2014’s Best Android Apps for Lawyers

What a difference 1 year makes. In 2013, I revised the app format to showcase the available apps in the world of Android. For the 2014 list, I pumped up the juice, including some of your favorites via a voting/suggestion system.

The apps are organized according to type, and aren’t necessarily listed in order of greatness. Once again, I’m not including social media apps like Facebook or Twitter, but I mention Hootsuite as my favorite Twitter client.

You can also find my list of lawyer-specific apps, which gives you an idea of all of the possible applications.

The list of Android apps for attorneys

Lawyers

I’ve selected a limited number of “lawyer-specific” apps for this category that I think have universal appeal. You can see the ever-growing list of “lawyer apps” here.

  1. Clio (free) – this is a case management app that looks amazing; my choice for best-designed case management app.
  2. Fastcase (free) — use this app to perform legal research from your mobile device, this app will help get it done, for free.
  3. MyCase (free) — a fan favorite; a case management app for MyCase users
  4. The Law Guide/Dictionary (free) — legal terms dictionary.

Productivity

  1. Adobe CreatePDF ($19.99) — convert documents to PDF on your Android device
  2. Able2Doc (free) — convert PDF documents to MS Word documents for mobile use
  3. Air Display ($9.99) — enables you to use your tablet or smartphone as another monitor
  4. AirDroid (free) — transfer files to your Android device over a WiFi connection
  5. Bitcasa (free+) — similar to Dropbox with unlimited storage space.
  6. CamCard – Business Card Reader (free+) — scan business cards and add them to your Android contacts; tablet version here
  7. CamScanner (free+) – “scan” documents with your phone and convert the picture to PDF
  8. Cloud Print (free) — print documents directly from your Android device to a printer connected with your Google account.
    1. Cloud print is incorporated into Android 4.4 (KitKat) and above
  9. Chrome Remote Desktop (free) — connect to and control your desktop from your tablet or smartphone.
  10. Commandr for Google Now (free+) — adds voice control functions to “OK Google” commands.
  11. de Mobo (free) — control presentations in your Chrome browser from your Android tablet or phone; utilizes a Chrome app
  12. Dictadroid ($2.99) — digital voice recorder for dictation
  13. DocuSign (free+) — electronically sign documents from your tablet or smartphone; send documents to others for signature
  14. Google Drive (free) — a voter favorite; this service offers document creation — word processing (Docs), Spreadsheets, Presentations, Surveys, Forms, Diagrams — and file storage for those documents and pictures.
  15. Dropbox (free+) — online (cloud) file storing for syncing files between multiple devices or computers.
  16. Evernote (free+) — a robust note-taking system for journal-like storage of anything you can think of.
  17. ezPDF Reader ($3.99) — read, edit, annotate PDF documents on your Android tablet or smartphone.
  18. Gmail (free) — a voter favorite; easily manage email messages.
  19. Google Calendar (free) — easily replaces the default Android calender and syncs across devices
  20. Google Earth (free) — view pictures of the Earth, street views, and other elements
  21. Google Keep (free) — similar to Evernote, but without many of the “bells”; great app for keeping simple lists, adding reminders, and clipping webpages for later.
  22. Google Translate (free) — translate phrases from one language to another
  23. LogMeIn ($29.99) — remotely access your desktop computer from your tablet or smartphone
  24. Microsoft Remote Desktop (free) — easy to use/manage remote desktop manager; great for in-office (same network) remote desktop protocol (RDP), not so easy for outside network use
  25. MightyText ($3.99) — link your tablet or desktop to your phone to make sending and reading text messages easy
  26. Mint Personal Finance (free) — great for managing personal finances; similar to Quicken or Quickbooks mobile accounting
  27. OfficeSuite Pro 7 ($14.99) — one of the best apps to replace Microsoft Office on an Android device.
  28. Papyrus (free) — take handwritten notes on your tablet or smartphone.
  29. PushBullet (free) — share links, pictures, files, notes, and other items between your tablet or smartphone and your Chrome browser.
  30. Quill ($1.00) — another handwriting app that’s slightly better than Papyrus.
  31. RealCalc ($3.49) — scientific calculator with more advanced features than the default calculator
  32. RepliGo Reader ($2.99) — a PDF reader and editor
  33. Simple Date Calculator (free) — calculate the number of days between two dates and a number of other functions
  34. Tasks ($0.99) — tasks manager that syncs with Google Calendar

Security

  1. Android Device Manager (free) — built-in security suite that allows you to remotely lock, ring, locate, or wipe your Android device
  2. Boxcryptor (free+) — encrypt files from your smartphone or tablet for storage in the cloud
  3. Google Authenticator (free+) — generates security numbers for two-factor authentication
  4. Google Device Policy (free) — additional security features for your Android device that connects to Google Apps accounts
  5. Lookout Mobile Security (free+) — virus and malware protection with the ability to lock, ring, locate, or wipe your Android device

