Best paid iPad apps

T3's pick of the top paid iPad and iPad 2 apps.

This month's selection of the best paid iPad apps available from the App Store right now

T3's pick of the top paid iPad apps.

Apple's latest iPad has landed and is busy clearing up the tablet market (again). But with your brand spanking new tablet in hand, which of the tens of thousands of iPad apps are worth your time (and your cash)? Each month T3 raids the App Store for the very best paid iPad apps available right now. Take a look at our list below to see what our iPad boffins have been playing with this month.

Best paid iPad apps: May

Brian Cox's Wonders of the Universe
The twitchiness of the app technology used to present the material began to irritate – but the content is out of this world.
Brian Cox's Wonders of the Universe full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Battlefoot Adventure
Simple and fun cartoon battles with an adventurous twist, and yours for a bargain price – get your swag on.
Battlefoot Adventure full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Pulse: Volume One
Stylish, absorbing and challenging, but needs Game Center support and an injection of longevity and jolly.
Pulse: Volume One review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Procreate
Some hugely impressive tools and an interface ideal for artists make this a great painting app.
Procreate full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Prince of Persia: Warrior Within
Control issues aside, Warrior Within really is a magnificent sequel.
Prince of Persia: Warrior Within full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Best paid iPad apps: April

QuickOffice Pro HD
The smartest, as well as one of the most affordable, full-features iOS office suites.
QucikOffice Pro HD full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Rain Sand Stars
A mite frustrating at times, and very short; but also sweet, with engaging visuals and simple, addictive gameplay.
Rain Sand Stars full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Numbers
Data analysis just got good on the iPad. Still, the iWork apps need a better file sync system.
Numbers full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Notion
A comprehensive score creation/editing tool with beautiful sound, but let down by stability issues.
Notion full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Noteshelf
Everyone who owns an iPad should get this app. And other developers should watch and learn.
Noteshelf full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Best paid iPad apps: March

Jazz: Trump's Journey
Unrefined mechanics tarnish this original iOS platformer, but luckily the stellar concept and aesthetics shine through.
Jazz: Trump's Journey full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Inside The World Of Dinosaurs
Older children with a passion for dinosaurs will love it, but younger children won’t find enough to keep their interest here.
Inside The World Of Dinosaurs full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Cinderella
Quite simply, the most charming and entertaining interactive book currently available on the iPad. Although it’s not the cheapest!
Cinderella full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Photoshop Touch
A great mix of practical tools and fun creative effects, that more than lives up the Photoshop moniker.
Photoshop Touch full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Call of Cthulu
Stunningly complex turn-by-turn strategy-based SIM redefines expectations for the iPad as games platform.
Call of Cthulu full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Best paid iPad apps: February

Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies
Hectic and atmospheric, as it should be, but a lack of maps holds this well-made shooter back.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Dinosaur Zoo
An entertaining fact-based presentation of famous extinct vertebrates.
Dinosaur Zoo full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Bobo Explores Light
Children can play as they learn in this wildly imaginative and flawlessly immersive learning experience.
Bobo Explores Light full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Koder
A focused feature-set, and incredible price make for a great code editor despite the lack of SFTP.
Koder full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Edge Extended
The same compelling gameplay, but with plenty of innovations and new levels to make it worth a second visit.
Edge Extended full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Best paid iPad apps: January

Scrabble
Having dominated physical board games and the iPhone, Scrabble now tackles the iPad.
Scrabble full reivew | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Reckless Racing HD
EA hits the high notes once again with this redneck racing ace.
Reckless Racing HD full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Grand Theft Auto Chinatown
A criminally good blend of Grand Theft Auto old and new.
Grand Theft Auto Chinatown | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Worms Crazy Golf HD
Not quite a champion, but far from a double bogey, this mini-golf game easily makes the cut.
Worms Crazy Golf HD full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Switch
A beautiful solution to a very real iPad problem. Will be better for a few tweaks, though.
Switch full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Best paid iPad apps: December

King of Dragon Pass
A rich and complex game, but the static screens and overload of information makes it a little dry
King of Dragon Pass full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Aquaria
Vast and beautiful, but lacking that little extra something that would have made it better than nice
Aquaria ful review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Ant Raid HD
A hugely enjoyable RTS featuring the only ants you won’t want to nuke with powder from the garden centre
Ant Raid HD full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Codify
Curious about building games on your iPad? Codify offers a terrific sandbox to do exactly that
Codify full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

AirCassette
A thoroughly essential total and utter waste of money for music lovers of a certain age
AirCassette full reivew | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Best paid iPad apps: November

