Monday, May 30, 2011

iPad2 - Top 10 Apps

Last Friday my iPad2 arrived, and i love it.
The new design is unbelievable slick, nearly as thin as an iPhone4 the device feels a lot more ergonomic and leightweigth then the first generation iPad.
Now the first iPad was nowhere near slow but the speed boost (exp for Games) provided by the 512MB RAM upgrade and the 1GHZ dual core A5 is really nice. Some games like Infinity Blade and Deadspace already got updated to improve graphics on the iPad2. Hopefully we soon see more titles utilizing the dual core CPU and the improved GPU (according to Apple 9 times as powerful).

The built in front/back cam's quality is poor but for FaceTime and some fun in PhotoBooth they are good enough. Bit disappointed tough.

Here are my personal top 10 iPad(2) applications:

Flipboard

Flipboard is a fast, beautiful way to visualize the news, photos and updates your friends are sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader, Flickr and Instagram in a magzine like layout.
The magazine approach works very well and since its free a must have app.



Plex

The Plex application allows you to use your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch to browse and play your media (video, photos and music) using the Plex Media Server installed on your Mac or PC. In addition, you can view online media from a variety of sources. If you have Aperture, iPhoto, or iTunes installed you can also stream the content to your mobile device.
The application also functions as a full-featured remote for the Plex Media Center application.
The media is streamed directly from your Mac or PC, and there is no need to convert before viewing.
You can stream over the Internet over 3G, but you will need to set up port forwarding to do so.
Read more about Plex on Mac OS X here.



Remote

Control iTunes and Apple TV using your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad over your Wi-Fi network. Choose playlists, songs, and albums as if you were right in front of your computer or Apple TV. From anywhere in your home change a song, pick a playlist or browse through your entire library. With a flick of your finger, you can even control every aspect of the Apple TV user interface.





iBooks

iBooks is an amazing way to download and read books. Browse your library on a beautiful bookshelf, tap a book to open it, flip through pages with a swipe or a tap, and bookmark or add notes to your favorite passages. Import PDFs and other eBook formats to use your existing collection.




ComicBook Lover

ComicBookLover, the premier digital comic app for Mac OS X, is now available on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. ComicBookLover lets you take your digital comics with you, giving you the freedom to read and enjoy your favorite stories and characters, any time, any place. Free comics are included to get you started.




Notes Plus

Notes Plus is a powerful note-taking tool that supports handwriting, typing and audio recording. It offers close-up writing mode for small text, stroke smoothing, vector shape auto-detection, palm handling, complete folder structure, PDF exporting, emailing, Google Docs uploading, and more. 



iCabMobile

My favorite Browser, tabs, add on modules, downloads, private mode - everything you could wish for in a beautiful interface. Oh did i mentioned the dropbox based bookmarks sync?



Google Earth

Hold the world in the palm of your hand. With Google Earth for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, you can fly to far corners of the planet with just the swipe of a finger. Explore the same global satellite and aerial imagery available in the desktop version of Google Earth, including high-resolution imagery for over half of the world's population and a third of the world's land mass.



TeamViewer

When it comes to remote support for "end users" nothing beats TeamViewer in terms of simplicity.
Sadly it wont work with a Mac OS X Lion host (yet) so no screenshot.

Dropbox

Cloud file sync services, i dedicated a whole post about it here.



Next up: top 10 games.

28 comments:

Grant said...

iBooks and Google Earth would look great on this :) Could revise my uni lecture slides on this!

I think new ipad 2 games are taking advantage of the new Multi core GPU upgrade too. These tablets are evolving quickly!

Colin Biano said...

if only i had an ipad :(

Jay said...

thanks for the recommendations!

Shelby Fox said...

I bought a netbook for $250 a couple years ago. The iPad2 still doesn't have the capabilities of my 2 year old netbook.

Not jealous one bit.

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Erika said...

But that would never fit in my pocket!! =0

ed said...

nice, im jealous

wellpickedbooger said...

I'd like a tablet but no way would I shell out so much money for an iPad!

Fang said...

Remote seems a lot better on the iPad..

But, crappy camera quality, what did you expect? Meh, they would've done better to just leave the camera's out as a whole.

princy gupta said...

cooolllll.... i am going to use it!!!!

phosports said...

i do use ibooks a lot on my ipad

Tachu said...

Nice, have been considering getting one, but at the moment the tablet that can convert into a PC is looking better, and cheaper :D

Noises said...

i need an ipad i think

phthalo. said...

I recently had the pleasure of setting one of these up for a relative. Much fun was had on Google Earth.

Kraxeldyfik said...

thanks for recommending
i think im gonna try some of them

Monoriss said...

iPad 2 AWESOME ! ! ! I watched those on a commentary video on youtube the Machinima channel

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Splendid TV said...

Gonna check out a few of these, thanks!

Claude said...

I can now see the use of an iPad, kinda... I suppose I need a giant iPod to be able to do that stuff right? I'd much prefer an iBoard though.

evldmn said...

Teamviewer is number one, it's good for both presentation and remote control. Not very good for file transfer, though.

Trelin said...

icabmobile is awesome. Downloading files directly to dropbox makes it actually useable as a real browser.

Quick Reads said...

Awesome! A friend of mine has that comics app, sadly I do not own an iPad, maybe soon :) haha take care!

Zertuzzi said...

i really like the way you move mmmm

Lucifer said...

interesting apps...
flipboard seems interesting

Insider33 said...

Remote app is good, I use it every now and then.

DisposedCheese said...

I cant wait to get mine.

Coiso said...

I'm jellous :( I want an iPad2 too

fabio_2007 said...

great list. thanks for sharing