My Top 10 Favorite iPad Apps and How I Use Them

As I mentioned in a previous post, I bought an iPad Mini and am loving it. It goes with me everywhere. It is what I think the iPad should have been from the start.

My Top 10 Favorite iPad Apps and How I Use Them

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Since writing that post, I have been asked numerous times about which iPad applications I use. I thought I’d share here my top ten favorites. These are the applications I am using daily.

  1. Nozbe: This is my task management program. I am running the new beta version, and it’s beautiful. (It should be available in the App store soon.) It is fully GTD-compliant and is a joy to use. In a word, it is my “command center.” It keeps me organized and on-task.
  2. Clever HD: I live in Evernote. It has enabled me to go almost completely paperless. It is my virtual filing cabinet. However, I am not crazy about the recent interface changes. I feel like I lost a lot of functionality. Clever HD is an alternative interface that directly accesses my Evernote database and does exactly what I wish Evernote did.
  3. Agenda Calendar: This is an alternative to the native iOS Calendar application. I like its simple and elegant interface much better. It is just more intuitive to me. (I also use it on my iPhone.) It connects directly to Google Calendar, which is what I use to manage my appointments.
  4. Mail: This is the native iOS application. It does everything I need. I have been especially pleased with the recent upgrade, including the VIP feature. For processing lots of e-mail, I still prefer the desktop version, as I use a lot of AppleScripts and Mail rules. But for checking on the go, this does the trick.
  5. 1Password: I also use this app on all my devices to manage login information, passwords, and software licenses. I sync via Dropbox, so the same database is available everywhere on every device. This is one of the first apps I install on any new device.
  6. DropBox: When I first started using this app, I did so to be able to share documents with other people. Now I use it to ensure that all my documents are available on every device I own. In fact, my entire Documents folder is under DropBox. (It also makes for a great supplemental backup solution.)
  7. Moleskine Journal: When I first got my Mini several weeks ago, I tried virtually every notebook app available for the iPad. There are some great options available. I finally settled on this one. I like the way it handles my handwriting (e.g., “wrist guard”) and syncs with Evernote.
  8. Mr. Reader: This is what I use to read my RSS subscriptions on the go. It’s my favorite RSS client. I only wish it were available on my desktop. (I use Google Reader, which I like too. This is just a slicker interface.) I especially like the way it integrates with Buffer.
  9. Kindle: I bought my iPad Mini primarily as an e-book reader. I can highlight passages, take notes, and access both of these in the cloud. For social reading, I use BookShout, which is also a terrific e-reader app.
  10. HootSuite: I use this device on every device to manage my Twitter account. It’s a huge timesaver. It also has the ability to manage my Facebook and LinkedIn accounts, but I usually use the native apps for that. HootSuite allows me to separate my followers into various columns. I track direct messages, mentions, family, friends, thought leaders, etc.

Honestly, with 275,000 applications on the iPad, you have plenty to choose from. I am discovering new ones each week. I only wish Apple had a way that you could “try before you buy,” since you never really know what you are getting until you try it for yourself.

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  • Dianne – Bunny Trails

    Are you still using Agenda Calendar? Apparently it is no longer available. Is there any other calendar you would recommend? Thanks!

  • Appsicum

    Evernote App and
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  • hemanti

    i mostly use instafusion image blender app to edit my photos!!!

  • richardpelletier

    Someone said Byword and yes! If you want a simple, clean writing tool that you can use on the iPad and that syncs with Dropbox, get Byword. I use it on my desktop in full screen mode. Cleanest writing environment ever.

  • TruePotentialService

    My personal favourite 3 – Dropbox – store on the go, Any do – to do list and Hootsuite social media management at a click. I like apps that are simple, easy to use and get the job done.

    I tried Nozbe but I was not impressed. I love using Evernote and Kindle is great too.

    I do agree with you Michael – about try before you buy!

  • RichardHaralson

    A lot of great apps discussed here. My comment is along the vein mentioned that apple does not offer a try then buy. I really wish they did that. In addition to that another apple shortfall is they way they shove too many ios native apps on the user that waste space on our devices. I must say I am surprised you like the native mail app. I think the gmail app is much better and give better interface to utilize the labels and multiple accounts. Its one down fall is the inability to start bullets in the compose. To solve that I often start an email in evernote, create a few bullets and copy/paste to gmail.

    So, while apple boast that their devises are great and simple and clean… and just work, they do force a lot of clutter upon us. I know i have many apps on my iphone/ipad I do not use, either because they are a complete waste for my wants or needs – thus have been replaced by better 3rd party apps.

    What apps do you wish you could delete?
    for me my top three are Game Center, photo booth, and news stand. oh and weather, stocks. so five.

    • Michael Hyatt

      I don’t disagree with you. And, since the release of Mavericks, I am no longer a fan of Mail. It’s broken. I can never find anything in it.

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  • Bryan Schwartz

    1. Task Management – Nozbe is just awesome and I heard it here first. Taking your emails and turning them into tasks is so convenient. I love the project breakdown and the tie in with Google calendar.

    2. Penultimate – a simple writing tool that syncs with Evernote
    3. DataVault – great and simple password keeper
    4. app – audiobook reader

    Keep up the great work!

  • Robin

    One of the cleverest and most useful apps I have found is Pic Scanner. It converts old film prints to digital. You can scan up to four prints at one time with iPad or iPhone, and it crops and saves them individually. It’s easy to use and does a great job.

  • Stephen J. Rosen

    Mr. Hyatt, good day sir! Just wondering a year or so later… are you still using ALL of these apps? Have you stopped or switched any? Have you heard of VIPorbit and have any thoughts?

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  • Linda Lochridge Hoenigsberg

    Thanks for this Michael. I have several apps on my iPad for reading magazines, etc. I have my Evernote account synced to my iPad as well. But since mine is not the mini version I do not carry it around with me. I have the Macbook Air when I really need to work. There are several apps you mentioned I am going to try, like CleverHD and Moleskin Journal.

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  • Dean Newkirk

    Need some help urgently this morning. What is the BEST app to export email addresses from my iPhone into an Excel Spreadsheet? Appreciate your help Michael.

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      I’m not sure, Dean. Have you tried Googling that?

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