iPad Just got my first iPad. What are the obligatory apps?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by gdourado, Nov 30, 2012.

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    gdourado

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    Hello,
    Just unboxed my new iPad 4.
    A real thing of beauty. Already typing from it.
    Just did the initial setup and went to the settings and configured the basics.

    This is my first iOS device ever, so I am a bit lost here...
    What are the must have apps either free or payed for the iPad?

    I just downloaded Dropbox, Evernote, eBay app and pulse news.
    Apps I already know.

    So, what do you guys use and recommend?

    Cheers!
     
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    WhiteIphone5

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    #2
    Netflix
    Pandora
    Facebook/twitter
    Shazam
    Remote
    YouTube
    Calculator?
    Amazon
    Yelp
     
  3. macrumors member

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    It really depends on what you plan to use it for. Some of my favorite apps so far are:

    Free:

    - Dead Trigger

    - I Books

    - Crackle

    Paid:

    - Garage Band

    - Pages

    - Real Racing

    Also, keep and eye on appshopper.com. It will tell you when a paid app goes free or when apps go on sale.
     
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    D.T.

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    Good start with DropBox, Pulse and EBay

    Other freebies I use frequently:

    Amazon
    Amazon Instant Video
    IMDB
    Netflix
    Twitter (1st party client)
    Facebook
    Podcasts (Apple)
    DirecTV
    Flickster
    LinkedIn
    iBooks (Apple)
    Kindle
    Wikipanion
    Remote (Apple)

    Obviously some of those require paid services, but the app is free. My other heavy daily use is in OOTB apps like Email, Messages, Safari, Calendar, Reminders, Videos.

    Everything at our home/office is connected via Home Sharing so our iPads have access to our pretty stout library of movies and music.

    Also keep an eye out of the Free App of the Day, been some good ones, and some of the app monitoring sites that let you know when prices drop.

    Cheapies ($1-3) I use pretty frequently:

    PlainText
    Notability
    CamViewer
    Comics
    Instapaper


    Games? Tons of good ones, kind of depends what you like, but our current favorites are: Lost Winds 1 and 2, Paper Monsters and Real Racing 2 HD :)
     
  5. macrumors 6502a

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    Just to name a few.....

    Numbers
    Pages
    Keynote
    Day One
    OmniFocus
    Kindle
    ABC Player
    ABC News
    NBC
    Netflix
    USA Today
    HuffPost
    iPhoto
    Angry Birds
    Scrabble
    McSolitaire
    Bejeweled Blitz
    SiriusXM
    Shazam
    Target
    Cards
    My Disney Experience
    Walgreens
    Kayak
    TactioHealth
    Martha Stewart Craft Studio
     
  6. macrumors regular

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    I like having Readability & Skype is alright. TuneIn Radio & HiDef Radio haven't been mentioned, and Rowmote Pro in case you have an iMac or MB you'd like to control with your iPad as a remote
     
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    gwen1o

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    Flipboard and Zite
     
  8. macrumors 6502

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    Some of my favourites:

    - Reeder (RSS feed reader)
    - Tweetbot (twitter client)
    - Atomic Web (web browser with ad blocking)
    - Notesy (text notes, syncs with Dropbox)
    - 1Password (securely store passwords and syncs with the mac version)

    In terms of games:

    - PocketRPG (dungeon crawler)
    - Angry Birds Star Wars
    - ARC Squadron (space shooter)
    - Orbital HD or Tiny Wings (a near perfect mobile games, only one finger required)
     
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    gdourado

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    Wow. Thanks for all the input! I'll check these apps out.
    Already plenty to keep me busy.
    Just another question.
    I saw on some videos, weather information on the drop down notifications. But my ipad does not have it.
    How do I enable that?

    So far, loving the device. Such a great feel and balance in the hands. And that display...

    Cheers
     
  10. macrumors member

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    GoodReader - highly recommended
     
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    wrkactjob

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    That one that looks like a pint of beer and then when you tilt the ipad the liquid moves and you sort of pretend to drink from it but your not actually as its an illusion but it looks like your drinking a pint.

    Brilliant with the retina display.

    Probably all you need really.
     
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    A few I haven't seen mentioned:

    Better Webmail - for multiple web mail checking secure with pass code

    FileBrowser - streams music & video from NAS etc.
    Transfer - photo transfer app
    Flights+ - has ads but great for tracking flights
    Wallpapers HD
     
  13. macrumors 68040

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    Enjoy the iPad4, it is aces.

