Time Magazine Posts Annual List of 50 Must-Have iPad Apps

Earlier today TIME magazine posted its annual list of 50 must-have apps for the iPad. I find such lists save time by directing me to the most useful apps. You can view the list via a slide show or can click the View All link under the left and right arrows to jump to the whole listing at a glance. Each item in the list also includes mention of alternate apps for the same function, totaling 150 app ideas in all. Many of my favorite freebies are on the list, such as FacebookFlipboard, Google Earth, iTunes U, Kindle, Skype, Weather Channel, Yelp, and YouTube. For alternates to news aggregator app Flipboard, TIME lists Zite, Google Currents, and Pulse (All of which are free).

I also discovered many useful apps I wasn't aware of, such as TheScore Mobile (Free) for tracking the latest sports scores. Some apps on the list I had heard of previously but had forgotten, such as the amazing free CloudOn, which actually lets you use Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on your iPad (and iPhone). You can create, view, and edit documents, and connect to your cloud accounts such as Dropbox and Google Drive. It also lets you view most types of files, such as PDF, JPG, PNG, and GIF.

TIME's choice for a navigation app is Waze (Free), which may be the most popular alternative to Apple Maps. The free Google Maps isn't yet available on the iPad, unfortunately. But you can always try the iPhone version. Other alternate mapping apps may be free or low cost, but you usually have to buy the specific maps you want via in-app purchase. Waze is completely free.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.