Tuesday, June 5, 2012

My Favorite iOS Apps for the iPhone and\or the iPad

I love my iPad; I have over a hundred apps on my iPad, but I do have some favorites.  I have a folder on my dock called "Favs" that contains the apps that I enjoy on a daily or weekly basis.  Many of my favorites have both iPad and iPhone versions.  When I can I use these on both.  There are some that I tend to use more on one device, but I will use it on the other in a pinch.  Take for instance Logmein.  I perfer to use this on the ipad, but if it is not available or being used my children, I will use the iPhone version in a heartbeat.  While Pandora and Stitcher gets used more on the iPhone, I use them often on the iPad.  One the iPhone, I use them with the LG Tone - HBS-700 Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Headset for handsfree operation. With the iPad, I prefer the Jawbone JAMBOX portable speaker because I can leave the iPad on the charger and carry the Jawbone JAMBOX around the house instead.

Without further delay, here are my best apps for my iOS devices.
Logmein Ignition - Gives me remote control of my personal and work computers.  Ignition is a one-time purchase that runs on both your iPad and iPhone and works with LogMeIn software on your computers. Install LogMeIn software on an unlimited number of remote computers, and you’ll be able to access them all from your iPad and iPhone. I bought this when it was $30 in 2010; in fact it was the very first app I bought.  It has since evolved to a much better app and the cost has risen as well.  None of the following features existed when I bought it back then.  As the iPad envolves, this app will include those available features.

Key Features Available as of this writing (June 2012):
  • Remote access to all your computers, files and applications
  • File manager for transferring files remotely and saving files to your device
  • Wake-On-Lan for waking a sleeping computer remotely
  • Print to AirPrint-compatible printers
  • Attach files to emails directly from Ignition
  • Photo management for transferring photos from/to photo library
  • HD video and sound streaming from your remote computer to your mobile device (available for Windows, Mac coming soon)
  • My Cloud Bank integration that links Ignition with popular cloud services
(Logmein Ignition - $129.99 - AppStore Links: iPadiPhone)

But there is also a free version available too, simply called Logmein. In fact this free app is what the $30 app was back in 2010, so this will be enough for most people.  It strips away the fancy upgrades and provides easy remote access to the same computers as the paid app.

(Logmein - FREE - AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)

TeamViewer HDI use this for remote control of other people's computers that want help from me.  It saves me from driving across town to help people.  TeamViewer provides easy, fast and secure remote access to Windows, Mac and Linux systems. 
(TeamViewer HD - FREE for personal use - AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)

Amazon's Kindle app - Amazon's ereader app for ebooks is available on all platforms.  I like having my books available to be regardless of what device I am using. The Kindle app is optimized for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, giving users the ability to read Kindle books, newspapers, magazines, textbooks and PDFs on a beautiful, easy-to-use interface. You’ll have access to over 1,000,000* books in the Kindle Store plus hundreds* of newspapers and magazines.
(Kindle - FREE; Most books cost $ - AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)

BibleReader - My favorite Bible app from the Palm OS days. Quickest navigation between books, chapters and verses. Love my King James Bible and the Amplified Bible versions.  BibleReader is an amazing way to read & study the Bible. Write a note, highlight, and bookmark your favorite passages, and then back up or sync them to another device with Olive Tree’s FREE cloud backup service. With split-screen viewing and advanced search, BibleReader is a powerful Bible study aid. 
(BibleReader - Apps is FREE; Some Bibles cost $ - AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)

Touch Retouch - Because we all have those pictures that would be perfect if not for the ______ in the picture. This app let's you get rid of the ______ for good. It works like magic.  TouchRetouch is a revolutionary application that lets you remove unwanted content or objects from your photos, using just your finger and iPhone or iPod Touch. Mark the items you want taken out of the snapshot and hit ‘Go’. That’s all there is to it. Retouching photographs has never been so quick, easy and convenient.
(Touch Retouch AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)

ABCPlayer - Free viewer of ABC's TV shows, because who really watched TV on a TV anymore? Download the ABC Player app to watch your favorite ABC shows for free on iPad or iPhone wherever and whenever you want to watch. View full-length episodes of Modern Family, Grey's Anatomy, Revenge, Once Upon a Time, Happy Endings and more. 

(ABCPlayer - FREE - AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)

Netflix - Netflix is the world’s leading subscription service for watching TV episodes and movies on your phone. This Netflix mobile application delivers the best experience anywhere, anytime.  I finally got rid of the DVD and Blu-ray delivery service portion and now only have the streaming video subscription. Now what will I do with that Blu-ray player now? Looks like Sony missed it again!
(Netflix - FREE; Requires a monthly subscription starting at $7.99 - AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)

Air Video - Air Video comes packed with features. It can share folders on your harddrive as well as iTunes playlists. It supports live conversion and offline conversion where the entire file is converted upfront. It lets you customize the conversion settings, zoom and crop the video.  Get more of your home video library on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Air Video is a great solution to watch your AVI, DivX, MKV and other videos.  My iMac has an external USB disk full of movies in various formats and I can view them on my iOS device. I can even queue them to be converted to the Apple friendly format on the computer from the iPad.  I quickly bought the paid version to give me total access to my videos. This app gets used weekly.
(Air Video - $2.99 - AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)
There is a free version called Air Video Free that works the same, but limits the number of files seen in a directory.  It will allow you see that it works. 

