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April 2, 2010

Which iPad apps are getting the early buzz?

Posted: 01:42 PM ET

So what exactly can you do with the new Apple iPad?

That question will likely be best answered by what apps - or mobile applications - become available for the touch-screen device.

Ahead of the iPad's Saturday release, Apple decided on Thursday to put more than 2,500 iPad apps up for sale on its App Store, giving techies a first glimpse at an answer to that all-important question.

Reviewers who already have the iPad are weighing in. Note that these apps are generally pricier than those for the iPhone or iPad Touch. The big difference? iPad apps are bigger, allowing for fancier designs.

Here are a few iPad apps that caught our eye:

  • eBay: It's free and has bigger photos of products, theoretically making it easier and faster to sort through them.
  • Marvel Comics: The iPad's 9.7 inch screen shows off color books better than grayscale e-readers.
  • The Elements: Reviewers are in love with this app, which is basically a multimedia e-book about the periodic table of elements (think of your childhood place-mat gone digital). The price is steep, though, if you're used to $0.99 iPhone apps. It sells for $13.99.
  • NBA: Reviewers say this app is great for statistics fans, since graphs and court diagrams are easier to show off on a bigger screen.
  • Epicurious: The preview photos of this recipe-book app look pretty cool. And the app is free.
  • Netflix: You still need a Netflix subscription, but this free app lets you stream movies and TV shows offered by Netflix onto the iPad's large screen.
  • EA games: Scrabble, Need for Speed and Tetris are getting buzz from CNET. Some gamers hope the large screen will make games more engaging on the iPad than on the iPhone. Others are skeptcial. Some titles could just look over-inflated.
  • Sites like and Dropbox archive documents "in the cloud," so you can access them from anywhere. Wired says these services are a whole lot easier to use on the iPad's big screen.
  • iWork: Apple's suite of apps costs $9.99 and are aimed at business and student types. They help you create presentations, documents and spreadsheets.

Check out the Apple App Store through iTunes to see a full list of the iPad apps available now, with prices and screenshots. With the exception of the iWork apps, we haven't tried these programs yet, but we'll report back as soon as we get our hands on an iPad.

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DDDBU (twitter)   April 3rd, 2010 3:39 pm ET

Great. The ringtone on my iPad is already broken and I'm having trouble calling out. :-)

Taghee   April 3rd, 2010 3:52 pm ET

I just got SoundHound for my new iPad and that thing is awesome. I highly recommend you try it.

Bill Richardson   April 3rd, 2010 5:11 pm ET

My iPad will become a home automation control for me. Check out my site for more info –

john   April 3rd, 2010 5:35 pm ET

Loading is just what I saw at the apple store. Played around with it and thought it would be faster. You can say what you want but many of the sites I visit have flash. I was on for about 20 minutes and had multiple times where I was unable to see pics/videos. Also got a link through an email and couldn't see it. This is 2010 get with it. I'll stick with my hackintosh netbook fully running SL, webcam, and dual boot with windows 7.

bigboxes   April 3rd, 2010 8:44 pm ET

Would you please stop pimping Apple's products. Jeebus, this is just a glorified iPhone. Nothing revolutionary here.

Billowred   April 3rd, 2010 9:24 pm ET

After watching the reviews on the ipad iwant one! I guess iwait till they get in stock!

Ashwini Sriram   April 3rd, 2010 11:12 pm ET

Apple products are slightly overrated. Their USP is the touch/feel of their products. While that is very important, it tends to mislead the average buyer into making a purchase he MIGHT regret later.

And I HAVE to say this. The name is such a cliche. iPod.. iPad.. seriously.. hard to believe this is coming from some of the most innovative minds on earth!!

I'd still prefer a laptop to an iPad anyday. Atleast I don't have to pay for my spreadsheets!

Louisrz   April 4th, 2010 8:05 am ET

iPAD..I want someone with spare icash to buy me one before iGo nuts and buy one, but I'll wait a month or so and get me a iATT IPAD for iSPENT i$700 plus. iWANTA iGET! No mouse – it's about time.

Mohamed Shaheen   April 4th, 2010 11:50 am ET

What is this "ooohaaa" about Ipad when you can only access less than a quarter of the websites out there. It does not support "Flash" ?
You cannot access Time warner, Discover card, Chase..any website with FLASH!!!

