12 Essential Apps You Should Be Installing On Your New iPad [Buyer’s Guide]

12 Essential Apps You Should Be Installing On Your New iPad [Buyer’s Guide]

12 apps every iPad owner should be using.

After unboxing your new iPad and getting it setup, the first thing you should do is open up the App Store and download some essential apps. We’ve compiled a list of 12 of the App Store’s greatest offerings, which we think should be installed on every iPad. These are apps you certainly won’t want to miss.

Tweetbot — $2.99

12 Essential Apps You Should Be Installing On Your New iPad [Buyer’s Guide]

Very few third-party iPad apps have already been updated with high-resolution visuals for the Retina display, but Tweetbot is one of them. That’s not the only reason it appears in this list, however; it’s also the best Twitter client you’ll find for the iPad. It’s a full-featured app that sports a beautiful user interface, and some of its best features include timeline streaming, which provides a constant stream of tweets when connected to a Wi-Fi network; TweetMarker support; and native push notifications.

Evernote — Free

12 Essential Apps You Should Be Installing On Your New iPad [Buyer’s Guide]

Evernote is an essential note-taking app that syncs your notes to the Evernote platform, allowing you to access them from your Mac and other iOS devices. It’s incredibly robust and packs a whole host of terrific features that you’ll struggle to find in any other free note-taking app. In fact, it’s so good, it makes Apple’s own Notes app look laughable.

Instapaper — $4.99

12 Essential Apps You Should Be Installing On Your New iPad [Buyer’s Guide]

If you have a busy schedule, you may not have time to read articles and watch videos as soon as you stumble across them. Thankfully, Instapaper makes it easy to save them for later. And with the Instapaper app on your iPad, you can sit back and catch up on all of those things you might have missed whenever, wherever. Once you’ve started using Instapaper, you’ll wonder how you ever got by without it.

Reeder — $4.99

12 Essential Apps You Should Be Installing On Your New iPad [Buyer’s Guide]

Reeder, in my opinion, is by far the best RSS client available for the iPad. It syncs with Google Reader and features a wonderfully elegant user interface that removes all of the clutter you see in some apps to present you with a clean and clear canvas, allowing you to concentrate of the day’s news. It supports services like Instapaper and Read It Later for later reading, and social network integration for sharing.

Pages — $9.99

12 Essential Apps You Should Be Installing On Your New iPad [Buyer’s Guide]

There are stacks of word processing apps for the iPad, but Apple’s own solution is an essential — especially if you already use Pages on your Mac. Pages offers beautiful templates designed for letters, reports, flyers, cards and posters. You can view, create, and edit Pages ’09, Microsoft Word, and plan text documents; import documents from Mail, the web, Documents in the Cloud; and customize your creations with various colors, fonts and textures. And of course, because this is an Apple app, it’s already ready for the new iPad’s Retina display.

WeatherPro — $4.99

12 Essential Apps You Should Be Installing On Your New iPad [Buyer’s Guide]

Like Tweetbot and Pages, WeatherPro is another app that already features high-resolution artwork for the new iPad. The most important thing about this app, for me, is that its predictions are incredibly accurate — more accurate than any other application I’ve tried. It’s also packed with useful features, such as a 7-day forecast that can be broken down into 3-hour intervals; wind direction and speed readings; air pressure, precipitation and humidity; sunrise and sunset times; and air pressure maps. It features global satellite and animated radar images for the U.S. and much of Europe, with pan and zoom functionality.

iPhoto — $4.99

12 Essential Apps You Should Be Installing On Your New iPad [Buyer’s Guide]

If you use a Mac, you should know all about iPhoto. Like Apple’s other iLife applications (iMovie and GarageBand) iPhoto makes it easy for almost anyone to produce high-quality, professional results without any previous experience of image editing. It offers multitouch gestures for adjusting color and white balance, brushes for removing red eye and mending blemishes, and some really terrific effects. It’s really quite incredible that you can get this kind of functionality for just $5.

Facebook — Free

12 Essential Apps You Should Be Installing On Your New iPad [Buyer’s Guide]

With more than 845 million active users, it’s hard to find anyone who’s not on Facebook. And there’s no better way to keep in touch with them while you’re out and about than with the official Facebook app for iPad. As you’d expect it gives you access to your timeline, your messages, your friends, high-resolution photos, and even apps and games. It’s a little rough around the edges, but it beats any third-party Facebook app hands-down.

Netflix — Free ($7.99 per month)

12 Essential Apps You Should Be Installing On Your New iPad [Buyer’s Guide]

Netflix is the ultimate movie streaming service, and with the official Netflix app installed on your iPad, you can access thousands of movies and TV shows anywhere, as long as you have a data connection. Netflix subscribers can use the app for free, and there are no restrictions — you can watch as often as you like. The best thing about Netflix is you can begin watching a movie on your iPad on the train home from work, then resume watching right where you left off on your computer or TV at home. If you’re worried about eating up all of your iPad’s storage with videos, get Netflix and have countless hours of content at your fingertips without the worry.

