Android is an excellent operating system for mobile devices, and the latest version Android 2.3 Gingerbread, brings a lot of great new features and support for new technologies, which will make the smartphones even smarter and more capable of doing various tasks.
There are tens of thousands of apps on the Android marketplace, and you can easily find about half a dozen of them that will turn your smartphone or tablet PC into anything you want, from a dedicated media player to a car navigator, remote server administration tool and even a full-fledged mobile office.
If you want to see something like that in action, here are just about the only 5 cool android apps you’ll need in order to have the ability to edit any documents, talk with anyone on IM and through VoIP, and be able to network with anyone at conferences, even if you’re in a foreign country.
ThinkFree Mobile is the best mobile office suite for Android there is. It has grown a lot since it was first released as a competitor to Quick Office and Documents to Go, and is now actually faster and has more features than those 2 alternatives. You can use it to edit Excel, Powerpoint, Word and other MS Office documents, in addition to being able to open PDFs and any other kind of files.
Talk to Me is an extremely good translator that uses Google’s Translate engine to do the work. All you’ll need is an Internet connection (Wifi preferred, but it works on 3G and EDGE, as well), and you can just type in the text you want to say or say it into the microphone and the phone will automatically speak it out loud for you or simply display the translation in the other language. Then you can just switch the languages and let your interlocutor say whatever they want in their language.
Astrid is a very nice task planner, with a few advanced features that will make you like it. You can create tasks, add notes, create reminders that will sound at random times to remind you that you have a task to do and a deadline, sort the tasks by priority or due date, and much more. The reminders are also better than in other apps, in my opinion, thanks to personalized phrases like “Hey, you’ve got a minute? You need to do [task]”, “Hi, just wanted to remind you of [task]”, and others.
Paper business cards seem like an unnecessary thing nowadays, yet everyone uses them because they simply have no other working alternative. Well, if you or your partner can’t send and receive e-cards on your smartphone, at least you can now scan them and store them in your phone, without risking losing them, with Camcard. The app uses the best OCR engine on the market and is pretty fast and accurate.
Fring is a great all-in-one communication tool that lets you talk with anyone on MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, AIM and other IM messenger services, as well as make free and very cheap calls worldwide to other users and even to landline and cell phone numbers. Coupled, with Skype, this app is practically a must have for anyone who has to be in contact with their clients or coworkers at all times.
There are, of course, other alternatives to the above apps, and I’m sure they’re good, but these apps have recommended themselves as the best at what they do, that’s why you should really try them out first before deciding with which one to go if you need to have a truly mobile office in your pocket.