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Best Apps For iPad - my ten favorite picks.

Updated on April 25, 2015
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10 of the best apps for iPad in Apple store.
10 of the best apps for iPad in Apple store.

My picks of 10 of the best apps for iPad for a new owner.

Here are my picks of ten of the best apps for iPad in the Apple store, which you may like to download at first start to give a great beginning to your new iPad experience. It is generally seen that most of us, immediately after buying an i Pad, go straight to the Apple Store in iTunes to start downloading the applications. But it is a formidable task to select the right iPad apps with thousands popular to choose from where some are great and some are junks. However, to make your task easy I have given here my selection of top 10 most useful apps for iPad, seven out of which are absolutely free and the rest are quality applications having real worth for money. These are my favorite picks among the best and most useful apps for iPad available in Apple store, for any new iPad owner for a great first start. Many iPad users have found these apps, really good, useful and fun.

Kindle - One of the most useful Apps for iPad
Kindle - One of the most useful Apps for iPad | Source

Kindle (Free)

The Kindle app has been optimized for the iPad facilitating users to read Kindle books, newspapers, magazines, textbooks on a beautiful, easy-to-use interface. You’ll have access to over millions of books in the Kindle Store over and above hundreds magazines and newspapers. The real popularity of the Kindle app is due to the benefit that you can read and sync books with more Apple devices like iPhone or iPhone Touch. You can start reading a book on the iPad at home or on the flight, for example, and then continue reading on your iPhone while you are waiting at a bus stand or post office. Apple may forcefully advocate in favour of its iBooks, but it's all right to skip it at first. Actually, it's not a bad idea to get both, but if I am to pick my favorite one, I shall go with Kindle.

Epicurious (Free)

This is one of PC magazine's 50 best apps for iPad. To use your iPad as a cookbook is awesome This next-generation kitchen companion enables food lovers to search for efficiently created and tested recipes, to make interactive shopping lists for cooking ingredients you don’t have in your kitchen store, to follow step-by-step cooking instructions, and much more. The app contains thousand of recipes with some eye-catching photography which has made it a popular kitchen companion.

Netflix is one of my favorites from Popular iPad Apps
Netflix is one of my favorites from Popular iPad Apps | Source

NetFlix (Free with a Netfix subscription)

This is one of my favorite out of the 10 best apps for iPad to pick, provided you buy a Netflix subscription. With the free Netflix app for Apple's iPad, Netflix subscribers can watch from anywhere having a Wi-Fi signal, any TV shows & movies streaming from Netflix from the Instant Streaming catalogue. The picture and sound qualities are great. The Netflix app for Apple iPad add to the value of a Netflix subscription by allowing you watch movies directly on your mobile device.

Facebook for iPad (Free)

With this free iPad app, you get total Face book experience, right at hand. It's a cool way to keep in touch with friends and family, share pictures, chat and more. You can scroll through your news feed with fingertip, swipe the screen to page through albums etc. Whatever you do using Facebook app on your iPad is a real fun.

Adobe’s PhotoShop Express (Free)

It's an awesome, simple drawing app that’s a lot of fun to play with. The iPad is ideal for viewing photos, and also for making excellent digital photo frame. But what if at any time you want to edit the photos? Adobe’s Photoshop Express is a fantastic app for basic editing of your pictures which lets you rotate, crop and flick images. It also has a variety of filters and effects to carryout fine editing.

AP Mobile (Free)

This is one of my favorite news apps for iPad. AP Mobile iPad app is a free iPad news app from the Associated Press. With this app loaded on your iPad, you are assured of getting reliable updates on global news in real-time. It also supports a local news feed so you can get news that is truly close to home and allows you to personalize news items and stories to suit your needs.

Instapaper Pro ($4.99)

You may find this to be one of your most useful iPad apps if you often browse the net but don’t get enough time to read all the important stories you find on the web. Instapaper Pro saves the web pages for you, optimized for readability on the iPad touch screen, for your later offline reading. This popular iPad app has been highly praised by newspapers, magazines and top blogs.

iWork ($30)

Of the many apps primed for iPad a few key apps came straight from Apple. Apple has thus created iPad versions of its popular iWork office productivity suite, which is a collection of three separate apps namely Keynote, Numbers and Pages each of which is available for $9.99 at the iTunes Store. The main features of the three applications are given below:

