iPad : Free Apps

All the best iPad apps rated, reviewed and ready for download.

1
Babel Rising 3D

Babel Rising 3D

A fun – sometimes frustrating – mix of tower defense and godly destruction that’s a good option for blowing off some pent-up steam.

3
2

FREE

2
Ghost Trick

Ghost Trick

Unique, amusing and often comically dark, Ghost Trick is a thoroughly entertaining tale.

5
2

FREE

3
Maily: Your Kids’ First Email

Maily: Your Kids’ First Email

A fun idea for kids, although multiple user accounts would be good for families with more than one child.

4
2

FREE

4
Alexandria Bloodshow

Alexandria Bloodshow

An extremely satisfying blend of tower defense and card collecting. There’s amusing gory bits, too.

4
2

FREE

5
DJ Studio

DJ Studio

Good clean fun and a superb introduction to the possibilities of loop manipulation, but not suitable for addition to a pro DJ setup.

4
2

FREE

6
ScreenChomp

ScreenChomp

A fun, free and simple way to share information between young children and teachers, but its juvenile interface may alienate older kids.

3
2

FREE

7
Condition ONE

Condition ONE

A new way of experiencing video that’s capable of an astonishing level of immersion. The iPad was made for apps like this!

4
2

FREE

8
Coach’s Eye

Coach’s Eye

We were impressed with Coach’s Eye; it’s hard to see how athletes and coaches wouldn’t benefit from it. With a bit of TLC from the magic sponge and it will be up and running with the pros in no time.

4
2

FREE

9
Blogshelf

Blogshelf

Not actively bad, but not good enough, either. You’d be better off with Flipboard, The Early Edition or Reeder, instead.

2
2

FREE

10
123D Catch

123D Catch

Enormous fun, but not perfect yet. However, it’s difficult to argue with the price – or rather, lack of it.

3
2

FREE

11
Skype for iPad

Skype for iPad

If you’re chatting across platforms or on an older iPad, you should definitely give Skype a look.

4
2

FREE

12
Zen Pinball

Zen Pinball

You don’t get much better pinball for free, and the paid tables are worth a look too.

4
2

FREE

13
500px

500px

A window into some gorgeous photography; a source of inspiration for photographers and of delight for everyone.

4
2

FREE

14
Google Earth

Google Earth

A wonderful way to explore the world – you’ll be travelling and investigating for hours.

5
3

FREE

15
Draw Something

Draw Something

Compelling, and with endless hilarity. The sheer range of possibilities with different partners means there’s longevity here, too.

5
2

FREE

16
Crimson: Steam Pirates

Crimson: Steam Pirates

A fast, extremely fun strategy game with a fantastic sense of humour.

5
3

FREE

17
Candy Boy

Candy Boy

A mixed bag: tricksy, fun puzzles surrounded by some needlessly tough-to-navigate platforming.

3
2

FREE

18
Judge Dredd vs Zombies

Judge Dredd vs Zombies

Dredd fans should add another star; everyone else should check out Minotron for superior confined-space shooty thrills.

3
2

FREE

19
Hotels.com HD

Hotels.com HD

A cracking app for hunting local crashpads and planning holiday stays generally

4
2

FREE

20
Facebook for iPad

Facebook for iPad

Everything you already love (or hate) – only with a few more niggles.

3
2

FREE

21
Event Check-in

Event Check-in

Slick looks and flawless operation, but the price limits its audience to enterprise users

4
2

FREE

22
BrainPOP UK Featured Movie

BrainPOP UK Featured Movie

A great educational tool for kids and fun for adults too

4
3

FREE

23
Wunderlist HD

Wunderlist HD

You’ll be astounded that something so good is being given away

5
2

FREE

24
Tilt to Live HD

Tilt to Live HD

Simple and beautiful, this game is perfectly suited to the iPad

4
2

FREE

25
Chronolite

Chronolite

Cook all your ingredients to perfection with these timers.

4
2

FREE

26
Forever Drive

Forever Drive

A perfectly inoffensive time-waster, but if you’re after thrills and excitement then look elsewhere.

2
2

FREE

27
Live Cams HD

Live Cams HD

An insight into areas th world over you might not otherwise have seen.

4
2

FREE

28
Demand 5

Demand 5

It’s a slick app that promises a decent service once the Big Brother torment is over for another year

4
2

FREE

29
C4 News

C4 News

Several missed opportunities here but, as on TV, C4 News gives excellent perspective on in-depth stories

3
2

FREE

30
Sky Go

Sky Go

A great app for Sky subscribers, but more channels please

4
2

FREE

31
LOVEFiLM Player for iPad

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.

4
2

FREE

32
Fileboard

Fileboard

An attractive way to handle documents for email, but it’s severely lacking in features.

2
2

FREE

33
zeebox

zeebox

zeebox is the new, social, interactive, immersive and amazing way to watch TV.

