The Best Android Apps For Getting Things Done

The Best Android Apps For Getting Things Done

Android devices are fun to play with, but they’re also a portable window into everything you’re doing, thinking about and trying to accomplish. Here are the best apps for taking notes, saving time, staying informed and working smarter.

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Task Management: Remember the Milk


Not everybody wants to pay for their to-do list manager though, and some people like their lists synced elsewhere or made much more simpler. As alternative picks, we’d also suggest looking at gTasks, which syncs with Google’s Tasks system built into Gmail and Google Calendar; Taskos, which offers both a great home screen widget and powerful voice input options; and the really simple Astrid manager, which can sync with a (free) Remember the Milk account.

Chrome to Phone (and FoxToPhone)

If you’re a Google completist or just like the way Chrome runs as your desktop browser, you can save yourself a good bit of time by sending web pages, text, Maps locations and clipboard contents directly from your browser to your Android phone. Install the Android app, then grab the Chrome extension. Sign in and authenticate them both, and you’ve got a nice channel of data going from where it’s easier to type to where it’s easier to carry around. Firefox user? You’re also covered with a similar add-on. [Homepage][AppBrain]

It’s not quite as necessary, but we also like Android2Cloud for sending links and copied text from your Android phone, where you might be away from home, back to your Chrome browser at home whether or not it’s open and running.[imgclear]


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Of course, Evernote for Android is the official client for an established universal capture system — one that offers image, audio and web page clipping in addition to text. The Android client has been improved since its launch and it’s great for die-hard Evernote fans, but it feels a bit slower than mNote at times. Other than a few looks/performance niggles though, it gets the job done.[imgclear]


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Android Notifier

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This is really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Android productivity, but the above apps are at the very top of our list when we want to get things done on the go. Got an app you count on when you’re ready to turn on your productivity? Let’s hear it in the comments.


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