Must Have iPad Applications

Posted on 20 May 2011

The App Store has brought out a bunch of apps for the iPad. While there are many that were already available for the iPhone, they will look much better in the larger iPad. There are many new ones too. The costs are a bit high to what you would usually find in the App Store.

1. News and Social

News and Social

NYT Editor’s Choice:

This app shows you what the ‘New York Times’ looks like on the iPad. It is free. There may be hidden subscription charges.

USA Today:

This app shows you how the ‘USA Today’ looks like on the iPad. This is free but there may be hidden subscription charges.


The Wall Street Journal has launched an app to allow its followers on iPad to read the paper. It is a free app. There may be hidden subscription charges.


This is a really good app. It includes video, image and text content as well. It has an unorthodox design. This is another free app.

NPR for iPad:

This is a digital version of the NPR. There is text and photo news along with the audio. It is a free app.

Popular Science:

The tease at the App Store hints that this is not only a magazine scan. Rather it has been influenced by the amazing concept that surfaces in December. This app costs $5.


This old broadcaster is now on iPad with its very own app. There is all the BBC’s news coverage. This includes print, video and radio.


The app for all of you with a business sense. Your iPad can become a finance terminal with this app. It is free for now.


You can use your Stumble Upon account for simple link sharing and discovery. It is a free app.


The app that lets you save anything that you have come across online in a cleaned-up format for later use. It costs $5.


NewsRack worked great for the iPhone as an RSS reader. The great news is that if you have already paid $5 for the iPhone version, then the iPad download is absolutely free.


Feeddler is a free app that will cover all the basics if you do not want to spend money for a feed reader.

Fluent News:

Some of you might not like the RSS readers. If that is the case, then Fluent is your thing. It will make your daily news to be a little guided into a single interface. This app is free.

Accuweather Cirrus:

The app that will make you an expert weatherperson. It includes prediction and reading. It is free.


Tweet deck worked great with the iPhone. It takes the column-based desktop app, and adapts it to the iPhone’s screen. The end result is in either two column (a portrait) or three column (landscape) modes.


AIM is the AOL’s instant messaging app. It looks pretty stunning. This app is free.


The app that will let you do some serious multi-protocol messaging. That includes Live, Facebook and Yahoo, among others. This app is for $10.

Loopt Pulse:

This app provides localism. Find out what is going on around your sofa, right from your sofa. It is free.

Dash Four:

Foursquare on the iPad might sound like a strange idea now. Yet it won’t seem so strange the next time you are in Starbucks, with your iPad. This app costs $2.


While the Craiglist website is a disaster, the Craigslist iPad app looks great. It is free.

2. Entertainment and Video

Entertainment and Video


An app that provides Netflix streaming over Wi-Fi. You should first have a NetFlix account that costs around $9 a month these days. After that, you can have thousands of brilliant TV shows and movies in your hand. The app is free.

ABC Player:

ABC Player is one of the first TV apps available in the store. It has made a promising start. It provides an amazing slick interface for the ABC video content that is available on their website. This app is free.

Marvel Comics:

An app that turns your iPad into a comic book for real. It provides a free reader but the comics have to be paid for.


iBooks is the Apple’s ebook store. It is the best thing yet for iPad ebooks. There is no competition for now, but Amazon and Barnes will be hoping to change that soon.

NBA Game Time Courtside:

An app that provides you with a full and interactive dashboard for all the basketball games that you watch. It is a joy for all the basketball fans. It is absolutely free.

MLB At Bat:

It is an app that enables you to watch the live games like the iPhone version. The extra bit added is that it simulates the games you are unable to watch due to blackout or licensing issues. There are also statistics at hand. It costs $15.

ESPN ScoreCenter:

For all of you out there who like to eat, drink and sleep sports, this is the app for you. It provides a constant feed of sports information. There are the specific game scores like on the iPhone app, but the iPad app has been enhanced to include scores of columns, frames and panes. If you love sports, it costs a mere $5.

Yahoo Entertainment:

Yahoo Entertainment pulls info from the vast network of Yahoo sites. It has complete TV listings, videos and entertainment news. It has been amazingly designed, and it is free so it is definitely worth a download.


SoundHound is a song recognition app with a difference. It has an immensely fast recognition engine. It does not only ID any music that is playing, but also provides lyrics, charts, music discovery and full playlist playback. The charts are based on what people are Idling and not based on buying statistics. It is for $5.


It is an app that provides song recognition. Still, it will not recognize your own singing voice or humming like SoundHound can. Also, the song recognition ability is not as good. Still, it is a free app so you can try it.


The Pandora’s iPad app is sticking to its basic customized radio feature. It provides artist info along with your playlists.

