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: Instacart

Instacart iPad app

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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iPad App of the Week: ESPN

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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 ESPN, now _finally_ optimized for the the iPad, along with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Released as an all new, updated version of the previously named SportsCenter app, ESPN now provides an easy, convenient way to follow your favorite teams no matter what screen you are viewing in app.  ESPN describes the app like this:

The ESPN App gives you up-to-the-minute scores and news with loads of video highlights, all while beautifully optimized for the iPhone 6, 6+ and the iPad! Sign in and customize the ESPN App with your favorite teams to get all of your favorite teams’ scores, news and alerts as fast as a Kam Chancellor pick six.

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iPad App of the Week: Duet Display

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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 Duet Display, a $19 utility that allows you to make use of your iPad as a secondary screen for your Mac. Most of these types of apps use Wi-Fi as the way to extend the Mac desktop onto the iPad, but Duet Display requires a wired connection, which results in a much more fluid experience.

Here’s a slice of its App Store intro:

Duet Display allows you to use your iPad or iPhone as an extra display. Developed by a team of ex-Apple engineers, duet is the first high performance solution that has zero lag.

To setup, download and open duet on your Mac (for free) and on iOS. Connect your iDevice to your Mac using a lightning or 30 pin cable. Done.

No need to worry about firewall settings, Wi-Fi speed or your 802.11n network. Duet is secure, simple, and allows you to use your iOS and OS X devices in harmony.

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iPad App of the Week: Microsoft Outlook

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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 Microsoft Outlook, the official Microsoft Outlook app for the iPad and iPhone. Microsoft finally brought Office to the iPad early last year, but this new release this week is the first time an official Outlook app is available in the App Store.

And it’s quite a good 1.0 version too. One thing that puts is ahead of many rival apps right away (apart from just being the official app) is that it offers not just mail, but also calendar and contacts. Here’s a slice of its App Store intro:

Outlook is a free email app that helps you get more done from anywhere with one unified view of your email, calendar, contacts, and attachments. Outlook automatically surfaces your most important messages – across all your email accounts. Swipe to quickly delete, archive, or schedule messages you want to handle later. Easily view your calendar, share available times, and schedule meetings. And attach files from your email, OneDrive, or Dropbox with just a few taps.
Outlook works with Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, Outlook.com, iCloud, Gmail, and Yahoo Mail.

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iPad App of the Week: Kickstarter

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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 Kickstarter, the iPad version of the popular crowd-funding site that’s the launch pad for so many interesting creative projects. Here’s a better description of it, from the Kickstarter folks themslelves:

Kickstarter is a vibrant community of people working together to bring creative projects to life. People from all over the world have pledged $1 billion to projects on Kickstarter, funding everything from art, to new games, innovative technologies, Oscar-winning documentaries, and much, much more.

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iPad App of the Week: The Daily Cut

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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 The Daily Cut, a curated video library that is updated daily and promises ‘’less searching, more streaming’. Here’s a little slice of its App Store description:

Your daily dose of the best videos.
Daily Cut lets users scan and view videos from a rich array of constantly-updated content. Enjoy the very best in news, entertainment and lifestyle features along with live events, all produced for you. With over 1,500 hours and 35,000 videos, and more being added daily, you will always be in the know.

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Best iPad Apps of 2014

Best iPad Apps of 2014

(Apologies that this post is around a week later than usual. I had a bit of a health scare during Christmas week and very low energy for a fair few days. Feeling fine now.)

This has been another year of notable milestones for the iPad – 225 million iPads sold, over 650,000 iPad apps in the App Store, and a breakthrough new partnership between Apple and IBM to develop enterprise apps – just to name a few.

iPad apps continue to be one of the biggest attractions of owning an iPad. There continue to be marquee apps and games that come to the iPad first or the iPad only. Apps that are optimized to the Nth degree specifically for Apple’s tablet. Apps that make us more productive; apps that educate us, young and old; apps that enable creative folks to produce amazing images. videos, and music; and of course plenty of iPad apps and games that just do a great job of entertaining us.

iPad Insight has been reviewing and featuring iPad apps right from Day 1, and this is our 5th annual list of our choices for best iPad apps of the year – the Best iPad Apps of 2014.

Please note that there are a number of repeat winners in this list, because they are still eminently worthy of being on it. Of course there are plenty of new choices too.  Any apps that are repeat choices from 2013 will be marked with an asterisk next to the their names. Also note that this year’s list includes app choices from me and from Thomas Wong and James Potter – apps chosen by Thomas and James will be marked so you know who’s doing each write-up.

One more little note: all App Store links below are for the US App Store. You can just insert your own country code where you see /us/ in the address bar to change to that App Store (if the app is available in that nation). Here we go …

Best iPad App of 2014

Todoist iPad app

Todoist: A runner-up last year, Todoist is a fantastic task manager app for the iPad, and across Mac, Windows, web, and Android too. It already boasted a gorgeous, simple interface and a rich feature set, but In 2014 the developers upped its game in a number of big ways.This year saw a complete rewrite of the app, dubbed Todoist Next; the launch of Todoist for Business, integration with the excellent Cloud Magic email app, a new task time tracking extension for the Chrome browser, IFTT support, and interactive push notifications a Safari action extension and full support for iOS 8.

Price: Free

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iPad App of the Week: 120 Sports

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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 120 Sports, another very good iPad app for US sports fans that offers up over 10 hours of live programming every day.

One of the nicest things about this app right out of the box is that it doesn’t require any cable subscription or authentication – and it’s a free app too, with no In-App purchases needed or offered.

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iPad App of the Week: New MSN Apps

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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 5 new (free) MSN apps for iPad and iOS – MSN Sports, MSN News, MSN Health & Fitness, MSN Money, and MSN Food & Drink.

It’s great to see Microsoft accelerating its efforts to bring more of its software to iOS (and Android too with these 5 new apps) – and these look like quite good little free apps.

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