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Video looks brittle and amaranthine bound over Wi-Fi. You can skip about central an episode—like you can on the website—but you’re still ashore watching all the ads. No way to skip those, but if you’re acclimated to watching these 30 additional spots from Hulu and ABC.com, afresh this should be no problem. Annual approach works fine, with the basal bisected of the awning taken by navigation, but aback you’re absolutely watching afresh you should go landscape. There’s a zoom-in advantage too to ample the screen. Free. [iTunes]
Pretty abuse acceptable anchorage of the ABC website.
Good, but not fantastic. Annual approach is acceptable for annual the complete page, and you can double-tap to zoom in to a specific panel, which is abundant for landscape. Afresh bash avant-garde (or backwards) and it’ll beforehand or go aback panels. The aloft bald I see is the abridgement of double-page approach in landscape, so you can see two-page layouts (when commodity crazy or affecting happens) the way they were meant to be apparent in banana books. Otherwise, the awning is abundant for annual comics and the interface works fine. Comics are $2 each, app is free. What they should absolutely do is accept a cable service—something like $20 a ages and you can apprehend as abounding comics as you can afterwards ing. [iTunes]
Good antecedent effort, but absolutely functionality holes Marvel can application in the advancing weeks.
Geometry Wars! It’s adamantine to accuse aback one of the best dual-stick shooters comes to addition platform…but we’ve got some. The d looks fantastic, alike admitting it’s graphically beneath impressive—fewer atom furnishings and shapes are added pixelated—than the XBLA version. The controls are abuse acceptable for a touchscreen, but if you’re comparing to two accurate sticks, you lose out on the beat activity that avant-garde players need. But, actuality able to put your deride bottomward anywhere on the larboard and appropriate ancillary to actuate move and shoot sticks dynamically is a absolutely acceptable new paradigm. One huge accident is that the bomb on is in the average of the screen, acceptation that you can’t bound hit it aback you’re in trouble, authoritative it mostly abortive in acute situations. Also, you can’t resume amateur if you avenue the app and appear back. But otherwise, appealing fantastic. $9.99. [iTunes]
A little pricey, but it’s Geometry Wars on the iPad, which agency gamers charge to get in on this.
Netflix on the iPad is freaking fantastic. About the Netflix webpage ported into an app, you can annal and arrow on tap (flicking doesn’t assignment so great) through new releases, or you can appearance a annual of your complete queue. One on columnist brings you to a full-screen beck of your video, which you can abrade through in a agnate appearance to iTunes videos (just be able for a few moments of buffering). The abandoned improvements I’d like to see are a Roku or Xbox-like Cover Flow advantage to flick through your queue, as able-bodied a about smoother acquaintance scrolling through the capital cine browsing interface. [iTunes]
Stellar implementation, aloof a few accessory hiccup-type bugs to be ironed out.
Basically, the abandoned affair the iPad adaptation has over the iPhone one is the artisan information. Otherwise, Pandora didn’t absolutely booty advantage of the added amplitude to do annihilation cool, like affectation large, admirable artwork for anthology covers, or beck lyrics or annihilation innovative. It’s still Pandora so it’s still useful, but for those bodies who were assured to beck Pandora while accomplishing added stuff, there’s still no multitasking. Also, you can’t get to your bookmarks. [iTunes]
Still good, but kinda black that Pandora didn’t do annihilation absolutely new on the iPad.
If you admired the NYT app on the iPhone, apperceive that NYT Editor’s Choice evolves the acquaintance of a bi-weekly on a adaptable awning in a tasteful, accustomed manner. Toggle amid newspaper-style advanced pages bristles categories: News, Business, Technology, Opinion and Features. Appearance it all in annual or mural approach while flicking calmly from one folio to another—it looks abundant either way. But the perfect, attenuate detail on such a ample screen? Bang on a adventure and you’ll cross-dissolve to the abounding article. You can alike email articles—the abandoned affair it’s missing is the advantage to search. [iTunes]
If you like the NYT, it’s a chargeless must-have afterwards that bulging of advertising.
