Got your first iPad? My list of favourite apps to get you started


Apps to make you go WOW

ShuffleR.FM – get hip with the latest music offerings before they hit the dreaded mainstream commercial radio stations. Thanks Claire for the recommendation.

Cost: FREE

This app is what pushed me over the line to buy the first iPad upon release and join the throngs of Apple geeks to wander the shopping centre, eagerly trying to find a store that had some in stock or would take my order. Simply put, Flipboard let’s you view your news in magazine format. This includes social media, so rather the standard facebook news feed, your Facebook news will appear as if it were a glossy lifestyle magazine, giving you the ability to zoom in and out of ‘stories’ (friends posts, photos etc). Not only that, but in the one app you can also view hundreds of other news including BBC, ABC, CNN and most other news site on the web. It’s no wonder that upon release there were such a huge demand that the flipboard server crashed from the weight.

Cost: FREE

GoSkyWatch Planetariuum
Go Sky watch is cool if you want to check out star constellations. Simply hold the iPad up to the sky and it points out where they are all located, and you don’t even need to be outside to use it. Great for the kids too. Worth the price if you are a sky buff.

Cost: FREE

Quake watch
As the name suggests this app shows a list of earthquakes and their scale in real time. You can search by location or size.

Cost: $0.99

National Geographic world atlas
Study maps and countries in this beautifully designed app.

Cost: $0.99

Apps for work or study

Pages, Numbers and keynote
Nothing beats the apps designed by Apple itself, after all they did design the iPad! Looking for Word, Excel and PowerPoint on your iPad? Get to know their iPad equivalents: Pages, Numbers and Keynote. They each allow you to export Mac or PC file formats, are beautifully designed, although Numbers takes a bit of getting used to after being so familiar with the Excel toolbar. Available for both iPhone and iPad so if you are in a WiFi area, you can start a document on your iPad, the move to another room and finish it on your iPhone.

Cost: $10.49

Scan to PDF
There are many apps that allow you to use your ipads camera as a scanner of documents. Take a pic of a document and converts to PDF and you can email it.

Cost: Various

Handy little app allows you to use the ipad to scribble your autograph and saves it as your signature for importing into documents.

Cost: FREE


The Kindle app allows you to view the ebooks from Amazon, however will need to purchase the ebooks on your Mac or PC first as the app doesn’t yet allow you to buy from it.

Cost: FREE


The Sydney morning herald app is slick, easy to use and for the moment free. It may soon feature a paid subscription as many publishers seek to regain revenue from falling print and advertising subscriptions.

Cost: FREE

Other great news apps include:
Seven news
Weather channel

Cost: FREE

Cook books

Epicurious contains thousands of recipes
Allergy free entertaining allows you to search recipes to cater for those of us that may be intolerant to gluten, lactose and other common food allergies.

Cost: FREE

Photo editing

Adobe photoshop express

Cost: FREE

Photo loader for Facebook
This app allows you to upload albums of photos at once to your Facebook, great when you are traveling and want to bulk upload your holiday pics.

Cost: $1.99

On the road

Where is navigator and MetroView
Giving you GPS capabilities

Cost: Where is Navigator is FREE for iphone whilst MetroView is $14.99 for both iphone and ipad

Fuel finda
Find the closest petrol station when you need it most.

Cost: FREE

Sydney HD traffic
Using feeds from live traffic cameras, this app shows major highway traffic conditions in Sydney, so you can plan your route before you leave work or home.

Calculator FREE turns your iPad into a handy oversized calculator.

Cost: FREE

Battery app so you know how much juice you have

Cost: FREE


AVplayer and CineXPlayer allows you to (via itunes) import your home movies and videos onto your iPad turning it into a mobile cinema.

Cost: $2.99 and $3.99

I could go on as the list is endless.As the advertising suggests “there’s an app for that”

Now if only you had time to use them all!

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