Best apps for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8

News Tony Crammond 05:41, Feb 25 2013

We take a look at the apps that will help you get the most out of your Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Samsung’s newly-launched Galaxy Note 8.0 is a really solid entry into the mid-sized tablet arena. It has winning specs that include a quad-core Exynos 4412 chipset, 2GB RAM and a vibrant eight-inch screen, and the fantastic S-Pen, which has been such a huge hit in the other members of the Note clan.

As you’d expect, the device is jam packed with features too, but there are plenty of third-party apps available to bring a new dimension to your shiny new device, and here is our selection for the best of them.

HD Widgets

The Galaxy Note 8.0 comes with a fair supply of Samsung’s own widgets, but we’re partial to the hugely popular HD Widgets, which gives you the choice of slick clock, weather and power control widgets – and they will look great on the Galaxy Note 8.0’s display.

SwiftKey Tablet

SwiftKey is widely regarded as the best keyboard available on the Android platform and with good reason. It’s amazingly responsive and learns from your social networks, email accounts and user input to give frighteningly accurate predictions. In the latest version there’s trace-typing too, a la Swype, only the folks at SwiftKey have done it better, faster and more accurate. Simply put, this is a must have.

Falcon Pro

If you’re an avid Tweeter then Falcon Pro is one app that you’re going to have to check out. It’s arguably the fullest and most user-friendly Twitter app for Android. The app offers streaming, inline previewing of videos, pictures and Web sites, on-board YouTube player and a whole lot more, making it our second favorite Twitter app around behind TweetBot for iOS.

FlipBoard

FlipBoard turns your Galaxy Note 8.0 into an extensive, glossy magazine aimed just at you. It aggregates stories and images from your favorite social networks, draws from sources that you specify, gives you the opportunity to search for people, hashtags, blogs -- you name it -- and also allows you to save stories for later with Instapaper, Readability and Pocket.

Chrome

Chrome brings together all of your devices into one place, allowing for a seamless and full Internet experience. Bookmarks, passwords and form information are synced across from your desktop or smartphone; open tabs are there too, and the whole thing runs super smoothly. Just sign in with your Google ID and away you go.

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