After all without the apps this thing would just be a useless hunk of Tonka Tough Steel (TTS).
So here is just a quick run through of my iPad apps so far: what's worked, what hasn't and what's downright annoying.
Firstly I'm on a mission! A mission to replace all my iphone apps with iPad equivalents. Sure the iphone apps still work but somehow using it just feels dirty and wrong. It might have something to do with the lack of space utilisation when It runs. The iPad's screen is gorgeous, and the resolution is decent (1024 x 768) so when you go to start up an old iPhone app it just sits there with massive black borders around it. It's a little frustrating to use everything is just so small…
To address the previous problem Apple has put in a "2x" zoom function. This does helps with the claustrophobic feel. What it makes up for however gets taken away with the visual pixilation and jaggies. (see below) another problem is sometimes the landscape view doesn't register with the iPhone apps. When you combine tall this with having to still use the old iPhone keyboard there is enough motivation to upgrade everything.
Let the great app hunt begin!
Some developers offer a seamless migration path for iPhone users by combining iPhone and iPad versions. Other developers have choose to separate their products e.g one version for iPhone one version for iPad. I'm not sure why they would do this besides separating the products for revenue purposes later on. All I know is that it makes my iTunes library a bit more messy in the meantime.
- Books, Books, Where are my books? - No iBooks! I can't put any books until the Australian iPad launch, May 28th, I got a whole bunch of books just sitting around just waiting to be uploaded.
- No default weather? - That was a strange one, installed "weather bug" instead. (free)
- IMDB just came in as a combined app, both iPad and iPhone versions rolled into one :) (free)
- Instant Messaging - my beloved Meebo is still stuck in the iPhone version nooooo! I had to pony up some cash for IM+ ($12.99)
- Dictionary.com has a nicely packaged dictionary and thesaurus optimised for the iPad. It's not a combined app like IMDB though. (free)
- Tweetdeck's is back as a separate app but this time sans the Facebook integration. Developers promise facebook in the next version. (free)
- Wikipedia didn't have an iPad version so I went with "Wikipanion". (free)
- RSS reader - I use NetNewsWire on both my iPhone and desktop. When it comes to the iPad however I went with an alternative NewsRack. There was nothing in the NetNewsWire application which warranted the high price tag ($12.99) in my opinion. I just wanted something which looks decent and integrated with Google Reader. ($5.99)
- I use an app called "Quota" on the iPhone to check my usage status like Internet, mobile, frequent flyers status... Quota hit me up for $3.99 as a separate app. The developers there were quite evil, the iPhone version would actually would stop working on the iPad effectively forcing an upgrade... I doubt this was a technical issue because all my other iPhone apps ran fine... ($3.99)
- No default stocks app this time so I went with Bloomberg. (free)
- For all the sysadmins out there iSSH got upgraded with an iPad version, best of all it's combined so it's a free upgrade. (free)
Here are some apps I still haven't found a decent solution for...
- TV Guide
Now that I covered my existing iPhone apps, the next set of apps offer functionality which were either non-existent on the iPhone or I would never use on the iPhone due to it's physical dimensions and other limits.
- WordPress - for typing up this blog. (free)
- Soundhound - for some music streaming goodness. It also detect music even if u hum it. (free)
- A bunch of news apps like AP, BBC, New York Times I suspect I'll get sick of these and go back to RSS. (free)
- Marvel - wanted to see what comics looked like on the iPad, it's not bad but I would pay for more comics. (free)
- Geometry Wars - this was a bit steep but I'm a fan of the XBOX version ($14.99)
Now for some more random rants >:)
The pinch and zoom on the iPad is much better than the iPhone.
They did a great job making 1024x768 a lot more usable than a 1024x768 netbook.
The apps friggin crash around the the clock. Right as I'm typing up this post I can cause a crash by just trying to upload a picture :(