15 Amazing iPad Apps

With the arrival of the iPad 2, you may be looking at incorporating an iPad into your arsenal of freelancing tools.

If you’re considering an iPad 2 for your freelancing business, who could blame you? This newest generation of the iPad has received an awful lot of news coverage lately.

But is an iPad worth it as a freelancing tool? Of course, depending on their own business needs, every freelancer will have a different answer to this question.

My answer is this–I think it is helpful in my case. I actually use my iPad even more than I thought I would use it.

In this post, I’ll explain how my iPad has helped me to become a more productive freelancer. I’ll also list 15 amazing apps that I’ve loaded onto my own iPad.

Could Your Freelancing Business Use an iPad?

I get a lot of use from my iPad because I run a lot of errands and I also do some traveling. If you aspire to be a mobile freelancer, having an iPad may be worth it for you too.

My lifestyle means I spend a decent amount of time waiting. An iPad allows me to turn what would otherwise be wasted time into productive time.

Fortunately for me, nearly every place that I go–from doctor’s offices to hotels to restaurants–has a WiFi connection. Even the rest stops along the Interstate when I travel often offer WiFi.

Sure, I might not write an entire eBook or even a long post using my iPad, but it’s great for the following:

  • Answering emails
  • Checking in with social media
  • Moderating comments or commenting on blogs
  • Reading an eBook

So, what apps do I have loaded on my iPad? Here’s the list:

Productivity Apps

The first category of apps that I’ve loaded onto my iPad are tools that I can use to do a bit of work with:

  1. Gmail–If you have a Gmail account did you know that you could access it using your mobile device? There’s no need to leave an “out of office” message any more. Check your email even when you’re traveling.
  2. iA Writer–This is a great little tool for creating short documents with your iPad. This app has been lauded by a number of top sites, and I’m beginning to understand why.
  3. PhotoShop Express–I fell in love with this free mini version of Adobe PhotoShop and you probably will too. This lets you crop and share pictures to social media even before you get home.
  4. Evernote–Great for taking and accessing notes–The iPad version is a great way to organize your projects and can be synced with your PC version of Evernote.
  5. Kindle for iPad–I don’t have a Kindle, but several members of my family do. Fortunately, they make a Kindle reader for the iPad so that I can use my iPad to read books when I want to.

Social Media Apps

Most social media apps come with a version for the iPad. That’s fortunate, because the iPad is ideal for social media networking. Here are the social media apps that I use:

  1. Twitter–Twitter has wisely developed their own iPad app and I’ve found it to be nearly as robust as the PC version. Once you get used to it, you’ll enjoy the convenience of being about to send a tweet from wherever you happen to be.
  2. Friendly–Friendly is not Facebook, but it’s the next best thing if you need to update or view your wall from your iPad. There’s a free version, but I went ahead and invested in the Plus version.
  3. StumbleUpon–While I don’t use StumbleUpon nearly as often as I used to, it’s still a viable social media alternative. I was pleased to discover that they offer a version of the tool for the iPad.

Travel Apps

Naturally, if you’re using your iPad while you’re out and about, you’ll want to include some travel tools on your iPad. Here are my travel picks:

  1. The Weather Channel–If you’re traveling, you certainly want to know what the weather’s going to be like. Use this free app to find out.
  2. Yelp–Is there a decent place to eat near you? Read the reviews on Yelp and find out. (Note: this is an iPod app, but it works fine on the iPad too.)
  3. GasBuddy–No matter where you are, find the gas stations with the cheapest prices near you. With the way gas prices are going up, this is a must if you’re on a road trip. (Note: this is another iPod app, but it works fine on the iPad too.)
  4. Livestrong Calorie Tracker–Travel and especially eating out can really wreck your fitness goals, but this app knows how many calories there are in the entries at dozens of restaurant so that you can stay on track.

Games and Entertainment

What’s an iPad without a few apps just for the “fun of it.” Here are my game picks:

  1. Angry Birds–Of course I had to see what this was about and once I did, I was hooked. It seems simple, but it’s really not.
  2. BrianChallenge–I love puzzles, so naturally I like this puzzle game that serves up a wide variety of brain twisters. At nearly $5.00 it’s a little pricey for an app, but for me, the expense was worth it.
  3. WordPop–If nothing else, this choice betrays that I’m a writer who loves words. It’s like Scrabble (R) and Boggle (TM) combined. Everyone in our family has a version of this loaded on our various mobile devices.

Your Turn

I’ve shared the iPad apps that I use regularly. Now it’s your turn to share.

What iPad apps do you use?

Share your answer in the comments.

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