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136 of the very best iPad Apps (Updated for April)

Security and Utilities

This section will help you secure your tablet (and find it), but also add those little touches you like. Want a good alarm clock or calculator. We’ve got ’em right here.

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Secure Your Tablet

1Password

1Password

Despite being a little on the pricey side, 1Password is a necessity in an age where private data always seems to be at risk. Protect passwords, credit card information, and more with top-grade encryption.

Available on:

iTunes

Private Photo Vault

PrivatePhotoVault

Images might not have any personal information in them, but we all have a few we’d rather not see the light of day. Lock down those photos, videos, and galleries meant only for certain eyes with this app.

Available on:

iTunes

Hotspot Shield VPN

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This app is free to download but costs $5 a month to use. It’s worth it if you do a lot of work or Web browsing on your iPad in public locations, because it blocks hackers from accessing your data on public Wi-Fi networks.

Available on:

iTunes

Track Your Device

Lookout

Lookout

Think you’re free of danger because you’re on a tablet? Think again. Add Lookout to your iPad to protect yourself from viruses and malware, back up your contacts, and locate a stolen device. Upgrade to premium for $3.

Available on:

iTunes

Find My iPhone

FindMyiPad

Find My iPhone is Apple’s protective service for stolen devices. Find your device via GPS, lock your iPad remotely, or erase the data if it’s gone for good. (Read: 6 People get vigilante justice with Find My iPhone.)

Available on:

iTunes

Prey Anti Theft

PreyAntiTheft

If your device is snatched out from under you, Prey Anti Theft helps you track it by triangulating its location. Trigger an alarm, take pictures with either camera, and gather information via connected networks remotely.

Available on:

iTunes

Basic Utilities

Alarm Clock HD

AlarmClockHD

Set your iPad up on a stand and turn on Alarm Clock HD to treat it like a big, touch screen alarm clock. Complete with multiple alarms, news feeds, social media integration, weather info, and more.

Available on:

iTunes

MyScript Calculator

MyScriptCalculator

The iPad’s built in calculator is nice for the simple stuff, but MyScript Calculator can handle more complex equations and takes inputs via handwriting, converting your writing to standard text.

Available on:

iTunes

Paper by FiftyThree

PaperbyFiftyThree

When it comes to creating art on the iPad, Paper by FiftyThree is the canvas you need. A wide range of tools make it easy to get the effect you want. Great for sketches or for more involved creations.

Available on:

iTunes

My Data Manager

MyDataManager

Trying to keep your data usage under control and maybe bring that cell bill down a bit? My Data Manager gives you unprecedented control over your data. Visualize usage and set alarms to avoid overages.

Available on:

iTunes

SwiftKey

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Swiftkey is a replacement for that pesky keyboard that’s baked into iOS 8. It has more intelligent predictions than Apple’s native keyboard, multiple language support, and easy syncing with Gmail, Twitter, and Facebook.

Available on:

iTunes

Note taking and Scanning

Notability

Notability

If you need a little old school comfort and want to scribble on your iPad, Notability is a solid option. Get the pen-to-paper feel with all of the digital bells and whistles like imported documents or linked files.

Available on:

iTunes

Document 5

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The iPad still falls short when managing files. One of the best solutions is Document 5 which will let you convert files to PDFs directly from your iPad. Even better, Document 5 pairs with iCloud to store all your files in the same place.

Available on:

iTunes

DocScan

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Forget the scanner. DocScan will use your iPad’s camera to convert paper documents into hi-res PDFs. The app comes with a handful of nifty editing tools that made it easy to convert textbook pages and chalkboard photos into PDFs.

Available on:

iTunes

Wallpapers

Cool Wallpapers

CoolWallpapers

The iPad’s screen is too impressive to not plaster with pretty images, and Cool Wallpapers has plenty of options. Over 100,000 individual wallpapers are available for your choosing.

Available on:

iTunes

Pimp Your Screen

PimpYourScreen

There’s no need to stop at just the wallpaper when modifying your iPad’s look. Pimp Your Screen offers custom app shelves, home screen themes, icon skins, and lock screens in a variety of styles.

Available on:

iTunes

Wallpapers HD

Wallpapers HD is bound to have good looking wallpaper options – it has HD right in its name. New entries are regularly added and organized in easy to browse categories for convenience.

Available on:

iTunes

Evernote

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 Evernote is the best backstop for all of your spitballed ideas. Toss every thought into it, organized with the easy to navigate notebook system with its iPad specific UI, and never forget a great—or terrible—idea again.

Available on:

iTunes

Benchmarking Apps

3D Mark

3DMark

Test out the performance of your iPad and see how it compares to similar devices, including Android and Windows tablets. This diagnostics tool focuses on graphics performance measurement.

Available on:

iTunes

Geekbench 3

Geekbench3

Recently optimized to test out Apple’s 64-bit processors, Geekbench 3 is one of the most comprehensive performance testers around. It measures processor and memory performance.

Available on:

iTunes

GFXBench 3.0

GFXBench

GFXBench may be familiar by its former name, GLBenchmark. No matter the name, it can help you comprehend the 3D graphics benchmark and will determine performance.

Available on:

iTunes

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