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Best Free iPad Apps

 
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7. Best Free Internet, eMail & Network for iPad
 
 

Best Free Web Browser for iPad

Dolphin Browser HD (10.5 MB), an intelligent web browser for your iPad with tabbed and full-screen browsing, complete with many useful features including Webzine, side bars, speed dials, gestures, bookmarks, download management, find on page, desktop and private modes.

 

Chrome (18.6 MB), a popular browser for you to search and browse fast, sync your open tabs, bookmarks, passwords, and omnibox data from your computer to your phone or tablet, and open a tab in Incognito mode to browse without saving your history. (Review)

 

Opera Mini (5.0 MB), Opera Mini gives you fast pageloads as it uses powerful servers to compress Web pages by up to 90% before sending them to your mobile device, with Speed Dial to get you to favorite sites quickly, and Opera Link to synchronize your bookmarks across devices such as a desktop PC and a mobile phone.

 

Terra Browser (2.7 MB), a good alternative web browser with unlimited tabs, full screen browsing, text search, bookmarks, incognito mode, passcode protection, ability to save web pages for offline reading, integration with Mail Link, Facebook, Twitter, Readitlater and more.

 

Best Free Instant Messaging for iPad

imo messenger for iPad (15.8 MB), you don't need to create a new account with imo, but just sign in your existing IM accounts to stay in touch with your friends and family. Supported IM accounts include Facebook Chat, Skype, Google Talk, MSN, ICQ/AIM, Yahoo, Jabber and Myspace.

 

Best Free Social Network for iPad

Facebook (10.5 MB), share your personal profile, check out news feed, send messages, upload photos and chat with friends on Facebook using this official app with intuitive navigation, a user-friendly interface and image-centric layout optimized for use on your iPad.

 

Google+ (17.0 MB), find and invite people to your circles of friends and family, share your profile, thoughts and photos or hangout with them, tap Home to get their updates and see what people nearby are saying. A new app designed for both iPad and iPhone.

 

Twitter (14.2 MB), a dedicated Twitter app for iOS devices to post a tweet on the go and discover what's happening right now anywhere in the world. When run on the iPad, it comes with sliding panes to make full use of the larger screen area.

 

Best Free Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) for iPad

Skype for iPad (28.0 MB), make Skype-to-Skype voice or video calls or send instant messages over 3G or WiFi network on the move. Other features, such as making cheap calls to landlines or mobiles, need to be unlocked and paid for.

 

Best Free News Reader or Feed Aggregator for iPad

Flipboard (10.5 MB), flip through the news from websites, or the updates and photos on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., all in a magazine layout that's easy and fun to read. You can also customize your Flipboard with sections you like, share articles and photos, or comment on posts.

 

Pulse News (20.2 MB), manage your news sources in tabbed pages, browse stories by sliding visual mosaics and tap one to read in full. What's more? Add stories to your Pulse.me accessible on the Web, or share them with your friends via Facebook, Twitter or email.

 

Zite (20.3 MB), pick World News, Music, Film & TV, Arts & Culture, Finance or any other sections you like from mainstream publications and sites to include in your personalized magazine. It's superb for your iPad and works automatically as you use, read and view content.

 

Feeddler RSS Reader (4.8 MB), a fast Google Reader client that syncs with your Google account and presents RSS feeds in an easy-to-read interface. Support multiple accounts, feed management, unread item filtering, cache for offline reading, sorting, tagging, sharing and more.

 

Best Free Bookmark Manager for iPad

Pocket (formerly Read It Later) (6.1 MB), ever come across something on the web you want to view but can't at that time on a browser? Add it to your Pocket bookmark list from your PC or mobile for viewing at your leisure. This app downloads articles or web contents (except videos) in the list to your iPad for offline viewing too.

 

Google Search (12.9 MB), search the Web with this official Google Search app and get search results and suggestions instantly as you type, take a picture with your device camera, or even speak into your iPad. Also with easy access to other Google products from the app.

 

Google Earth (27.0 MB), hold the globe in your palm and tour the world with a wipe of your finger to search for cities, places and business with millions of geo-located photos and other useful information. You can also tap the Location Icon to zoom from space to your current location in just a few seconds.

