15 best Android tablet apps that all tablet owners should have

June 18, 2014

Sony Xperia Tablet S
Getting an Android tablet can give you a lot of options. You can offload some apps that may have been getting in the way on your phone, play some games on a larger screen, or use it as your new eReader. Before you get started on your quest to make your Android tablet truly yours, check out this list of Android tablet apps that you should probably have.


Android tablet apps - Amazon KindleAmazon Kindle

[Price: Free]
If you like to read books there are few better options than Amazon Kindle. If you own a Kindle device and have ebooks from Amazon, you can easily sign into your account and sync your books to your tablet. With the back-lit displays of tablets, this is a great way to read in the dark and the app is free to boot!

PROS
  • Huge library of books.
  • Dedicated tablet interface.
  • The books cost money but the app is free.
  • Sync your Kindle library effortlessly.
  • Very solid eReader.
CONS
  • Really only useful if you use Amazon for your ebook shopping.
  • Amazon has a history with taking forever to update their apps.
7.5
Overall, a solid eReader and a great addition to any tablet.
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Amazon Kindle android tablet apps


ADM - best Android tablet appsAndroid Device Manager

[Price: Free]
Just like any other electronic device you own, it would be a shame if you lost your tablet. With Android Device Manager, you get an app that syncs with your Google account and doesn’t take up hardly any resources. There is a web interface where you can track your tablet.

PROS
  • Syncs with your Google account so the set up is easy.
  • Web interface is simple to use.
  • It's a totally free app.
  • Very light on resources so no lock ups or battery drain.
  • Your tablet can be found if lost.
CONS
  • Not as feature rich as other anti-theft, 'lost my device' style apps.
  • May have trouble from time to time since many tablets don't use cell towers for location.
8.5
Very often people forget that tablets can be stolen too. It also helps that too often criminals forget that people install tracking software on their tablet!
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Android Device Manager best android tablet apps


Google Chrome - best android tablet appsGoogle Chrome Browser

[Price: Free]
Many tablets will have this pre-installed and it’s one of the few pre-installed apps that people don’t consider to be bloatware. Google has done a lot of hard work to make their browser among the best options on any platform and that includes tablets. It has a bunch of features although it can be a little heavy on the RAM sometimes.

PROS
  • Pre-installed on many tablets so you don't have to download it yourself.
  • Features aplenty.
  • Integration with Google services which includes syncing bookmarks, history, etc from the desktop version.
  • Frequently updated.
  • Other features like translator, voice search, and gesture built in.
CONS
  • May perform poorly on older tablet models.
  • May use a lot of system memory
7.5
Overall, if you don’t take Opera down below then you should take this one.
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Google Chrome best android tablet apps


evernote best free android tablet appsEvernote

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Evernote was among the first apps to embrace the tablet interface and it probably doesn’t hurt that the app is already pretty awesome. If you need to take notes then this is pretty much the app to get. It has a lot of features including cloud storage integration and cross-platform support.

PROS
  • Cross platform support.
  • Cloud storage integration with most of the major cloud storage companies.
  • Pretty much every note taking feature you could ever want.
  • Looks really nice on a tablet.
CONS
  • It may be 'too much' for people who just need something simple.
  • Comes as bloatware on some devices.
9.0
If you need notes that you can get to anywhere then Evernote is the way to go.
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evernote best free android tablet apps


Flipboard best android tablet appsFlipboard

[Price: Free]
Flipboard is another application that embraced the tablet scene very early on. It is an RSS reader where you can subscribe to various news sources and keep up on what’s going on in the world. It also comes with podcast support and video support if you want to see a video or listen to a podcast from your favorite websites.

PROS
  • Gorgeous interface.
  • RSS support means you can find whatever websites you want for your news.
  • Podcast and video support if needed.
  • Totally free app.
  • Localized in over 18 regions.
CONS
  • Comes as bloatware on some devices so you can't choose if you want it or not.
  • May perform badly on older tablet models.
  • The interface is made for the casual reader. Hardcore RSS users may need to look elsewhere.
8.0
Flipboard may be a bit much on a phone but it fits right in on a tablet.
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android tablet apps


Google Drive best free Android tablet appsGoogle Drive

[Price: Free]
Google Drive is an essentially application for pretty much any Android owner. Google is gracious enough to give you 15GB of cloud storage for free forever which is more than enough for most people. Using this you can create documents, spreadsheets, presentations, or just store some files if you need them. Tablets are notorious for not having SD card slots so the only chance of expanded storage is through cloud services like Google Drive.

