The iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display boast some impressive technical specs, but it’s the 475,000 apps on Apple’s App Store that make the devices must-haves. Google Play and the Windows Store are still playing catch-up in terms of tablet-optimized applications, and there’s something for everyone on the iPad.
Hardcore gamers can enjoy stunning titles, including “The Walking Dead” and “Knights of the Old Republic,” while there’s always “Netflix” and “HBO GO” for TV junkies. Factor in the troves of social networking, creativity and productivity apps on the App Store, and you’ve got thousands of reasons to stay glued to your iPad. Here are our 25 favorites.
Thanks to the iPad, you’re no longer confined to a room with a TV when you want to watch your shows — you can bring your iPad anyware. But sometimes the show you really want to watch isn’t on Netflix, Hulu, or HBO Go, and that’s where Air Video HD comes in handy. This app lets you stream any video on your computer directly to your iPad, encoding the file in real-time. This means you don’t have to worry about converting the movie to the right format or filling up your iPad’s drive with huge video files. The user interface will make browsing your files a breeze, and you’ll never have to hunt through multiple streaming video services to find the show you want again.