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24 Ways To Boost Your Android Tablet's Productivity

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2. IF (Free, Android and iOS)

If This Then That is great for automating online services like social media apps. Some tablet-specific recipes include: marking when you met a new contact in your calendar, logging how much time your spend at school/home/work, or setting up an alarm for emails you've starred in Gmail.


4. Office 365 (Free, Android, iOS, and Windows)

This suite includes tablet-friendly versions of Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook. The apps, which include many desktop features, are pretty powerful. Viewing, editing, and creating documents are free, but some capabilities (like tracking and reviewing changes in Word) require a $100/year or $10/month subscription.

6. Slack (Free, Android and iOS)

Slack is *the* app for team communication. It's integrated with services like Dropbox, Google Docs, Asana, and GitHub, which makes file sharing painless. Plus, Slack acts like a browser so you play YouTube videos or SoundCloud audio without having to leave the chatroom.


8. Quip (Free, Android and iOS)

This app offers real-time chat alongside docs, spreadsheets, and lists, allowing you to communicate and collaborate with friends, families, and coworkers without email. It works beautifully offline too.

9. Trello (Free, Android, iOS, Kindle Fire, and Windows 8)

Trello is like Pinterest for task management. Every project has its own board and to-dos are broken down into interactive cards with checklists or images attached to them. You can assign due dates to each item and delegate different tasks to different members.

10. Simplenote (Free, Android, iOS, and Kindle)

This is a lightweight note-taking app that plays nice with other platforms. Simplenote syncs, backs up and shares notes seamlessly between desktop and mobile apps. If you've only ever used a feature-rich app like Evernote, definitely try Simplenote (it's free, after all). It's very quick to boot up and easy to understand. In Android, you can also set voice commands, so you can just say "take a note" in Google Now.


11. Keep the original packaging for a free, easy DIY stand.

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14. Hide sensitive files on your Galaxy Tab by going to Settings > Device and turning Private Mode on. Once enabled, you'll be able to select "Move to Private" on any file. After you're done privatizing, turn Private Mode off to hide the files.

15. Save a *lot* of power by going to Apps > Settings > General > turning Power Saving mode to On.


This will turn your homescreen gray and limit the apps you can use to preserve battery life. Nexus tablets have a similar feature: go to Settings > Device > Battery > Menu > enable Battery Saver.


21. Use a stylus like the Wacom's Bamboo Stylus Duo ($30) for easy notetaking. There's also a regular pen built-in.

This accessory is awesome for students. Highlight documents, mark up PDFs on your tablet, then brainstorm on a piece of paper with the old-school pen.


23. Connect your tablet to your home sound system.

The Nyruis Songo ($50) is a very easy to set up, plug-and-play hi-fidelity music receiver that allows you to listen to music without docking your tablet. It connects your speaker system to your tablet via Bluetooth or aux cable.

24. A good Bluetooth option is the Fluance Fi30 Wood Speaker ($150).

One Amazon reviewer wrote: "It has a beautiful sound and is capable of producing substantial sound listening levels due to its 6Wx2 amplifier feeding 2 full-range drivers and 2 tuned bass ports. Just awesome sound."