No matter how light, fast or thin your iPad is the real value will come from the apps you have on it.  You see, when it comes to computers (and iPads) ultimately the value is in the software, not the hardware.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  I am a HUGE fan of Appleand I love the design of their computers, iPhone and iPads.

However, when you finally get your iPad, you will ask yourself: “Okay, now that I have it, what apps should I put on it?” 

Fortunately, Apple starts you off with some great built-in apps (e.g. Calendar, Maps, Mail, etc.).  But after these core apps, you’re on your own.  And there are literally thousands of apps to choose from – over 65,000 apps to date.  So how do you choose?   Ultimately, it will be a matter of trial and error as you decide on which apps are best for you.

However, to help you in your selection process, I’ve created a mindmap that highlights what I consider to be amazing iPad apps.  I purchased my iPad on June 28, 2010 (back when the first iPad was released).  And since then I’ve sampled hundreds of apps in multiple categories. 

In this mindmap, I highlight my top picks in eight broad categories: 

  1. Productivity
  2. Music
  3. News
  4. Social Media
  5. Financial
  6. Pictures and Video
  7. Reference
  8. Utilities 

Productivity (click to enlarge):

Music (click to enlarge):

News (click to enlarge):

Social Media (click to enlarge):

Financial (click to enlarge):

Pictures and Video (Click to enlarge):

Reference (click to enlarge):

Utilities (click to enlarge):

I also provide a description of each app within the mindmap (click to enlarge):

You can download this mindmap for free at at:

I hope you get as much benefit from these apps as I have.  Enjoy.

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