25 Best iPad Apps

Top Productivity & Utilities iPad Apps

Air Sharing HD

This clever app turns your iPad into an external wireless drive, allowing users to literally drag and drop files from their desktop onto the tablet. It supports Word docs, Excel spreadsheets, photos, PDFs, saved web pages, and more, making it easy to view files on the go. All we had to do was follow the straightforward instructions to mount our iPad as a drive in Windows 7, which involved typing in the presented IP address. You can even print files wirelessly.

$9.99; www.avatron.com


A scrapbooking app on steroids, Evernote lets you capture notes and audio at the same time. Plus, you can easily add photos to notes. If you travel often, you’ll like the geo-location feature that displays your notes on a map for quick retrieval. The interface is tailor-made for the iPad; tap any note, and you’ll see a split screen with its contents in one panel and thumbnails of other notes in the other. Everything you create is synced with the cloud, so you can easily access notes from your PC, Mac, or iPhone. Handwriting support should be coming soon.

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

LogMeIn Ignition

Remote access to a desktop from a cramped smart phone screen is a challenge, but blowing things up to 9.7 inches is a different story. LogMeIn Ignition lets you remotely access everything from programs and documents to photos and blogging software on your PC or Mac. Controlling your desktop involves a small learning curve; you must point the cursor where you want to go and then click. Sure, 30 bucks is steep for an iPad app, but we think Ignition is worth the premium.

$29.99; www.logmein.com; Buy From iTunes


We honestly don’t see a lot of people using the iPad to crunch serious numbers or create presenations (especially when you can’t output them easily to a projector). But we do see iPad owners using this tablet to take notes in class with the on-screen keyboard or create documents with the optional keyboard dock. That’s where Pages comes in. This app makes it easy to create everything from newsletters and reports to brochures and flyers, complete with 16 Apple-designed templates and the ability to move charts and images around with a finger.

$9.99; www.apple.com

Stick It: Sticky Notes with Bump

This isn’t your typical to-do list app. Stick It lets you create personalized reminders using a wide variety of styles and backgrounds. And you don’t have to open the app to access these reminders; you can load them as lockscreen wallpaper so your tasks are always just a glance away. At any time you can add notes in the form of stickies, papers, comic bubbles, and even street signs. (Caution: Don’t forget anniversary!) And if you know someone else with an iPad, you can share notes with just a tap using integrated Bump technology.

99 cents; www.tapfactoryapps.com; Buy From iTunes

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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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