Best free iPad apps

Our pick of the best free apps for your iPad

The best free iPad apps available from the App Store this month

Our pick of the best free apps for your iPad.

Apple's third generation iPad has landed, so what better way to celebrate than with some free iPad apps? Each month T3's iPad experts hit the App Store to hunt down the very best free iPad apps for you to download. Check out the list below for what they've been playing with this month.

Best free iPad apps: May

500px
A window into some gorgeous photography; a source of inspiration for photographers and of delight for everyone.
500px full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Google Earth
A wonderful way to explore the world – you'll be travelling and investigating for hours.
Google Earth full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Draw Something
Compelling, and with endless hilarity. The sheer range of possibilities with different partners means there’s longevity here, too.
Draw Something full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Best free iPad apps: April

Crimson: Steam Pirates
A fast, extremely fun strategy game with a fantastic sense of humour.
Crimson: Steam Pirates full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Candy Boy
A mixed bag: tricksy, fun puzzles surrounded by some needlessly tough-to-navigate platforming.
Candy Boy full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Best free iPad apps: March

Judge Dredd vs. Zombies
Dredd fans should add another star; everyone else should check out Minotron for superior confined-space shooty thrills.
Judge Dredd vs. Zombies full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Hotels.com HD
A cracking app for hunting local crashpads and planning holiday stays generally.
Hotels.com HD full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Facebook for iPad
Everything you already love (or hate) – only with a few more niggles.
Facebook for iPad full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Best free iPad apps: February

Event Check-in
Event Check-In is as sophisticated and robust a solution as you could possibly imagine.
Event Check-in full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Wunderlist HD
You’ll be astounded that something so good is being given away.
Wunderlist HD full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Demand 5
It's a slick app that promises a decent service once the Big Brother torment is over for another year.
Demand 5 full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Best free iPad apps: January

BrainPOP UK Featured Movie
A great educational tool for kids and fun for adults too.
BrainPOP UK Featured Movie full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Chronolite
Cook all your ingredients to perfection with these timers.
Chronolite full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Composite
We love this app. It lets you create brilliant works of art, is highly original and a whole load of fun.
Composite full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Live Cams HD
An insight into areas th world over you might not otherwise have seen.
Live Cams HD full reivew | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Tilt to Live
Simple and beautiful, this game is perfectly suited to the iPad.
Tilt to Live full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Best free iPad apps: November

LOVEFiLM Player for iPad
This is a great app for subscribers now, and we hope it’ll get even better with a few more features.
LOVEFiLM Player for iPad full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

zeebox
zeebox is the new, social, interactive, immersive and amazing way to watch TV.
zeebox full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

C4 News
Several missed opportunities here but, as on TV, C4 News gives excellent perspective on in-depth stories.
C4 News full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Sky Go
A great app for Sky subscribers, but more channels please.
SkyGo full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Night Stand HD
A stunning way to display a wealth of web-based info.
Night Stand HD full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Best free iPad apps: October

Composite
We love this app. It lets you create brilliant works of art, is highly original and a whole load of fun.
Composite full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Evernote: Peek
An innovative use of the Smart Cover to help your revision.
Evernote: Peek full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Adobe Reader
Still the standard for reading pesky, slow-opening PDF documents.
Best iPad apps | Best apps

Guardian iPad edition
Three months of free Guardians beamed straight to your iPad.
Best iPad apps | Best apps

Metro Tablet Edition
Everyone's favourite free tube rag lands on the iPad.
Best iPad apps | Best apps

Best free iPad apps: September

Dolphin Browser HD
Want a more socially focused web browser than Safari? Then you need this on your iPad.
Dolphin Browser HD full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Flipboard
It may not replace your dedicated RSS reader, but it’s a lovely way of browsing news and social network updates.
Flipboard full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Boxee
There’s a lot to like about Boxee for iPad, and videos stream over Wi-Fi quite happily. It’s also been superbly designed.
Boxee full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Tweetdeck
The brilliant do-it-all Twitter widget makes an early debut on the tablet and makes an instant impact.
Tweetdeck full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

iBrainstorm
An interactive pin board for your iPad with multiple Post-it notes.
iBrainstorm full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Best free iPad apps: August

