Apple loves promoting the iPad as a gadget “that defined a category”. Whether or not that’s true, it’s clear that the company has struck gold with its seminal tablet PC. The iPad 2 has sold well since its release back in March.
With larger screens than Apple’s iPod touch and iPhone, both the iPad and its second-generation counterpart work well with apps designed to maximize the larger visual real estate. Here are twenty iPad 2-compatible apps that have proven very useful—or entertaining—for the geeks here at Best of Media.
It’s easy to see why this app is called “your personalized, social magazine”. Flipboard not only pulls content from a variety of social networking and news media sources, it presents updates in a clean, reader-friendly layout. Imagine viewing your Facebook updates, tweets from people you follow, new articles from your favorite websites, and the latest news as a virtual magazine, and you have a good idea of what Flipboard can do.
Looking for a fast-paced action game with RPG elements? Braveheart HD is the iPad game for you. You control a miscreant warrior forced to find the holy grail to avoid execution. The game pits you against waves of enemies, in over six different settings. What makes Braveheart stand out is its unique control scheme: players spin the warrior with their finger to create a deadly melee cyclone, or tap on two different areas and launch crossbow bolts against distant enemies. Kill enemies to earn gold and experience points needed to make your character more powerful.
Whether you’re dreaming about your ultimate vacation, or searching for great travel deals, Jetsetter’s clean presentation and comprehensive database will keep you hooked. Browse through a series of upscale destinations, all presented through high-quality photography. Read community reviews for a better idea of the travel experience, and book rooms at discounted rates.
There are some concerns over the direction taken by Twitter’s official app for the iOS. But the iPad benefits from superb presentation and an intuitive user interface. Even if you’ll find yourself encountering “promoted” hashtags and limited integration with non-Twitter-approved services, you’ll also enjoy how the Twitter iPad app takes full advantage of the tablet PC’s large screen.
Instant messaging is part-and-parcel of the modern online experience. So for iPad users who rely on the services listed here, IM+ will prove very useful. This instant messaging app makes lets users manage multiple chats at the same time, and allows chat logs to be emailed for record keeping. IM+ supports the following chat protocols: GTalk, Yahoo, MSN/Live Messenger, AIM/iChat, ICQ, MySpace, Twitter, Facebook, and Jabber. The paid version (IM+ Pro) also supports chats via Skype.
The iPad 2’s built-in camera isn’t anything to write home about. But the ability to edit videos instantly right on your tablet? That’s unprecendented. iMovie takes full advantage of the iPad 2’s more powerful hardware, which is no surprise since it was developed by Apple itself. The app also lets users rearrange and trim video clips, and facilitates the import and music, text, and pictures. All with no significant slowdown whatsoever. Complete edits can be uploaded to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, CNN iReport, and even iTunes.
When a classic game becomes even better in a virtual environment, then you know the right decisions were made. Like Jenga HD’s use of the iPad 2’s built-in accelerometer. Players can tilt the iPad for a better view of tower of blocks, so that they can pull out the right piece and leave their opponent with an unstable structure. For as Jenga players everywhere know, the first to cause everything to come crashing down loses.