Thousands of new apps arrived this year. Still, just a few of them can be called the best.

The AppAdvice Paid iPad App Of 2012: 

Tweetbot for Twitter (iPad edition), $2.99, released Feb. 5, iPad only

Tweetbot for iPad

Tweetbot for iPad

Using Twitter on a mobile device shouldn’t be difficult. Luckily, the popular third-party Twitter client that first made waves on the iPhone in 2011, arrived for the tablet this year.

Featuring an interface that is both functional and beautiful, Tweetbot for iPad gives users all the tools they need to post new tweets, read multiple timelines, and make smart gestures.

Tweetbot for iPad is our best paid iPad app of the year.

Runner-up:

Camera+ for iPad, $0.99, released Sept. 27, iPad only

We’ve been in love with tap tap tap’s Camera+ app ever since it arrived for iPhone in 2010.

Camera+ for iPad includes all of the tools that makes the iPhone app great, including the company’s signature Clarity feature, which The Wall Street Journal called “photography’s secret sauce.”

Our favorite feature is iCloud sync, which makes it easy to see photos taken across iOS devices.

Finalists

Diet Coda, $19.99, released Feb. 19, iPad only

Diet Coda

Diet Coda

Who knew that coding on a tablet could be so much fun?

Created by the folks who bought us Coda 2 for Mac, Diet Coda for iPad is both iCloud- and Retina-ready. On top of that, Diet Coda supports what its developers call AirPreview. It’s like AirPlay, but for coding.

Named AppAdvice’s App of the Week on May 25.

Waking Mars, $1.99, released Feb. 25, Universal

Created by Tiger Style, this game is an amazingly innovative exploration adventure game from the makers of Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor.

Says our own Juli Clover:

If you’ve ever dreamed of being an astronaut or exploring the depths of space, Waking Mars is an incredibly immersive aural and visual experience that you won’t want to miss.

Sketchbook Ink, $2.99, released May 18, iPad only

Sketchbook Ink

Sketchbook Ink

Named AppAdvice’s App of the Week on June 1, Sketchbook Ink is from Autodesk, the company known for making artistic software for various platforms. With the app, users are able to create vector images and export them for additional use.

Apple demoed Sketchbook Ink at the iPad keynote in March.

Bastion, $0.99, released August 19, Universal

How good is this game? Christine Chan ended her original review simply by stating:

So what are you waiting for? Stop reading and go get this amazing action RPG right this instant.

We agree.

Final Draft Writer, $49.99, released Aug. 27, iPad only

Final Draft Writer

Final Draft Writer

As the name implies, Final Draft Writer allows users to read and write scripts on the iPad. The result is nothing short of magical.

An AppAdvice App of the Week winner for Sept. 3.

Audiobus, $9.99, released Sept. 12, Universal

The universal app is an inter-app audio routing system. With it, users can connect different music apps together like virtual cables.

As Lory Gil said:

This app could literally revolutionize the way we use music apps on the iPhone and iPad. Right now, AudioBus only supports about 20 apps, but they are constantly adding more and the developers are promising more than 750 supported apps in the near future. Anyone who uses multiple synthesizer and effects apps will appreciate how important this technology is.

The Room, $1.99, released Sept. 12, iPad only

The Room

The Room

Named by Apple as the best iPad game of the year, we figured it was important to add The Room to our own list. Featuring a mind-bending journey filled with beauty, peril, and mystery, this is one game not to be missed

Angry Birds Star Wars HD, $2.99, released Oct. 26, iPad only

Following on the heels of Angry Birds Space, Rovio’s latest title in the pigs versus birds series is definitely out of this world. Featuring many of the beloved Star Wars movie characters, the app was AppAdvice’s Game of the Week on Nov. 16.

What was your favorite iPad app this year?