The New Tablet App Starter Kit for iPad and Android Tablets

The New Tablet App Starter Kit for iPad and Android Tablets

One of the questions I get asked by friends with new iPad or Nexus 7 is which apps they should download. With the dizzying array of apps out there, it can be a challenge for new users to wade through the options and find ones that will enhance their tablet experience. So to help these new owners out, and to give you something to point to the next time someone asks, here is an app starter kit for tablets.

iPhoto: While I don't use my iPad to take many photos (or any really), I do use it to organize ones I take on my iPhone, NEX-5N, and dSLR. iPhoto is great not only for organizing and viewing at a shoot; it's also good for a few light edits, which is quite handy when you're on location and don't have a computer accessible. $4.99

Keynote: This app is awesome for presenting from your iPad as well as editing presentations that you've already created. I love presenting from my iPad (usually when connected wirelessly via an Apple TV) as it gives me so much more freedom than using a laptop or fiddling with a tiny remote. $9.99

Paper: I am a very visual person, so often in order for me to process through an idea I need to sketch it out, and this app is perfect for that. I use it daily to plan and draw, and it makes a nice digital accompaniment to my handy Moleskine. Free

iMovie: This might not be considered an essential by everyone, but since I get asked about editing video on the iPad, I felt it was a good idea to include this app, as I've found it to be the best for doing that. $4.99

Google Drive: Unlike the version of Google Drive for the iPad, this one is actually robust and crazy useful. It's how I do the majority of my word processing on the Nexus 7. With this app I can view, edit, and share items in my Drive, and it's fast, simple, and all around a joy to use. Free

Evernote: It is no surprise that this app makes the essential list. In case you have never heard of it, Evernote is magic, pure magic. With Evernote you can take notes and they sync across multiple devices (yes, this includes the iPad), which is great if organization does not come naturally to you. Free

Dropbox: If in your line of work you often take screenshots from your Android tablet and want them to upload them in the background over the air, look no further than Dropbox. While there is an app for the iPad as well, it does not do the nice background uploading that the Android version does. Of course, this app can also be used to move documents across devices. Free

ES File Explorer: Being a long time iPad user, this app still surprises me with how I can see more than just the photos and videos that are stored on my device. Want to look at your downloads or music folder? Use this app. Free

What apps do you consider essential for new tablet owners?

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