Top 265 best iPad apps 2014

15th May 2013 | 11:51

Top 265 best iPad apps 2014

Best apps for your iPad Air, iPad and iPad mini

If you've got yourself an iPad Air or new iPad mini, you'll want to start downloading the best iPad apps straight away. And if you already have an iPad 4 or older iPad, you might want to update it with some new apps.

It's the apps that really set iOS apart from other platforms - there are far more apps available on the App Store for the iPad than any other tablet. So which which ones are worth your cash? And which are the best free apps?

Luckily for you we've tested thousands of the best iPad apps so that you don't have to.

So read on for our best-in-class apps for each major category, followed by some more specific lists of the best free and paid for apps and games.

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Best iPad apps: Books

Top 100 best iPad apps 2012App name: Kindle
Developer: Amazon
Price: Free
Link: Get from iTunes

The best library of literature to choose from, cross platform support via Whispersync, a great choice of fonts and ways to read… Kindle is the most comprehensive reading app out there, and an essential download.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: iBooks
Developer: Apple
Price: Free
Link: Get from iTunes

iBooks doesn't have quite the same selection of books as Amazon's Kindle service, but it's made with the typical level of Apple polish, and is a pleasure to use. It's also compatible with your own PDF and ePub files, so your reading material doesn't have to come from Apple.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Me Books
Developer: Me Books
Price: Free
Link: Get from iTunes

Me Books is a brilliant app that enables you to take old picture books and make them new again with interactive features. Listen to famous voices read out Ladybird books, Peppa Pig stories and other favourites, or record your own voiceovers and sound effects, and choose where to tap to activate them - it's all completely customisable.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Book Creator for iPad
Developer: Red Jumper Studio
Price: £2.99
Link: Get from iTunes

Unsurprisingly, Book Creator for iPad enables you to lay out and publish books directly from your iPad. It's no professional tool, but that's part of its strength - anyone can quickly add in text, videos, pictures and audio to produce interactive ePub books. They'll work in iBooks and other software, and the quality is excellent.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Little Fox Music Box
Developer: Shape Minds and Moving Images
Price: £1.99
Link: Get from iTunes

This meticulously crafted musical storybook has loads for kids to get into. There's plenty of animation and hidden actions in Little Fox Music Box to uncover in scenes based on various classic songs. The designs are by an Oscar-nominated artist, and there's a karaoke mode, if you're feeling brave.

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Best iPad apps: Business

Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: OmniPlan
Developer: The Omni Group
Price: £34.99
Link: Get from iTunes

OmniPlan is a project planning app, and it means business (no pun intended). It's a lot more expensive than your average app, but being able to get all the parts of your project recorded and planned in a way that's easy to refer to could help you hugely later on. It's packed with features, and you can collaborate with others using it.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: OfficeTime
Developer: OfficeTime Software
Price: £5.49
Link: Get from iTunes

You might need to keep track of how much time you're spending working for billing reasons, or just because you want to see what tasks are taking up the most time. Either way, OfficeTime is a really simple way to keep on top of things. It syncs with the iPhone version, so you don't need to have your iPad with you, and even sends the information to a Mac or PC.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: LogMeIn
Developer: LogMeIn Inc
Price: Free
Link: Get from iTunes

Though you can use various file-syncing and transfer services to view your computer's files on your iPad, sometimes you just need remote access to your PC or Mac. LogMeIn gives you control of your computer from anywhere for free, though you can pay a subscription to enable more powerful features, including easy file transfers from your computer.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Adobe Reader
Developer: Adobe Systems, Inc
Price: Free
Link: Get from iTunes

Adobe's free PDF-reading software does more than just open PDFs (which iOS can do anyway). You can use it to mark up PDFs with a drawing tool, and add notes. You can use it to fill in PDF forms, and sign documents to email back (or print). Adobe Reader also supports opening password-protected PDFs and PDF portfolios.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Quickoffice Pro HD
Developer: Quickoffice Inc
Price: £6.99
Link: Get from iTunes

If you want to be able to tinker with Microsoft Office documents easily, Quickoffice Pro HD is a complete package in one app. You can view word processing files, presentations, spreadsheets and PDFs. It even supports more advanced features such as Track Changes. If you need to work with DOC, XLS or PPT files a lot, this is the app to get.

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Best iPad apps: Education

Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Learnist
Developer: Grockit
Price: Free
Link: Get from iTunes

Learnist is kind of like Pinterest for education - you can use it to browse and create learning boards, with mix media and text from different sources to give you all the information you need. This app is a little weak when it comes to creating the learning boards, but it's easy to find boards on all sorts of topics, packed with information. It's a great way to find out about a new subject.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: iTunes U
Developer: Apple
Price: Free
Link: Get from iTunes

iTunes U enables educational institutions to provide course notes and materials for students, including lecture recordings (whether that be audio or video). You can take notes while watching lectures and subscribe to the courses to make sure you don't miss anything. Even if you're not at university, you can use its free course to get learning about new topics!

