126 Awesome Android Tablet Apps
Welcome to our brand spankin’ new Android tablet apps listing. If you’ve ever been here before, you’ll notice that things look a lot different. We’ve gutted and remodeled our apps listing from top to bottom to give you the best tablet apps for Android no matter what you’re looking for. The list below is comprehensive, and links back to the Google Play Store, which is the best place to download apps. Right now we have north of a hundred different apps and seven different categories, but we still have a lot of work to do. So does Google, honestly, because Android tablet apps still don’t look nearly as good, on the whole, as iPad apps, and that’s not an opinion; it’s a fact.
Let us know what you think and leave a comment if you have something nice to say or have some constructive feedback. We’ll add new apps on a regular basis, so this list isn’t set in stone.
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If you’re looking for apps to use in your leisure time, you’ve come to the right place. Entertainment is one of our largest categories, covering everything from movies to games to sports games. If you sit and listen, read, or watch it, you’ll find it here.
Movies and TV
With a constantly changing library of thousands of TV shows, movies, and exclusive content that you can stream direct to your tablet, Netflix offers a whole lot of entertainment for $8 a month.
Satisfy the film-buff inside with this virtual encyclopedia of movie facts, actor biographies, and fascinating trivia. Millions of people rate regularly and chat about their favorite movies at IMDb.
It won’t cost you a cent to stream movies and TV shows from Crackle. All of the content is completely free. You won’t find the latest blockbusters, but there are some gems tucked away in here.
Radio and Podcasts
If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, then let Stitcher choose based on your interests. This app will stitch together all your favorite radio and talk shows together in a playlist of your choosing.
Every feature you could want in a music player is packed in here. There’s support for all sorts of formats, a 10 band graphic equalizer, crossfade support, and a lot more. It costs $4 after the trial.
More than 20 million tracks to play or you can enlist this app to serve up music you’ll like by selecting tracks, artists, or genres. Favorites can be synced for offline listening. Monthly price is $10.
A scoreboard, TV schedule, videos, and news covering all your favorite sports make this a must download. It covers college football, hockey, and basketball, making it a good choice for any sports fan.
iScore Baseball ($10)
You can see scores for any baseball or softball game in real-time, as long as its broadcast live online. This tracking app aggregates everything you need to better enjoy college ball games.
Work and Organizing
When you’re done relaxing and having fun, it’s likely because you need to get stuff done. This is the category for you. We’ve got good apps for managing your email, cloud storage, calendar, task lists, and many other things. If you need it for work, it’s here.
Microsoft’s app is your best bet if you want to grab email from your Microsoft account. It’s clean, almost elegant, and straight to the point. It supports notifications, conversation threading, and more.
If it’s not preinstalled on your tablet then seek it out, because Chrome is the best browser around. Fast, reliable, and efficient, it offers easy tab and bookmark sharing using your Google account.
All the basics are handled well by Dolphin, but the extras in the shape of customizable gestures, voice controls, and sharing features really suck you in. It’s an innovative and unique browser.
Word and Spreadsheets
Smart Office 2 ($10)
This app can handle all of your Microsoft Office documents. You can view, edit, print, export, and share Word, Excel, or PowerPoint files. It also handles PDFs and images in various formats.
Create budgets, track your cash spending, and see your checking, savings, and credit cards all in one place. Alerts will warn you about unusual activity, or bills. Mint is the best way to manage money.
The simple look is tempting, but the real attraction here is cross-platform support for all of your tasks and projects. The layout is made for your tablet and there are enough features for power users.
Security and Utilities
Properly securing and protecting your new Android tablet is becoming more important every day. These apps will help your stuff safe, track down your tablet if you lose it, and we’ve included an assortment of basic utilities — or small things like flashlights that you just want your tablet to do.
Secure Your Tablet
Anti-virus and malware protection, backup support, and a device locator make up the free version of this effective app. It occasionally forces portrait view, but otherwise it’s good for tablet security.
Track Your Tablet
If you don’t want the anti-virus portion of Avast’s security app then you can just install this tool. It can locate your tablet, remote lock or wipe it, play an alarm or take a photo, and has a stealth mode.
