What are your favorite tablet apps?

Posted Apr 05, 2012 at 9:10 pm in Threads > Apps & Games

So as I said in my other Thread I’m reviewing the Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE right now and it has me thinking about the app situation for Android tablets.

While I don’t think the situation is as horrific as many of the mainstream sites make it out to be, I do think that there is room for improvement in the way that the Play Store displays tablet apps. Beyond the “Staff Picks for Tablets” it is less than obvious which apps are truly optimized for tablet users in the Play Store.

So in the interest of building our own list of tablet optimized apps I’d love to hear from those of you that are Android tablet owners on what apps you feel really use the extra screen real estate well or just lend themselves particularly well to the tablet form factor.

  • FlexPuke

    I don’t have a tablet (yet), but I can safely say that remote desktop apps rule on tablets (I use 2X), and the tablet version of Chrome is neat as well. Also, if you’re an artist of sorts, that Autocad company sells a Sketchbook app that’s pretty neat.

  • http://ArtisticAbode.com BetterWithRoot

    I recently purchased Reddit is Fun Golden platinum edition (it’s half off right now in the market place until 04/15 for $.99). It has a pretty good interface with the submissions on the left and the web browser on the right hand side. It saves history of viewed submissions so you aren’t clicking on the same link more than once. Over all it’s a great app.

    Cogs is a pretty good game.

  • Amromun

    I know the following apps that are tablet optimized and use the extra screen space well + links to Play store:

    -Friend Me for Facebook http://bit.ly/I2VRFj
    -WiFi Finder http://bit.ly/x9pMUP
    -Mizuu (an app just like Boxee or XBMC but for android) http://bit.ly/Hzy4qq

  • orangestrat

    -Tasks is pretty enough that I might start using a task list app!
    -From what I’ve seen, the new tapatalk/xda app looks really good, but its in a closed beta right now
    -Evernote is super cool on a tablet
    -Nemus camera is a lot of fun, its kind of like photo booth on an iPad, but rougher

  • Jon

    My Favorite Tablet Apps:

    - Adobe Photoshop Touch
    - WordPress
    - Google Currents
    - Astrid Tasks
    - Mint.com
    - FriendMe
    - StumbleUpon

  • orangestrat

    I’m surprised no one has mentioned OnLive desktop! Its seriously cool

    • orangestrat

      The new Pocket has a nice tablet UI too! The Holo Revolution is taking hold!

  • orangestrat

    This is me bumping this thread because I want more people to post tablet apps so I can put them on my tablet.
    What do people think of the tablet UI in google Drive?

    • Manroth

      I feel it’s a step-up from similar apps. Although I also feel that it takes too many presses sometimes to accomplish some tasks.

  • tnnm

    Honestly, I love me some Groove IP for wifi (cost = free). I can surf the internet and take a call and the computing power of the OG Transformer seems to make the call quality pretty impeccable (perhaps it is my 35mbit FiOS internet connection though?).

  • mexedavian

    Adobe Photoshop Touch, Cogs, Hamilton’s Great Adventure, Dark Meadow, Robot Unicorn Attack, and Demolition INc.

  • scaarg

    I love the new skype, but the closed landscape mode sucks.
    I guess I feel more comfortable videochatting with the nexus 7 in portrait mode.

  • overclockthesun

    tapatalk HD of course!

  • cduran1983

    I love Machinarium and Draw a Stickman: EPIC

  • cduran1983

    Ohhh yeah and the new Skype Rocks!

  • kookeetree

    For easy typing on landscape mode. I’ve been using the “thumb keyboard” app. Split keyboard option and customizable key height, width, the size of letters, colors and more.

  • rewagner

    I have so many…best game for me is NinjaJump Deluxe and Beach Buggy Blitz. So good on my TF201 with Tegra 3

  • Manroth

    While not a “Tablet Only” app, I use Google Reader the most on my Xoom. Can’t get enough RSS feeds!

  • kelltrash14

    I use google reader too, even though it’s not as visually appealing as alternatives…I keep going back to it.

    For other news, Zite (though inferior to it’s ipad version still, which is what I used prior to Nexus 7)

  • aranea

    Game wise I play neuroshima hex a lot on my nexus 10.

    Office suite pro is not bad either but it doesn’t show all the images on a powerpoint presentation and I wish it allowed taking notes on a pdf.

    Does anyone know a pdf reader that lets you take notes on android?

  • Thor997

    I think Flipboard runs really good in tablets, I prefer it rather than google currents, and I would recommend also a game called Mini Motor Racing, it’s very funny.

  • breckinshire

    Galaxy on Fire 2 is a lot of fun.

  • Nwemo

    I don’t have one yet,but I’ll def be keeping these in mind! Thanks guys.

  • Stig03

    google currents

  • Prasoon Tiwari 1

    1. Hill Climbing

    2. Istunt 2

    3. Angry Birds

  • russdog

    Pulse is absolutely great for pulling site-reading together….

  • rshack

    news360 is great for news and politics… especially cool is the way it allows comparison of what different sources say for each topic…

  • MagikalTrev

    Zite, flip board, spotify, final fantasy 3 (yeah a game not the same)

  • crossbred900

    I don’t use many apps “for tablets”

  • chestont

    Pulse. Perfect UI and layout for the Nexus 7.

  • r90a22

    Must have for me

    Google Currents
    Google Voice
    Twitter
    Pandora
    Dropbox
    BikeRace

  • lou2cool88

    If you want a great tablet optimized reader app, try feedly. It has a great interface, a dark theme, you can swipe up or down on a story to mark it as read or unread. It also connects directly to your reader so your “marked read” will automatically update in Google Reader.

    Sadly, I can’t believe that companies like Facebook and Twitter haven’t updated to a more tablet-friendly UI. I think Android has really proven its staying power in the tablet market (especially this year with 2 Nexus tablets) so hopefully developers will respond to that.