Top 10 Android Apps for Tablets

On April 18, 2012, in Top 10 Android Apps, by lordkensal

My Current Top 10 Android Apps for Tablets

If you are looking for the top 10 Android Apps for Android tablets, then here are a few to consider

I have had an Archos 80 G9 for a few months, and have noticed that there are a few more tablet
orientated Android Apps being released. The Android Tablets have not been spoilt with aplethora of tablet specfic apps like the iPad has. This  maybe down to the fact that initially there was an Android tablet specific operating system
with Honeycomb, and now this has been surpassed by Ice Cream Sandwich, which is meant to be
Google’s cross platform operating system.

Still, there are a few examples of Android Apps developed specifically for tablets or apps that have been enhanced for tablet use, and the rest are made up of great Android Apps that I think work really well on a tablet.

Google Currents

Google Currents for AndroidFlipboard for iPad really set out how a tablet can present enhanced news and publications in a really cool, magazine style and user friendly way. Google’s answer? Google Currents. You now get loads of your favourite and free publications in editions specifically for reading on tablets (and mobiles) – with indepth articles or enhanced media such as photographs or videos. This is all about bringing magazines alive. You can select your favourite magazines or newspapers *(that have Google Current versions), and add them to your library. You can include feeds and blogs, and it also has a “what’s trending” section.

This has only been available in the UK for the last few weeks, so I expect more UK based publications to start having Currents edition. The Guardian has, and so does METRO (the newspaper everyone on the Tube (subway) reads, but there are quite a few such as The Sun, and The Independent.

I enjoy reading my papers via this, and it is easy to share interesting articles or blog posts.

Pulse News for Android

Pulse News for AndroidPulse always looked great, and a bit like Google Currents (although pre-dates it) collates and presents feeds and blogs in a user friendly and engaging style. And while I enjoyed on my phone (my lowly HTC Wildfire), on a tablet it looks so much better. It doesn’t have the enhanced editions like Google Currents does, but still a great way to aggregate feeds and blogs.

I use to stay across my key areas of interest – and once again, sharing is made very easy. It is highly customisable, and because it relies on blogs and feeds, in terms of country specific publications or blogs you can make it as UK-centric or as US centric as you like.

 

SlideIT

Although I originally got this on my phone, I find it really useful on a tablet. If I am walking around with my tablet, then I don’t have two free hands to type – so this “swipe” method of inputting text is really effective on a tablet. It is very fast and intuitive, and makes rattling off quick emails or texts a doddle.

There is little to no learning curve. You just swipe the keyboard spelling out what you want – you don’t have to be that accurate, and it guesses (really accurately) what you are trying to spell.

It comes with loads of skins, and is multi language compatible. It features as one of the Google Play Editor’s Choice. And I have to agree.

BBC iPlayer

BBC iplayer AndroidIt took a while for a tablet version to be made available, and you will need Adobe Flash Player. But the BBC iplayer (currently UK specific) has always been a great way to catchup on BBC programmes from the last 7 days – so I was very excited when it was finally readied for Android tablets.  It now allows you to watch over 3G (but heavy on the data plan) as well as wifi.

News 360 for Tablets

So this has a version for phones and one specifically for Tablets.It is another news aggregator, but one that analyses  your reading habits – and finds suitable news or topics from over 20,000 different sources across the web.  What you can do is have it analyse your Facebook newsfeed, twitter feed, Google+, even Evernote and then find the most relevant stories to you. And you know what, it is pretty good at finding things you are interested in.  It will even find local news using your GPS and WiFI to determine where you are.

You can find a story your interested in, then get a “360 view” – to find related stories and perspectives – and that can be quite fun and enlightening.

My one small gripe is that it has a bit of a US leaning when it comes to sourcing news, and I would prefer more from UK based sites, but overall,.

Adobe® Photoshop Touch

This is one of those things that was initially developed for the iPad first, so again, it is a tablet specific app. It is a paid app, but if you are into photography and graphic design, it is a powerful tool to have. It has loads of features from Photoshop – so it probably helps if you are a regular user of Photoshop and know your way around.  You can even search and find images using the integrated Google Image Search.

