Best iPhone Apps. The iPad has just been released, and a lot of people are buying it. The 3G model only just came out, yet Apple already sold millions of Wi-fi only units, which is pretty impressive for any new device.
The iPad can really revolutionize the way people use computers, and it can make the learning barrier much lower for grandparents and children who have yet to learn how to use a computer. The interface is very intuitive and easy to use and the operating system is practically unbreakable thanks to all the locks Apple put on it.
While the number of apps written specifically for the iPad is rising, there are still a lot of people who have a great iPhone app and want to install it on the iPad. As you may know, the iPad runs anything the iPhone does, so technically the apps should work. But due to design flaws, not a lot of apps have been designed to work with the iPad’s bigger screen and resolution, and so many of those iPhone apps are displayed pretty badly or are unusable on the iPad.
Below is a list of some of the best iPhone apps that work on the iPad, either because they were written well from the start or because they were ported later.
Evernote. Evernote is one of the best note taking apps for the iPhone, Mac, Windows and now the iPad. It allows you to take written notes, video and audio recordings, screen shots and bookmarks of pages you liked, files you need, etc. And all of these files and information can be synced between all devices that have Evernote installed using an online account, which also stores your data for backup and for it to be accessible anywhere, anytime.
Things. This application is one of the best in the task and project management category, and the iPhone version received a lot of positive reviews from blogs and online magazines. The iPad version is even better, but it also costs a lot (compared to something like Taska, which has almost the same features, yet is 4 times cheaper). Things looks and works great, but the price might not be worth it to some people.
Real Racing HD. Real Racing was one of the best racing games for the iPhone, and now, with the HD version, it’s back in full force for the new iPad. The graphics are simply amazing (easily the best 3D graphics on the iPad compared to any game) and the controls are great. The game sure is taking full advantage of the bigger 9.7 inch screen, and you almost feel like you’re in the driver’s seat.
Tweetdeck. This is one of the best Twitter clients for Adobe AIR and iPhone, and of course it’s been ported for the iPad. This version lets you use the full real estate of the screen and makes using Twitter a very pleasant experience. You can easily view the latest tweets, searches and post your own messages, all from the same screen.
SoundHound. This is a very cool application that helps you identify any music that is playing on the radio, TV or that you sing to it as best as you can. The recognition speed and accuracy are much better on the iPad because of the faster processor and more memory, and the error rate is very low. It’s a great utility to have if you’re really into music and just can’t remember the name if that song that goes like “Dun-Dun-Duuuun-Ta-Da-Da-Daaa…” :-).
Marvel Comics. Marvel’s official comics reading application is pretty good on the iPhone, but it’s severely limited by the small screen and resolution. The iPad lifts those limitations and you can truly see it soar. Reading comics on the iPad’s screen using this application is a pleasure. It’s almost like reading the real paper magazine.
Instapaper Pro. Instapaper Pro is a great utility for the iPhone and now the iPad that lets you save any web pages for later viewing offline, i.e. it saves them in your device’s memory. It’s perfect for when you’ve got 30 articles to read, yet you don’t have the time. You can easily save those pages and read them whenever you can, without even having internet access (in a store, for example).
There are other great iPhone apps that work seamlessly on the iPad, and the above are just the tip of the iceberg. Most of those apps that don’t yet work well with the iPad will soon be ported to it, because it’s an easy thing to do – the developers just have to redesign it to fit the bigger screen, in most cases anyway.