So, you just got a brand new Android-based tablet and you’re wondering what to do with it. When you’re done downloading Facebook, Twitter, and Bejeweled, check out these nifty apps that will actually make your tablet experience better:
Swype isn’t a free app, but it’s worth the few bucks it’ll run you. This powerful little app lets you use a swiping motion to type, rather than relying on the slow and awkward form of typing that tends to plague tablet users. Just swipe your finger from letter to letter and Swype will figure out what word you’re typing. It speeds up the typing experience considerably and is way more comfortable and intuitive than “hunting and pecking.”
Hate your tablet’s stock launcher, or simply want it to have more features? Download Nova Launcher and you’ll never go back. With tons of customizable theme and layout options, a scrollable dock, and more, Nova Launcher is likely to be a huge improvement over the stock Android experience. The paid version, Nova Prime, lets you have folders in your App Drawer, which is way more useful than it sounds.
Article Saving and Read It Later
If you come across interesting articles throughout the day but don’t have time to read them right away, Pocket (formerly called Read It Later) is the perfect app to save, archive, organize, and display them. Its in-app reading display is clean and simple, and allows you to read articles you’ve saved without having to open them in your Internet browser. Plus, the app integrates seamlessly with Pocket’s browser plug-in, which you can install on your laptop so articles you save on your computer will automatically sync to your tablet. Heck, you can even put it on your phone and have your articles available whenever you need them.
If you’re rocking a tablet that wasn’t designed for e-reading, we have good news for you: you can still have a great e-book reading experience if you use the right app. Moon+ Reader is our top pick for tablet e-reading apps. The free version is packed with useful features like easy annotations and customizable themes and the ads are unobtrusive — but the full version, with its bonus features and PDF support, is totally worth its reasonable price.