Best Free Alarm Clock for iPad
Nightstand Central Free (21.9 MB), an easy-to-use alarm clock allows for setting multiple alarms for different days with weather conditions, adjustable snooze time, alarm sounds and wallpaper displays. It works even if the device is sleeping or the screen is locked.
Best Free Calculator for iPad
HiCalc - Calculator for iPad (22.6 MB), a feature-rich calculator in an intuitive interface with no ads, available in Standard, String or RPN mode, supporting precision up to 31 digits with scientific functions, constants library, expression history and more.
PCalc Lite (10.6 MB), a well-designed calculator with multiple undo and redo by swapping the result panel or tapping the buttons. It comes with scientific functions, basic conversions, adjustable theme, digits and key click.
Best Free Comic Book Reader for iPad
Comics (15.0 MB), a comic book reader allows you to zoom in on any panel with Guided View Technology for your reading pleasure. In a large library of comics available from the in-app store, you can download more than 500 comics for free.
ComicFlow (35.9 MB), read comic files in CBR, CBZ or PDF formats in a polished interface, with support for marking a file as read or new by touching and holding a thumbnail. You can import a large collection of comic files easily from your PC using iTunes or a WebDAV client such as BitKinex or Cyberduck.
Best Free Cooking Tools for iPad
Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List (33.7 MB), search more than 30,000 delicious recipes from Bon Appetit, Gourmet, Self, renowned chefs and cookbooks, save or email your favorite recipes, compile and share shopping checklists based on the recipes you've selected. A must-have tool for kitchen lovers.
Best Free Dictionary and Thesaurus for iPad
Dictionary.com (58.1 MB), search words offline with this app that includes nearly 2 million words with definitions, synonyms and antonyms. Extra features include audio pronunciation, voice-to-text search, hyperlinked words, Word and Question of the Day, and the Hot Word blog.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary HD (25.1 MB), type in a word to look up its definitions, example sentences, synonyms and antonyms accessible offline, or speak a word to search when you're online. Other features include audio pronunciation, hyperlinked words, scrolling index, Word of the Day and recent searches. Ads supported.
Best Free E-Book Reader for iPad
iBooks (43.1 MB), download and read books by flipping through pages with a swipe or tap, bookmark and add notes to your favorite pages. Other features include portrait and landscape modes, search functions, settings for font sizes, screen brightness, white or sepia colored pages. Supports ePub and PDF formats.
Kindle (8.2 MB), best for reading Kindle books on white, black or sepia colored pages in portrait or landscape mode, with adjustable font sizes and brightness, word lookups, Google and Wikipedia links, and syncing your last page read, notes, bookmarks and highlights across devices. No in-app bookstore.
Best Free Encyclopedia for iPad
Wikipedia Mobile (5.0 MB), search in your preset language for useful information from millions of articles written collaboratively by volunteers around the world with this official app optimized for your iPad, with today's featured article, save pages for offline viewing and other features such as optional font size, copy and share.
Wikipanion for iPad (4.8 MB), searching for useful information from millions of articles in Wikipedia is made faster and easier with Wikipanion. It streamlines your browsing with table of contents, bookmark and history, in-page searching, Wiktionary lookup, font resizing and more.
Fotopedia Heritage (10.8 MB), a photo encyclopedia gives you more than 25,000 high quality images of World Heritage sites with point-of-interest descriptions, slideshow, search and navigation, travel planning and other useful features.
Best Free Genealogy or Family Tree for iPad
Ancestry (16.3 MB), an easy-to-use app to build and update a family tree of yours, or scour the research library by name to trace historical records with individual info, family, photos and evidence.
Best Free Notepad and Notebook for iPad
Evernote (38.1 MB), take notes, ideas, pictures and recordings with your iPad, and sync them instantly to your Web, Mac or PC version. Not only can it index all your notes, Evernote recognizes the actual text within the pictures so that you can search them easily.
Bamboo Paper (25.2 MB), sketch your thoughts or share your ideas with your handwritten notes with adjustable pen points and colors on this superb digital paper notebook. You can undo or redo writing, send a page image in PNG format or a notebook in PDF format via email to others.
PaperPort Notes (4.8 MB), an impressive app allows you to take notes using a keyboard, free hand or your voice, add a websnap, or even insert a PDF, Powerpoint, text or image file from your cloud storage account, and combine them into a single document that you can organize and share with your friends and family.
Best Free Office Suite for iPad
Quickoffice (59.8 MB), create and edit Microsoft Office documents including Word, Excel and Powerpoint files without the need to convert to Google Docs. You can store the documents in Google Drive for access anywhere online, or save them locally on your mobile device for working offline. (App of the Week)
CloudOn (16.8 MB), a free app and online service using your Dropbox account to create, view, edit and save your office documents including Word, Excel and Powerpoint files in a familiar user interface as your desktop version of the office suite. Pretty good but a bit slow in responsiveness.
Best Free Reminder /To-Do List for iPad
Astrid Tasks/To-do List (12.2 MB), get stuff done with this easy-to-use reminder and to-do list, with full features such as calendar integration, adding notes, setting priorities, repeating reminders, voice recognition and push notifications. You can also collaborate on projects with friends and sync your tasks automatically across your phone and Astrid.com.
Remember The Milk (10.7 MB) allows you to add and complete tasks on the go, organize tasks with priorities, due dates, time estimates, repeating, lists and tags, and sync with Remember The Milk online. Some advanced features including unlimited sync and push notifications are for Pro version only.
Best Free Translator for iPad
Google Translate (2.3 MB), instantly translate words and phrases between more than 60 languages with voice input and text-to-speech supports. Other features include offline access to history and favorite items, display translations in full screen mode and more.
iTranslate (13.1 MB), enter text or swipe to paste it from your clipboard and get your translation instantly from one language into another. Support for over 50 languages, Text-to-Speech, history and favorite lists, but voice recognition is excluded from the free version.
Best Free Unit and Currency Converter for iPad
Units (2.4 MB), convert more than 800 units across 43 different categories, and between 88 different currencies with rates updated daily. You can streamline your workflow by choosing which units to display, and in case you can't find a ruler, it's here as a bonus.
myConvert Lite (4.0 MB), choose a category and tap a unit to convert to other units. It's fast, handy and easy to use, with supports for most common units, selected currencies and user defined units. More units are available for the paid version.
XE Currency (6.2 MB), a fast and efficient currency converter lets you convert every world currency on-the-go at live currency rates or the last updated rates when you work off-line. You can also view charts for the exchange rates fluctuated in the past 24 hours up to one year.
Best Free Voice Recognition for iPad
Dragon Dictation (9.6 MB), save typing and use your voice to text or email your friends, send notes and reminders to yourself, update your Facebook status or tweet to the world, faster and quicker when you are on-the-go. Supports a multitude of global languages.
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