Bigger is Better: Android Apps That Perform on Larger Tablets and Phones
One of the most frustrating things about downloading apps is that they don’t all look the same across all devices. Believe it or not, there’s an optimal screen size for your apps, and many developers are faced with the impossible task of trying to design their applications for a wide range of device screen sizes. If you’ve got one of the many Droid-powered devices, like the Nexus 7 or Samsung Galaxy, here are the apps that will display well on your device.
It seems a little ridiculous that Accuweather’s website has been a mess since forever, and yet its Android app is the perfect example of how to build a clean and elegant mobile app. This company really did a great job with this, and their app takes full advantage of the full screen size of phones and phablets like the Nexus 7.
iMDb Movies and TV
The Internet movie database is the best reference guide for movies, both past and present. If you’ve always wanted to know who that guy or gal was that played in that one movie a long, long, time ago in a galaxy far, far away, you can look to the iMDb for your answer.
The Vuze Android app is one of the coolest torrent apps out there. And, it looks great on the big screen too. With a lot of mobile applications, especially torrent apps, you’re sometimes left confused as to what exactly is going on. Since screen real estate is at a premium on smaller devices, you trust the developers to hammer out usability and take this into account when designing their apps. They don’t always do this. Fortunately, in Vuze’s case, they do.
The app lets you do all the normal torrenting stuff, plus create categories so you can sort downloaded files and even auto-transcode them to other devices you own and control. So if you want to keep all of your videos on your laptop, you can. if you want to push your photos to your tablet, you can do that too. Just remember to respect IP.
Umano is like Audible for the web. It uses real voices to read you articles and lets you create a personalized feed of stories that you listen to instead of having to read everything. It’s really pretty ingenious, especially if you’re used to listening to news stories.
Flipboard takes news stories and creates a magazine out of them that you can then flip through. Subscriptions are divided up by category like “science,” “business,” and “art.” You can even add social networking sites like Facebook. What’s more amazing is that this app lets you share stories, comment on them, and post them to social media. Finally, you can create your own custom subscription with stories you find through the app.
Songza is another Internet radio app. If you’re tired of Pandora, give this one a try. Its standout feature is that it has a “concierge” option that lets you pick music based on the time of day and your mood.
Amber Newson has always had a knack for technology. From computer systems to web apps, she greatly enjoys blogging about the basics to improving productivity and entertainment using innovative tech.