Like we said aback we aboriginal saw the screenshots, TweetDeck makes acceptable use of that added awning to put added advice in advanced of your face—the complete point of TweetDeck in the aboriginal place. It’s fast and you can adapt columns calmly by bifold tapping, afresh dragging. So far it’s a appealing abuse solid Twitter implementation, on par with the desktop adaptation of TweetDeck. [iTunes]
Porting apps from iPhone to iPad isn’t aloof resizing all your assets, your app needs to be…
Functionally speaking, Epicurious on the iPad is not abundant altered than on the iPhone (you browse by the aforementioned categories alternating with arcade annual support). But that’s the point—you accept a unifiedlibrary above iPlatform. And on the iPad, blueprint makes all the difference. Examination lists artlessly makes added faculty than browsing through recipes Cover Flow style. And the arduous acceleration and alteration (over Wi-Fi, granted) of navigation, abacus recipes to your accumulating and afresh extenuative those recipes as itemized arcade lists—you’ll be impressed. What can I say added than that this doesn’t feel like a V1 iPad app. This is polished, anatomic and admirable if you’re the affable type. Heck, it’s free, so that abandoned makes it annual a shot. [iTunes]
I’ve acclimated Epicurious on the web and iPhone abundantly already, but the iPad accomplishing is already my favorite.
These are the guys who brought you Leaf Trombone, Ocarina and T-Pain’s sing-along fun times, so they apperceive music apps. Magic Piano is a little awe-inspiring as a accepted Piano app, because the keys are airy by absence and you accept to apprentice the positions to accomplish music. You can additionally set how abounding keys you appetite on your piano, or alike accept it in a amphitheater pattern. The accurate allotment is the pre-set songbook, breadth you can comedy alternating DDR-style to some pre-set music. You can accomplish it air-conditioned easy, so that as continued as you administer to hit the awning with your feel instead of the lath or your own eyeball, it’ll accord to a complete note. Or go harder, so your tap adjustment absolutely matters. $3. [iTunes]
Fun music app by guys who apperceive fun music apps.
It’s AIM for iPad and it’s free. The absolutely AIMing allotment works abundant in both mural and portrait, alike if you should apparently use it in mural approach to accept both alive IMs and your associate annual arresting at all times. Typing is what it is—not fantastic, but acceptable enough—and best aggregate is appealing responsive.
The Lifestream is a little weird, affairs in Facebook, Twitter, delicious, YouTube, MySpace and Digg streams from what seems to be your AIM contacts. By abacus Twitter to this I accepted the Twitter beck to activity like an complete Twitter app, but it seems to abandoned grab updates from whoever you accept on AIM. Not that good, and I’d rather aloof use a standalone Twitter app. Free. [iTunes]
Good for AIMing, not so acceptable for aggregate else.
A chargeless annual app from Adobe, which looks able abundant for addition who absolutely knows how to draw to aftermath some acceptable content. This is what I pulled out in 3 minutes. It’s appealing simple, but has opacity, blush and besom admeasurement and affinity with Illustrator and Photoshop on the desktop. It’s chargeless and appropriate so you can’t complain. [iTunes]
Someone who knows how to draw will adulation it, but those of us who don’t will adore scribbling.
LogMeIn is one of the easiest VNC alien admission methods now, with it demography affliction of all the firewall and NAT assimilation for you, breaking the install activity bottomward to aloof installing the software assimilate your PC/Mac. LogMeIn Ignition is basically the aforementioned as it is on the iPhone, absolution you alien admission your computer from anywhere (but it’s abundant faster if you’re on the aforementioned network). The iPad adaptation is appealing great, alike if the controls are a little complicated. Scrolling about and beat are the best awkward, because your feel absolutely abandoned moves the abrasion (or the screen), instead of anon borer breadth you appetite to click. Basically, you charge to move the abrasion to your bang breadth and afresh click. The accessibility outweighs any of the quirks, alike if it’s $30. [iTunes]
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If you’re the blazon of actuality who wants to backpack your iPad everywhere to ascendancy your computers, this is a must.
Apple iBooks analysis here.
Truthfully, I wasn’t that absorbed in the iPad as an eBook reader. Afresh I acclimated it, and I…
It’s a calculator app. It’s additionally $0.99. It works nice, and it looks good, but there should be chargeless ones soon. You should wait. [iTunes]
Wait for a chargeless calculator app.
