as more and more of my colleagues and friends get iPads the conversation of ‘what apps do you use’ has become more meaningful. don’t get me wrong, i enjoyed talking apps on the iPhone, but in retrospect it really wasn’t all that important to me. the iPad is a game changer is many ways and the apps are what seems to define the way a person uses it. at the end of the day a phone is a phone, but the iPad seems to have a much more flexible range of possibilities. i was talking to a friend at lunch the other day and she inspired me to write about a few that i’m finding i just can’t live without. before launching in, i should say that my outlook on apps is changing a bit. before i thought apps were something you got and stuck with, now i’m finding that apps can be temporary and useful for a small period of time (vuvuzela app) or they can be tools that make your life better, i’d like the think the ones i’m going to talk about are the latter. the app store can do a much better job of telling/showing you what these do, i’d rather reflect on what they do for me:
goodreader – i need this app to keep email attachments, pdf’s, connect to google docs, dropbox and mobile me. this is essentially my hard drive. i’d like it to have the ability for me to highlight and annotate, but for now this app is something i really can’t do without. i hear instapaper or readitlater might be something i want to look in to, but for now this is a gem.
newsrack – my parents got the paper when i was a kid, but i get my news from blogs and rss feed from web sites, this app allows me to read them the way i like best. i went through 2 or 3 different apps before finding the one that fit me. pulse was an ill fit and some of the more simple text based just won’t get the job done.
app advice – you need this if you want to keep up with what’s new and what’s free. i hit this app once or twice a day to see what’s going on and i have come to rely upon it not just for recommendations and write ups, rather to keep in touch with app news in general. highly recommended if you are always looking.
twitter client (osfoora) – i was using twitterific for a while, but i’m giving this one a try for a bit. both professionally and personally i’m finding that twitter is a great way to keep in touch with others, learn from others, examine different ideas and share. facebook is great, but too involved and not an app for iPad yet.
i think about my apps in a couple of different ways, some are obvious and will work well when we finally get iOS4 and folders, but some not so much. i have apps that my kids play, apps that i use for work, apps that i get my news, apps that have vga connectivity, etc. i think that list of 4 above are solid. i might change the brand app, but those are a few functions that i need.