Must Have iPad Apps

Free Apps

Zite is a personalized magazine for your iPad that automatically learns what you like and gets smarter as you use it. It gives you personalized news, articles, blogs, videos and other content from a variety of both mainstream and niche publications and sites, and have found it to be my number one news reader app.
Flipboard is a fast, beautiful way to flip through the news, photos and updates your friends are sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader, Flickr and Instagram.
Evernote turns your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad into an extension of your brain, helping you remember anything and everything that happens in your life. From notes to ideas to snapshots to recordings, put it all into Evernote and watch as it instantly synchronizes from your iPhone to your iPad to your desktop. The key to using Evernote is learning how to get your notes in (there are so many ways!)
Kindle app is optimized for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, giving users the ability to read Kindle books on a beautiful, easy-to-use interface. You’ll have access to over 900,000 books in the Kindle Store, including best sellers and new releases. Find I am reading so much more these days!
IMDB is the world’s largest collection of movie, TV and celebrity information. IMDb is the leading app on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad to find watch trailers, get movie ratings, browse photo galleries, find latest DVD releases, explore popular charts and share movie info. Great app for deciding what to rent from the DVD store!
News24 is South Africa’s leading digital news brand. Stay informed wherever you are and get breaking news, sport and business news from South Africa and around the world.
WordPress for iOS is a must for any WordPress blogger and makes it super easy to moderate comments, create or edit post or pages, add images or video, and check your stats.
Facebook for iPad and iPhone. Simple, straightforward, easy to use.
Hootsuite is my preferred Twitter client for a number of reasons. Firstly I love the way you can schedule tweets/Facebook status updates/Wordpress blogs all from one place. Secondly, the stats are great. And thirdly, the iPhone version is great.
eBay is now open for business anytime, anywhere on the Apple iPad! If you’re not an eBay user, I encourage you to give it a try. I have ordered many things now from all over the world at a fraction of the cost in South Africa. This app makes it really easy to track your orders, browse and shop, leave feedback, check shipping etc.
Bible is a fantastic free app from Join over 30 million people who read, listen and share God’s Word using the Bible App. Huge selection of 150+ Bible versions and 200+ plans to help you track your progress. Now also with free audio Bibles!
SimpleNote is a very clean and simple note-taking app that I use every single day. It syncs via a cloud across all devices, much like Apple’s built-in notes, but the reason I prefer it is because it has a great online desktop version, and you are able to “scroll back in time” on each note.
Skype allows you to call, video call and instant message anyone else on Skype for free on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
SuperSport may be one of the best iPad sports apps around! Get all the latest news, scores and information on your favourite sports including football, rugby, cricket, golf and more. All in a well-designed and easy to use app.

Paid Apps:

Photosync ($1.99)will transform your photo handling forever. It‘s the first app that makes wireless transfer of your photos/videos from/to your Computer, other devices, Dropbox, and Flickr a breeze. You will never want to use a cable again! Although iCloud now provides this in some form, I still prefer PhoytoSync just in terms of syncing between multiple devices.
GoodReader ($4.99). With GoodReader on your iPad, you can read virtually anything, anywhere: books, movies, maps, pictures. It is hands down the best PDF reader and lets you annotate notes, highlights, freehand right onto the PDFs.
iDesk ($6.99) is a lesser known app that I think is wonderful. A diagram is worth a thousand words. iDesk allows you to make flow charts, org charts, mind maps, take notes, sketches and do other diagrams with no constraints. If you are a student, or need to draw diagrams for presentations or lectures, this is a must app!
Pages ($9.99) is Apple’s default word processor. This powerful app has been exclusively designed for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Create, edit, and view documents wherever you are. Pages works with iCloud, so your documents stay up to date across all your iOS devices — automatically.
AirDisplay ($9.99). Ever wish you had an extra display for your Mac or Windows computer? There’s an app for that! With Air Display, you can use your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch as a wireless display, to extend your computer desktop.
GoodPlayer ($2.99) Do you enjoy watching videos on your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch? Do you hate not being able to because your device cannot support the video format? Or do you hate the inconvenient and time-consuming hassle of trying to convert video formats to fit into one that your iPhone/iPad can support? This is why GoodPlayer was created.
Jamie Oliver’s Recipes (Free, but with in-app purchases) is honestly phenomenal! I have been using it for a while now and it has truly opened up a whole new world of cooking! My wife is a useless cook (by her own admission), but even she makes the most delicious meals using the app. It is elegantly and beautifully designed with all the details well thought out! Try it – you won’t regret it!

Of course there are so many other great apps out there. That is the beauty of Apple devices – they are all personal depending on what apps you use.

So what are your favourite apps? I’d love to hear from you.

8 Replies to “Must Have iPad Apps”

  1. Thank you so much for these great reccomendations! I’m always looking for more good apps! 🙂

    My favourite app that you already spoke about it The Bible. I love having it with me all the time. Other apps that I like are the different Globe & Mail apps and Open Culture. I love apps that help me become more cultured and informed. 🙂


  2. I agree with you on your list, I actually have most of the free apps you have mentioned.

    From the paid apps list I agree GoodReader is an amazing App, and of course if you ever want to write on your iPad you should invest in Pages as it is the best document editor.


  3. Hey, this one is just right. I am going to get myself an iPad2 tomorrow! yes, tomorrow.. hehe.. and this post is just right on time. Thanks. And you know what.. it was also here… I read your previous post whether which iPad is good.. that made me decide to purchase one (hehhee must have a good PR you got hehe)… and then.. the memory as well, you’re right when you mentioned that in iPad you won’t store huge ‘music’ library since I also have it on my itouch and .. I got it all from you.

    Thanks a lot. You’ve been a great help. And btw, just so u know.. one of the things I’m looking forward to see in my inbox is a post from you..

    Continue giving us useful info please.. Thanks again.


  4. Hey Tom, I use a lot of the apps you mention another great bible app is the logos app – there is quite a lot of content available As part of the free app, however it becomes even more incredible with a purchased logos licence as it brings in all of your library, you can even run split screen – example – you can have the bible open and a commentary and as you read the one the other moves in sync both being visible at the same time! Super convenient. Cheers


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