The summer is not over yet, but surely many are already preparing for the new course or going back to work and we will try to put it a little easier. As we said when discussing which tablet to buy to study or work, we have very different needs, but there are a few more common tasks, which are what we are going to focus on: we leave you with a few of the best apps to work and study, for iOS and Android.
The best productivity apps
Let’s start with what is probably the most basic recommendation when we talk about apps to work and study, which are the office suites and here, since fortunately Microsoft decided to reverse its strategy of reserving yours for Windows tablets, is Of course, the basic reference is Office. It is true that the number of functions that we have free is limited, however, so you may be interested not to rule out other completely free options, such as Google Docs and other applications associated with Google Drive, or WPS Office.
The best apps to take notes
In many occasions what we need is not all a word processor, but simply an app with which to take notes and keep them a little organized. It is worth taking into account the simple Keep of Google, because sometimes we do not need more, but the classic reference is the much more complete Evernote, of course, but there are also some other apps that should be taken into account especially if you have a Apple Pencil or other stylus and want to have the option to take notes by hand: if we are willing to make an investment to go beyond Notes (or Penultimate, the other basic recommendation among the free), for iPad the star is Notability, and although much less popular, a great option for Android is LectureNotes.
The best apps to work with PDF
It is very common to also need to work with PDF and, although simply to see them we will be worth several of the productivity apps highlighted and virtually any of our recommended apps to read books, working or studying often is essential to be able to highlight, record and have some other editing options. The basic option, of course, is the Adobe app , but if we need to go a little further, and we do not mind paying for it, for iOS the most complete option is PDF Expert, and for Android we can try Foxit PDF for free and decide then if we need or not pay for the extra options.
The best apps to scan
An app that we could have introduced in the previous category, because it includes quite a few PDF editing options, but which has become popular after all for being the most solid option for scanning documents, is CamScanner, and we have it available for free (with options extra payment) for both iOS and Android. We also have Office Lens available on the App Store and on Google Play for free, which is an especially recommended option for storing records of blackboards, tickets or handwritten notes.
The best apps to manage files
Some time ago we leave you a selection of file scanners for Android and any of them is still a great option, but a couple of more recent apps, File Manager and MK Explorer, that deserve a mention too. For iPad, you know that with iOS 11 Files will arrive and may be more than enough for many, but it’s always good to have options: the most recommended option to try without having to pay is Documents 6, but if it’s worth it make a small initial investment, File Manager Pro is one of the most solid apps.
The best apps for task lists and calendar
We finish with a selection of apps whose usefulness goes beyond work and study, but which in any case is interesting for this type of tasks, since they will help us to organize ourselves better, not to lose sight of important dates and to have certain control over the things that we have pending: if you are not using any yet, we encourage you to take a look at our selection of task lists, agendas and calendars apps. We have to say, however, that at the time we left out Google Calendar, but now that it is optimized for iPad also, it deserves a mention and we have at your disposal, in addition, a collection of tips and tricks to get the most out of it.