There may be plenty of great Android apps out there, but most of them are designed for use on smartphones. When you use these same great apps on a tablet, all you end up getting is a super-stretched interface that really doesn’t take advantage of the bigger screen. This is one leg-up that iPad apps generally have over their Android equivalents, but it isn’t always the case. In fact, there are many Android apps optimized for tablets that do utilize the extra space more effectively.
You can browse through the Google Play Store and navigate to the tab that says “For Tablets” to find more, but here are six such examples to get you started in the right direction. These should work with all compatible Android tablets, ranging from the Sony Tablet S to the Google Nexus 10, from the Asus Transformer Prime to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.
Kindle for Android
There’s a common misconception that you need to buy an Amazon Kindle e-reader in order to read Kindle e-books. That’s just not the case, as there are apps for just about every platform. The great thing is that the Kindle app for Android automatically recognizes whether you’re installing it on a smartphone or a tablet, creating a larger experience that’s easier to read on the bigger screen of your Android tablet as needed. It’s far easier sifting through your library this way too.
Mint.com Personal Finance
In terms of online money management, Mint.com is probably one of the most popular solutions out there. While you could put this on your smartphone for ease of transport, the Android app is also optimized for tablets. As you can see in the screenshot above, for example, the Mint.com app can really display a lot of information on the Android tablet of your choosing.
Reading Google News through the web browser works, I suppose, but the Google Currents app for Android gives you a magazine-like experience with stories that matter to you. You can quickly scan through content with simple swipes and stories can be saved for later reading too. In addition to major publishers like Forbes and The Guardian, Google Currents also works with your Google Reader RSS subscriptions.
Pulse News for Android Tablets
Following a similar line of thought as Google Currents, Pulse News also provides you with a better way to consume your content on the web. Your subscriptions are organized by pages and then each content source is a row on that page. You can swipe left and right to sift through the thumbnails, clicking on the image or title to read more. The version optimized for tablets shows a lot of stories at once and it’s very easy to share the story links via social media.
OfficeSuite Pro 6.5
Just because you are away from your computer doesn’t mean that you can’t get some work done. While it still won’t be as good as what you’d get on a traditional notebook or desktop PC, OfficeSuite Pro has been optimized for tablets and lets you work with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF files with ease. The bigger screen is great for spreadsheets and the app integrates with cloud storage like Skydrive, Dropbox, and Google Drive.
X-plore File Manager
The fine line between tablets and notebooks is certainly getting blurrier, especially since we have started treating our smartphones and tablets like mini computers. We have so much content on there and that’s why we need a proper file manager like X-plore. It can help you get things done more effectively, particularly with that great dual pane interface.
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