10 iPad Air, iPad Mini Apps You'll Want the First Time You Boot Up

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2013-12-09 Print this article Print

With the holiday shopping season in full swing, one of the devices sure to top wish lists is the iPad Air. Apple's iPad Mini with Retina display is also expected to be a sales hit this season, due mainly to its high-end screen. In either case, consumers will find that the devices are high quality and extremely useful for anyone seeking more productivity at work and versatility as a device for entertainment and Web connectivity. Out of the box, Apple's latest iPads come with some useful applications, like Safari and Mail. But it's only after exploring the App Store that owners see just how much value the devices can deliver. Whether you are buying the iPad for business or pleasure, many programs are available that will extend its functionality, improve productivity and ultimately make for a rewarding tablet experience. But rather than go it alone in Apple's App Store, some owners could probably use some suggestions of what applications to buy as soon as they are finished setting up their new tablet. This eWEEK slide show lists 10 applications that are must-haves that will help users extend their application portfolios as soon as they go online. Read on to learn more:

  • 10 iPad Air, iPad Mini Apps You'll Want the First Time You Boot Up

    By Don Reisinger
    10 iPad Air, iPad Mini Apps You'll Want the First Time You Boot Up
  • PDF Expert 5

    At $9.99, PDF Expert 5 is a little pricey. However, it's arguably the best app in the App Store for those who want to read and edit PDFs. The application provides full PDF functionality, including the ability to fill in forms, edit items, highlight different parts of a document and much more. It's worth the $10 price.
    PDF Expert 5
  • Angry Birds Star Wars II

    Looking for a game that'll keep you busy while you're on the road? Angry Birds Star Wars II might just do it. Like its predecessor, the title includes Star Wars themes, but still provides the Angry Birds fun that people have come to expect. And at just 99 cents, it's a cheap way to be entertained.
    Angry Birds Star Wars II
  • Polaris Office

    Polaris Office is a cheap way to be more productive while on the iPad. The 99-cent application includes the ability to create and edit documents, and offers a host of editing features for those who want to examine graphs or spreadsheets. Plus, it integrates nicely with standard Microsoft Office file types. It's a great app.
    Polaris Office
  • Netflix

    Those seeking entertainment on the iPad must download the free Netflix app. As long as you have a Netflix subscription, which costs just $8 per month, you can stream any of the company's titles directly to the iPad. Netflix has established itself as a leader in streaming, and its mobile apps are a key reason for that. Check it out.
  • StockMarket HD

    New iPad owners who want to stay up on the latest stock information will want to check out Stock Market HD. The $3 application includes the ability to see real-time stock quotes and access historical data to see what kind of value one can get from a potential buy. There's even a handy news section to see what's going on with a particular company.
    StockMarket HD
  • OpenTable

    OpenTable is gaining popularity across North America, with more than 20,000 restaurants allowing users to make reservations without ever calling in. The iPad app is capable of tracking the user's location and finding all restaurants within the area that have reservations open. Each restaurant also includes some basic information on what kind of food it offers, where to find parking and more. It's a great, free app.
  • Pandora Radio

    Music lovers should go to the App Store and immediately download Pandora Radio. The software provides full streaming over WiFi and Long Term Evolution (LTE) on the iPad, and it is free. After creating a Pandora music station, the app plans songs that match the user's tastes. Pandora is a leader in streaming for a reason: It gets the music right.
    Pandora Radio
  • Google Maps

    Google Maps is a must-have for anyone who doesn't see the kind of value in Apple's Maps that the company would like. Google Maps tends to have more accurate data than Apple's alternative, and features like StreetView and the ability to explore locations makes the free app a must-have for anyone looking for directions or information on local establishments.
    Google Maps
  • Adobe Photoshop Touch

    Graphic designers won't be able to get the full Photoshop experience on the iPad, but they can come close with Adobe Photoshop Touch. The $10 application includes several of Photoshop's top features, including layers, adjustments and filters, and allows iPad owners to edit images from within iOS. Photoshop Touch may not be the perfect photo-editing tool, but it's certainly one of the better options for iPad owners.
    Adobe Photoshop Touch
  • Dropbox

    Dropbox's free application is ideal for those who want to transfer large files and share them. After all, that's Dropbox's core function. The company's feature set allows users to upload large files (from the iPad or elsewhere) and then make those accessible to others no matter where they are. Dropbox has established itself as one of the leaders in cloud storage, making it a must-have for most users.
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.

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