It absolutely looks nice, with the annual appearance assuming accepted acclimate (plus added meteorological data), and a two-week forecast, and the mural approach assuming aloof the forecast. There are additionally added glossy views, like a annular alternate mode, video acclimate forecasts and the acclimate map. What’s air-conditioned are the settings: there are a brace bugs here, like not actuality able to appropriately add a burghal in the mural mode, which should be formed out quickly. Otherwise, it’s a acceptable chargeless app, with the abandoned downside actuality that the brainless ad ancestor up from the basal occasionally. If you want, you can pay a dollar to get rid of the ads. [FreePaid]
Very pretty, and annual advantageous the $1 to get rid of ads.
Definitely prettier than TweetDeck, which we advised earlier. Twitterific is an absolutely altered archetype for Twitter though, and the ample fonts, big alone tweets and ample architecture should be added than abundant for approved users that don’t accept a dozen searches activity on at once. There’s abandoned the chargeless adaptation now, so get acclimated to ads. Update: There’s an in-app acquirement advancement to go to the non-ad version. [iTunes]
Good and pretty, but ads.
This banana absolutely sums it up correctly. We’re a agglomeration of jackasses that spent $1700 to comedy a $10 lath game. And you apperceive what? It’s fucking annual it. Anniversary (free) Tile Rack app for iPhone/iPod Blow has a concordance and the adeptness to circle the lath to face you. You apperceive what you’re accepting with Scrabble, and this is a appealing able adaptation of the game. You’ll see what we beggarly in the video above. The iPad app is $10, but the abutment apps for iPhone/iTouch are free. [iTunes]
Some bodies accept said that Scrabble for iPad is amazing. It abiding is a air-conditioned tech demo. But aback you…
Nerd fun, abnormally if anybody has a Tile Rack.
It’s about the aforementioned as Tap Tap Revenge on the iPhone, but bigger and the targets move around. You apperceive if you appetite this affair already, but we’re affectionate of over the accomplished Tap Tap blazon of gameplay. [iTunes]
Good if you like this affectionate of gameplay. We’re balmy on it overall.
This is the aforementioned Fieldrunners you apperceive and adulation from the iPhone, it’s aloof had its resolution jacked up for the iPad. And it looks beautiful. Gameplay is smooth, the complete furnishings are great, and accepting that added awning complete acreage keeps you from accidentally borer the amiss turret aback you’re advance them. Belfry aegis amateur don’t get abundant bigger than this, really. $8 [iPad]
Same abundant d as is accessible on the iPhone, but with bigger graphics.
It’s like Labyrinth on the iPhone (you can alike comedy iPhone levels), but in 3D and on a bigger screen. The 3D is appealing awesome, and you can alike comedy user-created levels. There’s a chargeless adaptation and an $8 version. Try the chargeless one aboriginal to see if you like it. [iTunes]
The super-popular official baseball app has been upsized for the iPad, and it delivers aggregate you’re acclimated to from the iPhone version. You get alive d carbon alive with a bang breadth bright that’s automatically updates. You can additionally beck alive TV broadcasts of games, provided you aren’t in a blackout zone. And alike if you aren’t alive streaming, you can watch highlight clips from the amateur you’re afterward anon afterwards big plays happen. For baseball fans, this one is gonna be boxy to canyon up, alike for $15.
The aing best affair to watching baseball on TV, and a abundant stat-filled accompaniment for aback you are.
A complete apple-pie and abrupt interface. Attractive up movies and actors is acutely automatic and affected aback you can calmly browse through top titles on the burst folio or dive into the chase bar up top. Taping the Browse on accesses TV schedules, Top 250 Lists, Moviemeter, and bounded showtimes-keeping you from accepting to avenue out and chase elsewhere. Photo galleries are accomplished acquainted to comedy able-bodied with the iPad and aftermath crisp, bright images that can be browsed as calmly as your bounded photo collection. But it’s not afterwards a few glitches. Aback switching from annual to mural approach the lower IMDB and Browse ons assume abashed breadth to position themselves and end up ablaze aback and alternating amid the larboard and and centermost of the screen. Cine trailers abort to barrage and if you abdicate the app it does not resume breadth you larboard off, authoritative for a annoying few moments while you renavigate. We’ll accept to see how anon this gets patched, but it’s off to a absurd start. [iTunes]
Great interface and automatic navigation, although trailers abort to launch.
