You've bought the darned thing now what do you put on it? Goodness knows there is no end to choices, so again here we are being ever so helpful with a list of top ten apps for the iPad. This is based on a collision of our own user experience, and the most popular types of apps out there. Yes, there are more popular apps than some of the ones we've chosen, though I promise you we've probably tried the one you're thinking of.
We are not including Mail, Photo and Safari here, as they would easily top the list. A little obsessively would be how we categorize our own Mail usage. Rather, we are going with ones acquired through iTunes App Store and installed.
This a completely biased list, of course, so YMMV.
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10. Read It Later: Reader
One of our favorite apps, it let's you literally 'read it later'. It's great for when you find and article on the run but no time to look at it. The trick is remembering to download the article before getting out of range of a signal. It doesn't do it automatically. HIt also hlps you with easy to follow instructions for installing a bookmarklet in your mobile Safari browser.
9.Netflix: Movie streaming over Wi-Fi
This is a gimme, we signed up for Netflix back in the day when it was just DVD delivery. This is just a great app.
8.DC Comics: Comic book App
Feel free to replace this with Marvel if you like, both top the charts on iTunes. We are big fans of both comic book apps, most are made by the same people. We just wish there were more new release on the darn things. That said, we love the freebies!
7.The Weather Channel: Weather App
This is check almost everyday, if only for the forecast for the week. Rather surprised Apple didn't include the native weather app on the iPad, actually. It has way too many features for our purposes, which make us love it a bit more.
6. IMDb: Internet Movie Database
We love information. We love pop culture so this is the perfect app for us. It can be oddly wiggy at times and the interface takes some getting used to, but we find ourselves preferring this over the web version more and more.
5.Wikipanion: Wikipedia app
A genius app, that makes Wikipedia look gorgeous. We do wish this offered us access to the discussion pages. Those are often more entertaining than the articles themselves.
4. iBooks/Kindle: eBook reader
Like the comic book apps, you choose your poison, they essentially do the same job, their library offerings are just a little different. They are both free, so why not take both?
3. Pages: Word processor
A bit of a head scratcher when it first popped up, as it didn't do things we thought it should. Frustrating as it isn't cheap, but Apple has made some improvements as it's gone on. The offerings on the keyboard could still stand some improvement. It hasn't completely replaced typing on a desktop yet, but it is getting there. Great for working on the go.
2. Goodreader: PDF viewer
Why we have so many PDFs is a mystery, but we much prefer the interface on this app to QuickView in mail. Its been made a bit redundant by iBooks updates, but we still prefer it.
1. Echofon: Twitter client
Again, replace this with your favorite, if you like, Echofon is ours. Twitter was great on the iPhone, but it's become a near obsession on the iPad. We've tried most of the apps out there, and found this one the most stable of the clients and the more intuitive, Twitter for the iPhone will give it a run for its money when it ports over.