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Move the Turtle. Programming for kids
Developer: Next is Great
Price: £1.99
Link: Get from iTunes

Replicating the old educational idea of programming a 'turtle' to move around using the Logo programming language, the Move the Turtle app… well, does just that. This app offers a grounding in how software works, teaching your child to build commands and solve problems.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Little Digits
Developer: Cowly Owl Ltd
Price: £1.49
Link: Get from iTunes

There are lots of counting and arithmetic apps on the App Store, but Little Digits is genius in its simplicity. The iPad can detect up to 10 touch inputs at a time, so this app tasks your child with placing the correct number of fingers on screen to match the numbers. It really helps kids to make the connection, and there are maths problems to keep them advancing.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: DK The Human Body App
Developer: Dorling Kindersley Ltd
Price: £4.99
Link: Get from iTunes

DK has been doing a great job of bringing its considerable educational muscle to bear on the iPad, and DK The Human Body App is no exception. Full of detailed diagrams, huge amounts of information and even a rotatable 3D human body with layers you can toggle on and off, it really shows how interactive apps can enhance the way we learn.

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Best iPad apps: Entertainment

Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Netflix
Developer: Netflix Inc
Price: Free
Link: Get from iTunes

Netflix offers the best range of TV for £6 per month, even if its UK offering pales compared to what's available in the US. Still, you get multiple seasons of plenty of great shows, along with loads of films, both older and newer. Clever features such as tracking your place in shows across platforms make it a winner.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Lovefilm Player for iPad
Developer: Lovefilm
Price: Free
Link: Get from iTunes

Lovefilm (now owned by Amazon) has expanded out of being just a DVD rental company to offer streaming TV and films. Its TV content isn't up to Netflix's standards, but it often has flashier, newer films, and you can get its streaming-only service for just £5, for your Lovefilm Player for iPad app or other connected devices.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Sky Go
Developer: BSkyB
Price: Free
Link: Get from iTunes

If you're a Sky subscriber, Sky Go is an essential download. Depending on your package, you can watch up to 32 live channels, including movies and sports, and Sky's on-demand catalogue. It even works over 3G, so you can watch the football just about anywhere.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: BBC iPlayer
Developer: Media Application Technologies Ltd
Price: Free
Link: Get from iTunes

The BBC led the way in on-demand content with the launch of its browser-based iPlayer, and this slick BBC iPlayer app streams a great range of high-quality video content to your iPad. Its custom interface is easy to browse, and you can now even download shows to watch offline while travelling. It also enables you to watch live TV.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: zeebox
Developer: zeebox
Price: Free
Link: Get from iTunes

This app takes the idea of the iPad as a second screen while watching TV to a new level. Zeebox wraps up information about the show you're watching with social streams, it's got information about viewer opinion and can even be used to control certain set-top boxes. It can even be something as mundane as a TV guide, if you're so inclined.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: TVCatchup Live TV
Developer: GZero Ltd
Price: Free
Link: Get from iTunes

You can turn you iPad into a TV with a hardware add-on such as the Tizi, but if you've got a decent internet connection, it's much easier to use this TVCatchup Live TV app. Using it, you can stream the Freeview channels directly to your iPad, with a now and next guide so you can see what's on. It's simple, but works brilliantly.

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Best iPad apps: Finance

Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Account Tracker
Developer: Graham Haley
Price: £1.99
Link: Get from iTunes

Keep track of your spending and balance over multiple accounts with the useful Account Tracker app. It offers support for multiple currencies, enables you to set up alerts to warn if you're going to go overdrawn, enables you to search for transactions and export the information for sending out or analysing later.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Meter Readings
Developer: Graham Haley
Price: £1.99
Link: Get from iTunes

Meter Readings is a great way to avoid any nasty surprises when your gas or electricity bill comes. Use it to keep track of your household meters, and it'll show you usage patterns over time, estimate what the cost will be, and even enable you to check your bills by comparing its figures to what you're being charged. And yes, it'll remind you to take readings.

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Best iPad apps: Food & Drink

Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Jamie's Recipes
Developer: Zolmo
Price: Free
Link: Get from iTunes

The Jamie's Recipes app gives a bunch of recipes for free, but after that you'll have to buy 'packs' to see more content. They're well worth it, though, with easy-to-follow instructions, beautiful images and great search features. You can also add ingredients you need to a shopping list, synced to an iPhone.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Cooking Planit HD
Developer: Caelo Media LLC
Price: £2.99
Link:Get from iTunes

Most cooking apps assume a certain level of competency - especially if you're going to actually make the food in the time predicted. Cooking Planit HD is for complete beginners. It offers great features, such as being able to save meals (combinations of dishes), but the killer feature is its super-easy, step-by-step instructions. A timer on the screen helps you keep on top of cooking times, and tells you exactly what to do in what order to keep things going smoothly - no experience necessary.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Basil Smart Recipe Manager
Developer: Kyle Baxter
Price: £1.49
Link: Get from iTunes

