50 Great Apps for Your iPad

Wondering what apps to install on your iPad? Here are 50 of the apps I’ve installed on mine.

Take a look, and add to the list in the comments.


  1. Pages – Word processor. Sadly, not very compatible with MS Word (go figure) but suffices. $9.99.
  2. Keynote – Presentation tool. While I haven’t tried this yet, I’m hoping that this app may stop me from having to lug my laptop around to presentations. $9.99.
  3. Numbers – Spreadsheet tool. Enough said. $9.99.
  4. Dragon Dictation – Speech-to-text app. Makes dictating notes and ideas easy, and lets you text/email them quickly when you’re done. Free.
  5. Evernote – Wonderfully intuitive and easy to use. Integrates with the other interfaces (web, desktop, Blackberry etc). Free.
  6. LinkedIn – Sadly just an iPhone app for now. Hoping an iPad-optimized one is released soon. Free.
  7. Skype – It’s just an iPhone app right now so the interface isn’t great, but it lets you chat and call so who cares? Free.
  8. GoToMeeting – Lets you log into online meetings while on-the-go. Great way to save multi-task while travelling. Free.
  9. WebEx – Like GoToMeeting – lets you log into online meetings. Having both of these free apps will cover you for most meetings. Free.
  10. Dropbox – Lets you sync and share files online and across computers. Free.
  11. Dictionary.com – Dictionary for your iPad. Free.
  12. Adobe Ideas 1.0 – Sketchbook for your iPad. Great for jotting down ideas. Free.


  1. GoodReader – Integrates with Google Docs, Dropbox, box.net and other services. Lets you download and read multiple file formats including MS Office, iWork, HTML, images, audio, video and PDFs on your iPad. $0.99.
  2. Reeder – The best pure-play RSS reader I’ve found so far. $4.99.
  3. Pulse News Reader – This app alone has doubled how much news I consume. I sit down with this app and a cup of coffee every morning. $3.99.
  4. Instapaper – For all those posts you don’t have time to read in the office but want to later. $4.99.
  5. NYT Editors’ Choice – It’s the NYT. Free.
  6. BBC News – Great mobile interface for catching up on the latest news. Free.
  7. NPR – Another great news app. NPR content, in magazine format. Free.

Social Networking

  1. Twitterific – My favourite Twitter app for the iPad so far. Great interface. Free, or $4.99 for premium version.
  2. HelloTxt – Lets you update multiple social networks from one app. Free.
  3. TweetDeck – Interface could use some work, but still a good app. Free.
  4. TweetAgora – If you find yourself wanting to filter events out of your Twitter stream, this client is for you. Just an iPhone app for now, but hopeful that they’ll release an iPad version soon. Free.
  5. IM+ Lite – Integrates with multiple IM and social network tools. Free or $9.99 for upgraded version.
  6. WordPress – Reasonable interface for this iPad app, but editing features currently not as good as the web experience on a computer. Free.
  7. Darkslide – Another iPhone app; good for uploading photos to Flickr and browsing your friends’ latest photos. Free.
  8. Facebook – Still no iPad interface for this, which is surprising as Facebook could do great things with a bigger screen. Free.


  1. Air Video – Converts and streams video from your computer, as well as being a nice interface for the iPad. Best $2.99 you’ll spend.
  2. Remote – Neat for controlling iTunes on your computer from the iPad. Free.
  3. Shazam – Figure out what that song on the radio is. Free.


  1. iBooks – Apple’s e-reader app. Almost no books available in Canada, but a nice interface if Apple ever decides to notice we exist up here. Free.
  2. Kobo HD – Another nice interface, but this one has books available too. Free.
  3. Kindle – App for Amazon’s e-reader. Free.
  4. Stanza – Another nice e-reader app. Free.


  1. TwentyThree – Lets you access and update multiple location-based networks from one app, and see where your friends are. $0.99.
  2. TripIt – Popular app for organizing trips and seeing what your friends are up to. No iPad version for this yet. Free.
  3. TripCase – Like TripIt, another app for organizing and coordinating trips (note: associated with Travelocity.ca, which is a Thornley Fallis client). Free.
  4. Plancast – Let your friends know where you plan to be. Free.
  5. Foursquare – iPhone app for the popular location-based social network. Free.
  6. Gowalla – iPad app for the location-based social network. Free.
  7. Google Earth – Excellent port of the tool over to the iPad. Free.
  8. Kayak – Pulls in prices from numerous travel sites, including Travelocity (#client). Free.
  9. OpenTable – See which restaurants near you have tables available. Free.
  10. Urbanspoon – Check out reviews and ratings of restaurants near you. Great when you’re travelling in a new city. Free.
  11. Google – Suite of Google apps. Free.
  12. AccuWeather – Great, easy-to-use interface. Free.
  13. WeatherBug – Condenses a mind-boggling amount of information into a clean interface. Free.


  1. Epicurious – Recipes. On your iPad. Free.
  2. Craigsphone – Craigslist for iPad. Much better interface than the web version. Free.
  3. Digital Photo Frame – Another logical use for the monstrous storage capacity of the iPad – load your photos and off you go. Free

What about you? What apps have you liked so far?

Dave Fleet
Managing Director and Head of Global Digital Crisis at Edelman. Husband and dad of two. Cycling nut; bookworm; videogamer; Britnadian. Opinions are mine, not my employer's.