25 Best iPad Apps

Top News & Weather iPad Apps

Instapaper Pro

Not all of us have the extra dough for an iPad 3G. If you have ever lamented not finishing a web article because of a lost connection, then Instapaper Pro is your savior. Simply bookmark a page as “Read Later” and Instapaper saves it for offline reading. Granted, the app doesn’t include all of the images that were originally in your article, but if you just want the meat of a story, it works well. Bonus: if you’re short on time, the app will automatically save its Editor’s Picks for reading later, too.

$4.99; www.instapaper.com; Buy From iTunes


It’s a news app that multitasks. Focusing on news but also art and music, the app lets you tune into on-demand NPR radio stations while you read stories. Finding a station near you is as simple as permitting the app to use your location. You can also download articles for offline reading and zoom in to photos when you want more detail. Like something you read or heard? Share it via e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter.

Free; www.npr.org; Get It From iTunes

Reuters News Pro

Who said keeping up on the news can’t be fun? Reuters News Pro delivers the latest headlines in a format that’s easy to read, with five headlines dominating the front page of the app and links to five of the latest news videos right underneath. Scrolling further down will give you the top three stories in various categories (Business, Politics, U.S. News, etc.). Our favorite part of the app is Pictures, which displays a grid of photos related to the hottest stories. Tap on one and you can scroll through the news like a slideshow, as well as read the full story or share it via e-mail or Twitter.

Free; www.reuters.com; Get It From iTunes


Want to lighten your travel load? Zinio offers a wide range of digital magazines in multiple genres with crisp photos and easy finger-flipping navigation. Popular titles include Business Week, Car & Driver, The Economist, Macworld, Maxim, OK!, and Rolling Stone. Select digital editions embed slideshows and videos, as well as interactive ads. Unfortunately, single issues cost the same as what you’ll find on newsstands, but digital subscriptions offer significant discounts (about 15 to 20 percent). While the browser-based interface and page rendering are sluggish, overall this is a handy app for avid magazine readers.

Free (magazine prices vary); www.zinio.com; Get It From iTunes

The Weather Channel Max

The next best thing to a weather widget on the iPad, The Weather Channel Max provides a 36-hour forecast at a glance without you having to enter your location. Just click the geo-target icon at the top of the screen. Scroll to the right and you’ll see the forecast for the next nine days with easy-to-understand icons. At any time you can check the radar map (complete with multitouch support) or watch a video forecast for your area. Weather Channel Max also includes severe weather updates, UV index information, and tweets from the likes of Al Roker.

Free; www.weather.com; Get It From iTunes

25 iPad Apps You Need (By Category)

Mark Spoonauer
Mark Spoonauer
Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptop Mag and Tom's Guide, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc.
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  1. J Says:

    This list just emphasizes how useless the ipad is. Is there anything there that really makes you want to spend $$$$ to get one?

    I mean take a student who wants one…. what about editing documents or being able to write notes over a pdf or powerpoint slides?

    Movies/tv – do you really want to hold it for prolonged hours??

    okay for ebooks and things but it is a lot of $$ for the privilege

    Marvel comics at $1.99 – if i was really into comics i would rather have the real thing.

    Games – my phone can do them and is easier to whip out for a quick 5 minutes

    In summary – a lot of $$$ for not a whole lot. Okay a bit of fun for a while. Who buys ipads – people who want to seem cool and have more money than sense. Why not try to solve some of the worlds problems instead of buying this piece of junk.

  2. J Says:

    I mean come on are we all pre-teens wanting to just play video games and read comics??? Has anyone grown up??

  3. J Says:

    OKay there is quickoffice that allows some document editing and viewing for $10. But if this was a windows slate you could use openoffice for FREE. Ipad apps just remind me of those commercials for cell phone games and ringtones that are basically ripping you off. You just have to wonder who would buy them!

  4. J Says:

    buy something like a viliv N5 instead or a “netvertible” or wait for a windows slate to come out. There is an app called firefox that allows you to do about 1000 Apple apps in one. Hmmm abc viewer, hulu covered, document editing covered, craigs list covered, you tube videos covered, thousands of games covered, facebook etc covered …and on and on.

