For anyone that’s seen me in the past week, they’ve known how much I’m loving the iPad. As someone who is passionate about UX, the iPad provides this wonderful vehicle in showcasing great, user-centric designed software.
Now, this isn’t the ordinary “Top 10 iPad apps that you should get” list. There are plenty of those around. If you are interested, common apps on those lists include – Things, Pages/Numbers/Keynote, Evernote, InstaPaper, GoodReader, iBooks, Flight Control, Bento, TweetDeck, Mirror’s Edge, Wall Street Journal, Guardian Eye Witness, Financial Times.
This is an alternative list, of apps that no one has really written about, but I think are really exciting (and feel free to disagree):
SoundPaper – The iPad has a built in microphone and is also perfect for taking notes on. This little app combines the best of both worlds – where you can record some meeting or talk (with permission of course), and make notes. When you’re reviewing your notes, it jumps to the right bit of the recording when you select a particular part of the written notes that you’ve made.
Joost – Short videos on demand. In HD. Has three main categories – Films, Music and Shows. A little annoying that a lot of the film content isn’t available in the UK. But you can still see trailers.
Angry Birds – Had to be in there – can’t beat it! Flick birds to bash pigs.
Sketchy – Mockup tool for the iPad. You can drag and drop various components onto your mockup. Then you can make them bigger or smaller using multitouch. Best of all, you can then export your sketch to Balsamiq.
Toy Story Interactive Story Book – by far my favourite app. This sets a high standard for children’s story books in the future. The story is read out while the words are highlighted. Half way through the book, a short clip from the film is played. Plus, there’s a recording feature so that the child (or even the parent), can record themselves reading the book and have that played. There’s also a list of mini games and paint apps in there as well. This is what the future of storybooks are.
Got anymore? Put it in the comments …