Top 20 best iPad 2 apps

By Dan Grabham and Craig Grannell

If you’ve been fortunate enough to get your hands on a new iPad 2, you’ll know that it’s a very powerful piece of kit. But what apps should you get to show it at its best?

Yes, the iPad 2 is very slim and all, but what actually matters is that Apple A5 dual-core processor, improved graphics and new gyroscope – meaning that developers have been rushing to update their apps .

So here are a few of the best apps for iPad 2 – both new apps and older ones that run better on the new iPad.

1. PhotoBooth – Free (included with iPad 2)

A staple of the iPad 2’s starter apps, PhotoBooth takes advantage of the iPad’s dual cameras to bring you stupid pictures of yourself. Yes, it is a novelty app, but it’s one that might make you smile. Or, more probably, make young’uns chuckle at the sight of themselves with silly effects applied.

You can share photos or save them to the Camera Roll. Even though it’s a funny little app, there’s still some hefty graphics processing involved, not to mention the requirement for the iPad 2 cameras.

1. PhotoBooth – Free (included with iPad 2)

A staple of the iPad 2’s starter apps, PhotoBooth takes advantage of the iPad’s dual cameras to bring you stupid pictures of yourself. Yes, it is a novelty app, but it’s one that might make you smile. Or, more probably, make young’uns chuckle at the sight of themselves with silly effects applied.

You can share photos or save them to the Camera Roll. Even though it’s a funny little app, there’s still some hefty graphics processing involved, not to mention the requirement for the iPad 2 cameras.

2. iMovie – £2.99

Since you can shoot 720p video on the iPad 2 too, it makes shooting and publishing quick-fire family movies a real doddle. It might cost, but it’s a steal – iMovie has been completely reinvented for iPad 2 and it really is a top app. It does need the intensive dual-core A5 processing of the iPad 2 -it’s far more powerful than the iPhone 4 version, for example.

3. RealRacing 2 HD – £5.99

The follow up to Real Racing and RealRacing 2, RealRacing 2 HD is seriously good – and seriously absorbing. Control with the iPad 2’s gyro is excellent and we really like the responsiveness when you get used to it.

And then there’s the enhanced graphics – and this is where the iPad 2 really plays its part. The app can be used with the iPad 2 HDMI connector to support 1080p HD out with an HD TV. What’s more, while you can see the racing on your TV, the iPad 2 will also show you real-time telemetry and your position on the track. Simply ace.

4. GarageBand – £2.99

Like iMovie, this is another cracking app direct from Apple. The best thing about using it on iPad 2 is the performance, while the look of the instruments is fantastic. However, it does work great on the original iPad. Many seasoned GarageBand users actually prefer using it on iPad than the original Mac version. The Smart Instruments are pretty cool, while you can also export music to iTunes.

5. Jenga HD – £0.59

Jenga HD is available at this price – 80 per cent off – for a “limited period” so you have our apologies if the app’s pricing has risen by the time you read this article. Jenga on the iPad is seriously absorbing and comes complete without the real-life Jenga problem of spilt drinks. Jenga HD has gyroscope control for greater accuracy on the iPad 2.

6. Pages – £5.99

Why Pages? Simply because it works like a dream on iPad 2. It’s already a great app for the original iPad, but the A5’s clout means it feels faster and more efficient on Apple’s latest tablet, and the app’s interface is surprisingly powerful.

7. Pocketbooth HD – £1.19

As the original iPad doesn’t have a camera, Pocketbooth HD is a version of the iPhone app for the new iPad. It enables you to take a strip of photos with different effects and then email them off, publish them on Facebook or Twitter or just save them to your camera roll. If you have AirPrint enabled, you can print them off, too.

8. Infinity Blade – £3.49

If you thought sword-fighting game Infinity Blade looked good on the original iPad, it’s even prettier on the iPad 2. Textures are clearer and smoother, and enemy armour shines. The game also has superior performance and faster loading times, and, of course, it’s just as playable as it ever was

9. SketchBook Pro – £2.99

Autodesk’s fantastic drawing and painting app SketchBook Pro has fairly subtle changes on the iPad 2 that nonetheless showcase the extra power under the tablet’s hood. The number of available layers and undo/redo are both doubled (to 12 and 20, respectively), and there’s an optional high-resolution canvas (2048-by-1536, with four layers).

10. Dead Space for iPad – £5.99

EA’s horror shooter Dead Space, like Infinity Blade, has a subtle upgrade on the iPad 2, centring on polishing up the already impressive graphics. Lighting effects are the most noticeable amendments, assuming you notice them while you attempt to avoid being torn apart by an all-out Necromorph onslaught.

11. Asphalt 6: Adrenaline HD – £3.99

More like trying to coax a missile around corners than a racing game, Asphalt 6: Adrenaline HD seriously ramps up the visuals on the iPad 2: cars get real-time reflections, textures and surfaces are richer, shadows are more realistic, draw distances are deeper, and, ‘helpfully’, your crashes look nicer, due to blur and particle effects.

12. Twitter – Free

The iPad 2 is far from the best device in the world for photography and video, but it’s fine when you’re tweeting away and want to blast a quick visual of your surroundings to your followers. The official Twitter app now happily supports the iPad 2’s cameras (as, to be fair, do many third-party clients).

13. djay – £5.99

Virtual deck-spinner djay is one of relatively few apps that’s using the iPad 2 as a means to launch new features, taking full advantage of the device’s extra power. If you’ve Apple’s latest tablet, you get access to key lock and time-stretching (changing a song’s tempo without affecting its pitch) and loop/cue-snapping (auto-aligning to beats).

14. Yahoo! Messenger – Free

FaceTime’s all very well, but not everyone owns shiny Apple kit. For your chums and pals who use Yahoo! Messenger, the universal Yahoo! Messengerapp now supports voice and video calling on the iPad 2, rather like how the app works on the iPhone and iPod touch.

15. Vtok – Free

At the risk of pretty much copying and pasting the previous entry: FaceTime’s all very well, but… Vtok is a client that works with Google Video and Voice Chat, and, like Yahoo! Messenger, takes advantage of the iPad 2’s cameras to enable such functionality.

16. War Pinball HD – £1.79

War! What’s it good for? Inspiring movies that then in turn inspire Gameprom to create a three-table pinball compilation for iPad, apparently, instead of ‘absolutely nothing’, as you might have instead claimed. On the iPad 2, War Pinball HD‘s performance is improved, and you get full HD TV output. Lovely.

17. Google Earth – Free

Google Earth hasn’t been updated specifically for the iPad 2, but we’ve included it to showcase how even existing apps can benefit from the extra grunt in the revamped tablet. Google Earth is faster and has better redraw on the newer device.

18. Star Walk for iPad – £2.99

Vito Technology’s Star Walk app was a favourite with iPad-owning star-gazers before the iPad 2 arrived, but the newer tablet’s cameras move the app to another level. Now, you can hold your iPad 2 skywards and the app will superimpose details of constellations and other information.

19. QuickPix – 59p

QuickPix is a universal camera app that’s embracing the iPad 2 and also using its extra power to boost a feature. In this case, it’s ‘burst mode’ that benefits: while the iPhone 4 only manages two shots per second, the iPad 2 can take 14. See, that lower camera resolution is at least good for something!

20. Evernote Peek – Free

Here’s a novel app that’s specifically for the iPad 2 and the Apple Smart Cover. The idea behind Evernote Peek is to improve your memory – you peek under the cover to get a question and then peek under the next fold to see the answer. Close and open the cover to get a new question.

Source: TECH RADAR

About Aidan Kusuma

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