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Jason Hiner's 22 most useful iPad apps

22 most useful apps for the iPad

I previously said that the Apple iPad is only good for two things (I later added a third), but it's really good at those things. With that in mind, I've compiled a list of the 22 most useful apps for taking advantage of the iPad's strengths, and I've updated it for 2012 and the launch of the third-generation iPad.

Keep in mind that this list is skewed toward professionals and technophiles who are using the iPad on a daily basis, but I also realize that these folks tend to use tablets like the iPad for non-work stuff as well, like reading the news in the morning during breakfast or a little entertainment on the plane during a business flight.

If you'd prefer to view this as a list instead of a photo gallery, then see the companion blog post.

Credit: Jason Hiner | TechRepublic

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Jason Hiner is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He writes about the people, products, and ideas changing how we live and work in the 21st century. He's co-author of the upcoming book, Follow the Geeks (bit.ly/ftgeeks).

32 comments
meslie
meslie

Thanks for these applications. Great post! In business/productivity app, Id like to recommend a great one which integrated an interesting concept; saving time from your notes. This app, Beesy, generates automatically ToDo lists from a smart note taking. Also, the advantage is you can easily generate professional minutes from your notes and send them by email. Besides, you can browse your ToDo by actions,projects or people. You save a lot of time at meetings. I strongly recommend Beesy for people which often have meetings and want to appreciate them again http://www.beesapps.com/beesy-ipad-to-do/

CPhase2
CPhase2

...but for those ones I didn't, I plan to look into. I live in a country that still does not have 3G, so I am limited to only being able to view network-based apps when I'm on my home Wi-Fi network or one of the very few hot spots in the country. Specifically, I will be creating a Twitter account today. I didn't realize how important a tool it is. I always viewed it as a social waste of time (touting what you're doing or where you're going for the masses to see).

imsoscareed
imsoscareed

Your definition of useful is different than mine.

skf
skf

Please change the format of these articles so they can be skimmed without clicking through 20 some screens of nonsense. It's not worth it.

tpratt
tpratt

Ironically, compared to reading content developed for and on the iPad, waiting for this article's images to refreash and scrolling with a mouse is torture! The PC's day as a source of reading is over. Sad . . .

Dukhalion
Dukhalion

I would like to see an article called "[b]My 10 most [u]mediocre[/u][/b] apps, tools, whatever". Just as a change from all the 'top' and 'bottom' lists.

Htalk
Htalk

I think this should be titled the author's 22 "favorite" iPad apps.

mongocrush
mongocrush

How annoying is the advertising on this page? First it moves the whole page down because of some expanding advertising, and I have to readjust the page to read the article. Then the advertising moves the whole page back up because the expanding advertising returns to its hole. Then when I'm just about ready to click on the next page - using the navigation built into the picture - the expanding advertising moves down just enough to catch my click and take me to some random page that I care nothing about. It's bad enough that I can throw a rock on this page and hit some sort of advertising, now TechRepublic has to screw up my reading experience so much that I give up after a few pages. Oh and I get the reason why you put one picture on one page now (another annoying thing). It give you more of a chance to have a user accidently click on some advertising on this page.

mr.RichardWright
mr.RichardWright

Jason: Would really like to read your article on top iPad Apps, but honestly I just can't suffer through any more of the poor web page design. First, there's the intrusive expanding/collapsing article box that disrupts reading the page every time I change pages. I could forgive it one time, but not every time when trying to read the same article. Why is it not cached, or display first? Second, It would really help the reader if someone would take time to add mouse over text on the thumbnails to help decide which topic is of interest. It's no big surprise, but I am familiar with many of your favs, maybe I don't need to read those. Hey, sorry for the rant, you may not have influence on these details, but it is impacting readership and ultimately advertiser views and the cross promotion efforts. Maybe you can pass this along.

deirdre
deirdre

I stopped buying ebooks from Amazon as the Kindle app is no where near as nice as the Barnes and Noble one. I love it's mocha background theme, plus the line spacing, margin and font choices.

IndiSoft
IndiSoft

I know there are cloud-based whiteboard apps such as ShowMe and Jot! Free, but what if one wants to use the iPad within a corporate environment? I can't upload company-internal stuff to 3rd-party cloud. How come there seems to no app that meets this need?!

jackster12
jackster12

I've just spotted the "view as blogpost" line, which I hadn't seen earlier. Maybe make it more prominent? Thanks again for the content, just the same.

ed_lewis
ed_lewis

Where's the Google search app?

JarvisMcGee
JarvisMcGee

If we're talking about utility, the only app not on this list that I've continued to use throughout the lifespan of my iPad is Zinio, mostly because magazines are the thing I'm least likely to read on a smartphone. Otherwise, it's Kindle for iPad, or Vimeo (Web). I use Flipboard, but it's really Twitter in a short skirt.

booklyncowboy
booklyncowboy

Great remote control application for your electronics and home automation. I've been using it for over a year now for IR, Window Media Center control, embedded web pages for weather, security cameras, home control, etc etc.

bonnie
bonnie

I just want to know where to get that Golden Gate Bridge wallpaper : )

imsoscareed
imsoscareed

Maybe for you and if all you do is sit around and basically surf the web. Most of the apps you show are "Youtube" type apps. If this is the best there is to offer then an Ipad is pointless.

