If I could think of one thing that I never did much on my iPad, it would probably be using it as a music player. I had a phone that did the same thing, so why bother? It used to be the farthest thing from my mind as I was busy using the iPad for other things like games, productivity, and reading.

That is, of course, until I came upon a little app known as Planetary.

Listening to music on an iOS device usually meant having to scroll through endless lists of songs and the occasional grid of album art. Isn’t it about time we moved away from all that and tried something new?


Now, more than ever before, reminders are a necessity. Life is busy and it’s too easy to forget about what needs to be done. Apple finally brought their own solution to this problem by including the Reminders app as standard in iOS. Unfortunately, Reminders can leave some users wanting more and not being completely satisfied. NotifyMe aims to fill the gap for users who are left wanting more from the Reminders app.

NotifyMe adds more standard features than the reminders app on iOS. The app is accessible everywhere and allows for more customization including auto-snoozing, custom repeating patterns, pre-alerts and more. If you are looking for a more robust reminder system then read on to see if NotifyMe is right for you.


Everyone loves to get updated on the latest news, whether it be from a newspaper, social networking or right from your iPad. Sky News offers a modern approach to news consumption that definitely impresses aesthetically. There are many news apps for the iPad, but Sky have produced an incredibly good looking, easy to navigate medium to browse the news.

Let’s take a closer look…


Technology has always gone hand-in-hand with education, and Apple has been a fervent supporter of the role of technology in the future of education. Apple has focused very hard to make it easy for educational staff to get Macs in the classroom.

Up until recently college students partook in a common practice known as the “get a laptop and a printer before going off to school” ritual. Students would then use their laptops to take notes, write papers, create presentations, and do research on the web. Now that the iPad has gone through its third revision and has become a popular device among all age groups, students are beginning to break from the common trend and buy iPads either along with a Mac, or as their main machine.

Is the iPad ready for this task? Can a student take notes sufficiently without being limited in any way? Let’s find out!


There is a healthy abundance of writing apps in the App Store, all vying for that top spot on your iPad Home Screen. The fact is that there are a whole host of superb choices, which one you use will almost certainly come down to personal preference – where do AppStorm readers go to put their thoughts into words?

I, personally, am a big fan of minimal writing environments and have used iA Writer for the last year or so, but I’m definitely tempted by Byword.

Does Markdown support make a big difference in your choice? Do you want options, or a distinct lack of choice? Does the icon make a difference?

Is having iCloud sync a deal breaker, or is Dropbox your go-to service? All of these factors will come into play when weighing up the best writing app for you – where have you landed?

Let us know in the comments if I’ve missed a big one, I’ll add it in if possible, and what factors influenced your choice.

Games are often the very first thing that people download when they fire up their iPad for the first time. Though that may surprise you, it makes complete and total sense to me; however great this new device is for browsing the web and reading, to begin with you just want to play with it!

It’s clear that Apple understands the allure and power of games; they even took to demoing them on stage at the announcement of the new iPad. I’ll admit that I couldn’t wait to try out the dogfighting game they showed, and thoroughly enjoyed my first flight, in spite of the chaos that surrounded me; the peace of the luscious landscapes broken by the roar of thrusters as I pirouetted gracefully into the side of a mountain.

This is a roundup of some of best gaming content on iPad.AppStorm, from casual arcade games that pass the time to games that really make you think, from huge franchise blockbusters to beautiful independant titles, get ready to play with your iPad again!


The range of Twitter clients for the iPad is numerous and, as a new iPad user, you can often get confused on which one you should download for your shiny new device. A few months back, I looked at several clients and compared their features with one another and I found that Osfoora HD is a pretty decent offering when it comes to tweeting on your iPad. It’s the brainchild of independent developer Said M. Marouf (there’s also an iPhone version as well) and features nearly everything you’ll want (and has a few tricks hidden up its sleeve!).

All sounds great doesn’t it? Let’s have a look at Osfoora HD in a little bit more detail.


Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway this week, and special thanks to the kind people at Soonr! I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen, and there are more of them than you might expect…

The developer has been kind enough to give away 50 promo codes! I can’t really list the winners here, but congratulations to those of you who have grabbed a copy!

Old Competition Post

Soonr Scribble for iOS is the natural way to markup any document. I’m pleased to announce that we have 15 promo codes to give away!

Soonr Scribble is an annotation application that lets you easily markup any file and work naturally on your iPhone and iPad. With Soonr Scribble for iOS, you can handwrite comments, draw illustrations, sign contracts, fill out forms, or mark changes on any document.

Get a FREE stylus after you buy (or win) Soonr Scribble. Simply visit www.soonr.com/scribblegiveaway, fill out the form and they’ll send you their insanely great stylus that works on your iPhone and iPad!


The very first Angry Birds game was released on the iPhone in 2009, and has since become one of the top-selling iOS apps of all time. Millions upon millions of users have found themselves addicted, frustrated, and endlessly entertained by the simple act of flinging birds at pigs with slingshots.

The birds have travelled through deserts and forests, across seasons, and even down to Rio. Now, Rovio have taken the birds even further, all the way into the final frontier: Angry Birds Space is the newest addition to the series, and is packed with gravity puzzles, secret levels, and of course evil pigs.

Read on past the break for the full review!


Okay, so you’ve got your amazing new “resolutionary” iPad and you’re looking for the best way to show off the powerful display. I mean really, you’re going to want some breathtaking wallpapers and backgrounds that are the same resolution as your new iPad to go along with the device – so that people can see how great it is. Well you’re in luck, because I’ve managed to gather 100 of the best iPad Retina-optimized wallpapers, saving you all the work of searching the entire World Wide Web for them.

After the break, you’ll find everything from retro pixels and abstract patterns, to breathtaking views of New Zealand and flying birds, so you’re not going to want to miss this! Some of them are not the full 2048 by 2048 pixel resolution, but they work great in landscape mode, so check them out anyway. You’re going to want to download the largest resolution available, which is usually about 2560 by 1600 pixels. Get set for an exhaustive and beautiful collection of backgrounds and wallpapers!


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