Apps for the iPad tend to go for a higher price than their iPhone counterparts, but here we listed all free apps. Install them all, and you will be well on the way to an excellent tablet mobility computer experience.
SOCIAL NETWORKING APPS
It may not support social networks such as Facebook or services having location-based facility inside like Foursquare app, but TweetDeck supports respectably Twitter reader with an intuitive interface and accurate geo-tagging options.
Crafting new tweets may prove irritating due to an overcrowded screen, but this Twitter app for iPad is the best mobility Twitter client around, so get it today.
HootSuite allows users to create numerous social-network streams and view them in a clear/clean and friendly interface, dispatching messages to multiple networks simultaneously.
If you tried of visiting the same old online place, the beautifully revamped StumbleUpon app lets you Sam Beckett your way through the Web, leaping from article of interest to article on interest. You can also check out the specific links that have been submitted by fellow Stumblers whom you follow if you aren’t in the mood for randomness.
Yelp’s iOS app brings the Web site’s reviews and recommendations to the iPad, but diehard Yelpers will miss a handful of features that didn’t get ported to Apple’s tablet.
BUSINESS & PRODUCTIVITY APPS
Need to crunch some numbers? Calculator for iPad Free gives you a large, easy to read, attractive basic and scientific calculator for solving problems. Multi-Touch support lets you swipe away numbers. Upgrading to the 99-cent version adds six additional themes: Standard, Silver Keyboard, Retro Grey, Pink Keyboard, Happy Pink, and Wooden.
GoToMyPC for iPad makes it simple to control your computer while away from your work area, but eh lack of multi-tasking support, and latency issues, may dampen the experience.
Featuring very accurate voice transcription and the ability to share messages via e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter, Naunce’s dictation app is both fun to use and immensely helpful as long as you’re connected to the Web.
Simple to use and extremely useful, this file synchronization app will keep all of your files in step, but the lack of built-in file editing, and other limitations, may prove irritating.
Monster.com, one of the leading online employment services, makes job-hunting couch-compatible with its fun, free iPad app.
One of the world’s biggest blogging paltforms has arrived on the iPad with many of the features that made it such a hit on the desktop intact, Bloggers can create, save, publish, and schedule posts and pages. You can even upload images directly from the iPad.
LiveChat customers who want to take the real-time Web site visitor communication tool on the road would do well to check out this handy iPad app. The free app, which works in conjunction with a LiveChat subscription, lets businesses communicate with visitors to solve customer-services issues or help convert them into customers.
This capable SMS app is easy to use, priced right, and features the ability to send free, unlimited texts, and embedded photos.
Prolific textures who want to save money on SMS messages will find this a solid solution to dipping into their mobile budgets.
Game Center brings video-game achievements, matchmaking, high scores, and more to iOS devices.
Far from just another sports sim, Pro Zombie Soccer: Apocalypse Edition Lite combines soccer, the undead, and wacky power ups into a must-try title.
Smurfs’ Village combines elements of Farmville and Sim City to create and engaging iPad game, but the impatient may find the in-app purchases expensive.
If you count yourself among the many who declare themselves Cracked.com fans, you must own this app. It serves up the same snark-laden content found on the Cracked.com Web site, but in a slick interface that lets you quickly scan content.
Crackle, Sony’s video network, lets users stream free, ad-supported Hollywood television shows and uncut movies (as well as original content) from Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems, Sony Pictures Classic, and TriStar Pictures, There’s a nice variety of classic and contemporary content here, making it a solid iPad app for anyone who would like to kick back with their tablets and watch a program without needing to open a wallet.
Staying on top of the latest sports scores is a breeze with ESPN ScoreCenter XL. Besides checking out the scores, you can view video highlights, in-depth game previews, and even follow a particular sport or team.
Here’s yet another example of some thing you can’t do with a Kindle: read comics in their colorful, crisply drawn glory. Marvel’s free iPad app offers a standard page-by-page view with zoom and pan controls, as well as a panel by panel, animated guided view. There’s also a fully integrated for buying your favorite comics.
MoMA’s new Abstract Expressionist app achieves symbiosis with the iPad": if you’re an art enthusiast with an iPad, consider this app a must-download.
This app enhances the value of a Netflix subscription by letting you watch movies directly on your mobile device, with excellent streaming. In the latest version, Netflix has made a number of improvements, like adding star recommendations and removing the status bar while titles are playing.
This iPad audio player lets you navigate your music and podcast collections by taking a jaunt to stars (artists), planets (albums), and moons (songs). Intellectually, it’s completely unneeded, but sometimes logic doesn’t apply to pure coolness.
