The type of Apps you install on a tablet is very personal. My needs are relatively basic since my Nexus 7 is primarily used for viewing photos, gathering news and information, and for some entertainment and not for productivity.
I primarily use my notebook for larger tasks such as writing articles, creating graphics and editing and uploading photos. If I need to view files or images on the tablet, I can access them via hosting site or cloud service such as Google Drive, Dropbox or Picasa Web Albums (Web Albums are synced so can be viewed offline when not connected by Wi-Fi). I can download any files and images to my tablet when connected to Wi-Fi or transfer them to the tablet via the mini-usb connector.
The following are the apps I use most often and find most useful.
I much prefer Dolphin to Chrome and Firefox because it’s so easy and intuitive to use. It’s designed for mobile yet is similar in look and feel to a computer browser. Dolphin offers real tab browsing, search the Internet by voice, bookmarks and more. You can create a personal gestures to access websites you use the most. There are more than 60 available Add-ons. The only downside is that you can’t use it to watch Amazon Prime.
For watching Amazon Prime, I switch to the Firefox browser because it uses Flash currently required for viewing Prime movies. You must download Adobe Flash Player 11.1 APK for it to work.
Turn Wi-Fi On and Off with just one click. I am amazed how many apps (including games) don’t work, or will only partially work, without a Wi-Fi connection. Face it, there are times when you want to use your tablet and no Wi-Fi is available. WiFi OnOff lets me quickly toggle Wi-Fi on and off to test apps. Some of the ads for children’s apps are age-inappropriate, so I turn off Wi-Fi when children use my tablet.
Handrite Note lets you write with a finger (or a stylus) directly on the tablet screen, or use a virtual keyboard. The app is great for quickly jotting down notes such as phone numbers. Since the words are images, not text, you can also sketch symbols, numbers, equations and pictures, just like using a drawing program. There are settings to optimize the program including ink color and width of pen. You can adjust text size for writing and a different size for when it is saved. You’ll need practice to get the hang of using it but it’s fun, fascinating and definitely handy. I bought the Pro app but the free version is very good.
A file manager that lets you locate the files on the Nexus 7. It can be difficult to find files once you save or download them without a file manager. EX File Explorer lets me access system files and folders that I would not otherwise see. When I find the location of documents or images, I mark it as a “Favorite” to quickly find the folder the next time. Rename, copy, move and delete files with caution.
A free, fully-featured office suite that lets you create, view, edit and save all documents used by Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. It also has a built-in file manager to organize your office documents. It can be used with your mail application and supports cloud storage.
A free, highly attractive and easy-to-use news reader (better, in my opinion, than Google Currents that is included on the tablet). Pulse News takes your favorite news sources and transforms them into an interactive, photographic mosaic. Tap an article to read the associated story. There is a large selection of sources and you select the ones that attract your interest. Topics include news, business, technology, science, photography, entertainment and much more.
The flashlight is very bright light and useful when you need to illuminate a dark area, better than the average home flashlight. I mostly use the Screen Light but you can also choose from Warning Lights (two yellow lights alternate on and off), Color Light and Police Lights (rapidly flashes red and blue). Swiping the screen up, down or to the side changes the color or intensity of the light, depending on which light is selected. The free version is ad supported but the ads are not overly intrusive. When photographing small objects, you can use the app to illuminate the scene. If you have someone to hold your tablet, the light t can also be used outside as fill light.
If you have a Nexus 7 app that you simply can’t live without, please share it in the commenting section below this article.