April 3, 2010
So you just got your new iPad, now what? It would be a great disservice to the entire Apple-loving tech world if you didn't load that shiny new device up with at least some apps today. Well, don't fret. The list of 10 iPad apps below was created just for you. It's a list of apps that we feel should be downloaded by every iPad user, but we know everyone just isn't the same, so you can use our recommendations however you wish. It's your iPad after all. Are you ready? Pages ($9.99) - Apple's Pages is a well-crafted word processing app that is loaded with features that will help you be more productive on your new iPad. It features pre-designed templates, powerful tools and charts, and the ability to open and export files in a variety of formats. Files can also be shared via email or iWork.com, or simply transferred to your computer. Being more productive is what the iPad is all about, and Pages should help you do that. Keynote ($9.99) - Another Apple designed app for the iPad. Keynote is designed to help you make stunning presentations with its built-in themes, charts, animations, transitions, and tables, while also offering intuitive touch controls. Just like Pages, the app is able to open and export presentations in multiple formats as well as transfer files to your computer or iWork.com. Netflix (Free) - Netflix is one of those apps that will make you purchase the service if you haven't already, it's just that awesome of an idea. Who wouldn't want to be able to watch their favorite movies and television shows instantly on their iPad? You would be crazy not to. The app also features the ability to browse the vast Netflix catalogue and manage your queue. Did we mention that it is free? ABC Player (Free) - Another free television show streaming app, because you can never have enough while on-the-go. The app features a smooth interface that allows you to find, schedule, and watch your favorite ABC shows right on your iPad over Wi-Fi. All shows are full-length, and if you leave and come back it will pick up right where you left off. AIM for iPad (Free) - Sporting a stunning simple yet efficient interface, AIM for iPad will not only allow you to keep in touch with your AIM buddies, but also allow you to manage all of your social network services such as Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, and more all from the same app. The fact that the app is free is great, but what makes it outstanding is that it doesn't even feature ads. Pandora Radio (Free) - Another extremely popular app entirely reworked for the iPad, Pandora Radio gives you personalized radio while on-the-go via a user friendly iTunes-like interface. If you are an existing Pandora user, things couldn't be easier. Just log-in and go. The app is universal, so if you already have it in your iTunes library just make sure to update it to get the iPad-optimized interface. We Rule for iPad (Free) - What's an iPad without a little fun, or in We Rule's case, a lot of fun? We Rule is another one of ngmoco's freemium games that allows you to play at your own pace and design your own kingdom. You can farm, build houses and shops, and hire your friends to gain even more supplies. Mojo, the stuff used to make things happen quicker, can be purchased from within the game, but it isn't necessary. Twitterrific for iPad (Free Ad-Based/$4.99 Without Ads) - The Iconfactory is known for putting elegance and functionality into their apps and Twitterrific for iPad is more of the same. The app features an easy to understand interface that places all of your replies, retweets, mentions, and direct messages in a single list, while also allowing you to filter through them via buttons on the left-hand side. The free version features ads in the timeline, while the paid version removes the ads. It's your call. Yahoo Entertainment (Free) - Your ultimate entertainment guide wrapped inside of a stunning interface. Yahoo entertainment features an interactive program guide that allows you to see the schedule for television shows, movies, or other programming in your area. It also sports tons of video feeds to watch sports clips, local weather, news, and entertainment. You can even catch up on local and worldwide news along with photos. It's a one stop shop. iBooks (Free) - Last but not least is iBooks, of course! iBooks allows you to download and read everything from best-sellers to classics right on your iPad. Since the iPad features a backlit display, unlike those ebook readers, you will be able to read your books any time, day or night. The app features all kinds of nice touches for reading books, such as the ability to quickly change font size, bookmark your pages, look up words in the dictionary, and even search for specific passages. This is what you got your iPad for, right?