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?
Read your article. Though I don’t necessarily agree with the criticisms of the iPad, I appreciate your effort to present a balanced view of iPad use in higher education.
Incase anyone is interested in reading a related artice on iPads and how they are used by university students http://www.upiu.com/science-technology/2011/10/24/iPad-your-ultimate-learning-tool/UPIU-2621319508260/
I would have to agree with Zite as a source of information. A couple of apps that I view everyday is Reeder (RSS Feeds), Notify (Reminder App), Things (Get Things Done) and FlickrStackr (Browse Flickr). Thanks Andy for sharing!!!
You’re welcome! Appreciate your suggestions. Have heard about or seen first three, but FlickrStackr is a new one for me. Will have to check it out.