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.
- Google Drive
- ASTRO File Manager
- Google Keyboard
- ezPDF Reader (free trial)
- Depose ($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 Pandora, Netflix, 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.
- GoodReader ($4.99)
- TranscriptPad ($89.99), if you are a litigator
- GoodNotes ($4.99), plus a Wacom Bamboo Stylus Duo
- iAnnotate PDF ($9.99)
- Documents to Go ($9.99)
- Pages ($9.99)
- Adobe Reader
- The Weather Channel
- Find my iPhone (if you also own an iPhone)
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).
- Remember the Milk
- Byword ($4.99)
- Instapaper ($3.99)
- Google Hangouts
- Tweetbot ($2.99)
Have fun with your new tablet!