PCMag.com: Top 10 iPad Apps

PCMAg.com recently released the 100 best iPad apps. I didn’t go through them all, but I was interested in seeing the top 10. Below I will mention and discuss the top 10:

Facebook for iPad – Free
With over 850 million people on Facebook, it wasn’t a surprise for me to see the official Facebook app as the top iPad app. I actually don’t like Facebook for iPad. It loads slow and doesn’t offer a much better interface than the website. I use the app on my phone, since the screen is smaller, but when I am using my iPad I just use Safari.

Facebook does update this app quite a big, and with the shift to Timeline, look for even more updates in the coming months.

Hootsuite – Free
Social media power users swear by this application. I have tried it, and I just can’t like the interface. There is a lot going on, and I see value in having multiple social media accounts connected in one application. But be careful if you do that. Popular sites like Facebook and Twitter, while they are both considered social media solutions, should not be treated the same way.

Tweetbot - $2.99
This app has a slick interface, but it’s $2.99. It’s a Twitter application, and Twitter is free. Why would I pay for an application to access a free service? You get rid of the ads in the app, but I have started to ignore those. I actually have never paid for an app, so as I go through this list if there are apps that cost, chances are I haven’t used them.

Twitter for iPad – Free
This is the Twitter app I Use on my iPhone and my iPad. This app does everything I need, and allows me to manage multiple accounts. I run 10 different Twitter accounts, so I need the ability to easily switch back and forth between accounts. I actually use the Twitter desktop app on my laptop. It’s easier to use than the website.

This app is great, and like Facebook for iPad (the official Facebook app), it’s free.

TweetDeck for iPad - Free
I am starting to see a trend here. There are a ton of Twitter apps in the top 10. TweetDeck is just like Hootsuite… too much going on. It is free, but the official Twitter app is more my style. I wonder what the next one will be… I bet it has something to do with social media!

Yelp – Free
I love Yelp. I have a friend out on the west coast that uses it ALL the time. She is alwys checking in and leaving reviews of the places she goes. They have a great website too. I use foursquare more than Yelp, but you can get more in-depth reviews and more honest responses here than on foursquare. I use it to research restaurants that I haven’t been, hotels I haven’t stayed, and sites I haven’t seen. It’s a great tool, and if you are someone who likes to leave and read user reviews, this is it.

This app has been updated recently, and has a better user interface than before. I use it on my phone all the time, but they have done a great job combining the website efforts to their mobile efforts.

Air Display 1.2 (for iPad) - $9.99
I have never used this app. I have no idea what this app is. It’s 10 bucks… I would be hard pressed to find anyone in my circle of friends that has used it!

Bento - $4.99
I haven’t used this one either. But this is an app that promises to keep you and your business organized. There are 25 ready-to-use templates that you can take advantage of. This app has some pretty positive reviews in iTunes, so if you are looking for a way to get on track, check it out. Might be worth the 5 bucks.

Citrix GoToMyPC – Free
This app is sweet. Imagine being anywhere in the world and having instant access to your computer at home. Well, this app allows you to do that. If you are on vacation, and remember that you need to send an important email. You can access your computer at home, remotely, and update files, send email, etc. This app has some negative reviews of lag time… but if you can see past that, and realize that you are accessing your computer at home, over the air… then this app pretty much rocks!

Dolphin Browser – Free
Safari is the default browser on the iPhone and the iPad, but there are other options out there. Dolphin is one of the most popular. I have used it, but always tend to do back to Safari. Dolphin has a slick interface, and is free to download from the iTunes app store.

As you can see, there is a pretty heavy focus on social media here. Facebook and Twitter are still relatively new social media solutions, in the grand scheme of things, but have managed to capture nearly a billion people worldwide. Facebook is actually scheduled to hit a billion active users before the end of the summer. Imagine that… 1 billion people.

This list goes on to showcase more apps, but I didn’t want to bore you with all 100 of them! What are some of your favorite iPad apps?

Source: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2362572,00.asp

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