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Android Apps

Posted by jeggent on January 14, 2014

OK, so while I’m still on the topic of my Nexus 7 tablet, I’m going to just give a list of apps that I am using.  I don’t use a lot of apps, so this will be a pretty select list which will hopefully make it more useful to those reading this post.

Trello

I’ve probably already said enough on this blog about Trello.  But, I love it and it is central to how I stay organized at work.  The Trello app is great!  Trello play store link

OneNote

I was really pleasantly surprised to find that there was such a good Android app for Microsoft’s OneNote.  I was really thinking that I was either going to have to suffer with a weak app or switch to something like Evernote.  Happily that was not the case and I can continue to keep using OneNote as my work knowledgebase.  OneNote play store link

 Google Drive

OK, so honestly I can’t remember if I had to install an app for Google Drive or if it came on the Nexus.  I was an early Google Docs user, so I kind of became a Google Drive user too.  I now use Drive for Docs and other files that I need to access between work, home, and mobile.  (I also use Drive Sync for some projects)  Google Drive play store link

I’m not going to bother listing the Email (not Gmail) and Calendar apps that come with Android, but they are also essential to me.

Keep

One more Google app.  I’ve been using Keep for a while and it’s nice to have a good mobile app for it.  I use Keep for quick note taking and list making (think post-it notes).  Keep play store link

Pocket

Previously known as Read It Later, I use Pocket to mark web pages for later reading.  I usually mark things at work for later reading on my tablet.  I need to be better about using Pocket because it’s nice when I need something to read to just open Pocket and have something there.  Pocket play store link

Feedly

Feedly is an RSS reader.  You add your favorite web sites to Feedly and it displays the new stories in a listing for you to read.  I know some people have a problem with Feedly and how it presents other site’s content.  They seem to have addressed that by showing much less initially and linking to the full content with a read more type button.  There was an update to the app in just the last day or so that’s changed the way the listing is displayed.  I liked it better before and don’t see a way to go back to the old view.  I may find a better RSS reader later, but for now it’s Feedly.  Feedly play store link

Twitter

I don’t know if it has changed or not, but about a year ago the Twitter mobile site was really frustrating to use.  The app doesn’t have any of those issues.  If you are suffering with the mobile web site, please get the app instead.  Twitter play store link

Kindle

Of course you need the Kindle app to read your Kindle books.  We have a Kindle Fire at home and love the amazing selection of content available on Kindle.  Kindle play store link

In the Nexus 7 post I already mentioned the AndFTP and 920 Text Editor apps that I am using to make web updates.

I hope you’ve found this list useful and I’m happy to hear about your favorite apps in the comments.

5 thoughts on “Android Apps

  1.   Kay Says:

    Twitter mobile site was really very irritating to use earlier.

  2.   Download Android APK Says:

    Feedly, I know some people have a problem with Feedly and how it presents other site’s content.

    •   jeggent Says:

      Very true. It looks like they’ve made some changes recently to show less content until you click “View Article” or “Visit Site” then it shows the full web page inside of Feedly. It’d be nice if there was an option to open in the browser, but I guess I understand why they don’t do that.

  3.   Tai Flappy Says:

    Pocket is ReadItLater in the past. Right???

    •   jeggent Says:

      Yeah, that’s right. I’d heard of ReadItLater but didn’t end up using it until it became Pocket. Pocket has a plug-in for Chrome so you can easily put things in Pocket from the desktop and read it later on your tablet or phone.

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