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

Travel and Maps

Most of us don’t use our iPad around town (unless you have a LTE enabled version), but that doesn’t mean an iPad isn’t a great tool to help you get around or understand where you are. Here are our favorite travel apps.

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Maps and Turn-by-Turn Navigation

Google Maps

GoogleMaps

We’d hate to re-open the Google Maps vs. Apple Maps wound again, so we’ll just say this: Download Google Maps. It’s accurate, thorough, and offers free turn-by-turn voice navigation.

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iTunes

Waze

Waze

Waze helps you avoid traffic jams, find cheap gas, and pick the best places to stop by providing access to crowdsourced, community-generated data that will be invaluable for your road trips.

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iTunes

MotionX GPS Drive

MotionXgps

MotionX GPS Drive includes voice directions, live traffic maps, active lane guidance, social media check-ins, a parking spot meter, and a live compass to make for a feature-packed travel app.

Available on:

iTunes

Traveling Abroad

TripIt

TripIt

Having TripIt on your iPad is like having your own special travel itinerary folder (the one you plan to make for every trip but never do). It keeps hotel, car rental, and flight information in place and in chronological order.

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iTunes

Kayak

KayakPro

Kayak Pro is like the Google of travel planning. It’s the smart search engine for trip planning that will help you find flights, cars, and hotels to fit your schedule and budget. It aggregates multiple airlines and services.

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iTunes

Hipmunk

Hipmunk

Finding flights and hotels is easy on Hipmunk. The app offers handy visualizations, helps you land in a comfy hotel for cheap, and organizes flights by its trademark “agony” rating to minimize duration, layovers and price.

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iTunes

Bring Fido

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Wanna travel with your best friend? Bring Fido makes it easy to find and made reservations at pet-friendly hotels. The app will also list nearby dog parks, sitters, and veterinarians all vetted by other dog owners who rate and leave reviews.

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iTunes

Language Translating

iTranslate Voice

iTranslateVoice

There’s no need to flip through translation dictionaries looking for the right word to say. The iTranslate Voice app gives real-time speech-to-speech translation with support for 36 different languages.

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iTunes

SayHi Translate

SayHi

It’s always best to have conversations face to face, but SayHi Translate is a great middle man. You and a partner speak into it and it translates your speech back and forth to help the conversation along.

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iTunes

Google Translate

GoogleTranslate

If Google has an app for it, you should probably have that app. Google Translate can handle text, voice, handwriting, and text in images. It works with over 70 languages no matter the input.

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iTunes

Public Transit

Mytaxi

MyTaxiNever wind up stranded when you have your iPad in hand. In as few as two taps, you can get a taxi on its way to your location. Follow the taxi in real time, rate drivers, and pay by app.

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iTunes

HopStop

HopStop

HopStop offers you step-by-step instructions on how to get to your destination using combinations of bus, train, and subway commuting options, optimizing the information to speed up your travels.

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iTunes

Google Maps

GoogleMaps

We’ve never listed the same app twice before, but when it comes to transit directions, Google Maps has it down with route guidance and a full color listing of route lines in many major cities, like NYC.

Available on:

iTunes

Outdoors Apps

MyTopo Maps

MyTopoMaps

Who says you can’t take technology out into the wilderness? MyTopo Maps will make your iPad a necessity for outdoor exploration, with maps of terrain and plan your trip with a powerful place search.

Available on:

iTunes

Spyglass ($4)

Spyglass

If you end up getting lost, you can count on Spyglass. It equips you with a GPS, compass, finder, tracker, and AR navigation to ensure you’re never lost, even in strange locales.

Available on:

iTunes

MotionX GPS HD ($2)

MotionXgps

MotionX GPS HD claims to have the best map selection of all iPad navigation apps, and reviews seem to echo that. It’s an all-in-one GPS tool for hiking, boating, and just generally exploring the world.

Available on:

iTunes

Sky Guide

SkyGuide

If you can’t see the stars clearly in the sky, you can get a good look at them in Sky Guide. The beautiful app puts a galaxy’s worth of stars, constellations, planets, and more in your hands.

Available on:

iTunes

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