My Favorite iPad Apps…So Far


I spend considerable time looking for useful apps and adding them to the collection on my iPad. I was recently asked about my favorite apps, so I took some time to think about those I use most often.

I start my day during breakfast with news apps from USA Today, Reuters News Pro and the BBC. Then I check specific topics I set up via Zite and Early Edition, sharing links to articles through Twitter and saving articles for reading later with Instapaper. Safari, Pages, Keynote, Mail and Calendar are my top productivity apps, though I often check QuickCal for a summary of my schedule. I use iBooks for reading ePubs and long PDFs.

GoodReader is my favorite multipurpose app. In addition to handling multiple file types, it also makes PDF markup easy. For example, I’ve used GoodReader several times in the last few weeks to fill in, sign and send back PDF documents.

Dropbox is great for managing files in the cloud, though I’m sure iCloud will quickly become my new favorite. Favorite entertainment apps are NetFlix and YouTube. Though I do have a folder full of game apps and iOS devices are great for gaming, I find little time for game apps.

How about you? What apps do you use most often?


About Andy Brovey

Dr. Andy Brovey, The Portable Prof, helps others make sense and make use of digital tools through his work, websites and social media. He has over 30 years experience in educational technology, including teaching, administration and professional development. In 2007, Apple Inc. recognized his work and named him an Apple Distinguished Educator. He started this iPad Academy website shortly after the first iPad went on sale to help others become more comfortable and competent with the iPad, in person and online. His latest venture is Teach About Tech, a resource marketplace for technology trainers.


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