Productivity apps for ipad review


Last week we tried to help answer the question of if you should buy Apple’s latest creation in the iPad 2. Even though I am a tad bit skeptical of the iPad 2 being such a great upgrade from the first gen model, I can in no way say that it isn’t the best tablet on the market at this very moment, especially for the price. And with the long lines and sell outs of iPad 2 on Friday, it appears that many consumers think it’s the best too.We have also discussed several weeks ago how tablets can actually be decent productivity devices, even with their lack of fast input with a full, physical keyboard. I have been using my iPad 1 since its release and have to admit that it is my go to device for keeping my action lists, reviewing and adding to my calendar, and reviewing documents and documentation.So, with new iPad in hand, let’s find some of the best productivity apps for iPad and iPad 2 to get you started.


Toodledo for iPad literally feels like an extension of the web app that many GTD fans have deemed as the center of their system. The sync is fast and the ways that you can manipulate your lists is top notch.
Universal app: $2.99

Considered to be one of the best GTD apps by many Mac-heads, Things is a streamlined, easy to use actions and projects app for the iPad, iPhone, and Mac. It is on the pricey side, but many users say that it is totally worth it for the workflow.
No universal app: $19.99

Considered by this Mac-head to be the best GTD application in the Apple realm for iOS and Mac OS X. Omnifocus has got some David Allen backing and is definitely a premium app for iOS which you can tell by the pricing. One of the best functions that I have found is location aware contexts. On a side note, if you want full desktop sync on OS X, you are going to have to pay another $79.99.
No universal app: $39.99


I have recently detailed why I use Evernote to write articles while away from my desk, and the iPad version is as good as those on other platforms. I use the iPad 2 with the Logitech Keyboard Case to do serious writing while mobile, and it works well due to the editor in Evernote. I write the article in Evernote, which is instantly saved to my notebook in the cloud. It is then accessible from any gadget or computer I use. Free (premium note service available).

Dragon Dictation.
I am a firm believer in using voice dictation for serious text entry whenever possible, and was not happy when Apple decided to make Siri exclusive to the iPhone 4S. The dictation in Siri works really well, and I miss it already on the iPad. Fortunately, Dragon Dictation from the folks at Nuance steps in to fill the void left by that omission, and it works very well. I dictate into Dragon when the conditions allow (quiet room), and its accuracy is almost uncanny. When finished dictating I copy the text into Evernote just as if I had typed it there. Free.

When I bring a new tablet home the first thing I do is look for good apps to help me do my work. I tend to use tablets heavily and that means using them for all aspects of my technology coverage. My needs encompass online research, following news of the day, and writing articles while out and about. These five apps are already making my job easier to do.These aren’t the only apps that handle the functions they offer, but they do them well enough to have already become a major part of my iPad usage. If you like other apps that do these things, share them in the comments along with why you like them.

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