I am the proud and spoiled owner of an iPad. Mostly because of my insane addiction to reading. Tired of lugging books around everywhere (seriously, I couldn’t go to the doctor/salon/daughter’s lesson without a book in tow), the iPad seemed to be the answer for my problem. And it is. And along with the ease of storing loads of books, I have discovered my own personal favorite apps. Here they are:
1. Angry Birds: Addicting and a world-wide favorite, you’ll love it. Easy to pass time with.
2. Kindle: The Amazon Kindle app is available free for the iPad even though iBooks is the default Apple app for books. Kindle is better because there are loads more books available through Amazon. And there are always lots of free books available on Kindle. Go to Amazon and search for “free Kindle books”. And there are books with samples you can download. Read a chapter and try it out before you pay.
3. Sol Free: Free Solitaire app. My latest addiction.
4. TuneIn Radio: Love love love this app. Download it and you can listen to radio from all over the nation and the world. If you are a Dave Ramsey fan, you search for his show…if he’s on air that afternoon, you can listen live. OR you can set a timer and record the show to listen to it later. (If a program is not airing weekdays, i.e. Prairie Home Companion, then you cannot listen to it live that day.)
5. Pandora: Free basic app (or you can pay to get it without ads). Type in your favorite musician and it creates a radio “station” based on your musical tastes. Click on the thumbs up or thumbs down and the station will fit more to your musical tastes.
6. The Weather Channel: Ooh, so addicting.
7. Boggle: You have to pay for this app, but it’s a great app and the graphics are amazing.
8. Epicurious: If you’re into food, you’ll want this app. Graphics are great. Pick the recipe and add the ingredients to your shopping list and you’re good to go!
9. Fruit Ninja: Too funny – you swipe your finger across the screen to try to chop the fruit. Strangely fun. (Most games I have, I bought around Christmastime, when they were only 99 cents each. I don’t know how much they are now.)
10. New York Times and USA Today: Both are good newspaper apps, and both have crosswords. Both you eventually have to pay for, but you can get a free trial. Or, as I did for the NY Times, I ordered three months of crosswords, and have them for when I have an extra long wait at an appointment. Or, frankly, an extra long day as a mom – they come in handy as a relaxing evening pastime!