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My iPad app lists

Mike Davis


Hi everyone,


This site is in response to all the people that have asked me what my recommended iPad apps would be.  I am an iPad power user.  I use the iPad every day for many different tasks, both in my work and in my personal life.  I currently have about 500 apps installed and have tried and deleted about 300 others.  There are entire categories of apps that I have no interest in and so are not included in my lists.  Email me at mikesiPadinfo@gmail.com about anything related to this site or iPads.  I can only respond when I have the time to. 


I don't maintain a list of apps that I don't like or have rejected. App updates are common and an app that I didn't like when I last tried it, possibly months ago, may be much improved by today. I do not use all of the apps listed on this site on a regular basis. Some I try for a while and delete, and others I keep just in case I need them someday. I use free versions when I can but don't mind paying for many useful or interesting apps.


The lists of apps can be very useful to anyone new to the iPad or who doesn't have time to research and try all the possibilities. Downloading some of the apps listed on this website can give a user a jumpstart to enjoying the iPad. The apps are mostly organized by my favorites and most used at the beginning, and the least used apps farther down the list. Apps listed as  "A Must Have App"  are ones that I would have on any iDevice I might own.




My rating system


There are no poorly rated apps in my lists. The better an app seems to me the better the rating it gets. If an app is included anywhere on this website it is because I like it enough to keep it for now. I discard a lot of apps, so the ones that remain should be some of the better ones.



+++++ Works very well. Would be hard to make substantial improvements. Would keep this app even if another came along that worked well and did the same stuff.


++++ Works well, but has room for some improvement. Would keep this app even if another came along that worked well and did the same stuff.


+++ Plenty good enough to use but has room for substantial improvement. Would replace with a better app if one was available.


++ Works just enough to be usable but should be replaced with a better one as soon as a better one becomes available. Apps of this rating I don’t keep installed on the device, but keep a copy in my iTunes Library in case I need their capabilities. 


+ Apps of this rating I don’t keep installed on the device, but sometimes keep a copy in my iTunes Library in case I need their capabilities. Will replace as soon as a better one comes along.




Browsing the Apps Lists.


Click on a category in the left column and when the page loads scroll through the list.



Installing Apps (the easiest way).


The best way to install any of the apps listed on this website is to be viewing this website while on your iPad using Safari. When you touch on the name of an app, the App Store app will open and take you to the app. You can then read about it and decide to install it or not. 

Once installed on the iPad, you should then connect the iPad to the computer and sync it . A copy of the app will be copied to the computer and serves as a backup. The apps on the computer can be installed on other iOS devices that are synced with the same computer. You do not have to connect and sync immediately but should within a few days.


Installing Apps (another way).


Another way to install any apps from the lists is to be viewing this website on your computer using Safari. When you click on the name of an app, iTunes will open and take you to the App Store and display the app.. You can then read about it and decide if to install it or not. 

Once installed on the computer you then connect the iPad and sync it . The app will be added to the iPad.


Installing Apps (the hard way).


To manually find and install the apps in these lists you use the App Store app on the iPad, search for and locate the app and install it directly onto the iPad.
or

To manually find and install the apps in these lists using iTunes on a Mac or PC, go to the App Store and search for and locate the app, and install it onto the computer, and then connect and sync the iPad.






 Copyright Mike Davis 2010 - 2011       This site will always be a work in progress.