If I were stranded on an island and could only bring one thing, it’d by my Apple iPad (assuming that I’d be able to recharge it) – and if I were only able to have five apps on my iPad, these would be the five must have apps that I’d choose.
1. LogMeIn – $29.99
One thing that I totally love about my iPad is how it allows me to connect to my other devices and LogMeIn lets me do just that. With the iPad’s LogMeIn app, I’m able to have remote access to my computer from wherever I am. I can download files, edit tech articles, and shut down my computer all while on the go thanks the LogMeIn app. LogMeIn is a bit pricey at $30, but for me, it’s totally worth it.
2. iAnnotate PDF – $9.99
Nerd Alert: I initially bought an iPad as a replacement for my Sony Reader PRS 600 eBook reader and enjoy the iPad mostly as an eBook reader. The iPad comes with a free download of Apple iBooks and Amazon Kindle’s eBook reading apps, but neither one displayed technical PDF books the way that I wanted. iAnnotate PDF allows for non-stop full screen PDF streaming, which is perfect for reading programming languages and graphic arts books that are on the top of eBook reading lists. Also – as indicated by name – the iAnnotate PDF app lets me highlight, copy, paste, type, and scribble notes on my favorite PDF books as well.
3. Air Video – $2.99
AirVideo may possibly be my most favorite iPad app of them all. Air Video only costs a measly $2.99, but it’s an invaluable video streaming app. Air Video provides a great solution for those that have tons of videos stored on their computer and would love to stream them to their iPad’s – instead of storing those “hard drive heavy” files on their iPad. Air Video can handle just about every popular video type (including MKV) and also allows users to share their videos with friends using a secure password and pin number.
4. iBooks – Free
After catching word of the iBooks iPad app, I was sold on the iPad. It’s safe to say that without this one app, I wouldn’t be an iPad owner – well, I wouldn’t have bought one as soon as I did. I use iAnnotate PDF for all of my technical books, but everything else that I read is read using the iPad’s iBooks app. The full colored, dynamic page turning, and inbuilt dictionary of iBooks made all other eBook readers obsolete – and the best part is that this app is free.
5. Safari – Free
There are lots of awesome apps on the iPad, but I’d be an unappreciative snob if I didn’t mention Apple’s Safari app. Sure, Safari is free, it’s already preinstalled on the iPad, and it doesn’t support flash, but what else will give me internet access while I’m stranded on that lonely island. Safari is one of my best friends on the iPad and while it’s usually overlooked – I won’t be one to frown down on one of the most useful apps on the Apple iPad.
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