by Joe White
December 31, 2010
In 2010, Apple released the iPad: a "magical and revolutionary" device that changed our lives forever. The 9.7-inch HD tablet fortunately came complete with its very own App Store. Within half a year, this store boasted more than 20,000 native iPad apps. Now, as 2010 draws to a close, we're going to take a look back at the year, and take our pick of the very best iPad apps we've encountered so far.
Reeder for iPad: the best Google Reader client out there ($4.99)If you're a fan of RSS reading, and have a Google Reader account, you should definitely check out Reeder for iPad. This popular application, which is currently priced at $4.99, is undoubtedly the definitive Google Reader client for iPad.
iBooks: e-book reading has never looked so good (free)If you want to unleash your iPad's e-book reading capabilities, you need iBooks. This free, universal iOS app is beautifully designed, and suits the iPad's 9.7-inch screen perfectly. Essential features such as search, highlighting, and annotation grace the app. Additional features, such as page turning animations, text resizing, and bookmarks, all make this app a must have. Furthermore, the application includes an "iBooks Store," within which users can find all their favorite titles available to purchase and download.
Twitter: the official app, optimized for the iPad (free)Fortunately for iPad owners, the official Twitter iOS application is a universal app, meaning it'll run natively on the iPad. If you're a fan of the social network, this app is certainly worth downloading.
CNN for iPad: "welcome to the bigger picture" (free)CNN for iPad is one of my favorite news apps out there. It was just released in December, so it's a fairly young application. However, it works like a charm, and is definitely worth downloading. Plus, it's free.
iTeleport: control your computer from anywhere, using your iPad ($24.99)If you're looking for a great VNC app for your iPad, look no further: iTeleport, a universal app, can do the job for you with ease. With this clever app, users can access their PC or Mac from their iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, over a Wi-Fi network or 3G. (For a VNC client you can "touch," check out Screens.)
AppAdvice: how could we not mention this? ($1.99)If you love reading the news and reviews we post here at AppAdvice.com, you need our app. For $1.99, this little gem brings all our site's content direct to your iDevice. It's a universal app, so it runs natively on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. We're continually updating the app, making it more and more of an iOS masterpiece. Check it out.
Flipboard: quickly flip through news, photos, and social networks (free)Flipboard is a great, free, social aggregator for the iPad. This clever app allows users to "flip" through news, photos, and social networks on their 9.7-inch device. If you haven't yet taken a look at Flipboard, you definitely should.
Skyfire for iPad: interact with Flash on your iPad ($4.99)If you want to interact with Flash on your iPad, then you need Skyfire Web Browser for iPad. This $4.99 app allows users to interact with Flash content (and social networks) in the app.
Pandora Radio: listen to Pandora on your iPad (free)If you're a fan of Pandora Radio, you need the service's free, universal iOS app. It works well on the iPad, and is definitely worth downloading. So, that's the list. We hope you like it. All that's left is for us to wish you a happy new year, and if you have any additions to the above selections, feel free to post them in the comments.
Pandora Media, Inc.
Skyfire Web Browser for iPad - Flash Video Enabled Multi User Social Browser
Skyfire Labs, Inc.
Reeder for iPad
CNN App for iPad
CNN Interactive Group, Inc.
Avatron Software, Inc.
Flipboard: Your Social News Magazine