Android tablets have come a long way since the dark days of the
Dell Streak and Motorola Xoom.
The hardware has gotten better
and cheaper and most of all, the apps are way better.
In fact, I
can think if five apps right now that absolutely rock on any
Android tablet out there.
So here you go.
5 tablet-optimized apps
that will make Android owners proud.
Starting off at #5: Swiftkey.
Almost every major manufacturer
uses some type of custom keyboard software on their tablet,
probably because the default Android keyboard is just so-so.
nearly everyone agrees that the coolest keyboard in all the land
They have a version made specifically for tablets and
it does predictive text like its reading your mind.
It's the only app
on this list that costs money, but its $4 well spent.
At #4: Google Drive.
This is one of those indispensable apps that Google
makes, but doesn't include by default, at least not yet.
No one does the
cloud better than Google.
You can store your Google Docs here, your
photos, videos, presentations -- all your stuff, perfectly synchronized
between your desktop and your mobile devices.
Now, Dropbox is a great
option too, but if youÃ?ve gone Android, you may as well keep it in the
Unless, of course, it comes to books.
At #3: Amazon Kindle.
LetÃ?s face it,
Amazon still dominates when it comes to e-books and their Kindle software
is the gold standard or mobile e-reader apps.
Google Books is fine, but
nobody can put your books more places than Amazon.
It works with
Android, iPhone, iPad, and even on that Kindle e-reader you have tucked
Tablets are a great device for reading and having your
Amazon e-library at your fingertips seems so obvious that it should be a
basic human right.
Speaking of reading, coming in at #2: Flipboard.
Not only has the tablet
replaced the book and the laptop, but itÃ?s also replaced the newspaper.
How can the New York Times compete with an always-updated, always-
available, endless newspaper that knows who your are, what your friends
are talking about, and whatÃ?s trending this minute on Twitter.
Android Flipboard app just looks great on a tablet.
But if it doesnÃ?t feel
Ã?GoogleÃ? enough for you, CNET Associate Editor Jaymar Cabebe
recommends Feedly, which pulls in your Google Reader feeds while they
Alright, and now for the #1 must-have Android tablet app.
itÃ?s hack, but just be glad IÃ?m not saying Angry Birds: itÃ?s...
Seriously, if for nothing else than those times when your wife,
husband, girlfriend, boyfriend, mother, father, brother, sister or
child want to watch something awful on TV -- a tablet with Netflix
on it and a pair of headphones is like a high tech glue that can
keep families together.
Really, is there nothing more
disappointing than picking up a tablet and finding that the Netflix
isnÃ?t on there?
So thatÃ?s it, five apps that really should just come built into your
If you donÃ?t already have one, check out CNETÃ?s
current list of the Best Android tablets out there.
And for more
Top 5Ã?s like this: Top5.
IÃ?m Donald Bell, Thanks for watching.