Maybe you’ve heard about the analogy that some see between the smartphone and a Swiss Army knife. Well, due to the larger size of a tablet, it might also be said that mobile apps can turn a tablet into a “knife” with both a wider swath and sharper blades. This month’s picks for top apps for iPads and Android OS tablets cut across categories that include office suites, entertainment, photo editing, note-taking, and cool tools.
Microsoft Office 2013 RT is way off in the distance and an iPad version of Office is only a rumor. Yet lots of folks want to work with Office files on a tablet right now, whether for academic, professional, or other purposes.
CloudOn is one of a growing number of vendors trying to offer some sort of answer to this issue.
Essentially, CloudOn offers Apple iOS and Android OS apps that let you access an edition of Office running on its own cloud servers.
Although CloudOn’s solution certainly isn’t perfect, it stacks up well against the competition, on the whole.
After a hard day at school or work, it can be nice to curl up with an iPad or Android OS tablet and watch some TV.
First launched for iOS way back in 2010, Hulu Plus finally became available for Android earlier this year.
Although Netflix offers a lot more movies, Hulu Plus far outdoes Netflix with TV fare.
Hulu Plus for Android sports a handsome dashboard, and the HD video streaming is comparable in performance to what you get with Netflix Watch.
Like Hulu Plus, Microsoft OneNote has now added Android OS as a second mobile platform.
Although neither mobile app is as full-featured as the Windows PC counterpart, both let you take notes on a tablet, a much more natural interface for that purpose than a notebook or desktop PC.
Microsoft’s mobile note-taking apps work in conjunction with Windows Live.
Photo editing is also a natural type of pursuit for tablets. With that fact in mind, Adobe recently rolled out Photoshop (PS) Touch for the iPad.
PS Touch for the iPad doesn’t provide the depth of features and functionality of Adobe’s desktop product, Photoshop Creative Suite (CS).
However, it has something that the desktop application doesn’t: a sense of spontaneity, fun, and even mischievousness.
LogMein’s recently introduced Join.Me is a Web-enabled offering which allows users of Windows PCs and Macs to share their screens with users of iOS and Android OS devices.
When might services like these come in handy?
For Web conferences, online meetings, help desk sessions, and collaborative activities such as document reviews and study sessions…
And that’s just for starters.