There are over 300,000 (as reported in January 2013 by Apple) iPad apps to choose from. With a number like that, it is certainly hard to choose what is right for you.

In this article I present a list of the top recommended apps for your iPad. Best of all, these are all free.

In no particular order, here is the list:

1. iBooks

mzl.zdprbjoo.175x175-75iBooks is an amazing way to download and read books. iBooks includes the iBookstore, where you can download the latest bestselling books or your favorite classics – day or night. Browse your library on a beautiful bookshelf, tap a book to open it, flip through pages with a swipe or a tap, and bookmark or add notes to your favorite passages.

It has great iCloud features and it supports open standards. You are able to download and add PDF documents to your library.

Get it here: link


2. Pulse News

mzl.knuxwydq.175x175-75Pulse News brings all your favorite blogs, magazines, social networks and newspapers in one place for FREE. Exciting to use, quick to read, ready to share. Tap on an article to see a clean and elegant view of the news story. Save stories for reading later across all platforms or sync them with Instapaper, Read it Later and Evernote. Sharing a story via Facebook, Twitter, Google + and email is as easy as one tap.

“Pulse is a wonderful news reader if you haven’t seen it ” – Steve Jobs
“Pulse News – the new king of Apps” – Fortune Magazine
“Pulse News scales the charts” – New York Times

Get it here: link


3. Squrl

mzl.eomzuldd.175x175-75Squrl is a powerful video search and recommendation engine. It is the one place to discover and watch videos from the most popular content sources available on mobile today. Squrl is also the only mobile service to deliver personalized recommendations based on users interest and viewing behaviors, and the only search engine on mobile integrating both free and premium video including YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, TED, Vimeo, Aol,, Facebook, Twitter, and more.

Get it here: link


4. iTunes U

mza_7060142955371990044.175x175-75The iTunes U app gives you access to complete courses from leading universities and other schools — plus the world’s largest digital catalog of free education content — right on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Whether you’re majoring in molecular biology at a university, taking Spanish in high school, or just interested in European history, you now have a valuable tool to help you learn anytime, anywhere.

Free courses in a wide array of subjects.

Get it here: link


5. TuneIn Radio

mzl.lzynhgyiTuneIn lets you listen to the world’s radio with music, sports, news, talk, and comedy streaming from every continent. Enjoy 70,000 live radio stations and 2 million podcasts, concerts or shows on your iPhone, iPad and iPod, all for free.

Get it here: link



6. TED

mzl.borpcmow.175x175-75Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world.

The official TED app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch presents talks from some of the world’s most fascinating people: education radicals, tech geniuses, medical mavericks, business gurus and music legends. Find more than 1,400 TEDTalk videos (with more added each week) on the official TED app — now for both iPad and iPhone.

The entire library is at your fingertips to browse at any time, even when you’re not online. Watch TEDTalks with subtitles in over 90 languages directly on your device through our new video player, or use AirPlay to watch them on your home entertainment system. Curate your own playlist. Download full videos to your device and watch them when you’re offline. Listen to an on-demand playlist of TEDTalks audio at any time.

Get it here: link


7. Dropbox

mzl.nznubobu.175x175-75Dropbox lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Access any file you save to your Dropbox from all your computers, iPhone, iPad and even the Dropbox website! You get 2GB storage for free when you signup.

Use Dropbox to save and share photos and videos in a snap or even take your work on the go. If something happens to your iPhone or iPad, your stuff is always safe in Dropbox!

Get it here: link


8. Skitch

mzl.rxwbyuwu.175x175-75Skitch lets you communicate your feedback and ideas in an instant. Annotate images and documents with arrows, stamps, shapes, text, and more. Use Skitch to mark up a PDF, snap your screen, annotate a photo, or draw something new. Then, share your thoughts and ideas with friends or co-workers. Getting everything done just right has never been easier.

Fast, friendly feedback
• Use shapes, text, stamps, highlighter and arrows to give quick feedback on any project
• Great for design mockups, PDF document editing, and decision making
• Easily share everything with your team

Get it here: link



mzm.ibzzlevq.175x175-75Top-rated app with trusted reference content from & WORKS OFFLINE – no Internet connection needed when searching words.

Apple ‘Top 25 All-Time Best Apps For iPad’, Time Magazine ‘Top 10 Back-To-School App’, Winner: CNET Top 100 Mobile App Award.

Get it here: link


10. Evernote

mzl.zpkvtlps.175x175-75Evernote is an easy-to-use, free app that helps you remember everything across all of the devices you use. Stay organized, save your ideas and improve productivity. Evernote lets you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders–and makes these notes completely searchable, whether you are at home, at work, or on the go.

New York Times ‘Top 10 Must-Have App’, Winner: TechCrunch Crunchies, Mashable Awards and the Webbys.

Get it here: link



While there are lots of other apps available, these are the ones you must have on your iPad.

– Girendra Persaud (May 2013)


4 Responses to Top 10 FREE iPad Apps for Techies
  1. Octavio P. Conner June 10, 2013 at 7:39 pm Reply

    The iPad app, which is the first official mobile app released by TED, lets viewers browse our almost 800 TEDTalks, running from 3 minutes to 30 minutes long, on a wide range of topics. The app is free and can be downloaded through the App Store in iTunes.

  2. imo is another great, free iPad app for those who love traditional instant messaging (IM). imo supports Facebook Chat, Google Talk, Skype, MSN, ICQ/AIM, Yahoo, Jabber, Hyves, VKontakte, Myspace, and Steam. You can send text, images, and voice as well.

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