Alan   April 4th, 2010 12:45 pm ET

Flash flash flash flash, its all about the flash! The interwebs runs on flash, because the gold standard is flash. Only cool sites have flash, only cool stuff is flash. I'm gonna go eat some flash with my flash now for lunch. Maybe we'll have flash for dinner too. My favorite ATM uses flash, it makes withdrawing money fun!!!! All this talk about flash is making me warm and tingly. I caught my dog chewing on some flash, but he was very happy after that. Now I play chase the flash with him in the back yard. He runs forever if I'm throwing flash. What would we ever do without flash?!

Bob   April 4th, 2010 6:58 pm ET

Does FLASH make anyone more productive? Or, is it mostly for watching videos of cats playing the piano? Whenever I get to a website with a fancy FLASH intro I always skip it. And, I don't sit around all day watching internet videos. I use my computer to create content, design, and make money ... to contribute positively to society. I can't remember a time when I thought to myself, "Gee Whiz, I don't know what I'd do with my time if I didn't have FLASH." If your life requires FLASH you probably live in your parent's basement playing pre-pubescent "fantasy quest" video games.

JustYouWait   April 4th, 2010 8:26 pm ET

What people are not thinking about, apparently, is that the APPS will make the difference. I haven't spent a lot of time looking, so I've seen very little about the iPad. But I have seen enough to know that the APPS will make this thing something you will want to have. These are going to be EVERYWHERE.

Geomic   April 4th, 2010 10:23 pm ET

I am not the first to say this on this site but it is true, in a couple of years there will be devices like the ipad everywhere. This is the future if computing, accept it.

So many comments crticizing the iPad ask, what can you do with an iPad that they cannot do easily with a net book or laptop.......

I got one for you, how about posting a comment on CNN criticizing those who hate the iPad, while sitting on the can.

Sency   April 5th, 2010 3:17 am ET

my IPAD keeps freezing on me – its annoying!

RRW   April 5th, 2010 10:41 am ET

what is this i pad i keep hearing about? I am amazed at how much spare time people have to rant and rave about apples and some sort of pad.

Dominique   April 5th, 2010 11:28 am ET

Besides iNnovation in technology, Apple has brought the world us the endless use of "i" in front of words. It really is a brillaint sort of branding, much like McDonalds provided this to a plethora of everyday items – McNuggets, McDouble, McLovin.... iAm going to use iWords in all of my e-mails today because iWant to see how many people iCan annoy with my onslaught of iLingo.
Just to be in accordance with this blog, iDo want to mention that while iFeel the iPad is an iMazing advacement in its own right, Apple should have done a better job at creating a device that is more appealing to the masses. We live in a world where multi-tasking is iSsential, and by producing a device that does not iNable mutiple apps to run simultaneously seems a bit sketchy to me and much like a money making scheme to iMprove Apple's stock. iGuess iWill just have to wait until the newer model becomes iVailable in 3-4 months at a reduced price. Until then, iWill pass on purchasing an iPad, despite the iNconvenience of having to wait for a newer model.

Matt   April 5th, 2010 11:53 am ET

"The iPad (and the class of devices it is now the face of) will be everywhere in [short amount of time]. Innovation is the child of future change. Prepare youself by opening your mind."

That's pretty much what everyone was saying 15 years ago about the first gen of tablet computers. Will it be different this time? Maybe. Certainly the battery life, display, weight/size, and touchscreen capabilities have gotten a LOT better. What still hasn't really changed is the in-betweenness of the form factor and functionality.

The basic problem is that it's barely more functional than a smartphone (less so, compared with some new phones), and almost the size of a small laptop or a PC tablet with a foldout keyboard. And it's a closed, proprietary platform; lots of apps (some good, many useless), but I can't run the same programs I use on my desktop or laptop PC.

I'm sure it's a great color e-reader. And I could see it being useful for a traveler who would otherwise be using a laptop (with worse battery life/form factor) as a simple web browser/email reader/movie viewer/casual gaming device. There is some potential as an "on the couch/in-bed" computer, but... I already own a laptop that works pretty well for that.

