1. OverShadow417's Avatar
    Just something I was curious about and thought I would share -

    I was interested to know, after 4 months of being available to the public, how many apps were available for the iPad.

    An important date - the iPad (Wifi Version) was released on April 3rd, 2010.

    According to this website - App Store: Now With Over 20.000 iPad Apps - after 4 months of being in stores, on August 13th 2010, the App Store overtook the 20,000 app mark.

    Now, I was still curious - see, I knew that a lot of iPhone apps were basically directly ported over to the iPad, with minimal time to do so. ****, the latest bit of news regarding the Skype app was that they FINALLY released an actual iPad optimized version, having been using the iPhone version instead.

    So I continued my search to find out - what were the top apps available at this time. Here is a list of the top 10 from this website: iPad App Store Now 20,000 Apps Strong - Here Are The Best -- AppAdvice
    1.Reeder for iPad (RSS Reader – $4.99)
    As a blogger, I read an awful lot of posts every day through a bunch of RSS feeds. Ever since I discovered Reeder, I use it all day long. It’s the single app I spend the most time using and I can’t get myself to go through my feeds on any other device or app anymore. It’s also tightly integrated into our AppAdvice workflow and is just great.

    2.Flipboard (Social Aggregator- free)
    I used to spend a good part of my day following links in my Twitter feed and opening lots of windows everywhere to allow me to read them throughout the day. It was a mess. That’s now a thing of the past thanks to Flipboard. I’m even reading Facebook updates again.

    3.Instapaper ($4.99)
    Instapaper was the app I really waited for, and it’s everything I hoped it would be. It integrates amazingly with Reeder and Flipboard when I don’t have time to finish an article.

    4.iBooks (eBook reader – free)
    It’s an obvious one, but it’s so helpful not having to carry books around anymore.

    5.AirVideo (Mac to iPad video streaming – $2.99)
    I watch tons of TV shows. Now I can do that on my iPad without having to move my MacBook Pro off my desk. I would probably enjoy Hulu+, Netflix and the ABC app, if only I were in the US…

    6.iTeleport (VNC client – $19.99)
    Lets me launch the AirVideo server on my Mac remotely (when I forgot).

    7.CineXPlayer (Video player – free)
    When I don’t get around to transcoding my shows into mp4, CineXplayer can read them natively. It kills the battery a bit fast though.

    8.Angry Birds HD (Game – $4.99)
    It keeps my better half busy when I need some extra time to finish a post.

    9.MyWi 4.0
    From the jailbreak. It allows me to get a cheap pre-paid unlimited (or like 2GB) iPad data plan anywhere in the world and share the connection with my Mac and iPhone. Cheap data everywhere.

    10.Safari & Mail
    Stock apps, probably my most used ones after Reeder.
    Well ya know, that seems like an awfully lame list. So I continued my search for another top 10 list - I found one for Dec. 2010 (With around 50,000 apps at this point) listed here: The Full List Of The Top iPhone And iPad Apps Of 2010 | TechCrunch

    Overall Top 10 PAID iPad Apps

    2.GoodReader for iPad
    4.Angry Birds HD
    6.Glee Karaoke
    8.Pinball HD
    9.Friendly for Facebook
    10.Star Walk for iPad

    Overall Top 10 FREE iPad Apps

    2.Pandora Radio
    4.Google Mobile App
    6.Movies by Flixster – with Rotten Tomatoes
    7.IMDb Movies & TV
    9.Google Earth
    10.Virtuoso Piano Free 2 HD
    Now, it may just be me, but for a device that had no previous OS to help get its apps count off the ground, and hasn't even released a Native Software Development Kit yet - opening the door for a wider variety of developers - I am not unhappy with my app selection by comparison.

    ***Assuming*** they keep their word and deliver an Android App Player in the next 3 months, I can honestly say I believe we will have had a better selection of apps for our device than ANY iOS device has had at a comparable time after launching. I'll even wager we will have a damn near competing number of QUALITY/SUPER/MUST-HAVE apps versus the CURRENT Apple App Store.

    Just keepin' it optimistic.
    AbsoluteT23 likes this.
    08-10-11 06:11 AM
  2. kbz1960's Avatar
    I don't think I'm going to need many apps besides a good IM one. Other then that I can find most of what I want and need on the web. Now give me that missing functionality and I'll be good to go with an IM app.
    08-10-11 06:50 AM