Resources that list the best Android apps for scientists are difficult to come by. The author shares a list of such apps, which he has put together over the years.
Scientists have the following basic requirementsnews, information, tools and resources. So Ive listed the apps I found useful under two broad categories.
News and information
TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design): Scientists learn from others’ mistakes, and are eager to know what others are doing. The TED app is for scientists and tech enthusiastsit lets people access more than 1200 talks by some of the worlds most remarkable people.
PhysORG.com Science News Lite: This gets you the latest updates in the fields of physics, medicine, nanotechnology, electronics, space, earth sciences, biology, chemistry, computer sciences, engineering, mathematics, etc.
New Scientists: This is for those interested in the latest advancements in science and technology. It is currently in beta.
Tools and resources
Elements 2.0: This is where youll find the periodic table with a better layout. It gives you the atomic radius, melting point, appearance and other characteristics of each element.
AgileSciTools: Heres a calculator for those doing research in biological sciences. It includes functions to determine molarity dilutions, cell dilutions, MOI calculations and primer re-suspension volumes.
mSecure Password Manager: You can use this to safely store passwords and private information. This app safeguards website logins, bank accounts and credit cards, protecting your reputation, identity and finances.
Price: Rs 529 approximately
OpenOffice Document Reader: Android’s first OpenOffice/LibreOffice Document Reader. View your documents on the go. Its simple, fast, light-weight and well integrated.
RealCalc Plus: Heres a full-featured scientific calculator. Its key features include traditional algebraic or RPN operations, fraction calculations and conversion to/from decimals, degrees/minutes/seconds calculations and conversion, result history, etc.
Price: Rs 170 approximately
Scientific Calculator: If you have limited use for such a device and want a free scientific calculator with only a few features, this app is for you. Besides basic calculations, you can do trigonometric, logarithmic and factorial operations.
Smooth Calendar: There are many calendar applications in Google Play, but I find the simple Smooth Calendar widget easy to use when compared to the design and UIs of other apps. It also is in sync with Google Calendar, Exchange and Facebook.
If you are a scientist and are not able to find a suitable app for any one of your particular needs, let me help you. Mail me your queries (address below).