So you got your new iPad? Now what? When Steve Jobs introduced the iPad and referred to it as a magical device, lots of people snickered. Most iPad owners will tell you that it can indeed inspire the kind of astonishment you might have felt while watching your first magic show – if the device is properly loaded with great applications from the iTunes’ Apps Store. Below is the 15 top must-have (free, “free lite” but “paid for upgrade to full version” or buy an amount from beginning) apps collection hand picked, oh, and if they’re free, they won’t suck with annoying advertisements.
1). iBooks (free) – Allows you to download and read everything from best-sellers to classics right on your iPad. Since the iPad features a backlit display, unlike those ebook readers, you will be able to read your books any time, day or night. The app features all kinds of nice touches for reading books, such as the ability to quickly change font size, bookmark your pages, look up words in the dictionary, and even search for specific passages. This is what you got your iPad for, right?
2). Flipboard (free) – Twitter and Facebook rely on “new stuff on top” layouts, with links that send you elsewhere to see what people are fussing about. Flipboard rationalizes this editorial insanity. The app plops your Facebook feed into a magazine format, showing all the stories your friends recommended, with photos and updates. You can create other personalized magazines from Twitter feeds, on topics of your choice.
3). Evernote (free) – Another bigger-is-better entry. Evernote stores notes, photos and voice memos, so you can retrieve them later on any Web-connected device. The service offers a fair amount of free storage, but you can skip the limit for $45 a year.
4). Adobe Ideas (free) – your digital sketchbook, letting you capture and explore ideas anywhere you go. Sketch design concepts while sitting in a cafe, capture and store color themes while browsing through the photos on your phone, or jot down notes on a photo. Any time you need to explore creative ideas, Adobe Ideas is there with you. Now with a new in-app purchase option, you can get up to 10 drawing layers plus a photo layer for each sketch and control opacity for each layer. It features single app for the iPad and iPhone, Simple vector-based drawing tools, zoom without jaggies or big pixels, variable-size brushes using multitouch control,
vector eraser, gallery-style organizer to quickly scroll through your ideas and color themes, huge virtual canvas, easy creation of multiple versions of design concepts
5). Cut The Rope: Holiday Gift (free) – Very entertaining & fun to play! A mysterious holiday package has arrived, and the creature inside (Om Nom) has only one request…CANDY! Help get the candy to Om Nom the adorable monster, in this free companion to the highly innovative and addictive puzzle game, Cut the Rope. Simply swipe your finger across the ropes and collect the stars by touching them with the candy, but it’s not always simple. Think before you slice and be sure to avoid the enemies and obstacles. Every level is different and getting that candy to Om Nom the quickest possible while collecting more scores by catching the stars is challenging & won’t be easy! In this free “Cut the Rope: Holiday Gift” you don’t just need to feed Om Nom, in order to get maximum points you will also need to collect three golden stars in each stage. Some are easy, some are deviously difficult; you’re going to have to use your head to get them all-but be quick, some of these stars don’t hang around forever! Dodge jagged spikes that smash Om Nom’s holiday treat to bits! Use a variety of special tools in your effort to get Om Nom his candy. Blow candy around in bubbles using special air pumps, catapult your candy across the screen to get to those hard to reach stars, and use hidden ropes in your effort to get every star there is! Plus there’s a whole new special tool, a stocking surprise!
- 6). Getty Images (free) – Designed for creative and media professionals, the Getty Images app puts access to over 24 million powerful images at your fingertips. Access Getty Images’ entire collection from client meetings, the coffee shop or any place in between. Now you can search, save and share a world of creative stock photos as well as editorial and archival imagery – wherever and whenever you need them. It features search the entire collection of over 24 million creative, editorial and archival images, compare images to find the perfect shot for your project, sign in to your Getty Images account to save images to existing lightboxes or create new ones – in real time, share lightboxes, single images or multiple images, customize your home page to see all our latest or specific images, shake your device to see random search results based on top keywords.
7). VLC Media Player (free) – The free, most famous, most complete video codecs player (play almost any formats) and open source multimedia player is available for iPad & iPhone in limited time only (Apple may soon take it off from the iTunes’ Apps Store). It reads almost every video file, yet it’s very powerful and simple to use. It features ability to delete video files right from inside the application, without having to go through iTunes, many more extensions are being recognized, much faster decoding thanks to assembly optimizations.
8). Veggie Samurai HD Lite (free) – Feel the power at the swipes of your finger tips! Put your swordsman skills to the test as you use your fingers to slice and dice veggies of all shapes and sizes in Veggie Samurai, all in spectacular HD graphics & colors..! Warning, it produces amazing delicious veggie juicy scenery..!!!
9). Dropbox (free) – is the easiest way to sync and share your files online and across computers. It features save & view photos, videos, documents, and presentations in your Dropbox on the go, share and send files via email, or copy and paste links to share with another app, export Dropbox files to other iPhone and iPad apps, “Favorite” files to download them for fast, offline viewing, swipe your way through photo galleries. This app requires a Dropbox account. If you don’t already have a Dropbox account, the app will allow you to create one for free.
10). Angry Birds Lite (free) – a hit game by Rovio is one of the unlikeliest pop-culture crazes of the year – and perhaps the first to make the leap from cellphone screens to the mainstream. Angry Birds, in which the birds seek revenge on the egg-stealing pigs, is meant to be easily played in the checkout line and during other short windows of downtime — but some players have trouble stopping. Rovio says people around the world rack up 200 million minutes of game play each day. The game has inspired parodies, homages and fervent testimonials. Homemade Angry Birds costumes were big hits on Halloween.
11). Zinio Magazine Newsstand & Reader – If you love magazines then zinio is the app for you. Thousands of titles at your finger tips, from your iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch. PC and/or Mac. All the top titles, many with special interactive and graphical features available for download & read. Zinio features: read it anywhere: buy it on your iPad or iPhone and access it for free on your PC or Mac, explore free articles from many top titles with no obligation to buy, choose a free subscription – and have fun exploring, high fidelity digital reading, save up to 87% when you do buy: Annual subscriptions, single issues or back issues of your favorite titles, browse exclusive iPad photo galleries in top titles including National Geographic, Sporting News Today and Marie Claire, listen to song previews in titles like the Rolling Stone’s Greatest 500 Songs of All Time, watch exclusive video’s else inside the pages of your favorite magazines including Car and Driver, National Geographic Traveler, and VIVmag, read whether you are online or offline
12). Scoop Magazine Reader (free) – Enjoy your favorites magazine on iPad available for magazine distributed in South East Asia, especially Indonesia and Malaysia. Scoop will allow you to browse and download magazines such as Info Bank, Investor, Bali & Beyond, Marketeers, FHM, Bazaar, Tech Life (local version).
- 13). iWork ($30, or $10 each for Pages, Keynote or Numbers) – Since you can’t type easily on an iPad, it may never replace your laptop. But with this software, which is made by Apple, you won’t need to rush to your other computers to edit Microsoft Office files. The Pages app is great for revising and exporting text files; the Numbers app is good (and getting better) with spreadsheets; and Keynote is a serviceable complement to PowerPoint.
- 14). Air Display ($10) – Turn your iPad screen into an extra PC monitor with Air Display, and never again miss a new Twitter post, Facebook post or stock market move.
- 15). Star Walk ($5) – A jaw-dropping astronomy app. Hold the iPad toward the night sky and it labels everything. You can also preview the movement of tonight’s sky, or witness a particular night sky from centuries ago. Star Walk is billed as an educational app, but it’s as entertaining as anything on the market.
Tell us below what is your favorite iPad apps or if we have not listed them above then do let us know why you like them.