Keynote : Presentation slide creator (creates great business presentations);
Numbers : Number crunching program (used to make numeric spreadsheets);
Pages : Word processing powerhouse (allows to create documents, letters, and brochures);

I had chance to get a close look at each of these iWork apps. I found them to be extremely useful on the new platform and all three are worth downloading though the apps are not quite cheap. However, each app is sold separately meaning you can just download what you need. I am sure, the iWork apps will be useful to anyone trying to get some work done on their brand-new iPad.

iDisplay ($4.99)

The i-Display app from iTunes Store can turn your iPad into a second monitor for your Mac or Windows PC, which is too good to be true. The connection between devices is made using WiFi. i-Display app has been specially optimized for iPad screen and the application is Ideal for multitasking users. i Display allows you to free the main monitor for professional applications by moving some apps to the external display and can be used for Instant Messaging (IM), news gadgets, Twitter and other tools.

Angry Birds - one of the best apps for iPad in Apple Store.
Angry Birds - one of the best apps for iPad in Apple Store. | Source

Angry Birds (Free)

This is a great physics-based game for your iPad. Angry Birds iPad app always stands as one of the best apps for iPad in the app store. Once you start playing the game then you will probably understand why it's so popular. It’s not too hard to grasp the concept of the game with the story line of pigs vs birds that got angry. After playing the free version it became one of my favorites and I purchased the full version of this one of the best iPad apps, and I was not disappointed. Angry Birds features hours of game play and have a great replay value and should be a must on every person’s iPad.


iPad owes its amazing popularity in the portable computing market not only for its stunning design and ease of use, but mainly for the wide variety of apps it runs. Its major competitors fall short because they don’t have app library to match the Apple Store, which has software that ranges from average consumer-centric to the business-friendly.

I would like to make one point clear here that while choosing my list of 10 best apps for iPad from the popular apps available in Apple store, I have primarily kept in view that the selected applications have wide appeal among average users and are essential for every one (men, women and children). Nevertheless, you can always go for downloading lot more than the list of apps suggested here from the iTunes Store, where there are plenty of quality and popular apps for iPad.


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    • radharenu profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from India

      Hi Confetti

      Thanks for commenting. You can give a try to iDisplay. You will like it.

    • WebsiteConfetti profile image


      5 years ago from Australia

      Nice hub. I love reading about useful apps. I had never heard of iDisplay before seems like it would be really useful to try out, thanks for the suggestion!

    • radharenu profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from India

      Hi Chic

      Thanks for your comment. Really there are plenty of quality and useful iPad apps to grab from Apple store, that too free of cost!

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      Sarah Carlsley 

      5 years ago from Minnesota

      I love how many ipad apps there are, these are all great suggestions. Thanks!

    • radharenu profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from India

      Hi SharynRI,

      Thanks for commenting. iWork is compatible with Microsoft Office. You can move documents between iWork and Office. But when you do that, they may look or function differently than they did in their parent programs. When you attempt to open an Office file in iWork using File-Open, iWork doesn't really open them. It imports them instead, creating a new translated file in ‘Pages format’ and leaving the original Word file untouched. Creating great-looking documents is simple with Pages. At the top of the page, the contextual format bar lets you do the basics — formatting text and adjusting images, with just one click. When it comes to basic text editing, Pages and Word are perfect equals. Most users find that Pages is faster than Word.

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      6 years ago from Virginia Beach

      Hi Radharenu, I scrolled through your recommended apps and saw many that I frequently use. I NEED a word app for writing college papers while I'm traveling; the iWork app package is new to me. (I only need pages - I guess I'll go a la carte. My concern with pages is its portrait-only view, and it's compatibility with my PC's MS Word docs.)

      Thanks for posting.

    • radharenu profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from India


      Thank you for your valued suggestion. So far as my last information goes currently there is an iPhone app for Hubpages which can be used on an iPad, but it doesn’t allow you to create hubs. Nevertheless, Hubpage-team had a plan to make an iPad app at some point in future. But I am not sure whether the same has already been launched or not.

    • Reegan777 profile image


      6 years ago from Cut Off, Lousiana

      Nice apps, you might wish to add the HubPages app, I haven't checked out myself but it is available.

    • radharenu profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from India


      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      6 years ago from Planet Earth

      These are good suggestions - I have several of the ones mentioned (love my iPad!), and I'm going to check into the others you mentioned. Thanks for the ideas!


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