Looking for the best apps for your iPad 2? There are plenty of great applications available, but sifting through everything to find those good ones can be tough.
We’ve put together a list of applications that will help any new iPad user get started. There are some games, news apps, movie apps, reading apps…to put it simply, there’s something for everyone.
The list below isn’t the end all-be all list of essential applications, but it is a list that will show you some of the best ones to start with.
Now that you have your iPad 2, it’s time to check them out. Hit the jump to see the apps (along with their App Store descriptions):
Get Netflix on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Just download this free app and you can instantly watch TV shows & movies streaming from Netflix.
Download the ABC Player app to watch your favorite ABC shows for free on the iPad wherever and whenever you want to watch. View full-length episodes of Modern Family, Grey’s Anatomy, No Ordinary Family, Desperate Housewives and more.
Movies by Flixster is the #1 movie app to watch movie trailers, find showtimes, get critic reviews from Rotten Tomatoes, and share movie ratings with your friends.
The Kindle app is optimized for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, giving users the ability to read Kindle books on a beautiful, easy-to-use interface. You‚Äôll have access to over 850,000* books in the Kindle Store, including best sellers and new releases. Amazon Whispersync automatically syncs your last page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across devices (including Kindle), so you can pick up where you left off on another device.
iBooks is an amazing way to download and read books. iBooks includes the iBookstore, where you can download the latest best-selling books or your favorite classics ‚Äì day or night. Browse your library on a beautiful bookshelf, tap a book to open it, flip through pages with a swipe or a tap, and bookmark or add notes to your favorite passages.
The only iPhone/iPad comic platform that has Marvel, DC and The Walking Dead. Purchases made can be read on the web, too, at comics.comixology.com!
Evernote turns the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad into an extension of your brain, helping you remember anything and everything that happens in your life. From notes to ideas to snapshots to recordings, put it all into Evernote and watch as it instantly synchronizes from your iPhone to your Mac or Windows desktop.
GarageBand turns your iPad into a collection of Touch Instruments and a full-featured recording studio ‚Äî so you can make music anywhere you go. Use Multi-Touch gestures to play pianos, organs, guitars, drums, and basses on your iPad. They sound and play like their counterparts, but let you do things you could never do on a real instrument. Enjoy a full range of Smart Instruments that make you sound like a pro ‚Äî even if you‚Äôve never played a note before. Plug an electric guitar into your iPad and play through classic amps and stompbox effects. Use the built-in microphone or a guitar to record, or capture any performance. Then mix up to eight tracks to create a song you can share.
Make beautiful HD movies anywhere with iMovie, the fast and fun moviemaking app for iPhone, iPod touch, and the amazing new iPad 2. Designed for the Multi-Touch screen, iMovie puts everything you need to tell your story at your fingertips. Browse and play projects in the stunning Marquee view. Make a movie in minutes by adding video, photos, music, and sound effects. Then give it the Hollywood treatment by adding a theme, titles, and transitions. And you can share your movie with the world ‚Äì right from iMovie.
Pages, the powerful word processor for Mac, has been completely redesigned for iPad. It‚Äôs the most beautiful word processor you‚Äôve ever seen on a mobile device. Documents look stunning on the bright, vivid iPad display. Use Multi-Touch gestures to lay out letters, flyers, brochures, reports, and more. You can start with a template or import an existing Pages or Microsoft Word document from Mail, your MobileMe iDisk, or a WebDAV service.
As we all know, every season is an Angry Birds season. After Trick Or Treat, Season‚Äôs Greedings and Hogs and Kisses, Angry Birds Seasons returns with the greenest episode yet: Go Green for St. Patrick‚Äôs Day!
From Epic Games‚Äô award-winning studio, ChAIR Entertainment, comes Infinity Blade, a new sword fighting action game developed exclusively for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.
Pandora Radio is your own free personalized radio now available to stream music on your iPhone or iPad. Just start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs or classical composers and Pandora will create a “station” that plays their music and more music like it.
Find My iPhone is now free for anyone with an iPhone 4, iPad, or 4th generation iPod touch (iOS 4.2 required).* Just sign in with your Apple ID on your qualifying device and turn on Find My iPhone to enable your device to be located. Then use the same account to enable Find My iPhone on your other iOS 4.2 devices including iPhone 3G, 3GS, or iPod touch (2nd generation or later). Find My iPhone is also included in the paid MobileMe subscription.
Introducing The Daily ‚Äì the first digital news publication with original content created every day exclusively for the iPad. Built from scratch by a team of top journalists and designers, The Daily covers the world: breaking news, sports, pop culture, entertainment, apps, games, technology, opinion, celebrity gossip and more.
Named Apple’s iPad App of the Year and one of TIME’s top 50 innovations of 2010, Flipboard is a fast, beautiful way to flip through the news, photos and updates your friends are sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader, Flickr and Instagram. See your social media in a magazine layout that is easy to scan and fun to read. Share articles and photos, comment on posts, and like or favorite anything. Customize your Flipboard with sections created from your favorite news, people, blogs and topics.
The nation’s news updated 24/7 on your iPad. Staying informed has never been this quick, easy or enjoyable.
Fluent News aggregates made-for-mobile versions of top news sources into a single, intelligently organized, fully customizable mobile newspaper. It allows you to create up to 3 of your own custom sections based on keyword searches. You can also control the content by promoting one news source and disabling one news source. Unlimited custom sections and source filtering is available for a fee. Please see PREMIUM ACCESS below.
NPR for iPad: Experience NPR in magazine style with a focus on News, Arts & Life, and Music content that‚Äôs broad, deep, and timely. It‚Äôs NPR like you‚Äôve never seen us before. The app also replicates popular features of the NPR News iPhone app, including playlist, hourly newscasts,station finder, and sharing. And, we are already working on future enhancements for our next release.
So Many Apps, So Little Time
This is only a tiny, tiny fraction of what’s available. The best thing to do is just search around the App Store and find things that get your attention. Try out new apps, you may just stumble across something by accident and find that it turns out to be one of your favorite apps.