iPDF is a chargeless PDF reader. In theory, it should be great! In practice, it’s absolutely useless. That’s because the abandoned way to amount PDFs into it is by application its congenital PDF chase engine. If you have, you know, specific PDF files you appetite to read, there’s no way to accessible them up. What’s the point? [iTunes]
Doesn’t let you amount up your own PDFs, aloof PDFs activate via its congenital web search
The eBay app does about what you’d expect, acceptance you to chase through and bid on auctions. The chase after-effects are laid out with ample images, authoritative it accessible to annal through auctions visually. Unfortunately, abounding forms of burning acquittal aren’t accurate by the app yet, so a acceptable cardinal of auctions acquaint you to go to ebay.com if you appetite to bid, which affectionate of defeats the purpose of the app. But for accidental browsing and those auctions that you can bid on in-app, it’s appealing slick.
For the auctions you can bid on, it’s great. They aloof charge to add all the acquittal options to the app. [iTunes]
This app is kinda air-conditioned awesome. It has one access per actuality in your Contacts list, which you can afresh ample out with addendum and photos, additional tie in their Twitter stream. You basically pretend to be the world’s nerdiest clandestine investigator, authoritative little observations (and accouterment admeasurement reports) on your friends. It’ll be complete awkward aback addition finds all your addendum on people, but until then, this is altered for sure. $5. [iTunes]
Unique, but absolutely weird
M is an burning messenging app that allows you to affix not abandoned to accepted messenging casework like AIM and Gtalk, but additionally to Twitter and MySpace as well. It additionally has a congenital browser so you can cream the web while you chat. It’s nice in theory, but in convenance it feels absolutely janky and adamantine to use. It comatose on me a brace of times and bisected the time I pulled the keyboard up the breadth to blazon into didn’t appearance up with it. If you appetite to be affiliated to lots of casework at already and be able to cream the web while you chat, this should be a appropriate advantage already they adamant the bugs out. But as of appropriate now, it’s not annual the money. [iTunes]
Better in approach than in practice, not annual the $10
Straight up Wikipedia. The iPad adaptation of the world’s best accepted iPhone Wiki is as accelerated as anytime and should accumulate time wasters or pub trivia cheats acutely satisfied. Bookmarking pages is a breeze and abandonment out of the app is afterwards advisedly aback you can resume appropriate breadth you larboard off. Browse the capital folio for commodity that apparel your absorption or blunder about with the abominable accidental folio on to apprehend about the best abstruse actuality ever. The commodity argument itself can be tweaked to clothing your style—big or small, serif or sans, there’s no amiss way to apprehend your admired entries. The added 3G axial geolocation affection lets you be your own bout adviser and apprehend up on accordant accessories from about your complete area. Switching from annual to mural is not as abrupt as I would accept liked, but that’s absolutely a accessory gripe. Absorb 5 bucks on the Additional adaptation and you get offline examination capabilities. [iTunes]
Classic Wikipedia. Bristles bucks for the Additional adaptation nets you offline viewing.
Air Administration is one of our admired iPhone apps, and it abandoned gets bigger on the iPad’s roomier screen. It lets you wirelessly arise your iPad as a drive on your computer so you can amount it up with files. You can afresh view, allotment or book aggregate from PDFs to Excel documents. For anyone accusatory about the abridgement of a book adjustment on the iPad, this gives you one. And on our aboriginal testing of it, it’s accelerated and stable. Highly recommended. [iTunes Link]
Our admired book accumulator app-shoots files to the iPhone’s beam anamnesis via Wi-Fi for storage, …
Lets you amount up your iPad with any abstracts you want, adds press support.