If you fancy kicking back with your iPad and watching a batch of videos supplied by various online communities, Showyou is a solid alternative to signing into all the sites individually. There are some minor interface issues, but it’s a very respectable app that collects clips from around your community to your iPad in one unified location.
Slacker Radio’s iPad has been a long time coming, but the new, eye-catching, intuitive interface, deep customization options, caching, on-demand streaming, and the usual Slacker bells and whistles makes it a must-have for music fans.
If you already have an iPad and TiVo Premiere, you must download the new TiVo app for your iPad. It’s free, and if you’re on your LAN, it’s pretty well featured.
The iPad is perfect for viewing photos, but what if you want to make changes to those pictures? Adobe’s Photoshop Express lets you crop, straighten, rotate and flip images, as well as add a variety of filters and effects. For fine editing you will still need to work on a PC, but for basic fixes, this app is fantastic.
NEWS, INFO & REFERENCE APPS
The word “biblion” was usedin the Middle Ages to describe collections made from fragments of ancient texts. As such, it’s appropriate that the New York Public Library’s iPad app, which draws from tens of thousands of fragments scattered across hundreds of boxes of materials, bears the moniker. The smartly designed and informative app focuses on the 1939-40 World’s Fair, but even non-enthusiasts can appreciate the history presented. Here’s hoping for a broader topic range in the near future.
Bing is a visually rich app that lets you search and browse news, moves, Bing homepage images, local businesses, and trending topics; perform vocal searches, and much more.
For news junkies and loyalists, CNN App for iPad serves up a heaping plate of streaming videos, and a side social networking.
Love it or hate it, Fox News has an impressive iPad app. With it you can watch videos from Smith, Hannity, and O’Reilly, read timely articles, and check out a scrolling ticker with the latest news tidbits.
Conde Nast’s first iPad app for foodies-and mourning Gourmet readers is excellent. Epicurious features a gorgeous interface that feels and reads like a luxurious, fully searchable cookbook. You can find recipes by main ingredient, course, cuisine, dietary consideration, and dish type, and even by season or occasion.
Traveling is expensive, the free Google Earth app most certainly is not. By keying in a location such as “Coney Island” or “London”, you can zip to the other side of the globe in mere seconds to check out satellite and aerial imagery. Geo-located Wikipedia articles add insight to your journey.
Featuring an image driven interface featuring movie trailers, popular actors, and a list of current theatrical releases, the IMDB iPad app is a must-have for movie buffs who want the latest Hollywood news.
This app brings the content of the informative HowStuffWorks Web site to Apple’s slate. Its thumbnail-laden grid contans links to text, video, and podcasts that are short, punchy, and full of information.
Life’s legendary photo collection comes to the iPad i glorious HD resolution. Downloading the free app, of course, lets you explore Life’s deep archives, but you can view up to the minute news, photos, and special features as well.
Consider it the next best thing to being an astronaut or astronomer. NASA App HD features thousands of NASA photos, streaming video, shuttle launch information, and countdown clocks.
NPR went for a magazine style approach with its iPad app, which emphasizes news, arts and life, and music coverage in three sliding panes. The app delivers hundreds of NPR live station and on demand streams. In addition, NPR for iPad features photojournalism with full page zoom, plus the ability to share stories over e-mail, Twitter, and Facebook.
TED’s official iPad app brings more than 900 TEDTalk videos (featuring education redicals, tech geniuses, medical mavericks, business gurus, music legends, and more) to Aple’s slate. Not only can you stream videos over 3G or Wi-Fi, but you can download them to your iPad for offline playback.
Whether you’re looking for a leisurely daytime adventure or a night on the town, this app brings you recommendations for places to eat, drink, and shop in 16 American cities and in London.
Wikipanion for iPad sifts through all of Widipedia’s HTML and metadata, sorting it into a beautiful, content-driven interface. The left side displays the table of contents, and the app remembers your font-size setting. The app even tracks page history by visit date, plays back embedded OGG audio, and saves images to the iPad’s photo library.
Zite auto-curates a digital magazine based on content in your your Twitter feed, Google Reader subscription, and viewing habits to deliver an excellent news-reading experience.
Flipboard offers iPad users an entirely original alternative to browsing the Web for news: its magazine style layouts and breath-taking use of photos and white space show the way forward for digital media.
Featuring a slick interface that gives users the novel ability to follow hot particular topics and categories, SkyGrid is a solid, topic-based iPad news reading app. Streamlining the interface a bit would do wonders to create a more natural reading experience, however.