There is no shortage of writing apps for the iPad.

Some focus on being as minimal as possible, others focus on new and innovative features to take advantage of the possibilities afforded by a 9-inch touchscreen. Many of these are focused on publishing, but what of that most intimate form of writing, journaling?

The iPad is the same size as many of the journals that used to reside under beds or in secret cupboards hidden in a nightstand; what better way to marry the old and the new than with a journal? Day One aims to do just that.

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With iOS 5, Apple introduced Reminders, its own take on the ever-popular task management app category. Reminders has a lot of basic functionality coupled with some other nice features, meaning that for most people this built-in app can cover their every need.

Are you one of those people, or will Reminders leave you wanting more? Read on to find out.

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Instapaper has gotten more than its share of love over here on iPad.AppStorm. Consistently rated among the most useful apps and best-of lists, Instapaper is an app and service that has made reading anything you find on the web a joy again.

With version 4.0, Instapaper has gone through some serious changes. The iPad version has changed the most of all, sporting a brand-new interface that utilizes all of the iPad’s large display.

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Many of us use Facebook for talking to friends, reconnecting with family, and doing our best to avoid stalking our ex’s profile. Since the day the iPad was launched, Facebook users had three options: use the iPhone app in a horribly pixelated 2x view, visit the site with Safari, or download a third-party application. All were less than ideal, and many users have been clamoring for a native iPad app for some time.

It’s here, and we’ve got the full review below.

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Amazon has finally announced their long-awaited entry into the tablet market. Rumors have been circling for months now, including a well-documented look into the device that MG Siegler got when he actually held the then-unannounced device.

The device is called the Kindle Fire, and it’s going to enter the market with a bang. How does it stack up to the iPad, though? Let’s discuss.

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Many people wonder how they could justify the purpose of an iPad, not only to themselves but also to others (I’m sure there’s been many-a-spouse that was upset by the half-grand their significant other dropped on an iPad). Many reviews focus on the technical aspects of Apple’s game-changing tablet, but very few discuss how someone can work the iPad into an existing workflow.

That’s where I come in.

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The computer is, according to the traditional mindset, largely a proxy device. There is little to no direct input from the user; every action is interpreted through either the keyboard, mouse, or trackpad. Because of these proxy input methods, we’ve developed a sort of digital mindset; we think of a file as something to be clicked on, we interpret each click of the mouse as being our real, natural input.

What, then, happens when a device comes along without a physical keyboard or mouse? This question has become more pronounced throughout the introduction of the iPhone, iPod Touch, and (more recently) the iPad.

Much of Apple’s marketing around the iPad has been that ‘it just works’ or that being able to touch the application, or the application’s interface, is ‘magical’. I’m inclined to agree; the iPad is changing, and will continue to change, the way that we think about computers and how we interact with them. Through one simple, basic concept; touch.

The entire computing world has been flipped on its head and forced to answer some hard questions.

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