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Five Great Apps For First Time iPad Users

Have you just got your hands on the iPad? Well, if you have, then be warned that there are plenty of people who are going to envy you; but leave that aside and think for a moment…. You have got your hands on the iPad… it’s one of the best devices available on the market…. But how are you going to optimize its use?

If you want the best out of your iPad, you will need to download the best iPad apps; these are the kind of apps that leverage the full potential of the device’s features and functionality. Allow me to give you a list of five apps that will help get the best out of your iPad; and more than anything else out of its high resolution retina display.

Weather HD

If there is one kind of app that can showcase the iPad’s display in all its glory, it’s a weather app. Yes, I know, it’s not something that is very interesting, but you are going to use a weather app all the same, so why not use an app that makes optimum use of your iPad, one such app is Weather HD.  No, it’s not boring, and it is a visuals driven app, that brings to users a host of weather conditions. So, whether you want information on temperatures, humidity or wind, or any other information about the weather, Weather HD, gives it to you, in a manner that makes viewing weather related information, a real pleasure.

Users can opt to go for a weekly or hourly forecast, and get push notifications for weather updates for the cities that they have chosen. It’s a great app, and a must-try.

National Geographic

If you are a fan of this magazine, and most people are, you can get this on your iPad. What’s more, it will look amazing on your iPad, especially if it’s an iPad with Retina Display. All those pictures of wild animals, the great outdoors, and nature assume an almost lifelike quality when you are seeing them on your iPad.

There is no doubt that magazines like the National Geographic are a visual treat on the iPad, but the honest to goodness truth is that most magazines look good on the iPad. So, get your favorite magazines on it, pronto!!!


Old as they say is Gold, and this is the case with Instapaper. The app has been around for ages, but its value never depreciates. In fact, it keeps on getting more and more fans as it gets older. I am sure even you want an app that can help save a web page, so that you can access it later and go through it whenever you have the time. What’s more you want this web page to be available in a highly readable form, wherein the content appears clean, clear and has razor sharp edge.  This is what Instapaper for the iPad offers you.


The GoodReader is really good, it’s an exceptional PDF reader but it also helps you read MS Office documents. Txt files and even iWork’ 08/’09 documents, view high resolution images, and it even handles audio and video files. But more than that it also becomes your proverbial friend in need, as it allows you to highlight text, and even take notes. And did I mention free hand drawings (great for doodling), that it allows you to do? All in all an app that is both useful and fun to use. Great combination!

Angry Birds Star Wars

How can the birds that are angry at ‘piggies’ be left behind? But this time, there are no piggies Yes, the Angry Birds Star Wards HD app is something that you must have, but this time you have birds dressed up as Star Wars characters battling out against the ‘piggies’ that are on the Dark Side. The animations are superb and they are taken a few notches higher because of the iPad’s superior display, speed and overall functionality. So, download the app (it costs $4, totally worth the price in my opinion), take some time out, and gets started on your Star Wars adventure.

So, here they are, five of my favorite picks, for your iPad. These and many other apps out there will help you get your moneys worth out of your iPad. I am sure that you are doing that even now, but with these apps on your device, your levels of enjoyment will definitely go up.

Written By

Albert Vang works for PLAVEB, a Mobile Website Design & Development Company located in Los Angeles. He also enjoys reading journals and love to write something really interesting in Mobile Apps Development update.



  1. myles

    January 25, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    These apps really improved my experience with my iPad. The second and the fourth apps on the list have become my so far favourites. 😀

  2. Marathi

    January 26, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    I will definately try all those apps. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Sai Kumar

    January 26, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Hi Albert, Great list of apps. I am not using any of the app which is listed above. I will surely try out them and Thanks for Sharing!

  4. Ravi

    January 27, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Great List of Apple Apps. Are there any apps for iPad users like Rdio and Shazam in Android?

    • Albert Vang

      January 31, 2013 at 10:49 am

      Well Ravi, I’m not cent percent sure but I suggest to try out the simple stunning GarageBand app or the cool startup app Chromatik.

  5. chiru

    January 29, 2013 at 8:47 am

    hi Albert ,
    i totally agree with you,
    however there are some other apps those may come first when we talk about ipad apps like twitter for iPad and image editor,cloud storage.
    Keep posting..

    • Albert Vang

      January 31, 2013 at 10:45 am

      I am sure there are many useful iPad apps out there. I just tried to suggest the best from my list. Hope you enjoyed reading about them.

  6. تصميم مواقع

    January 30, 2013 at 10:12 am

    This article very useful to me. Thank you.

  7. Bram

    January 31, 2013 at 2:19 am

    Some of these apps are fantastic! I love the National Geographic app personally. Thnx for writing this up mr.Vang

  8. Nori

    January 31, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Nice apps, I’ve already installed them, thanks for the great tips!

