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Screenshots: 20 apps that play to the iPad's strengths

iPad homescreen with favorite apps

Jason Hiner has said that the Apple iPad is only good at two things but that it's really good at those two things. As a result, he's compiled a list of his 20 favorite apps for taking advantage of the iPad's strengths.

View these 20 apps in a one-page list

Also see: The truth about iPad: It's only good for two things

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Jason Hiner is the Global Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Global Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He is an award-winning journalist who writes about the people, products, and ideas that are revolutionizing the ways we live and work in the 21st century.

12 comments
brett.aubrey
brett.aubrey

As a photographer, I think you short-change the usefulness of viewing images and no, a laptop just doesn't cut it in many cases where an iPad is ideal (I'm referring to standing around at a wedding, bar, conference as well as on an airplane or whatever and someone wants to see your [my] work - it's easy to whip one out of your Scottvest for someone to see and less easy with a hinged lappie (dicey holding a laptop with a drink in your other hand). Similarly, iPad is easier and better with a mix or portrait and landscape shots. But having both works best, IMO.

brett.aubrey
brett.aubrey

As a photographer, I think you short-change the usefulness of viewing images and no, a laptop just doesn't cut it in many cases where an iPad is ideal (I'm referring to standing around at a wedding, bar, conference as well as on an airplane or whatever and someone wants to see your [my] work - it's easy to whip out of your Scottvest for someone to see and less easy with a hinged lappie). But having both works best, IMO.

aaeslami
aaeslami

you're missing DropBox...only the best app every created.

hauskins
hauskins

In Higher Ed the iPad is turning out to be pretty useful. It can replace books in some instances. Our main library already checks iPads out for student use. I have also seen that hospitals are picking it up as a way to review patient records and even using it in the OR for Xrays, etc. For IT support people it is great for remote support of servers via SSH or RDP and web based remote desktop assistance. As to writing, yes it takes a little getting use to the virtual keyboard but I can still do content management on many of my websites since they are CMS's systems like Concrete5, Drupal, etc. It has its place for me in Higher Ed.

jhowell
jhowell

Looking at these "best of" apps convinces me I have better ways to spend 500 bucks. Thank you for the walk through; it has really helped me to solidify my iPad purchase decision.

sperry532
sperry532

I've seen our office equipment repair people using it for their manuals, circuit diagrams, time recording, and more. The iPad is used in place of the notebook computers they used to use. They all report loving the convenience and being able to zoom in on small print and diagrams.

jlalonde
jlalonde

I see you cite the use of RDP in the IT field. Just wondering if you had any recommendations on an RDP app that supports Windows Server 2003? Seems like there's a ton out there and no real consensus.

jasonhiner
jasonhiner moderator

We love hearing the real world examples of stuff like this. That's what TechRepublic is all about.

jasonhiner
jasonhiner moderator

If I can help someone (or a company) decide NOT to buy a product because it won't offer enough value for them... well, then I feel like I've done my job -- just as much as when I help people find the right product.

Jase23
Jase23

Where can I find that Wallpaper photo, and where was that photo taken? Very cool. And thanks for the App recommendations.