I received a Google Nexus 10 tablet from my family for Christmas. I had mentioned once in passing that I would fancy a tablet and they managed to work out exactly the one I’d chose just from that. Not just that but they had to order it from US and ship it to a friend’s house to keep me in the dark. It was completely unexpected and I was really taken aback by this amazing gift.
Anyway, I’ve had it for just over a month now. I’ve since added the G-HUB PropUp Case and a 5 metre micro HMDI (Type D) to HDMI (Type A) cable so I can plug the tablet into my TV when I want to watch on a bigger screen. I’ve added a bunch of free apps which I thought I’d share with you. Bear in mind that I live in the UK so some of the apps are region specific and may only work here. Everything I’ve tried so far is for content consumption (on the couch) rather than content creation.
Flipboard: Hours of fun here just browsing through news, current affairs, sport, tech, science, Facebook, or Google Reader. Justin Pot wrote about Flipboard recently on MakeUseOf and he has some great suggestions for bringing content into Flipboard. One of my favourite apps so far.
TuneIn Radio: Bookmark and listen to your favourite radio stations from around the world.
TV Catchup: This was a great find. I can now stream free to air UK TV directly to the Nexus 10. If you have Adblock Plus ad blocker installed, make sure you disable it first, otherwise TV Catchup won’t load. The app only works in UK.
Google Reader: I’ve tried a few Google Reader apps and this is the best so far as I can scroll through all my feeds in list view.
Pocket: Save stuff to read later. Syncs with your other devices including your PC, and you can read offline when you’re out and about.
Volume Control: With The Propup Case, I find it’s difficult to get at the physical volume control buttons and invariably the screen flips over as you try to put your finger on the button. So I wanted a touch volume slider on the screen instead. Volume Control works quite well and is fairly unobtrusive. You can position it where you want on the screen. I have it right at the top just right of centre.
Google Sky Map: If you’re interested in the night sky and identifying what’s where, this is a great free app. You can search for stars and planets too and the app will show you where to look for them.
Kindle for Android: I don’t have a Kindle, and I don’t need one now. But I already had the Kindle for PC app on my desktop PC to view free Kindle books. So I downloaded the Kindle app to read books on my Nexus 10. Well worth trying out and great for reading a few pages here and there when you have a moment or when you’re out and about.
Clean Master: I use this free utility to clean out the cache, old files, stop running tasks, etc. It can also be used to backup and uninstall apps.
These are the best Android apps I’ve discovered so far. I’ve bookmarked many Android apps in the past while browsing so I’ll have to go back through those and try some out. I’ll probably post again with another great selection later in the year. In the meantime, let us know about your favourite Android apps for tablets.