Animation Desk
Perfect for anyone even vaguely interested in 2D animation. A great tool for experienced animators to jot down concepts on the go.
Animation Desk full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Aelios Weather
Gorgeous, and a great screensaver for a docked iPad. If only predicting the weather was infallible!
Aelios Weather full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Rocket Bunnies HD
The insane-looking rabbits raise frequent chuckles and the well-designed levels provide a satisfying challenge.
Rocket Bunnies HD full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Budget Book
BudgetBook doesn’t have the prettiest interface, but it does allow you to track business and personal budgets, which is a bonus.
Budget Book full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Glowfish HD
A charming, playable, great-looking undersea adventure, with depth. (And the iPhone version’s just as good.)
Glowfish HD full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Best paid iPad apps: October

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

GoodReader
The most versatile file reading, playing and access tool on the platform.
GoodReader full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps



DrawRace 2
Frequently frustrating, but a novel and surprisingly exciting take on a top-down racing game.
DrawRace 2 full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Cinemek Storyboard Composer HD
Not as comprehensive as we’d expect for the money, but still a very handy tool for amateur film-makers.
Cinemek Storyboard Composer HD full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

No Human
A short but sweet physics puzzler pulled off with style.
No Human full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Best paid iPad apps: September

iFontMaker
Ignore the slightly gimmicky pitch – iFontMaker offers plenty of flexibility and options to create a custom typeface.
iFontMaker full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Contre Jour HD
Not as original as it first appears, but nonetheless a beautiful and absorbing physics puzzler.
Contre Jour HD full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

FileBrowser
Setting up isn’t for the faint of heart, but this is a great app for transferring files.Setting up isn’t for the faint of heart, but this is a great app for transferring files.
FileBrowser full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Anomaly Warzone Earth
A first-rate and surprisingly accessible strategy game. Worth invading a medium-sized country for.
Anomaly Warzone Earth full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Fotopedia
Dramatic scenery and great detail, all organised in an easy to follow way. Superb.
Fotopedia full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Best paid iPad apps: August

Beatmaker 2
Definitely no GarageBand, and it stings at four times the price, but for beats you won't find much better.
Beatmaker 2 full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Korg iMS20
Ever dreamed of owning a classic synth? Treat yourself to one of the finest...
KORG iMS20 full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Hunters: Episode One HD
A friendly yet challenging turn based strategy game that delivers fresh content every 24 hours.
Hunters: Episode One HD full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Master of Alchemy
A rewarding puzzler that doesn't quite do what it says on the tin.
Master of Alchemy full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Casey's Contraptions HD
The many puzzles will keep you building and rebuilding for ages, even if the sandbox mode is imperfect.
Casey's Contraptions HD full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Best paid iPad apps: July

Pages
Apple's first-rate text editing suite arrives on iPad.
Pages full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Rainbow Six: Shadow Vanguard
Get down to the business of whacking Tangos in Tom Clancy's latest shooter.
Best iPad apps | Best apps

Angry Birds Seasons HD
Can those pigs find no respite from the wings of vengeance?
Best iPad apps | Best apps

AVPlayerHD
Open up your iPad to a slew of new playable movie formats.
Best iPad apps | Best apps

MyPad+
Without an official Facebook app, MyPad+ is your next best option.
Best iPad apps | Best apps

Best paid iPad apps: June

Lego Harry Potter
Limited controls can’t spoil this wizardy adventure.
Lego Harry Potter full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

iAnnotate PDF
iAnnotate makes PDF notation a cinch on the iPad.
iAnnotate PDF full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Final Fantasy III
A genuinely lovely remake of a classic RPG, but the high pricing is questionable compared to its rivals.
Final Fantasy III full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

DSLR Remote HD
Expensive, but it works. Serious about photos? You’ll easily find a way of making it worth the price.
DSLR Remote HD full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Circus Ponies Notebook
A good, well-featured notebook for your iPad that’s let down by the lack of real syncing.
Circus Ponies Notebook full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Best paid iPad apps: May

Amplitube
If you’re an electric guitar player, you don’t want to miss out on this app’s power and versatility.
Amplitube full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Eternal Legacy
Eternal Legacy is enjoyable enough, but it’s a pale imitation of the games it emulates.
Eternal Legacy full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Dragon Hunter
A fantastic RPG with an engaging story, slick combat and satisfying character development.
Dragon Hunter full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Djay
It seems pricey, but djay’s layout, display, split output option and sync feature make it feel pro.
Djay full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

Dead Space HD
The control system is a failed experiment, but otherwise, Dead Space is technically brilliant.
Dead Space HD full review | Best iPad apps | Best apps

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