Basil Smart Recipe Manager is a bit smarter than a standard recipe app. Instead of just being loaded with its own cooking ideas, it can search various cooking websites and turn its recipes into easy-to-follow instructions within the app. There's a large list of compatible sites, so you'll always be able to find something amazing to cook.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: BBC Good Food
Developer: BBC Worldwide Ltd
Price: Free
Link: Get from iTunes

This free BBC Good Food app comes with 20 recipes when you download it, but you can buy extra recipe packs to bulk out its options, and they're great value. Each one has nearly 200 new recipes in, and covers a different area, from healthy eating, to quick cooking and, of course, delicious cakes - among others.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: toptable for iPad
Developer: OpenTable Inc
Price: Free
Link: Get from iTunes

Sometimes, you don't want to cook. It's a good thing, then, that the world is packed with great places to eat. The toptable for iPad app enables you to make bookings at thousands of restaurants right from your iPad, either by searching or just browsing a map to see what's nearby. It also offers restaurant reviews and menus.

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Best iPad apps: Games

Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Hero Academy
Developer: Robot Entertainment
Price: Free
Link: Get from iTunes

This turn-based strategy game is perfect for mobile hardcore games. The aim is to defeat your opponent on a chess-like board using your team of fantasy heroes. Hero Academy's asynchronous play means that you can take your turn, wait for your opponent to go, then take your turn whenever you want. It all means it's pick-up-and-play, but it offers a huge amount of depth in how you can play it.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Bastion
Developer: Supergiant Games LLC and Warner Bros
Price: £2.99
Link: Get from iTunes

This engrossing RPG tasks you with saving a destroyed civilisation, through beautifully designed broken worlds. Guided only by a mysterious narrator rivalling Morgan Freeman for gravitas and solemn intonation, you pick a range of weapons and fight hordes of enemies to restore the titular Bastion. It's a brilliant experience, with a choice of controls for the touchscreen.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Splice: Tree of Life
Developer: Cipher Prime Studios
Price: £2.49
Link: Get from iTunes

Splice: Tree of Life is an artistic puzzler that takes place in a microbial world. In each level, you have to reshape the structure you're given in a target number of moves (or 'splices'). It rewards forward planning, and isn't shy of giving you some extremely difficult puzzles to work with. It works perfectly on the iPad, and will steal hours from you.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Need for Speed: Most Wanted
Developer: Electronic Arts Inc
Price: £2.99
Link: Get from iTunes

Need for Speed: Most Wanted is a blistering arcade racer that puts you in various desirable cars, racing to beat your opponents and outrun the police. Drifting around corners, boosting with nitros and major crashes are the order of the day. As you progress and pick up points, you can combine them with the points you get from the console version to climb the leader boards. It looks great, handles brilliantly and is a huge amount of fun.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Jetpack Joyride
Developer: Halfbrick
Price: Free
Link: Get from iTunes

If you've got a couple of minutes to spare, Jetpack Joyrideis the perfect game. It's an endless runner with simple controls - touch to go up, release to go down - but the addition of vehicles and gadgets mean no two runs are ever the same. It's a fast-paced reflex-tester, and it records your high scores on Game Center, so you can compete against your friends.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Letterpress
Developer: Atebits
Price: Free
Link: Get from iTunes

A brutal game of word combat - in Letterpress, you have a grid of letters, and you take control of letters by using them in words. The aim is to have the most letters in your control when the board gets 100% taken. the strategy comes from the fact that you can't use words twice, and it's easy to take control of your opponent's letters. A turn-based battle of strategy and vocabulary, Letterpress is really easy to play, and you can try it for free.

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Best iPad apps: Health & Fitness

Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: runtastic PushUps PRO
Developer: runtastic
Price: 69p
Link: Get from iTunes

Runtastic PushUps PRO is designed to help push you develop your fitness and strength, enabling you to select training regimes, motivating you during workouts and storing information on how well you do each day. It's actually part of a range from runtastic, including sit up and squats, if you prefer.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: iCircuit Training
Developer: Matt Burnett
Price: 69p
Link: Get from iTunes

The iCircuit Training app offers 18 pre-designed circuits, to get you doing different exercises that train every part of your body. You don't need equipment for any of them (though a bit of space might be wise). There are videos to show you how to perform the 50 different exercise types, and it keeps logs so you can track your progress.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker
Developer: MyFitnessPal LLC
Price: Free
Link: Get from iTunes

Keep track of how many calories you're consuming each day with the Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker app's huge database (over two million foods). Once you start seeing how much a chocolate bar will add to your daily total, you might think twice about it if you're trying to lose weight. Even if you're not, it can help you to keep a handle on how healthily you're eating.

