Here are some of my favorite iPad apps. Unless otherwise noted the apps that I’ve listed below are free…
Adobe Ideas is a good sketching app. If you are into Mind Mapping, iThoughts ($7.99) is a polished app, and the Notes, Mail and Calendar apps that come with the iPad are all solid and integrate well with GMail and Google Calendar.
The three main choices for purchasing and reading books on the iPad are Kindle for iPad, iBooks, and the recently launched Google Books app. All three offer tons of free content, and they each have their strengths and weaknesses. I suggest downloading all three. One of my favorite apps is Reeder ($4.99). Reeder offers seamless integration with Google Reader and offers offline reading, which is great for folks who want to download their Google Reader feeds before heading out on a long train ride. I also like GoodReader ($2.99) for reading PDFs and CloudReaders for reading comic books in CBR format.
ABC Player and PBS for iPad are both video apps that offer some free content. The included YouTube app is also decent. And to play non iTunes-friendly video files on your iPad look no further than VLC Media Player.
Rather than openly admit just how many games I have on the iPad I’m only going to suggest two. Scrabble for iPad (normally $9.99, on sale for .99) is a great single-player or multiplayer diversion. The ultimate pick-up-and-play game for the iPad is Angry Birds. If you get it or any other games on the iPad that are tied to GameCenter feel free to add me to your list. My GameCenter name is christophervigliotti