Best free and paid apps for IPad

Posted on February 17, 2012


Google earth for ipad

Best iPad app: Travel

App name: Google Earth
Developer: Google
Price: Free

If, like us, you were amazed by the desktop version of Google Earth when you first used it, you’ll love the iOS version. The iPad’s Multi-Touch interface is the perfect way to navigate the planet, allowing you to fluidly roll from one place to the next, pinching and swiping your way from one amazing place to the next.



Best iPad app: Navigation

App name: Navfree GPS UK & ROI
Developer: Geolife Ltd
Price: Free

Navfree turns your iPad into a fill-blown satnav device, offering turn-by-turn directions, voice and on-screen instructions, offline map use and address search and live search via Google and Microsoft Bing, among many other features. And it’s completely free.



Best iPad app: Books

App name: Kindle
Developer: AMZN Mobile LLC
Price: Free

Why list a free e-book reader as the top pick when Apple’s own iBook is included? Ask anyone who owns a Kindle – with this free Kindle app, you can download every book and magazine you have ever purchased for free and read them on the iPad.



Best iPad app: Productivity

App name: Noteshelf
Developer: Ramki
Price: £2.99

You can create multiple notebooks, and stack and arrange them on a shelf. Each notebook has a default paper style – lined, squared, and more – but you can mix paper types in one book; yay! Better still, you can import your own templates. There’s no handwriting recognition, and the option to type as well as hand-write would be nice, but even so: superb.


star walk

Best iPad app: Education

App name: Star Walk – 5 Stars Astronomy Guide
Developer: Vito Technology INC
Price: £1.99

Even if astronomy’s not your thing, you can’t fail to be impressed by Star Walk. Point it at the sky, and using the iPad’s digital compass you’ll see a virtual starscape on your screen. It gets even better when you start move around – you’ll see that the view pans with you, highlighting what constellations you should be able to make out.


wolfram alpha for ipad

Best iPad app: Reference

App name: WolframAlpha
Developer: Wolfram Alpha LLC
Price: £1.49

Find out how much vitamin C is in a bowl of ice cream. Learn what European country has the fourth largest population of children. Compute solutions to difficult trig and calculus problems. Balance complex chemical equations. Discover what is overhead as you gaze up at the stars. Finally crack that crossword puzzle. Whoever you are and whatever you do, Wolfram Alpha delivers insight and understanding into any facet of your life.


accounts for ipad

Best iPad app: Finance

App name: Accounts
Developer: SVT Software
Price: 69p

Accounts is an easy to use application to replace your paper checkbook. You can schedule transactions, create recurring payees list, transfer funds, reconcile, export data, view reports, graphs, and much more.


Sky go for ipad

Best iPad app: Sport

App name: Sky Go
Developer: BSKYB
Price: Free (subscriptions apply)

There’s only one way to watch Sky Sports on your iOS device, and that’s using the brand new Sky Go app. It replaces the much-maligned Mobile TV app, which had the cheek to demand you pay money for it, even if you were already paying a monthly fee for Sky TV and Sky Player. Providing you’re a Sky Sports subscriber, you have access to all 4 Sky Sports channels, as well as ESPN, Sky One and more.



Best iPad app: Games

App name: Plants vs. Zombies HD
Developer: PopCap
Price: £4.99

A mob of fun-loving zombies is about to invade your home. Defend it with an arsenal of 49 zombie-zapping plants that will slow down, confuse and mulchify all 26 types of zombies before they reach your door.



Best iPad app: Music

App name: Garageband
Developer: Apple
Price: £2.99

GarageBand turns your iPad into a collection of Touch Instruments and a full-featured recording studio — so you can make music anywhere you go. Use Multi-Touch gestures to play pianos, organs, guitars, drums, and basses on your iPad. They sound and play like their counterparts, but let you do things you could never do on a real instrument.

By James Rivington