15 Android apps that every tablet owner should have!

September 19, 2013

    Got a new tablet? Congratulations! Now you need to equip it with a handful of quality Android tablet apps. There are over 700,000 apps in the Google Play Store, but not all of them are intended for tablets. So, we’re going to show you a handful of apps that you just have to have for your tablet.

    #1 Riptide GP2riptidegp2

    Get it on Google Play[$2.99] If you enjoy racing and Jet Ski’s, Riptide GP2 is one heck of a game! Showcased at Google I/O, Riptide GP2 makes itself one of the best Android tablet apps by using breathtaking graphics, adrenaline inducing gameplay, and by providing an insane amount of content.

    This isn’t one of those casual games you’ll beat in 30 minutes. Once you sit down with Riptide Gp2, you’ll be racing for hours!

    Best Android tablet apps: RipTide GP2

    #2 Android Authorityaa

    Get it on Google Play[Free] If you plan on keeping tabs on the latest and greatest in the Android world, our very own Android Authority app is great for doing just that. We cover the best Android news, the best apps, do thorough videos for the very latest Android smartphones and tablets, and much, much more. If you want to stay connected to the pulse of Android, then you’ll be served well by getting our very own official Android app!

    Best Android tablet apps: Android Authority

    #3 Kindlekindle

    Get it on Google Play[Free] One of the best Android tablet apps is Amazon Kindle, as it makes reading unobtrusive. Simply holding a tablet in your hand with access to an infinite amount of books is much more convenient then the traditional paperback and a flashlight or a lamp.

    The Amazon Kindle app isn’t just for reading books — it can view documents and newspapers, too. The most impressive part of Amazon Kindle isn’t all of the features or functionality, though. It’s the never ending library Amazon has for your reading pleasure.

    Best Android tablet apps: Amazon Kindle


    #4 Flipboardflipboard

    Get it on Google Play[Free] Flipboard isn’t your run-of-the-mill news aggregation service — it’s a beautiful magazine that curates content to your preferences. It doesn’t stop at just news, though. Flipboard also puts photos your friends are sharing on Social Media in this magazine. So not only do you get your daily dose of news, but you get to see what your friends are doing, too!

    Best Android tablet apps: Flipboard

    #5 Modern Combat 4: Zero Hourmoderncombat4

    Get it on Google Play[$6.99] If you’ve ever played Call of Duty, you shouldn’t have trouble picking up Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour. The basic premise is the same — terrorists are about to take over the world, and you need to eliminate the threat.

    The only real annoyance in this game is the poor on-screen touch controls, which can be fixed by picking up a Bluetooth MOGA controller and connecting it to your device.

    Best Android tablet apps:  Modern Combat 4

    #6 Boat Browser with Flashboat

    Get it on Google Play[Free] Adobe Flash Player was removed from Android awhile back, instead opting for HTML5. The unfortunate thing is that a lot of content still requires Adobe Flash Player, which we just can’t access with HTML5. Thankfully, there’s a way around this with Boat Browser, and a few, additional steps. You can find out how to enable Adobe Flash Player with Boat Browser here.

    Best Android tablet apps: Boat Browser with Flash

    #7 Chrome for Androidchrome

    Get it on Google Play[Free] Chrome for Android is a step above all of the other mobile browsers out there. With features that let you sync your history between your devices, private browsing with incognito mode, a way to read pages offline, and easily accessible tabs, Chrome for Android is your one stop shop for your Internet browsing needs!

    Chrome is preloaded on Nexus devices, so those who own a Nexus 10 or 7, they won’t have to worry about this one. However, those who don’t own one will have to manually install Chrome from the Play Store.

    Best android tablet apps: chrome for Android

    #8 Netflixnetflix

    Get it on Google Play[Free/Paid Subscription] There’s not many things more relaxing than laying in bed with your tablet watching a movie. The Netflix tablet app is great for doing just that. And with its vast library of movies, you’ll never run out of good content, even after its loss of almost 2,000 titles earlier this year.

    One of the big advantages of having Netflix on your tablet is that the movie streaming service often has all of the latest films and TV series available. It doesn’t get much better than Netflix when it comes to movie streaming.

    best Android tablet apps : Netflix Credit: jennypdx/Flickr

    #9 IMDbimdb

    Get it on Google Play[Free] The Internet Movie Database is your one stop shop for just about anything related! Whether you want to look up a movie from twenty years ago, a movie already out, an upcoming movie or a variety of actors, IMDb has got you covered.

    best Android tablets : IMDB

    #10 Minecraft: Pocket Editionminecraft

    Get it on Google Play[$6.99] You can’t surf the Internet five minutes without hearing at least a single reference to Minecraft nowadays. It has taken desktops by storm, and it’s even invading the mobile space with the Pocket Edition. In comparison to its PC counterpart, it may not be of the utmost quality, but it’s certainly one of the best Android tablet apps currently available.

