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Coolest iPad Apps: Top 71 Free iPad Apps

The best free iPad apps in news, entertainment, shopping and games. Plus: cool free iPad apps for office productivity and social networking.
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A free iPad app is a cool thing. After all, you've already bought the pricey iPad -- shouldn't the apps be free? If the universe itself were totally cool (which, alas it's not always), all iPad apps would be free iPad apps.

Okay, but just being a free iPad app isn’t enough. (In fact there are hundreds of free iPad apps.) It’s the cool apps -- the very coolest iPad apps -- that we want on our wonderful shiny tablet.

So here you go. All free iPad apps. Only the coolest. Peruse the full list of apps, or jump to the iPad app category of your choice:

Free iPad Apps: News and Information
Weather, Wikipedia, photos, magazines, online breaking news, sports, finance....

Free iPad Apps: Music and Entertainment
Netflix movies, Pandora music, video, basketball and baseball, TV, comics, graphic novels....

Free iPad Apps: Games
Solitaire, Soduku, poker, Karate Kid, brain teasers, tennis, animated War Chess, Labyrinth, Tap Tap....

Free iPad Apps: Shopping and Lifestyle
City guides, restaurants, online price comparisons, recipes and food....

Free iPad Apps: Useful Utilities and Social Networking
Photo editing, Facebook, wi-fi connectivity, IM, RSS, IBooks, Kindle....

Free iPad Apps: Office Productivity
Dictation, file storage, text editors, calculator, graphics....

Free iPad Apps: News and Information

1. Wikipanion for iPad

Quickly access Wikipedia from your iPad: look up anything on the site’s vast (if not always correct) online encyclopedia. Recipes, Elvis’s birthday, the winner of the last World Series? All on your iPad with free Wikipanion app.

2. The Weather Channel Max for iPad

The classic Weather Channel: Hour by hour local weather in your neighborhood, customizable weather maps, storm footage, in-motion radar. One of the most popular iPad apps, free or not – with good reason.

weatherbug free iPad app, cool free iPad apps.

Weatherbug iPad app

3. Weatherbug iPad app

Sure, you could look out the window, but this free iPad app gives you soooooo much more. One word: Webcams. Yes, it has webcams from around the globe, showing the weather in real time. Plus, the temperature in various airports, forecasts, satellite views, and much more. Awesome app. This app alone makes me want to whip out an iPad while waiting for a plane and watch the other passengers get jealous.

4. Photos: The Guardian Eyewitness for iPad

The most eye-catching , relevant and visually distinct photos, fresh everyday, from the Guardian, one of the UK’s leading news sources. Constant access to the latest top 100 photos from across the globe. Plus: save your favorite and share via Facebook. I’d call this a leading use of the iPad.

5. USA Today for iPad

What news source could be better suited to the iPad than USA Today, with its never ending outpouring of pie charts and easy-to-digest graphics? A marriage made in heaven. Plus: USA Today keeps it short and snappy, without all the troublesome nuance and depth offered by the Times and the Journal.

Guardian free iPad app, cool free iPad apps.

Guardian iPad app displays photos from around the world, updated daily.

6. Newsy iPad App

Can a free news app make you smarter. That’s the Newsy claim. It’s a video site that churns out it’s own daily videos, purporting to give you the nuance and backstory to global news. Break out of your box – the Newsy approach claims to offer news from more than viewpoint. You might even hear something you disagree with.

7. New York Times iPad App

The New York Times on your iPad is essentially the entire world in the palm of your hand. Recipes to politics, movies to the breaking news, podcasts, trailers, video clips.

8. NPR for iPad

Probably the most thoughtful news outlet in America. Who else does episodes about African Fire ants back to back with that day’s political news? Plus: allows you to read stories while listening to live stations or on demand audio.

Wikipanion free iPad app, cool free iPad apps.

Wikipanion iPad app

9. Dictionary.com iPad app

The source is the august Random House Unabridged Dictionary. That’s enough for you, ain’t it? A vast, sprawling resource, laid out beautifully for the iPad. Oh, and there’s more. This iPad Dictionary app comes with a Thesaurus – including spoken pronounciations. A seriously cool app. Every student and every literate adult should have this free app.

10. Wall Street Journal iPad App

One of America’s leading news sources, laid out in multimedia glory on your iPad. Financial news, stock and bonds, and the famously conservative Op-Ed page. Totally free, but of course there is a pay wall protecting some of the Journal’s content. No, there’s no such thing as a free lunch….

11. Zinio Magazine Reader

This magazine reader displays pages for your iPad, and includes free versions of SportingNews, Cosmopolitan, National Geographic, Elle, Esquire and a rack of other titles. (Zinio also enables you to pay for downloads for thousands of additional titles.)

Bloomberg free iPad app, cool free iPad apps.

Bloomberg financial tracking iPad app

12. Bloomberg iPad App

Financial markets, stocks and bonds, real time information – few sites lay out the world of money like Bloomberg. Check your portfolio and click to trade (careful!). Plus: news about technology, sports, politics, and more.

Free iPad Apps: News and Information
Weather, Wikipedia, photos, magazines, online breaking news, sports, finance....

Free iPad Apps: Music and Entertainment
Netflix movies, Pandora music, video, basketball and baseball, TV, comics, graphic novels....

Free iPad Apps: Games
Solitaire, Soduku, poker, Karate Kid, brain teasers, tennis, animated War Chess, Labyrinth, Tap Tap....

Free iPad Apps: Shopping and Lifestyle
City guides, restaurants, online price comparisons, recipes and food....

Free iPad Apps: Useful Utilities and Social Networking
Photo editing, Facebook, wi-fi connectivity, IM, RSS, IBooks, Kindle....

Free iPad Apps: Office Productivity
Dictation, file storage, text editors, calculator, graphics....


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