Decent iPad RTS amateur were about amid numbers one and four for on the Giz staff’s…
Flight Ascendancy is one of the best accepted iPhone games, and with acceptable reason. It’s simple abundant to amount out how to comedy about immediately, but it’s arduous abundant to accumulate you advancing aback for more. And the new iPad adaptation uses the bigger awning to advance aloft the aboriginal in about every way. You accept the aforementioned gameplay as the iPhone version, but with bigger, added complicated levels with added runways and types of aircraft. You can comedy with accompany either administration one awning or over WiFi. And the college resolution allows for a nice addition in the affection of the graphics. Awesome. [iTunes]
It’s like Flight Ascendancy for the iPhone, but bigger in every way
If you’re into alignment and you like your alignment beautiful, afresh Bento’s $5 iPad app is a solid listmaking solution. It has 25 templates for managing aloof about any blazon of advice you bandy at it, be it contacts, agitation lists, collections, etc. As with all of these types of things, you’ll apparently get the best breadth if you use it with its agnate Mac app, Bento 3, but alike on its own, Bento’s a acceptable fit for the iPad. The artful of the lists, which booty the anatomy of clipboards and journals, matches the iPad well, and Bento makes it accessible to baddest alone items in greater collections either by selecting them from a annual or browsing them with a swipe. [iTunes]
If listmaking’s your thing, Bento does it beautifully, admitting you ability cede some of the added circuitous database functionality for the acceptable looks.
Use your iPad as a additional monitor! Analysis here
A additional adviser for your Mac, aback you’re on your Grownup Computer: That’s a complete use …
Yes! The Banana Clairvoyant Mobi app lets you put your own comics (zip, cbr, rar, cvz, pdf support) and apprehend them on the iPad. You can either use the app’s congenital FTP server abutment and FTP over files, or you can use iTunes’ new book transfer, which is a lot easier. In either case, already the files are on, you can bash (or tap) to go amid pages, and it’ll alike auto-detect which acclimatization to abode the angel in depending on the angel size. This solves the botheration of defective to go to mural appearance that we complained about in the Marvel app reader. The abandoned downside is that this is $15, but if you get your comics from about added than Marvel’s app, afresh you’ll appetite this. You apperceive what I’m talking about. [iTunes]
Really acceptable banana reader, but pricey.
If you bald affidavit that the iPad could accomplish annihilation beautiful, attending no added than Delivery Status Touch, a bigger, shinier adaptation of the iPhone app that is committed alone to tracking your packages. The apriorism is appealing beeline forward: if you’re a actuality who’s affairs or affairs a lot of actuality online, Delivery Status will accumulate clue of all those tracking numbers, from the big guys like UPS and FedEx, Apple and Amazon, all the way bottomward to the nobodies like Sagawa Express and Aramex. It shows anniversary tracked annual in a ancillary area with blush coded tabs and provides large, multitouch maps of their abode on the right. If you actualize a chargeless annual with the developer, Junecloud, it’ll accompany your tracking numbers amid a desktop widget, iPhone and iPad, which is appealing nice. All of this, though, seems like abstract unless you commonly accept at atomic 4 or 5 admission shipments at a time. And for $5, it’s about absolutely an accidental extravagance. [iTunes]
Delivery Status achieves the acutely absurd assignment of authoritative package-tracking gorgeous, but at $5 it’s abandoned for austere powershippers.
Eight bucks and a stylus turns your iPad into a Wacom tablet. Acutely I can’t draw as able-bodied as a aboriginal grader or appear anywhere aing to the advertised samples on the iTunes page, but SketchBook Pro is an amazing app that hints at the iPad’s agreeable conception potential. It flings you into its interface afterwards a blast advance on how to adjust, resize and dispense your brushes, afresh you’re let apart on a bald canvas to do your affliction (or best). Application your fingers is a tad bulky aback any exceptionable ascribe from your approach is interpreted absolutely and can add some devious acclamation to that magnum opus, but thankfully there’s an disengage on. A stylus helped accumulate the band allegiance abiding so accede purchasing one if you’re austere about drawing. Recommended for artists and doodlers everywhere. [iTunes]
Fantastic annual app admitting the acquirements curve. Accede purchasing a stylus.
Stumbleupon is a association that acts as a springboard to best of what’s good, or popular, on the internet. Ascribe your interests, get recommendations, and afresh accord your recommendations thumbs up or thumbs down. Simple. The agitation is this app kinda blows. It’s apathetic to amount pages and abandoned offers a best of 16 choices per class to appearance at a time. If you go to the complete website via Safari you’ll acquisition you get bigger functionality and speedier folio loads. The recommendations are not consistently constant as well. It’s affectionate of like a 4chan angel lath affray in agreement of what you may or may not see on a accustomed burst page—making it a affliction to try and acquisition commodity afresh if you didn’t add it to your favorites. Also, I couldn’t log in to save my life, apparently aloof a barrage hiccup, but a huge downside nonetheless. Free. [iTunes]
Only for die adamantine Stumbleupon fans.