 

Waze social GPS traffic & gas (27.9 MB), a voice-guided navigation app complete with live maps, turn-by-turn directions, automatic re-routing as conditions on the road change, and community generated real-time traffic and road alerts including accidents, hazards, police traps and more.

 

Best Free Weather Monitoring for iPad

The Weather Channel Max for iPad (7.8 MB), a creative app delivers in-depth weather forecasts for the next 24 hours and a longer span of 10 days, with innovative weather maps, active alerts, a robust video library and real-time Twitter feeds from popular TWC Tweeters.

 

Weather HD Free (115 MB), monitor the current and hourly forecast weather at your chosen locations around the world, presented in high definition videos but at the expense of a big file to download. Two cities can be preset in the free version.

 

Best Free Remote Access Software for iPad

TeamViewer HD (11.7 MB), access to remote computers from your iPad to help your friends and family with their computer problems or to your own computer with all its documents and installed applications. Free for non-commercial use. (Review)

 

Best Free Wi-Fi Finder for iPad

Wi-Fi Finder (4.3 MB), locate and bookmark free or paid Wi-Fi hotspots closest to you easily with this app supporting over 650,000 locations in 144 countries worldwide. You can also download its database so that you will be able to search for hotspots even when you're offline.

 

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by Frankieandme on 3. December 2013 - 6:44  (112727)

Words with friends
Great but have trouble signing in too offen

by Baskarjo on 24. November 2013 - 13:33  (112508)

Coast browser, simply the best...

by picabloo on 31. October 2013 - 15:24  (111914)

I think this should be broken down into more categories. Best iPad apps is too general. There should be top puzzle games, top action games, top utility apps, top fitness apps etc.

by O_m_r_4eva on 31. January 2014 - 23:01  (114111)

I totally agree I got into an online debate of how ipad apps need more vraitey and different catoriges to find stuff like top puzzles and brain teasers it's stupid how the whole thing is set up!

by Jojo Yee on 1. November 2013 - 0:15  (111923)

A good suggestion picabloo. Click a page number and you will find more categories listed on other pages.

by dolan on 11. August 2013 - 18:39  (110066)

Stanza is not currently available for the U.S. market. I couldn't find the app in the App Store. When trying to get to the app through the link above, I was given the message about it not being available in the U.S. Thanks, nonetheless, for the many helpful recommendations.

by cognus on 7. August 2013 - 20:48  (109960)

The review crew might dig a little harder. FileMaster is superior to FileApp in several very obvious ways, one being it needs no special wads of software to be installed on the other devices & its a LITTLE more intuitive and pretty fast. Both are unimaginative vs the best 3 in the Droid field and its not strictly an issue of closed/open. An unrooted 'droid has limitations also. The IOS-centric dev seems to think that users only need very narrowly-limited networking, the default being to a Cloud service. IMHO that's a mistaken view. The 'droid dev community treats "all of the above" as potential sharing partners; LAN, WAN, Cloud, NFC, et al. and uses a term approach to connectivity: if you have credentials, you can drive the action from the handheld

by cognus on 6. August 2013 - 20:09  (109940)

FileApp? you gotta be kidding. compare this pig to ES File Explorer for android. the latter is a useful app.
FileMaster is a little better than FileApp, but neither are very good.

if anyone smarter knows of a REAL file management app, cross-device, cross-platform, for iPAD, please suggest to the Editors!

by Jojo Yee on 7. August 2013 - 1:41  (109942)

Unfortunately Cognus this is restricted by the iOS which is known as a walled garden and doesn't allow complete access to the filesystem like the Android OS. Moreover, the iOS confines each app to working within a restricted sandbox where it has complete control over its files. Due to this, not a file manager for iOS will work the same way as a file manager for Android. See also: Apple and the file system

by ihsxpoys on 3. May 2013 - 14:08  (107444)

I am little surprised that you are missing Wunderlist as a ToDo app. It is fantastic. It is web based and cross platform. Works on all my devices and computers. It also has a beautiful iPad interface.

Another app you seemed to forget about is [edited: commercial app]. This is now my preferred method for blogging.

Oh, yeah and Splashtop for remote control in computers.

