Our Pad (for iPad ONLY) (Free) by Ghori Networks finally presents an option for multiple users of the same iPad.
While the iPad is an awesome iDevice, its usefulness in a family environment becomes hampered by the fact that there is no way to make a profile for different users. Say, for example, that you want to check your Facebook account, but your spouse would like to check their's afterwards. What do you do?
The official Facebook app only allows one account. At best, one of you could use the app, and the other could navigate the site in mobile Safari. Some apps, like Friendly For iPad do allow multiple users. But then you’re not dealing with the real McCoy.
Well fear not, social networkers, because Our Pad is here to help. And best of all, it’s free!
First you’ll need to create a user profile for yourself. Enter your name (for some reason, the app likes it all capitalized), and then you’ll make a unique dot connection pattern as your password. Android users (gasp!) are already familiar with this routine. Connect at least three dots, though you can do more if you’d like.
The next step asks you to complete your account information for the sites you’d like. The options available are: Facebook, GMail, MSN/Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, and Twitter.
Once your profile is created, a list of the sites you entered information for will appear below your name. Select it and the site will load with your account. To sign out, you can either tap your name in the drawer interface at the bottom of the screen, or hit the home button.
In addition to its functionality, this app’s design adds to its attractiveness. The interface is clean and simple, with a pleasing aesthetic. Adding or removing users is as simple as selecting the plus icon to add a name, and pressing and holding the name to delete it. You can also just as easily add or delete accounts.
Until the day Apple makes multiple user profiles available for the iPad (if ever), this app is your best bet for signing on to email and social networking sites. And I did mention the “free” part, right?