My personal top 10 Android tablet apps

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about my first experiences with the Galaxy Tab 10.1. I noted that while its hardware is excellent, there’s a distinct shortage of tablet apps for Android. Most apps will work just fine, but they’ll make poor use of a tablet’s screen real estate.

But things are definitely improving. New apps are coming out daily. I’ve tried quite a few of them, and I thought I’d do a quick rundown of the apps I’m actually using on a daily basis.

1. Feedly


Feedly turns RSS feeds into a stunning digital magazine. You can use your own feeds (through Google Reader), or use the excellent default selection. It also interfaces with Read It Later and Bit.ly. I love the clean layout, and greatly prefer it over the Samsung-supplied Pulse reader. Highly recommended for keeping up to date with the news.

2. The Honeycomb browser


One thing I noticed while using my tablet is that there’s actually less need for apps. Many apps simply present website information in a more convenient small-screen format. With a large screen and Honeycomb’s excellent browser, there’s less of a need to do that. I’m a big fan of Wapedia on my phone, but I prefer to use the Wikipedia website on my tablet. I have a long list of bookmarks set up, and us the browser far more than on my handset.

3. Wordfeud

It may not look quite as slick as some of the competing online multiplayer Scrabble apps, but Wordfeud is an excellent, lightweight word game. The bigger screen eliminates the need to zoom in, and makes playing even more fun on tablets. Highly recommended if you have too much free time. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

(The app is portrait-only, making it hard to post a screenshot here due to layout constrictions)

4. IMDB


If you’re a movie fan like me, IMDB is an essential resource. An fortunately, their tablet app is great too. I’ll admit that I like earlier versions better than the current one, but it’s still by far the best movie info app. It offers access to numerous movie trailers, image galleries and pretty much the entire IMDB database. I would love to see forum access in future versions, but for now there’s a “view on IMDB” button that allows you to get there quickly.

5. VPlayer


Of all the video players I’ve tried, VPlayer has the best use interface. It has had no problems displaying any of the files I’ve thrown at it, and it ties in with tools like UPnPlay to play files for network sources.

Runner up: BSPlayer (which doesn’t quite look as good, but has a nifty LAN mode for connecting to Windows shares)

6. Apparatus


I’m not much of a gamer, but this clever puzzle game blew my mind. The goal is to use things like wooden sticks and rope to get a little ball from A to B. You get to build complex contraptions, and when you press “play”, the whole thing falls apart very realistically. I’ve rarely seen such realistic physics in any game, and like with Wordfeud, the larger screen makes playing much more fun.

7. TweetComb


To my knowledge, there are only two Twitter clients out there that were designed from the ground up to be used on tablets. Of those two, TweetComb sports best user interface. It’s not the best Twitter client I’ve ever used, but it gets the job done. Until TweetDeck, Seesmic or some othe major player comes out with a Honeycomb app, TweetComb is king of the (relatively small) hill.

Runner up: Friend Me (if Facebook is your thing)

8. UStream


I haven’t tried the publishing end of UStream’s app, but it’s excellent for browsing other people’s streams. There’s something magical about watching a live feed from the Space Shuttle on your tablet, and that experience alone warrants a place on this list.

9. Buienradar HD


Despite being of little use to non-Dutch users, I wanted to mention the new Buienradar (“rain radar”) app. Its user interface design is all over the place, but despite the near-psychedelic colors, it does offer all the weather/rain info you need.

10. Dropbox

There’s no specific tablet version of Dropbox’s Android app, but it scales really well. But more importantly, it offers a quick and easy way to get files from and to my USB-less tablet. All the screenshots in this post were transferred from my tablet to my PC using Dropbox. I didn’t include a screenshot because the user interface is basically a file browser, but it works very well. Recommended.

12 Comments

  1. Great list. Really good suggestions. It is inspiring and I hope to develop an app that is held in so much prestige. I developed aShare – air share file sharing between devices without cables and setup. Would be greatful of feed back. Download for free https://market.android.com/details?id=air.com.willpowell.aShare&feature=search_result

    Comment by Will Powell — September 10, 2011 @ 2:44 pm

    • great list bud. you should check out the thumb keyboard. this is a must for all tablet users its easy on the wrists and fingers!
      i found it over at tablified.com

      Comment by Ronnie — September 11, 2011 @ 7:02 am

      • dude Ronnie thanks so much! tablified.com is pretty sick. I was just checking out their site and they have hundreds of apps that I have never even heard up. definitely recommend it to people.

        http://tablified.com

        Comment by PurePower — October 1, 2011 @ 10:40 pm

  2. great list! I bought htc G14 last month and i just want some interesting apps to play.
    And Thank u for ur wordpress plugin WP Cumulus is wonderful! Thank u very much!
    I’ve used Dropbox on my BlackBerry . And I will try Android vision. also there is another app named Sugarsync. Have u try that? Which is better?

    Comment by berrychip — September 30, 2011 @ 8:59 am

    • Haven’t tried Sugarsync personally. I’m not sure it’s available on all the platforms I regularly use (Android, iOS, Windows, Linux)

      Comment by Roy — October 3, 2011 @ 2:49 pm

  3. Hy man,
    thanks for the nice article, good that there are people like you who others can benefit from.

    Cheers

    Comment by Erik R. — October 2, 2011 @ 9:26 am

  4. Hello!
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    Market link:
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    Comment by Nicoletta Muhari — November 12, 2011 @ 10:16 pm

  5. Thank you for the article I just got a tablet and it makes it easy to get started.

    Comment by Dennis Perkins — January 23, 2012 @ 2:05 am

  6. Wow, Apparatus is addicting! Never seen this title before, thanks for the new semi-obsessive game, got something to do at work tonight now!

    Comment by Dave "Games Online" Foster — February 12, 2012 @ 1:04 am

  7. Okay so on google maps on my android tablet I press the search bar and then my social security and stuff I’ve kept on my gmail shows up. How do I make it so that stuff doesn’t appear?

    Comment by Cool Wordpress Themes — March 12, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

  8. There is no point to use Dropbox for file tranfer. It slow and dump for it. “quick and easy way to get files from and to USB-less tablet” is to use ftp file transfer app. Also Daroon player is a way better than Vplayer, it can even play DVDs from folders

    Comment by Dmitri — March 13, 2012 @ 3:44 pm

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    Comment by BlackBerry Sorfware — August 16, 2012 @ 3:01 pm