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Best iPad apps: Lifestyle

Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Amazon Windowshop
Developer: Amazon.com Inc
Price: Free
Link: Get from iTunes

Amazon Windowshop presents you with a grid of items, making it easier than ever to flick through what's on offer. It's divided into columns of different product types, so you can quickly browse the bestsellers in any category. Select an item and you get all of the usual Amazon information, and you can buy right from in the app.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Louvre HD
Developer: Evolution Apps
Price: 69p
Link: Get from iTunes

Instead of a hefty coffee table book full of art, you can just fill your iPad with it. The Louvre HD app offers 770 of the Louvre's masterpieces to browse through, which can be searched by artist or time (and you can add your favourites). If you want to add an element of ambient class to proceedings, you can set it to show them as a slideshow (and it can even play classical music).

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Day One Journal
Developer: Bloom Built LLC
Price: £2.99
Link: Get from iTunes

If you want to keep a diary of your days, this is the best way to do it electronically. Day One syncs across your iPhone and iPad, so you have it with you everywhere. Write text entries, add photos and locations, tag entries so they can be found later and much more. Oh, and you can set a passcode lock for the app, so prying eyes don't get in.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: eBay for iPad
Developer: eBay Inc
Price: Free
Link: Get from iTunes

With eBay having long since passed from virtual garage sale to virtual shopping mall filled with known selling brands, it's a more popular way than ever to buy things. The eBay for iPad app presents it all clearly and crisply - it's filled with photos and the items, with prices nice and prominent. You can customise its home screen with your favourite searches, too.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Cards
Developer: Apple
Price: Free
Link: Get from iTunes

Cards enables you create physical greetings cards to send out to people from your iOS device. You can order beautiful letterpress cards, customised with your photos and words. It grabs information directly from your phone, such as adding the names of places photographs were taken, and enabling you to choose who to send it to from your contacts. It'll even send you a notification on the day your card is due to arrive.

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Best iPad apps: Medical

Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Gray's Anatomy Premium for iPad
Developer: Archibald Industries
Price: £1.99
Link: Get from iTunes

Gray's Anatomy turns the old medical tome into an interactive iPad extravaganza. It contains all the illustrations from Gray's Anatomy at high resolution, as well as 3D models. You can also search the app, create you own notes for illustration, save bookmarks and email information you want to share from the app.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Muscle & Bone Anatomy 3D
Developer: Real Bodywork
Price: £4.99
Link: Get from iTunes

Muscle & Bone Anatomy 3D is a reference app for the muscles and skeleton that features 3D models of the body with labels linking you through to more information. It also has the ability to group muscles into 'actions' and see how they combine to let you move in real life, and there are quizzes to test your knowledge.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Patient.co.uk
Developer: EGTON
Price: Free
Link: Get from iTunes

Nobody wants to come across as a hypochondriac, but it's still sensible to check your symptoms whenever you feel ill. The Patient.co.uk app offers a large database to search, with information on various diseases and conditions, as well as general health information. The information comes directly from GPs, and the app enables you to find local health services if you're in England.

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Best iPad apps: Music

Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: GarageBand
Developer: Apple
Price: £2.99
Link: Get from iTunes

GarageBand really is music-making made easy. It enables you to play a collection of software instruments and record them to put together a song. for beginners, there are Smart Instruments, which simplify playing the instruments, while experienced musicians can plug in their own guitar or some MIDI instruments to record. You can then edit the track and send it out into the world.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Rdio
Developer: Rdio
Price: Free
Link: Get from iTunes

The Rdio music-streaming service will set you back £9.99 per month for mobile access, but what that gets you is one of the most impressive libraries out there for streaming, great streaming 'radio' stations, offline listening and unlimited playlists. The Rdio appis really easy to use, too.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: djay
Developer: algoriddim
Price: £13.99
Link: Get from iTunes

Further proving that the iPad can become just about anything if developers try hard enough, djay turns it into a pair of decks. Choose two tracks from your iTunes library, and get mixing. With mixer, tempo and EQ controls, automatic beat matching, cue point triggering and loads of other features, it's actually a surprisingly professional setup.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: DM1 - The Drum Machine
Developer: Fingerlab
Price: £4.99
Link: Get from iTunes

This vintage drum machine app takes the kind of setup that might have set you back hundreds of pounds in the past and delivers it your iPad, for under a fiver. Packed with 86 drum kits, and filled with features for getting just the sound you want, electronic musicians will lose themselves in this DM1 app for hours at a time.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Equalizer Pro
Developer: Chun-Koo Park
Price: £1.99
Link: Get from iTunes

If you want more control over how your music sounds on your iPad, Equalizer Pro is the app to get. Whether you just fancy tweaking the balance of a song, or whether you want to do it for everything to complement your headphones, this app gives you total control over your music's EQ. You can draw curves with an unlimited number of points, and see (and hear) the results immediately.

