Your Kindle Fire can be a very useful office away from the office, and right now there are some high-quality, very well-reviewed apps priced at two bucks or less that can provide all the functionality you need.
Office Suite Pro, a bestselling productivity app that allows you to work with MS Office files and Google Docs right on your Fire, is currently on sale for just 99 cents. That’s a 93% discount off its usual list price of $14. Office Suite Pro has an average review rating of 4/5 stars across 763 reviews. From Amazon:
Just in case you need to bring the office home with you, OfficeSuite Pro is a complete feature-rich mobile office. When you can’t get it done between nine to five, OfficeSuite Pro makes your job as efficient and painless as possible.Full-Featured Office
This office productivity suite has everything you need from mobile office software. With OfficeSuite Pro, access tools for word processing, developing spreadsheets, delivering presentations, and browsing PowerPoint and PDF files. Create, view, and edit Microsoft Word and Excel files.Google Docs Integration
The software features the most commonly used desktop document formats and includes a File Browse. The integration with Google Docs allows you to access your remotely stored documents.Compatibility
The program supports Microsoft Office 97 to 2010 text documents – DOC and DOCX (open , edit, and save), Microsoft Office 97 to 2010 spreadsheets – XLS and XLSX (open , edit, and save), opening PPT, PPTX, PPS, and PPSX presentations, PDF files viewing, and integration with Google Docs.
OfficeSuite Pro is an essential productivity application offering greater office efficiency than ever anywhere, anytime.
Whiteboard Pro is also priced at 99 cents, and it does just what it sounds like: lets you use your Fire’s touchscreen like a white board. Great for impromptu brainstorming sessions, quick schematic sketching, or even just keeping the kids busy for a little while. This app has an average review rating of 4/5 stars across 188 reviews. From Amazon:
Jot down ideas, sketch plans, or just doodle with Whiteboard Pro, an Android app that offers a simple way to let your creativity roam. Draw shapes and erase them, just like on a real whiteboard. Choose from a variety of easy ways to fine-tune your drawings, and share your creations with your friends.The Board That’s Never Boring
Whiteboard Pro is all about simplicity. The toolbar interface is a snap to use, and it makes creating a drawing quick and intuitive. Whether you want to express your inner creative self or just play a quick game of tic-tac-toe, you’ll find it easy to get started.
Don’t be fooled by the app’s ease of use, however; there are still plenty of opportunities to customize your work. Choose from four instant shapes (line, rectangle, circle, and freehand), four colors (black, red, blue, and green), and three line widths. It’s easy to set these features and create one-of-a-kind images with very little legwork.
As you draw, use the pan and zoom features to add details. Saving, opening, and deleting files is a breeze, and the “infinite undo” feature means you can modify your work at any step along the way.
When you’ve completed your masterpiece, you can share it via e-mail, picture message, Bluetooth, Evernote, Catch, and more. You can also export any drawing to PNG, JPG, or SVG formats.
You’ve got your productivity software and your white board, but you still need a personal digital assistant to keep you on track and on time. Productivity Helper, rated an average of 4/5 stars across 103 reviews, is priced at $1 and is a calendar, to do list, stopwatch and nightstand alarm clock all rolled into one. From Amazon:
Improvements in Version 7:
Calendar: Week View, Day View, Agenda View, Email out Agenda.
Clock: Flip Clock. Custom Alarm Volume.
Calendar: Alarms for Events. End Times for Events.
Backup: Backup to File. Email out backup.
1) Basic Google Calendar Support (Import & Export). Requires WiFi to sync.
2) Alarm Clock. Set Alarms that work everywhere. Reading a book or in another app? Alarms will still work. Snooze Alarms. Includes Musical Alarm – Set a song as your alarm.
3) Simple Calendar – Add Events, Tasks, Reminders. Import from & Export to Google Calendar. Requires WiFi to sync.
Please Note: Calendar is a simple calendar. It does not have all the features present in Google Calendar. It is a SIMPLE Calendar.
4) ToDo List. A simple ToDo list with priorities.
5) Reminders – Enter Reminders. Accessible via Calendar or via the Reminders Panel to see only Reminders.
6) Customizable Backgrounds. Choose one of the backgrounds we provide, or use one of your own images as the background.
7) Digital Clock with Landscape Mode.
8 ) Stopwatch. A stopwatch with Stop/Start and Lap functionality (up to 10 laps).
9) Live Clock – Antique Clock with seconds hand.
There’s a convenient Navigation Row at the bottom that lets you quickly switch to any of the parts of Productivity Helper.
Productivity Helper also comes with Backup and Restore functionality and in-built, detailed Help.
Now, how about those enhanced PDF files? Links will be live, and audio and video will play if you open them in ezPDF Reader. This app is priced at $1.99 and has an average review rating of 4/5 stars across 220 reviews. From Amazon:
Get convenient, hassle-free PDFs directly to your Android device with ezPDF Reader. A must-have mobile PDF viewer, ezPDF Reader is designed specifically for PDF documents. Clearly presented without the fluff, documents appear as they would on your PC, but customized to fit your mobile device’s screen. Fully featured and one of the best-rated PDF viewers out there, ezPDF Reader is updated regularly in order to add new features or to improve upon existing ones.Customized Viewing
Create folders and save all your PDF documents to your ezPDF Reader. That way you have the documents you need wherever you are. Forget printing out hard copies, just open ezPDF Reader and your document is ready for viewing. It’s that simple.
Gain quick snapshots of documents with the thumbnail view, making it easier to peruse entire documents, eliminating the need to flip through each page. A smart search feature lets you scan an entire document for specific text, while handy bookmarking capabilities further simplify document scanning.Listen to Your Documents
Need to finish reading a PDF document before you get to work, or simply dislike reading on your mobile device’s small screen? Select Voice Reading and ezPDF Reader reads the document for you while you drive or do other things. Voice Reading is available in English and Spanish.Additional Features
- Play embedded video and audio
- Text reflow with night mode
- Select text in PDF view
- Auto fit zoom
- Smart navigation
- Scroll lock
- Support trackball
- Live hyperlinks
- Open password-protected PDFs
If you’re going to be working with important files on your Fire, you’re going to want a user-friendly file manager to make it easier to find them. That’s where ES File Explorer can help. This free app has an average review rating of 4.5/5 stars across 103 reviews, and what it does is provide a file manager / file explorer type of interface for your Fire’s contents that’s very similar to what you’re used to seeing on your PC. From Amazon:
- Search through and manage your SD card efficiently
- Select multiple folders and files at once
- Explore your Bluetooth, LAN, FTP, and Local files
- Press and hold icons for shortcut to operations
- Learn functions quickly through icon legend pageGet Your Files in Order
ES File Explorer gives you total control of your phone’s file management. This handy utility lets you cut and copy, rename, search through, delete, and explore the properties of your phone’s files and folders. ES File Explorer also gives you direct access to your Application Manager, but with a cleaner interface.Jump Right In
This file manager is a very intuitive app, but it still comes with a handy legend clearly explaining every icon’s function. ES File Explorer manages your files by their functions, including video/audio files, image files, runnable apps, and zip files. For example, you can remotely search through the folders of your online WordPress blog via ES File Explorer’s FTP functions. You can create new folders as well.Your Files, Your Way
With the settings, you have a full range of customization options, including five theme settings, three folder colors, layout color, and show/hide tabs. Show hidden files, clear the cache on exit if you want, and use image thumbnails. Sort your files by name, type, size, or time modified. Set your home directory anywhere you choose. There are even “experimental features” that you can test out, such as Bluetooth and Root options.
And there you have it: with an investment of just five dollars, you’ve got a full-featured office on the go!