Here are the apps plus one accessory that I use most often during my down time. I can't guarantee they are best in their class, but I can strongly recommend each one.
I used simple criteria for selecting my top apps: One, I didn't chuck the app after a week, and two, I used it nearly every day. The following are my five favorites, along with some brief comments about them. In all but one case, I asked the app developers to share their thoughts on how they designed these winners.
Land Air Sea Warfare
The introduction of Apple's iPad excited comic book readers around the world. Its large 10-inch color display was well suited to reading digital versions of their favorite comics, and hopes were high that new comic reader apps would become available. So far, a number of excellent titles have hit the app store. I've ranked my favorites by category. (Note: iPad versions of the app are listed; in most cases, an iPhone/iPod touch version is also available.)
Looking for a little fun? Check out the Entertainment section of the App Store. You find some great jokes, scary stories, interesting sound effects, personality quizzes, and more. You can even find a nice refreshing iBeer! Entertainment apps can be fun time wasters, but some can help you organize your recreation plans. The difference between the Entertainment and Game categories is sometimes a bit blurry. Generally speaking, games have scores and entertainment apps don't. In addition, competition usually doesn't play a part in these apps.
vs. This comparison between my beloved Newton and my new best friend iPad, has been out for a while, but I never get tired of watching them side by side.
The most intriguing thing lately has been “seeing where people are.” With the new feature on Facebook for iPhone called, “Places” one is able to broadcast their location from anywhere they are. It works like, “checking-in.” It posts to the newsfeed so that friends can see where everyone is. Also, one is able to tag the people that they are with, in the post of their location. There are many interesting aspects of these new features including the wonder of how safe it is; however, since it is on Facebook, the user controls their privacy through who views their profile.
When the iPad was launched, one of the cool apps initially available was one from Netflix that let you stream movies to your iPad. Late last month the Netflix app was also released for the iPhone and iPod touch. Netflix's streaming movie service has been skyrocketing in popularity, so it's great to see these apps becoming available.
More BTS goodness cometh! Sega is offering up a ton of discounts on their classic games until Sep 1, 2010 (see my games review of Shining Force, and Sonic 2)! You can check out thier blog here for the full list of game titles and discounts, but long story short...SEGA fans can get their hands on Sonic, Ecco, Golden Axe, and more for up to 67% off the normal price (several titles now only $0.99)!
With EyeTV 3.4, you can:
- Watch, pause, and rewind live TV
- Search two weeks of Program Guide listings; includes one year of free TV Guide data, with optional renewal for only $19.95 per year
- Set up schedules to record your favorite TV shows
- Edit out unwanted content
- Share recordings with other Macs or PCs on the same network
- Recordings can be exported to iTunes for playback on an iPad, iPhone, iPod or Apple TV.
EyeTV comes with everything you need including:
Though Apple designed the iPhone, iPod and iPad to be very user friendly and intuitive devices, they do take some adjusting to especially as they move further into roles computers have held - email, word processing, spread sheet, powerpoint, etc and are becoming more common in business, and educational functions.