Already having a laptop and an iPhone, I didn’t think that I would have a use for an iPad nor could I justify getting one. But when my boss offered us iPads as gifts, I gladly took it! It turns out that the iPad, while not necessary, certainly fills a niche that neither the laptop nor the smartphone completely meet. In fact, as my laptop died over the course of this past year, I almost solely used my iPad for normal computer activities like note-taking, email, social media, and reading online content. Here are the apps that I relied on in 2013:
While this app costs $2.99, it was well worth it! I use this more than any other app for everything from note-taking to writing talk outlines to journaling to drawing. I found it to be superior to Evernote because it seamlessly blends typing with drawing/handwriting using a stylus. It also automatically syncs with Dropbox, and has plenty of other sharing capabilities.
When Google Reader first died, I thought that there wouldn’t be a comparable option out there. It turned out that there was a much better reader out there – Feedly! This is a beautiful reader for any RSS content.
3. BBC News
In my post last year on iPhone apps, I mentioned CNN. Since then, however, I have found the BBC News app to have better functionality and a broader range of news.
4. Adobe Reader
The app itself could use a bit of improvement, but it’s the easiest way I’ve found to save and read PDF files from my iPad, even offline.
I continue to highly recommend using the services of Mint.com. It’s great for managing finances across platforms, and the iPad app makes it fun and interesting to keep up with everything.
6. YouVersion Bible
YouVersion makes sure that I’m never without my Bible. Make sure you download a version or two so that you can access them even when offline!
Google pretty much owns my internet life, so the ability of Chrome to sync all Google-related account information across all platforms makes for a seamless cross-platform experience.
I still think that the best app for managing a Gmail inbox is the official Gmail app. I’ve tried Apple mail and Mailbox, but it’s more difficult to get them to work well with Gmail, at least if you use labels and the such.
A year ago, I didn’t know what Twitter was. Now, it’s my favorite social media service. As I find good content or interesting quotes during my iPad browsing and reading, I turn to Twitter and share it for the benefit of others and for my own processing and reflection.
The FaceBook app works well and I use the iPad version for the majority of my FaceBook interactions. The only thing I need my laptop for is creating cover photos for events.
I’m very much into gaming, and it’s fun to see mobile devices integrated into the console gaming experience. Battlelog is the Battlefield app that not only tracks your stats, but also lets you modify your equipment and open unlocks while you’re playing!
I don’t have Apple TV (yet), but the YouTube iOS app can be paired with the Playstation 3 app so that you can throw videos up onto the TV. This app also integrates well with iOS browsers.
13. Minion Rush
This is Natalie’s contribution – one of the only games on my iPad and the only thing that she uses it for. A fun, free game that is similar to Temple Run.
I’m always looking for new apps! What are your favorites? Share below!