I'm not sure it would cut it for a business traveler who needs to write as well as read email, maybe edit/create presentations or reports, etc. It certainly isn't going to replace a laptop with mouse/keyboard for technical work or most content creation.

Carole   April 5th, 2010 12:13 pm ET

I am excited to see so many people talking about the iPad. My personal history with technology begins with the early use of real slates, chalk and the hectograph. I was there when early computers made their entry into society. I have used many types of computers and I must agree that the best performing and easiest to use Apple computers are still the ones that the ordinary user can easily use. What I love best is the intuitive way that Mac's and Apple products help me do what I need or want to do.

The iPad is going to open up doors for many people. I like the comment from the lady whose husband is putting all of his maintenance manuals on the iPad. I wish I had one for my husband with all of his manuals for his tools on it. He can never find them. And imagine how college textbooks and school texts can be taken with you so easily and at a reduced cost to students and schools. I am so sad to see students loaded down with those heavy backpacks full of heavy books. If nothing else, the IPad can reduce back pain among young people.

As an older person, the ability to read books on a lighted screen will be a big advantage over the small print in most books. The Kindle, while nice, is too small. Also, I was very impressed with an iPhone app that will be wonderful on the iPad. It is called UnColor. I saw a mother with a cranky 2 year old give her phone to the child with this program and the child was immediately engrossed in this. Then I got to do it and I loved it also. I am not much for games except for my 1970s Battlestar Gallactia hand held but I really liked this one.
For all of you PC fans out there, I'm sorry. I've been there and done that and you just don't get it yet. Remember which company brought you "windows" in the first place, and the ability to draw and the first way to run robots in the classroom. Since we don't have our beloved Atari computers anymore, Apple has rescued us again.

This IPad is just a first step just like the first iPhone was a first step. And for all of you guys with small pockets, we ladies can just slide the iPad in our purses. There will be a surge in bags just to fit this device.

I hope my grammar and spelling is as correct. I am noticing that so many of you seem to lag behind the children of the 1940's.

Eric   April 5th, 2010 1:38 pm ET

I'm just so disappointed because it had so much potential. I wanted to buy one but without a camera or USB hook-up or being able to read Flash its just a toy.

Eric   April 5th, 2010 1:43 pm ET

And just to make my point a little further....Look at the main picture of this article. It's facebook. What makes facebook posts? Pictures. Yet this very expensive item doesn't have a method for taking pictues, hooking up to a camera, or transfering using SDHC cards. Oops!

Think Before Speak   April 5th, 2010 1:55 pm ET

I really think that the iPad has been made the center of a debate that is about more than a new tablet device for a lot of people. The concept of the iPad being brought to market as a device to attempt to find a niche between a laptop and a smartphone is not focused on as much as the debates over what technology is best or what company is better than some other company.

With a clear mind, most people should agree that we are all becoming more technology savvy and companies continue to use technology to reduce costs, be more efficient, etc and that there could be a growing need for this type of device in the world today. Granted, it may be up to Apple to prove it.

The device really should be considered outside of just the personal need / want spectrum. A general consumer population is always going to be all over the map with what they want vs what a particular product provides. The greater use will be in the areas that no one is currently focusing on. For example, college students could start buying their books for an iPad instead of paperbacks from a bookstore. Or, a traveling repair man can take all the manuals he/she needs around on the job in an "always-on" device. The device could even be checked out at conferences to guests to allow for them to have all the content, web pages, videos, etc for the conference available to take around with them. Think outside the box and you will see that this device represents more than a debate over Flash or USB.

Sunny Guy, Champaign, IL   April 5th, 2010 1:56 pm ET

> apple is lucky they make gadgets or they would of been gone a long time ago with their lousy pc's

The rest of the industry – especially Microsloth – is lucky Apple makes gadgets, or they'd have nothing to copy.

What do you think Windows is, but a half-baked rippoff of the Mac. People buy it because PCs are cheap, not because Windows is all that.

