IN YOUR OPINION: Which app is making the best use of iPad's technology?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Swampthing, Apr 28, 2010.

  1. Swampthing Suspended


    Mar 5, 2004
    Haven't got my iPad 3G yet, but I'm curious about this from a consumer perspective. Is there an app that stands out to you where the developer seems to be taking the most advantage of the capabilities of the iPad over the iPhone?

    Is it the Netflix app? iBooks? Marvel? What do you think? This thread could be helpful for potential purchasers in the future.

    (There is a thread for SHOWING OFF the iPad; but those apps might be completely different than the ones here.)
  2. vertigo78 macrumors regular

    Oct 2, 2008
    Goodreader, Instapaper, and Safari. Anytime I have a lot of text on the screen, having an iPad just makes sense. I finally have the digital book I always wanted.

    Its not like iphone apps cant do the same thing but the bigger screen makes all the difference. I guess this shows my dissappointment with the app store rights now. The ipad apps dont really offer more functionality than iphone apps yet.
  3. Zepaw macrumors 65816


    Apr 18, 2010
    The Elements is rather incredible. If eBooks were like that they would be even more popular.

    Otherwise Star Walk, NetFlix, and Marvel are some great first gen apps.
  4. ovrlrd macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2009
    So something like the Alice eBook that is interactive? I kind of agree that is something that really shows off the technology right now. Honestly I think it's still gonna be awhile before we really see an app that makes best use, but for now I would say you are close to the right answer (outside of games, which of course probably don't count but Plants vs Zombies wins there imho).
  5. Zepaw macrumors 65816


    Apr 18, 2010
    Not like Alice in my opinion. I guess that kind of interactivity is fine for kids, but the presentation of Elements is stellar. I'm not sure I mean to call Elements an eBook, but I guess it could be considered one. An eReference book for sure. :p
  6. VladM macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2008
    None, yet. I feel that the devs have been unbelievably slow coming up with some really good ideas to show off iPad's true potential.
  7. Advil macrumors 6502a

    Oct 4, 2008
    Star Walk, Instapaper, Goodreader, Amazo, Weather Channel, Soundhound, Netflix and ABC player too

    all of these, especially the first 3 offer a wonderful experience.
  8. Zepaw macrumors 65816


    Apr 18, 2010
    They had around 2 months. I'm pretty impressed with the line up so far.
  9. Zazoh macrumors 6502a


    Jan 4, 2009
    San Antonio, Texas
    Agree. Also check out Star Walk astronomy app.
  10. imageumbrella macrumors newbie

    Apr 28, 2010
    I'm a pilot and use the app ForeFlight Mobile. Before, it was just a very useful tool for checking weather on the ground, filing flight plans, etc., but all before takeoff. With the iPhone's screen size, using the charts and instrument approach information was only OK only for emergency backup in the cockpit. Not practical as a primary source of information. With the screen size of the iPad and the vendor's optimization for the iPad, I can now use it as a primary source for information in the cockpit, saving lots of money, weight, and space on volumes of paper charts and approach plates, which have to be updated every 28 days anyway. This is a game changer for me and improves a process I've done the old fashioned way for 20 years. (not to mention I couldn't watch videos at the airport waiting for my flight with the paper charts!)
  11. Swampthing thread starter Suspended


    Mar 5, 2004
    I find it interesting to see no one has mentioned KEYNOTE or PAGES.
  12. renewed macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2009
    Bemalte Blumen duften nicht.
    I'm honestly a little disappointed in Pages. Too dumbed down.
  13. nj-mac-user macrumors 6502


    Jun 1, 2009
    But less than a month with an actual device. I believe the best has yet to come (which is obvious I guess).
  14. sracer macrumors 604


    Apr 9, 2010
    Early Edition - RSS newsreader that presents feeds in newspaper style.
    WhiteNote - text/graphic notebook.
  15. CarlosG macrumors member

    Mar 21, 2006
    Omnigraffle. I know that it's expensive, but I use it a lot on my Mac so I decided to get it for the iPad and I'm very impressed by how good it feels to create diagrams using your fingertips rather than 'remotely' with the mouse. There's a good video of it on Youtube, and that persuaded me to actually buy it.

    I would like to see how good Pages and Keynote are, but as I'm in the UK and it can't be downloaded from the store -- I'll have to wait.
  16. G4R2 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 29, 2006
    I'm impressed with MLB 2010 and also, as has been mentioned previously, Elements.
  17. nando2323 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2007
    Elements, Scrabble, ABC Player and Air Video. I don't know why people keep saying Netflix that is the buggiest app there is. What's so good about it? It's just their website! I use it and it works most of the time when it's not crashing but nothing stellar here.
  18. BMP84 macrumors regular


    Nov 1, 2008
    Chattanooga, TN
    Ah, my list.

    Twitter/browser app - Twitepad

    Big fan of the browser and Twitter feed.

    Newspaper/news app- USA Today

    Haven't subscribed to a newspaper once in my life, but this app makes me want to. I'll most likely pick up the subscription when the freebie period is up.

    File manager/reader- Goodreader

    Goodreader is just amazing, adds the only thing I was really needing, file management of some sort.

    Word processing- Pages

    Pages is better than any of the other word processing apps I've used for iPhone and iPad. Just need some sort of printing method...maybe someone could create a apple script that automates printing attached .doc's from emails?

    Not many other apps that I use personally. I enjoy safari a lot too.
  19. tikidoc macrumors regular


    Jan 20, 2010
    I went to high school with the creator. Very, very bright guy. Was not surprised to see him do this.
  20. HiRez macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    Maybe not an exciting pick, but Scrabble HD. But I think we're just tapping the surface, the apps they come up with a few years from now will be incredible.
  21. Discaciate macrumors member


    Apr 28, 2010
    For me is the "Air Video" app.
    It completly changed the way I consume media on my iPad. With it I can view all my 500+ HD movies.
    Fantastic app and it is a perfect fit for the iPad.
  22. iSingandiDance macrumors 6502a


    Apr 24, 2010
    Mirror's Edge or Geometry Wars

    Alice is a shoe-in.
  23. magicandmystery macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2007
    I second that. I wonder if they can improve on it with some graphical content though. Seems like the best looking apps are based in reality (Notes, iBooks (save for the that hideous bookshelf, but I digress), Calendar, and others).

    Great app, though—I use it almost everyday.
  24. admanimal macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2005
    Contrary to what has become the popular belief in the iPhone app age, it takes more than a few weeks and 99 cents worth of effort to make really good software.
  25. laokai macrumors member

    Jan 15, 2008
    Marvel Comics app---way too much fun---I've gotta slow down or I'm gonna go bankrupt $1.99 at a time...

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