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.

iPad App of the Week: Sunrise Calendar

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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 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.

This week’s pick is Sunrise Calendar.  Acquired by Microsoft in February, Sunrise has always been one of my favorite calendar apps because of its clean, uncluttered look and simple to use user interface.  Earlier this week, Sunrise received an update with a intriguing new feature called Meet.  The premise of Meet is that you can now schedule one-on-one meetings with people with just a few clicks from within the calendar app.  Available as a free update, the addition of Meet makes Sunrise an even more appealing replacement for Apple’s stock calendar app.  Meet is actually an extension of the Sunrise calendar in the form of a keyboard–hence why your iPad needs to be running iOS 8.  You add the Meet keyboard the same way you would any other 3rd party keyboard from the Settings App.

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iPad App of the Week: Flickr

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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 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.

This week’s pick is Flickr.  A classic iPad app that recently went through a major update.  With Flickr you can upload, access, organize, edit, and share your photos from any device, from anywhere in the world.  Flickr has always had a special place in my heart as I initially used it to share all of our baby photos with family members when our first son was born over 12 years ago.  Since then, there have been so many other resources available to store your photos, especially in the cloud, that I haven’t used it in years–that was until the recent version 4.0 update caught my eye.   The newest update brings with it a welcomed addition of features to an already powerful app.

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• Put your free 1000GB to work like never before – auto-uploadr now grabs all photos and videos on your device, privately storing them in your Flickr camera roll.

• A timeline view with improved browsing, organization and sharing.
• Flickr got a facelift with an all new elegant, approachable look and feel to match your spiffy new camera roll.
• Unleash your creativity with photo edits straight from your Flickr photos.
• New and enhanced photo filters to help get your snaps share-ready.
• Share to Instagram.

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iPad App of the Week: Halo Spartan Strike for iPad – how two-stick shooters should be done

IMG_0552Halo Spartan Strike foriPad is an enormously entertaining top-down gamer that makes the best of your iPad’s display, and also its game control limitations. It strikes a great balance between too easy and too hard in order to be challenging and accessible, but never boring. The game has 30 missions, each with several sub-missions so you won’t exhaust the challenges soon. The game is pure, non-serious fun and isn’t spoiled with annoying in-app purchase nonsense.

In Spartan Strike you play a Spartan (soldier) sent on various missions on an other-worldly gamescape. In each mission you’re given a goal such as “recover the data module” and make your way around dispatching enemies with firearms and explosives and avoiding being killed. You’ll need both run-and-hide and run-and-gun approaches to survive. While some friendlies make a token appearance, Spartan Strike is essentially a you-against-everyone scenario. An AI computer and a (female) human helper give you missions and hints along the way. While I’ve wasted lots of time in front of a game console I was always PS3 rather than Xbox so can’t speak to the relationship between this iPad version and the Xbox FPS. But no matter: the gameplay is so different from a typical console FPS that I don’t feel like I’m missing out on the game legacy.

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iPad App of the Week: Adobe Slate

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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 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.

This week’s pick is Adobe Slate, which promises to ‘Turn your next newsletter, report, invitation or travel adventure into a gorgeous story that delights readers on any device.’.

And the app does a good job of living up to that promise. It makes it super easy to create a slate with a simple interface that’s completely intuitive. There’s zero learning curve and you can dive in and start making a magazine-style slate right away.

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iPad App of the Week: Mr. Jump for iPad – a retro, addictive jumper that does freemium right

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Mr. Jump is a side-scrolling jumper that has great retro graphics, super-responsive and simple controls, and stands out from a crowd of similar games with its addictive “one more try” gameplay. Yes it has in-app purchases, but in this case they don’t detract at all and make the game free.

In Mr. Jump, you control a little character who inexplicably has no head, just a blank white square on his shoulders. Mr. Jump runs to the right, and you control his jumps to avoid chasms, pointy rocks, and other obstacles. The controls couldn’t be simpler: short tap for a short jump, hold the tap longer for (you guessed it) a longer jump. Each time you miss a jump and land in the water or on the rocks, you die and start over. At first restarting from the same place seemed boring, but it’s an important part of the game. You begin to subconsciously remember the harder jumps and you get further along each level. When you reach the end of a level (100%), you unlock the next level and start learning a new course. There are 12 levels total. I can’t over-emphasize how addictive the game is. What seems like a five-minute time waster has eaten up more of my schedule than I’ll admit, as I crash and die and mumble “do’h! I can make that, just one more try!”

