Best iPad Apps 2013: Free and paid apps for iPad
23rd Apr 2013 | 12:35
Stock your Apple tablet with the top App Store picks each month
Just bought a new iPad or iPad Mini and need some guidance on what to grab from the Apple Store? Helping you furnish your Apple tablet with the top quality, free and paid for apps, T3's specialist iPad app reviewing team will be picking out the very best apps available right now.
So whether you scroll aimlessly through the App Store, or plan to invest in an Apple tablet in the near future, here's our monthly updated list of what the T3 app experts have uncovered this month.
Want more of the best apps? Check out the T3 App Chart for all the latest apps across platforms.
Creating a slick infographic-style view of all of your tablet activity from tweets to emails, you can customize panels to display the information you want to see whether it’s stats for work or just seeing when everyone is talking about you on Facebook.
Price: £6.99 | Download Status Board iPad app above
Wilderness First Aid app
When drawing on knowledge from Bear Grylls and Ray Mears has failed you, this app will give step-by-step advice on how to treat injuries in extreme environments with illustrations to guide you and offline access when you are lacking an internet connection.
Price: £1.49 | Download Wilderness First Aid iPad app above
One of the many Evernote app spin-offs, Skitch will let you quickly and easily amend PDF documents adding arrows or text to clarify your point, summarise editing actions by adding a new page to the document or even adding a simple Skitch stamp to give it the report the seal of approval or disapproval.
Price: Free | Download Evernote Skitch iPad above
The streaming movie and TV show service has been given a few minor but handy tweaks for the iPad with the pick of the bunch the addition of an episode selector which now makes it easier to navigate through an entire season of Breaking Bad and find your favourite episode.
Price: Free | Download Netflix iPad app above
Injustice: Gods Among Us
This 2D brawler pits DC Universe’s finest superhero and villains against each other in tag team-style 3 versus 3 battles where you can swipe and tap to fight and unlock characters as you pick up wins. If you want to your hands on Catwoman right away though, there are in-app purchases which go up to a ridiculous £69.99.
Price: Free | Download Injustice: Gods Among Us iPad app above
The beautiful side-scrolling puzzle game that throws you into an underground world full of pipes and physics based puzzles is powered by the Unreal Engine so expect slick 2D and 3D visuals while you try to scurry back to the surface.
Price: £1.99 | Platform: iPad 4.0+ | Download Unmechanical iPad app above
This clever social sound app can sync up to 250 iOS devices over the same Wi-Fi network so you can turn them all into speakers which makes them ideal for silent discos parties or presentations.
Price: £0.69 | Platform: iPad 5.0+ | Download speakerfly iPad app above
Recently snapped by cloud storage service Dropbox, the speed email client that works with Gmail aims to keep your inbox as empty as possible by using some great gesture based controls to tick off those emails one by one.
Price: Free | Platform: iPad 6.0 | Download Mailbox iPad app above
KickMap London Tube
Marking the 80th birthday of the iconic map this app has redesigned the underground layout making lines clearer and more visible and plotting lines and landmarks closer to their actual location.
Price: £0.69 | Platform: iPad 5.0+ | Download KickMap London Tube iPad app above
Snoop Lion’s Reincarnated: Track Notes App
Rapper turned reggae recording artist Snoop Dogg has got a new album and an app to go with it that features three full songs, video content on how the track was produced and plenty of other content that deems it only suitable for iPad users 17 years or above.
Price: Free | Platform: iPad 6.0+ | Download Snoop Lion’s Reincarnated: Track Notes App above
With Valentine’s Day around the corner the social dating service has now added support for the Apple tablet bringing new features including a twin panel layout to make search and chatting at the same time easier along with notification support to let you know as soon as one of the 172 million members likes what they see.
Price: Free | Download Badoo iPad app above
Most are already pretty familiar with the video chatting app already but in the latest update bug fixes aside, iPad owners can look forward to refinements to the user interface for the 9.7-inch device and iPad Mini, and automatic call recovery when the video conversation drops out.
Price: Free | Download Skype iPad app above
If Attenborough hanging out with monkeys and rhinos has got you eager to learn more about wildlife, this slick app features stories about the world’s most endangered animals, a 3D globe to see how far away you are from a marine turtle and interactive elements so see what it's like to chop down bamboo like a panda.
Price: Free | Download WWF Together iPad app above
If you are trying to save the pennies this year this miser-tastic GPS helper is one of the best ways to work out how much your car’s guzzling on journeys in real time or in advance, for 60,000 vehicles. No petrol money, no lift!
Price: £1.49 | Download Fuel Monitor iPad app above
Riven: The Sequel to Myst
Previously only available on the iPhone, the point and click adventure has been optimized for the larger screen surroundings of the iPad adding higher resolution visuals with improvements made to the sound and audio which should make it as pleasurable to play as it was back when it launched on DVD and CD in 1997.
Price: £2.49 | Download Riven: The Sequel to Myst iPad app above
We can’t all talk football tactics and analyse the game as well as Mr Neville can but the latest update to the Sky Sports app now adds Player Touch Maps and Average Formation Maps so you swipe your finger around the screen and pretend like you do.
Price: Free to Sky customers (£4.99 to non Sky customers) | Download Sky Sports iPad app above
Turning your Apple tablet into a digital tracing paper book, the ultimate doodling tool for creative types loads up layers of tracing paper onto the screen and let’s you throw on more sheets to help you see the creative process from start to finish.
Price: Free | Download Morpholio Trace iPad app above
Star Map 3D+ Star
Stretch your knowledge of the constellations beyond Orion’s Belt by raising your iPad to the sky and using the on board GPS and compass to pick out stars, planets precisely in view from your current location.
