iPad Apps I Want to See: Crosswords

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Crossword iPhone app

I’m a pretty lame sort of non-gamer on the iPhone (or PCs or any other platform).  Not one for fast-paced, shootery action type games.  I tend to like lots of word games, a few sports games, and a few real-time strategy titles.

Another type of game I enjoy is crossword puzzles.  I’ve tried several different crossword apps on the iPhone but never found one that felt comfortable or compelling to use on that smaller screen, or that offered easy to get and regularly refreshed content.  Too many years of doing them in newspapers may have spoiled me or set the bar too high for any iPhone app.

The iPad should be a whole different story though.  It is perfectly sized for many activities, and I think doing crossword puzzles is one of them.  I know, crosswords don’t quite have the wow factor of some of the other great things that can be done with the iPad’s lovely big screen – but I think doing them on an iPad will be great fun and will hopefully come close to matching the experience of doing one in a newspaper.  Or maybe one or more of the newspapers bringing their titles to the iPad will even give this area some love and attention.

What do you all think?  Any other crossword fans reading here?

Patrick Jordan

Founder and Editor in Chief of iPad Insight. Husband, father to a lovely daughter, Commander of the Armies of the North, dog lover (especially Labs), Austinite, former Londoner, IT consultant, huge sports nut, iPad and mobile tech blogger, mobile apps junkie.

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7 thoughts on “iPad Apps I Want to See: Crosswords”

  1. Yep, surely the Times will be that advanced, I just wonder if the news will cost around 11.95 permonth for the 7 daily edition

    1. I think you're probably right. I hope and expect we'll also see some standalone crossword apps, with a good range of content from multiple sources.

  2. I use the Crosswords app on the iPhone, which has a lot of different providers and even allows premium subscriptions to puzzles like the New York Times. It has as good an interface, IMO, as you'll get on a screen the size of an iPhone. it's the only way I do crossword puzzles these days. I'd love to see an iPad-enhanced version of it.

    1. BTW, forgot to ask in first comment. Any chance you'll include the ability to sync puzzles across iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad for users who have user accounts? Because that would be huge.

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