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Best iPad apps: Navigation

Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: TomTom UK & Ireland
Developer: TomTom
Price: £39.99
Link: Get from iTunes

A turn-by-turn navigation app like this is only really of full use on a 3G/4G iPad, due to its inclusion of a GPS chip, but even if you just have a Wi-Fi model, TomTom UK & Ireland's mapping is second to none, its instructions are clear and accurate, and you can opt to have live traffic data for a small extra fee.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Waze social GPS traffic & gas
Developer: Waze Inc
Price: Free
Link: Get from iTunes

If you don't want to pay £40 for TomTom's mapping service, Waze's community-driven approach is hard to beat. The Waze social GPS traffic & gas app will still get you safely around the country, and includes traffic information, along with road, hazard and police information, supplied by the community.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: AA Parking
Developer: Parkopedia Ltd
Price: £1.99
Link: Get from iTunes

Trying to find a parking space can add a huge amount of time onto a journey if you don't know where to go. Do your research with the AA Parking app beforehand, though, and you'll know exactly where you need to end up. It could even save you money, by helping you find the cheapest (or free) car park.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: CamerAlert
Developer: PocketGPSWorld.com Ltd
Price: Free
Link: Get from iTunes

Doing your research with CamerAlert could save you a bunch of money. It's able to show you the locations of speed cameras around the country, so you'll always know where the danger is. To keep its database up to date, you need to pay a subscription, but it's worth it to ensure that you don't get a hefty fine.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: AA Time Machine
Developer: The Automobile Association Limited
Price: £1.99
Link: Get from iTunes

AA Time Machine isn't really so much a navigation app as one for history buffs, but it's clever anyway. It enables you to buy maps from the past to overlay on today's maps, to see how things have changed. You can go from 1816 through to today, and see how areas have built up (or, indeed, disappeared) over time.

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Best iPad apps: News

Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Instapaper
Developer: Marco Arment
Price: £2.49
Link: Get from iTunes

Instapaper is one of the iPad apps that absolutely everyone should own - once you've tried Instapaper, you'll wonder what you did before. It enables you to save articles you've found online to read later - it downloads the text and caches it offline. It means that if you spot something interesting and don't have time to read it, you can send it to Instapaper and eventually browse it whenever you're ready.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Reeder for iPad
Developer: Silvio Rizzi
Price: £2.99
Link: Get from iTunes

Reeder for iPad is a Google Reader client that presents your saved RSS feeds in a way that makes them incredibly easy to browse and leaf through. You skip through everything that's accumulated in a clear layout, and it's got loads of social and reading features, including sending articles to Instapaper.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Flipboard: Your Social News Magazine
Developer: Flipboard Inc
Price: Free
Link: Get from iTunes

Starting out as a way to merge your social feeds with your RSS feeds, Flipboard has grown into a mini publishing platform in its own right. You can still use it to turn your Twitter, Flickr and Facebook feeds into mini magazines, effectively, but it also offers interesting articles through its 'Cover Stories' feature, and includes content from the New York Times and Rolling Stone.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: BBC News
Developer: Media Applications Technologies Limited
Price: Free
Link: Get from iTunes

If you want to make sure you're always up to date with what's happening in the world, BBC News is the app to get. It presents all of the BBC's online news stories in an easy-to-browse interface, complete with relevant video content. You can can personalise the app to highlight the topics that are most relevant to you, and watch the BBC News channel live at any time.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: The Early Edition 2
Developer: Glasshouse Apps Pty Ltd
Price: £2.99
Link: Get from iTunes

The idea of The Early Edition 2 is that you create a daily newspaper, just for you. You tell it where to get content from, using individual RSS feeds, or by linking it to your Google Reader account, and it pulls in all of the words and pictures and lays it out. Everything will be available offline, so you can still read it on the Tube.

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Best iPad apps: Photo & Video

Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Camera+ for iPad
Developer: tap tap tap
Price: £1.49
Link: Get from iTunes

Camera+ is essential on iPhone, but it's also great on iPad, even if you don't take many photos with your tablet. It syncs with the Lightbox of Camera+ for iPhone, so any photos you take appear on it automatically. Then, you can apply all the edits you need on the larger screen, giving you more space to see what you're doing, and have more controls to hand.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: iPhoto
Developer: Apple
Price: £2.99
Link: Get from iTunes

iPhoto looks fairly simple, but it's full of surprisingly powerful tools. You can apply all sorts of filters and brushes, applying spot fixes and tweaks rather than having to make changes to your entire photo. It's all been heavily optimised for the touchscreen, and comes with great photo-sorting features, including creating 'journals'.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Adobe Photoshop Touch
Developer: Adobe Systems Inc
Price: £6.99
Link: Get from iTunes

It may not be the full desktop version of Photoshop, but Adobe's tablet version of its image-manipulation app is still mightily impressive. Adobe Photoshop Touch features lots of advanced tools, all tweaked for touchscreen control. You can still work in layers, and produce amazing final images. The tutorials are great, too, enabling anyone to learn to use it quickly.

