If you’re a fan of iPad apps, you’ve landed in the right place. Here we cover many of the best apps and games in the iPad App Store, and even some that are not so great, just so you’lll know which to avoid. We cover all the iPad app categories – from iPad editions of newspapers and magazines, to productivity apps, games, eBook apps, utilities, social networking apps, photography apps, and more.
NetNewsWire for iPad is an RSS reader app for the iPad that provides sync with Google Reader and with a full-featured desktop app on Mac and Windows. On a Mac it syncs with NetNewsWire for Mac. On Windows the sync partner is FeedDemon. Both desktop apps are free / ad-supported.
NetNewsWire (NNW) is among the best-known apps in the RSS reader category. I’ve used it before on the Mac and the iPhone, and found it capable though at times frustrating. It was one of the very first major RSS apps to bring out a full iPad version (at or near launch day) – and I was very keen to give it a try. I’ve been using it for two weeks now, and have some thoughts on the app in general and how it lives up to its premium reputation and price.
The Lorax is the latest Dr. Seuss eBook title to come to the iPhone and the iPad. It has been released, along with two other Dr. Seuss titles from Oceanhouse Media, to coincide with Earth Day next week. It’s perfectly suited for the occasion, as the story has a strong eco message and theme.
My daughter and I got a chance to read The Lorax on the iPad last night. Both of us are big Dr. Seuss fans (who isn’t?). We’ve enjoyed the previous Dr. Seuss eBook titles on the iPhone from Oceanhouse; so we were looking forward to seeing this one. Hit the jump for some quick thoughts on The Lorax on the iPad and a few more screencaps ….
Custom Hangman is an iPhone / iPad app that gives you the classic Hangman game but with a couple of nice new twists. It’s a universal binary – one app that includes versions compatible with the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.
Though it’s compatible it is not a full iPad version (it will only show up under iPhone apps in an iTunes search) – so you can either choose to run it at its standard size, which will show up small and centered on the iPad screen, or scaled up in 2X mode.
Crosswords brings you a great, and continuously updated, selection of crossword puzzles to solve on your iPad. It’s actually a ‘universal’ app – meaning that a single version of it supports the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.
I’ve tried out Crosswords on the iPhone a long while back and it was a solid game – but I was hoping for more on the iPad, for something closer to the feeling of doing a crossword in an actual newspaper.
Tap Tap Radiation, created by Tapulous, delivers their successful Tap Tap franchise to the iPad. If you have ever played any of the Tap Tap game titles on the iPhone you will feel right at home. The new version for the iPad takes full advantage of the larger screen’s enhanced resolution. When you first launch the game, you are asked to complete a profile. If you have already played a Tap Tap game before you can use the same username to log in. Continue reading →
There’s been a lot of talk of the iPad being a sort of ‘savior’ device for newspapers and magazines. Time is a leading magazine title – here in the US and even worldwide I believe. What better way to discover the new Time Magazine for iPad than to purchase the April 12 issue of it, with its cover leading on Steve Jobs and the iPad.
I hadn’t even realized Time were already producing individual issues just for the iPad, until this morning – and as soon as I did I grabbed up this issue (which was sold out in all the newsagents near me). I’ve spent a good amount of time with Time this morning – and have some thoughts and lots of screencaps to share below …
Let me just start by saying Minigore is one my favorite games. The developers at Mountain Sheep really have outdone themselves with the iPad version. Due to the screen size of the iPhone your game play is limited. The controls on the iPhone take up precious screen real estate and that leads to a John Gore getting killed by that unseen Furry. Now on the iPad, playing Minigore is a completely different story.
PhotoFramePlus for iPad is an app that helps you turn your iPad into a lovely digital picture frame when it’s not in use – with a clock and calendar added into its display.
I love the idea of using the iPad as a photo frame when it’s not hard at work, I’ve been looking forward to this app since I first heard it was coming to the iPad, and I bought it and installed it as soon as I had a chance.
Sadly, although the app ‘does what it says on the box’ it is a disappointment to me in its 1.0 version. Read on for some quick reasons why …
myPhoneDesktop provides an effective way to send data from your desktop directly to your iPad. This app is great to use and let me tell you why. I am constantly sharing information back and forth between my computer and my iPad, and this application provides a perfect way to make it easier and less time consuming: I can now place calls and send out SMS messages via Skype; transfer long text notes; copy/send URL links; and save images conveniently from my computer to my iPad.
The idea behind this review of Pages for iPad was to see how quickly someone could get something done without having used it before. In the interest of full disclosure, I have used Pages on Mac, so your rate of adoption may vary. I tested two different types of documents, a text document and a poster.
The Text Document
The text document was a simple invoice for one of my customers. I emailed an old invoice that had been created in Pages on my MacBook to my iPad. Once I opened the attachment in Mail I was given the option to “Open In Pages.” It shows as a button in the top right corner of the document if you have Pages installed. Continue reading →
*** Warning: This post is being written while deeply frustrated and outright pissed off at how much time I’ve wasted this morning with this app – so take it with as many grains of salt as needed.
iDisplay for iPad sounded like a nice idea – a neat way to display apps running on my MacBook over on the iPad’s screen. A great place to put Twitter, an IM client, or whatever else seemed handy at different times.
Unfortunately, my experience with the app has been somewhere south of horrendous and it has been removed from my iPad and my MacBook Pro.