Android tablets let users connect to the Web and play games, but they can be business tools, too.

Android business apps allow users to edit and print documents, remotely access their PCs, take notes and more. Let’s take

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a look at some of the best apps for turning Android tablets into secret productivity weapons.

GDocs and Documents to Go

GDocs and Documents to Go are two Android business apps that provide office suite functionality. GDocs works with documents in Google Docs, while Documents to Go works with documents that are stored locally on a user’s tablet. Both apps allow you to view, create and modify documents -- a must to get work done on a tablet while on the road. Both Android business apps are free, but Documents to Go requires a key to unlock full editing capabilities. The key costs $5.55.

PrinterShare Mobile Print

Users don’t just need to create and read documents -- they also need to print them. PrinterShare Mobile Print is an Android tablet app that allows users to connect to printers via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Google Cloud Print and other remote printing services. The app is free but requires a key that costs $12.95. Once the key is entered, users can easily print to any networked printer that is nearby, which makes mobile printing easy on the road.

LogMeIn Ignition

LogMeIn Ignition is an Android remote control app that uses two parts: an agent that users install on the computer(s) they want to access and an Android tablet app. To set both up, users need a LogMeIn account. Once a user has an account, he or she can use the tablet to connect to the computer and access files that are stored there. There are two versions of LogMeIn Ignition in Google Play, one for productivity that costs $29.99 and one for business at $27.55.

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AK Notepad

Tablets eliminate the need to take notes on paper. With the free Android tablet app AK Notepad, users can take notes and share them in emails or text messages. AK Notepad can also show reminders on the tablet screen or stick the notes to the home screen so users can see your notes and keep track of their to-do list.

Quotes and Invoices Manager

If users on your sales team close a deal on the road, it’s nice to be able to print a quote or invoice before they leave the customer’s site. Quotes and Invoices Manager provides an easy-to-use interface where users can create quotes and invoices for new and existing customers. When users get back to the office, they can export the list of quotes to a spreadsheet and make overviews of all quotes and invoices they’ve created in the past. The app costs $10.57 and can be one of the most useful Android business apps.

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This was first published in May 2012

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