Media

  1. Amazon Kindle (free) — read books on your Android device
  2. Amazon MP3 (free) — listen to music on your Android device
  3. Ambling BookPlayer Pro ($8.99) — play audio books on your Android device
  4. Autodesk Sketchbook ($4.99) — picture editing and drawing program; this is more of a sketchbook
  5. Google Play Movies (free+) — rent or purchase and stream movies and television shows (cost of each varies)
  6. Google Play Music (free+) — stream or purchase music; similar to iTunes
  7. Hulu Plus ($7.99/month) — stream television shows from your Android device
  8. iHeart Radio (free) — listen to Clear Channel stations across the United States
  9. Netflix ($7.99/month) — stream unlimited television shows and movies over the internet to your Android device
  10. Pandora (free+) — commercial free (with subscription) music
  11. Plex (free+) — create a media server for viewing media across devices
  12. Pocket Casts ($3.99) — listen to a variety of podcasts
  13. PS Touch ($9.99) — Adobe Photoshop for tablets; edit pictures
  14. Snapseed (free) — simple photo editing software
  15. TuneIn Radio (free+) — listen to radio stations from all over the world

Social Media

  1. Google+ (free) — a more professional social media experience
    1. Note: this app/social media platform makes the list because of its professional nature and the several enhancements to its photo-sharing/storage system
  2. Hootsuite (free) — Twitter client that allows you to post from multiple social media accounts
  3. Instagram (free) — take pictures, crop them, add some “flair”, and then publish them on the internet
  4. Pinterest (free) — “pin” interesting and unique facts, pictures, or stories, and share them with your followers

Communications

  1. Feedly (free) – RSS reader for handling
  2. Hangouts (free) — chat and text messaging application; also allows video conferencing
  3. Switch (free+) — VOiP calls for Google for Work accounts
  4. Viivo (free+) — encrypt or decrypt files on your desktop or tablet/smartphone.
  5. Virtru (free+) — encrypt or decrypt email messages directly from your tablet or smartphone
  6. Zoom Cloud HD Video Meetings (free+) — video conferencing program; allows free, 40 minute video conferences for up to 25 people

Customization

  1. Google Now Launcher (free) — makes your non-Nexus device look, feel, and function like a Nexus device, includes Google Now/”OK Google” from any screen.
  2. Nova Launcher (free+) — a launcher that improves the look, feel, and functions of your Android device

System tools/miscellaneous

  1. ASTRO File Manager (free+) — file manager for accessing Android file system
  2. BitDefender Mobile Security (free+) — antivirus and malware protection for your Android device; includes remote wipe, tracking, and “find me”
  3. c:geo (free) — a Geocaching.com client for tracking and marking Geocaches
  4. CallTrack (free) — keep track of who you call and who calls you; records time and number and syncs with Google Calendar
  5. Chrome (free) — a simple to use internet browser that can sync across mobile device and desktop computers
  6. Chrome Beta (free) — the authorized pre-release version of the Chrome browser; includes “beta” features for testing and review
  7. Chromecast (free) — connect your tablet/phone to your Chromecast dongle to view movies, music, or mirror your device to your television.
  8. ES File Explorer (free+) — a file manager for accessing Android files system (my favorite file explorer)
  9. GasBuddy (free) — find the cheapest gas near your location
  10. Google Analytics (free) — track your website’s performance and visitors
  11. Google Keyboard (free) — excellent replacement for stock keyboard; features swipe typing and predictive text
  12. Google Maps (free) — navigate streets, landmarks, parks, and other outdoor locations all over the world
  13. Google Voice (free) — creates a second number for voice and text messages, you may also make phone calls to/from your device
  14. Human Anatomy Atlas ($24.99) — 3D representation of the human body and anatomy
  15. Kitchen Timer (free) — handy countdown timer
  16. Lookout Antivirus and Security (free+) — system security protection for your Android device; includes remote wipe, tracking, and “find me”
  17. MyTracks (free) — track speed, altitude, and distance, then map the route information
  18. OnGuard Weather Alerts (free) — keep yourself “weather aware” with this weather warning app
  19. OverDrive Media Console (free) — borrow EPUB eBooks and audiobooks in MP3 format, from a global network of more than 13,000 libraries
  20. PYKL3 Radar (free) — advance weather radar for tracking storm systems
  21. Smart Tools (free+) — an assortments of tools, such as a compass, level, flashlight, and tape measure
  22. Speedtest (free) — test the speed of your WiFi or cellular internet connection
  23. Square Register (free) — accept credit card payments from your Android device (won’t comply with IOLTA requirements)
  24. SwiftKey ($3.99) — excellent replacement for stock keyboard; features swipe typing and predictive text; “learns” your typing habits
  25. TripIt Travel Organizer (free+) — organize travel plans in one place; forward email confirmations to automatically create a travel itinerary
  26. Voice Search (free) — issue commands to your device and Google will make them happen; installing Voice Search enables Google Now
  27. Waze (free) — GPS navigation app that “crowd sources” information about traffic, construction, speed traps, and accidents
  28. WiFi Analyzer (free) — if you wonder why you’re internet’s slow, this app helps you find the 20 other WiFi connections competing for your signal.

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