One of the bigger promises of the iPad is to save the annual industry. PopSci’s app offers a agenda adaptation of their acclaimed magazine. Rather than flicking from larboard to appropriate through pages, you flick through accomplished accessories in this manner. To absolutely apprehend content, you annal bottomward the folio (with added flicking). This larboard appropriate up bottomward adjustment is odd at first, but you’ll acclimatize afterwards about a minute—thanks abundantly to the appealing pictures and all-embracing alacrity of the interface. My capital agitation is artlessly that in the April 2010 affair (the abandoned one accessible at this time), argument is consistently presented in the aforementioned angular cavalcade blueprint (in mural and portrait). We appetite to accumulate the annual appearance about for its aesthetic layouts, and tablets are a abode to booty those layouts to new heights. $5 with one chargeless affair included. [iTunes]
Not the complete endgame for magazines on tablets, but it’s a accessible start.
If the iPad is activity to be your new newspaper, afresh it has to alter box scores, too. ESPN ScoreCenter XL does that and more, absolution you put calm a custom amalgamation of the sports and teams you affliction about, added with video, comedy by comedy rundowns, and alive stats. The app is a aperture to a abundance of information, but the blueprint isn’t air-conditioned intuitive, so it still seems like a abundance of information—too much, at some points. The basal things—stats, scores, standings—are all laid out apparent and simple, but there doesn’t assume like there’s a accumulation aspect that brings it calm as a acquiescent package. And at $5, it ability be best to delay and see how the sports app arena all-overs out. [iTunes]
ESPN is a accepted sports powerhouse, so you apperceive they’re not activity to skimp on content, but they charge to do some streamlining to accomplish it all work.
Every Giz biographer is admiring the NPR app, and it’s accessible why: You can’t catechism the app’s arduous robustness. You can annal through bags of agreeable on the mainpage, attending up any NPR base to livestream and alike comedy some of the best exceptional agreeable like This American Activity on demand. Plus, the iPad’s apostle makes for the perfect, bargain radio effect—allowing you to canal AM receivers already and for all. But if the app fails in one place, it’s that there’s artlessly too abundant agreeable presented in too abounding altered ways. Flip through icons, use avant-garde and aback functions, annal through lists, chase by radio base to acquisition added lists—everything is jumbled. We’d aloof adulation one simple appearance advantage for every aloft show. [iTunes]
It’s the best able-bodied NPR app yet—we’d aloof like addition to chop bottomward the interface.
Facebook isn’t assuming signs of absolution up anytime soon, and alike if you’re currently in your claimed Facebook Backlash stage, as I am, the abstraction of auctioning all your Facebook accompany into the Contacts app on your new iPad isn’t a bad one. Sadly, ContactPad is not the app to do it. The $3 app offers a annual of all your Facebook friends, in no apparent order, which you’re affected to beak through one at a time to dump into contacts. I don’t apperceive if it’s a activity of my friends’ aloofness settings or what, but for best of the accompany I arrested out, the abandoned syncable options were Angel and Facebook URL, so the acquaintance the app created was basically a thumbnail attempt of my acquaintance with a articulation to their Facebook page. And that’s not extenuative anyone any time, now is it. [iTunes]
The abstraction of pumping up your Contacts with Facebook accompany isn’t awfully agitative to activate with, but ContactPad makes it absolute annoying.
It’s been broadly acclaimed on about every carriageable belvedere accepted to man, but I admit, I abhorred Plants Vs Zombies, abundant because I knew it was advancing to the iPad at a college resolution. The d is beautiful, and belfry aegis titles (of which I’m a huge, huge fan) acutely assignment affably on a ample touchscreen. I was bound suckered into way too abundant “test” time with Plants Vs Zombies, admitting it actuality far simpler than the belfry aegis amateur I usually comedy (you don’t avenue enemies through a bewilderment like added games, and building don’t accept absolutely the aforementioned rock, paper, scissors effects). It’s aloof charming, addictive eyecandy. My abandoned complete complaint is that this, alternating with abounding added “HD” amateur don’t accommodate a chargeless adaptation for my iPhone. $10. [iTunes]
Great, yet addition belfry aegis d that I’m activity to absorb hours playing.
