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Got a New Tablet or Smartphone? Check Out These 5 Must-Have Apps


Tablets like the Google Nexus, Kindle Fire and iPad Mini topped Christmas wish lists in 2012. Over 17 million mobile devices came online on Christmas Day alone, according to Flurry, a mobile and online analytics company. So chances are you or someone you know is the proud owner of one of these tablets.

To help you start the new year off right and get the most from your new tablet, here’s my list of recommended apps every user should download from the Google Play Store or iTunes App Store.

Pick Healthier Foods Using Fooducate

Eating more nutritious and wholesome foods is a popular new year’s resolution. It’s not so easy to simply read the label on a food product and know how healthy it really is. That’s where the Fooducate app can help.

Simply scan the barcode on the food’s packaging and all the pertinent information you need appears on your screen – from calories per serving to a letter grade that helps you determine the overall health value of the item. You can also view suggested recipes incorporating the food you’re considering.

Get Fit, Stay Fit with Fitness Buddy

Hopefully by the time you read this you haven’t given up on your exercise and fitness goals for 2013. If you have, well, here’s some hope and help.

Fitness Buddy is a comprehensive exercise planner and personal trainer built into your tablet. The paid app boasts over 1700 exercises with 1000 video demonstrations and 75 workout routines. It comes complete with detailed descriptions of all the exercises, ability to search for exercises using certain equipment, and so much more. You can create your own custom workouts, and most importantly, keep track of your progress.

Stay Organized with Evernote.

Ever write something important on a piece of paper only to not be able to find it later?

Evernote is, in my opinion, the best note keeping app available. It allows you to create text, image, and audio notes, organize them into folders, easily search all notes, bookmark favorite websites, and more. Even better – you can install Evernote on all your electronic gadgets (smartphones, tablets and computers) and sync all your notes – making them available to you no matter where you’re at.

Plan the Perfect Trip with TripAdvisor

Getting advice and opinions from someone who’s been there, done that can prevent much frustration and disappointment. TripAdvisor offers over 75 million reviews from travelers who have ventured to the world’s most popular (and not-so-popular) destinations.

For your next vacation or weekend getaway, use TripAdvisor to help you find the best hotels, restaurants and activities.

Listen to Your Favorite Tunes on Slacker Radio

Although I’m still a fan of Pandora Internet Radio, the Slacker Radio app is becoming my favorite on-demand music app on my Google Nexus.

The Slacker Radio app comes with over 100 genre stations built-in, but also allows you to create your own custom station based on the songs and artists you like. Purchasing a Plus or Premium subscription (which is dirt cheap) allows you to play songs on demand, store favorite stations on your tablet so you can listen to music without an Internet connection, and much more.

Just For the iPad and iPad Mini Users

Many of my clients ask for training on how to use their mobile devices. I recently discovered this excellent online training for the iPad device, which I would highly recommend to all new iPad owners.

This online training contains over 100 videos that teach you everything you need to know to use and have fun with your iPad. You can learn at your own pace and even watch videos over and over again if you need clarification.

To check out this stellar iPad training and to watch a sample video, sit down at your computer and go to:

I’m still researching an excellent training series for owners of the Google Nexus or Kindle Fire, so if you have one of those devices, stay tuned!

Please share with me your favorite tablet apps and why you like them. Simply send me an email at