Fresh Out Of The Box For iPad - Paid Edition
Walking out of the Apple store with a new iPad and unboxing it is so much fun. Your excitement continues with exploring the App Store. Apple has a well-curated experience just waiting for you. Unfortunately with so many apps out there, you don't want to spend money on something with just a pretty icon. Let's walk you through some of the best paid apps worthy of entering your iTunes password.
Tweetbot for Twitter (iPad edition)
Twitter apps are everywhere on the App Store. You don't even need to search far because Apple will install the official Twitter app just from the sign-in screen. That app gets the job done, but Tweetbot is our app of choice here at AppAdvice. This app took Twitter by storm when it first came out and for good reason. Gesture control is the centerpiece of Tweetbot's navigation. Tap and hold on different elements to get context menus. It can sync your timeline position using iCloud. Its hallmark feature, though, is muting. Tweetbot lets you mute a person, phrase, or hashtag for a custom amount of time. This frees your feed from reality TV spoilers or that guy who just won't shut up about the Super Bowl. Tweetbot is quite popular and five minutes using this app will show you why.
PhotoSync - wirelessly transfers your photos and videos
Photo Stream is an iOS killer feature, but where's the video? Apple has neglected a key part of the Camera Roll by not automatically uploading video clips we shoot to the cloud. PhotoSync takes all the guesswork out of this by giving you one tap access to sharing your video (and photos) in a bunch of ways. Simply open the app and select what you want to share. From there you select another iOS device, a Mac or PC, or a cloud service as the destination. Don't have Wi-Fi available? No problem. PhotoSync can use a peer-to-peer bluetooth connection between devices to complete the transfer. It works like magic and because you can set cloud services as destinations, it's so easy to make instant backups of your videos.
When it comes to streaming video for the iPad, Netflix is often the first app that comes to mind. There is good reason for that. It boasts a large library of quality programming, organized for user convenience. Of course, you have to pay for that privilege, but its subscription cost is reasonable for what you're getting. Although the Netflix company has made some questionable decisions in the past, its app is still one of the best, at least for the purposes of this AppList.
Take the traditional word processor and turn your iPad into a text-entry machine with iA Writer. Gone is the standard iOS keyboard, replaced with an extra row of buttons to skip around by word, arrow left and right, and enter special characters. An aperture icon focuses your text to three visible lines to help you focus on the words you're typing in. Syncing of your manuscript is key with iA Writer offering both iCloud and Dropbox support. Sharing options include: email as text, email as attachment, print, and the ability to open the file in other apps.
Day One (Journal / Diary)
Sometimes you want to get your thoughts down on virtual paper. Day One is the top way to journal your thoughts or log any other interesting things happening in your life. A streamlined interface makes entries super-simple to create. Entries can be created simply from photographs in your Camera Roll. When you select an image, Day One will ask if you want to date the entry to the photo's date. You can also set the location of the entry to the geolocation of the photo. To keep all your data safe, Day One gives you the choice to use iCloud's Documents in the Cloud or Dropbox. Either one gives you the ability to keep a safe backup and utilize Day One on another iOS device or your Mac with one library.
There's not much that needs to be said about Scrabble. This game has been around for decades and is always one to make your brain work. EA has faithfully recreated the experience on iOS with this full screen version. Play against the computer or match up against friends using Facebook or EA's service. Either way, you can have multiple games happening at the same time. A teacher can show you how to improve your game. Scrabble also has a built in dictionary to help you out. If you're a fan of the board game at any level, this is a no-brainer to have on your iPad.
Ticket to Ride
I'd never heard of this game until Apple featured it on the App Store. A simple board game taken into the digital age, Ticket to Ride is all about building train routes across the United States. Like most games, you can play against others or the computer. In this game you have a fixed amount of trains and you must connect as many major cities as possible. By making long, continuous routes you gain more points. Strategy comes into play by getting to cities first or by blocking opponents from their connections. Ticket to Ride is quite innovative and a lot of fun. The sound effects can get a little repetitive, but a simple muting of the game solves that.
Keeping the kids entertained is key and Endless Alphabet has your back. This educational app is a fun way for kids to learn words and letters. Words pop onto the screen with their letters just outlined. The full letters are scattered on the screen. A simple drag and drop has the word completed and spoken to your child. Once the word is done, Endless Alphabet will use a fun animated sequence to show the word's definition.
Printer Pro - print documents, photos, web pages and email attachments
Have you ever gone to use AirPrint and found that Apple didn't include your printer? It's a bummer because AirPrint is supported on only a small set of printers out there. Luckily Readdle has made an app to work with most wireless printers on the market. In order to make sure your printer is supported, Readdle has released a lite version. Download that and see if yours works. If so, then this app is the best way to rock AirPrint on your iPad.
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My Recipe Book - Your recipes, finally organized.
The iPad is great for cooking because of its large screen. If you've ever wanted to cook like Gordon Ramsey or Delia Smith, the iPad has some great recipe book apps available. We have chosen My Recipe Book mainly because it allows you to add your own recipes or even import directly from specific websites. My Recipe Book also includes background timers, grocery list, and a favorites menu so you can delight your dinner party guests again and again.
1Password - Password Manager and Secure Wallet
You most likely have accounts with Facebook, Twitter, iTunes, and many more. How do you remember all of these passwords? You could have them all the same or rely on having an outstanding memory, but neither of these options is really ideal. Enter 1Password. It gives you a great way to save all of your passwords in one place, so you literally only have to remember one password.