  9. Dwight

    January 31, 2013 at 9:50 am

    I love National Geographic and I made sure that I have that in my iPad 🙂 Nice list of apps you have here.

  10. Albert Vang

    January 31, 2013 at 11:31 am

    First of all, Thanks for going through the article. I’m glad to see a good response on my suggested apps. I’m pretty sure that the next article which I’m coming up with in the next month, i.e “It’s the Time for Some Gaming Action – The Top 5 Free Games for your iPad” will have a good response as well.

    I request to please do leave your feedback after you try out my suggestions.

  11. Admin

    January 31, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Great article. Would love to read a similar article on iPhone apps as I was given one for Christmas or would the same apps work equally well on iPhones?

    • Albert Vang

      January 31, 2013 at 12:24 pm

      Well, I am somewhat sure that all these apps will work well with the iPhone not 100 percent as I never tried with the iPhone.

  12. Sam

    February 1, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Too many chefs spoils the recipe, that samething happened with me, when I took the ipad differently people suggested numerous apps which does the same work & some were not even worth. You have shared a useful blog for all new users.

    • Albert Vang

      February 5, 2013 at 6:26 am

      Spot on Sam, there is nothing more annoying than reading a ‘top 5 apps’ article that lists the same types of apps. Glad you liked this one!

  13. James

    February 4, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    “Some of these apps are really good, I love the National Geographic app personally. Initially users get confuse which App, they should go for? You have shared a good post to them.

    • Albert Vang

      February 5, 2013 at 6:27 am

      I know just what you mean! The first thing that I did when I got my hands on my first iPad was look for free apps online. I was hoping that all the digging around I’ve done on the Internet in the last few months would come in handy to new iPad users.

  14. James

    February 5, 2013 at 5:55 am

    “Some of these apps are really good for beginners, I love the National Geographic app personally. Initially users get confuse which App, they should go for? You have shared a good post to them.

  15. Jack

    February 7, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Very good post, these are must have Apps because of their functionality, interface brilliance, or sheer entertainment factor. I think even Flipboard & Netflix are very essential.

    • Albert from

      February 14, 2013 at 11:36 am

      Thanks for going through the article. However, one thing to keep in mind with Flipboard is that it limits the number of pane pages and saving pages for offline reading requires a third-party app. Though even years after debut, Flipboard remains the best iPad social-news app. Whereas Netflix offers a limited selection of movies and television shows. You can’t manage your DVD queue and you will only be able to search by title, not by actor or director. However Netflix has revamped the user interface, giving the app a far more streamlined and tablet-friendly layout.

  16. Joy

    February 13, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    I’ve just got my iPad Mini and I really love the apps you recommended. Thanks for this list!

    • Albert Vang

      February 15, 2013 at 4:32 am

      Hi, if you are into online writing try blogsyapp .com that provides a very nice interface for almost any blogging platform out there.

  17. Emmy

    February 14, 2013 at 3:49 am

    Thanks for sharing Albert! I’m in the middle of downloading each of these apps right now! I can’t wait to try them out, especially when it comes to the National Geographic app. I’ve only had my iPad for a few weeks and so far my most used app is DISH Anywhere. I’m a TV junkie and I travel a lot for my job at DISH, so I love that the app lets me view all of my shows from home, live or from off my DVR, everywhere I go in the world. I like it for entertainment purposes, but I absolutely love the fact that I never have to worry about missing my shows even when I’m half way across the country. 🙂

    • Albert Vang

      February 15, 2013 at 4:33 am

      Hi, also if you interest you can also checkout Channel 2 Action News iPad App, available for free in the iTunes App Store. Search “WSBTV” in the iTunes App store.

  18. Emilia

    February 14, 2013 at 4:23 am

    I think angry birds should be taken out of the running. It’s a senseless game! Try 2Fuse or Temple Run 2 and you’ll enjoy the adrenaline rush.

    • Albert Vang

      February 15, 2013 at 4:34 am

      Hi, thanks for sharing your thoughts. However as per a recent update Verizon rates Angry Birds high marks for security, battery consumption and data usage. Moreover, it is in the process of revamping its apps in order to provide enhanced user experience. Let’s wait and watch what’s in-store for us.

  19. Calra

    February 14, 2013 at 6:05 am

    I think I’d have to disagree on the Angry Birds. I mean there are a lot of better games. And that wouldn’t be my go-to game for a recommendation.

    • Albert Vang

      February 15, 2013 at 4:36 am

      Hi, as per a blog post Verizon is revamping its apps that cause problems like rapid battery draining, exposed privacy or unexpected high data usage. Let’s hope to see a better and improved version of Angry Birds.

  20. HimanshuNegi

    February 14, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    These are the apps that make iPad great, without apps our phones/tabs are just useless… thanks to application developer those provide these apps…

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