The iPad was released last week and new applications are coming out for it like rain in the Spring. It is reported that the Apple company sold 70,000 iPads in one day, so you can imagine the popularity that “apps” are going to be for this large-screened device. Take a closer look at some of the popular apps here in this article.
The first of some of the ipad applications are downright dumb, or are just created for children. Whichever is the case, one called “Crazy Face” puts comical talking faces on the screen. It may be comical for some but maybe a bit scary for others. The microphone of the iPad picks up your voice as you talk and moves the mouth of the “monster” on the screen in step with your spoken words. So, when you hold the iPad in front of your face and talk while this application is running, it replaces your face with a comical looking one and replaces your voice with an equally comic voice. It makes your iPad a nice toy to play with. It is created by a company named Ezone.
Barnes and Noble has created an ebook iPad application. They run one of the biggest book stores in the world. The screen of the iPad is perfect for reading a page of a book, even if it does need electricity to do so. The “B&N reader”, as it is called, will allow those who downloaded previous books to use it on their iPad. The iPad is a sworn enemy of the Amazon Kindle and this new application fro Barnes and Noble should make the war a little more interesting. Regular paper books are appearing in lesser numbers than before, thanks to the internet and the mobile internet in particular.
The next iPad application is from Netflix. Their application is one that “streams” movies to the iPad screen. The enterprising folks at Netflix say the iPad is a “perfect choice” for having instantaneous television watching and movies streamed just from their service. This application does not work with the iPhone. The operating system of the iPad is taken from the iPhone, but it will not be enough to try and download this onto an iPhone. The optimization is different, because of the different screen resolutions.
If you are the blogger type or want to start, there is a new iPad app just for you. WordPress has their own software available for download for your new Apple device. This is available in an iPhone application as well. So what is the difference in the two ? For those using it, it works exactly the same with the same features. But again, the screen resolution of an iPad is not nearly the same as that on an iPhone, so be sure to pick the right application for your device.
Can you hear NPR on your iPad ? If not, the familiar “You´re listening to NPR…” can now be on your iPad. National Public Radio has created their own application for the iPad. They even created an audio player to go along with it. If perhaps you do not want to download the app they have also optimized their liberal web site for the Apple iPad. The site features the same iPad audio player that you would have gotten if you had downloaded it. This application is the right price; free.
Are you into the health or medicine niches ? Take a look at the “Carter’s Encyclopaedia of Health and Medicine” that is available from the Apple iTunes store. This app has pictures and has a list of categories too numerous to completely list here. Some of them are; Anatomy, “Original” Medicine ( incorrectly named “Alternative” ), Medications, Pathology Tests, Procedures, Symptoms and Treatments. If you are truly into health it will be hard to lay out the nearly ten dollars that Apple wants from this app. Nevertheless, it can be used independently from the internet, since it is totally contained within the iPad.
iBooks is an application that is available to those in the United States. Downloading and reading best-selling books is the object of this software. The app comes with a regular virtual bookshelf and you remove them to read them, albeit digitally. Tap the book to open it, flip through and read, and use the bookmarker to take up where you left off when you are done. It is also the right price; free.
How about a “Best of Class” iPad application ? That would be the “Grocery IQ” app. It is just ninety nine cents and is reported to be one of the most popular apps for the iPad. It does what the name suggests; it creates a grocery list for you. The device also also allows you to scan barcodes to get more list information. The automatic functions of this software could save you some serious money.
Would you like your own private digital mood lamp ? You can get this as an application on your iPad. The colors swirl and you can pick what colors you like to see, even white or black. If you like games, Airhockey is available. This allows you to play a game of Airhockey against the machine or against a human player. If you play against the machine there are three different levels; easy, medium and hard. You get two new training modes, something not found on other versions of this game. It is $2.99, or just say three dollars.
If you have a desire for the older games, get Pacman on your iPad. It is created by a company named Namco. You can use a virtual joystick or the swipe method natively included with the iPad. It has three modes; original, normal and easy. Get set back five dollars for tucking this app in your iPad.
More applications are on the way for the Apple ipad, so keep an eye out for more soon.