5
2

FREE

34
The Guardian iPad Edition

The Guardian iPad Edition

A beautiful and immersive way to catch up on the day’s news.

4
3

FREE

35
Composite

Composite

We love this app. It lets you create brilliant works of art, is highly original and a whole load of fun.

5
2

FREE

36
Evernote: Peek

Evernote: Peek

An innovative use of the Smart Cover to help your revision.

4
2

FREE

37
Dolphin Browser HD

Dolphin Browser HD

Want a more socially focused web browser than Safari? Then you need this on your iPad.

5
2

FREE

38
Flipboard

Flipboard

It may not replace your dedicated RSS reader, but it’s a lovely way of browsing news and social network updates.

5
2

FREE

39
Boxee

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.

4
2

FREE

40
Wacom Bamboo App

Wacom Bamboo App

Transform your iPad into a digital notepad and share all your ideas in any way you choose, including handwritten notes, doodles, sketches and more.

4
2

FREE

41
Red Bulletin

Red Bulletin

Red Bull’s monthly magazine goes digital with a vast array of exciting new visual content

5
2

FREE

42
Hitpad – See What’s Up

Hitpad – See What’s Up

This app could become your first point of call for catching up with what’s going on in the world.

4
2

FREE

43
NASA App HD

NASA App HD

A neat, way of navigating NASA’s content, and to check out when the ISS will be hurtling overhead.

4
2

FREE

44
Atari’s Greatest Hits

Atari’s Greatest Hits

Game packs from 59p, but in this guise is there any point?

2
2

FREE

45
Sky News for iPad

Sky News for iPad

An app with lots of good ideas, streets ahead of the competition, but it’s not perfect

4
2

FREE

46
4oD Catch-up

4oD Catch-up

4oD comes to the iPad at last – and getting it is a complete no-brainer while it’s free.

4
3

FREE

47
Crackle

Crackle

Yes it’s free, but the selection of films you get in the UK is so limited that this is unlikely to be of interest.

2
2

FREE

48
D-Desk

D-Desk

A nice idea that’s crying out for some added features, but it’s definitely worth having.

3
2

FREE

49
BBC iPlayer

BBC iPlayer

There are some minor flaws and omissions, but there’s just so much to love here.

4
2

FREE

50
We Farm for iPad

We Farm for iPad

It has its limitations but it’s a fun, friendly game.

3
2

FREE

51
Holes and Balls

Holes and Balls

Although mildly entertaining, not even as close to raunchy as its name suggests

2
2

FREE

52
Convert Units

Convert Units

Simple and efficient app for all your unit conversion needs

4
3

FREE

53
Discover – Wikipedia in a Magazine

Discover – Wikipedia in a Magazine

Discover a wealth of Wikipedia based knowledge in magazine form

3
2

FREE

54
iPutt

iPutt

iPutt is off the mark on addictiveness and realism but its free so we can’t complain

2
2

FREE

55
Virtuoso

Virtuoso

Budding music maestros can tinkle those virtual ivories together

4
2

FREE

56
Gravitarium

Gravitarium

A psychedelic creative and relaxation tool

3
2

FREE

57
iBrainstorm

iBrainstorm

An interactive pin board for your iPad with multiple Post-it notes

3
2

FREE

58
BBC News

BBC News

Easy access to the world’s most reputable news source

5
2

FREE

59
FryPaper

FryPaper

The UK’s most illustrious gadgeteer migrates to the iPad

3
2

FREE

60
iBooks

iBooks

Apple’s answer to Kindle’s bookstore arrives on iPad

4
2

FREE

61
NPR

NPR

Setting the standard for online on-demand radio portals

4
2

FREE

62
Guardian Eyewitness

Guardian Eyewitness

The finest photography from the nations most web-savvy newspaper

3
2

FREE

63
IMDb Movies and TV

IMDb Movies and TV

The internet’s favourite database hits the iPad early

5
2

FREE

64
Marvel Comics

Marvel Comics

Spider-Man and Captain America have rarely looked better than on the iPad’s 9.7-inch touchscreen

4
2

FREE

65
Jam Pad
4
2

FREE

66
New York Times Editors Choice

New York Times Editors Choice

New York Times leads the way with Editors Choice app that could change the way we enjoy news

4
2

FREE

67
Tweetdeck

Tweetdeck

The brilliant do-it-all Twitter widget makes an early debut on the tablet and makes an instant impact

4
2

FREE

68
Amazon Kindle

Amazon Kindle

Amazon takes on the iBook store on its own device

4
2

FREE

69
Air Guitar HD

Air Guitar HD

Now, strangely enough, you can actually play guitar on this thing

3
3

FREE

70
Sky Mobile TV

Sky Mobile TV

£35 for non-subscribers, but is it worth it for Premier League on-the-go?

3
2

FREE