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iPad App of the Week: Afterlight

 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.

This week’s pick is Afterlight…although I’m not really talking about the base app, but isn’t actually the app per se, but its excellent extension. Afterlight fulfills the promise of iOS 8 for me: the ability to use the Photos app for photo management, viewing, and editing.

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iPad App of the Week: CARROT Weather – Talking Forecast Robot

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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 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.

This week’s pick is CARROT Weather – Talking Forecast Robot –  a wise-cracking, snark serving ‘weatherbot’ in the form of an iPad app.

Now there are plenty of very good iPad weather apps – from those with beautiful still and video imagery to others with copious amounts of detailed maps and comprehensive weather information. But … CARROT Weather serves up the weather with a healthy dose of sarcasm and humor – and that’s quite a nice new spin on a weather app.

Right from the first time you launch it CARROT Weather sets the tone – as you can see in the screencap above – with its ‘Greetings meatbag’ message. It follow that up by letting you know it needs just a moment while it is ‘meteorologizing’.

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iPad App of the Week: March Madness Live

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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 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.

This week’s pick is March Madness Live, the 2015 version of the official iPad and iOS app for the madness that is the NCAA Mens basketball tournament.

For those of you scoring at home, this is the third year in a row I’m picking this app at around this time of year. Here’s the single feature that justifies the repeat picks and makes this a true must-have app for fans of college basketball:

Watch every game from the 2015 NCAA® Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament live on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch

Boom. This app could have no other features at all and that’s more than enough to make it great. March Madness is arguably the most thrilling annual sporting event anywhere – with its constant stream of underdog heroics, last second buzzer-beating clutch shots, and just great basketball from start to finish.

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iPad App of the Week: Instacart

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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 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.

This week’s pick is Instacart, a service which delivers groceries to your doorstep within as little as one hour. It works with orders from local stores like Whole Foods Market, Costco, Kroger, The Food Emporium, Super Fresh and others depending on the area you live in.

As someone who spends a lot of quality time in a large grocery store at least once a week, and usually on Sundays, this sort of service has huge appeal – even if it means paying a bit extra once in a while to indulge some laziness.

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iPad App of the Week: Vesper

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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 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.

This week’s pick is Vesper, a simple, clean and fun to use note-taking and idea collecting app.

Vesper is the creation of John Gruber, of Daring Fireball and Markdown fame, and his colleagues at Q Branch. It’s been a popular and critically acclaimed app on the iPhone for almost two years and as of yesterday it has a lovely new iPad version.

Here’s the Vesper Intro and sort of mission statement on its App Store page

Vesper is a simple and elegant tool for collecting notes, ideas, things to do — anything you want to remember. Organize your notes whatever way comes naturally to you, without complications. Vesper’s focus is on how it feels to use.

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iPad App of the Week: PBA Bowling Challenge

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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 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.

This week’s pick is PBA Bowling Challenge.

If bowling brings back happy memories of the scent of spilled beer and Aqua-Net in a beehive hairdo, or memories involving league night and funny shirts, PBA Bowling Challenge may be for you. PBA Challenge is a great bowling simulator. The basic premise is exactly what you would expect: throw your ball down the lane and hit as many pins as possible. If you want to knock it up a level, then join a league of eight people and compete against them. The game is astoundingly realistic, with sounds of the ball rolling down the alley and pins clacking against each other, just like in a real bowling alley. The only thing missing is the built-in ashtray.

The gameplay is smooth and super-easy to figure out. You drag the ball left and right to position it, and flick it down the lane to throw, the aim of your finger determines the direction of the ball, and the aim of the ball behaves just like real life. The quicker you flick your finger, the harder your throw, and the faster the ball flies down the lane. Harder throws generate more pin action and more pins knocked down. The only unrealistic part of the game is that, while in real life, if we want the ball to curve after it has left our hand, we move our body in that direction in that weird bowling dance, with no affect. But in this game, you can tilt your iPad to get the ball to curve. It took me a while to master aiming, and even after a few hours, my high game is only just above 200.

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