Read:Adobe Photoshop Touch review

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: iMovie
Developer: Apple
Price: £2.99
Link: Get from iTunes

Apple's video-editing app offers intuitive gesture controls, making it easy to select clips, import them into your project, trim them, split them and move them around in the timeline. You can also add sound effects, record voiceovers and add soundtracks. iMovie also has the fun Trailers feature from the desktop version, guiding you through making a short, fun film.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Luminance
Developer: Subsplash Inc
Price: 69p
Link: Get from iTunes

Luminance offers one of the simplest photo editing interfaces out there for beginners, but delve into it and you'll quickly find a huge range of sliders and options to tinker with, bringing the most out of your photos. It works in layers, so you can experiment with building up changes and easily go back to how it was before.

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Best iPad apps: Productivity

Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Pages
Developer: Apple
Price: £6.99
Link: Get from iTunes

Pages isn't the app you'll reach for when you just need to type something simple, but it's unsurpassed for when you need to lay out something more complicated. It's easy to change the look of your document, change the flow of the text and drop in images - the words will flow about the pictures flawlessly. Font control is just a tap away, too, making this a great, simple publishing app.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Keynote
Developer: Apple
Price: £6.99
Link: Get from iTunes

Keynote is incredibly powerful not just as a presenting tool, but as a creation one. You can put together slideshows with all sorts of animation using its simple tools, with the Magic Move tool offering serious levels of customisation. And by hooking your iPad up to a projector (or using AirPlay), you can show your presentation on the big screen, while notes are displayed on your iPad.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Byword
Developer: Metaclassy, Lda
Price: £1.99
Link: Get from iTunes

Byword is designed to be a distraction-free writing environment, focusing you solely on what you need to write, whether that's a letter, a speech, or a list of the best apps for iPad. It offers word and character count tools, and extra keyboard buttons for commonly used punctuation. It can save your files to Dropbox or iCloud, and you can edit in Markdown for writing blog posts.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Things for iPad
Developer: Cultured Code
Price: £13.99
Link: Get from iTunes

Things is the ultimate task manager. It's not cheap, but it's incredibly powerful, enabling you to sync tasks across devices, manage the timing of your tasks, divide them up by category, tag them for filtering, add repeating tasks and due dates... if you need to keep on top of a lot of activities, there's no better way.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Evernote
Developer: Evernote
Price: Free
Link: Get from iTunes

Evernote is a mixture of note-taking, reminders and organisation. It enables you to add, well, just about anything as a note, that you can go back and review from any device, thanks to its cloud syncing. You can divide different areas of your life with Notebooks, and even add images of handwritten notes, which Evernote will scan and make searchable. To get the best out of it, you need a premium subscription, but it'll help you organise your life.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Agenda Calendar
Developer: savvy apps
Price: 69p
Link: Get from iTunes

Calendars need to give you lots of information at a glance, and Agenda Calendar is designed to be as slick and simple as possible. Supporting Google Calendars, iCloud and Microsoft Exchange through the default Calendar app's integration, it makes scheduling as easy as it can be. It also integrates with the iOS Reminders app, and you can use gestures to control your view quickly.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Dropbox
Developer: Dropbox
Price: Free
Link: Get from iTunes

Dropbox is one of the best cloud syncing and storage services, and its app is just as good. You're limited in what you can upload to it (just photos and videos from your Camera Roll), but you can access all of your files and folders. The app itself can view many files, but if there's something you want to open and edit in another app (such as opening a presentation in Keynote), you can just the Open With... command. Because of this, it's the perfect way to transfer files to your iPad.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Due - super fast reminder
Developer: Phocus LLP
Price: £2.99
Link: Get from iTunes

Apple's built-in Reminders app is good, but it lacks a few handy features that Due provides. Due makes it fast to add reminders, but it also puts loads of extra options just a tap away. You can set a reminder to recur, or to turn an audible alarm on or off, or you can delay a timer by 10 minutes, an hour or a day, all with just a single tap each - no need to go delving into menus. It makes it much easier to manage the little tasks you might otherwise forget.

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Best iPad apps: Reference

Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomy
Developer: Touch Press LLP
Price: £9.99
Link: Get from iTunes

This collection of anatomical drawings by Leonardo da Vinci, from the Windsor Collection, enables you to get closer to these ancient drawings than you could ever hope normally. The drawings are presented in stunning detail, complete with notes (translated into English). In Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomy you can translate the mirror writing, see how closely the drawings match the real human body, and get insight into the works from the collection's curator.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Pyramids 3D
Developer: Touch Press LLP
Price: £9.99
Link: Get from iTunes

