Best Android Tablet Apps for Productivity

Lifehacker Australia inspired me to write this post after I read this pathetic list. Seriously? Five apps? Yes, I know they mentioned a couple others, but c’mon, only five apps make the “best of” list? Heck, I just pushed out a list of 51 of the top Android apps for lawyers.

So, with that inspiration, I’ll give you my list of the best Android apps for productivity.

OfficeSuite 6+ Pro (PDF & HD)

If you’re looking for a bang-up way to view, edit, and create documents, this is it. OfficeSuite 6 gets the formatting right, so your documents look desktop worthy. Although it’s a little costly at $14.99, the app is worth every penny, especially when you’re on at an island paradise and someone actually expects you to work. If you’re looking at other apps for document creation, you may check out Documents to Go or QuickOffice Pro, which each offer comparable mobile productivity.

 

Quill

If you don’t have SuperNote (which is Asus specific), Quill is your best alternative. The app features excellent handwriting capabilities and fresh, clean UI. A high-quality mult-touch screen is a must, but otherwise, you’re blissfully jotting notes in the 21st Century, while your compadres suffer with their antiquated paper systems. Plus, at $1.00, the app is priced to move. Get it now before the warden figures out he’s underpricing this app.

 

 

Dropbox

I’m not sure what I’d do if I didn’t have this dandy app. Dropbox gives the ability to synchronize files and folders “in the cloud.” You automatically receive 2GB of storage space with a free account, which you can increase through the hard task of referring your friends (maximum of 32 GB).

 

 

 

Evernote

I haven’t quite jumped on the Evernote bandwagon like many others. Sure, I use the app to keep a journal, upload recipes to, and keep instructions books, but not as an all inclusive practice management tool. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t recognize the value of this app for others. Plus, the app makes my job at storing information much easier. Now, I clip to Evernote and forget about it, rather than losing the sheet of paper.

 

 

CamScanner HD

I have to agree with Lifehacker that this app is a good one. At $4.99, it’s worth the price to upgrade and get rid of the watermark and advertising in the free edition. This app can save you money by allowing you to “scan” a picture to PDF. I use the app to take pictures of court files, rather than pay for copies and have to scan them back at the office. Recognize that the app is only as good as your camera, lighting, and angles, so some of the pictures will lack quality. It’s also probably not a good idea to “cam scan” large files, since the process is rather time consuming.

 

Handy Scanner Pro

This may be the only scanning app to hold its own against CamScanner HD. The app is simple to use, highly functional, and allow a conversion to PDF using your device’s camera or photo gallery. At $3.99, this is a bargain purchase too.

 

 

 

ezPDF Reader Pro

You can’t leave your office without this handy PDF reader. Although there are other PDF readers in Google Play,  exPDF gives you a wider array of editing options. Don’t skip or get squeamish because of the $3.99 price tag, it’s well-worth it.

 

 

 

SignNow

slightly prefer the SignNow app over its counterpart SignMyPad ($19.99), for the simple ease-to-use factor. I use this app to get all of my contracts and authorizations signed by the client, rather than having to print and scan the file. SignNow also has a built-in PDF converter, which is handy when you need to take your word processing document into PDF before placing a signature. Note though that SignMyPad does provide a few more robust features like the ability to add text, add a check box or radio button, and add a date. In my opinion, you might as well get both.

 

Pocket

This app lets you clip information from the web for storage and use later. Basically, it’s meant to act as a pin board for all those stories you want to get to, but don’t have time to read. It’s not meant as a long-term storage option, but rather for short-term use, though you’re not limited in the long-term storage, if you forget about an article.  The app will synchronize across multiple devices, so you’re never without a video, news article, or fancy story. The best part: it’s not going to cost you a dime.

 

 

Adobe Create PDF

This app does one task well: creates PDF documents. Most of the time I convert a MS Word document for filing in federal court, or to email to opposing counsel or a client. This is a costly app at $9.99, and I usually shy away from one-hit-wonders, especially in light of SignNow’s capabilities, but occasionally  you need something that can get the job done.

 

 

LogMeIn Ignition

Since I paid full price ($29.99) for this app, and I have a recurring yearly fee, I figure I should get the most out of it. That’s not to say that that PocketCloud or TeamViewer (Lifehacker’s choice) aren’t on-par. No, I often wish I went with the cheaper versions. Be aware though, because some free versions don’t offer adequate encryption, which could leave your devices vulnerable to attacks.

 

 

Google Calendar and Gmail

I love the newly release Google Calendar app. Although it doesn’t change too much from the stock app, there are some slight UI enhancements and usability features. I also love the Gmail app, since it’s easy to setup and functions immediately out of the box. Google Calendar and Gmail integrate with your Google account, making them really easy to use, and highly functional. If you’re looking for another good email client, check out K-9 Mail.

 

 

Swiftkey 3 Tablet Keyboard

Here is the must have app for keyboard (or smartphone) typing. The split or standard keyboard makes for simple text entry, while the excellent predictive typing actually learns as you go. For an added benefit, you can even teach the app your writing style. It’s $3.99 well spent.

 

 

 

RealCalc Plus

This $3.49 app replaces your default Android calculator with a superior scientific calculator. I don’t even know what half of the functions are, because in math class I was too busy typing “boobs” to pay attention.

 

 

 

There you have it. That’s my list of the best tablet apps for the productivity category. Now, go play Angry Birds Star Wars and stop worrying about productivity with your tablet. If you’re interested in even more apps, check out some of the recommendations on Google Play.

3 Responses to Best Android Tablet Apps for Productivity

  1. You should play with Evernote more – and so should I. I’m finding it to be quite a bit more useful than I thought it would be. I’m using it to (slowly) build a database of the OKC ordinances, along with some court rules and caselaw that I use frequently. I also used it to set up some ideas and questions for cross for a trial I did last week. It’s also not just a mobile tool, either; it’s every bit as useful on my desktops at home and the office.

    I suspect I’ll think of a million more ways to use it. I’ve become a disciple.

    • Randy, I’ve been playing with Evernote too. Although I’m not so keen with using it for trial or other things, I have started developing a practice handbook, a how-to handbook, and a rules/cases notebook. I like the search features too. I think it’s more keen on note-taking than on actual full-function use.

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