I should probably wait a week or two to write this since my iPad only just arrived yesterday, but I’m so excited by the possibilities with this little thing that I just can’t help but share the joy. I am an apps girl, and I read carefully to figure out what will work best with what I need. I should also point out that while the iPad is a fun thing, it’s main purpose for me is as a work thing to take some of the weight of my laptop. So, it’s for blogging, participating in discussions, and maybe some light grading, but we’ll have to see about that part as time goes by with it.
So, of course, like any good techie, I had a list of apps that I started with and one that I found trolling the app store, so, without further ado, ten must have apps for the iPad, in my opinion.
1. Pages: this is the streamlined version of the Apple word processor. It’s not as robust and it cannot add notes, meaning that the iPad will not likely be my go-to grading machine, but for things that I don’t use comments for it may be just the thing. Plus, if I’m really headed back to writing/revising my novel, I can do it on the iPad and possibly be more successful than I have been to date. (9.99)
2. iBooks. I know, it’s a free app. Heck, when I opened the app store for the first time, it asked me if I wanted iBooks before I could see anything. Of course I said yes. I have to say that it’s a nice ebook reader. I found the book that amazon cancelled on me two weeks ago and bought it. The prices are competitive with amazon, and the reading experience is good, so far. (free)
3. Kindle for the iPad. I know, the competition, but the reality is that I have a huge stack of Kindle books already, and I’m certainly not buying them twice. The interface is exactly what you’d expect from a Kindle app. If you’ve used it on the iPhone, you know what to do. They’re certainly not going to take advantage of the cool parts of the iPad at this point, but I figure they’re going to have to do something to compete. (free)
4. Evernote. The only surprise here is that I didn’t list it number 1. It is everything you’d expect from Evernote (except formatted notes, grrrr). My notebooks are easy to sort through and the notes in this larger real estate are so much easier to read. I can see setting this up in my cookbook stand with the splatter screen and using it just that easily. And, of course, as always with Evernote, the notes on the iPad are synced with the notes on my Mac and on the iPod, so I always have what I need. (free)
5. Tweetdeck for iPad. I love tweet deck even though it doesn’t always love my Mac, but it does love these little dedicated machines. I attended the monthly homeschool chat on twitter last night via Tweetdeck for the iPad, and I enjoyed it. I will consider this perfect once they have Facebook integration. (free)
6. Jumbo calculator. This is a really basic calculator, but it works consistently. It doesn’t lock up, and it lets me do what I need to do when I need to do it. (free)
7. Dragon Dictation. I was honestly surprised at how well this worked out of the gate. It can take down what you say with a good degree of accuracy (eliminate background noise for better accuracy), and you can use that text in other programs via copy/paste. (free)
8. GoodReader. A PDF reader that doesn’t crash and lets you read the pages the way they were intended to be read. There are too many PDF readers that strip out parts of the formatting or that strip out images, this one doesn’t do that. It’s not a free app, but it’s a steal for .99
9. WordPress. Um, yeah, so this blog is hosted on WordPress and an app that let’s me update the blog without going into Safari makes me very, very happy. It’s intuitive and just works. I like it when that happens. (free)
10. The Early Edition. I have a love/hate relationship with feed readers. Mostly, I hate them because they don’t update right or they don’t work the way that I wish they would. This app has a ton of potential. It does not currently sync with google reader, clearly a huge drawback, but I firmly believe it will and at that point it will be completely worth it.
There’s a lot of awesome to be had with the iPad. The one thing that makes me sad, though, is that the virtually indispensable Clock app on the iPhone/iPod Touch didn’t make the transition over to the iPad. I really miss it.
Now that you’ve checked out my top ten list, make sure you head over to Amanda’s blog to see all the other fabulous top ten lists for Top Ten Tuesday.