Sunny Guy

Stock   April 5th, 2010 1:58 pm ET

Don't be mad at Apple because you didn't buy their stock when it was down to around $85 a share a little over a year ago

Craig   April 5th, 2010 2:08 pm ET

Try iLineup for iPad

Brian   April 5th, 2010 2:26 pm ET


Eric   April 5th, 2010 2:34 pm ET

Camera Camera Camera Camera Camera.....can I say Camera again? Without that it's useless in a professional capacity. It could have been used for home inspectors/surveyors/law enforcement/ retail merchandisers/safety/rescue/....etc... It takes a real bonehead to not include either a camera, or ability to attach a camera, on a tablet that is based upon its apps. Especially when they are included on the $29.99 devices. Comparing this to the iPhone is easy. Bigger screen. Costs more(because of network contracts). But no camera, and you can't make/receive phone calls. I'd Love to debate this product with Jobs in person. Unless he planned an inferior product on purpose to create demand for rev2.

Jon   April 5th, 2010 4:46 pm ET

Tony: "apple is lucky they make gadgets or they would of been gone a long time ago with their lousy pc's"

I bet you and Billy G. are real close. So close, that I'm sure he neglected to tell you that he ripped Windows off straight from Steve and friends. Mac had the graphical OS when Microsoft and PC users were still staring at the stupid command prompt wondering what to do with my directories next.

Apple was lucky they did not go under because of Billy's theft of the GUI, but Apple has been waiting long enough to get back what was taken from them, market share. There's 5000 PCs out there, all running Windows. Apple will prevail some day soon.

acerman   April 5th, 2010 5:26 pm ET

I was there.....I saw......I touch......I test.......I fell .........I push.......I turn it upside down, right side up........I heard sound........ I weight........I scribble.........I type........I did not impress........I will wait.........I stick to my I phone :))))))))

Yeah !

Stephen   April 5th, 2010 7:23 pm ET

Consumers would be far better off if they didn't feel like they belonged to their brand's "team."

As far as advice, the iPad does look cool now, but don't waste your money just yet. Looking back at the iPod, iPhone, MacBook, etc. How many people wished they had gotten the second version? Just about every single one of them.

Apple is great at creating this kind of hype for a "mostly" finished product (i.e. no USB, camera, decent speakers, external memory, etc.). If you can stand not being the "Ultimate Apple Fan-boy" for a couple of months, you'll end up a much happier iPad owner with v.2.

macspirit   April 6th, 2010 12:50 am ET

Was at the Easton Town Center iPad launch on Saturday. Great, enthusiastic turnout. Hey, everyone isn't going to 'like' the iPad. Who cares? Millions upon millions will. Not everyone owns a Mac. Not everyone owns an iPhone, or an iPod, or any of the other devices that Apple makes. But those that do generally like them...a lot. And based on that experience they come back...time and time buy more. The proof that Apple makes great products lies in the their consistently astounding sales figures, and the meteoric rise in the value of their stock and their company.

Can't wait for the WiFi + 3G iPad. One of them has my name on it. ;-)

Luna Tepish   September 13th, 2010 3:54 am ET

"April 2nd, 2010 3:59 pm ET

@RFA–Carole–not funny. Your remark–yours is funny.

What I don't get is why I have submitted so many comments to CNN over the past year, and none have been tasteless like Carole's, yet mine hardly ever get approved. How does Carole's tasteless and horrible attempt at humor make it on the list?

Probably, CNN won't like this comment, and won't post this one like they never post any of mine, but at least I got to read it in this nice little box before it went away."

CNN probably doesn't post your comments because, maybe, Just MAYBE, You complain too much? It's just a guess on my part, but it seems to be fairly accurate.

I'm very happy with my old (About 1999-2002) Dell laptop simply because it works. Does only what I need it to do and nothing more. No annoying apps. No silly fees to keep said apps. You know the more apps you buy the more money you spend right? Yes I know there are free apps but they are not good apps. You want to watch a movie on the go? Rent the DVD from a LIBRARY! THEY"RE FREE FOR A WHOLE WEEK! It's like Nexfilx except $10 cheaper! And save a grand on an $80 Portable DVD player at WalMart.

Not everyone can afford any Apple product. You want help me change my oppinion on this? Then you can pay for it. I have better things to spend a grand on. But you can buy it for me since you obviously have enough money to go around.

Lewis Robinson   October 4th, 2010 7:20 pm ET

i always watch internet video on youtube and metacafe":-

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