    On-screen touch controls are often obtrusive in most games, but they’re hardly an annoyance in Minecraft: Pocket Edition. The overall Pocket Edition experience is slick and smooth on most tablets, whereas it’s a frustrating experience on smartphones due to the lack of screen real estate and frequent lag.

    best android tablet apps: MineCraft

    #11 SoundHoundsoundhound

    [Free] If you’ve ever heard of Shazam’s music recognition, that’s just what SoundHound is, but a bit more advanced. It recognizes sounds around you blazing fast, and then gives you the option to seamlessly purchase them from Amazon.
    Get it on Google Play

    SoundHound also offers options to search the song on YouTube, listen to it on the popular Rdio app, play it in Spotify, or find tour dates and tickets for the musician.

    soundhound android tablet apps

    #12 OfficeSuite Pro 7officepro

    [Trial/Paid] OfficeSuite Pro 7 lets you create and edit Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files. However, it goes the extra mile with a built-in File Browser and integration with popular cloud services like Dropbox and Google Drive.

    Get it on Google Play
    OfficeSuite Pro also has a beautiful tablet design, making document creation and editing extremely easy. The overall app is leagues ahead of most Android office suite apps, making OfficeSuite Pro 7 one of the best Android tablet apps available.

    android tablet apps: officesuite pro 7

    #13 Tablified Markettablified

    The Tablified Market is your one stop shop for Android tablet apps. It’s fairly difficult to find tablet-specific Android apps on the Play Store, however, the Tablified Market takes all of the tablet focused apps on the Play Store and organizes them for easy searching.

    Get it on Google Play
    It’s not technically a third-party app store either. After clicking on an app and pressing the purchase button, you’re redirected to that same app, but inside the Google Play Store instead of the Tablified Market.


    tablified market android tablet apps

    #14 Papyruspapyrus

    [Free] Looking for a good note taking app that goes the extra mile? Papyrus let’s you take digital, natural handwritten notes with a passive stylus, your finger, or even Samsung’s S Pen.

    Get it on Google Play
    Papyrus also has a handful of features to make exporting notes easy, such as saving as a .jpg or .pdf file. You can also easily access your notes by uploading them to Dropbox or Box.


    papyrus android tablet apps

    #15 ES File Exploreresfilexplorer

    [Free] Everyone needs a file explorer on their tablet, and ES File Explorer is the perfect Android tablet app for just that! It supports over 30 languages, so it’s widely available.

    Get it on Google Play
    It’s also fully featured, as it’s compatible with a plethora of services, such as Amazon S3, Dropbox, and Google Drive. However, it also functions as an FTP client, application manager, and more.


    android tablet apps: ES File Explorer

    Final Thoughts

    As I mentioned earlier, there are a ton of apps available on the Google Play Store. It’s difficult to pick just 10 of our favorites. However, these are 10 apps that everyone should have on their tablets.

    What are your favorite Android tablet apps?

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    • Олег Александров

      es file explorer is good, but solid explorer is much much better.

      • AssToast

        Es file explorer is free, solid explorer isnt

      • http://mh449.wapka.mobi/ Micajah McCuen

        ASUS tablets (not Nexus) come in with a pre-installed file manager, and it works just as good as ES File Explorer… probably even better.

    • haaris

      Where is shadow gun or shadowgun dead zone

    • OMGgary

      Kingsoft Office

    • me

      Really? We’re doing multi-page lists now? Are we that desperate for advertising revenue now or just trying to waste readers time and data packages?

      • AssToast

        Theres a view all button

        • sourabh

          oh shit,there is one? i didnt notice

          • zenatic

            lol , me too !!

          • Anon

            Because isn’t not there on chrome’s mobile browser…

      • http://androidauthority.com/ Brad Ward

        Right under the arrow to move to the next page is a “View All” button. You don’t even have to go to the next page if you want. Just hit that view all button. :)

        • Charles Hobbs

          Actually there isn’t a “View All” button on the mobile site.

          But I also have to agree that everyone hates these lists, dividing content across multiple pages may inflate your traffic stats and that may potentially garner you more ad revenue in the future, but this practice does waste users bandwidth and time…

    • lhtbinh1909

      excuse me, can anyone show me where are the rest 14 apps??

      • http://androidauthority.com/ Brad Ward

        Just hit the arrow at the top of the page to go to the next page. Or you could just hit the view all button to see everything on a single page. :)

        • lhtbinh1909

          My browser hadn’t done it job then, I see these arrows now. Thanks anyway :D

    • Chue

      Is riptide 2 free as they claim to be?

      • lhtbinh1909

        yes, there is a free version but from another developer

        • Balraj

          Link for Google play to the free version? If possible

          • lhtbinh1909
            • Balraj

              Ty :-)
              I thank you ed myself lol

            • turdbogls

              is this an actual app? seems like these pop up from time to time and it is spyware/malware. just curious if anyone has downloaded that version, and scanned it.
              seems very shady that a top developer would let “some guy” release a free version of their app, without their name on the app anywhere.

            • lhtbinh1909

              Agree, I just do a search and this one shows down. Haven’t try it either.

          • Balraj

            Ty :-)

      • Ben Enos

        No its not free. Obviously very little research was actually done in writing this article.

