10 Fantastic Honeycomb-Optimized Apps

Jessica Cam Wong 17-10-2011

android honeycomb appsIce Cream Sandwich might be released in the near future, and while it’s quite a popular topic these days, let’s not forget that it will to a large extent resemble Honeycomb A Quick Guide To Android Versions & Updates [Android] If someone tells you they’re running Android, they’re not saying as much as you’d think. Unlike the major computer operating systems, Android is a broad OS that covers numerous versions and platforms. If you’d like... Read More , the beautiful tablet The 3 Best Android Tablets Available Today That A Buyer Should Check Out While the iPad was able to jump on the tablet market before anyone else, Android tablets from competitors are starting to flow like water. There’s now a wide variety of options available and many of... Read More -oriented platform that was unveiled at the beginning of this year. We’ve published a few Honeycomb-related articles that tell you how easy it is to enjoy websites in all their glorious desktop looks How To Load the Desktop Version Of Websites On Your Google Android Honeycomb Tablet Tablets are great devices for reading and browsing websites. When you browse the web using a tablet however, you will notice that many websites automatically load their mobile version. This is because the browser you... Read More and how simple it is to set up your on-screen keyboard The 3 Steps To Setting Up Your Android Tablet's Touchscreen Keyboard Over a year after the initial launch of the iPad, we are finally seeing some decent tablet alternatives on the market. Recent legal quarrels between Apple and Samsung indicate that competition will be fierce. Obviously,... Read More .


While the selection of apps for this version of Android hasn’t been exactly overwhelming, there are still many tablet-optimized apps that make good use of the Android OS. Luckily for us, this selection is gradually growing. Today, the apps we will review are worthwhile for beginners so if you have recently purchased an Android Honeycomb tablet, be sure to read on.

Evernote/Catch Notes

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Evernote has done quite an impressive job making its service available everywhere. The Honeycomb-optimized interface looks remarkably good, and with its new Evernote Acquires Skitch & Makes It A Free Download [News] Last Thursday, Evernote announced its acquisition of the Mac image annotation application, Skitch, as well as the company that produced it. Skitch is a screen capture and desktop photo application that includes over a dozen... Read More Skitch integration Add Notes & More To Your Photos Using Skitch [Android] In Mac-using circles, Skitch has been a household name for a while now as it’s a great tool for capturing, editing and sharing screenshots. In August, Skitch was bought out by Evernote, and now we... Read More , it’s a robust system that will satisfy anyone who’s ever had to use sticky notes, draw ideas on a napkin, etc. Not only does Evernote accept a variety of inputs, whether audio, sketch, PDF file, etc. it also has an incredibly useful widget that allows you to see recent notes.
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Catch is a great note-taking product that can accept pictures, voice notes, and barcodes. One of the neat things Catch lets you do that Evernote and Springpad don’t, is to use its app to create notes right away without signing up for an account. That means you test drive it but do not enter your account information till you’re completely satisfied. Catch offers a widget for text and voice input. You can also snap a picture to be saved in Catch via the widget. Catch seems to be among the few apps that let you move the files to a SD card.
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Sketchbook Express [No Longer Available]

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Sketchbook Express is a pleasure to use when you have more real estate screen to draw and sketch things. Compared to other drawing apps, every single stroke you make on this app by Autodesk will look very smooth, making the app a must-have for users that have capacitive styluses. This version contains layers, many different brushes, and should suffice the needs of an everyday user that might need to sketch something once in a while. For more features, also check out Sketchbook Pro.
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If you’ve bought Kindle books before, you’ll find the Kindle app a pleasure to browse for a ton of books. We recently published 10 Useful Kindle Sites You Should Know About As awesome as Kindles are out of the box, these useful Kindle sites will help you get even more out of your e-reader. Read More a collection of sites that list free or heavily discounted Kindle books, but this app alone is a good way to explore free books.
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Twitter fans will rejoice with Plume and Tweetcomb. Both Twitter clients offer columns for timeline, mentions, direct messages and favorites, and can notify you when you get direct messages and mentions.
10 Fantastic Honeycomb-Optimized Apps image91 What’s the difference, you ask? If you’re interested in customizing your Twitter client in almost all possible aspects, you might want to check out Plume first.
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For those of us that want a beautiful but simpler Twitter client that works well, Tweetcomb is an excellent choice.
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gReader [No Longer Available]

gReader is an excellent Android Honeycomb-optimized app with 2-way Google Reader synchronization that makes keeping up with news much more fun. gReader can also download articles for offline use, while you can set the limits, and whether to cache images as well. You can send articles to Read It Later, Instapaper, and Facebook, and read both in landscape and portrait modes.
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For additional themes, bigger widgets and no ads, there’s a pro version.
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Perfect Keyboard Free [No Longer Available]

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The stock keyboard works well for most people, but if you’re looking for perhaps a less awkward keyboard to type with, you should definitely check out Perfect Keyboard Free. You can customize key sizes, text size, and more.

ezPDF Reader [$2.99 on Android Market, $1.99 on Amazon Appstore]

For those of you using a tablet as a companion accessory for school, ezPDF Reader will be a lifesaver. It allows you to annotate (freehand, highlight, strikethrough, etc) your PDF documents and download them from the web if you have the exact PDF URL. You can even navigate your SD card within this app to move and copy files.
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It’s the only paid app on this list but it’s an excellent value for what it does.
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Have any noteworthy Android Honeycomb-friendly apps in mind that aren’t on this list? Tell us your favorite in the comments below!


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  1. Kyith
    October 18, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    for you to list it out it seems like there are STILL not much tablet based android apps!

    • Jessica Cam W.
      October 18, 2011 at 6:24 pm

      The selection has definitely grown since last year but I couldn't possibly list them all here. Keep checking MakeUseOf because we might have more such lists!

  2. Darryl_gittins
    October 18, 2011 at 4:52 am

    Probably a dumb question, but readers are probably looking art this FROM their tablets, so how do they scan those bar codes? With their other tablet perhaps?


    • Jessica Cam W.
      October 18, 2011 at 6:03 pm

      Each subheader (even if it doesn't look clickable) links to the respective Market product page.

  3. Slashee the Cow
    October 17, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    Not that I've used it, but based on the screenshot you posted, ezPDF Reader isn't Honeycomb optimised, at least in that it's not actually developed for Honeycomb (there's the resizing widget in the notification bar, and it has options that come up when you press the menu button).

    Of course, if by "Honeycomb optimised" you just mean "looks good on a big screen", then carry on.

    • Jessica Cam W.
      October 18, 2011 at 6:08 pm

      That's a good observation actually. It may not be optimized but it does look fine and works great on tablets. Thanks for noticing that bit.