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.

Best Free iPad App of the Week: Squrl

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Who doesn’t like free? And who doesn’t like great iPad apps? When the two come together it’s good stuff. With that in mind, we’d like to share our favorite Free iPad App of the Week here every weekend.

This week’s pick is Squrl – the superb social videos app. The elevator pitch for it from its developer is as follows: 

Squrl is a social, watch-later video service that lets you access video content across multiple providers and devices.

Squrl is all about videos. Discovering good video content from a wide range of all the best sources, organizing it, sharing it, and seeing what others are sharing. Here’s a little more intro type information from its App Store page:

Squrl is a clever way to collect and organize video from many different providers, in one easy to use app.
Ask yourself:
• Have you ever wanted to collect video from many different websites in one place?
• Are you tired of hunting through a half dozen or more iPad apps to view your videos?
You’ll always know where to find your videos, no matter where they are on the web, with Squrl.

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Best Free iPad App of the Week: iTunes Festival London 2011

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This week’s pick for our Best Free iPad App is iTunes Festival London 2011. The iTunes Festival is running throughout July in London – and this excellent free app lets you watch every show live.

You can watch every show from all 62 artists (less now as we’re halfway through the month) live. The lineup this year is very impressive and includes Coldplay, Adele, Manic Street Preachers, Linkin Park, Foo Fighters, Bruno Mars, and lots more great artists.

If you miss any of your favorites live, you can catch every previous gig within the app too, or check out the Photos section with pics from every show.

It’s got AirPlay video support too – so you can watch all the superb shows up on the big screen if you’ve got Apple TV.

I’ve been using the app a lot all month and the live streaming is excellent – I was even lucky enough to catch all of Adele’s show via this app.

If you’re a fan of live music and any of the acts at this year’s festival, then this a no-brainer – and likely a good way to discover new music and artists as well.

Here’s an App Store link for iTunes Festival London 2011.

If you’re after more great free iPad apps, be sure to check out our previous choices for Best Free iPad of the Week.

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Best Free iPad App of the Week: NASA App HD

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Our choice for Best Free iPad App of the Week is an easy one this week: NASA App HD. NASA App HD is the official NASA app for the iPad of course; and what better week to feature it than this one that included yesterday’s historic space shuttle launch.

You’ll find lots of superb content relating to yesterday’s shuttle launch in the app – amazing images, videos of the launch prep and launch itself in case you didn’t get a chance to see it, and lots more.

I’ve always thought the NASA apps (for both iPhone and iPad) are tremendously well done; with lots of slick features, spectacular content, and a nice, simple interface to help you enjoy all of it.

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Best Free iPad App of the Week – TED Talks for iPad

For this week’s Best Free iPad App of the Week, look no further than the TED app for iPad. For those among you who are already familiar with TED, it needs no introduction. For those who aren’t, sit back, relax and be prepared to discover inspiration.

Under the banner of Ideas worth spreading TED (Technology Entertainment Design) is the name given to a set of annual conferences, aimed to bring together the top of the field of various fields – science, business, entertainment, culture, to name a few – to share insights, learnings and ideas. Originally only those in the conference audience were privileged to gain from the lectures. Then from 2006 onward, TED talks were made available online for free for the general public, with much success. This week an important milestone was announced, TED videos have been viewed over 500 million times. In 5 years.

If you’ve taken the time to view a TED talk you know that they are thought provoking, inspiring, funny and memorable. There are hundreds and hundreds of videos to choose from, on a variety of interesting topics: medicine, magic, education, beauty, aging, leadership, you name it – whatever interests you. You can and will lose a lot of time watching videos, some over and over again.

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Best Free iPad App of the Week: Hipmunk Flight Search

Our choice this week falls on the release of Hipmunk Flight Search app, which is now available as a free universal app for iPhone and iPad. Those familiar with the web and iPhone version will not be disappointed. Sexy flight search meet sexy platform.

It’s hard to describe the unique appeal of Hipmunk’s UI – it’s THAT different. Usually looking for flights entails painstakingly entering data in web forms, with the results displayed in ugly overloaded grids that often strain the eyes. With Hipmunk you get options displayed in a clean, linear module, colour-coded by airline. Click to change option views to see price, layover details, select legs and book your desired flight via Orbitz.com.

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Best Free iPad App of the Week: Science360 for iPad

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Who doesn’t like free? And who doesn’t like great iPad apps? When the two come together it’s good stuff. With that in mind, we’d like to share our favorite Free iPad App of the Week here every weekend.

This week’s pick is Science360 for iPad – a superb, fun, and beautifully done app full of strong content for those who enjoy science. The app is published by The National Science Foundation (NSF) and its content is a mixture of NSF-produced items and material gathered from scientists, universities, and NSF science and engineering centers. Here are some of its notable features:

– Spectacular images from NSF-funded institutions available in high resolution for download to your iPad
– Fun and engaging streaming video (WiFi or 3G connection required) on a wide range of topics
– Hundreds of images and videos to experience, with new content added weekly
– Share images and videos on Facebook and Twitter or via email
– Keep abreast of breaking stories in scientific discovery as they happen with the in-app news feed
– Pan through content in the unique 360 view or find content via keyword with a simple two finger touch
– With a single touch, save favorite images and video within the app so that they can easily be found again

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Best Free iPad App of the Week: Evernote Peek

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Who doesn’t like free? And who doesn’t like great iPad apps? When the two come together it’s good stuff. With that in mind, we’d like to share our favorite Free iPad App of the Week here every weekend.

This week’s landslide winner is Evernote Peek. This is not just a great free iPad app, it’s also a brilliant and original concept. It’s the first app to make active use of the iPad 2 Smart Cover, as an integral part of the app. It’s a fantastic study aid for anyone prepping for an exam or just anting to hone and test their knowledge. Here’s how it works:

— You choose a notebook to open in the app that contains a set of questions. There are a number of Published Notebooks you can choose from to get started, on topics like: Collective Nouns, Econ 101, Music Terms, Periodic Table Quiz, State Nicknames, and World Capitals. You can also use any of your own notebooks stored in Evernote, so you can use this for any topic under the sun. The app uses note titles to form questions, and the note body to become the answer.

— Then you open the smart cover just a bit, to around the first fold, and a question is revealed.

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