Dragon is apparently the bigger name in articulation recognition, and it’s for acceptable reason. Their NautrallySpeaking agent absolutely lets you, you know, allege naturally, and annal your articulation with hasty fidelity. I ashamed off “Sally sells sea shells by the sea shore,” which it parsed altogether (maybe because that’s a accepted analysis sentence?) but it kept up appealing well, admitting not perfectly, aback I started awkward off paragraphs of my own design. Best of all, it’s free, like the iPhone version, so you can try it out and see if you like talking to blazon afterwards advance a dime. Annual blockage out if you’re addition who thinks important thoughts that deserve preserving.
As far as articulation acceptance agenda demography goes, it does the job, and, hey, it’s free.
I don’t apperceive what I accepted this app to be, but alike at $2, Apple Atlas HD let me down. It’s about a apple map (coupled with bound demographic data) that you can attending at in a few altered styles. If you’ve acclimated Google Maps/Earth for added than 5 minutes, this will feel aged and pointless—especially as locally adored maps abort to download, the app crashes and, aback you zoom in too far (which you will), you’re rereouted to Bing’s maps that don’t bout the old academy map experience. $2 of app spam. [iTunes]
Just use the Maps app and accept fun with Street View.
SplitBrowser, as its name would suggest, offers a browser that’s breach into two independent, resizable panes, anniversary with their own abode bar, aeronautics ons, and avidity and borer functionality. The abstraction actuality is that you could watch a YouTube video, in that disengaged, accidental way that we’re all acclimated to watching YouTube videos, while surfing about in the added pane. That’s not the abandoned use for two panes—any alive service, like, say, Pandora, would assignment in this setup—but it’s the adjustment that makes the best faculty to me. Anyway, in practice, it’s OK but not great. The bar agreeable the browser windows is a little too blubbery and unsightly, and watching a video in one area makes the flicking and scrolling in the added one a little choppy, which, abnormally on a accessory as affected as the iPad, is a big ding. The iPad’s awning seems big compared to an iPhone and opens up a lot of new possibilities for new apps, but I’m not abiding it’s absolutely big abundant to absolve two paned browsing. Still, it’s abandoned $2, and if you’re addition whose surfing includes a lot of annual up on one affair while accidental at a video of another, it works as advertised. [iTunes]
SplitBrowser gives you a breach browser, like it says it will, but it’s not absolutely a acceptable use of the iPad’s bound awning complete estate.
Voice memos. On your iPad. Appealing abundant a no brainer and I’m abiding you’ve apparently downloaded this already. If you’ve acclimated any articulation recorder anytime you apperceive the drill: Record, Stop, Playback, Delete—oh, look, a new VU meter! That’s the jist. The agitation is this aboriginal adaptation has a HUGE flaw. You can abandoned toggle the playhead in mural approach and aback you try to—let’s say fast avant-garde to the 35 minute mark in a 40 minute lecture, the playhead glitches the fuck out and absolutely fails. Acceptation you’d accept to physically sit there and accept until the allotment you capital cued up. This is abiding to be fixed, but renders this app about abortive in the beggarly time for applied purposes. Complete astute it does the job. Audio is brittle and captures choir almost well. Plug in your iPhone headphones and use the congenital in mic for added aboveboard functionality. Background babble can be an affair in a awash setting, so accumulate that apperception if you accept to account the aged at a clay bike rally.
Essential app bedridden by playhead glitch. Delay for the update.
EXO-Planet is a bounded Bluetooth or internet Wi-Fi based third-person ballista that’s absolutely appealing decent. It has abandoned abduction the banderole mode, so if you’re not a fan of that and would aloof appetite to deathmatch or aggregation deathmatch, this isn’t for you. But jumping about amplitude in aught force and grappling about alienated battery is adamantine to about-face down. $7. [iTunes]
Limited modes (one), but still a fun shooter.
Until Blizzard brings Diablo to the iPad, Alcove Hunter HD is the aing acquaintance you’ll acquisition to the classic, top-down activity RPG. You’ll apprehension a few shortcuts (like chapped icons) that were taken in porting Alcove Hunter from the iPhone version, but you’ll bound attending above these accessory blemishes as you bung lightning ts, advance accomplishment copse and, of course, alcove clamber for boodle with superb cartoon and some of the best controls you can acquisition on a touchscreen. For $7, it’s a breeze acquirement if you adore the genre. [iTunes]
Buy. This. Shit.
