Top 10 iPad App (Essentials)…

I have been using the iPad for a while now & the experience keeps getting more awesome every day. After it was launched the iPad didn’t have many native Apps (apart from the regular Apple apps) a thing which has changed over the course of the year. Apple has made it easier for the developers to make universal Apps & thus we see the explosion of iPad Apps in the market. Now there’s an App for anything & everything. The iPad has changed the way we look at tablets and most of its success goes to the millions of useful( and some not so useful) Apps out there. I thought I would share some of the Apps I use on a regular basis…

10 ) IM+ (Free)

We all have our contacts scattered across different instant messaging services & using a different client for each one is a big pain. On the Mac/PC there are several great options to do so like Trillian, Digsby, Adium and so on. IM+ bring all the features of a regular multi-messenger to a portable platfom. With IM+ you will stay connected to your friends, family and business contacts anytime and anywhere. All-in-one communication tool at your fingertips, plus text, voice, video and picture messages for free. And most importantly its FREE (well at least the basis version which has most of the features is). The App is not a port of the iPhone version & beings a fresh new interface design to the iPad.

9 ) xbmc (Free, Requires Jailbreak)

xbmc is a great App for all your Media needs. Tired of converting media and putting it on your iPad. Well with xbmc you can access all your videos & music without any transfer. It uses UPnP streaming to stream all your favorite content to your iPad & does a great job at it. Check out my previous post on how to set up xbmc on your iPad.

8 ) Files Connect (Paid)

Transferring via iTunes is a big “PAIN”. You need to drag & drop select files to select Apps to open them. Files Connect offers a solution to this & so much more. Just download the App, enable sharing on your Mac/PC and you are done. You can copy files to & from your iPad with a few clicks. It offers you to create folders & organize your content. The best thing I like about this App is that it gives you the option to open the file you just copied with any App on your iPad that supports that particular file format. It also gives you a neat preview of the file( if its a pdf or a doc file). You also get the option of connecting with your Dropbox, SugarSync & GoogleDocs account from within the App for easy transfers. This is one of those Apps which lets you do it all.

7 ) Opera mini (Free)

Opera mini has been around for a long time for the iPhone & iPod touch. Recently a new revamped version has been released specially keeping the iPad in mind. Opera fans will feel right at home & people who use firefox or chrome on their desktop or laptop will get a refreshing change from the default Safari. The browser claims to be aroung 6 times faster & performs reasonably well on slow networks. The settings tab has an “image quality” option which changed to help load graphic intensive sites faster on a slow connection ( It actually works). Other features include tabbed browsing( way better than Safari), bookmark sync, a quick share option etc.. One option which i dearly missed is Opera Turbo but I guess it will be added in subsequent releases.

6 ) WinterBoard (Free, Requires Jailbreak)

All of us are big fans of customization. This is one app which lets you apply custom themes to your iPad (yes who can make you iPad look like the “HELM controls of USS Enterprise”). You can choose from thousands of custom themes and tweak each setting to your delight. If you need to make your iPad look cooler than your neighbor’s than this is the App for you.

5) Stanza

A lot of us use the iPad as an e-book reader i.e. a Kindle or Nook substitute. Although you won’t get the strain free feel of an e-ink display most reader Apps do the job pretty well. Where Stanza stands out is its ability to combine a simple reading interface with a lot of customizations. You can customize the background theme (like change the paper type ), the fonts and a whole lot more. A huge selection of e-books are available for download free of cost from sources like Project Gutenberg. It does PDFs well too. And yeah one more thing, its much easier on the battery the google reader or kindle reader.

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