Category Archives: Best iPad Apps

Who doesn’t like great iPad apps? At iPad Insight we definitely do. With that in mind, we offer up a quick review of an excellent iPad app, or a few great iPad apps, here each week.

Our weekly picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every Saturday. Check out all out picks below and you’ll soon have a collection of stellar apps for your favorite tablet.

NCAA March Madness Live Returns


It’s that time of year again. Spring is closing in, and one of the best sporting events every created by man is about to tip off. The brackets have been announced. Potential Cinderellas are searching for the right slippers and the hopes of many bubble teams have been burst. People are furiously researching teams like UNC-Wilmington and South Dakota State as they look for the perfect upset pick that none of their friends will see coming. Office work will come to a screeching halt on Thursday and Friday in the name of basketball. It’s time for MARCH MADNESS!!!!
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iPad App of the Week: Quadro

Who doesn’t like great iPad apps? At iPad Insight we definitely do. With that in mind, we offer up a quick review of an excellent iPad app, or a few great iPad apps, here each week.

Our picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every week.  Check out all out picks below and you’ll soon have a collection of stellar apps for your favorite tablet.

This week’s pick is Quadro by Actions.  Quadro is a advertised as a smart controller for your MAC and WINDOWS computer, something akin to an external Apple Touch Bar.  Kinda, sorta–but much more than that.  I’m not sure if this is good or bad yet.  One thing I do know, is that I had never heard of Quadro and I found the concept to be intriguing enough to give it a try and let you decide if its an app that would work for you.

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Going Native- Back to the Mail App


A couple of weeks ago, we looked at the iOS Notes app and all of the improvements made to it over the last few years that brought me back to it. Now its time to turn our attention to the iOS Mail app, which has also gotten some recent love from Apple over the last two years. Looking back, Mail was one of the lynchpin apps in the early iPhone OS, and once it received Exchange email support in year 2, it really was the standard for email on a smartphone. This would continue for a couple of years, until Google finally got its act together and started shipping a good version of Gmail with Android.

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Going Native- Back to the Notes App Revisited

I got a few comments on my original article from Flipboard and Twitter that touched on details I thought were interesting and worth bringing back to the site. Before diving in, thank you to all reached out, and I hope to hear from you again. 


First off, the consensus among users I interacted with was that OneNote has a really strong feature set, especially considering that it’s free to use on iOS. However, the responses were mixed on sync performance. Most reported that it worked great for them, but a few others had similar experiences to me. Any app, especially one as flexible and widely used as OneNote can work great for most users, while the bugs and pitfalls hit the rest of us. Considering the widely positive reviews of the app, my experience is more likely an outlier. However, after problems strike a couple of times, the old saying applies- “Once bitten, twice shy.” However it is good to bear in mind that BOTH can simultaneously be true. 

Second, I had several commenters mention the relatively new note taking app Bear. I have to admit that one slipped by me on its way to the App Store. 


However, it has garnered a fair amount of acclaim since its release early last November, including an App Store Editor’s Note from Apple on its App Store page. After reading the comments and a few reviews, I am going to give it a go myself. I’m not thrilled about paying for the ability to sync, but at only $1.45 monthly, I’m not going to complain too much. Evernote Premium was more expensive and I paid for it for over a year. I will post my own review of how Bear stacks up against iOS Notes and Notability in the near future. 

One of the last comments I got came to my Twitter account (jhrogersii), and was the most interesting of all of them. The commenter also mentioned the Bear app, and that he had switched due to recent sync issues with iOS Notes. I have never been affected by any sync issues with Notes, and frankly hadn’t heard anything about this, so I was intrigued. When I asked him what he was referring to, the gentleman sent me a link to a forum thread at macrumors that detailed iCloud sync issues that evidently plagued a LOT of people for a long period of time. It was pretty eye-opening. 

It looks like these problems have been cleared up for most users in recent iOS updates, but such an issue calls into question one of my primary points about going back to iOS Notes. I made a big deal about how dependable it was. My exact quote was, “It NEVER fails.” Well, I guess that’s not entirely true. At least not for all iOS users. 

If you are a user of Bear and have some good tips as I get started with it, or if you were also affected by Apple’s recent Notes sync issues, I would love to hear from you. Feel free to give me a shout in the comments section below, on our Flipboard page, or on Twitter @iPadInsightBlog or @jhrogersii

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iPad App of the Week: Amazon Prime Video

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Who doesn’t like great iPad apps? At iPad Insight we definitely do. With that in mind, we offer up a quick review of an excellent iPad app, or a few great iPad apps, here each week.

