Best Android tablet apps of 2016

Update: Two new additions
Best Android tablet apps of 2016

If you're the proud owner of an Android tablet you'll be forever on the lookout for new apps to load onto your slick new slate. Here are the best Android tablets apps we've found, conveniently divided into tablet-oriented categories.

AndroidPIT huawei mediapad m2 3
Take a look at the best tablet apps for Android. / © ANDROIDPIT

Best Android tablet app for photos: AR effect

If you spend plenty of time admiring your holiday photos, Facebook photos, selfies, then you'll want a photo suite that makes this pastime easier. For that, you're going to need the best Android camera app and you should have some fun with it.

AR effect (Augmented Reality) by Sony adds special effects to your photos and videos. It makes your reality even better. You can make virtual scenes with your photos. The preloaded choices of animations include masks, fairytales, underwater or dinosaurs. There are tons more you can download from Google Play.

Creating your augmented reality scene is easy. You just choose your theme and the app automatically detects faces and surfaces and creates the scene around them. If you want to change something like a mask you just tap the face you want changed on your tablet.

AndroidPIT tablet apps 1050
Augment your photos with AR effect. / © ANDROIDPIT

Best tablet app for gaming: Traffic Rider

Traffic Rider is a first person, high-octane motorcycle game that's best played on a tablet. The graphics are realistic and you feel like you're moving through real traffic with the detailed circuit scenes.

With Traffic Rider you are rewarded for taking more risks. Close collision calls are essential to a winning strategy on the game. So you get extra thrills by getting some near accidents. When you get close to hitting another driver, you are rewarded with extra time. Some of the modes require you get real close to other drivers.

As you get better at the campaign mode you can unlock more motorcycles. There are 20 total bikes to unlock an each has its own handling, acceleration and braking. When you pass a circuit you get points that can buy more motorcycles or improve your abilities.

AndroidPIT free games 4
Get behind the wheel of your favorite bike and take some risks. / © ANDROIDPIT

Best tablet app for surfing the internet: Pushbullet

Some of us use our tablets for hardcore productivity, but most of us use them for hardcore procrastination. I prefer to call it ''research'' though. Whatever you call it, you can't research much on a tablet without some great internet tools.

We're not just talking about Google Chrome (but feel free to check our best Android browsers list). Internet essentials such as Pushbullet make your browsing experience so much better. 

AndroidPIT Nexus 9 Lollipop Pushbullet pushes
See something on your phone you want on your tablet? Use Pushbullet to share links. / © ANDROIDPIT

Best tablet app for exploring the world: NASA app

Tablets have larger displays than phones so are great for visual content. When was the last time you explored the planet with Google Earth? Did you know you can even go underwater now and search for the Loch Ness Monster? 

The well the NASA app allows you to explore the entire world from a different perspective. It also lets you explore the entire universe.

AndroidPIT Nexus 9 NASA app planet earth from space
You can explore the streets, the planet and even outer space from your tablet. / © ANDROIDPIT

Best Android tablet app for kids: Marble Mixer

If you're not a kid (or act like a kid) yourself, you've probably bought a tablet primarily for your kids. Tablets are awesome for entertaining kids: they're cheaper than consoles, with plenty of free games, educational potential and much less likely to end up with sticky goo clogging up the buttons.

There are so many awesome apps in the Play Store for kids it's not funny, but some of our favorites include Educational Games for Kids, or if you're more into interactive music jams, Music Hero. But our favorite app for occupying kids of the big and small variety is Marble Mixer, a game simply too epic to be played on the small screen.

AndroidPIT Marble Mixer tablet game
Marble Mixer simply must be played on a tablet. / © ANDROIDPIT

Best Android tablet app for travel: Trip Advisor

Tablets are great tools for travelers. Smaller, lighter and less expensive than a laptop, a tablet can be one of the greatest travel companions you have. The bonus is that booking flights, creating itineraries or generally organizing your trip can be just as simple with a tablet as it can be with a laptop. 

Before you even get started though, Trip Advisor is one app all globetrotters should have installed from the minute they step foot in the airport.

AndroidPIT Trip Advisor new york highlights map
Trip Advisor on a tablet is a great laptop replacement for travelers. / © ANDROIDPIT

Best Android tablet app for watching movies: VLC

Watching movies is probably the single biggest reason most people buy a tablet. There's no better way to pass a boring flight, train trip, or a lazy Sunday afternoon. But you need a solid movie player that's up to the task, and they don't come any more solid than VLC

The PC user's video player of choice, VLC, has been on Android for nearly two years. VLC is fantastic for playing back video in just about any format.

vlc player android
VLC all the things! If VLC can't play it, it's not worth watching. / © VLC

Best Android tablet app for reading: Amazon Kindle

One of a tablet's biggest advantages over a smartphone is that you can spend hours reading on it without getting eye-strain. If you've got an endless library of classic ebooks clogging up your computer or gathering dust on your Kindle, then why not pop them on your new tablet so they're always with you?

They hardly take up any space either –  that '1001 books you must read before you die' list is going to need less memory than a Lady Gaga album.

AndroidPIT Amazon Kindle app
Reading Kindle content on your phone is painful compared to a tablet. © ANDROIDPIT

Any great apps or games missing from our lists? Tell us about them in the comments.

Liked this article? Share now!
Join the discussion

Latest articles


Write new comment:
All changes will be saved. No drafts are saved when editing
Write new comment:
All changes will be saved. No drafts are saved when editing

  • Fileorgin Mar 19, 2017 Link to comment

    Showbox can be a good addition.

  • Ifechukwu Okpala May 12, 2016 Link to comment


  • Nasir Khan May 4, 2016 Link to comment

    Want to know more abou tabalet reading..plzzz reply :)

  • Alex Apr 23, 2016 Link to comment

    Kindle app and MxplayerPro for playing videos is a must for both Phones and Tabs to read and watch videos and movies on the go.

  • Albin Foro Apr 20, 2016 Link to comment

    Kindle app is great for an Amazon account, but I also keep Moon+ Reader Pro for the file formats Amazon won't permit - very configurable. Also OverDrive and Zinio readers which permit public library loans of books, audiobooks and popular magazines (Amazon has failed to deliver public library service to Canada.)

  •   31
    Deactivated Account Apr 20, 2016 Link to comment

    NASA app is cool, currently have the ISS as wallpaper, also JPL, Google earth gives an interesting visual perspective.

  • sylsau Jan 3, 2016 Link to comment

    My kids love to play Piano on my Nexus 10 tablet. Simple app with a karaoke mode that is a must have :

  • Louise Fecaz Dec 3, 2015 Link to comment

    I would like to introduce another type of dictionary, Floating Dictionary.
    Instead of switching between a dictionary and a note application, this application is a pop-up window. Therefore, you don’t have to leave the note app to find the meaning of the word you're looking for.
    Floating Dictionary >>

  • CRiley65 Jun 5, 2015 Link to comment

    Along with Amazon Kindle, I also have Zinio for tablets, which lets you read magazines on it. There is a HUGE selection of magazines on the website, so if you don't find your favorite, maybe you're too picky!

    • Shelton Lee Dec 7, 2015 Link to comment

      Zinio SUCKS for Android tablets. It's laggy, and it's layout is not tablet friendly, compared to iPad version. They show your magazines in a LIST on a HUGE screen, where they should show as a GRID, just like on iPads. This will make the screen filled much more beautifully with contents, and it will actually look like tablet optimized. But they just did half-ass job, and say they optimized for tablets. Unfortunately, this is what many big companies do for Android tablet apps though. I really hope they step up their game.

Write new comment:
All changes will be saved. No drafts are saved when editing