Price: £0.69 | Download Star Map 3D+ Stargazing and Astronomy iPad app above
Find out if Les Mis or Tarantino’s Django Unchained gets some Academy love on February 25th with the updated Oscars app that includes all the nominations, trivia about the awards show and live streams from the illustrious ceremony.
Price: Free | Download Oscars iPad app above
Mr Porter The TUX
If you are more likely to pull on a dinner jacket than a Christmas jumper over the looming party season, this multimedia-rich app will help you dress to impress, showing you how to tie a bow tie properly, pick the perfect tuxedo, virtually mix the perfect cocktail and even teach you how to dance when those fancy drinks have been consumed.
Price: Free | Download Mr Porter TUX iPad app above
Providing you with the ultimate guide to swearing, the updated iPad version pulls in conten from tthe Das Krapital print edition bringing the swear count up to 300,000. A celebration of everything naughty from the series of Viz books, the app has a new layout, the ability to highlight your favourite entries and share the profanities through Facebook and Twitter.
Price: £1.49 | Download Profanisaurus iPad app above
Like a frantic mix of Tetris and crosswords, SpellTower is an addictive word-finding app where you need to string together dictionary-friendly terms before more blocks fall down from the top of the screen making the task all that more difficult. Bluetooth multiplayer support means your efforts to build words quicker will make life more difficult for your opponents.
Price: £1.49 | Download SpellTower iPad app above
Groove Coaster Zero
From the makers of the iconic Space Invaders the psychedelic music game is now free to play which means you can enjoy flying into orbs switching up the music creating a visual fireworks show on your Apple tablet. It’s made for one handed gaming and is certainly no Tap Tap Revenge…
Price: Free | Download Groove Coaster Zero iPad app above
Need for Speed Most Wanted
Driving games are a dime a dozen on the App Store but thanks to Real Racing creators Firemonkeys, Most Wanted is a visually slick racer that boasts great controls and a more map based Fairhaven over the open world environment used in the console version. Nonetheless, there's 35 cars to unlock and you can raise that Wanted level for some time before you feel the need to delve into the murky world of in-app purchases.
Price: £4.99 | Download Need for Speed Most Wanted iPad app above
The Swedish megastore’s 2013 range is now optimised for iPad. Scan pages in the print catalogue for hidden images, videos and 3D models.
Price: Free | Platform: iPad | Download above
Whether you are a lover of the short or long form of the game, the excellent cricket website gets the tablet treatment giving you the latest news, scores and integrating Facebook Chat to take the cricket banter into social networking realms.
Price: Free | Platform: iPad | Download above
Tetris gets educational. Drop numbered blocks on top of each other to hit the target numbers and earn multipliers. Warning: very addictive.
Price: £0.69 | Platform: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch | Download above
Marrying simplistic (but addictive) gameplay with gorgeous artwork-style visuals, Kumo Lumo is about a cloud trying to save earth using rain and lightning. It’s different, but good different.
Price: Free | Platform: iPad | Download above
Final Draft Writer
Aimed at Sorkin wannabes, the pricey app gives you access to features used by professional scriptwriters including reports on number of scenes and locations with templates for stage and film to help you on the quest for an Emmy or Oscar.
Price: £34.99 | Platform: iPad | Download above
Best iPad apps to download in August
Narrowly missing out on our round-up of the best football apps, Fluid Football is like the perfect blend of New Star Soccer, Score Great Goals and Flick Kick as you try to make the right tactical decisions in different football scenarios. It’s got the backing of former Sky Sports pundits Andy Gray and Richard Keys, but don’t let that dissuade you from downloading it from the App Store.
Price: Free | Download Fluid Football iPad app
Asphalt 7: Heat
Gameloft’s gorgeous looking racing sim is back and it’s boasting some of the slickest four-wheeler gameplay and graphics on the Apple tablet. There’s 60 cars to pick from and 15 tracks from across the world to travel at breakneck speed around. In app purchases are also available to unlock upgrades and new cars in one of the finest arcade racers to land on the iPad.
Price: £0.69 | Asphalt 7 review
Gratuitous Space Battles
As its name might suggest, Gratuitous Space Battles is a space-based strategy game recalling a more complex, albeit less intuitive, Space Invaders. After choosing your vessel, and equipping it with all manner of potential modifications, you unleash it into gratuitous and unjustified, but thoroughly enjoyable, intergalactic wars.
Price: £6.99 | Gratuitous Space Battles review
Collins Big Cat: Playing Story Creator
An animated childrens’ book, written and illustrated by Tim Hopgood, Collins Big Cat can be tweaked by the readers. Therefore, they can create their own stories, personalise certain features and have their parents record their voices throughout. By bringing a traditional format to life, this is great fun for those aged four and over.
Price: £2.49 | Collins Big Cat: Playing Story Creator review
An exciting start-up technology, Condition ONE provides a range of interactive panoramic videos. You can control your wide-angle vantage point via the first-person controls, which allows for a remarkably immersive experience. The potential is limitless.
Price: Free | Condition ONE review
Ideal for budding and professional athletes alike, Coach's Eye allows coaches to record and analyse sporting performances. If practice makes perfect, seeing your golf swing or penalty technique slowed down, annotated and narrated over may make it a little easier.
Price: £0.69 | Coach's Eye review
Super Diet Genius
If you are still struggling to get into beach-friendly shape, this app will will help you replace your daily snacks and treats with superfoods for optimal health and smugness. It will tell you what to buy and when to eat it, helping to ensure you are not gorging on grub right before you go to bed.
Price: Free | Download Super Diet Genius app