasks feature, this fixes it for your Android device.
  47. Google Calendar (free) – this replaces the stock calendar app, with a full-featured, Google-designed app. It’s for ICS and Jelly Bean devices only though.
  48. Pocket (free) – this app lets you store articles, websites, or other materials to read later; I use it for news stories when I’m writing my Weekly Round-up.
  49. GasBuddy (free) – with rising gas prices, it’s nice to locate a station that’s selling the cheapest gas, or the closest station when you’re running on empty.
  50. Google Play Magazines (free) – with Newsweek announcing an all digital format, this (well, maybe not just Play Magazines) is the future of magazine publishing.
  51. Quill ($1.00) – this is my new favorite handwriting app.

What do you think? Am I missing your favorite? Let me know in the comments.

16 Responses to 2012′s Best Android Apps for Lawyers

  1. Rick Georges says:

    Great post, Jeff. I have an addition, for all the lawyers out there who still use WordPerfect, like me. WordPerfect Viewer, available for free in the PlayStore, direct from Corel. Reads any wpd file in Android. Great on tablets. Search for WPD Viewer in the store.

  2. Paul McGuire says:

    I saw a lot of praise for Camscanner and it does its job well enough for those times you need to quickly scan something on the phone but I do have one complaint when I use the free version of the app. It seems to stay open in the background long after I close it. Do you have the same issue with the paid version?

    Also, my favorite news app beyond Google Reader is Zite. Google Reader is great for those feeds you follow but Zite works for grabbing everything else. You can grab just local or legal news if you want and it tends to pick up many of the newest posts on the biggest law blogs as well. You get to select the categories of news you want when you first install it and you can always change them later.

    • Paul, thanks for the comment. I haven’t noticed that problem with Camscanner. Let me clarify though, do you mean the app shows up in the previous/most recent apps tray, or is listed under “running apps” in your settings?

      Thanks for the tip on Zite. I tried it a long time ago and hadn’t seen much difference between that and Google Reader, so I abandoned the app.

      • Paul McGuire says:

        Well I am assuming it stays running in the background because for a while, if I don’t restart the phone after using the app, it shows as using 2-5% of my battery at the end of a charge. So even after I close the app from the multi-tasking feature on my Galaxy Nexus (by swiping it away), some part of it is still running in the background (I assume it is attempting to synchronize my scans to the server, even though the free feature doesn’t support that).

        I haven’t used the app since my last restart so thankfully it isn’t running anymore.

        • Hmm…not sure. I would have thought maybe an Android 2.x issue, but you’re running the Nexus. The other question: is the app up to day? I ran my app, so I’m going to see if I can recreate the issue.

  3. Benjamin says:

    Great article and very timely. I am debating whether to go iPad or stick with Android. I have not invested in a full tablet (10 inch) yet and with a laptop on the brink it is time to take the plunge. I currently use an SGIII as my primary phone but worry about the app scaling to a full 10″. Many of the android apps I use, including google drive, have not been optimized for a larger tablet factor. I am currently deciding between the iPad 4 and the Nexus 10. Any thoughts?

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  6. Bob Marshall says:

    I really like Prefixer, a rule-based dialing program for Android. I think it was designed for international calling & prepaid calling cards, but I use it to manage two Google Voice numbers for business & personal calls.

    If I enter a seven digit number, my Prefixer rules first check to see if the number is in my contacts. If it is, the outgoing call goes through my personal Google Voice number, which forwards to my cell & home phones; if it’s not a contract, the call goes through a different GV number that forwards to my office.

    Prefixer dials the appropriate GV number, pauses, enters my access code, a “2″ to initiate an outgoing call, my local area code, the 7 digit number I dialed, and a # sign to complete the call.

    Instead of seeing a blocked call coming in, the recipients see one of my GV numbers. If it’s a contract, they see my personal number; others see the office GV number so they’ll be forwarded to my secretary if they just hit redial.

    Prefixer is free from Google Play, but I sent the developer a few bucks via Paypal because he was very responsive with help setting up some rules.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tftbelow.prefixer&hl=en

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