It’s not hard to see why Apple’s iPad continues to be the world’s most popular tablet. Apple’s dominance is in no small part due to the sheer number of apps available in the official app store.
With almost 400,000 different apps available, there’s no shortage of compelling official and third party apps to choose from.
And because these apps can help you do anything from streamline your social networking to help manage your expenses, there’s also no shortage of apps that can help keep you being productive.
The following is a list of the best productivity apps on the iPad according to industry awards, downloads, and popular critical review.
Evernote is a free note taking app that lets you create to-do lists, write notes, capture photos, and create vocal reminders that can be searched for within the app. What makes Evernote special is that it has extensive connectivity to other apps, including the popular Penultimate, which allows you to use your own handwriting when creating notes in Evernote.
If you’ve heard about the cloud, Dropbox is it. Dropbox brings your photos, videos, music, and other various documents together on the cloud, allowing them to be shared anywhere with ease. With Dropbox you can access any file that you save to your Dropbox account from any device, or even on the Dropbox homepage.
A simpler way to manage and share to-do lists, Wunderlist is a must have for list makers. With scheduled and audible alarm reminders, Wunderlist contains everything you need to stay on track and keep a schedule without having to involve multiple apps to do it.
Instapaper is an award winning media aggregate app that lets you save your favorite pages for offline reading. With a text-optimized view and a browse feature that allows you to look for your friends’ liked content, Instapaper bridges the gap between being online and offline with your iPad.
Providing a simple and highly efficient means of managing your mail on mobile devices, Sparrow is an email client that goes the extra mile for you. With its simple pane navigation and filtering options, Sparrow makes it easy to manage your email without ever leaving the app.
By allowing you to create professional documents, presentations, and spreadsheets from your iPad, iWork is nearly the equivalent of having the entire Microsoft Office suite available to you anywhere. With support for word processing, automated spreadsheet computations, and full integration with iCloud, it’s easy to see how iWork got its name.
GoodReader is a comprehensive and robust PDF reader that can claim the title of being the #1 non-Apple app for the iPad in 2010. With GoodReader you can draw directly on .PDF pages with your finger, create sticky notes, strikeouts, highlights, or create just about any other annotation you can imagine with one swipe of the finger.
Similar to Instapaper, Buffer is a social networking tool that allows you to share your LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter accounts from a single app. Any link, picture, video, or piece of text that you want to share can be added to Buffer and put into a scheduled queue for publishing.
If you do any significant amount of writing from your iPad, iA Writer is another must have app. iA Writer allows you to focus on the text and writing of your documents with a full keyboard extension, stylish and powerful formatting options, and of course full support for iCloud.
The Dictionary app allows you to use your iPad to reference both Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com without an Internet connection when searching for words. Due to its widespread popularity, it has been named one of the top 25 best apps of all time for the iPad.
Quickoffice Pro HD for iPad
If you’re trying to use your iPad to be productive, you’ll need apps that have the functionality of desktop software. Quickoffice Pro HD is just that. With Quickoffice Pro, you can create Microsoft Office documents, power point presentations, .PDF files, spreadsheets, and simple word documents, all from your iPad.
Pulse is a social media aggregate that pulls headlines from websites, blogs, and social media networks in order to create a feed that is specifically catered to your interests. Content that interests you can be saved for offline reading, and it takes only a click to share those stories through Facebook, Twitter, or SMS.
Similar to Pulse, Pocket allows you to save articles, videos, and other media content for later and view it without the use of an Internet connection. By keeping you productive even when you’re not within a service area, Pocket is a must-have for anyone who uses their iPad on the go.
Simple yet elegant, 30/30 is a task manager app that allows you to do everything from answer your emails to finish working on your budget. And designed to keep you on task, 30/30’s bold structure and intuitive interface are enough to keep anyone organized.
MindNode is a mind mapping application designed to help you organize or brainstorm new ideas with mind maps. And with full integration for iCloud and Dropbox, it’s easy to keep or share your mind mapping anywhere and anytime.