roland.diehl
roland.diehl

Flash adverts spoil flow of slideshows( which i"n not to crazy about in the first place). JUST LIST THE DARN APPS.

cavehomme1
cavehomme1

I'd like to see a Windown Live Mail icon on it. Yes, I appreciate the irony, but then again, gmail on Apple is also ironic. I have been a user of gmail for quite a few years, even migrating from Exchange, but in the past 6 months I have migrated users amd myself to both Windows Live Mail and Office 365. And with WL domains I have my consulting domain hosted nicely by live / hotmail and fully integrated into Outlook 2010 on my laptop; superb, who needs Exchange if your a small outfit!? WLM with skydrive knocks the pants off gmail and their Writely docs for kids. Personally when I get my ipad next month it will have a WLM icon on it with gmail nowhere in sight any more. How come I fell for that Google marketing crraap?! And how come I have fallen for the Apple marketing crraap as well?! Maybe wait a while until a windows 8 tablet comes out....

neil.postlethwaite
neil.postlethwaite

Much is US oriented No BBC iPlayer No Sky Go Also omits Omits Google Earth, which is amazingly different on a tab with the gyro, and the easy to pop in and out LogMeIN App.

pgit
pgit

NPR? ProPublica? Showing our bias a bit? Or are they "strategic partners" too?? :) BTW I'm listening to NPR atm. I listen to every hour of Morning Addition, "All Things Considered" and often Fresh Air. Sorry to say, they are MORE unbalanced, MORE biased and the pentagon/national security state editing is the most blatantly obvious on NPR. ProPublica is useless. I enjoy public radio mainly for the likes of The Writer's Almanac, Weekend Radio, A Prairie Home Companion, Car Talk and a few other similar. But their "news..." you better have some good discernment, otherwise you're going to be the saddest of creatures" the severely duped who is convinced they are "informed," and in the case of NPR people think they are more "informed" than non-listeners. "Informed" all right, formed up good with that propaganda-cement they pour into people's heads liberally. (pun semi-intended) At least CBS makes no bones about the fact it's a for profit corporation, with loyalties to other, bigger corporate advertisers, not any truth.

scain
scain

Splashtop Remote lets a teacher with an iPad take over their desktop which is connected to a projector! So that with a solution like this, we could be saving $1,000 per classroom if we buy an iPad instead of a SmartBoard. Credit for finding this awesome app for our school goes to Duane Lewis, a Mt. Lebanon School District Online Learning Facilitator, and Chris Stengel, Director of Technology. Is your school/company doing anything like this? Is it successful? http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/splashtop-remote-desktop-for/id382509315?mt=8 Sue Cain

cavehomme1
cavehomme1

And the reporter is probably American. Google Earth is American.

kylehutson
kylehutson

I agree they have a bias. We all do, and the idea that you can take all the bias out of news is ridiculous. However, I do really like NPR's news-reporting method of depth, rather than breadth.

kylehutson
kylehutson

I haven't tried any of these myself, but just to throw another one in the mix... My wife is a high school science teacher, and she uses some software called Doceri that does the same thing back to her Macbook, and it comes with a smartboard-like software (drawing, annotating, etc.) Is is better or worse than Splashtop? I have no idea. I would also like to point out that smartboards are still superior if you want a student to go to the board and demonstrate.

Ternarybit
Ternarybit

I realize teachers like to pontificate as they indoctrinate, but your preposterous proposition is absurdity incarnate. Just buy a laptop and a podium. Fujitsu and Lenovo both sell (less than) 1000 USD tablets and flip screen as well which run windows. You've reduced your entire IT cost to 600 bucks if you make the responsible fiscal decision. Oh, but I know your rebuttal already: NO MOMMY I WANT AN IPAD, I WANT TO BE LIKE THE COOL KIDS, WUAAHH WAAHWAAAAH. Less english, more accounting.

brian.coleman
brian.coleman

Yes. We've been using this for couple years now. LogMeIn is another, although I prefer Splashtop. I use the app to log into my teacher station (which also has student station monitoring software) allowing me to monitor my students, assist with problems, chat, etc. when I need to be out of the classroom for school related meetings, home sick, etc. Additionally, with the VGA adaptor, it allows me the opportunity to mirror presentations from iPad streamed from my teacher station wirelessly to my projection system wherever I am (literally anywhere in the world that has wireless internet service - Yes, I have used it internationally as well). Lastly, you can also place it in a stand and use it as a document camera, further reducing the overall cost of technology in the classroom (iPad2 required).

indagarage
indagarage

$1000 saving sounds good; you will also save on pupil engagement and interaction; save and recall on classroom notes and lesson revision on your VLE.

wizard57m-cnet
wizard57m-cnet moderator

seems to result in increased spam messages to those email addresses. Since those addresses are not yours, you probably should edit your post and hide the addresses from the spambots. It's a hassle, but I know from personal experience!

pwmowers
pwmowers

I run Splashtop Remote on my Kindle Fire, it works great. $210, including the STR app and tablet. Splashtop also makes an app for the ipad that turns the ipad into a whiteboard similar to the Smartboard or other interactive systems. The software for the PC is free, you just pay for the app, so that one tablet could log into many different computers for just the cost of the app.

deirdre
deirdre

Which section reveals forum user email addresses??