5 Best Tablet Apps to Increase Productivity

By | Posted May 21st, 2012

It might be fun to play Angry Birds on your tablet, but there are also more productive ways to use the device. Whether you’d like to be more efficient in the office or better organized at home, there’s an app that’s perfect for you and your tablet. Here’s a list of 5 apps that can help increase your productivity and even make things more convenient.

Make sure you do your research, though — some apps are better formatted for tablets than others. One method of determining whether the app will  meet your functionality standards is to check the comments and see how people with tablets rate the app.

Evernote
Apple: Free || 3.5 stars
Android: Free || 4.5 stars

Have you ever had that moment when a brilliant idea hits you while you’re walking down the sidewalk, but you forget it 30 seconds later? Or have you suddenly remembered something important but you had nowhere to jot down the thought?

Evernote is an amazing way to start turning these mental notes into text, photos, lists, and voice reminders that sync to all your devices. The fact that it’s free only makes it an even bigger steal.

MetroFax
Apple: Free (with an account) || 4 stars
Android: Free (with an account) || 4 stars

Wouldn’t it be nice to avoid running to the fax machine every time you have to send a document or you’re waiting for something to come to you? Luckily, technology has allowed us to move on from these restrictions with online faxing services like MetroFax.

If you already have MetroFax’s Internet faxing service, you can have access to this free app and have the ability to send and receive faxes from anywhere as long as you have your smartphone or tablet. Now your trips to that machine will be few and far between, and you’ll still have much better access to faxing capabilities.

Dropbox
Apple: Free || 4 stars
Android: Free || 4.5 stars

If you read about Evernote and think the possibility of having information shared on all your devices sounds cool, then you’ll probably love Dropbox. You start by downloading Dropbox to your computer, and when you save anything on your tablet, you’ll be able to access it on any devices with Dropbox installed.

Dropbox takes things a step further than Evernote because you can share documents, photos, and videos instead of just taking notes. If you have important documents you want to be able to access from anywhere, Dropbox is an awesome solution.

Quickoffice Pro HD
Apple: $19.99 || 3.5 stars
Android: $19.99 || 3.5 stars

If you’re a functioning member of society, it’s difficult to avoid PDFs and Microsoft Word documents. Generally, that’s not a problem, except when you’re not at your computer and you need to access these files.

Quickoffice Pro HD eliminates this problem if you own a tablet. You can create Microsoft Office documents, presentations, and spreadsheets. You can also edit these files and use the file manager to manage documents through Evernote, Dropbox, and other apps. If you find yourself needing to work with documents on the go, this is a must-have app.

Cozi
Apple: Free || 4.5 stars
Android: Free || 4.5 stars

While the terms “efficiency” and “productivity” are often associate with work, that doesn’t mean you don’t need to be productive at home and in your daily life. That’s where Cozi comes in — this app will help you keep your family updated and organized.

With Cozi, you can have shopping lists, to-do lists, calendars, journal entries, and more all shared with your family members. They can access this information using their computers or mobile devices. Now you can stay in constant communication and have the chaos of everyday life (at least somewhat) under control.

Conclusion
Owning a tablet means you have plenty of resources for staying productive and organized. The key is knowing what it is you need and what will help you. Explore these and other apps to see which fit best for what will make your life more efficient and convenient.