Pyramids 3D is a genuinely amazing app for history buffs. You can explore a 3D version of the Giza Plateau, and go into the tombs in full 3D environments, including into tunnels closed to the public in real life. All the tombs are presented with their hieroglyphics, and you can even see the paintings as they were when new. It's all guided by experts, and there are 3D models of many objects found within the tombs, including Tutankhamen's golden mask.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Atlas by Collins
Developer: Harper Collins Publishers Limited
Price: £4.99
Link: Get from iTunes

The Atlas by Collins app presents the Earth in different globe views, each one offering a huge amount of information and detail. There are physical maps, political maps, environmental ones and many others, including modern topics such as communications and energy. You can zoom down to street level, and explore hundreds of thousands of locations.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Brian Cox's Wonders of the Universe
Developer: Harper Collins Publishers Limited
Price: £3.99
Link: Get from iTunes

Brian Cox's Wonders of the Universe accompanies the BBC series of the same name, and goes well beyond what you can see in a TV series. There are videos and articles, sure, but you can also explore space, from the surface of Mars out to beyond the boundaries of our solar system.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Star Walk for iPad
Developer: Vito Technology Inc
Price: £1.99
Link: Get from iTunes

Star Walk for iPad is an augmented reality app that makes it easier than ever to know what you're looking at when you look up at the sky at night. It can track and pick out the constellations, point out planets and other objects (including the International Space Station), give you more information about what you're seeing, and you can even go back in time, to see what the sky looked like in the past.

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Best iPad apps: Social Networking

Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Tweetbot for Twitter (iPad edition)
Developer: Tapbots
Price: £1.99
Link: Get from iTunes

Tweetbot is an app designed to make Twitter as friendly as possible. It's got a clear, uncluttered interface, gesture controls for accessing information quickly and loads of great, original features, including being able to specify at what times you don't want notifications to disturb you. It can even sync your place in your timeline between it and its iPhone version.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Blogsy
Developer: Fomola
Price: £2.99
Link: Get from iTunes

If you want to blog from your iPad, Blogsy is the app you want. It supports posting to WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, Drupal, Joomla and loads more, and is packed with features. Add images from Flickr, Picasa and more, style text, write and edit HTML, post to multiple blogs, schedule posts, save local drafts, edit pages... for bloggers, this is the only tool necessary.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Find my Friends
Developer: Apple
Price: Free
Link: Get from iTunes

Find my Friends enables you to see your friends and family's locations, if they've given you permission. You can have it on all the time to make sure your kids are safe, or just for a small period, such as if you're trying to get a group to meet up. You can set location-based alerts too, so you'll know when someone arrives.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: MyPad+ for Facebook, Instagram & Twitter
Developer: Loytr Inc
Price: £1.49
Link: Get from iTunes

MyPad+ combines Twitter and Facebook in one app, enabling you to see your Facebook Messages, Twitter DMs and Mentions all in one place. It's also great for browsing the social networks, with a big clear news feed, gesture navigation, Facebook chat and Instagram support.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Skype for iPad
Developer: Skype
Price: Free
Link: Get from iTunes

If you want to video chat with someone who isn't using an Apple device, Skype is the way to do it. Skype for iPad also supports voice calls and instant messaging, so you can communicate however you want. You can share photos from within the app, and it works over 3G and 4G, if your iPad supports it.

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Best iPad apps: Sports

Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: MLB.com At Bat
Developer: MLB Advanced Media
Price: Free
Link: Get from iTunes

The MLB.com At Bat app offers news, analysis, scores and schedules for free, but with a premium subscription, you get access to a large archive of games and highlights from last season and before, including some classic games.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Coach's Eye
Developer: TechSmith Corporation
Price: £2.99
Link: Get from iTunes

Record yourself or someone else taking part in their sport, then play it back in slow motion and analyse it with Coach's Eye. You can go through frame-by-frame, or just play it back, and you can draw on the screen to point out highlights (or errors), and add an audio voiceover.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: CoachNote
Developer: EXLUNCH
Price: £1.49
Link: Get from iTunes

Whether you're playing with the Champions League or with your pub team, it pays to know your tactics. CoachNote enables you to plan player positions and movement for a range of sports. You can animate 'plays' by moving players around, which can be recorded to play back or share elsewhere.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Sky Sports for iPad
Developer: BSkyB
Price: Free
Link: Get from iTunes

For Sky Sports subscribers, Sky Sports for iPad is the ultimate companion app. Watch Sky Sports channels live, follow multiple matches at once in split-screen in the Champions League event centre, or get player profiles and live match stats while watching on a big screen. For F1 races, you get split-screen video, multiple camera angles, highlights and live race data.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: My Football Pro HD
Developer: Supportware
Price: £1.49
Link: Get from iTunes

My Football Pro HD is a comprehensive football app that offers data for 800 leagues across the world. Follow just about every team's scores live as the matches are played, with plenty of stats to mull over, and even get Push notifications if something happens to your team. Of course, you can choose favourite teams, so you get the most important information first.

