Just over a year ago, I shared with you what I thought were my Top 10 Must Have iPad Apps. The apps that I shared with you in that post were Pages, iA Writer, GoodReader, Dropbox, Kindle, Evernote, 1Password, Amazon’s Windowshop, Angry Birds, Cut the Rope, and Reeder.
Well…they’ve kept making kick-ass apps, and now with the iPad 3 out, everything looks that much better with the retina display. So, I thought I’d update my list and share with you 10 NEW apps that I’ve really been enjoying on my iPad and would recommend for you to get. Enjoy and happy app-buying!
- Tweetbot ($2.99): If you use Twitter. And you have an iPad. You need to be using Tweetbot. There’s not much more to say about it than that. It’s a beautiful app, and the best way to use Twitter on your iPad.
- Flipboard (Free): Some others mentioned this one last time – it’s a great way to have a ‘digital newspaper’ experience, as you read through news, photos, updates and tweets from people you’re friends with and follow. It’s just a really well-done app.
- Noteshelf ($5.99) or Bamboo Paper (Free w/$1.99 in app purchase): I’ve recently started playing around with a stylus more, and so have really enjoyed some of the apps that let you take notes, write, draw, etc. Noteshelf and Bamboo Paper are pretty similar, and so it’s just worth trying them out and seeing what you like better. I go back and forth between the two, as I like different things about each app.
- Paper (Free w/in app purchases available): Paper can also be used to write/journal/take notes at conferences, etc., but it has a more artistic feel to it. I think it’s created more for those who want to draw or sketch or create art on their iPads. But I’ve had some fun playing around with it and connecting with my “inner artist.”
- Things ($19.99): I’ve tried a bunch of different GTD/todo list apps, and still, for me, Things is the way to go. But it’s an investment. A big one. $49.99 for the Mac Desktop app, $9.99 for the iPhone app and another $20 for this app. And I had a major bone to pick with the folks behind Things because they couldn’t get cloud syncing up and running. But…while it’s still in beta, I finally tried it out the past week and it works almost perfectly. There are still a few bugs, but it’s awesome to have all my todos updated on my computer/iPhone/iPad all the time. Things is the best looking GTD app, in my opinion. And the design of the app is a big thing for me – I hate ugly apps.
- Snapseed ($4.99): I’ve bought a ton of iPhone photograph apps, but this is one of the only ones I’ve bought for the iPad. It takes awhile to figure out how it all works, but it’s a pretty powerful app for when I want to edit a few photos on my iPad.
- PicFrame ($0.99): This is what I use to mash up some photos that I take. I use the iPhone version more often, but I like to have it on my iPad too.
- Square (Free): If you have a Square account, you should get the app for your iPad and carry a card reader around with you everywhere. You never know when you might need to use it – and it makes you feel like you’re living in the future when you can swipe credit cards on your iPad and have people sign with their finger.
- HBO GO (Free): We somehow got free HBO with our cable deal, so…having the HBO GO iPad app is a no-brainer. I love being able to watch my favorite HBO shoes (right now it’s Game of Thrones) on the iPad, and the app even has some interactive features with some of the shows.
- Temple Run (Free): Fun game. That’s it. I was VERY addicted to it, but it’s waned a bit. Still a very fun game to play when you find yourself with a few minutes to spare before a meeting.
- Instagram (Free): BONUS APP. This one is kind of cheating because it’s an iPhone app. But with the retina display, when you enlarge the app with the 2x button, it actually still looks really good. I love being able to browse my Instagram feed (and add photos) in a larger format on the iPad.
Well…there are ten more iPad apps that I have really been enjoying using recently. What about yourself? What apps do you love on your iPad?