CineTrailer

This was already pre-loaded on my Archos 80 g9 Tablet – as one of the features of the Archos is its media playback functionality. This collates and finds all the latest cinema trailers and updates on movies. It provides synopsis, cast, movie and actor search, film posters and cinemas where films are showing – as well as, of course, showing you the trailers.

It is by far the best movie trailer app, fast and easy to use.

Evernote

I am a serial note taker. I’m constantly seeing or finding useful things, and wanting to make a note of them. So I use Evernote .. A LOT! So I have the desktop app, mobile phone and on my Android tablet – and it synchs across the lot.

Evernote for Android now has some features which are enhanced for tablet use. It is easy to organise ideas and thoughts, it captures photos, web pages, voice reminders. I can’t recommend enough, especially if, like me, you are a bit of a scatter brain, or work on multiple projects or ideas.

Kindle

Although Google has its own Google Book app, I find the Kindle version much easier to use. The advantage of Kindle on a tablet is that it is a lot easier to read than on a phone. I tried reading novels on my little old phone, but it didn’t really work for me. Now I have an 8inch tablet – this is ideal for using as a glorified Kindle on the train, or wherever. There are loads of FREE books on the webs (not all on Amazon), especially classics – which I love, so you can catch up on your Dickens or Bronte – or the latest airport blockbuster if that is more your fancy.

NetFlix

Netflix only entered the UK market recently, and although Google are offering movies through Google Play, my first experience of streaming movies on my Android Tablet was with Netflix. With loads of films and tv programmes you can watch instantly. My gripe – not enough decent movies yet.

I have yet to try movies from the Goolgle Play library, but again, more of a selection would be useful.

Let me know if you have any recommendations for Android Apps that work really well on Android
tablets. For me it is productivity and media that is key. Looking at films on small phone screens
doesn’t really do it for me. So what makes your Top 10 Android Apps for Tablets?

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The 5 Best Business Apps for BlackBerry

On April 16, 2012, in Top 10 Android Apps, by lordkensal

Corporate efficiency and productivity are without a doubt the BlackBerry lineup’s primary wheelhouse. RIM’s mobile platform is hardly suffering from a lack of business-oriented applications, as we’ll see shortly. Whether you need to manage your financial records or sync your sensitive data across devices, BlackBerry supports an app that can get it done. Here are five of the best BlackBerry apps for business.

UPS Mobile

Big Brown has been a godsend to companies large and small for decades now, and the ability to manage shipments from your phone is a must in an always-on, 24/7 business culture. UPS Mobile allows any UPS customer to track packages in transit, calculate shipping costs and more. If you’re a frequent UPS user, UPS Mobile is a must.

Handylogs

It’s not sexy or exciting, but sooner or later you’ll have to “hit the books” and manage your invoices, receipts and expense tracking. Handylogs makes tabulating expenses, logging miles for reimbursement and organizing the bills quick and easy. It’s free to download, and it’s arguably one of the most powerful logbook apps available on any platform at the moment.

Scoop

Managing a team can be difficult in any industry, which is why mobile-based collaboration software can really help to streamline and economize your efforts. If “mobilizing your projects” is your aim, Scoop is the app for you. It allows you to manage your workers more efficiently no matter where they’re located and save money by reducing travel costs.

GeeReader Keeping up to date on the latest industry gossip and news can be taxing, which is why a solid RSS reader is important when it comes to organizing your incoming information. GeeReader boasts many helpful features that make sifting through your various RSS feeds convenient whether you’re using it on a Playbook tablet or a Bold handset.

Box You can never have too many cloud storage options at your disposal, and Box is the perfect complement to services like Dropbox. Box is rapidly gaining fans in the Enterprise world thanks to its reliability and performance. They currently offer apps for BlackBerry phones and for the Playbook as well, giving die-hard RIM fans the perfect way to sync files regardless of their preferred device. In

Conclusion If there’s an application that can help you or your business become more productive and efficient, there’s a good chance that there’s a version of it specifically designed for BlackBerry. For even more BlackBerry Apps focused on business, head on over to BlackBerry Appworld to find the right app for your business needs today.

