You just got a new iPad from an extremely generous friend or family member? Oh. My. God! Lucky you! Whether it’s the Air or the mini, you now possess a ridiculously powerful tool for entertainment, productivity and education, but at the moment, it’s looking rather bare, isn’t it? It needs apps, lots of apps — and that’s why we’re here. We’ll help get you started on the right app track, so find whichever categories apply to you and get started!
Angry Birds Go! – The 3D racer with avian flair, Angry Birds Go! is a time sink. You’ll boot it up before lunch and before you know it, it’ll be dinner time.
Fantastical 2 – The iOS calendar — especially since the change to iOS 7 — isn’t even close to being the best scheduling software the iPad has to offer. Fantastical 2 simplifies both the calendar and reminder functions in a way that even Apple hasn’t been able to beat. Your schedule is hectic, but this will help.
Scanner Pro – If you’re still using a bulky desktop scanner to scan and send documents, Scanner Pro will make it obsolete. Use the iPad’s built-in camera to take snapshots of any paper document and quickly convert it into a black-and-white PDF for ease of use.
Google Maps. Yes, Apple has its own maps app, which is quite beautiful. But let’s be honest, when you’re on the go, you don’t have time for “good enough” — you want the best. Google Maps (free in the Apple app store) is one of the top mobile map solutions for iOS.
Day One. Chronicle your comings and goings with this very popular journaling app. It’s attractive, universal and syncs with the Mac version. You can even set it to prompt you to write at regular intervals, if you really want to stay on top of your journaling.
Flipboard. This gorgeous news reader for the iPad has evolved into a nice community of users. You’ll be hard pressed to find a more pleasant way to browse Twitter, Facebook and various RSS feeds in one place.
Netflix. I confess: This is what I use my iPad for more than anything else. It’s a little TV! For just a few bucks a month, you can do the same. Enjoy streaming TV and movies on your iPad, on the go, almost whenever you like.
Things – One of the simplest names in the App Store belongs to one of the slickest task managers around. Things lets you make to-do lists based on day, separate work/family/hobby items and tag items with timeframes and priority.
Skype – Keeping in touch with your family near and far has never been easier than it is with Skype. Chat via text, voice or full video using your new tablet and never miss a thing.
GoodReader: Using the iPad like a traditional laptop or desktop can be frustrating due to its mobile-first operating system, which doesn’t offer a robust file management system. GoodReader ($4.99) stores PDFs, books, images and a wide range of text documents in a file system similar to that of a traditional desktop or laptop operating system. If you’re managing serious text and documents on the iPad, especially if you aren’t using a cloud service, GoodReader can be a lifesaver.
Your must-have iPad apps?
So there you have them, the top must-have apps to show off your iPad. If we missed any of your favorites leave them in the comments below!