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The Best Android Apps for Writers

Take your productivity to the next level.
February 23, 2012

Gone are the days when writers used to scribble their thoughts on a rugged piece of paper with a pen and ink on the side. Thanks to the wonders of technology, the pen is now replacing the stylus, and the paper? Well, apps for PCs, smartphones, and tablets are now the best and fastest ways to write down ideas, notes and blogs. If you are both a writer and an Android user, check out some of the best Android apps we’ve prepared for you.

Indisputably, one of the most downloaded apps on the Android market is Evernote. This app lets you record almost anything, from notes to pictures and from videos to even your own voice. It allows you to write important notes, pin photos, create to-do lists and set voice reminders so you won’t misss anything. And the best thing is that it will save you a subtle amount of time by syncing all your notes to your PC or tablet in a snap. Evernote is free for a limited amount of storage. Of course, you’ll have to pay for more space.


Another awesome Android app for writers is Springpad. This award-winning app allows you to take notes, record a voice-reminder, create to-do lists, and search for products, movies and places via its extremely user-friendly interface. Also, you can use the integrated web clipper to save stuff from the Internet and search the details of any product through the barcode scanner provided within the app. It’s innovative and sublime, something which would take your writing to the next level. The best part is it’s free.


Simple just got simpler. SE Notepad is a simple, lightweight and fast app that lets you to create and edit notes on the fly. To experience the sheer pleasure of writing on an Android device, try this ingenious app! It comes pre-loaded with a number of themes and you can even tweak the font style and font size, pin a note to the home screen, backup and restore your files, sync your data and even password-protect it. Notepad is also free.


Considered as one of the hottest note taking apps in the Android Market today, FreeNote is a notetaking app that features a unique solution by combining manual handwriting and keyword typewriting. Users love the app for its flexible features. You can even draw illustrations using this app. Additional features include voice, photo and video support, calendar, alarm and a to-do list. This app works perfect with stylus pens.


Another notable Android app is Writer. James Mcminn was able to develop an extremely sleek word processor that has a clean interface. The app also has markdown support and statistics view. The Writer app is so simple and clean we dare not add anything to it if given the chance to work on its development. And our favorite part? You got it – it’s free!


If you use your Android tablet a lot than your smartphone, then we’d like to introduce to you Write: Tablet Tablet Notepad/ Journal app for Android. It has tons to amazing features that you will surely love. It’s basically a minimalist text editor for tablets. Writers will love this app for its word count feature and full screen mode. It also features automatic saving, character count, onscreen keyboard and support for physical keyboards via Bluetooth.  What’s more is that you can view your notes in a last-edited-first order with a tap of your finger and share or send those notes of yours to blogs, emails and other apps such as Evernote and Springpad. But the only catch is the price. Learn more about the app in the Android Market.

This app is the official Wikipedia app for the Android platform. As a writer, you must have used Wikipedia a lot in your writing. Am I right? Wikipedia brings you the world’s biggest encyclopedia at your fingertips. With more than 20 million articles in over 280 languages, Wikipedia is your one source for finding information and facts. You can search and browse wiki pages as well as read featured articles, view random pages, send articles and locate Wikipedia articles based on your GPS location. Wikipedia for Android will always be free.


The most fundamental principle of being a top notch writer is clear-cut organization of one’s thoughts. However, more often than not, thoughts are hard to find and there is a strong need to map out those ideas first before actually penning them down. Mindjet is a free app that provides mapping tools including notes, links, colors and various icons to help you get the job done. Hence, you can plan and organize those rough ideas, before actually writing them down.


To improve writing skills, writers continually need to read exceptional content, so as to enhance one’s skill and creativity. And what can be a better way to do that by using Kindle. With Kindle for Android, you can search, download and read all your favorite books in your smartphone and tablet. What’s more is that you can sync all your Kindle books to your desktop via Amazon’s cloud space. Kindle for Android allows you to bookmark your pages as well as highlight them for future writing use. The books are not for free of course, but the app is.


We’d also like to include your favorite Google Docs in the list. If you are a huge fan of Gmail products, then you are no stranger to Google Docs. Now you can read and edit your saved documents straight from your Android device via this app. Although the UI/ UX still lacks some improvements, it is still a very useful app especially when you save your documents a lot in Google Docs.


