The 8 best iPad apps currently available

invisibleSHIELD case for iPad“Apple’s iPad has been available for a short time, and you can already find apps to watch streaming movies, manage your Web passwords, use Twitter, do word processing and more,” Mitch Wagner reports for Computerworld.

“But it’s still early days yet. Apple gave only a chosen few developers early access to the iPad — everybody else had to make do with software simulators and homemade cardboard mockups,” Wagner reports. “They rushed their apps to market, and it shows. Many of the early apps are buggy and missing features.”

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Wagner continues “These are the best apps I’ve found so far. They are all iPad-optimized, not iPhone apps stretched to fit the iPad. They get the job done, they’re fun to use, and several of them are free.”

• 1Password for iPad
• Instapaper Pro
• Amazon’s Kindle
• Netflix
Apple’s Pages
• TweetDeck for iPad
• Things for iPad
• The Weather Channel Max for iPad

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


  1. goodreader should be on there for sure! It’s a great way to access, store, and organize files (all types).

    The Weather Channel app crashes all the time (at least on mine). Pages is great.. but I wish you could access the toolbar in landscape mode.

  2. Good list. I did an expanded version that might be helpful to those looking for iPad Apps.

    The 25 Best Free iPad Apps

    These might also interest readers:

    The 25 Best Free iPad Games

    The Best eBook App for iPad: iBooks or Amazon Kindle?

  3. 8? I thought Top Ten was the norm. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

    I agree with Pages. Very nice. ReaddleDocs for iPad is supposed to be excellent. It even lets you transfer files onto your iPad.

    I dumped WeatherChannel. Yuck. Accuweather stinks, too.

    I stuck with WeatherBug. It’s much nicer. Everything is laid out nicely on the first page, plus it shows a map of the location selected.

    UpNext 3D Cities is fantastic! There are too few cities covered… NYC, DC, Boston and Austin (?).

    TouchPad is great! Run your Mac from across the room. it uses screen sharing instead of a separate Mac application.

    There are some excellent games, but we’ll leave that for someone else’s list.

  4. @MDN: You mean you are updating the MDN app for iPad? Please include a ‘back’ arrow so we can get back to the MDN story from the browser when we go off to read a linked item! Going back to the index is a pain.

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