PROS
  • 15GB of free storage for life.
  • Integrated with Google services.
  • Easy to use with a clean interface.
  • Store any kind of file.
  • Essential for tablets without expandable storage.
CONS
  • Drive used to be all you needed but now you need Docs and Sheets too which clutters the app drawer a bit.
8.5
It’s an amazing application but if you do go with Drive, you’ll have to pick up the dedicated editing apps too. They are Google Docs and Google Sheet.
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Google Drive Android tablet apps


Android tablet appsHangouts

[Price: Free]
One of the more popular things to do with tablets is video chats. There are a myriad of apps that allow for this but Hangouts is the easiest to use. It’s integrated with Google services so once you sign up for the Google Play Store you’ll be able to use Hangouts without creating another account. It’s solid, stable, and allows for up to 10 participants in a single video call.

PROS
  • Google services integration.
  • Up to 10 participants in a video call.
  • It's also an amazing chat platform.
  • Multi-platform support means you can chat on your tablet while others use their computers or iPhones.
CONS
  • Can perform poorly on older tablets.
  • Can be buggy on some devices.
7.5
For chatting and video calls, there are few options as good as Hangouts.
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Android tablet apps


HD Widgets - best android tablet appsHD Widgets

[Price: $1.99]
When it comes to adding clock, weather, or toggle widgets to your tablet, HD Widgets is the way to go. Tablets have a larger screen and that means there are more spaces on the home screen to add things. HD Widgets has options that cater specifically to that need. You can create gorgeous, gigantic widgets that you can also very heavily customize.

PROS
  • Widgets made especially for tablets are available.
  • A metric ton of color options and possibilities.
  • Clock, weather, toggle, and indicator widgets available.
  • Colourform and Kairo theme packs available (sold separately).
  • HD Widgets app is actually pretty useful and displays the weather from any one of three weather sources.
CONS
  • If you don't like the theme or the theme packs, you probably won't like this app.
  • Widget options change depending on device so your mileage may vary.
  • May perform poorly on older devices.
7.5
It can turn a boring home screen into a colorful and gorgeous one with very little effort and most people think it’s worth the price tag.
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HD Widgets best android tablet apps


holocalc android tablet appsHoloCalc Scientific Calculator

[Price: Free]
This one is pretty simple. You have a gloriously huge screen and if you need to use a calculator, why not choose one that takes advantage of that? There are a lot of calculator options but this one is stable and it uses the tablet screen real estate very well. It has all of the basic computational functions as well.

PROS
  • Holo Light and Holo Dark themes available.
  • Uses the tablet real estate well.
  • Nice and simple, no weird things to learn.
  • Totally free with no advertisements.
CONS
  • May be too simple for some.
  • It could use more customization options.
7.0
It’s a calculator app so it’s hard to mess things up but this one is stable, free, and it looks good.
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holocalc android tablet apps


Android tablet apps - NetflixNetflix

[Price: Free with subscription]
Another one of the more popular uses for tablets is for streaming video content. In that, Netflix wins on Android. There are other services but their Android apps are either sub par or they require things like a cable service provider to use. Netflix has a subscription service of $7.99 (and it will be $8.99 eventually) and all you’ll need to do to enjoy it on the tablet is to sign into your account and start streaming.

PROS
  • One of the precious few video streaming apps that are well polished.
  • Reasonable subscription rate.
  • Above average selection with some really good original programming.
  • A great way to enjoy your larger tablet screen.
CONS
  • Can be buggy for some.
  • May perform badly on older devices and on devices with slow internet.
7.5
It’s the king of streaming video on Android except for maybe YouTube.
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Netflix best android tablet apps


Opera browser best android tablet appsOpera Browser

[Price: Free]
Opera is one of the better browser options for Android. Their tablet browser option is very nearly second to none. They went through the trouble of adding a lot of features specifically for tablets and it results in one of the most comprehensive tablet browsing experiences available.

PROS
  • Dedicated tablet interface is amazing.
  • Free app!
  • Has many standard browsing features like private mode.
  • Off Road Mode lets you browse on internet connections that are less than ideal.
CONS
  • May perform poorly on older devices.
  • It's not a huge difference but there are other browsers that are faster.
8.0
If Chrome isn’t your thing then you should definitely give Opera a try.
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tablified tablet market android tablet appsTablified Tablet Market

[Price: Free]
If the apps on this list just aren’t cutting it, you can always try using the Tablified Tablet Market. This app goes through the trouble of filtering out all non-tablet apps in the Google Play Store and shows you only apps that play well with tablets and their larger screens. When you use it, it’ll redirect you to the Play Store to download the apps so you don’t have to worry about downloading apps from third party sources.

