Your must-have iPad applications
We all love the iPad (Well, most of us anyway) but without apps the iPad wouldn’t be worth much. Here are my top 5 iPad apps.
Flipboard is essentially nothing more than a news feed, but in a wonderful wrapping. Flipboard supports lots of different sources like Facebook, twitter, flickr, Google Reader, and lots of Flipboard feeds. What makes Flipboard stand out from the horde of other feed-apps is the design. It takes whatever feed you wish to see and applies a beautiful design, which makes it feel like you’re not just reading a bunch of pointless Facebook status updates, but makes it feel like flipping through a magazine. And it’s free!
Flipboard in the App Store
Aweditorium is THE app for anyone who likes indie music. When you start it up it selects a track from the database at random and starts playing. Every track is spiced with photos and small graphic facts about the band or artist you’re listening to. You can even switch it to lyrics-mode for most songs by tapping the screen. All content is provided by the artists themselves. The music is great and the user interface is simple yet beautiful. Most tracks even include a video with some extra content, be it a live performance from the band, video blog or something completely different. It’s a great way to discover new music or enjoy the music you’ve already discovered, and one of the best Apps for iPad I’ve ever seen.
Aweditorium in the App Store
The people who know Life Magazine all know that some of the best photographers in the world over the years, have worked for Life. Their iPad app gives the user free access to hundreds of galleries with Life’s best pictures, covering almost any genre. But be careful – once you open this app and start flicking through the pictures it’s hard to stop. There are so many breathtaking and beautiful pictures that even after spending a lot of hours browsing, I still discover new pictures all the time. Every picture is accompanied by a short text explaining the story behind it, and it makes for very interesting reading. New galleries are added often so you’re sure not to run of stuff to look at for a long time.
The Guardian Eyewitness is the “one-picture-a-day” app from the British newspaper. Where Life offers loads of pictures this app only gives you one picture a day – But what a picture! Each picture tells its own unique story, and they look stunning.
Project is Virgin-entrepreneur Richard Branson’s new iPad magazine. So far five issues have been published, and each more breathtaking than the last. Project gives digital magazines a whole new dimension, using video, audio, and the iPad’s built-in functions to the fullest. The app is free, but each issue costs around 3 dollars, which is a very fair price considering the amount of content you get. Project is made exclusively for the iPad and was even featured on the demo models of the iPad when Apple announced the next line of tablets. Project has a very informal tone, and it’s just a joy to read and look at.
Project in the App Store
If you’re like me and believe that the iPad can be used for work as well as fun, you need Evernote. As the name implies, Evernote is a notepad but much better than the standard one Apple offers. You can add pictures and audio to your notes, put them in to notebooks, sort by geotag, use tags and much more. It also syncs with the Evernote servers, which means that when you create a note on your iPad it’s also on your smart phone and your computer. So even if you forget your iPad with all your notes at home right before an important meeting, you just get out your phone or laptop and it’s all right there. It’s quick, easy, and works perfectly.
Evernote in the App Store
What’s your favorite iPad Apps?
We would love to hear from you. What are the best iPad apps to you and why? Do you use you iPad for work, fun or both?