The Best Android Apps for Tablets and Phones

So since a lot of people have come to me to ask about Android and apps, or something else android, I thought I’d put up a list of the apps I use most (free and paid). I use apps that I think are best at what they do, or simply because they’re the most fun to play lol. I will separate the apps into “Tablet”, “Phone”, and “Both” and will discuss the apps I find to be the best and what they do.

 ********My Tablet Contains About 250+ Apps – Hence the Long list ********

(These aren’t all the apps, they are the most used and favored apps I have on my devices & I recommend to others)
Also: Some of these apps have PC/Mac/Linux counter parts.
(Almost all the games do for sure)

Both:
 
Internet Browser: Chrome – my favorite browser onmy PC and my Android devices, works amazing!
Music: Google Play Music – Music stored in the cloud, no storage needed for my music anymore.
Navigation: Maps – Allows you to use GPS navigation, rate restaurant, check-in to venues, and share your location with friends and family.
  • Utility Apps:
    • -= Save my Attach =- – is a great app for saving attachments from those pesky e-mails that have unsupported file types within Android (which as new versions of Android come along is getting to be less)
    • App Cache Cleaner – a necessary tool on all android devices and should be ran a 2-3 times a week (or more if you have very little space on your phone or own a tablet (On my tablet I run this every 2 days or more, but my tablet is also my primary usage device, use it more than my computer even)
    • ES File Explorer – THE best file explore there is anywhere on the market. It can create it’s own FTP for remote access to phone or tablet, it can be a root explorer, as well as you can link to LAN computers, FTP servers, and even has built-in Dropbox, Box, SugarSync, Google Drive, and SkyDrive setups ready to go and allows multiple accounts of each. (It has it all, it is an invaluable tool)
    • DiskUsage – a great app to see how much space is on you SDCard or internal and what is taking up all the space.
    • 920 Text Editor – just your basic text editor, but does one hell of an amazing job
    • Adobe Flash Player 11.1 – if you want to see flash online you’ll need this app (for Jelly Bean you just have to side load the application (download the .apk and install it manually)
    • Irssi ConnectBot – My favorite app for TTS connecting to my home server, a great too that is similar to PuTTy, but for android
    • IVONA Text-to-Speech HQ & IVONA Amy UK English beta – I hate the default Pico TTS voice, it’s too robotic and sucks, so this app makes you like hearing your phone talk and is amazing!
    • MX Player – Best video player on the market
    • TeamViewer – Remote view/control your home PC from your phone or tablet
  • Everyday (Grocery Lists / ToDo etc):
    • Grocery iQ – Tablet // Grocery iQ – a way for my GF and I to share a grocery list and even have it separated by store and be able to not only have a list, but also scan items into the app. Also it allows you to enter in the price of the item too so you can price check when at other stores or see when a product has changed price
    • Any.DO – an awesome ToDo list app that syncs with your Google tasks as well as you can share your tasks with your spouse. It is super simple and sleek, simplistic but still perfect.
    • Key Ring – Remove all those rewards cards from you wallet and purse, go digital with this app and get rid of the clutter!
    • Mint.com – Keep an eye on all your finances (Bank accounts, Loans, and Credit Cards) with this app. Never go over budget and see where you spend your money most.
  • For School or Office:
    • Drive – Google Drive access on the go from anywhere in the world where you get service or WiFi to be able to upload or create documents/spreadsheets/presentations/etc
    • Dropbox – enough said
    • Evernote & Evernote Widget – Evernote is my favorite note taking app ever, the ability it has amazing, not to mention when paired with Skitch you can even draw diagrams to your notes.
    • StudyBlue –  the best app for studying anything there is, is a great companion to Evernote since you can sync the two together and make flashcards, review sheets, and quizzes from your notes easily.
    • myHomework – Keep track of all your homework for every class and get daily reminders (syncs to online for viewing from PC or other android/iOS device)
    • Merriam Webster – the best dictionary around
    • OfficeSuite – Open any office document and even edit right from your phone or tablet
  • Social Media Style Apps
    • Slices  – My favorite Twitter app (though from a default “share” menu you can’t send to slices
    • Falcon for Twitter – a desktop widget to get an instant view of twitter as well as “share” to Falcon
    • Foursquare – For checking in to my favorite venues
    • GetGlue –  To check into movies, tv shows, books, games, and more (you earn stickers that you can get in real life in the mail for free), it also allows you to mark the things you like, dislike, or favorite and you can write reviews for them.
    • Google+ – Enough said
    • HaxSync – Syncs my Facebook friends (all their info like Bday, Email, Phone, Picture, Etc) and calendar (events and birthdays) without having any problems and no need to install the crappy Facebook App
    • Yelp – Review restaurant you go to and share your love or hatred for a certain establishment with the world right from your phone
  • Ebook / Digital Reading:
    • Mantano Reader Premium – The Best ebook/PDF reader there is on the market (buy the year subscription for $10 and sync you library, reading position, highlights, bookmarks, and notes to multiple devices)
    • Manga Watcher Application – If your a fan of manga, then this app is for you. Get you weekly downloads right to your phone or tablet as well as add your collection you already have to the app.
  • Other Useful apps:
    • Translate –  Anyone traveling overseas or studying a new language or ran into a foreigner, this app is amazing.
    • Ancestry – is a great app for viewing and editing my family tree that is stored online in the cloud at their website
    • Craigslist Mobile – this app is for anyone who loves Craigslist (buying or selling), it is the best app available, though it’s got a slight learning curve but is the best available and fastest
    • Flixster – For checking showtimes on my tablet or phone, this app is amazing, even has the ability watch the trailers for each movie. As well as you can write and read reviews of films The only thing it is missing is a Fandago button for buying tickets.
    • Google Voice – to text and make calls from your Google voice number instead of wasting texts (unless you have unlimited) uses data instead to send texts and when paired with SipDroid you can even make calls with Data only saving on minutes.
    • Tip N Split – Great for those that want to leave a certain amount or % or even split up a bill….
    • TV Show Favs – Track your favorite TV Shows and know when the next episode is airing.
    • Unified Remote – Remote for computer a (great if you hook it up to your TV)
    • OvuView – Menstrual tracker for women (but men can use it to know when they should run and hide and be nice, or come home with random chocolates and flowers).
    • Voxer – It’s a Walkie-Talkie for android, save on minutes and texts; use data or WiFi to talk with friends with your real voice or send pics/files or texts all from the app.
Tablet:
  • Watching Movies and Videos:  (Don’t have them on my phone because it’s better to watch on my tablet, but all work on phones too)
    • Crackle – Free Movie and TV Watching
    • Crunchyroll – Free Anime watching
    • Hulu Plus – Paid service for TV, Movies, and Anime watching
    • Netflix – (We all know what this is)\
    • MX Player – Best video player on the market
    • Skifta – DLNA player/broadcaster
  • Other Useful apps:
    • AndChat – My favorite IRC client on android
    • Brilliant Quotes FREE – I like daily quotes from people that are smarter than I and some are very profound, others are freaking hilarious.
    • ComicRack Free – this is IMO the best digital comic reader on android, it even has a desktop companion for organizing your comics easily, the reading and response of this app is the best I could find and I love it (for a while I even had it on my phone too, it’s that lightweight).
    • Currents – This is one of my favorite tablet apps. What this app does it takes your favorite news, blog sites, or similar (Forbes, Huffington Post, CNET, TechCrunch, Slash Gear, and 100’s of thousands of others) and delivers them in a easily read (with pictures) to your tablet (or phone) for offline readings.
    • TabletSMS – Read and respond to phone SMS/MMS message from your tablet
Phone:
  • Utility Apps:
    • Barcode Scanner – scan barcodes (needed for other apps as well as you can lookup products via scanning)
    • DeskSMS – tablet companion to send SMS/MMS to tablet app
    • Goggles – An amazing app by Google. Scan items, barcodes, landmarks, and more; Google then will translate the writing, tell you what something is, Google search the product and more, it’s amazing!!
    • WiFi Tether – if you’re rooted you can share your phone’s data connection via a WiFi hotspot for free
    • RedLaser – Scan products at a store or manually enter them to create a wish list, birthday gift list for your kid, wedding registrar, and more, then share the list with who ever; it finds local deals and online deals and even tells you the distance and if the item is in stock.
  • For School or Office:
    • CamScanner – Scan documents, white boards, or whatever with your camera and turn them into great looking PDFs to upload/share anywhere
    • ClearRecord – Noise reduction recorder (perfect for recording lectures or meetings)
    • EasyBib – Need help creating that works cited page, just scan your book and your done.
  • Social Media Style Apps
    • Diode – My favorite reddit app.
  • Other Useful apps:
    • Codex – (The Bookworm CompanionCatalog your books and track who is borrowing them as well as how many times you’ve read them
    • Dijit – Universal remove for devices around your house (i.e. Roku, Griffin Beacon, and more; freaking huge ass list)
    • Field Trip – this handy app as you walk around can show you landmarks and more. Find places you didn’t know were historic, been fun using it
    • Sleep Talk Recorder –  self explained
    • Smart Tools – a set of tools that every phone should have (there are free versions of every tool by other developers, but this app they are all bundled and better, plus I got it for $0.25 on the play store during a sale.