    Do not load too many apps, the more you have the less sleep you will get. :)
     
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    MacIke

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    Downcast -- a great podcast app
    iReddit
    Reddit Pics
    Moleskin
    Facebook
    Google Voice
    Bobsled -- free to make call.
    Google -- great voice seach

    Games:
    DodgeDot -- my favorite game
    Words with Friends HD
    Frotz - text based game
     
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    gdourado

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    Hi.
    Thanks again for the suggestions.
    How about the question I posted earlier about the weather on the notification?
    What application does that?

    Cheers
     
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    I don't think the weather widget is available on the iPad. It's not listed in my Settings > Notifications on my iPad, only on my iPhone.
     
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    As far as I know there is no stock Weather app on iPads, that is iPhone/iPod Touch(?) only
     
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    gdourado

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    So, any good free weather app for the ipad? Preferably without adds.

    Thanks.
    Cheers
     
  19. macrumors 68040

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    I use weather channel app for iPad.

    There is no stock widget either on the 4. I use yahoo market dash, it is free and good enough for me.
     
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    MisterKeeks

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    Fruit Ninja!! Google Drive if you use it.
     
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    lunaoso

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    Flipboard is great. One I haven't seen mentioned yet is infinity blade. If you like those sort of games you'll love it like I do. Also bad piggies, tiny wings, scribblenauts, nba jam, plants vs zombies, abc player, NBC.
     
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    akdj

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    Living earth is phenomenal. I don't think it's free...maybe a buck or two. Until I found it I never used anything other than the stock weather app...or for more specific Wx forecast, the browser (I prefer iCab on the iPad 4--Mercury in the Mini) through weather.com. If you can swing the dollar bill though, Living earth is awesome!

    As I mentioned, for a browser on the iPad 4--iCab is and has been ,u choice for three years. Awesome gesture support, an on board downloading set up, incredible third party support...Atomic is good as well, check out the free version on Mercury

    I couldn't live without Early Edition. My morning newspaper. It's an RSS program the literally 'draws up' a morning paper each day. I use it every morning. During the day I use Flipboard for up to date news

    For my magazines Newsstand from Apple and I subscribe to a half dozen rags through Zinio.

    I like XPlane's simulators. There are a half dozen of them. I like the retro games on the Midway arcade (I'm 41;))...some of the sports games are cool...including Madden, Tiger Woods, and NBA Jam. If you're a soccer fan, FIFA is phenomenal. Tons and tons of cool games regardless of your interest. Diablo type dungeon crawlers, MMO type, RPG, racing, casual, casino...you name it, every board game we've played--I like monopoly and risk.

    EverNote is invaluable. As well, it's been mentioned...the iWork suite; Pages, Numbers, and Keynote ;works with MS formats too: export or import .doc(x), xls(x?), and ppt. I use Bento daily for my business.

    If you're the creative type and enjoy makin music check out GarageBand, the Korg synths, Nano Studio...Moog, the list goes on

    Avid and iMovie are must haves if you shoot video with your iPhone. iPhoto and Photoshop of you're a photographer....this is just the crust. The list is really long with photography and video production applications.

    Kindle, Nook, and iBooks. Pending where your collection resides. If you have a preference or digital book collection. If not, I prefer iBooks and Apple's prices are decent. Kindle has a huge library though (Amazon).

    Congrats! You're going to love it! It's an amazing machine and the best one yet!

    Jer
     
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    Snowy_River

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    I'd echo what someone else said, I big part of the answer has to depend on what you want to use your iPad for. That said...

    Absolutely, on this one. This gives you at least some of the capabilities of An actual filesystem.

    my favorite, of those that I've used, is called Weather Bug. While it does have ads, they aren't too obnoxious.

    In the category of video apps, I'd recommend, in addition to Netflix, which several others have mentioned (if you have a Netflix account):

    AirVideo - lets you stream videos from your local computers, regardless of format (the server software will live-convert incompatible files to a compatible format before streaming them to your iPad)
    AVPlayerHD - a great player for playing non-mp4 videos, when you want to load them on your iPad to watch on the to...
     
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    nightlong

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    Zite
    Living earth
    Flipboard
    Speedtest
    Wifi finder
    Fotopedia
    Qi
    Wonders of the universe
    Magic of reality
    Back in time
    Pocket
    Quick office
    IA writer
    Noteshelf
     
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    Rogifan

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    I use Flipboard and YouPlayer (since iPad doesn't have YouTube app yet) a lot. Downcast is also great though I use that on my phone more than my iPad.
     

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