10 Days til Christmas – My Favorite Apps

There are some great apps available on the iPad, and people use their devices for all sorts of different things. But as the year has gone by, here’s the short list of apps I end up using on a regular basis. And by that I mean apps I use multiple times a week if not daily. For example, I pretty much read something from Stanza every night. I have discovered there are some amazing mystery novels that I’ve missed out on.

Since it’s the end of the year and just days away from Christmas, here is my list of top apps (in no particular order). I think these will appeal to a broad range of people and if you’re feeling generous maybe you could gift one of them. At any rate, this is what I’m working with and playing. What do you recommend?

Notebooks for iPad – THE application for the heavy duty note taker. About as OneNote as you’re gonna get.
Goodreader – PDF reader, MP3 player, image viewer, document manager, web browser. Saying Goodreader is just for PDFs is like saying a Ferrari is only for going to the grocery store.
Stanza and Free Books – Read the classics in an excellent format.
iRemotedesktop – Get control of your Windows Desktop or Server without having to load any additional software on the client. Did I mention it works with Windows Server?
VLC – Play movies that aren’t in the MP4 format. Since it’s not built into the OS, this is the next best thing.
QuickOffice – Fantastic file manager and decent editor. It also includes a spreadsheet app.
Paprika Recipe Manager – Do a lot of cooking? Got a bunch of recipes? Finally, you can have them with you at all times.
Pages – Fantastic editor, terrible file manager. Handles Word docs with ease. Lots of templates to work with.
Audiobooks – If you can’t step away to read the classics at least you can listen to them. Thousands of books waiting to be discovered. Elegant and easy to use.
Roboform – Without my passwords I’m lost on the web. Now I can log into anything even when I’m on my iPad.

I love spending times with games like Dungeon Hunter, Zombie Infection, Need for Speed and the like, but when it comes to games I keep playing over and over the list is fairly short. I can spend several hours working through Asphalt 5, but there are some games I just keep coming back to. Perhaps it’s their simple nature. Perhaps it’s just that you can jump in, spend in a little time and get back out again. But these are some of my favorites that keep me coming back for more.

Trucks and Skulls HD – It’s like Angry Birds, but with a heavy metal twist!
Let’s Golf HD – Beautiful graphics and easy game play. Always nice to break away and play a quick round of golf. And I can’t get in trouble for making massive divets.
Zombieville HD – The original way to blast the zombie horde!
Gamebook Adventures – A high tech twist on the old school adventures. A good read, and a lot of fun!
Card Shark – If you like card games then you need to have this one!
Gas Tycoon HD – So simple, yet so challenging. Connect the pipes through dozens of levels.
Cogs HD – A beautiful Steampunk puzzler. Looks fantastic on the iPad!
Conquist – Multiplayer Risk style game with several maps to choose from.
Need for Speed: Shift – I really do like driving fast!
Geared – A fantastic puzzle game with hundreds of levels. Hours of head scratching with this one.
Plants vs. Zombies HD – Take that zombies! Way to go plants!

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