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If you're still thinking - should I buy an iPad? Then you better read along as I introduce you to some amazing FREE downloads that will instantly make your iPad experience more exciting!
1. Frame Channel.
While Apple's iPad does come with its own slideshow features to turn your iPad into a digital picture frame, it's limited by only serving you images from those you've got stored on the actual device.
With a Wi-Fi connection and an amazingly glossy and crisp screen, Frame Channel lets you turn your iPad into a photo frame and stream much more than just images on your iPad.
You'll have to create an account online (you can do it via the app but we had trouble) and then once that's done, load in a number of plug-ins to turn your iPad into much more when it comes to photos.
For the more boring, you can opt for a calendar mode (did you really just pay all that money to do just this) as well setting it to serve you images from a Facebook account, Flickr account and much more - there are stacks.
Photos, news, weather, sports results are all here, meaning when your iPad's not in your hands it can be bringing you information or images to spruce up your living room or kitchen.
Now all you need is a stand or wall hanging case so it doesn't slide off the mantle piece.
There isn't an official Twitter for iPad app so for the moment you're left with Twitterific or TweetDeck.
While we understand there are plenty of fans of TweetDeck we've found it incredibly buggy over the last couple of weeks, although it does benefit from the extra screen real estate.
Back to Twitterific, the free version gives you a chance to see what those you are following are saying, to track searches, see your lists, and look at Trends on Twitter.
Within your stream you can do all the usual Twitter stuff, add followers, email the tweet out and set stuff to read later.
Good, but unfortunately only limited to one account, and ultimately not as good as Twitter for iPhone.
3. Epicurious Recipes & shopping list.
The iPad is a very fancy cookbook truth betold and epicurious is the cook book to let that dream become a reality.
Frustratingly very American in its cooking approach, nonetheless the app is easy to understand and follow with the ability search and browse through hundreds of recipes from drinks to deserts to starters to main courses.
What helps even more is that you can then email the ingredients to yourself or your maid so they can get them when they are next down the shops.
4. Soundrop free.
Raindrops keep falling on my head... that's what you'll be singing after playing with this simple but mesmerising iPad app.
The concept is simple. A constant stream of balls flows out of an outlet down the page. You draw a line under the flow and when the ball hits, it sounds a note. The greater the fall the higher the note and so the cycle begins repeating the sounds you make until you either go mad or enter a trance.
With such simplicity this is great fun, albeit only for a couple of minutes, but is good for keeping the children quiet as you teach them the properties of cause and effect.
Lovely, but of course pointless.
5. Truphone for iPad
What actually is the iPad? One thing that it isn't supposed to be is a phone. Well that is unless you download the Truphone for iPad app.
The Instant Messaging come phone app lets you talk to your buddies on MSN, AOL, and Google Talk, but sadly not Skype, as well as making calls to regular land lines and mobile phones.
The catch is that it only works on Wi-Fi rather than 3G, but on the calls we've made (you get 50p worth of calls to get you started) everyone thought the quality was a good as a regular phone.
Truphone also offers an unlimited calling plan and free voicemail, but you'll have to pay extra for that obviously.
It's not amazing, but worth having in your armoury if you can find Wi-Fi and your phone batteryhas already died.
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Posted by hamarays on
Aug 12, 2014 | Apple iPad 16 GB 3G Tablet PC
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