If you have an iPad then you’re probably already pretty cool anyway, however there is always room to get a little bit cooler. The cooler the apps that are on your iPad, the cooler your iPad is and therefore the cooler you are by proxy. As Oscar Wilde said, “The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on”; well I’d like to think that if Oscar was with us today then he would take a little peek at this advice before he sent it on its way around all and sundry…so, without any further ado, here are the 10 coolest iPad apps ever!
1. Djay – $19.99, Seller: algoriddim GmbH
I don’t think that there is a cooler profession than being a DJ. You get free access to the best clubs, free drinks, girls hanging off your arm and get to say that playing music is ‘working’. Well, now you can blend your fantasies with your real life by downloading the djay app for iPad that will transform your iPad into a virtual DJ system and seamlessly integrates with your iPod library, allowing you to mix your favourite tracks to rock the speakers in your favourite club/bedroom! You can do pretty much everything that you can on regular decks without the hassle of worrying about scratching vinyl as you change records; with an auto-cue, touchscreen interface and automix mode, you can also record your live sessions to play back to all of your new fans.
2. Scrabble – Developer: Electronic Arts Nederland B.V., Released: 18 May 2010, Price: £3.99
Can’t decide which Apple device you want to use? Well, now you won’t need to compromise as Scrabble for iPad can be connected with your iPhone or iPod Touch for the classic game of Scrabble with your family and friends. Gather all your Apple devices together and get playing!
Your iPad acts as the Scrabble board, which features amazing HD graphics, sound effects and animation. Once you have downloaded the Scrabble Tile Rack app, your iPhone or iPod Touch can hold your rack of letters, where you simply flick each letter onto the iPad Scrabble board. This is a great interactive way of playing and family and friends of any age will be entertained by these amazing features.
Whilst playing Scrabble, you can also listen to and control your music from your iTunes library or even run your favourite playlist in the background. This is a fantastic feature when playing with others in party mode.
Read Scrabble for iPad & Scrabble Tile Rack for the iPhone & iPod Touch – Connect your Apple devices together for the Ultimate Game of Scrabble!
3. Angry Birds – App updated Dec 23, 2010, Price $0.99, Developed by Clickgamer Technologies Ltd
I don’t know what it is about Angry Birds that has got me so addicted, but seriously, it’s like crack to me. I can’t go a day without a fix of catapulting a furious little birdie towards a light-fingered, (or trottered?) pig and aiming to kill. And on the iPad its even bigger and better! If you don’t know by now, the crux of Angry Birds is very simple. A group of thieving pigs has stolen the birds’ eggs, making them, understandably, pretty pissed off. They want them back, but apparently the only way to do this is to use them selves as kamikaze pilots who smash down the pigs’ defenses and ultimately destroy the pigs. The mercenary birds come in indifferent shapes and sizes, (or breeds), and they all have different talents. Some lay explosive eggs, others can boomerang round a target and the little blue ones, weirdly, can split into three separate smaller birds. Before scientists discover this curious race of super birds and perform tests on them, no doubt trying to turn them into weapons of mass destruction, I urge you to download the app and help them recover their eggs!
4. Marvel Comics – Free, Updated: Apr 13, 2011, Seller: Marvel Entertainment
Ever since Watchmen came out, superheroes have been enjoying a huge resurgence in the cool stakes, with countless TV shows dedicated to a regular guy with super-human powers saving the world from evil! Well, here’s your chance to see where it all began. You can enjoy Marvel’s greatest series and stories like never before, with your choice of guided view (an animated, panel-by-panel path through the comic); you can even use regular device controls to zoom and pan your way through pages of sizzling story and amazing artwork! For any self-confessed comic book geek, this free app is an absolute must.
5. TweetDeck – Developer:: Iain Dodsworth, Tweetdeck Inc., Released: 25th August 2010, Price: Free
Twitter may have it’s own app, but Tweetdeck Inc. have been playing that game a lot longer. Tweetdeck features an innovative ‘column’ style of viewing. By swiping your finger left or right you’re able to view each separate column, and what each one contains is down to you entirely. TweetDeck isn’t limited to Twitter either; with Facebook integration allowing you to view friends, and create your own, status updates. This app is more like a social dashboard with speedy access to each of your friends’ little worlds.