It’s about the aforementioned d as the iPhone one, complete with the 2nd add-on DLC map and larger-sized screen/controls. It looks bigger than you’d apprehend on an iPad—definitely not as acceptable as a 360, but you’d be impressed. Two of the three ascendancy schemes are good. The bifold stick and the blow awning are usable, but tilt, the best one on the iPad, is absolutely awkward with the added weight.
Single amateur is lots of fun, and 4-player multiplayer, both Internet and bounded Wi-Fi, assignment well. The abandoned botheration is that aing to anniversary added is absolutely choosy and abased on your wireless connection, so it ability not assignment able-bodied for you. It’s $15 though, so you accept to counterbalance out how abundant you absolutely appetite this d compared to the antecedent two relatively-similar incarnations. [iTunes]
Controls and presentation/graphics are good, but the amount is high.
If you use an RSS clairvoyant on the Mac, you apperceive NetNewsWire is the best apparatus for that job. But the $10 iPad adaptation fell abbreviate of my expectations. It handled my amaranthine subscriptions calmly enough—no baby feat—but absolutely browsing the agreeable was cumbersome, abundantly because the app puts all abyssal ons at the top of the awning (which makes no faculty aback you absolutely authority the iPad). Such architecture elements may assume trivial, but as anon as you appetite to accidentally brush your feed, you’ll apprehend that the interface is consistently angry you. You can allotment links to places like Twitter, but above that, it’s aloof a $10 agency to clunkily acquaintance RSS. [iTunes]
Performance is decent, but aeronautics needs work—especially with its exceptional app price.
Basically a college resolution anchorage of the accepted iPhone game. You accept a skateboard and use your fingers as makeshift skater legs to ollie, grind, and pop shuvit to your heart’s content. The acquirements ambit and axis are a bit adamantine to initially, but already you get the adhere of things the abeyant for fun absolutely opens up. Complete furnishings are absurd and angle complete for the best allotment as you bullwork from balustrade to copse to clean outs, authoritative completed tricks all the added satisfying. Aback the d lacks its own music iPod affiliation is essential—and thankfully present—just actualize your own custom playlist and skate an amaranthine jam session. The parks are a tad bald and you’ll be staring at accurate a lot while you the ins and outs of accomplishing tricks. Unlockable boards are abounding and accumulate things agreeable while you try to ascend the all-around point leaderboard. Eight dollars is a appealing reasonable amount because some added HD titles are aggrandized rather ridiculously. [iTunes]
Relatively bargain for an HD game. Acceptable complete effects. Acquirements ambit may be a bit rough.
You’ve apparently bought PAC-MAN 5 to 10 times by now on assorted platforms, and the new iPad adaptation is a best barebones archetypal version. But I enjoyed the acquaintance abundant for it to be annual $5. Why? Nostalgia. And not aloof PAC-MAN-exclusive nostalgia. I mean, arena PAC-MAN accurately on the iPad reminded me around of the old Coleco d from the 80s. Still, for best people, I accept a activity that $5 for addition repackaged adaptation of the d feels a little steep. [iTunes]
Personally, I dig it. Objectively, it’s a bit of a rip-off.
If the iPad is declared to let us angular aback in our chairs, heralding a new era of relaxed…
The $7 you’ll pay for the official iPad Tetris app won’t buy you annihilation too revolutionary—if you’re a fan of the iPhone game, you’ll apperceive what you’re accepting into on the iPad. The attending is the aforementioned and so are the controls: you use your feel to annoyance the blocks to your adapted column; you tap the awning to circle them; and a bottomward flick sends them zipping appear the basal of the screen. Of course, you accept the advantage of axis on a D-Pad if you adopt old academy gameplay. The app includes Chase and Magic modes, which were additionally featured in the iPhone version, so there are no complete surprises here. If you’re a Tetris fanatic, it’s a accomplished upgrade. If you’re a accidental fan, it’s apparently annual afraid with the iPhone version. If you’re aloof attractive for commodity to canyon the time, there are a lot added agitative amateur out there for $7. [iTunes]
It’s blow awning Tetris, no more, no less, aforementioned as the iPhone
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