    • Mrkud

      I just took my ipad 3 from the drawer and updated it. I need to admit I am shocked, I have been using my N7 and S4 most of the time but the wealth and beauty of the apps for iPad are just ridiculous. Need to say that iOS7 loks more Android-ish to me then the Android OS itself.

      • http://mh449.wapka.mobi/ Micajah McCuen

        Android is still obviously better.

    • Balraj

      I didn’t like most of the apps..It’s laughable that these are must have
      I just liked the games n two more apps
      If you ppl are advertising apps, just do it openly lol
      We won’t feel bad, don’t ruin your reputation
      I wasted my time going through 16pages >.<

    • Adarsh Krishnan

      Is there an app for IOS which can efficiently recognize handwriting as the S Note app ? Please let me know. I am interested in a stylus like that in Note also.

      Get back to me @ https://www.facebook.com/iamadarsh

      • APai

        apple scoffs at a stylus, besides the accuracy with regular capacitive stylus is nowhere close to the samsung stylus.

        so you are out of luck, sorry. get a device which has a stylus like samsung, or the new tegra note – which has a slightly modified stylus, but closer to the samsung stylus.

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    • Bone

      The Android Authority app is very nice, but this very article doesn’t offer to go to the next app from the first.

    • Quryous

      Well, I can agree with 2 of them. The rest didn’t last a day.

    • Magnetic1

      There is some bias here. But I’m not offended by it. Corporations that cooperate gets included in the good PR campaigns. But there are other apps that I think is more valuable than some listed here. Then again it’s that to each his own kind of thing too. But I thought Real Racing 3 was given. Huh!

    • Magnetic1

      How about an app that gets the APK file download?

    • jlninja

      Everyone has their opinion, but fir the best browser with flash which I use as my favorite is Dolphin withoit a doubt. Permanent desktop settting and flash support makes it an excellent choice. Chrome is useless on Android with no capabilities beyond what it comes with If it had the capabilities of the desktop version maybe, but it still doesnt have a desktop default setting or flash

      Flipboard is pretty, but incredibly slow and fatal in its lack of access to the original stories in most cases. Pulse is the best app of its kind. Fast, configuable and stable.

      • Ben Enos

        I use flipboard a lot and almost every single story has a link to the original post, either at the bottom of the page or in the toolbar where it gives people the option to view it on the Web. I’ve never once come across a tithing I couldn’t read the full version of except a few posts from the Wall St Journal because they want viewers to subscribe to thier service.

    • Anders CT

      AIDE is an outstanding app.

      Can you play Modern combat 4 with mouse and keyboard?

    • Ben Enos

      You have Riptide2 listed as free, but it’s actually a three dollar app. The “free” version in the play store is malware and users have been warned against downloading it several times (including on this site I believe) I expected a bit more quality in this article, it has poor research and poor layout (multi page format).

    • Anders CT

      The new free Quickoffice app is good on a laptop

    • ultravisitor

      Why use SoundHound when Google Search can listen to and identify a song, as well as provide a link for purchase from Google Play?

      • Jesus

        because old skool baby

    • Tulai Paul

      Good, Educative article. We are in synch. Additionally, the users may like to download some mobile apps and games provided by the companies like appnext or chartboost or adcolony for recreation purposes.

      • klyde

        No. Brad ward is a fool. I’ll beats him up and shuts him up.

    • strangefruit

      Springpad is the best note taking and organising tool, Kingsoft Office is free and more than adequate for most needs. Firefox is actually a better browser on the tablet than Chrome. Flip may be colourful but I think Taptu does a much better job of aggregating your news. Really for a top 15 list I can hardly find 3 apps here to recommend. ES File Explorer i have loved from day 1,

    • Shoeb Ahmad Fareed

      Our Android device can record our incoming and outgoing calls. To do that, an android application is needed. To know which is needed visit – http://goo.gl/AkwU6U

    • freeiam

      hey cool hot NEW tablet app here -> http://www.akama.ch

    • yeast

      Chrome? Really? Run it and it will eat up all memory with 150MB+ of usage.

      • SSDROiD

        What if I told you most Android users don’t care about how much memory an app uses as long as the app is stable, fast and up-to-date, which the Chrome app is.

    • brad

      DroidTV-virtual DVR. I watch my shows at lunch in bed, where ever. By far the most used app on any device I have.

      I have been playing with maxthon browser. And on ANY device it kicks chrome around like a can. Maybe I just haven’t found the buggy parts yet.

    • Jesus

      “You can’t surf the Internet five minutes without hearing at least a single reference to Minecraft nowadays.”


      • SSDROiD

        I agree with you. It’s been over a month since I last read a reference to Minecraft on the Internet, excluding this article. It had its fling a while back where everybody was talking about it, but that’s quickly faded away.

    • jim

      Half the above listed apps are retail apps. Someone got PAID OFF.Brad retard Ward I want to punch you in the fat face

    • jim

      Brad Ward can suck my juicy fruits. Hes a big Dummyhead poopoo.