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.
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.