August 13, 2011, 8:40 AM — Whether you're an executive, a traveling sales rep, a student, or a soccer parent, a slate full of smart apps can help you manage the ever-changing demands of your daily life. It doesn't really matter whether you use an iPad or one of the new Android tablets; both platforms offer a wealth of options for staying on top of things. And in any case, it's not about having the most apps--it's about having the right apps for you.
Head-honcho CEO types typically have human assistants who help them navigate the demands on their time and attention. The rest of us (including the human assistants of head-honcho CEO types) have to make do with technology. Fortunately, a properly loaded tablet can be a great stand-in for a personal assistant. Here are 11 awesome productivity apps for your iPad or Android tablet.
Universal To-Do App
At the heart of any good productivity system is a great to-do list. To-do trackers range from the simple to the supreme. Choosing the right app for you can be a deeply personal process that forces you to get to know your own mental habits better than you ever have, but I can give you a couple of good starting points to help you select a suitable app for tracking all of your commitments.
If you're just looking for a minimalist app that lets you make lists of things that need doing, my first recommendation is Remember The Milk, whose newly revamped iPad app is a thing of beauty. On tablet screens, the RTM Android app is less compelling than the new iPad app, but its home-screen widget looks excellent on a 10-inch tablet, giving you a terrific at-a-glance view of upcoming items.
Hard-core productivity geeks who want a comprehensive next-action tracker for the Getting Things Done method have plenty of options on the iPad, some of which can set you back $40. But my personal favorite is BitAlpha's Taska for iPad, which costs only $5, offers most of the same capabilities as the high-priced apps in a slick DayRunner-style interface, and syncs with the Web service Toodledo so you can access your data online from any PC.
Android tablet users have few good options in the way of full-featured GTD apps. Although a few have emerged for phones, only a couple of them offer tablet-optimized interfaces, and I've yet to encounter one I'd suggest in a list such as this. The first company to bring a really comprehensive, tablet-optimized to-do and productivity tracker to Android tablets should find a ready sales opportunity.
Better Gmail Management for iPad