Some useful Android productivity apps

A selection of apps I used for some time on Android, hoping that will prove useful to get you started:

Note: the Android market operates a 15 minute refund policy so you can buy apps and as long as you return to the android market on your device and click “refund” you will be refunded. Outside of that 15′ window you can not get refunded so best to try the app as soon as it has downloaded. Check reviews for individual apps before purchasing them too!

Evernote

Obviously one of the most useful apps which works together with your Evernote account. Free. With Evernote on your tablet you can upload web pages, pictures, files, text… virtually everything onto your Evernote account. Use it both on your laptop, smartphone and tablet and everything is in sync. To upload anything onto Evernote open the document / webpage / picture you want to upload, click on “Share” then “Evernote” and the item will be waiting for you on any other devices you may use.

Chrome to phone

Very useful app which, once installed on your tablet and in Chrome (as an extension) on your laptop enables you automatically open a website on your tablet right from your laptop. Free. Very useful when stumbling upon a website on your laptop but want to read it later on your tablet. From Chrome on your laptop, click the Chrome to phone icon and the same website opens a few seconds later on your android tablet. Magic! And cool. An app I will miss on the iPad.

The reverse is also available by using a different app, 2cloud

2cloud

The opposite to Chrome to phone. From your tablet, open a webpage, click Share / 2 cloud and the webpage will automatically open in your Chrome browser on your desktop/laptop. Another app I ill miss on the iPad. Free. Needs to b installed on the tablet and on the laptop (in Chrome) to work.

QuickOfficeHD Pro

In my opinion the best office editor available on the tablet. Installed by default on the Motorola Xoom (not sure about the Xoom 2). Alternatives include Polaris Office (comes pre-installed on the Transformer) but not as good in my opinion.

A trial version under “Quick office HD Trial” is available for free.

ezPDFReader

An app that enables you to annotate lecture handouts in pdf format and save them locally. Very useful. £1.90

CatchThatBus

Ideal if you use buses anywhere in the UK – the app displays your approximate location, nearby bus stops and displays real time information for every single stop in England, using GPS technology installed on board every single bus.  For real time train information try Rail Planner Live with real time information across the National rail network, planned engineering work, journey planner etc.

Music

Not strictly speaking a productivity app, Google Music enables synchronisation of all your music (including that bought on iTunes) with all your android devices. On your Android tablet choose to access each song locally (i.e. by downloading it onto the tablet when you are connected to wifi for listening in non wifi area) so that your whole music collection is available offline as well as online. Initially restricted to US users there is a work around to get it to work in the UK – happy to advise… it definiely works (well) on my Android tablet. Free.

TuneIn Radio

Probably the best radio player available both on the iPad and on Android with access to live streams, a wide range of podcasts and programmes previously broadcast on radio stations around the world. Free.

Dropbox

Obviously. And Free. Get access to all your files from any device anywhere in the world without worrying about losing them. Dropbox saved my life when my hard drive died on me last Friday. Free. Alternative includes box.net

Citrix Receiver

Accessing the VLE can be a pain on some devices. Citrix enables you to access all network software and resources  (such as the real Internet Explorer, full versions of Powerpoint, excel etc as well as your M drive). Free. please refer to the apps guide Cath put together for details of logon credentials to access the service. Can be clunky though.

ES File Manager

A proper file manager which allows you to move your files across folders, similar to a Windows experience. Send files and pictures from your Android tablet to your phone and any other computer via Bluetooth. Move them around. Create folders etc. A typical file explorer. Free. Plenty of free alternatives, check the reviews on the Market before downloading the app of your choice.

Flash player

Unlike the iPad Android tablets support Flash, but you will need to download the free player to access Flash-based material such as videos, etc.

Plenty more apps to tell you about on another occasion. What apps have you downloaded?

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