Productivity

Productivity is a big concern for most smartphone owners. Here are a few of our favorite Android apps to help you boost your output in no time.

Dolphin Browser HD for Android

While most Android Web browsers are based on the same engine, many offer interesting and sometimes powerful twists on the basics of downloading, bookmarking, sharing, pinch to zoom, and tabbed browsing. Dolphin Browser HD, which looks good and supports gestural navigation, is one favorite for replacing Google's default.

Another good choice might be Firefox for Android, which, with its convenient Sync feature, would offer a seamless experience for Firefox desktop users.

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Dolphin Browser HD for Android

Evernote

Evernote for Android lets you keep track of your ideas using multimedia notes with text, voice clips, pictures, attached files, even location stamps. It automatically backs up to your cloud-based Evernote account for easy access from any data-connected device.

If you're just looking for something to keep a grocery list, then this download may be overkill. But, if your idea scrawling requires the infusion of multimedia files and possibly location stamps, head over to Evernote.com and set up an account now.

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Evernote

Documents to Go for Android

The Documents To Go productivity suite ($14.99) gives you finger-friendly tools for reading, editing, and creating office documents from your phone. However, if editing and creating documents is overkill, QuickOffice's free, read-only version--preloaded on some Android phones--gives you a hair more functionality than the free Documents To Go counterpart, and avoids nagging you to death to upgrade.

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Documents to Go for Android

Feedly

Essentially, Feedly wraps your Google Reader in a neat, feature-rich package. It's much easier on the eyes than the bare-bones Google Reader app, and it plays nicely with a whole lot more third-party services.

When you first launch the Feedly app, it opens up directly to featured content. That's because it comes preloaded with RSS feeds from many of the Web's most popular sites. These preloaded "Essentials" cover a number of verticals such as technology, design, and business. This means that even without syncing with your Google Reader account, you can enjoy RSS feeds through Feedly. Also, Feedly comes with a "Save for later" function and a History record, both of which are really handy.

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Feedly

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