TweetDeck for iPad can be synchronized with the TweetDeck desktop application on PC’s and Macs. This means that you can keep all of your precious columns and lists, and even add more. This doesn’t even need you to connect your iPad to your desktop computer! Simply log in to your TweetDeck account, and all of your settings will be transferred. Handy! The app gives you access everything you could possibly need from Twitter on-the-go, and more. It’s an easy to use social-app, with an ingenious browsing method. It’s a must for any tweeting enthusiast or social butterfly. The iPad’s giant screen lends itself well to the multi-tasking and different formats of browsing several different social networking platforms at once; get your copy now.
6. Evernote – Developer: Evernote,Released: 12 January 2011,Price: Free
This popular note taking application is a must-have for note organization and is regarded as one of the most essential applications for users in all walks of life.
There are four different ways you can save notes. First, you can save a note by just simply typing it out. Secondly, a “snapshot note” will use your iPad’s camera to save notes. Thirdly, the “camera roll” will use the photos in your iOS device’s photo library. And finally, my favorite, the “voice memo” allows you to make those all too familiar, “note to self” memos.
Evernote organizes everything efficiency. After you’re finished with your note you can add a title, tags and description to make it easily searchable. For those of you who have many things going on at once, you can also organize your notes into notebooks for easy referencing. To do that all you have to do is just tap on the “Notes” button to do a quick browse or you can do a simple text search. However, the text search is not only limited to written notes! In other words, it can also recognize text in your photographs whether it is a business card, snapshot of a magazine article, whiteboard and more.
With this app I can quickly and efficiency access my important notes on the fly. Evernote quickly became an important app in my arsenal and the best thing about it? It’s FREE!
Read Evernote iPad App Review: A Must have App for Professionals
7. LIFE – Free, Updated: Mar 21, 2011, Seller: TI Media Solutions Inc.
For those of you who want to see the world, yet can’t quite justify the thousands of dollars and years of time off that it would take to experience all of what our planet has to offer, then here’s a tip: download LIFE for iPad for free. The legendary collection of photos from around the globe can be beamed directly to your iPad’s screen for you to enjoy at any time, however, this isn’t all. You can keep up to date with up-to-the-minute news, photos, and special features so you will know what’s happening in the present, as well as viewing beautiful images of the past.
8. IMDb Movies & TV – Free, Updated: Mar 23, 2011, IMDb
If films and celebrities are your passion then you simply have to get IMDb’s iPad app, which will bring you all of the latest movie trailers, Hollywood news and celeb information straight to your iPad. IMDb is the world’s largest collection of movie, TV and celebrity information and you can use it to find show times, watch trailers, rate movies, browse photo galleries, get US TV listings, find latest DVD releases, explore popular charts and share movie info. There are loads of added extras thrown in, such as quotes, trivia and goofs from your favourite movies and TV shows; well worth the expense…oh yeah, it’s free!
9. Atari’s Greatest Hits – Free, Updated: Apr 22, 2011, Seller: Atari, Interactive
Anyone who misspent their youth tapping away at buttons and joysticks on an arcade game whilst their parents worried that they were up to much worse high jinks can now revisit their lost youth by downloading Atari’s Greatest Hits for their iPad. The actual app is free to download and you get 18 basic games, (including the inimitable PONG), however, if you pay $14.99 then you get the whole pack of 100 classic arcade games, which includes Street Racer, Sword Quest and Crystal Castles! Children of the 80’s rejoice!!!
10. KORG iELECTRIBE (Gorillaz Edition) – By KORG INC, $9.99, Released: Apr 18, 2011
Any music fan worth their salt will be familiar with the definitive keyboard sequencer/synthesizer that KORG launched upon the unsuspecting public a few decades ago. It emits the coolest electro synth projections and is guaranteed to funk up even the most tired of tunes. Available on iPad, the KORG iElectribe lets users create beats and sounds on their screen just as they could on the vintage analog synthesizer that it’s based on; just choose a part and touch the 16-step sequencer to quickly build a groove that will rock any party. And what’s more is that they’ve only gone and teamed up with Damon Albarn’s super-group Gorillaz to make a special edition version with a Gorillaz skin that lets you make beats the same way that Damon & co did for their recent album ‘The Fall’. Now that’s cool!
My essential iPad app for business is Beesy. It’s a great tool for my everyday life at work. help to sort out and don’t forget a thing on my differents projects. Very useful also in meeting with I can take note and send minutes at the end of the meeting by mail very quickly and easily. http://www.beesapps.com/beesy-ipad-to-do/