Hitpad
This app could become your first point of call for catching up with what’s going on in the world.
Hitpad full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Red Bulletin
Red Bull's monthly magazine goes digital with a vast array of exciting new visual content.
Red Bulletin full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Wacom Bamboo
Transform your iPad into a digital notepad and share all your ideas in any way you choose, including handwritten notes, doodles, sketches and more.
Wacom Bamboo full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

D-Desk
A nice idea that’s crying out for some added features, but it’s definitely worth having.
D-Desk full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Gravitarium
A psychedelic creative and relaxation tool
Gravitarium full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Best free iPad apps: July

ITV Player
Another TV-on-demand service arrives on iPad.
Best iPad apps | Best apps

Google Earth
Keep tabs on the neighbours' kitchen extension with Google's eye in the sky.
Best iPad apps | Best apps

Amazon Windowshop
Everything we love about Amazon, now in iPad format.
Best iPad apps | Best apps

Flipboard
Sorts your online interests into an iPad-style magazine layout.
Best iPad apps | Best apps

Dropbox
View, edit and save documents on the move to any device with a Dropbox account.
Best iPad apps | Best apps

Best free iPad apps: June

BBC iPlayer
There are some minor flaws and omissions, but there’s just so much to love here.
BBC iPlayer full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Sky News
An app with lots of good ideas, streets ahead of the competition, but it’s not perfect.
Sky News full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Convert Units
Simple and efficient app for all your unit conversion needs.
Convert Units full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

NASA App HD
A neat, way of navigating NASA’s content, and to check out when the ISS will be hurtling overhead.
NASA App HD full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Air Guitar HD
Now, strangely enough, you can actually play guitar on this thing.
Air Guitar HD full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Best free iPad apps: May

4od
Catch up on the latest and greatest from Auntie's biggest challenger.
4od full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

MyPad
With still no official Facebook app for iPad, MyPad's a solid social solution.
Best iPad apps | Best apps

Fancy
Half blog, half online mag of all things stylish.
Best iPad apps | Best apps

Calculator for iPad Free
A fully functioning accordion for iPad. Just kidding.
Best iPad apps | Best apps

eBay
Snap up a bargain on your iPad with the world's biggest auction site.
Best iPad apps | Best apps

Best free iPad apps: April

JamPad
The ultimate one-man band app?
JamPad full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

NPR
Setting the standard for online on-demand radio portals.
NPR full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Sky Mobile TV
£35 for non-subscribers, but is it worth it for Premier League on-the-go?
Sky Mobile TV full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Marvel
Spider-Man and Captain America have rarely looked better than on the iPad’s 9.7-inch touchscreen.
Marvel full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

iBrainstorm
An interactive pin board for your iPad with multiple Post-it notes.
iBrainstorm full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Best free iPad apps: March

BBC News
Easy access to the world’s most reputable news source.
BBC News full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Discovery
Discover a wealth of Wikipedia based knowledge in magazine form.
Discovery full review | Best iPads apps | Best apps

IMDB
The internet’s favourite database hits the iPad early.
IMDB full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Kindle
Amazon takes on the iBook store on its own device.
Kindle full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

New York Times
New York Times leads the way with Editors Choice app that could change the way we enjoy news.
New York Times full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Guardian Eyewitness
The finest photography from the nations most web-savvy newspaper.
Guardian Eyewitness full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Tweetdeck
The brilliant do-it-all Twitter widget makes an early debut on the tablet and makes an instant impact.
Tweetdeck full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Virtuoso
Budding music maestros can tinkle those virtual ivories together.
Virtuoso full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

iBooks
Apple’s answer to Kindle’s bookstore arrives on iPad.
iBooks full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Frypaper
The UK’s most illustrious gadgeteer migrates to the iPad.
Frypaper full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

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