The iPad 3 combines all of the wonderful features of the iPhone 4S into their tablet line. The iPad 3 comes with a beautiful, high definition retina display and 5-megapixel camera. These ten applications take advantage of that retina display and camera to create documents, read digital content and play games.
1. Instapaper, by Marco Arment, $4.99
Instapaper lets you save web pages to read later. How often do you find an interesting article or blog post but don’t have the time to read it? Using Instapaper, you now save that URL or page to read later when you have the time. Instapaper integrates with hundreds of iPad applications to let you automatically save to Instapaper from inside other applications.
2. Zite Personalized Magazine, by Zite, Inc, Free
Zite Personalized Magazine delivers the news to you in a beautiful layout. You choose from the sections you want to read: tech, cars, food, etc. As you rate articles, Zite learns the types of articles you are interested in reading. For a free application, Zite brings amazing functionality and layout to your iPad 3.
3. IWork (Pages, Numbers, Keynote), by Apple, $9.99 (each)
The iWork applications by Apple bring desktop file creation to your mobile iPad 3. The Pages and Numbers applications allow you to create spreadsheets and word processing document directly on your iPhone. The Keynote application lets you create and share slideshows and presentations from your iPad 3.
4. Infinity Blade II, by Chair Entertainment Group, $6.99
Infinity Blade II is a beautiful, role playing game available on the iPad 3. This game delivers high definition 3D action as you play the quests and games to finish the game and discover the secrets of the Infinity Blade. It also comes with the Clash Mob social networking add-on for socializing while playing Infinity Blade II.
5. Tweetbot, by Tapbots, $2.99
The iOS5 came integrated with Twitter but the Twitter application is lacking in certain basic functions. Enter Tweetbot with its ability to filter your news feeds, switch between multiple timelines and use smart gestures. This application takes tweeting to a new level with a beautiful layout on the iPad 3 retina display.
6. Star Walk, by Vito Technology, $2.99
Star Walk is a stunning application for identifying the stars in the night’s sky. You point your iPad camera at the night sky and the application labels each star on your screen. You can plan your celestial events (eclipses, meteor showers, etc.). Want to know where something Jupiter is? Simply enter a search and arrows point you to where it is at in the night sky. This application is truly amazing for amateur astronomer stargazing.
7. Kindle, by Amazon, Free
The Kindle by Amazon brings e-books to your iPad 3. You download the e-book from Amazon and it syncs to your iPad 3. The Kindle for iPad brings amazing clarity to the text along with many customizable options including scrolling transitions, text size, colors and layout. For a free e-book application, you can’t do much better than the Amazon Kindle.
8. IBooks, by Apple, Free
IBooks by Apple is an iPad 3 application for purchasing e-books through the iTunes App Store. IBooks brings more than just e-books though. Now, Apple brings textbooks to your iPad along with the ability to create your own e-books through their iBooks system. IBooks lets you sync your e-books across multiple devices. When you bookmark a page on your iPhone, you can open it back up on your iPad 3 later and continue where you left off.
9. Pocket Informant, by Web Information Solutions, $12.99
Pocket Informant lets you throw away your bulky daily planner and streamline your life on your iPad 3. Pocket Informant acts as your address book, to-do list, calendar and note-taking application all in one. Organize your life today by using Pocket Informant by Web Information Solutions. It comes with a fabulous layout on the iPad 3 retina display.
10. IThoughtsHD, by CMS, $9.99
IThoughtsHD is a mind-mapping software for organizing your thoughts and ideas. Mind-mapping is not a new concept on iOS devices but combining the iPad 3’s 10-inch screen and high definition resolution and you get stunning mind maps for your tablet. IThoughtsHD is great for brainstorming, concept maps and meeting notes. Once created, you export your mind maps to your favorite cloud storage provider.
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