If you own, or at least plan to purchase, an iPad in the near future, I recommended you keep reading this piece. The iPad is revolutionizing how we do business and keep in touch. Unfortunately, not everyone who owns an iPad is fully optimizing its capabilities and leveraging the countless apps that exist to make work and life easier.
Whether you are a stay-at-home mom, a freelancer or a busy executive, there are iPad apps that exist to make your life easier and help you tidy up your living space, condense your cluttered paper work or simply let you enjoy what the Internet has to offer.
Here is my top three list of best apps that I think every iPad should have.
Remember the Milk
With tablets being used for virtually anything you can think of, it makes sense to move your sticky notes on the platform and that is exactly what Remember The Milk app does for you. You will never forget the milk (or anything else) once you have this app installed. This iOS app works on your iPhone, iPod and iPad ensuring that your to-do list is always with you wherever you are. The app integrates with your Gmail, Google Calendar and Twitter accounts enabling you to create and save to-do lists wherever you are on the Web without having to navigate to the app directly.
If you own an iPad and an Android phone like me, don’t worry, you will still get to remember the milk when you don’t have your iPad around. The app is also available on Google Play and synchronizes just the same with your online account keeping you on schedule. Don’t forget to set your time zone to get the alerts, emails and messages on time otherwise the app may just remind you the milk at 2:00AM in the morning.
You have probably been in a hurry at one time and left home or office only to realize that you have left an important document or multimedia forcing you to drive back and get it. Well, if you had Dropbox installed, you would have saved yourself the trouble and any future hassles of having to work on different computers and just keep up to date with what is where. Dropbox brings together all your important documents making them available wherever you are; on your desktop, laptop, smartphone and yes, your iPad.
The iPad Dropbox app is where I throw in all my junk wherever I am on the road. On the other hand, wherever I am working on my desktop or laptop, I always ensure that I have the files synchronized on my Dropbox so I can always access them when travelling.
Dropbox offers 2GB worth of storage space free but you can earn more by recommending the service to others. Personally, I never get to use the entire 2GB since I can always delete what I think is not necessary.
If you are as crazy as I am and try to read nearly everything you come across on the Web in its entirety, the popular Read It Later service now comes on your iPad and Android as Pocket to ensure that you do. There is way too much out there to read and with Pocket, you can always read it later. The app works well when you have Pocket extensions installed on your browser allowing you to save and access saved pages from your iPad app.
Saving to Pocket is not limited to the browser. There are over 300 apps on the App Store that allow you to save to Pocket including Twitter and Flipboard. Support for tags allows me to locate the countless pages I have saved while researching. Whenever I need to delete an article I longer need crowding my Pocket, I simply click on the tick button and it’s gone. It’s that simple, to save and unsave on Pocket.
The above 3 apps pretty much make a compressed list of what apps I think you need to have on your iPad. They are invaluable no matter your profession or hobby. Try them out and thank me later, because I know you will.
by David Gitonga