Turn Android into Mobile Office with these 5 Apps

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Android has become one of the most popular mobile operating systems that is currently competing with the iPhone for the number one place, which is pretty amazing considering no one in the mainstream has even heard about it until about a year and a half ago.Yet here we are now, with over two dozen devices running this OS on the market, more coming on the way, and over 50,000 (yes, fifty thousand) apps on the marketplace.

Even the new Windows Phone 7 doesn’t look very scary, as Android has had much more time to develop and the next version, Gingerbread 2.5 will have even more features than ever.

Although you can use your Android phone for a lot of things, in this article I’m going to show you which apps you should use to turn it into a full-fledged mobile office. This may come in pretty handy if you’re constantly working with various documents and need to be able to do that on the road, wherever you are. And as modern smartphones running Android can do that, there is no reason not to try.

1. ThinkFree Mobile

ThinkFree Mobile is currently the best mobile office app for Android, even though a lot of people say it’s inferior to Quick Office Connect Mobile Suite and Documents to Go. That might’ve been so in previous versions, but the latest iteration of Thinkfree Mobile is very fast, has a lot of new features and can open and edit practically any type of file, plus it has support for working with files on Google Docs directly.

2. Dropbox

Dropbox is the best solution if you want to sync your files across multiple platforms or simply back them up onto a secure and safe online storage. Dropbox has apps for every platform, so you can easily use an Internet connection and their online storage to sync the files you want. You can also edit documents right on the server without downloading them, which saves time, bandwidth and confusion when there are multiple versions of a file.

3. Astrid

Astrid is the best and most easy to use task and To Do list manager for Android. It is very easy to use the touch screen to create and edit entries, and you can even manage small projects using its integrated detailed descriptions and notes features. The interface is nice and clean, and the app is fast and stable enough to be able to replace the default Calendar without any problems.

4. Evernote

If you like taking notes or storing ideas for future reviewing, Evernote is the app for you. They actually have versions for Mac, iPhone, Windows and Web app, so wherever you are, you can sync your files between these platforms without any problems. You can save bookmarks, text, pictures, video and a lot of other things, and then upload them to your online account (paid service only) for safe keeping and to share them with other people.

5. Fring

Fring is practically the number one communication tool for your Android smart phone. You can use it to send messages and make calls to users of ICQ, MSN, Yahoo, Google Talk, landline phones and cell phones, other Fring users and even Skype users. If you need to talk with your team or clients every day and are using any of these services, you’ll definitely appreciate Fring.

There are plenty of other alternatives to the above-listed apps, but I found that they’re best in their category and at what they do, so I’d recommend them over any others. If you need to edit documents, take notes, backup and share files, manage your time and communicate with other people while on the go, the above apps are an absolute must for your phone.


Vishal Gaikar

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Meet Vishal Gaikar, the tech wizard hailing from Pune, India, who's on a mission to decode the digital universe one blog post at a time. When he's not tinkering with gadgets or diving deep into the digital realm, you can find him concocting the perfect cup of chai or plotting his next adventure. Follow his tech escapades on Twitter and buckle up for a wild ride through the world of innovation and geekery!

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