PROS
  • Allows you to search specifically for tablet apps.
  • Redirects to the Play Store for download so no third party nonsense.
  • For the most part, it's stable.
  • If you read the reviews, look at newer ones. Many negative reviews are from when this was a paid app.
CONS
  • Doesn't work in some countries.
  • Can perform slowly on older devices.
  • Some of the ads may be intrusive and bothersome.
7.0
All tablet owners should have this on their tablet.
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android tablet apps


TweetCaster - best twitter android tablet appsTweetCaster for Twitter and FriendCaster for Facebook

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
We included these together because they perform invariably the same function. To give you a tablet UI for your social media. The official Twitter app is improving but TweetCaster has simply been doing it longer at this point. Facebook has never really had a good tablet UI and FriendCaster helps fix that. If you click on the title of this section, you’ll be taken to TweetCaster’s page on the Google Play Store.

PROS
  • You can enjoy your social media on a real tablet interface with these apps.
  • They're free with in app purchases. The in app purchases pretty much just remove ads.
  • Each app has unique features you won't find in the official social media apps.
  • Both apps have theme options so you can get rid of that blue/white layout for good.
CONS
  • FriendCaster seems to be in the middle of an overhaul and may be buggy for some.
  • Due to the extra features, both apps are actually more bloated than the official apps.
7.0
Tap the button to check out FriendCaster for Facebook.
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Tweetcaster - best twitter apps android tablet apps


zedge best free Android tablet appsZedge

[Price: Free]
No app list is complete with a visit from Zedge. Your new tablet is probably needing a new wallpaper and the ringtone selections for what notifications you do get are sparse at best. Zedge is the go-to app for these things and you can find a very decent selection of both apps and ringtones for your needs.

PROS
  • Huge selection of backgrounds, notification tones, and ringtones.
  • Tablet optimized and the UI looks really good.
  • Some peripheral features like saving favorites helps you remember what you had if you switch devices.
CONS
  • The games section is kind of lackluster. It's usually just the most popular games available now regardless of quality.
  • May be buggy for some.
8.0
Every device period should have Zedge. Not just tablets.
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zedge best android tablet apps


Android authority android tablet appsBonus: Android Authority official app

[Price: Free]
If you own an Android tablet you may be more interested in Android news. After all here we are together hanging out talking about Android, right? A great app to get if you want to stay up on the latest and greatest in Android is the official Android Authority app. We do have a tablet optimized UI and we do a lot of Android news and reviews along with some great editorials. It’s also totally free so why not?

PROS
  • Tablet optimized UI for easier navigation.
  • A great selection of news, reviews, editorials, and more Android stuff.
  • Very solid and stable with few bugs.
CONS
  • None.
  • My inability to review this app without bias.
8.0
This is the best Android news app out there, bar none. Also, this isn’t biased at all. Not at all.
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Wrap up

If we’ve missed some awesome tablet apps, shoot us a comment below and let us know about it!

Comments

  • 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…

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    • 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…

    • monkey god

      It’s all on one page for me and I didn’t have to click on any button. Not sure why its multi page for you.

  • 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.

  • endinsight

    KeePass2Android

  • 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

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  • 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.”

    Really?

    • 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.

  • Albin

    Kindle app is not restricted to AMZN’s Kindle format, but supports both DRM-free *.mobi and PDF files, though not as good as a dedicated app like’s Adobe or Foxit for PDF. Also supports OverDrive library loans in the USA, for those one-off books no use owning. I also use Aldiko app for the *.epub format and OverDrive loans here in Canada.

  • Jayfeather787

    Nova Launcher is a must on every device.

  • willheim

    On tablet my #1 app is MXPlayer to watch videos, movies, clips. And some emulators to run Win3.1 (lol no kid).
    On phone Opera Browser and Google Hangout are my best companion for daily commute.

  • Will S.

    I’m not particularly blown away by this list, some apps even come preinstalled; would’ve likes to have seen some less known apps.

    • JosephHindy

      Perhaps someday I’ll do a “15 obscure tablet apps that still rock” :)

  • joser116

    It’s sad that a lot of these apps are Google apps, popular no-brainer apps, or simple apps like calculator and widgets.

    • JosephHindy

      This list isn’t intended for people like us who know Android very well. It’s meant for people who don’t know Android at all :)

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