Our picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every week.  Check out all out picks below and you’ll soon have a collection of stellar apps for your favorite tablet.

This week’s pick is Amazon Prime Video by AMZN Mobile LLC.  I have been an off and on Amazon Prime user for years.  Typically, I start my subscription again when there is a one month free deal incentive and then cancel before the month is over.  However, this year I left it in place for a couple of months through the holiday season to save on gifts for the family.  Last weekend my subscription was set to auto-renew again, and I was prepared to end it for now.

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Quick Look: Bear for iPad

The screenshot above should also make it obvious, but if you were wondering if iOS has just received another really good-looking notes app that also sync with the Mac, then the answer is yes. Bear uses simple plain text for all of its formatting, so the notes you type out are easily transferrable — at any time — to any other platform or service. However, just because you’re using plain text, it doesn’t mean your notes have to look plain: Bear also handles rich text formatting with Markdown, and it displays pictures right alongside body text.

The Simple Bear Necessities

Whereas other plain text tools like iA Writer 4 focus more on being plain text writing machines, Bear feels like it focuses specifically on taking great notes in a flexible format. There are extra writing elements like word counts and read times in the right sidebar, but I’ve definitely become a bit of a snob when it comes to writing apps: without some sort of focus mode to keep text centered, I don’t consider Bear a full-fledged writing app for my purposes. That’s fine though, because in my brief testing period, it feels like a fantastic app for notes.

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iPad App of the Week: MLB.com at Bat

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Who doesn’t like great iPad apps? At iPad Insight we definitely do. With that in mind, we offer up a quick review of an excellent iPad app, or a few great iPad apps, here each week.

Our picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every week.  Check out all out picks below and you’ll soon have a collection of stellar apps for your favorite tablet.

This week’s pick is MLB.com At Bat by MLB.com.  This is one of those apps for all the die-hard baseball fans out there.  October ushers in the most exciting time of year for baseball-the playoffs!  Whether you’re a die-hard Cubs fan (like me) hoping to finally see them break the curse, or you just can’t get enough baseball and want to follow the playoffs in all their entirety, MLB.com at Bat is the app for you.

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iPad App of the Week: Dunkers

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Who doesn’t like great iPad apps? At iPad Insight we definitely do. With that in mind, we offer up a quick review of an excellent iPad app, or a few great iPad apps, here each week.

Our picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every week.  Check out all out picks below and you’ll soon have a collection of stellar apps for your favorite tablet.

This week’s pick is Dunkers by Colin Lane.  I stumbled across this game on Facebook this afternoon, and was immediately sucked into the charming 8 bit graphics, amusing theme music and crazy addictive gameplay.

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iPad App of the Week: SnipNotes

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Who doesn’t like great iPad apps? At iPad Insight we definitely do. With that in mind, we offer up a quick review of an excellent iPad app, or a few great iPad apps, here each week.

Our picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every week.  Check out all out picks below and you’ll soon have a collection of stellar apps for your favorite tablet.

This week’s pick is SnipNotes by Felix Lisczyk.  With you can do so much more than just keep track of random notes. All your notes are automatically categorized into its own category.  These categories include Phone numbers, email address, websites, your location, regular text or an image. All information is sorted by the type of text it originates from, with each category paired to its own set of actions. You can access your notes from within the app, via the  notification center, and even from a handy widget on your iOS device

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iPad App of the Week: Calendars 5

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Who doesn’t like great iPad apps? At iPad Insight we definitely do. With that in mind, we offer up a quick review of an excellent iPad app, or a few great iPad apps, here each week.

Our picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every week.  Check out all out picks below and you’ll soon have a collection of stellar apps for your favorite tablet.

This week’s pick is Calendars 5 – Event and Task Manager with Google Calendar Sync by Readdle.  Calendars 5 has been the measuring stick for iOS calendar apps since its introduction.  It’s so powerful and easy to use, it just might be what the iPad should have shipped with as the default calendar app. More than just a calendar app, it also supports and excels at tasks and events, making it an invaluable productivity tool.

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iPad App of the Week: TurboTax Tax Preparation

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Who doesn’t like great iPad apps? At iPad Insight we definitely do. With that in mind, we offer up a quick review of an excellent iPad app, or a few great iPad apps, here each week.

Our picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every week.  Check out all out picks below and you’ll soon have a collection of stellar apps for your favorite tablet.

This week’s pick is TurboTax Tax Preparation by Intuit Inc.  What;’s the saying?  There are two certainties in this world–death and taxes.  It’s that time of year again and what better way to make sure you’re ready to file your taxes in time then to download the latest version of Turbo Tax today while you still have a week before the filing deadline of April 18th.

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