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The 7 best apps for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9

These apps are particularly well suited to the strengths of your new device.

Published onMarch 27, 2024

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Ryan Haines / Android Authority

If you’ve invested in one of the exciting new Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 models, you’ll want to maximize its potential. Among the many top-tier features of the latest Android tablets are a 120Hz Dynamic AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for the Galaxy chipset, 20% larger speakers than the Tab S8 line, and the S Pen. It’s a beautiful hardware package, but what are the best apps for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 to ensure you unleash its full potential? We’ve picked out five of the first apps you’ll want to get.

There are undoubtedly dozens of amazing apps that would be perfect for the new Samsung tablet range. The impressive display and powerful processor make this an ideal tablet for both streaming and gaming, but our list would fill up quickly if we included those options. So, you can consider Netflix and YouTube as given, and our list of the best Android tablet games can guide you on the gaming front. We’ll focus on a few other apps you might not have immediately considered.

Adobe apps

Price: Free

While there are a variety of excellent design apps that suit the Galaxy Tab S9, this one is a no-brainer. Adobe offers a suite of creative tools that are industry standards in their respective fields. Apps like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Lightroom provide professional-grade photo editing, graphic design, and digital art capabilities optimized for touch interfaces, including styluses like the S Pen. The 2K AMOLED display of the tablet ensures your artwork jumps off the screen, plus Adobe frequently updates its apps with new features and improvements, ensuring you always have access to the latest creative tools.

Adobe’s cloud-based services, such as Adobe Creative Cloud, allow you to sync your work across multiple devices. You can start a project on your Samsung tablet and finish it on your desktop without hassle. There are also more practical and business-related apps, such as Adobe Fill & Sign, that pair well with the document-scanning capabilities of the Galaxy Tab S9.


Price: Free / In-app purchases ($1.99 – $29.99 per item)

Concepts is a free, feature-packed sketchpad available for Android that works extremely well on Samsung Galaxy Tabs. This one has an infinite canvas for you to sketch, take notes, draw doodles, make mind maps, designs, and so much more. It is great for beginners since it is vector-based, so you can easily edit your work without any redrawing. You have useful tools like shape guides, live snaps, and measurements to create beautiful sketches. With its handy nudge, slice, and select tools, you can easily make fine adjustments to your drawings and sketches. It works great with S-pens and can accurately record pressure changes, which is essential for the best sketch apps.

You can even choose from a variety of different paper styles, and these come with customizable grids. We really love the app’s layering system; it has automatic sorting and adjustable opacity. You will have no problem with colors since this one has the full COPIC color spectrum, RGB, and HSL color wheels. It allows you to easily duplicate your work, drag and drop images to the canvas for reference, and export images in JPG or PDF for easy sharing. The free version by itself is enough, but you can still opt for the premium version, which has even more features. 


Price: $6.99

We haven’t made the whole list about the S Pen, but we wanted to mention RoughAnimator, which is a fun tool for your new Galaxy Tab S9 if you’re an animator or aspire to be one. This feature-packed app is a hand-drawn animation program designed specifically for tablets. It allows you to create animations frame by frame, offering a level of control and precision that’s hard to find in other mobile animation apps. One of the key features is support for multiple layers, allowing you to separate your animations into foregrounds, backgrounds, and characters.

RoughAnimator offers a range of drawing tools, and it supports pressure sensitivity, making it ideal for the S Pen. The app also allows audio import so that you can sync your animations with sound and enjoy the full dynamism of your creations thanks to the upgraded speakers of the Galaxy Tab S9. When you’re done, you can export your animations as GIFs, MP4s, or image sequences.

Amazon Kindle

Price: Free / In-app purchases ($1.99 – $11.99 per item)

For avid readers who don’t own a Kindle device, the Galaxy Tab S9 makes a more than adequate alternative for tucking into a good e-book. The large, bright display of the tablet provides a crisp reading platform, and it includes a blue light filter mode to reduce eye strain, although the Kindle app also has a night mode for this purpose. The app itself gives you access to millions of books, magazines, newspapers, and audiobooks to choose from out of Amazon’s vast library. Text size, font, and background color are all adjustable to suit your reading preferences.

The Kindle app supports Whisper sync technology, which syncs your last-read page, bookmarks, and annotations across all your devices. You’ll also get features like X-Ray, which provides in-depth information about the book’s characters, places, and terms, as well as Word Wise, which offers definitions of difficult words as you read. There are some free titles, and for the books you have to pay for, the app allows you to read a sample before purchasing.

Samsung Notes

Price: Free

Samsung Notes is one of the best apps for taking notes on the Samsung Galaxy S9 Tab. The appeal of this app stems from the fact that it’s entirely free, with no in-app purchases or advertisements. It has different ways you can take notes. You can use your keyboard to type in stuff or your S-pen to handwrite, just like in a real-life notebook. This app will convert your handwriting to text. There’s also speech recognition.

There are nearly infinite pages for you to take notes on; these come in different formats. The basic ones include a blank page, check boxes, and a calendar. After you’re done taking notes, you can export them as PDF, JPG, MS Word, and more. Finding notes is also really easy; you can create folders and subfolders and color-code them to organize them. You can even set up reminders to get back to your notes. Overall, the app is great and is packed with a lot of features that you get in only paid apps.

Smart AudioBook Player

Price: Free / In-app purchases ($0.99 – $4.99 per item)

Smart AudioBook Player is an app that allows you to listen to audiobooks. It is one of the highest-rated apps on the Play Store. It’s free for the first 30 days, after which you can purchase the full version as a one-time payment, which isn’t that costly. It has features like playback speed control, automatic pause (in case you fell asleep while listening), and playback history so you can return to the point you were listening to before. It has an application widget for easier access and bookmarks, and the progress is saved independently for all books. Another feature is the ability to download book covers from the internet, which isn’t much, but we appreciate it. It even allows you to create a list of characters, so you can easily remember the story and keep up with the plot.

Nonograms Katana

Price: Free / In-app purchases ($0.99 – $5.99 per item)

Nonograms are Japanese puzzles, or picross, or, in other terms, paint by numbers. Nonograms Katana is one of the best apps for these. It features over 1001 free puzzles for you to try and solve. These are sorted by groups of 5×5 and 50×50. The app also allows you to create your own puzzles by importing images, and you even have the option to play puzzles created by other users. This one has leaderboards and achievements and a unique item system that you can use to solve puzzles more easily. There’s even a guild system and a dungeon expansion system for you to try out. It’s really addictive and will have you hooked for weeks. We do recommend giving this one a try if you have a bit of free time on your hands.

Those are just a few great apps to get you started on your new device, and the Galaxy Tab S9 comes with some excellent S Pen-oriented apps pre-installed, such as the popular Samsung Notes app. We’ll be sure to keep this list updated as more apps that make the best use of the Tab S9’s feature set emerge.

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