  5. J Says:

    best of all it is free.

    The Ipad should be advertised as $650 plus $100 for apps to make the most of it. That’s a lot of money for a bit of fun – which is basically all it is.

  6. Jesse Says:

    Okay, chill j. You don’t have to be so negative. Sure iPad may seem lame and stupid to some people, but not everyone will feel that way because they have different opinions. You have to accept that fact and deal with life. Gosh. So negative. Why are you only hogging this site? You are a fag. What are you, in high school? You say “are we all pre teens?” well, you seem like one to me. Ughh.. What a bastard you are!

  7. D Says:

    J – does the J stand for Jealous or Jackoff? The “pre teens” are not stupid, fool, they’ll hack their iPads and download apps for free.

  8. No Ponnei Com Says:

    Using iPad on a plane with all these movies, games, books and music is a major distraction, so it will help you to forget about the flight. For those with a more severe fear of flying, there is a special ‘Mental Workout’ Fear of Flying app available in iPad (in conjunction with Virgin Airlines). The app put many air travelers at ease and enable them to prepare to the flight.

  9. S Says:

    Where are the slates? A year late, that’s where. I’m not convinced about the slate… It seems like some hardware with some slapped on software with the purpose of catching up to the iPad. I’m perfectly fine with my iPad, especially as a side kick to my laptop. Have fun with your 7″ screen!

  10. Jamie Says:

    okay seriously, j, its obvious you know nothing about ipads. im a teen who uses my iPad for school. I was at Best Buy actually comparing prices and the iPad vs. laptop debate. There are a LOT of apps for free, plus tons of office, pdf, presentation, and document-editing apps. It’s pretty good compared to a laptop (which now most these days you have to buy your own word processing- for hundreds of dollars!) Sure, I use it for fun too, but it sure beats the heck out of a laptop in my opinion. Ranting over and over on a deserted website isn’t going to stop people from buying them. You’re just wasting your time.

  11. Kevin Says:

    Why not solve the worlds problems instead of buying an iPad??? What does that even mean? How are those two even related? Are you solving the worlds problems? Cause it seems like your spending your free time writing pointless comments in a random site about a device you don’t even own.
    I have an iPad, because I also have a job. You should try getting one to.

  12. Nilofc Says:

    Ipads are always ON. no booting up necessary .. That means a lot. You can readily take notes at an instant, taking the use of paper out of your life… Saving the trees… saving the world. Hahaha. Anyway, ipads will not replace laptops …not yet…. But i thnk it will do later. Stop being negative just because you don’t and can’t have one. Cheer up…. at least ipads offers an akternative out there… A choice.

    Pray to God that you will lose these anxiety and negative emotions about the things around you.

  13. Someone Says:

    J, your just jealous that you dont have an ipad.

  14. Keith Says:

    Way to beat a dead horse. The previous comment was 13 months ago.

  15. Gerardus Harjadi B. Says:

    Integrated in a wireless digital office systems, implementing a previously defined workflows, data/information inputing, retrieval, processing and storage, the iPad has the potential as a part of automated and paperless Office. That is what I am waiting for. Maybe someone gets this idea ang developing apps beginning with handwriting inputtaker fully integratable in such productivity environment ? Not only because I love Apple since Apple 2 was my first computer, but I like to buy iPad as a mobile, personal multipurpose digital assistant; for fun and to be productive simutanously. period.

  16. Kayla Says:

    The iPad is not just for fun, I use it for school, taking good pictures while I’m away, listening to music, ready pdf modules which I absolutely need in school. And also, it’s not useless or stupid or something! You’re just saying that cause you don’t own one. Try to buy one and you’ll know what it can do.

  17. 💩Britt Johnson💩 Says:

    I love my iPad and I need it for school for notes and projects. It’s needed also for work to do presentations for business. After school I will go on cool apps and I highly recommend Pinterest for sure. If youdo not own one, I suggest you get one because it is definitely worth the money. If you have the money, buy one.

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