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25 Must-Have iPad Apps

The Best Free iPad Apps


You've got your iPad, and now you are ready to fill up with great apps. But what should you download? The only downside of having the most popular app store on the planet is some really great apps can become lost in a sea of possibilities. But don't worry. No matter your interest, this collection of the best free iPad apps are "must have" downloads from the app store.

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Move over Netflix and Hulu Plus, there's a new best movie app in town.  Crackle not only delivers great movies and TV shows with an interface that stands up to Hulu Plus and exceeds the one found in the Netflix app, but it does so as a free download with no subscription costs.  That's right: free movies and TV shows.  That's perhaps the very definition of a must-have app, and definitely makes it one of the best free apps on the App Store.

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Apple began giving away the iWork suite of office apps to anyone who purchased a new iPad after the release of the iPhone 5S. The great part about this deal is you don't even need to buy the latest generation iPad, you simply need to buy your iPad new. The iWork suite includes a word processor (Pages), spreadsheet (Numbers) and presentation software (Keynote). While none of them will completely replace Microsoft Office, for many, these apps will be all you need to get your business productivity done on the iPad.

Google Maps


When Apple replaced Google Maps with their own Maps app, it created such a backlash that Tim Cook apologize. Over a year later, Apple's Maps app still doesn't compare to the old Google Maps, and meanwhile, Google Maps has gotten even better. If you want to use your iPad like a GPS, or simply map out your route before you get into the car, Google Maps is definitely one of the must-have apps on the App Store. Apple's Maps app would certainly win the award for prettiest, by Google Maps is still the most functional.


Evernote works similar to the Notes app that comes with the iPad, but includes a number of super-charged features. Evernote is cloud-based, so you sign into your account to retrieve your notes. This means you can sign in with your PC, iPad or even Android device. You can create notes and task lists, email them from your Evernote account and organize them by tags.



Thus far, we have books, movies and tv among our must-have iPad apps, but we aren't about to leave out music. Pandora for the iPad is both simple and sleek, offering the versatility of the website without too much clutter, and allowing you to play the music in the background while you do other things. When you combine Pandora with the ability to use Home Sharing to gain access to your entire music collection, it's easy to see how the iPad can replace your home stereo. Pandora is easily one of the best apps available for the iPad. And (like the rest of this list) it is free.



Are you ready to turn your social experience into an interactive magazine? Flipboard ties together Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and other social websites with traditional news and magazine sites like CNN and Sports Illustrated to create a magazine tailored to your own social experience. If you think Facebook is cool or Twitter is informative, you should see the turned into a magazine.



The iPad is the ultimate eBook reader, with iBooks leading the list of must-have apps for the device. But avid readers need not stop with just iBooks. The iPad supports Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook and features the Stanza reader, giving you a whole host of options to choose from for your reading pleasure.


Bored with the same old restaurants? Want to find something new? There's nothing quite like Yelp for finding the best restaurants around you. Combined with a great audience of reviewers, you'll not only found out which restaurants are nearby, but you'll be able to choose the best. A great app for the iPhone, the transition to the iPad is even better.

Want an alternative to Yelp? Yahoo's Sketch-A-Search lets you draw an area of the map and searches within that area for different restaurants. It's actually a bit addictive, so even if you love Yelp, you should check out Yahoo's version.


Facebook has taken over a significant role in keeping in touch with friends for many people, and with the iPad integrating Facebook into the operating system, it's easy to share photos and websites with friends. You'll want to connect your iPad to your Facebook account before downloading the app to get the most out of the experience. In addition to the official Facebook app, there are a number of other free clients for Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. The Best Social Networking Apps.


DropBox is a great way to get 2 GB of free storage on your iPad. This cloud-based storage solution also lets you easily share files between your devices, so if you want an easy way to transfer photos from your iPad to your PC without bothering with a cable, you can use DropBox. And if you have a lot of documents on your PC you want to access from your iPad, you can use DropBox to store them. How to Set Up Dropbox on the iPad

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