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Best Free iPad Apps

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by Geert on 5. July 2011 - 13:53  (74790)

FYI: I noticed that the Best Free Match-3 Puzzle "Zuma Seasons" has been renamed to "Jungle Seasons"

by Jojo Yee on 5. July 2011 - 15:13  (74798)

Thanks for the info Geert. The app name and the new file size were updated in the review.

by Geert on 9. July 2011 - 18:54  (75094)

Believe it or not, but the name changed again!
Now it is called iZumas

by Jojo Yee on 10. July 2011 - 1:56  (75107)

Can't believe it. The good thing is that the App ID remains the same and the link still works.

This game is quite close to the popular game Zuma, and looks like it tries to get a name which is close but can't be the same, and in a short while we've seen this: Zuma Seasons > Jungle Seasons > iZumas...

If you play online games, this is one of the Zuma games you can play for free Zuma deluxe online, flash based, running on other platforms than iOS.

by Geert on 18. August 2011 - 10:12  (77886)

The best free match 3 puzzle iZumas once again changed name: now it's called 'Fire Balls'.
If you can reach 59999 points in exercise mode, you get the full version for free. But that score is insanely high imo, if not impossible. Moreover, how do you manage to get more points?
Anyway, I would call it 'the most name changing free match 3 puzzle'.

by Jojo Yee on 18. August 2011 - 16:03  (77902)

Updated in the list and thanks for the info. Usually you can get higher scores by matching more balls in a shot, getting chained explosions through gaps of other balls, or consecutively matching balls with every shot.

by Geert on 19. September 2011 - 12:27  (79886)

Just to confirm that if you reach 59999 points in exercise mode, you indeed get the full version of Fire Ball for free. (Maybe you should add that in the description)
My son just did it. ;-)
"Consecutively matching balls with every shot" seemed to be the key to success.

by Jojo Yee on 19. September 2011 - 15:19  (79898)

Good suggestion Geert. I have added that in the description as I also got the full version free after reaching 62,028 points in exercise mode :)

by michwoo (not verified) on 22. June 2011 - 2:06  (74134)

Free Apps I actually use on my iPad (most require you to be online):

Skype - (online) use the iPad to make calls

Remote Desktop Lite - (online) good enough to do the job (used on Windows Vista, 2003, and 2008). Touchscreen remote control of servers is great - no mouse lag.

Teamviewer - (online) remote control parents/friends computers when they break stuff.

Shazam for iPad - (online) identify song playing on radio etc

Dragon Dictation - (online) voice to text

AppShopper - (online) this is why I also have lots of paid apps that I got free, has free/price change searches (they have a web site as well but the app is easier).

Pocket Weather AU HD Lite - (online) the current weather and the weeks weather forecast (Free version for Australia only) - I am sure there are lots of alternatives.

Beatwave - cute, fun, simple, music making app

Sudoku Joy - awesome Sudoku app - has brilliant hint and tutorial options

700 Solitaire Games Free for iPad - limited subset (12) of the 700 but it is a very good app

Stupid but they will always make people laugh:
Atomic Fart FREE
Talking Tom Cat for iPad

by aich (not verified) on 21. June 2011 - 21:55  (74126)

Two free iphone apps I use all the time are:

ALARM - very high functionality alarm program; covers all my needs from wake-up to sleep and all sort of nag/repeat capabilities.

EMAILME - simple quick program to send email to yourself with reminders, notes, articles, etc. pasted in message. If you like to use your email inbox to control and follow-up on tasks then you may find this useful. I also use to handle followup items in my inbox.


by Lynpy (not verified) on 21. June 2011 - 21:25  (74123)

Wordfeud is my most used app since having an iPad. I have made several aquaitenances from around the world too whilst playing this word-making game.

by Morc (not verified) on 21. June 2011 - 19:39  (74113)

Just checked and DukePen is a paid app ($1.99!). Can you please update the list to reflect that. Meanwhile I'll continue my search for a handwriting app on the iPad.


by Jojo Yee on 22. June 2011 - 3:04  (74136)

Thanks Morc for the info. Unfortunately it turned commercial after my review and now removed from the list.

by Geert on 21. June 2011 - 17:47  (74105)

Great to see that this site is also going to pay attention to iPad apps.
For those of us using LastPass as their password manager, LastPass Tab is a must. It's (yet another) tabbed browser with LastPass integration. Works as expected.

by Jojo Yee on 23. June 2011 - 2:58  (74213)

Thanks Geert for mentioning LastPass Tab Browser, added and grouped under Password Manager, though it doubles up as a web browser.

by David R (not verified) on 21. June 2011 - 16:08  (74101)

Best free news app for my iPod Touch 4th gen is the Official Drudge Report.
Best free cartoon is Dilbert.
Best free shooter is Overkill.
Best free card game is Solitaire Deluxe.

by John Thompson (Devon, United Kingdom) (not verified) on 21. June 2011 - 15:19  (74096)

I request that your choices indicate those that are compatible with iTouch. Some of us haven't move on to iPad (yet!). Thank you for a terrific selection of resources.

by Jojo Yee on 23. June 2011 - 8:36  (74238)

Good suggestion John. A plus sign is added next to a product icon in the list if the app is also compatible with iPhone and iPod touch.

by Anonymous1 (not verified) on 21. June 2011 - 16:02  (74100)

Quite safely you can assume that if the apps can run on iPhone, they can also run on iPod touch unless they're related to phone features.

by RAubry (not verified) on 21. June 2011 - 14:56  (74094)

My most-used iPad app is Wikipanion. It brings up a fast access to Wikipedia, and you can set the preferences (in the settings area, not in the app) for the keyboard to come up by default, all ready to enter text in the search field. Fast, fast, fast, and good looking. I've had the iPad since it launched, and I've probably used Wikipanion more than any other app. (OK, the other apps are Weatherbug and Kindle for the iPad.)

by Jojo Yee on 23. June 2011 - 13:48  (74253)

Thanks RAubry for mentioning Wikipanion. It's now in the list.

by Ramjee (not verified) on 21. June 2011 - 14:48  (74093)

I have been using it for chatting and talk...It integrates your windows live, google talk, yahoo, aol and other accounts. You can talk with online gtalk pals.

by vesman (not verified) on 21. June 2011 - 13:50  (74088)

I think this is a great topic that could use a lot more attention, First of all I have two top favorite web browsers Bing is by far the best one.

as far as free most of the free ones with an exception of the ones mentioned above they are pretty useless still looking for good free ones I'm sure the more apps they make for the iPad the better and more free ones they have.

by Anupam on 21. June 2011 - 14:44  (74092)

This is a freeware site, and the above article also is about free apps on iPad. Therefore, please mention free apps only. I have edited out the parts about commercial software. Any such mentions will be deleted in future too.

by Ed Armstrong (not verified) on 21. June 2011 - 13:41  (74085)

My comment is for iPhone Apps:

Fox News

by DuidelikeDave (not verified) on 21. June 2011 - 13:26  (74084)

Teamviewer is free for personal use remote desktop client for Windows. Not sure for other platforms. You can use it to access your desktop from your couch with your iPad. I've even used the iPhone version over 3g and it was still workable.

by EducatingArchie (not verified) on 21. June 2011 - 13:09  (74083)

Best free TV player with 70 channels including UK's BBC & ITV (offers may vary with location) Teleboy TV. Best on wi-fi

by Mark A (not verified) on 21. June 2011 - 13:05  (74082)

Why would you want an iPad app?

by Geert on 21. June 2011 - 17:42  (74104)

Never seen such a silly comment...

by MidnightCowboy on 21. June 2011 - 20:18  (74115)

So what would be your answer? :)