Home Screen Launchers
Resize your icons, hide unwanted elements, create a scrolling dock, and choose transition effects. That’s just the tip of the iceberg with Apex, which empowers you to achieve the style you’re craving.
Make your Android tablet’s home screen look just like an iPad with this awesome launcher. The bright iOS 7 icon style and the animation transitions are all there, with plenty of customization options, too.
Concise in functionality and design, this is the only calculator app you’ll ever need on your Android tablet. Basic and advanced math options are covered and you can configure it to suit your needs.
You’ll find more than 5,000 hand-picked wallpapers in here organized into a number of categories. The simple interface makes browsing a pleasure and image quality is generally very high.
Geekbench 3 ($1)
This set of benchmarks covers navigation, 3D graphics, video performance, Web browser performance, and more in a series of tests to assess your device. It only works in portrait view.
What’s Around Town
Whether you’re eating at home or going out to do something fun, this is the place to find everything local. We’ve got a hodgepodge of different apps to help you have a good time around town, and a few to help around the house.
Packed with recipes from your favorite Food Network chefs, this app is constantly growing. You’ll find easy to follow instructions and photos to keep you on track, and you can search by ingredients.
Create a central repository for all of your recipes and use it to plan your weekly meals and create your grocery shopping list. You can even sync this app with friends or family that have an iPhone.
You can search more than 250,000 reviewed recipes, and filter your results various ways with this app. Create and share menus, look for recipes based on the ingredients you have, and more.
Restaurants and Bars
It’s always smart to book ahead when you’re dining out and you can do it for free with this app. It also lets you search for what’s close by with lots of filters and reviews to help you find the perfect place.
Get a look at delectable dishes near you and stoke that appetite. Find out what friends, experts, and others rate as the best establishments and dishes to order, and rate your own meals.
Find restaurants near you, peruse the menu before you book, and get directions. You can also read what others thought, look at photos of the best dishes, and write and submit your own reviews.
Things To Do
If you’re looking for a memorable night you’ll find the hottest, expertly curated events in London, New York, and San Francisco listed here. Book from the app and earn rewards for inviting friends.
You can find all sorts of interesting places and things to do, but the ability to keep up with your friends and join the party is the real attraction of Foursquare. There are some money-saving deals.
Don’t miss out on great local events, get recommendations, check what your friends are going to, and buy your tickets in this app. It’s just a shame it doesn’t support landscape view at all.
Places To Visit
There more than 100 million places listed in this augmented reality browser, so it’s an easy way to find the local sights, events, restaurants, hotels, bars, nightlife, or whatever else you’re seeking.
Whether you’re visiting somewhere on vacation or it’s your home town, you’ll still find some great recommendations for attractions to visit in this app, with detailed reviews and useful tips.
Track down tourist spots, great restaurants and bars, stores, cinemas, and other attractions with this app. You can also use it to find your Facebook friends and see the places they recommend.
Movies and Theater
Who’s that guy? Who directed this movie? When is that out? Is it worth seeing? Whatever you want to know about movies or TV shows you’ll find an answer in the Internet Movie Database.
Check out what’s showing at your local movie theaters, what’s coming soon, watch trailers, read reviews, and book tickets. You can even stream or download movies in the app, if you want.
You can find complete listings for all the movie theaters near you with this app and it pulls in ratings from IMDb and Flixster. Search by day, get theater directions, and write your own user reviews.
If you’re looking for something a bit special and unusual then the crowd-curated collection in this app will put a smile on your face. It’s the perfect place to find a memorable gift or treat yourself.
If you can’t find it on eBay then you won’t find it anywhere. The biggest online marketplace around is available as an excellent app that has all the features you need to buy and sell everything.
Browse millions of products, check up on customer reviews, and find deals in Amazon’s official app for Android tablets. It’s well laid-out, easy to search and filter, and it supports 1-click buying.