Another awesome alternative to Google Docs is Documents to Go. This app is an all in one app that allows you to view and edit Microsoft Office files (Word, Excel & PowerPoint) from your Android toy. There’s a reason why it’s one of the best selling office apps in the Android Market. The app is available in two different versions – the free limited version and the full version which has more features.


A thesaurus/ dictionary is equivalent to a bible for an aspiring writer. Well, no need to flip through the pages of Dictionary anymore. This app pays homage to over 1.4 million words and lets you search almost any English word on it. Interestingly, this app also provides noun forms, verb forms and adjective forms of the searched word, apart from enlisting hyperlinked entries of their synonyms. You can get this for free in the Android Market.


As a writer, it is very important to stay in sync with the current lingo. Perhaps you’ve already used Urban Dictionary. Too bad for me, I was actually forced to use the app because I had to update my vocabulary. But hey, Urban Dictionary has an updated list of words and terms that will sound out of this world at first, until you found out its actual meaning. With this innovative app, you can stay akin with the definitions of all those terms often used by teenagers today which you won’t find in any regular dictionary. Thanks to Tim Clark, Urban Dictionary for Android is now here for free.


Any piece of writing, no matter how dexterously and diligently written, would indubitably require proofreading. Using this app, you can convert your writing into a naturally audible voice file. The Classic Text to Speech Engine app supports phrasing of words in over 25 different languages. Reading your content aloud would let you know precisely if the content is relevant or not. Yes, it is also free.


The best writers definitely have perfect grammar and vocabulary. But they are not perfect. They do commit mistakes – a lot. There is always a mere possibility of typos in one’s work every now and then. So that’s why writers have to edit and proofread their work all the time. Now you can check your work while on the go with the Spell Checker app.  You can run your content to make sure that your work is free from any errors in spelling and grammar. What’s more is that you also input text via voice recording.


Perhaps you are wondering why we included Wunderlist in our list. Well, I have one reason. The reason is that I use this app a lot in keeping track of all my writing tasks. As a writer, it is very easy to get lost in the sea of assignments and topics. I found my solution in Wunderlist. Now available for Android, Wunderlist helps me manage my writing tasks better so I won’t have to miss that deadline. Wunderlist is no doubt the best task manager out there. Plus, the developers are very responsive and supportive too. And hey, did we mention that it’s free?


Another must-have is the Best Wisdom Quotes app. As a writer, it is very important to stay inspired and motivated. This app features a coveted collection of over 3000 finely chosen quotes from the best renowned leaders and philosophers of our time. You can search by category or the author name and you can even share quotes via popular social networking sites. I love this app, especially because it’s free.


It’s not all the time that we carry along with us a pen and paper. So often in your daily life, we usually come across some random thoughts and ideas which we like to pen down. If journalists and bestselling authors use voice recorders to help them stay on track, then why not us? Thanks to the Voice Recorder app for Android, you can now record those thoughts in the form of voice memos, so that you can write and deal with them later once you are in a comfortable position to write.


Suppose you read an interesting article on the Internet and you wanted to continue reading it but don’t have the time. The solution? You read it later. But how? Try the Read Later for Instapaper app for Android. We use this app a lot to store interesting news topics to write about. It is fast, free and very easy to use as well.


I’ve been using Penzu for a year and so far it’s the closest thing to a real journal or notebook. When the developers finally released Penzu for Android, I was thrilled because I can now write my daily journal from my Android smartphone. Overall, I am thankful. But I think the Android app needs more work. Also, you will have to go PRO just to sync your notes. It’s a little frustrating. But if you already have a Penzu account, then I recommend getting this app from the Android Market. Don’t expect too much though.


Lastly, we’d like to include Dropbox. Dropbox allows you to easily synchronize your files and notes in your PC, smartphone and tablet via the app. Essentially this app is perfect for storing all your documents so that you won’t have to bring them all along with you. With Dropbox, you can upload and download files anywhere anytime, save photos and videos for your blogs, and save email attachments to your Dropbox account. By default, Dropbox will give you a free storage capacity of 2GB. It’s also a great way to back-up your files.