Android tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1″ don’t have the huge app catalog that you find on the iPad, but that doesn’t mean you have to go app-less when you use a slick Android tablet.
The team at GottaBeMobile has put our heads together to come up with the essential Android Honeycomb apps you shouldn’t work or play without. We’ll be adding to our top apps as more Android Honeycomb apps are released.
For now, enjoy the enhanced productivity and increased fun that these apps bring to your Android tablet.
Swiftkey Tablet X – $4.99
I wouldn’t dream of typing more than a sentence on an Android tablet without the SwiftKey Tablet X keyboard. SwiftKey deliver the very needed split keyboard to Android Honeycomb tablets, which tend to be wider than the iPad. You also get cloud based personalization of words, next work prediction that is eerily accurate and more.
Documents to Go – $14.99 (50% off)
If you need to edit Office documents on your Honeycomb tablet, Docs to Go by Dataviz is still the best game in town. You can download a free viewer app on your device to read Word, PowerPoint, Excel and PDF files, but if you want to get to work editing them, you’ll need the $15 license key. You can also connect to Google Docs for access to your cloud based files.
Evernote – Free
I never use a mobile device without Evernote installed. This note taking app will let you share and sync notes across a variety of devices and can even be used to manage to do lists and grocery lists. Most of the time I am adding images, short notes and interesting links to Evernote on tablets. The new Evernote for Android tablets version of the app brings some nice features along, and makes better use of bigger displays.
Dolphin Browser HD – Free
Forget the basic browser on your Android tablet and upgrade to the Dolphin HD browser. This browser offers a full tabbed browsing experience, theme support, a sidebar to launch add ons and much more. You can even set your User Agent, so that you get the full version of websites instead of scaled down mobile sites. You can also check out the tablet beta version, Dolphin Browser for Tab.
Pulse – Free
Pulse brings you the latest news, humor and more in a beautiful looking package. The Pulse reader app has access to feeds from many websites and news services as well as the ability to connect to Google Reader so you can pull in your own stories. I’m still wishing for Zite for Android tablets, but Pulse is still a must have.
Google Music – Free
If you buy into the Google Music landscape, then you need the Google Music app for your Android tablet. After you upload all of your music to Google’s servers, you can play back your entire collection from anywhere with an Internet connection. You can also download playlists for offline playback. Much nicer than plugging in to your computer.
Nook – Free
If you want to read books and magazines, the Nook app is where it’s at. While ebooks readers are still up to personal preference, the new Nook App, with full screen color magazines is beautiful. While Zinio is hit or miss on readable article text, the Nook app can be counted on to deliver readable magazines.
Comixology – Free
If you love comics, then the Comixology app is a must download. Even if you have fallen out of love with graphic novels and comic book heroes, the portability of your comic collection may bring you back. Comics by Comixology has access to comics from DC, Image, IDW, Archie and more. you can read comics online and on your other devices, like the iPhone or iPad.
Fruit Ninja THD – $3.24
Fruit Ninja is a fun slice and dice game that is a great time waster. Slice fruit in half as time ticks down to try to get the high score, but watch out for bombs. This game is fun on the small screen and much more fun on the big screen. There is also a free version of Fruit Ninja.
Angry Birds – Free
It’s impossible to pass on Angry Birds. Even if you only play it a few times, this free and fun game is a must have app on any tablet. Instead of paying for the app like iPad users, score the free ad-supported app on the Android Market. Choose from Angry Birds, Angry Birds Rio and Angry Birds Seasons for loads of bird flinging, pig smashing fun.
Folder Organizer – $1.42
If you want to organize your home screen on Android into folders, like iOS, you need Folder Organizer. This handy app allows you to create folders of similar apps so that you can clean up your home screen and better organize your apps. Once you get the hang of setting up your folders, which can be a bit tricky, you’ll enjoy faster access to your favorite apps. There is also a free version.