Work and Organizing
This section is dedicated to helping you get more done. The iPad is for more than just entertainment, and we’ve got the tools you need to actually use the thing for work.
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- Work and Organizing
- Security and Utilities
- Travel and Maps
- Fitness, Health, Sports
- What’s Around Town
- Social and Chat
We checked out Hop on the iPhone, back when it was known as Ping. The simplified, but powerful, email system works on the same principles as a a threaded SMS or instant message conversation, and it’s even possible to make audio calls through the app.
In Cannonball, a gesture control system makes inbox management simple, while the app separates important messages from newsletters and other general messages, so important messages don’t get lost.
Boxer has a cool swipe system for managing your emails inside the combined inbox, plus Box or Dropbox integration, and fast access to your calendar. There’s even a Like button for a fast, positive reply to an email.
With the big screen of the iPad, you should be able to manage your inbox easily. Mailbox is built for the platform with gesture controls and a goal of clearing out your inbox to keep you on task and organized.
Word Processing, Spreadsheets, and Package tracking
It’s hard not to recommend Apple’s Pages word processor, particularly if you use a Mac, thanks to iCloud and AirDrop support. Documents are easy to create, there are many templates, and the whole thing looks fantastic.
The excellent iA Writer is the app for the people who want to write, and nothing else. It strips away all the complex settings, and keeps the interface simple and uncluttered, leaving you free to concentrate. It also supports iCloud and Dropbox.
It has been a long time coming, but Office for iPad is here, and all apps are highly polished, custom designed mobile options of Microsoft’s all-powerful suite. However, if you want to see their full potential, you’re going to have to pay up.
Deliveries is a great app for tracking packages. The app provides accurate summaries, a clear interface, and easy integration with every Apple device. It’ll work easily with iCloud and be configured to appear in notifications center.
Opera Coast is a web browser, but not as you know it. Controlled using gestures, the layout and operation is closer to using the iPad itself. We’re fans of its speed and intuitive operation, and love the fullscreen view.
Chances are you already use this on your computer, and the Chrome browser’s cross-platform syncing is one of the reasons we love it. Speedier than Safari, it also syncs bookmarks, and features the handy Incognito mode.
If you’re looking for a hardcore web browser, iCab is it. Its comprehensive feature list includes the ability to filter out ads, download files, compress web pages to save data, and manage cookies. It’s a power user’s dream.
Sunrise is a great calendar app if you’re looking to migrate information other popular options like Google, iCloud, and Microsoft Exchange. Add events easily, get weather based on location, location tags, and more.
The award-winning calendar app from Flexibits makes it easy to keep track of your day. Set up events with simple sentences, dictation controls for hands off scheduling, and always see what’s on your agenda with reminders.
Calendars 5 looks right at home in the iOS 8 ecosystem and is great for getting a day-to-day or month-out view of your schedule. The smart calendar features only reveals what’s relevant to you so you don’t get overwhelmed.
Learning how to code is becoming essential, no matter what you do. To tackle the task, check out Codea. It’s a gorgeous code editor that will help you learn how to code just about anything you could want to build.
Khan Academy is a huge collection of knowledge that you can access for free. With thousands of videos covering a huge variety of topics, you can take time out of your day to learn just about anything you want.
Picking up a second language is tough, but you can make it feel like a game with DuoLingo. The app makes it easy to learn as you go, quizzing you in different ways that will insure that the lessons stick no matter the language.
Elevate is one of the best brain-training apps out there. It’s designed to improve focus, memory, and math skills with a series of fun activities on the iPad. The activities get more challenging as you improve.