As a new iPad owner, I immediately set out on an online journey to found out what the “cool” apps were. I ventured over to the tech kings like Mashable and Mac|Life, I took my chances on Google SERPs, and the result turned out to be pretty amazing, especially for someone who can’t fathom paying for apps.
OnLive Desktop via Mac|Life: I can’t believe this is free. OnLive Desktop is an app that makes your iPad look like a Windows7 desktop, complete with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint The basic account lets you edit and save documents and the paid higher levels also include cloud storage.
Flipboard via Mac|Life: This is a stunning app that aggregates top news stories online into categories. You then select a category and you browse the top stories like a magazine. A flick of the finger will turn the page to the next selection of stories. Users can also add their Twitter and Facebook accounts (among others) to browse the top stories and events that the people they follow or are friends with are sharing. It is also now available for the iPhone, and best of all, it’s FREE!
Kindle via Gizmodo: This app lets you read downloaded Kindle books by connecting the free app with your Amazon account. Amazon allows a certain number of devices to all share the same books (much like Apple iTunes). Amazon’s Kindle selection is most likely the largest and most affordable, and the Amazon Prime membership lets some users “borrow” select Kindle editions of books for free (one recent selection was the first installment of The Hunger Games [aff link]).
The Daily: Another free news aggregator app, but it focuses on what is trending online instead of your own linked accounts.
FreeAppADay.com App via Datamation.com: This website (and consequent free app) asks paid app developers to give their app away for free for one day. Each day is a different (usually) paid app that is now available for free for 24 hours. A very cool concept that can actually save you money on apps!
To find more free and paid cool iPad apps, check out these resources: