December 28, 2010 | Andy Boxall
Yesterday we suggested twenty apps to download for your new iPhone, but what if you received an iPad for Christmas? You’ll be needing this list, than! Here are twenty recommended iPad apps and although there are some repeat apps from the iPhone list, there are plenty of new suggestions too.
As before, the first ten should be considered ‘must-haves’, while the second ten depend more on what you want to do with your iPad. Here we go:
For All Users:
- Twitter. Like the iPhone, there are plenty of Twitter apps out there, but the official app is really excellent, and free too. If you want to pay, then Osfoora HD should be considered a solid choice. Free.
- Pulse News Reader. Absolutely brilliant news reader application that’s easy to use and customize. Free.
- Flipboard. Turn your social feeds into a magazine, then add in your favorite online news sources too. Free.
- Infinity Blade. The current, definitive iOS app with amazing graphics and enjoyable gameplay. Read our review here. $5.99/£3.49.
- iBooks. It’s Apple’s own eBook store and for some, one of the iPad’s prime selling points. Free.
- VLC Media Player. Along with eBooks, the iPad is sold as being great for videos. It is, but only with VLC installed so it can play pretty much anything you give it! Free.
- Zinio. Get your print magazines on the iPad. Free.
- Starwalk for iPad. If you want to show off the capabilities of your new tablet, what better way is there than the app Apple themselves love to show in their commercials. Stunning. $4.99/£2.99.
- Project. This iPad-only publication is great, and you need to try at least one magazine that has been enhanced for the platform. If you don’t like the look of this one, check out one of the many other titles available. Read our review here. Free.
- Pinball HD. Awesome pinball game for the iPad, with three tables included, super-realistic gameplay and even a 3D mode! $0.99/£0.59.
A Little More Specific:
- Friendly for Facebook. With no official Facebook app for the iPad, you can use Safari or try this alternative if you’re dedicated to the social networking site. Free.
- Flud. A challenger to Pulse and Flipboard’s crown. Make sure you give it a try before settling on a preference. Free.
- TED. There’s always someone interesting talking about a fascinating subject inside this TED app. Free.
- Kindle. Just like on the iPhone, you may prefer Kindle to iBooks. Free.
- Air Display. Use your iPad as a second, wireless display for your PC. Easy to setup and use. Read our review here. $9.99/£5.99.
- Angry Birds HD. What? Angry Birds not essential? Don’t get us wrong, it’s still fantastic, but it suits the iPhone just that little bit more. $4.99/£2.99.
- Pages/Numbers/Keynote. Do as much work as you like with these three Mac productivity programs, all beautifully converted for the iPad. $9.99/£5.99 each.
- Skyfire for iPad. If you want to watch Flash video online, then you’re going to need this alternative web browser. $4.99/£2.99.
- ArtStudio for iPad. A comprehensive picture editing suite for the iPad. $2.99/£1.79.
- Virtual City HD. A great game for the iPad, with time-management, strategy, city-planning and arcade elements all coming together. Read our review here. $4.99/£2.99.
That’s it! We hope these inspire you to explore what your new iPad can do, as there are so many great apps available. Don’t forget, there are many alternatives to the ones we’ve mentioned, so don’t be afraid to search the App Store.
Also, if you existing iPad owners have a favorite app that you’d recommend for new owners, tell us about it in the comments!