Best productivity apps for Android

by Kristen Nicole

Android phones are so smart these days, they've become indispensable to our everyday lives. Thanks to the myriad of productivity apps out there, our smartphones can multi-task better than our mothers ever could. Stay on top of your day, manage your workload, and live stress-free, with these top productivity apps for Android.

Task managers & document tools

Remember the Milk is a great task manager for Android, as it syncs with your online account, calendars and even other apps. Set task reminders and local alerts, manage your to-do lists, and color-coordinate everything for quick reference. To get all the app's benefits, you'll need a pro account for $25 per year.

Astrid is an Android favorite, with to-do lists and a task manager rolled into one. Free, this Android app is full-featured, with tags for searchability, location reminders and advanced tools for more custom settings. Recently updated, Astrid lets you set task priorities, add notes, and more. A home screen widget makes for easy access, as well.

ActionComplete is a free Android app that keeps things simple. Orient yourself and your tasks with management tools for everything you have to do. Quick tabs make it easy to navigate the app itself, with helpful integration features, such as maps and navigation, to help you complete your to-do list. ActionComplete comes with an online account, as well.

Designed as a personal organizer, Jorte is a throwback to mini-planners. A clean interface makes it easy to see tasks in a calendar view, with notes and your to-do list below. Detailed views help you plan your day in a practical manner. Free, Jorte syncs with your Google Calendar and Google Tasks.

Documents To Go is necessary for business people on the go, with document viewing and editing support for an array of file types. Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDFs are all supported with this app, with zooming options, charts and password protection. For editing capabilities, you'll need to cough up $14.99 for the full version, but it's worth it.

Everything else

Voice Actions saves you time by enabling you to control your phone through speech commands. Send emails and texts; listen to music, news and translations; call contacts; and search the web. Free, this Android app can also keep your hands free to do other things, like drive or fold laundry.

The free Dropbox app syncs files between your computer and your Android phone, making them accessible from anywhere. It's a great way to share documents, photos and videos with friends, or back them up for your own purposes. As this is an Android app, it's easy to attach files from the app, or pull up Dropbox as an option for sharing items.

Springpad is like Evernote, with a few additional perks. Save notes, tasks and lists, which will be auto-organized for easy searching later on. With this free app, you can scan barcodes for easy input, and perform local searches. Springpad comes with a home screen widget for easy access and an online account for remote access.

Slidescreen Pro changes your phone home screen to make it more task-oriented. It comes with a calendar, Google Reader, stocks, Twitter and Facebook, along with text message, email and call summaries. Reducing toggle-time and centralizing your important information, this $6.99 Android app is great for professionals.