Amazon Kindle FireMany people use the Amazon Kindle family of devices for reading a wide range of e-books. That’s great, but you shouldn’t forget about the tons of Kindle apps that are also available to help to improve your productivity. This is particularly true of the Kindle Fire, since it’s more like an Android tablet than it’s like a traditional e-book reader.

There’s one major restriction that needs to be kept in mind, though. Unlike other Android tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the newly announced Google Nexus 7, the Kindle Fire does not have full access to the official Google Play store. Instead, it is largely restricted to the Amazon Appstore for Android where there’s a section for Kindle Fire-compatible mobile applications.

Communication Apps

TweetCaster – Instead of having two separate Kindle apps to manage your Facebook and Twitter accounts, you can use just one to do both. Choose from custom themes, post media updates, and save long articles to Instapaper for later reading.

textPlus Free – The Kindle Fire isn’t a mobile phone, but you can send free and receive text messages using this convenient application.

IM+ All-in-One Messenger – Streamline your online communication needs without sacrificing your friends’ preferred protocol. Send and receive messages using everything from Facebook and AIM to ICQ, GTalk, and MSN.

Trillian Multiple IM Client

Trillian IM Chat Client

Trillian – Working in a similar way to IM+, Trillian supports seven chat networks and seven other forms of social media, providing synchronized contacts, status, accounts, and more.

iTranslate – The most popular translator app on the iPhone is also available as an app for Kindle Fire, supporting over 50 languages. There are voiced translations, as well as voice recognition functionality.

Notetaking Apps

ColorNote Notepad Notes – Forget about random scraps of paper and organize all your notes by color and due date. You can even set reminders and share your notes with other people.

AK Notepad – Simplicity is the key here, making it easy to quickly jot down your notes and ideas. These notes can then be secured with a 4-digit passcode, helping to protect your privacy.

Evernote – There’s a reason why this is one of the most popular Kindle apps, as well as being popular on just about every other mobile platform. Evernote turns your device “into an extension of your brain,” capturing notes and saving them to the cloud.

InkPad Notepad App for Android

InkPad Notepad

InkPad NotePad – Notes are automatically saved, granting you the ability to quickly e-mail your musings to whoever may need to read them.

NoteCalendar Free – This isn’t quite like the other Kindle apps for notetaking. Instead, it’s designed to let you save your memos to your calendar.

Money Management Apps

Calculator Plus – There’s something to be said about a reliable and robust calculator when you want to crunch some numbers. Simple mistakes can be corrected with backspace and a history is kept so you’ll always remember how to got to the figures that you did.

Mint Personal Finance – Manage your savings, checking, retirement, and credit card accounts in one convenient app, categorizing your daily transactions and creating a budget based on your actual spending habits.

Spensa Lite – A suitable alternative to Mint, Spensa can be used to keep track of all your banking accounts and sub-accounts, generating bank statements and tracking finances with bar graphs.

ShareBuilder Mobile – There are many Kindle apps from many banks. This one comes from ING Direct and it’s used to get stock quotes, create watch lists, trade stocks and ETFs, transfer money, track gains, and more.

Bank of America – Get all the functionality of regular Internet banking in the convenience of a native app for the Kindle Fire. Pay bills, transfer funds, and check balances all in a multi-faceted secured mobile environment.

Bloomberg Android App

Bloomberg Mobile

Bloomberg – While it’s officially designed to work with Android smartphones, the Bloomberg app will also work on the Amazon Kindle Fire. Keep your finger on the pulse of the markets around the world, reading stories selected by Bloomberg’s expert editors.

MoBill Budget and Reminder – Good money management starts with keeping good records. Keep track of your bills and your income. There’s support for Google Calendar and Dropbox too, ensuring that you never miss a payment.

Productivity and Office Apps

Documents To Go – Just because you’re not at your computer doesn’t mean that you can natively view all your Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files on the go. The pro version unlocks additional functions, like the ability to edit your documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.

OfficeSuite Professional 6 – Create, edit, and view both your Microsoft Word documents and your Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. There’s also support for viewing PDF files and PowerPoint presentations.

News Reading Applications for Kindle Fire

OpenTable – Narrow down your dining options for location and cuisine, read the reviews, and book your reservation all from the Kindle Fire.

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