Whether you got a discounted iPad 1, or a brand new iPad 2, there are people all over the country who are new iPad owners starting today! I’ve had my iPad since October, and though I’ve gone back and forth on my opinion of it and its usefulness, I do have some apps that I suggest all iPad owners have. Check them out below in no particular order!
Angry Birds HD ($4.99) – I’ve had Angry Birds on my iPhone for quite a while now, but once I got it for my iPad I never looked back. It’s the exact same game as the iPhone edition, but much much easier to use and see. It’s really a whole different experience and feels a lot more natural on the iPad than the iPhone. I’m annoyed that I had to pay for it twice to get it on my iPad, but it was definitely worth it.
Words With Friends HD (Free) – I play Words With Friends
every 4 days pretty often and since this app was free, it was a no brainer to get it. Much like Angry Birds, Words With Friends looks and feels SO much better on an iPad compared to an iPhone. It crashes EACH and every time I launch it, but with a second launch it seems to stay working. If you already have games going on your iPhone, your iPad will sync them!
Hulu Plus (Free app download, $7.99 subscription) – I don’t really watch much television on the actual TV anymore. Mainly because I still don’t understand how to work our remote which has approximately 89 million buttons. So, I pay $7.99 a month to have a majority of Hulu.com, plus a lot of full seasons of shows both past and present. My usage varies by how busy I am, but it’s so nice to have The Office, Glee, Modern Family, and the Colbert Report ready for me the day after they air, to watch whenever I choose. If you’re in to TV definitely check this out.
Dropbox (Free) – This may be the best app ever made. Dropbox is a place where you can store and sync files across your iPod, iPhone, iPad, Desktop and web space. You can also share folders with friends and it syncs instantly for them as well. It’s AMAZINGLY convenient when you take pics or video on your devices and want them on your other devices or desktop. I HIGHLY suggest this for every iPad owner.
The Daily (Free app, 99 cents per week OR $39.99 per year) – The Daily is basically a daily newspaper that is delivered to your iPad every day. It was free for the first few weeks that it was released and I LOVED it. It was a great way to interact with global news. It’s more of an interactive magazine than anything else. However, I have way too many subscriptions as it is, so I didn’t end up keeping up with it. However, if you are willing to pay for it, it’s a fantastic app to keep on your dock for morning coffees or lunch breaks.
iTeleport ($24.99) – Yes, I paid $25 for an app, but let me tell you why. iTeleport is an app that will allow you to control your desktop remotely. It’s pretty much the best app to do this. It has been so helpful when I am out and about and need to send a file for work, sign in to my work payroll (which is Flash), or just turn on my FaceTime camera to spy on whoever may be around my computer at that time! If you want to have 24/7 access to your desktop computer (or work computer) with your iPad, definitely try this out. This download also purchases the iPhone version so you don’t have to pay for it twice, and yes, it works over 3G.
Adobe Ideas (Free) – My friend Kate, who is a fantastic graphic designer, told me about this app. It’s basically a doodle app. You can save your artwork to your Photos app. Very basic and easy to use. Definitely check it out!
MTV Music Meter (Free) – My fellow MTV TJ friend Ryan Lytle tweeted about this app and I checked it out and REALLY like it a lot. The app conjures up which musicians are being talked about across news, blogs, social media and the likes, and creates a Top 100. It’s mainly indie bands and artists. You can click each ranking/artist and read about them, listen to their music, and see what they’re saying on Twitter. Great app to discover new music.
iBanner HD (Free) – This app creates the look and feel of those LED scrolling displays! My favorite thing to do is type “Honk if you nasty” on it and hold it out the passenger side window as cars drive by. Turns out a lot of people think they’re nasty.
In The Kitchen ($1.99) – This is an official recipe app from the Food Network. I am trying to learn how to cook and this app definitely has made it a lot simpler. It even comes with a timer and an ingredient list check off. It’s really great for anyone looking to organize and try recipes.