There are some new and exciting iPad apps that you’ve simply got to try. These must-haves for May 2014 will make your iPad app collection even better.
1. Google Docs
About a month after Microsoft released iPad-friendly versions of Microsoft Office, Google released some document apps of its own on April 30. If you are a frequent user of GDocs, having a dedicated Google Docs app on your iPad just makes sense. This app is also available for iPhone.
Download Google Docs
Pros:Finally, Google Docs has an iPad/iPhone appProvides ability to edit in real time with othersAttractive designWorks without Internet connectionAll work is auto-saved
Cons:Needs more organizational optionsWould benefit from improved Google Drive integrationLacks some of the rich features of iWork or OfficeSome document elements, such as tables, do not display as well on the iPad as they do on Android tabletsSeems like this was released years after it should have been created
2. Google Sheets
Also released on April 30, Google Sheets allows you to create spreadsheets. As you can see from the screenshot above, this app is also supported on the iPhone. This app is useful for anyone who needs a free tool for organizing figures, dates, or other important data.
Download Google Sheets
Pros:Long-awaited app with solid designEdit with colleagues in real timeAll work is automatically savedAllows you to work on projects offlineYou can format cells, enter/sort data, perform various sheet operations, etc.
Cons:Some users wonder why Docs and Sheets couldn’t be in the same app togetherApp is long overdue, third party apps may do the job better at this pointSome users complain files may need “touch up” after being worked on the iPad and on a desktopSome spreadsheets may be difficult to edit on a tabletApp is Version 1.0.0 as of this writing, may have some bugs
3. Fiddlewax Yellow
Fiddlewax Yellow is music app for iPad. It was released in late April, which means May is the perfect time to experience this app if you missed it at launch.
Fiddlewax Yellow acts a live vocal harmony generator, effects processor, and looper all rolled into one. This app will appeal to kids, adult musicians, or anyone who likes to mess around and make cool sounds.
Download Fiddlewax Yellow – Harmony Looper
Pros:Builds polyphonic full-spectrum harmoniesRelatively simple interfaceOptimized for 10-finger controlSend your creations to other installed apps, attach to email, or download later from iTunes when you sync your deviceLayer up to six tracks at once
Cons:Only free for a limited timeRequires iOS 7.0 or laterHeadphones are required in order to recordApp is Version 1.0 as of this writing, may have bugsInterface may be intimidating or confusing to some
4. Fantastical 2 for iPad – Calendar and Reminders
Fantastical 2 for iPad is an award-winning calendar app. Boasting a great design and a ton of features, this is one of the best-loved calendar apps on the iPad. If you find Apple’s native Calendar app taxing, this is a great alternative.
Download Fantastical 2 for iPad – Calendar and Reminders
Pros:Works with text entry or dictationSupports iCloud, Google Calendar, Exchange, etc.Presents extended keyboard when creating new events or remindersMakes it easy to remember birthdays and send notes from within the appCreate reminders by starting your sentence with “reminder”, “todo”, “task”, or “remind me to”
Cons:Somewhat expensive, even when it is on saleRequires iOS 7.0 or laterNot necessary for those who don’t have a full, busy calendarOnly localized in five languagesDictation not supported on iPad 2
After an extremely long wait, Botanicula for the iPad was released on May 1, 2014. Originally only available for Mac and PC, this weird little game has a devoted cult following and has won multiple gaming awards. If you haven’t played this atmospheric title, this brand-new iPad version is a great place to start.
Pros:Created by the makers of award-winning Machinarium: Amanita DesignMore than 150 detailed locations to exploreGorgeous graphicsGreat musicRelaxed and casual gaming atmosphere
Cons:As a new port, it may have bug issuesGame is a couple of years old at this point, you may have already played it on other platformsGame is not free to downloadPoint-and-click games like this feel limiting to some gamersGraphics, while beautiful, could be further optimized/updated
For the best iPad experience, we recommend:
Headphones: iFrogz CAL-STEALT Caliber Stealth Mobile Gaming Headphones with Mic
Portable charger: Anker® 2nd Gen Astro 6000mAh (2A Output) Portable Charger
iPad Case: OtterBox Defender Series Case
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