Browsers to consider - Mercury Browser is fantastic. Finally Puffin Browser allows flash.

by tejas789 on 7. January 2013 - 1:04  (104282)

Hi,
I just came across this site and found very useful. Thanks for keeping good work and sharing the apps list categorically.
I am looking for apps to manage the files/apps/cookies on my new ipad. (to keep my ipad clean from the junk files and know which apps is consuming how much space).
Appreciate your support in advance.

by Bearymum (not verified) on 19. November 2012 - 9:45  (102547)

Have tried to find live wallpaper for my iPad. Love the koi one on android but can't find similar one for iPad.

by Viren (not verified) on 5. October 2012 - 18:12  (100342)

There are no email applications listed. I was looking for better email app for ipad.

by Mg (not verified) on 30. September 2012 - 11:47  (99993)

Pocket says its not available in Australia?

by ted smith (not verified) on 17. September 2012 - 15:52  (99388)

I recommend this Timeline Eons app, a graphic representation of the entire natural and human history:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/timeline-eons/id433352152?mt=8&ls=1

by JohnP (not verified) on 16. September 2012 - 2:48  (99316)

Flex:Player fell over after the latest update a few days ago and now doesn't recognize anything but MP4 files on the iPad even though iTunes will show all the missing video. It might be a good idea to have second best options listed.

by The Stig (not verified) on 15. September 2012 - 4:03  (99282)

Another good app is www.jumblemyfriends.com
It lets you create a jumble word of your facebook friends. Very addictive.

by yashi (not verified) on 21. July 2012 - 7:37  (96468)

Lovely recommendation

by Technogal (not verified) on 13. June 2012 - 2:26  (94768)

I'm really excited about the Dish Remote Access update; released today for the iPad 3. I've been excited to see my HD movies on the beautiful retina display, and it's finally here. I got turned on to some really cool features on the iPad 3 from a high tech buddy of mine who also works with me at Dish. It's amazing how far we've come as a society in such a short amount of time. wyf88, I second your recommendation that Hicalc Calculator is the best out there right now; I’m using it currently and have no plans on changing.

by mirnohti (not verified) on 7. June 2012 - 2:55  (94520)

Wheee! Just found this site and love-love you already! In advance: thanks so much for all you have here. Wonderful. :-)

by Geoff Sams (not verified) on 21. May 2012 - 17:42  (93804)

For RSS I would have to recommend FeedlerRSS as a nicer cleaner RSS reader more akin to Google Reader which is my preferred style. I found that the other readers didn't really support syncing with Google Reader very well, but this one does.

by wyf88 on 11. April 2012 - 6:35  (91892)

Jojo, I majored in mathematics and I highly recommend Hicalc Calculator as the best calculator on iOS, after comparing many other competitors. The free version lacks some features like base converter and statistics, but its scientific calculator is the most powerful I have seen. I have not found another calculator which can calculate differential, integration, evaluation, summation, product, and even find root for a function! It can be very helpful for learners of calculus. It supports complex number as well. It has many finance formulas inside. Well I don't think I can enumerate all of its features... Just give a try.

by Jojo Yee on 14. April 2012 - 5:44  (92073)

Very good suggestion wyf88. It's now added to the list.

by John III (not verified) on 11. April 2012 - 3:52  (91880)

Where is Flipboard? It's great for RSS.

Flipboard is better than Pulse for much persons.

by Jojo Yee on 14. April 2012 - 4:39  (92071)

Thanks for your comment John III. Flipboard was added under the Social Networking category. It's now reclassified.

by Skinnybloke (not verified) on 4. April 2012 - 10:59  (91635)

It appears that 'Secure my Privacy' and 'Omnicalc' are no longer free.

by Jojo Yee on 4. April 2012 - 15:12  (91642)

Thanks and both are now delisted.

by Wolf (not verified) on 3. March 2012 - 19:45  (89867)

The classsic pinball game on your list is not free

by Jojo Yee on 4. March 2012 - 6:23  (89887)

Oops it looks like the app has turned commercial but now we have another choice "Pinball HD Collection" on the list. Thanks for pointing out Wolf.

by JohnP (not verified) on 25. February 2012 - 0:34  (89414)

CloudOn is only available in North America and a couple of other places. Do you have a second choice office suite that is universally available.