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Best iPad apps: Travel

Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Google Earth
Developer: Google Inc
Price: Free
Link: Get from iTunes

Get the full power of Google's information about the world with the Google Earth app. It offers 3D cities, tours of famous places, layers of information - including roads, borders and more - and enables you to see photos from around the world. You can get a surprising amount of information about pretty much anywhere in the world, all with one free app.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: TripAdvisor
Developer: TripAdviser
Price: Free
Link: Get from iTunes

The internet has given everyone a voice, and people most use it to talk about what they like and don't like. Harnessed in apps like TripAdviser, that's a very good thing. Get information about everything from the quality of food in a restaurant to whether a hotel is good value, and find great things to do in places you've never been before. TripAdviser can really take the worry out of going to a new place.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: National Parks by National Geographic
Developer: National Geographic Society
Price: Free
Link: Get from iTunes

America has some the most beautiful national parks in the world, and the National Parks by National Geographic app is full of stunning photos of them, as well as lots of great information about what you find there. You can see maps with points of interest highlighted, get information about what activities there are to do, and what flora and fauna you'll find there, and personalise the app for the kinds of things you like to do.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Tube Map Pro
Developer: mxData Ltd
Price: £1.49
Link: Get from iTunes

It pays to know exactly where you need to go on the London Underground long before you leave home. The Tube Map Pro app provides a Tube map, along with live updates for the quality of service on each of the lines, so you'll know in advance if there's going to be engineering delays. It can plan your routes for you as well, and tell you how long the journey should take.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Live Street View
Developer: Tim Broddin
Price: 69p
Link: Get from iTunes

Google Maps may have disappeared from the built-in Maps app, and taken Street View along with it, but you can get it back! This Live Street View app offers Google Street View for anywhere that it's available, just by tapping on the maps provided. On top of that, you can use its 'live' Street View function to have it act as a kind of augmented reality app, showing you the Street View for where you're currently pointing the iPad, so you'll know if you're in the right place.

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Best iPad apps: Utilities

Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Find my iPhone
Developer: Apple
Price: Free
Link: Get from iTunes

Despite the name, Find my iPhone is more than capable of helping you find your iPad - though you can use it on your iPad to find your phone, if that's what you need. Tying into iCloud, it enables you to track the location of any of your devices (though the accuracy may depend on whether they have a GPS chip, or are connected to the internet). You can also use it to cause a misplaced device to make a loud sound, you can send a message to the device, or lock or wipe it completely, if you think you can't get it back.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Chrome
Developer: Google, Inc
Price: Free
Link: Get from iTunes

Unfortunately, Google Chrome isn't as fast as Safari on iOS, but it does have a load of other features that make it worth a look, especially if you use it on the desktop. For a start, it can sync tabs and bookmarks with the desktop version, but it also offers a unified search/address bar, Google voice search, a clever home screen and some gesture controls, along with an easy-to-use Incognito mode.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: 1Password Pro
Developer: AgileBits Inc
Price: £6.99
Link: Get from iTunes

1Password Pro enables you to keep your passwords and other sensitive information handy on your iPad, but protected. You can even use it to log into websites with a single tap, and it's all protected by high levels of encryption. It can sync with the iPhone, Mac and Windows version of 1Password, so you've got all your information everywhere you need it.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Air Display
Developer: Avatron Software
Price: £6.99
Link: Get from iTunes

If you often have your iPad docked near a desktop computer, why not use it as a second screen? That's what Air Display does, either mirroring or extended or Mac or Windows desktop onto the iPad. You can even use the touchscreen to control your computer, meaning that you could put, say, tool palettes in Photoshop on the iPad, leaving more space on your screen. For apps that have multiple windows, such as a movie editor, you could put your file browser on the iPad, leaving more space for editing.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Air Video
Developer: InMethod sro
Price: £1.99
Link: Get from iTunes

iOS is only able to stream movies in iTunes from your computer over Wi-Fi, but Air Video can stream just about anything. Use it to access any video file on your desktop computer and watch it on your iPad. Even videos in formats the iPad doesn't support aren't a problem, because Air Video will transcode them on the fly, turning them into a suitable format as they're playing, provided you have a fast enough computer.

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Best iPad apps: Weather

Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Magical Weather
Developer: Sophia Teutschler
Price: £1.49
Link: Get from iTunes

Magical Weather is an animated weather app that makes getting the temperature less boring. It looks beautiful, but more importantly, it presents all the information you need at a glance. See the weather for up to nine locations at once, or see hourly forecasts or seven-day forecasts.

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Top 100 best iPad apps 2012

App name: Phases of the Moon
Developer: Fraser Cain
Price: 69p
Link: Get from iTunes

If you like a spot of moon-gazing, Phases of the Moon is a simple app that serves its one purpose brilliantly. It shows you the current phase of the moon with a big, stunning image and some extra information. Useful buttons enable you to look at how the moon will be on a particular date, and quickly see when the next full moon will be.

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