 

Archos 80 G9 Android Tablet Review

On March 14, 2012, in Reviews, Top 10 Android Apps, by lordkensal

Archos 80 G9 Android TabletSo here at Top 10 Android Apps we have been using the Archos 80 G9 for a few months, so we thought we would put together a review the Archos Android tablet for your delectation and delight.

Archos have a history of making personal multimedia players – that have always played a vast range of different formats. The idea being you can carry your TV, Film and music collection around with you. Now they have entered the Android tablet market with the G9 range of tablets. There is the Archos 80 G9 and The Archos 10.1 G9. I have been using the 80 G9.

You can see the full video review here:

Specs

The Archos 80 G9 is a powerful 8 inch tablet – now running Ice Cream Sandwich flavour of Android operating system.  It is at the lower end of the Android tablet price levels – being around $245. But don’t be fooled by the price. This is a powerful and fast machine, running a multi-core processor and the TURBO edition has a 1.5 GHz processor.  They claim to have a faster web experience of up to 50% faster than standard Tegra 2 tablets. So Ice Cream Sandwich looks great and works well. So you get the full benefit of the Android operating system.

They do a 250 GB hard drive version and a 16GB flash version with Micro SD slots. The 250 GB Hard drive version is a little thicker though.

But Archos are much more than this. As I said, there history is in personal media players, and it is the ability to play a wide range of media that makes this an ideal travelling companion. It will play FULL HD videos (that is H.264 High Profile codec for full HD 1080p). With the ability to plug your tablet into a HDMI socket on your tv – this means you can carry your HD movies around with you.  (You can even get an ARCHOS remote control app so you can control from your Android phone)

In addition you have the ability to stream over your wifi network, and stream media from your PC or MAC using the ARCHOS multimedia apps.Archos 80 G9 tablet

Design

Let’s be honest – the Archos is not going to win any design awards. There are better looking tablets out there. And the build can feel a bit “plastic”. But this is a machine about function rather than form, and the 8 inch size is ideal for travelling. In fact, makes a 10.1 inch tablet feel more like a home tablet, rather than a travel tablet.

Another flaw is, when you power off to a deep sleep, it won’t charge. So you have to make sure that you just switch to stand by as you charge. I made the mistake of not realising this, ran the battery down, put it on to charge overnight not realising I had done a full power off, and so it completely ran of juice – and died. I had a new one sent – and have no problems since.

Overall, this is a great little device. No, it doesn’t look “sexy” – but it is a powerful media player, and the Ice Cream Sandwich experience is a good one – and at the end of the day, that is what you need. Factor in a price considerably less than some of its rivals, and you have a good value machine.  The Archos 80 G9 is definitely worth a look.

Check it out here:

Archos 80 G9 8GB - Classic

 

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AirDroid App for Android

On February 1, 2012, in Android Apps, Top 10 Android Apps, by lordkensal

AirDroid App makes sorting the files on your Android phone easy. When it comes to my top 10 android apps then AirDroid Apps  is right on up there. Why? Because sorting files on your Android phone can be a real faff. Plugging in your Android device to your computer, etc. The beauty of AirDroid is that it works wirelessly, and swapping and deleting files has never been so easy. I use it to remove photos and videos from my phone – since I have a HTC Wildfire – memory is at a premium for me.

The App is simplicity itself – and uses a webbased app – so no faffing about with downloading special software etc.

 

Check out my review:

Let me know what you think

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Glympse for Android Review

On December 5, 2011, in Android Apps, Top 10 Android Apps, by lordkensal

Glympse for Android ReviewGlympse for Android is a definitely one of my Top 10 Android Apps, if only for its simplicity of use and usefulness. Glympse is a great little app that allows you to send your location to anyone via text, email, network. There are no memberships sites, or signing in to accounts. A simple link is sent, and as long as someone has a browser on their phone, laptop or whatever, they just click on the link and they can track your location and position.

You control how long this lasts, and you can add a message as well. This is all done with such simplicity it is what good Android apps should be all about. Whether you are sending a Glymspe home to let people know where you are, or letting mates know whereabouts you are, it is very cool.

I use to let the wife and kids know when I am on my way home from somewhere, and they can track my position on the laptop. The kids love it. Equally if you have a kid/teenager and want to know where they are, get them to send you a Glympse message.

Any how, here is my Glympse Review on video for you to enjoy.

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