If you’ve got a new tablet (or if there is one waiting under your tree), you will probably trying every app in the store. Keep at it, by all means, but to focus your app addiction, I reached out to two specialists: Jeff Taylor of The Droid Lawyer, and Jeff Richardson of iPhoneJD.

Here are the apps they recommend you start with:

Top Apps for Android

Almost all of the apps Jeff Taylor recommends for your new Android tablet are free. ezPDF Reader has a few purchasing options if the free trial doesn’t do it for you, and Depose, which is built to help you organize your deposition questions and notes, is just $7.99.

Taylor also recommends picking up a Chromecast for $35 (or just $29.99 on Amazon, at the moment), which makes it easy to control a television from your tablet. And, unless your tablet is for work only, he also recommends PandoraNetflix, and Hulu+ for entertainment.

Here are Taylor’s 2013 pick for the best Android apps for lawyers.

Next page: Top Apps for iPad …

Top Apps for iPad

iPhone JD‘s Jeff Richardson recommends mostly business-focused apps, and fewer free ones.

You should also check out the list of top tablet apps used at law firms, which Richardson pulled out of a recent ILTA technology survey.

Next page: What’s Going on My New iPad…

What’s Going on My New iPad

As it happens, I have an iPad Mini waiting for me under the tree. It won’t be my first iPad, so I already know what I will be installing. You’ll probably get a pretty good idea of what I expect to use my iPad for: reading (Instapaper, Kindle), taking notes (Evernote, Penultimate), writing (Daedalus, Instapaper), drawing (Paper), and communicating (Gmail, Hangouts, Tweetbot).

Like Richardson, I would also recommend a good stylus. Here are my top picks. The Cosmonaut (for drawing) and a Kuel H12 (for writing) are my current favorites.

Have fun with your new tablet!


  1. Jeff Taylor says:

    Thanks for reaching out and publishing this post Sam. I should also add that Android folks can find a more extensive list of free and premium apps on my site: http://thedroidlawyer.com/2013/12/2013s-best-android-apps-for-lawyers/

  2. David says:

    As I understand it Evernote uses no encryption. Is it safe?

    • Sam Glover says:

      Evernote does not encrypt your data before transferring it to Evernote’s servers. However, it does send your data over an encrypted connection. This is the same security you get with most web services, such as your bank, Dropbox, etc.

      It is not as secure as, say, Crashplan, but it’s pretty standard security.

      Note that you can manually encrypt any information within a note.

      Could Evernote’s encryption practices be better? Yes. Should you worry? That depends on what you are storing on Evernote. I don’t store client information on Evernote, mostly because it doesn’t seem particularly useful for that, to me. I do store bills and receipts, health information, and lots of other stuff I don’t really want to share with anyone.

      As to your question whether Evernote is safe, the answer is always that it depends. Nothing is completely safe — not even a computer without an Internet connection.

      Is it pretty safe? Yes. Can the NSA read your data? Maybe. Could it be hacked. Of course.

      Whether you think it is safe depends on your comfort level and what you plan to store in Evernote.

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