Please list the most essential and favorite iPad apps

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by NJRonbo, Apr 3, 2010.

  1. macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007
    I wasn't going to buy the iPad. I have an
    iPhone and a 17" Macbook Pro. However,
    all your positive reviews have changed my
    mind. Will be picking it up Monday at the
    Apple store.

    So, here's something we can all help each
    other with. What are the most essential
    iPad apps that will make this device more
    useful than it already is.

    And, what are your favorite apps (games
    and productivity)?

    If possible, list whether the App is FREE
    and if not, the cost of purchase.
  2. macrumors 68040


    Jul 31, 2005
    While waiting for my iPad 3G, I've already downloaded my favourite free apps:


    Wish list:

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  3. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 21, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    Here are my impressions on the first apps I tried:

    ABC Player - free, very nice, let me stream one of their shows and the quality was good.
    AP News - free, only looked briefly at it, seemed okay
    craigsphone - free, seemed like it still had some bugs with displaying the full craigslist ads
    Pages - $9.99, loaded it up, and it brought me to some 5-page how-to document. didn't look much further than that, but I'm sure I'll use this down the line.
    Weather HD - 99 cents, looks pretty but probably not as useful as the other weather apps. No sound with their animations.
    USA Today - free, looked nice
    Harbor Master - free, downloaded it because it's free but haven't tried it yet. Maybe one day when I'm bored.
    iBooks - free, comes with a free copy of Winnie the Pooh, looked nice
    Kindle - free, it was able to open up the books I have on Kindle, about what I expected
    GoodReader - 99 cents, this program reads PDFs, Word Documents, etc. I loaded in a few dozen PDFs and Word Docs and they all displayed nicely, even the graphics. This will be really useful for me.
    Pandora - free, looks just like the normal version, but with more artist info now
    TWC MAX+ and Weatherbug - free weather apps, the weather channel one gave video from the weather channel too.
    Twitterific - free, works about as expected
    Air Sharing HD - $9.99 - this one works quite well if you want to transfer a lot of files and better organize or password protect them. It also had a "print" feature, but apparently that only works for printers shared from Mac or Linux machines (not PC)
    DailyTravel - free, has some pretty pictures of tourist sites, opened it, looked around, closed it 20 seconds later.
    Y! Entertainment - free, has a pretty nice free TV Guide feature. Looks very polished.
  4. macrumors 6502


    Aug 31, 2007
    Facebook hasn't released an ipad app yet. All you get is the blown up version. There is a 3rd party FB app, but it's not getting very good reviews.
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 21, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    I don't see much of a need for a Facebook App. Just make a shortcut for the Facebook webpage, it looks great in iPad safari.
  6. macrumors 68030


    Jun 28, 2007

    I installed the iPhone version of Facebook on my iPad. Didn't like it and removed it. In fact I only have a few iPhone apps on my iPad. They are the ones I felt I just had to have and will hope for iPad versions of these soon.
    I'm rather surprised that Facebook wasn't ready with their iPad app on release day.
  7. macrumors 68030


    Jun 28, 2007
    Okay, I'll try that but it's just not the same. I really like the Facebook app I have on my iPhone. It's streamlined, compact and efficient.
  8. macrumors 6502

    May 26, 2008
    First off, the iPad hasn't even been out a day. The API has only been released for ~60 days. People haven't had enough time to make those apps that are "essential" nor have we had time to find out what apps those are (apart from the apps we already use on our iPhones). Not trying to troll your thread, but just letting you know. By Monday, there could be another thousand apps in the store, etc. It's fun to look at the store right now because its just so bare. Either way, all of the above apps (previous posts) are good apps.

    Good Luck!
  9. macrumors 6502

    Dec 15, 2008
    Charleston, SC
    Except for the fact that the bottom toolbar doesn't remain anchored to the bottom. That's annoying.
  10. macrumors 65816


    Apr 2, 2009
    Until the Ipad version comes out I will use Internet version. One thing better bout the app is push notification.

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