One of the best things about the Apple iPad is that the range of apps is now so enormous that the question of which apps you “need” becomes somewhat moot.
You can now get apps for your iPad for pretty much any crazy thing or niche activity that you can possibly think of.
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However, all that said, with such an enormous number of apps does also come the problem that you may not be sure which are the best ones.
Which Apps Do You Really Need?
It can be a little tedious to try to trawl through a quarter of a million apps in the app store for example!
So here, I am going to present my own personal list of the four apps that I really need and couldn’t do without:
- Essential App #1: FileBrowser; this is my number one all-time favorite app. It allows you to connect up to your main home computer with your iPad and be able to browse and view all of the files on it. What this means in practice is that you never need to sync up with iTunes (unless you want to) and can keep your iPad clutter free at the same time as having access to the entire contents of your home computer. FileBrowser works over the Wi-Fi connection at home, so if you go out then it is accessible. But even then it is useful, because as long as you have already opened a file it will remain in the iPads memory, so you will still be able to access it.
- Essential App #2: Air Video; is awesome because it automatically converts any video to a format that your iPad can understand. If you use this in conjunction with FileBrowser, essentially you can watch any video that is on your home computer and stream it straight to your iPad! This not only saves a ton of time, but it also saves considerable amounts of brain stress, because you don’t have to worry about whether or not a video is in the right format. You can simply watch it and this app takes care of all the heavy lifting.
- Essential App #3: Kindle for iPad; is another indispensable app, particularly if you like reading. The iPad comes with iBooks, which is another ebook reader, but it simply isn’t as good as the free kindle app, which has much more flexibility and also allows you to auto-sync your Amazon purchases to your iPad.
- Essential App #4: Zite for iPad; is a great free news compiling app. Where it really scores big points is on ease of use and customizability. Whether you are interested in news stories about Bolivian Butterflies or the Apple iPad, then this app can help you to find them quickly, easily and without any fuss. It also has a really nice user interface, so it is a pleasure to read stories on even the smaller screen of the iPad Mini, because you can go into “Reader” mode, which automatically adjusts the size of the text to fit the display. News stories are updated every day and Zite is in most ways far superior to even paid newspaper apps, which are generally limited to just one news organization.
There are, of course, many more great apps, but if I had to choose the apps I really “need,” those would be the ones!
What would yours be?
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