10 iPad Apps You Should Buy Right Now


So, you got your shiny new iPad on Saturday and you’ve done all the basic stuff on it: web browsing, email, video. But now that the awesomeness of that has worn off, it’s time to get some new apps. Here are the ones you should buy first.


Imagine holding the entire Netflix instant watch database in your hands. This is it. The app is free, but you’ll need a Netflix subscription if you don’t already have one.


IMDb is an iPad-friendly version of the Internet Movie Database. So, while you’re watching movies with Netflix, you can settle arguments about them with this. Free.

ABC Player

A perfectly optimized version of ABC’s website, so you can watch the iPad on Modern Family with an actual iPad. (Ironically, ABC currently has a Flash banner on its website advertising this app.)


The popular browser-based content discovery extension has its first foray into the mobile app market. Free.


Because every device needs an RSS reader. This one is a port of the popular Mac RSS reader of the same name. Syncs across your Mac, iPhone, and iPad via Google Reader. $9.99.


Much like the desktop version, with its multi-column interface. Supports as many accounts as you want, has geo-location and a dedicated map interface built-in, and it syncs between the iPhone and desktop clients. Free.


The interface is a clean, magazine-like representation of NPR‘s content, and unlike other news apps that are charging ridiculous monthly subscription fees (ahem, Wall Street Journal), it’s free. You can also listen to audio while you’re reading.


The classic board game is even more fun on a bigger screen. And, if you’ve got a spare iPhone or iPod touch, you can use them as trays for your letters with the free Scrabble Tile Rack app. Seriously. $9.99.

Plants V. Zombies HD

One of the most popular tower-defense games on the iPhone, optimized for the iPad, though it’s not really HD. $9.99.

Civilization Revolution

Adapted from the iPhone app and optimized for the iPad. If you’re familiar with Sid Meier’s Civilization series, or just like conquering stuff, then this app should be a revelation of how a touchscreen can bring old gaming mechanisms to life. $12.99.

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I purchased Newsdeck earlier today since it was a universal app, and it was only $4.99.

Paul Kercal

It’s all about the Brushes for me :) (don’t believe me, check out the link). Anything else will be jam and gravy but if I had a Pad and Brushes I’d be happy :)

Alex Layne

I considered putting Brushes on there, but couldn’t decide whether to put Brushes or Sketchbook Pro.

I did show the iPhone version of Brushes to an Art teacher once, and she was hesitant to give my iPod back to me.


This is a terrible list. It’s a bad idea to list apps that are only relevant to a tiny portion of the audience that has a subscription to a private service for starters (Netflix), as well as the tiny portion of the population that uses newsfeeds. Most of the other choices are so geeky or presumably personal to the authors tastes as to be similarly ignorable. Doesn’t anyone go to journalism class anymore? At best this is a “My favourite apps are …” article. I don’t “need” any of these apps and actively dislike a few as well. If your writing an article about what thes “best” apps are you should use some actual criteria for the analysis. At least you should investigate some territory beyond “this is what I likes.”



That is a good sign for Alex. If you don’t like his writing, then he fits right into the pack, because you seem to hate every writer on this blog and harass them. Gotta love the trolls. No, actually you don’t.

Alex Layne

I’d have been an idiot not to include Neflix. I’ll admit that NNW may not be needed by everyone, but if you don’t need it, then don’t but it. And NNW is the only app you could really classify as “geeky.”


First rule of commenting, change your name if you are going to pretend to agree with yourself.

prof. peabody

That. is. hilarious.
I wonder if this is the same gazoobee at AppleInsider forums. Seems to be. He has also been caught shilling there. Makes a post and then logs in with an alt to agree with his original post. It is great fun.


I agree with Gazoobee on this one, this article is not the shieeet…


Yes the NPR app is free and there are no subscription fees, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a cost. If you like the NPR app and news coverage you should support your local NPR station.

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