The music is unlimited and exceedingly well-chosen. It is free.

3. Productivity/Utilities

Productivity Utilities


iWork is an app that has no competition for now. Although, some competition is expected in the presentation app, word processor and spreadsheet arena, for now iWork is holding steady. The Numbers, Pages and Keynote suite cost $30, or $10 each separately.

The Elements: A Visual Exploration:

An app that makes you fall in love with the periodic table. It includes vivid, animated illustrations that depict the substances our world is made up of. It is still a bit pricey at $14.

Dragon Dictation:

This one is a useful app. It writes as you speak. The best part is that it is free.

Wolfram Alpha:

If you have a mathematical mind, then this app deserves to be tried out. Based on the Wolfram website, it is a highly smart mathematical search engine and calculator. It was once available for iPhone for $50. Not quite so pricey now, it only costs $2 for the iPad. It looks great.

National Geographic World Atlas HD:

The presentation of the earth by the very people who are obsessed with documenting it. It includes input from some veterans. It costs $2.

This is an app that provides a dictionary and a thesaurus for your iPad. Here is an app that is definitely a must-have. It is free.


The Epicurious app is a vast database of tremendous recipes. You do not have to look any further than this, although many iPad cookbooks will show up in the App Store. This one is free.


Kayak app is a large travel planner. With this one, you can now book your airline tickets and make travel arrangements on your iPad. It is free.


The app provides data from the source that has provided information in all fronts, Wikipedia. You could say that the app does a better job. This is a free app.


The IMDB app serves the same function as the website. Now the endless movie database is available on your iPad with this app. It is absolutely free.


Brushes is a full-featured app that includes everything to do with painting, drawing and scribbling. It is enjoyable, yet a bit toy-like. This app will appeal more to kids than serious artists. It costs $10.

Sketchbook Pro:

The Sketchbook Pro is an app for the serious artists. It is a powerful app and a bit more complicated than Brushes. Artists who are serious about their work will definitely appreciate it. It costs $8.


The Ebay app provides the same uses the website does. You can buy and sell stuff from your iPad. This is a free app.

Desktop Connect:

You can control any computer in your house wirelessly by downloading this VNC client. Find out how your iPad can run OS X, Windows or Linux. It costs $12.


Bento is an app that is a portfolio, life organizer, scrapbook and general information receptacle, all at the same time. It costs $5.

Voice Memos:

If you are interested in having a voice recorder for your iPad, then this is the app. It records sounds quite nicely and is free.


This is an app that enables you to use your iPad as a second monitor when it is docked. You can do so without messing with the complicated manual VNC setups. It has some bug issues for now, but the developers say fixes are coming. It has been developed by the same firm that does IM+. It costs $5.

4. Games


Flight Control:

The objective of this game is to make sure that your planes do not hit one another before they land, by tracing their paths with your finger. It was a natural fit for the iPhone. Yet it is an even more amazing fit for the much larger iPad. It costs $5.

Plants vs. Zombies:

This one is a simple tower defense game. Though the concept is a bit weird but the extra space in the iPad opens this game up. The goal is to plant a variety of monstrous foliage in order to stop a horde of zombies from invading your house. It costs $10.


This one was the classic tower defense game for the iPhone. For the iPad, it is even bigger. It costs $8.

Scrabble for iPad:

All of us have played scrabbles and had a good enough time at it. The Scrabble app for iPad lets you enjoy the treat on your iPad. This is an animated version of Scrabble. For the iPhone, it can be used as a letter tray. It costs $10.

Mirror’s Edge:

The Mirror’s Edge app is an adaptation of the game that came out on Xbox and PS3. It is a game that includes everything from sliding and jumping to shooting. When the game came out it had made a number of people motion sick. The app costs $13.

Civilization Revolution:

Civilization Revolution is a classic strategy game, loved by all who like this genre. Now it is available for you on the iPad. The app costs $13.

Labyrinth 2:

The Labyrinth game on the iPhone was loved by all and enjoyable even as time passed. The reason was that it kept getting more and more complicated. Not just a simple marble rolling game, there was a lot of dodging going on. There weren’t only the holes you had to avoid, there were winds, lasers, cannons and security cameras you had to dodge. In addition to that, there were some amazing 3D graphics. The iPad app costs $8.


Remember the game that we loved to play as kids. Well, there is a Uno app out for the iPad. Forget about all the technicalities like flash and multitasking, kids still only care about playing Uno. This enjoyable app costs $7.

Geometry Wars:

This app provides the extremely popular space shooter and puzzler game. While the game was fantastic on the console, it is even better with touch controls. It costs $10.

Smule Magic Piano:

There were always going to be piano apps for the iPad. Here is a bizarre contorted version that works as a game. It costs $3.

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