These are the must-have iPad apps that I use every day.
The built-in email app is the iPad tool I use the most. Whether at home or mobile, it keeps me informed of new messages in my work and personal accounts.
The alerts are unobtrusive and useful. The reading pane is wide and clear; threads are easy to follow. Typing is much easier than on a phone.
Mr Reader is an RSS news reader for iPad that synchronises with a Google Reader account. It’s easy to mark items as read, and to search and add new feeds.
Mr Reader supports starred, shared, friend’s shared and tagged items, although these features will be phased out of Google Reader soon when it’s integrated more closely with Google+.
Mr Reader has a host of options and can fully manage a Google Reader account from the iPad.
My favorite Twitter tool for the iPad is HootSuite. I have set up six viewing columns on two pages for the home feed, mentions, direct messages, sent tweets and two searches.
Reading and composition are easy. You can future date tweets and there’s an in-built URL shortener with stats.
You can also update Facebook and Foursquare accounts if you want to.
The ubiquitous Facebook now has an official iPad app. It’s okay, but not as fully featured or intuitive as the desktop version.
Nothing beats it on the iPad though.
I cancelled newspaper home deliveries after installing PressReader and buying a subscription for about $30 a month. This gives me access to more than 2000 full-content newspapers from 95 countries in 51 languages.
It’s basically a PDF version of the newspaper designed for the handy iPad format.
My weekday routine is to read The Advertiser for half an hour after the alarm rings at 6am. I usually read The Australian on the bus and The Age if I have time.
It’s easy to scroll in and out to magnify stories. You can send articles by email or share them by social media. You can even have them read to you!
I’m a little concerned that News Limited papers may drop off PressReader though after they introduce paywalls.
I mainly use the built-in Safari browser now that it has tabs. I previously used Mercury and sometimes experiment with Dolphin.
The problem with alternative browsers is you can’t open them from third-party applications like HootSuite and Mr Reader.
Safari does the job well enough, but sometimes insists on opening the mobile version of a site, instead of utilising the full screen.
Pocket Weather AU
This visually appealing weather app offers up-to-the-minute details for Adelaide and other Australian cities, sourced from the Bureau of Meterology.
The forecasts lack some detail, but everything you need is there including warnings and a radar.
iPad apps summary
The iTunes store has a vast array of quality apps that can become part of a user’s daily routine. There are solid alternative choices for all the iPad apps listed above, except email.
Update: I’ve stopped using Facebook, but still recommend the app for iPad users with Facebook accounts.