The Top Downloads From the Top Mobile App Store
Ever since it started selling apps back in 2008, the iTunes Store has proved very profitable for Apple. While other manufacturers like Nokia still sell a lot more phones, no one can claim the same dominance Apple enjoys on the mobile software front.Now that the iTunes Store has processed over 10 billion downloads, it’s worth looking at which iPad apps have proven most popular over the past two years. Following Apple’s categorization, the first ten apps are free, while the last ten are paid. You’ll notice that games dominate the paid downloads.
Download PandoraFor the most part, Pandora for the iPad is similar to its iPhone counterpart. Users pick their favorite songs and artists, and the app compiles “radio stations” (or neverending playlists) based on these preferences. And no mobile Pandora experience is complete without in-depth information on selected tracks and their performers—and quick links to get said music straight from the iTunes store. Pandora remains best for users who find their music collection starting to wear thin, and are looking for some fresh sounds.
Google Mobile App
Download Google Mobile AppSearch by reading words out loud. Find the best prices for a particular item in your immediate area, and consult Google Maps to find the best route for any destination. Google Mobile App may be limited by the iPad’s lack of a camera (hence you can’t use it with Google Goggles). But the tablet’s large screen should make browsing loads of information and navigating through maps a breeze.
Movies by Flixster
Download Movies by FlixsterWondering what’s showing nearby? Movies by Flixster not only provides complete movie schedules for major theaters in the US. The app also lists movies’ ranking as per Rotten Tomatoes critic compilation service, lets users read up on movies they may want to watch, and take advantage of the iPad’s large screen by watching trailers. And just like the iPhone version, if users would rather stay home and watch a movie there, Movies by Flixster facilitates the purchase or rent of films from the iTunes store, from a DVD store, or even through Netflix.
Download Google EarthTurn an iPad into a virtual touring machine. Google Earth literally provides the complete picture, using accurate satellite imagery to build a navigatable 3D globe. Users can take a look at major cities, landmarks, and even unspoiled natural land. Google Earth also compiles photos of famous places, creating up-close 3D views that make users feel like they’re really there. The app also provides quick links to Wikipedia, for those curious about what they’re seeing.
Download YelpFor weary travelers hungry in a foreign city, Yelp promises salvation. The community-driven service compiles reviews of establishments, restaurants, shopping centers, malls, and other places where customers spend their hard-earned money. Yelp users can use their iPad to check out nearby options, and make a studied decision on which place to patronize. It’s all based on the opinions of people who’ve already been there, so chances are you’ll get your money’s worth.
Download Fandango MoviesOn the surface, Fandango Movies looks eerily similar to Movies by Flixster. Yet while this app lists theater schedules, shows movie reviews, provides background info for users looking to learn more about current and future films, and plays movie trailers, Fandango makes it possible to buy tickets right on the iPad. Schedule that trip to the theater right after friends or a loved one aggress with your choice of cinema.
Download RemoteRemote turns any iPad into a remote control device for a computer running iTunes or an Apple TV. The app also works with the AirPlay system, allowing full control over the volume of any connected speakers and telivisions. Remote works over Wi-Fi, and displays the album art of the currently playing song.
Download iBooksHere’s a direct portal into the iBookstore, which features a wide catalog of the latest bestsellers and classic literature.iBooks lets users purchase and download books from Apple’s eBook storefront. It also features must-have eReader features like quick navigation, searches, and bookmarks.
Download BibleWhether or not the Bible remains the most read book in the world, millions of Christians throughout the world will find this app useful. Bible features popular translations in English and other major languages. Users can quickly go to specific verses, or search by text. The app also makes it easy to post specific verses on the user’s Facebook or Twitter account, while a note-taking service syncs thoughts with a YouVersion.com account on demand.
Download SolitaireSolitaire is the classic solo card game—and it’s other popular variants—for the iPad. Users can even work through the cards with their iTunes music playing in the background. Lefties can configure the interface to work better with the uncommon handedness, while lazy players can use the auto complete feature to automatically finish a game (if possible).
Download SoundHoundFor users who find themselves bouncing up and down to the beat, SoundHound may prove useful. The app can determine what a song is from what it hears, whether music playing from a speaker, someone actually singing, and humming! Users can also search for specific songs and artists by saying their names, And of course, no music discovery app is complete without detailed information on the selected music, and the ability to buy songs directly from the iTunes store.
Download StickWarsThe stick-figure graphics may look basic, but this castle defense game is quite engaging. InStickWars, Users direct their lanky soldiers, attacking enemies as they attempt a breach of your castle walls. Players have various unit types to rely on, ranging from basic archers to more powerful mages. Captured enemies can even be converted into valuable defenders.
Download FlightTrackNo other iPad app tracks current and future flights in a visual manner. FlightTrack takes full advantage of the iPad’s large screen, showing flights on a virtual world map, tracking flights real-time as they make their way to destinations. The app will also notify users if their flights has been cancelled, and help them make alternative arrangements.
Download Backbreaker FootballPlay American Football right on an iPad. Backbreaker Football brings a true video game experience to the Apple tablet, with smooth 3D graphics, realistic athletic movements, and instant reaction controls that will help you avoid linebackers as you rush your way to the endzone. The app allows customization of team names and jerseys, and lets players share their scores online to showcase their virtual pigskin prowess.
Download Calorie TrackerCalorie Tracker plays weight management and exercise coach, providing users loads of information on planning and maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine. The app—made by the Lance Armstrong foundation—tracks the progress of weight loss and exercise goals, relying on its extensive database of food and restaurant items. Users will know if they’re eating just right, if they need more intense exercise, or both.
Download BlocksClassicBlocksClassic brings the classic brick-breaking gameplay to the iPad. All players have to do is clear each level of all blocks, by making the ball hit all of them. A blocker on the bottom is moved to deflect the ball back up and keep it in play. The aim for the user is to simply get as high a score as possible within the limited amount of balls.
Download iFart MobileEasily the most questionable item on this list (though we can’t argue with the download figures), iFart Mobile features a catalog of over a hundred different farts, and the option to record your own fart for playback. We’re pretty sure there are tons of more useful apps out there, but this app is probably a hoot for practical jokers.
GoodReader for iPad
Download GoodReader for iPadPDF files are a popular way to share documents, and GoodReader makes sure you can view them on the iPad. But this app also lets users leave annotations, in the form of scribbles, arrows, and pop-up notes, which can be saved as part of the PDF file itself. On top of that, GoodReader can also view Microsoft Office and iWork files, not to mention webpages and large images.
Download Cro-Mag RallyHere’s a game that makes full use of the iPad’s 3D rendering engine. Cro-Mag Rally is a racing game where players can use different powerups to impede the progress of their opponents or enhance their own. At least two players can race against each other over Wi-Fi, while the Flintstone-like visuals should provide for an interesting gameplay experience.
Download AmbianceRelax with Ambiance. The app can show different visuals and play a wide variety of sounds, all designed to put the user at ease. Users can also incorporate their own music from the iTunes collection, configure the app to seamlessly fade between different sounds, and grab new sounds and pictures from Ambiance’s ever-increasing online database of relaxing content.