(Air Video - FREE - AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)


Stitcher Radio - Listen to your favorite news, comedy, sports and talk radio shows ON DEMAND from your mobile device. Discover the best of NPR, CNN, Fox, BBC, WSJ, Adam Carolla, SModcast, Joe Rogan, Rachel Maddow, Rush Limbaugh, Fresh Air, Freakonomics, Radiolab and over 10,000+ shows and live stations. Change the way you listen to radio - on your schedule, not the schedule of traditional stations. 

Do you still download podcasts to your device? Not me. I stream them with Stitcher. Set them as favorites and get your fresh material daily simply by launching the app. My favorite stations are Mac OS Ken (Daily Mac News) and iPad Today (Weekly iPad show).
(Stitcher Radio - FREE - AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)

Pandora - Best free music streaming service. Allows me to create 100 stations based on an artist, a song or a composer. I can set any mood at a click of a virtual button.  Coupled with Stitcher Radio, Pandora eliminates the need for traditional radio.  I have Bluetooth in my automobile, so I enjoy my own choice of content everywhere I go.
Pandora Radio is free personalized radio that only plays music you’ll love. Just start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs or classical composers and Pandora will create a custom "station" that plays similar music. Already a Pandora listener? Even easier. Just log in. Pandora on iPhone is fully integrated with Pandora on the web. Enjoy all your existing stations - and create new ones right from youriPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. You can also subscribe to Pandora One for $3.99 per month to eliminate the Ads everywhere you listen to Pandora, plus some web only upgrades.
(Pandora - FREE - AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)

BlogPress - Let's me update my free iamthereforeipad.com blog at blogger.com.  BlogPress is an easy blogging app for both iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad and it is highly intergraded with your favorite social networks: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and Picasa!!

We know blogging. You may want to share your idea, your daily life or the important moment with people who are important to you. BlogPress is an app for that. Text, photos and videos, Facebook and Twitter sharing, comments and reply, location sharing, labels/tags and categories ... BlogPress has everything you need for blogging.

(BlogPress - $4.99 - AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)
Zite - Zite Personalized Magazine keeps me informed of the news sites or subjects that matter to me.  Zite is a free personalized magazine for your iPad that automatically learns what you like and gets smarter every time you use it. Zite delivers all the great news, articles, blogs, and videos you want – and helps you discover new stuff that you'll love. 

(Zite - FREE - AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)

FlipBoard: Social News Magazne - Best way to view my Twitter and Facebook channels. Read these and other news in a magazine type style. Fill Flipboard with the things you like to read, from niche blogs to publications like Rolling Stone and Lonely Planet, and use Instapaper or Readability to save articles to read later. Flipboard creates a single place to enjoy, browse, comment on and share all the news, photos and updates that matter to you.
In addition to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, you can flip through your newsfeeds and timelines from Google Reader, LinkedIn, SoundCloud, Tumblr, Flickr, 500px, Sina Weibo and Renren on Flipboard.

(FlipBoard - FREE - AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)

GoodReader - Best PDF viewer and retriever. It can open any PDF from a URL. It has some many features that I can't name them all. I can store videos, music, and many other types in the app. Can be password protected.

GoodReader has earned its accolades by the way it handles huge PDF and TXT files, manuals, large books, magazines, and renderings of 100 mb and more with great speed. The ability to mark-up PDFs opens up new doors to GoodReader users who can now use typewriter text boxes, sticky notes, lines, arrows, and freehand drawings on top of a PDF file.
Besides reading, you can also sync your files with remote servers:
• sync with iDisk, Dropbox, SugarSync and any WebDAV, AFP, FTP or SFTP server
• sync entire folders or individual files separately
(Goodreader - $4.99 - AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)

Dropbox - This is what iCloud hopes to be when it grows up. I store what I want and can easily see the content on all platforms. It is like having a flash drive (thumb drive) in the cloud. Many apps work with it.  Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. After you install Dropbox on your computer, any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, your iPhone and iPad and even the Dropbox website! With the Dropbox app, you can take everything that matters to you on the go.
Read your docs or flip through your albums when you're out and about. Save photos or videos to your Dropbox and share them with friends in just a couple taps. Even if you accidentally leave your iPhone in a taxi, your stuff is always safe on Dropbox.
(AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)

PAC-Man - Because all work and no play makes Carl a dull man.  PAC-MAN, the world famous arcade classic, returns in this faithful rendition for your iPad! Play Original, Normal or Easy Mode and guide PAC-MAN with two different control modes. Navigate through the mazes by touching the onscreen controller in Joystick Mode or chomp on dots with the swipe of a finger in Swipe Mode. Munch fruits and other items for big points! Chomp all of the dots to advance to the next stage. Go for high scores and high levels! Gain an extra life at 10,000 points! Gobble blinking Power Pellets to weaken ghosts temporarily and eat them up before they change back. Avoid Blinky, the leader of the ghosts, and his fellow ghosts Pinky, Inky and Clyde, or you will lose a life. Lose all your lives and it’s game over!