About Hakarune

Trying live life on my terms now I love to travel and have been to a lot of the US, and want to see the whole world and learn every language I can.... I love humor and sarcasm and use them both all the time, to the point where some people hate me for it, but as they say "Like Father Like Son." My dad is awesome and I love him, I missed not having him around when I was growing up, but now I'm making up for lost time. My dad is like my best friend and is like me, just older and not as hansom. Though I've been called worse than him cause I don't filter what I say (at all) and I'm blunt, honest, and speak exactly what I think as well as am a sarcastic ass to the point of occasionally offending people without meaning to, but that's life. Live it and get over it, and make the best of what time you got, don't sweat the small things. View all posts by Hakarune

6 responses to “The Best Android Apps for Tablets and Phones

  • AlyR

    Thank you for sharing your list! I don’t think I’ve seen such a thorough app list either. I’ve definitely picked up a few new ones to try out though, so I appreciate the read! I’m still pretty new to the Smartphone world, so really right now the only app I’d consider to be my favorite is DISH Remote Access. I got a Sling Adapter from one of my coworkers at DISH a little while back, so I tend to use the app mostly when I know I have a show I need to watch when I’m on the go. It’s come in handy on business trips too though; since we all know everybody spends a lot of boring time waiting around for a flight. 🙂

    • Hakarune

      No problem, I get asked a lot about what apps I use and what is a good app for X. I finally thought I’d write a detailed list, because across the net are only articles like “top 10 best apps” “the top 20 must have apps” etc… Hope others enjoy it as well.

  • Mitsue

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