Travel and Navigation
If you’re kind of a big deal, own many leather-bound books, and have places to be and foreign countries to visit, these are the apps for you. We’ve got mapping apps, language translating apps, and even some apps that will help you out on a hike.
Maps and Turn-by-Turn
A lively, active community ensures that you have the latest maps and traffic updates. Full voice-guided navigation is supported and the cheapest gas in your area is highlighted for you.
Forward all your travel related plans to TripIt and it will automagically (see what we did there?) organize your itinerary and help you get where you need to be on time for a hassle-free trip.
Wherever you’re headed, this app will help you get a flight there and scope out the land. Accommodation deals are the biggest attraction because Expedia boasts many exclusive discounts.
A barebones interface lets you focus on the translation and more than 70 languages are covered. Input text, speak, take a photo, or write, and you get a text translation, and audio for some languages.
Public Transit and Taxi
Check what public transit is available in your immediate area, or search for directions to and from specific addresses and see all of your bus, train, or subway options, with walking directions to stops.
This versatile mapping and navigation app supports many map formats and allows you to mark routes, navigate with a compass, access 3D maps, and download what you need for offline exploration.
There are a few apps based on the Army Survival Manual, but this one works well on tablets with a landscape view supported. It’s full of useful advice for surviving in the great outdoors.
Social and Chat
Talking, communicating, chatting … whatever you call it, if what you want to do involves sharing thoughts with others, these are the apps for you.
Chat and Texting
Google has folded a lot of extra functionality into Hangouts so you can use it for instant messaging, sending SMS or MMS texts, sharing files and locations, and making video calls with up to 10 different friends.
You can receive and send SMS and MMS on your Android tablet by linking it up with your phone using this app. It also notifies you when a call comes in and it has a photo and video backup option.
One of the best Twitter clients around, TweetCaster offers support for multiple accounts, scheduled tweets, notifications, filters, and all kinds of customization options. It can post to Facebook too.
Internet Calling (VoIP)
Millions of people rely on Skype for free voice and video calls across the Internet. It also serves as an instant messenger, and you can buy credit and use it to call landlines and cell phones.
You can enjoy free calls, messaging, photo, and video sharing with other users. It’s a cross platform app that also works on your desktop, and it supports 3G for low cost calls outside your Viber network.
If you use Blogger then this barebones app will let you edit, save, and post on multiple accounts. You can embed images, add labels, and add location data, but it can be a little buggy.
Fitness, Health, Sports
When you’re done watching sports, you could always try playing some. Physical activity is good for you. Trust us. We haven’t moved for days while we compiled this apps list. But hey, if you don’t want to play sports, we’ve also got a few apps to help you eat better, live healthier, and workout more efficiently.
Fitness Flow ($5)
Start working out now with HD videos of more than 100 different exercises backed up by audio instructions. You can target specific body areas, set your own pace, and record your progress.
If you want to count your calories and maintain a healthy weight, this is one way to do it. It’s quick and easy to use and it lists over 3 million different foods. It can also track your exercise.
Use this app to track your sporting activity whatever it may be, from running to lifting weights. You can compete with friends, encourage each other, record routes, and analyze your performance.
Describe symptoms, check conditions, review and identify drugs, get first aid advice, and find local health services with this handy pocket doctor. Unfortunately there’s no landscape view.
Keep a complete record of family illnesses and treatments, doctor visits and sick days, for your whole family with this handy digital journal. You can see health over time with a handy calendar view.
Here’s a serious reference tool designed for healthcare professionals. It includes a comprehensive drug database with dosing information, and a symptom checker, but tailored suites are expensive.
If you really want to improve in any sport then analyzing your performance is very important. This app can record slow motion video and it’s packed with analysis and annotation tools.
Create new tactics annotated on the court and design training regimes that include specific exercises with this no frills coaching app. Use your tablet instead of a blackboard to plan a game.
Use your tablet as a scorecard to track every shot of your round with this app. It also works as a GPS rangefinder and it can bring up aerial amps of over 30,000 courses around the world.
That’s it for now! Be sure to check back because we’ll revise our top picks, and add new categories, on a regular basis.