In the year since I started using an iPad, it has become my most used mobile device. I love being able to actually read books and magazines on it, as well as surf the internet, which, let’s face it, is still not the easiest to do on a mobile phone. I have written blog posts on it, entered countless contests, and watched a ton of movies and live TV from it. I use it so much that I thought I’d post some favorite apps, maybe you’ll even find one that you never heard of to try on yous! This list is specifically for iPads, but for those with an iPhone, most of the apps are also available for those as well.
Next Issue: As a magazine junkie, I have found this app to be invaluable. You can actually subscribe to hundreds of magazines and access them on your iPad, Kindle or Android device for as little as $9.99 a month. If you find yourself in waiting rooms pretty often or are a big magazine reader then I cannot recommend this app highly enough.
Covet Fashion: Created and designed by Rachel Zoe, this app is the ultimate in shopping and it actually reminds me of when I used to dress up my Barbies when I was younger. You can create looks and even change makeup and hairstyles/colors. I’m pretty addicted to this one and if you even played dress up, then you will too!
Pinterest: On the iPad, the visuals of Pinterest are just perfect. I enjoy looking up new recipes and having them available right on the iPad (and using a stand) is better then any cookbook I’ve seen.
HootSuite: Billed as a social media management app, I like to use it exclusively for Twitter. I find that the setup is easy and it hasn’t crashed on me like many other Twitter apps that I’ve tried.
Padgram: I love looking at my Instagram feed and with Padgram, it’s easy to search and follow new pages. I love the layout and it makes viewing multiple photos at once easy.
Spotify: I used to love Pandora, but since Spotify is now free on mobile devices, I’m a fan. I love being able to create my own playlists as well as share them and view friends’. Sharing on Facebook is easy as well and the suggestions are pretty much spot-on.
Star Wars Tiny Death Star: What can I say? I’m addicted to this game. If you like Star Wars and are tires of Angry Birds Star Wars then you might want to try this app. Where else can you get excited when Emperor Palpatine visits you?
Frozen Free Fall: I’m a huge fan of the Disney Movie Frozen and this app is a great twist on the classic “bejeweled” game. You earn new characters as you go along and Olaf the snowman even makes some appearances. The graphics are beautiful and even my 3 year old tries to play.
Day One: I use this app as my personal diary. You can write text and even add pictures and video so I could see using it for a virtual scrapbook or baby book as well. The format is simple and easy to use, as well as attractive. Password protection makes it perfect for diary keeping. I love using this app.
Google Drive: I love being able to save documents and files right from my Gmail and the Google Drive app works just as seamlessly as the desktop version.
Flixster: If you own any DVD’s with Ultraviolet versions, then you most likely already have this app. I love being able to watch my movies anywhere, as well as looking up movie reviews to see if a movie is worth paying to see.
Amazon Instant Video: We are big movie and TV watchers, and my little one especially loves being able to pull up episodes of her favorite shows. It’s easy to use and FREE when you are an Amazon Prime Member. Netflix is also great, but the cost of Amazon Prime plus the added benefits of free two-day shipping is awesome when you shop online as much as most people do.
Cozi: I could not have an app list without mentioning my favorite scheduling and list app. Being able to create a “family” account and seeing their calendars as well as being able to check shopping lists makes this app a time saver as well as a no-brainer. Love, love, love my Cozi!
Alarm Clock Sleep Sounds Pro: I’ve tried tons of alarm clock apps, but this one also has sleep sounds to help you fall asleep. I love being able to change the sounds and customize everything. There are even different “programs” for falling asleep such as “deep sleep”, “quick meditation”, and “calming relaxation” so that you can choose what works best for you. The alarm sounds are able to be customized so you can wake up peacefully and are not jarring at all.
Thanks so much for reading my app list and stay tuned for apps just for young children. My 3 year old is in love with my iPad and I’ll list all her favorite apps next.
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