The first apps you should put on your new Apple iPad

Apple Online Store“Here are the apps I think should be on everyone’s new iPad. Some will be obvious, others not so much,” Dwight Silverman reports for The Houston Chronicle. “If you install these right away, you’ll be off to a good start.”

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The first apps you should put on your new Apple iPad:

ACCU WEATHER Free for iPad
Beat the Traffic HD
Dragon Dictation
Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List
Feeddler RSS Reader for iPad and iPhone
Google Earth
Newsy for iPad
NPR for iPad
NYT Editors’ Choice
Pandora Radio
Pinball HD
Reuters News Pro for iPad
Apollo News
Solitaire City Classic
Shazam for iPad
Speedtest X HD
TweetDeck for iPad
Twitterrific for Twitter
Urbanspoon for iPad
USA TODAY for iPad
Virtuoso Piano Free 2 HD
The Weather Channel Max for iPad
WeatherBug Elite for iPad
Wikihood for iPad
Zillow Real Estate Search

Full article with descriptions about and iTunes App Store links for each app here.

MacDailyNews Take: That’s quite the weather-heavy list. The type of lists are impossible to appeal to everyone; one size doesn’t fit all. There are other issues with Silverman’s list, too: Most readers will want Apple’s iBooks app before they’ll want Kindle (it’s fine to have both; make it three and get Nook, too). Also, don’t forget At Bat for iPad ($14.99) if you’re a fan of baseball – or even just a fan of excellent apps. NBA Game Time Courtside (free) is also a feature-packed sports app. Certainly, there are plenty more – and not just sports app, either. What are some of your must-have iPad (or iPhone/iPod touch) apps?

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  1. GoodReader is what made the iPad an essential tool for me – pdfs, saved webpages, movies, books, journals, etc all sorted into a nice folder hierarchy. It’s like having the finder on the iPad ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  2. I think Skype is essential as well even if its not an ipad app it still needs to be there. And, I also agree that GoodReader has got to be there. Air Video, Dropbox should definitely be included and a clock perhaps for an alarm.

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