Rdio —Free ($14.99 per month)

12 Essential Apps You Should Be Installing On Your New iPad [Buyer’s Guide]

Rdio is kind of like Netflix, only it offer music instead of movies. For $15 a month you can access over 10 million songs on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, with no limits and no adverts. You can create playlists and even collaborate with friends to create the ultimate collection of tracks. Search for any album, artist, or track and start listening instantly — as long as you have a data connection. Once again, if you’re worried about eating up too much of your iPad’s storage space with music, get Rdio and stream it. (Spotify is usually the popular choice for streaming music subscription services, but we prefer Rdio: it has a better indie selection in our experience, as well as a native iPad app… Spotify’s cardinal sin.)

TuneIn Radio — Free

12 Essential Apps You Should Be Installing On Your New iPad [Buyer’s Guide]

Prefer to listen to the radio? TuneIn Radio allows you to do just that. It’s completely free to download and to use, and it allows you to listen live to over 50,000 stations around the world, pause and rewind your favorite shows, share stations and songs on social networks, and a whole lot more. There’s also a premium version of the app called TuneIn Radio pro, which costs just $0.99 and allows you to record your shows.

iBooks — Free

12 Essential Apps You Should Be Installing On Your New iPad [Buyer’s Guide]

And finally, we come to iBooks, Apple’s own reading app. iBooks provides you with a wonderful interface for reading books and PDFs, and with the iBookstore, you can access hundreds of thousands of e-books instantly. Like the other Apple apps we’ve chosen, iBooks is ready for the new iPad’s Retina display with high-resolution visuals and crystal clear text.

  • Jaun

    You should buy this app too: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app

  • Jordan Stocker

    and 1 essential app to be installed on any IOS device
    1. Cydia

  • kootenayredneck

    Disagree with you on some of your selections. If your not into social networking, which a few people are not Tweetbot and Facebook should be kicked of the list and who really wants a radio app on a iPad, radios are made for that and I’m sure not going to waste any money on NetFlix since owning is 100% better than renting and you have a product you can always go back and watch when you little old heart desires. 

  • morrislevy

    Notice how little to none of these are FREE.  Sounds like an ad.

  • En_joy

    No Flipboard? Replace Reeder with it.

  • Chris Dunphy

    In the US, the app ‘Coverage?’ will help you track down where you have the best odds of finding LTE and “4G” signal.

  • MisterL30N

    Completely agree. Most of those apps are a waste of time, in my opinion. The Apple-branded apps are always high quality, but why would you go with Rdio and just stream the music? I want to own my music. I want to support the artist and the record and know that it’s always going to be in iCloud for me to retrieve at a moment’s notice. And Evernote? I’ve never found a use for it. Why wouldn’t anyone use the apps that ship with the iPhone and sync wonderfully over the air with iCloud? Apple doesn’t take the time and effort to create a sub-par product. Their essentials are superb and never receive enough credit.

  • Adam Blaiss

    Rdio subscriptions are only $10 a month now.

  • Mornings with Marley

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  • Toby Smith

    Flipboard and Zite are by far the best News Apps. Mashable is also a very good one that has be updated to support the retina display. As far as the paid radio apps, those are such a waste of time and money. Just my opinion.

  • ctt1wbw

    Get off the Reeder bandwagon.  The app ain’t that great, the dev is a douchebag.  Mr. Reader is a better app by far.  And forget Instapaper, Readability is a better product and it’s free.

  • macpug

    Wow, tough crowd :-/ I use Evernote because, unlike the ones who can’t find a use for it, I don’t remember everything on my own. With Evernote, I have everything from recipes to receipts to birth, wedding, and funeral announcements, kid’s milestones, and anything special or mundane in between. I can sync it across platforms so I can access anything, anytime, anywhere. I don’t know many people who can do that.

    I prefer to own my media as well, but I Don’t want to own every movie I’ve seen or every song I’ve heard. I love Netflix and I also have instant streaming from Amazon (Prime member). I like not giving up precious space on my iPad to media,so streaming is the way to go.

    I can’t believe there’s finally a “must have” list that doesn’t have Angry Birds on it. /ducks for cover <grin>
    </grin>

  • G084

    I like “pulse” news in addition to Flipboard.

  • Shaunathan Sprocket

    If you own stock, stocktouch is essential!

  • unfletch

    In the app?  It’s always been $10/mo. on their site, but they tack on $5 if you sign up in the app to offset Apple’s 30%.

  • jakeBusiness

    Hi all! I would suggest to take a look at iDailyPlan. It’s fantastic and full of functionalities… Cash flow, Planning with Calendar, Tasks and a lot of things fundamental for business. I found it here http://goo.gl/wtn00

    Jake Ridword

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Killian BellKillian Bell is a staff writer based in the U.K. He has an interest in all things tech and also covers Android over at CultofAndroid.com. You can follow him on Twitter via @killianbell.

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