(PAC-Man - $4.99 - AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)
There is a PAC-Man Lite version too!  It includes on the first stage of the game; enough to see if you still have skills!
(PAC-Man Lite - FREE - AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)

iMovie - I love this app on the iPhone and iPad way better than the one on the iMac.  Make beautiful HD movies anywhere with iMovie, the fast and fun moviemaking app that puts everything you need to tell your story at your fingertips. Browse and play projects in the Marquee view. Create spectacular trailers and thrilling home movies in minutes.* And share your finished projects with the world — right from iMovie. 
(iMovie - $4.99 - AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)

Osmos HD - A relaxing game when I want to zone out.  Some describe Osmos as "Asteroids meets a lava-lamp," others as "Katamari meets Lunar Lander," but all have said it's a game you must experience to appreciate. Your goal is to grow by absorbing smaller motes, but to propel yourself you must eject matter behind you, causing you to shrink. From this fundamental balance, Osmos leads the player through ambient playgrounds, deep solar systems, competitive petri dishes, dense mote-fields, and more.

(Osmos - - AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)

Air Display -  Ever wish you had an extra display for your Mac or Windows computer? There's an app for that! Air Display turns your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch into a wireless display, to extend or mirror your computer screen.  At work, I have 4 monitors on my PC. My iMac has one. air Display lets me use my iPad as a second screen so I can work without minimizing the programs on my main screen.  I love this when programming with xCode (Mac only - Mac Store Link), I can program on the big screen and view my ebook or other support material on the iPad. 

Air Display not only gives you a wireless computer screen extender, but also works as a tablet input device. You can use your finger to draw directly on the screen's surface. Try it with a calculator, painting tool, or music control surface! Simple gestures allow you to operate the right mouse button and scroll wheel.

Air Display's performance is extremely responsive, employing a unique dynamic compression algorithm. On a typical Wi-Fi network, mouse cursor refreshes are indistinguishable from a wired mouse.

On Mac OS X (and soon for Windows), if you have a Retina display, you can choose to operate at normal or double resolution. On Lion, you can even enable “HiDPI mode.” HiDPI, a built-in Mac OS X feature that renders UI elements at double resolution, is absolutely stunning on a Retina display.

Air Display works in both landscape and portrait configurations. Just rotate your screen, and it automatically reconfigures. When you rotate the screen, or disconnect and reconnect, your windows are automatically repositioned appropriately so you don't have to drag them back onto the Air Display screen.

(Air Display - $9.99 - AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)

Paper by FiftyThree - Sometimes I like to just draw. This is a simple app that allows me to do so. Paper was designed from the ground up for touch and creating on the go. No fussy buttons, settings or other distractions. Paper works the way you think, like a familiar notebook or journal. Have all of your ideas with you in one place. Paper is where ideas begin. It’s the easiest and most beautiful way to create on iPad. Capture your ideas as sketches, diagrams, illustrations, notes or drawings and share them across the web. 
(Paper - FREE with one pen; additional tools available via in-App purchases - $7.99 for all tools - AppStore Links: iPad, No iPhone version)

Sent from my iPad

On Jun 5, 2012, at 9:26 PM, Tonya  wrote:      
I know we all use our iPads for different things and we are from all different walks of life and after reading this group for a few weeks I also realize that you all have  more technical skills and knowledge than I do not to mention intelligence.
In spite of all that, I'd still like to know what apps/ games, etc you recommend.
I have:
iBooks  (AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)
iPad secrets (AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)
2 hidden object mystery games
Flipboard (AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)
Skype (AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)
3D pool (AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)
Air Hockey (AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)
Draw some (love this childish game.. wish other ppl I knew did too) (AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)
Color Splash (AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)
Google (AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)
File Browser (AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)
Bravo now (AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)
Top Chef U (AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)
ABC Player (AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)
TBS (AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)
TV.com (AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)
Air Playit HD (AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)
Epicurious (AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)
AP Mobile (AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)
Ghostwriter (AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)
Snapseed (AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)

1 comment:

  1. Great list! We have a lot of the same favorites when it comes to iPad apps! Some I have never tried either, so I'm very happy to have stopped by for the read! Since I travel a lot for my job at Dish, entertainment apps are my favorite to use on the go, so that's why I'd have to say Dish Remote Access is my most used. It works with my Sling Adapter at home, letting me watch all of my favorite TV shows and movies on my iPad, anywhere I go in the world. Before I would stress out when I knew I’d have to wait several hours for a lay-over, but since I’ve had my iPad and DRA app, I’ve never worried about it again! :)


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