Best iPad Apps 2015: Top free and paid apps

Whether you're after the latest free iPad apps or the paid for App Store essentials, T3's app experts pick the best iPad apps to grab in 2015.

If you've just unwrapped a brand new iPad Air 2 or iPad Mini 3 and need some guidance on what to grab from the Apple Store, you've come to the right place.

Helping you furnish your Apple tablet with the top quality, free and paid for apps, T3's specialist iPad app reviewing team have picked out the very best App Store offerings, to trick out your tablet and help you get the most from it. Whether it's every day store cupboard essentials or those hidden gems from Apple's bustling marketplace, we've found every app you need.

So whether you scroll aimlessly through the App Store, or plan to invest in an Apple tablet in the near future, here's our updated list of what the T3 app experts have uncovered this month.

Outlook

Outlook is not only a really good email app, boasting plenty of features for both power and general users, but it also contains a calendar, so you can quickly check your schedule. The Focussed inbox does a good job at separating important emails from the daily spam, while the built-in cloud service picker makes it easy to grab files from Dropbox, Google Drive and others.

Free | Download Outlook
 

ProTube

While there’s nothing generally wrong with Google’s YouTube app in terms of looks and functionality, we have suffered plenty of problems with poor quality video playback. ProTube sorts that issue out, buffering videos much quicker that the rivals. You can also set your default playback resolution and the design is very ‘iOS 8’ with plenty of transparency effects.

£2.29 | Download ProTube
 

Noteshelf

The iPad is a great work tool and the functionality that Noteshelf offers just furthers those credentials. This note taking app is packed with options, pen types, paper choices and syncing across multiple cloud services. It also works with a variety of tools, including FiftyThree’s impressive Pencil stylus.

£4.49 | Download Noteshelf

Duet

If you’re looking for a dual monitor set-up on the go, Duet is the answer. Once you’ve downloaded the companion app to your Mac, you simply connect your iPad (iPad 2 and up) with a Lightning cable and voila, your tablet is now an extension of your computer. Performance is great, mainly because it uses a wired connection rather than wireless, and there’s a couple of resolution options. Choose ‘Retina’ and you’ll get a better picture, but select one of the lower-res choices and performance will be improved.

£11.99 | Download Duet

VSCO Cam

While VSCO Cam for iPhone is great for quick edits and actually taking the snap, the iPad version is perfect for more in-depth tinkering and really making that photo perfect. You can view multiple filters side by side, sync your library across devices and share your own Grid and Journal. We’re still waiting for Extension support in iOS 8, though.

Free | Download VSCO Cam

Flow for Instagram

There’s still no official Instagram iPad app and using the blown up phone version is hardly a treat for the eyes, but filter sharing lovers need worry no more, as Flow is a fantastic replacement. The design is sleek, pictures are high-res and and the search tools are arguably than the first-party app.

Free | Download Flow for Instagram

Evernote Scannable

We’ve seen apps that perform similar functions to Scannable before, using your iPad’s camera to capture notes, documents and receipts, but if you’re an Evernote user this is the most seamless. It pulls in all your Evernote notebooks and settings, letting you easily add new content to your existing set-up. Scanning business cards automatically pulls out the information and creates a new contact card in your address book, adding in LinkedIn data to flesh it out further.

Free | Download Evernote Scannable

Adobe Voice

 

 

This nifty app will change the way you make presentations for ever. It's simple to create stunning animated videos in a short period of time, using your Voice. Users can choose from over 25,000 beautiful iconic images to play over their recordings and then Adobe Voice will automatically add cinematic motion and music to suit.

 

Free | Download Adobe Voice

Owaves 


Owaves is the latest and simplest way to plan your health and wellness goals each day. This visual, colourful and vibrant app features a novel 24-hour clock planner which allows you to plan your day 24 hours in advanced. Owaves aims to guide you through a balanced routine and healthy lifestyle.

 

Free | Download Owaves

 

Pixel Floors

 

 

Pixel Press Floors is an entirely new type of social gaming that enables anyone to become a video games developer.

 

The app can create and share video games, simply by hand drawing the levels. It's an educational application that uses platforms, coins and ladders to create various games concepts ready to be played.

 

Free | Download Pixel Floors

 

 

Notegraphy

 

With a design that fits well within the iOS7 aesthetic, Notegraphy lets you create beautiful looking text with automatic formatting and instant sharing through a whole host of social networks. Check out the gallery and feast your eyes upon other works of art.

With a bit of work and patience you can create some really nice looking pieces, which look rather professional. It takes a bit of time though, but stick with it and soon you'll have a gallery brimming with top class looking text. The Instagram of writing? In time maybe.

Free | Download Notegraphy

Repix

Free | Download Repix

Photo editing apps are two a penny on the App Store, and it doesn’t look like the influx of picture altering tools is going to be stopping anytime soon. Repix hopes to offer something a bit different, giving you even more control over your snaps than before. There are over 28 brushes, 15 filters and it works really smoothly. With iOS came a few new shooting formats, square for instance, and Repix has built support for this in.

 

Paperless post

Free | Download Paperless Post

Days of drawing and creating your own party invitations are long gone; there are apps for that now. Design the card through the app, customising everything from fonts and backdrops, to colours and alignment and then you can track RSVPs and even communicate with your guests. If you're not a design whizz, there are a load of pre-made templates to save you time.

 

 

Dailymotion

Free | Download Dailymotion

Record, cut and add a limited choice of filters to your videos before uploading straight to the Dailymotion site. Along with adding your own content, the app lets you browse through Dailymotion's massive library of videos, covering a whole host of genres in an easy to navigate manner.. Instant fame is all but assured, though we at T3 do not guarantee this.

 

 

Facetune for iPad

Price: £2.49 | Download Facetune for iPad

The pictures you take are rarely perfect. More often than not you’re stuck with lopsided smiles and the odd closed eye. Facetune looks to change this, giving you chance to touch up your self-portraits and ensure you don’t look like a horror film extra. While it may look simple of the surface, this app is really quite, with a load of options and tweaks. A bargain for the price.

 

 

Microsoft Remote Desktop

Free | Download Microsoft Remote Desktop

If you’re an iPad user with a PC running the latest version of Windows 8 then this could be a killer app. Access all your files and apps from anywhere, with multi-touch gestures and simple set-up, your iPad just got a bit more productive. Plus, it’s free, which is often a variety for these virtual machine type apps.

 

 

Cobook Contacts

Free | Download Cobook Contacts

The iPhone contacts app is hardly the pinnacle of Apple’s design, Cobook on the other hand is a joy to gaze upon. With a new iOS7 look, contact pictures running down the side and quick access to Facebook and Twitter, this is a great replacement. Another handy feature is My Card, which plugs all your details into a business card like interface which can be easily sharable.

 

 

Bob Dylan Bootlegs

Free | Download Bob Dylan Bootlegs

Fan of Bob Dylan? Get downloading. Journey through 35 rare releases, with visual timelines for each track, a ton of snaps, in-depth video interviews as well as interactive lyrics, so you can sing along at the top of your voice, all packed into a tidy package. This app is jammed full of content, plus it’s presented in a smooth and easy to get navigate way.

 

 

Jimdo

Free | Download Jimdo

Choose a layout, pick a domain name and, well, that's about it: welcome to your spanking new website, and it’s already optimised for mobile devices. Already rocking a Jimdo created site? You can still get all the benefits of the app by simply punching in your account details. So… Lunch then?

 

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