Most would think that I’m an Apple hater and that I hate all things Apple. The truth is, I don’t. I’m first to admit that the products they’ve released such as the iPhone, iPad and Mac products are high quality and have changed the way we conduct our every day lives. What I don’t like is the corporate behaviour of Apple, the bullying tactics and at times the effects it has on people. It’s like crack cocaine, very addictive and somehow changes human behaviour, usually a turn for the worse. Some would call it a cult. Anyway, love it or hate it, they are here to stay and there’s not much you can do about it.
Embedded deep within this cult, I have equipped myself with my iPhone, MacBook Pro and have unnoficially taken ownership of the wife’s iPad. I have used it often enough to grow fond of it and also find the little things to hate. There are two iPhone apps that I use almost daily and was glad to find that it also has been released for the iPad.
So here are my Top 3 Apps:
Air Video was one of the first apps I discovered on my iPhone when I was in need of a media streaming solution. Air Video enabled me to stream videos in almost any format to my iPhone and now the iPad. There was no need for me to copy my videos to the device just to watch them, which I found to be a tedious option. Watching movies or tv shows in bed with a Macbook is not the most comfortable option, the iPhone however did the job but the screen is a little too small. Air Video for the iPad is just right. Live conversion is also available on Air Video which can handle a 12GB 1080p movie comfortably over wifi. Air Video sells for $2.99 on the App Store, there is a free version which has limitations but for that price, it is worth every cent. A must have for me.
I have a number of pc’s at home and a fileserver which hosts my media content. Most of the time it works perfectly fine but there occasions when user intervention is needed. This is when this app comes in handy. I have my iPhone within reach most of the time and now the iPad, so rather than walking to the study and plugging in a keyboard, mouse and monitor to the server, I simply just log in via rdp and fix the issue. This app works over LAN and over the net which is handy if you need to login to your pc at home in a hurry. It takes a bit of time to learn how to navigate without a mouse and knowing how to right click etc but if you’ve used an RDP client before, it won’t take long to master this app. This app is available on the App store for $5.99, a little pricey for me (i’m a cheapskate) but definitely worth the few bucks. It is cheaper than Ignition which is $31.99.
Pete Mortensen from Cult of Mac said it perfectly with his article published in July 2010 titled “Flipboard Looks Like a Damn Good Reason to Own an iPad” as I was thinking exactly the same thing this morning this morning before I left home for work. Flipboard was named app of the year in 2010 and acclaimed as one of the most innovative piece of tech by TIME magazine. It’s that impressive. I discovered Flipboard while browsing through the App Store and sorted by popularity or ratings, I can’t remember now…The best thing about this app, is that it’s free! Flipboard has a Facebook account integration and the layout that it presents is simply stunning and makes absolute sense. I hate Facebook clutter and this app simplifies the things that is most important to you. It has Twitter, News, Tech and allows you to add what you want to read about.
I have only been using Flipboard for a few days and it has already become a favourite of mine.
So there you have it, three of the “must have apps” for me. If you’re like me and in need of the solutions I wrote about then these apps are more than highly recommended to get you started and justifying your iPad purchase.
If you have other app suggestions please do not hesitate to add them below in the comment section, who knows, your favourite could become my favourite or someone else’s.