The Guardian Eyewitness is a very simple app, delivering one photograph a day from the popular UK newspaper, but the powerful images depicted in the app make it a showcase for the richness and clarity of the iPad's 9.7-inch display.
Stock market professionals and living room traders alike know and trust the Bloomberg brand for the latest market news and analysis, and the Bloomberg for iPad app luckily doesn't disappoint, offering a large amount of information out of the gate.
With its reputation as a killer casual web-browsing device, the iPad is the perfect platform for spending hours skimming eBay listings. As on the iPhone, the online auction juggernaut has an iPad app ready at launch, but while it excels at the core acts of browsing and purchasing goods from millions of worldwide sellers, the app lacks too many core features to replace the web version.
Sure, the iPad can perform a lot of versatile and impressive tasks, but replacing a $300 drum machine? Believe it -- KORG's iElectribe app mimics the beloved 1999 Electribe-R, offering a stylish digital replication of the iconic machine with a solid touch interface.
Shazam was the original song-identifying app for iPhone, giving you the artist and title of nearly any studio recording within earshot, and the free iPad version offers the same kind of functionality. Hear an unknown, appealing song on the radio or in a commercial? Bust out your iPad, click the little blue icon, and let Shazam work its magic.
iPad is the perfect device for keeping up with all of your favorite websites' updates via RSS feeds, and NewsRack is the first fully-featured reader to make an impact on the tablet. While some other readers offer more colorful or newspaper-like user interfaces, NewsRack keeps things clean and simple with easy to use touch commands in both portrait and landscape modes.
Considering the mobile web-browsing prowess of the iPad, apps that largely reinterpret existing websites must improve upon the original experience to warrant a download (or purchase). Wikipanion is luckily one of those apps -- much as it was on iPhone -- as the simple interface sorts through the Wikipedia database and presents entries in a very handy, easy-to-read format that skims out the filler.
Vertigore Games’ Pacific Defense puts you in the role of a World War II anti-aircraft gunner as you fight ever-increasing waves of Japanese fighters and torpedo assaults working to destroy your ship. As in a first-person arcade game, you focus on a heads-up display and tap the sides of the iPad to fire your machine guns. Combined with the vintage radio clips and grainy, grayscale graphics, this creates an immersive feels that pulls you in over the course of the game. When you’re overwhelmed, power-ups such as additional health and smart bombs that clear all the enemies from the screen help even the odds and clear the level in the designated amount of time.
Journaling is an easy way to score a great deal of personal satisfaction. By scribbling down your daily trials for posterity’s sake, you’ll be able to look back on the successes and train wrecks of your life, alternating between whimsy and the cold sweats of remorse for years to come. If you’re a novice to journaling, you’ll want to settle on a method that’s easy to use, secure and reliable. Having used MaxJournal on my iPad for over a month, I can say that the application more than fits the bill.