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January 26th, 2015

In Search Of The Best Tablet Apps Of 2015

ARC teams with The Tabby Awards to find the best of the best tablet apps.

Every morning I pack my bag and go to work. I make sure to pack my lunch, wintermint gum, several packs of Emergen-C and all of my gadgets.

The MacBook Pro is the first gadget to get my attention, since it takes up the largest amount of space in the leather carrier satchel I carry with me just about everywhere I go. The next is my smartphone which oscillates between various versions of Android depending on the time of year. The third is my tablet—the perfect tweener device that meshes the experiences of both the MacBook and the smartphone without me having to find a place to unfurl the laptop while offering me nearly as much power and screen size.

What tablet I carry depends on the type of day I am going to have. The iPad Air with a 4G LTE connection is the most common choice as it gives me a decent sized screen for reading books, reading websites and playing games. The Nexus 7 is my choice if I am trying to pack light, read books and respond to emails and use social apps like Facebook and Twitter. If I know that it is going to be a heavy-hitting type of day, the Surface Pro 3 is my choice, complete with the detachable keyboard.

Yes, I am the edge case in owning (at least) three tablets. But it is my job to know the experiences of all the operating systems so I may write and speak knowledgeably about the idiosyncrasies of the devices. The variety offers me great flexibility. Sometimes I just bring the MacBook or the smartphone. A lot of times it is just a tablet, especially if I am on vacation or want to read or play games in the park.

I am not alone in carrying a litany of devices. Research firm IDC predicted that about 235.7 million tablets shipped in 2014. That’s more than the smartphone-carrying population of the United States (around 205 million as of February 2014). Many tablet buyers are replacing their laptops and many are like me and use it as an ancillary device.

With all these tablets in my life, you’d think I would know exactly what apps work best on tablets versus smartphones and laptops. A few years ago that was probably true. But the apps economy exploded with thousands of choices for even the simplest of apps. Needless to say, it has become very difficult to keep track of the latest and greatest.

The Search For The Best Tablet Apps

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ARC, like its parent company Applause, cares about app quality. We want to find the best apps and see what makes them tick. We dissect the best practices of smartphone apps, the Web, Smart TV apps, cars, the connected home and the entire Internet of Things. We then pass this information on to the reader in hopes that they can build better apps and make smarter business decisions.

It is in this spirit that ARC announces that it is a media sponsor of The Tabby Awards, a global competition to find the best tablet apps and games.

The Tabby Awards have been picking the best tablet apps since 2012. The best of the best have won The Tabbys including Flipboard, CBS, Electronic Arts and National Geographic.

Applause’s CEO Doron Reuveni will be one of the judges for The Tabby Awards to help pick out the best tablet apps of 2015.

Do you think your tablet app makes the cut? The Tabby Awards spans 52 categories across iOS and Android including a variety of gaming categories, social, sports, photo, shopping, video, finance, books and more. To submit your app for consideration for The Tabby Awards, check out the competition’s website and guidelines here.