iPad : Entertainment

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

Music apps, streaming TV and YouTube. Beam the best the internet has to offer straight to your mobile with the best entertainment apps.

1
Earthlapse

Earthlapse

Beautiful photography and a few handy features make this a great ambient app for your iPad.

4
2

£0.69

2
Rockmate

Rockmate

On paper, Rockmate shouldn’t work this well, but it’s actually a fun way to make music with friends.

4
2

£1.99

3
NOW TV UK

NOW TV UK

An impressively modern catalogue, but not a comprehensive one. That, and a few teething problems, make its monthly price seem too high.

3
2

£0.69

4
It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

A lovingly created homage to Charles Schultz’s iconic characters that makes a wonderfully charming app for kids of all ages.

5
2

£1.99

5
Kingdom of Plants with David Attenborough

Kingdom of Plants with David Attenborough

A pleasant way to explore Kew and the wonders of the plant kingdom – and Attenborough is as captivating as ever.

4
3

£7.99

6
Frankenstein

Frankenstein

An interactive, immersive book app that lets you control the plot. A fantastic read, looks great and could well point to the future of books on iOS.

4
2

£1.49

7
MadePad HD

MadePad HD

A neat plaything, and slick with it, but the substance doesn’t match its brilliant looks.

3
3

£1.99

8
Clara Button and the Magical Hat Day

Clara Button and the Magical Hat Day

A beautifully animated storybook mainly targeted at little girls, but nothing that particularly jumps out as unique.

3
2

£3.99

9
Showreel

Showreel

It’s well designed, but needs to expand the content and features if it’s going to compete with others out there.

4
2

£0.69

10
Brian Cox’s Wonders of the Universe

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.

4
2

£4.99

11
Dr. Seuss Beginner Book Collection #1

Dr. Seuss Beginner Book Collection #1

A collection of lovely interactive books – but you might want to choose your own individual collection from the App Store (some Seuss apps are bargains at the moment).

4
2

£7.99

12
Inside The World of Dinosaurs

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

3
2

£9.99

13
Cinderella – Nosy Crow animated picture book

Cinderella – Nosy Crow animated picture book

Quite simply, the most charming and entertaining interactive book currently available on the iPad. Although it’s not the cheapest!

4
2

£5.49

14
Dinosaur Zoo

Dinosaur Zoo

An entertaining fact-based presentation of famous extinct vertebrates

4
2

£1.49

15
Classic Songs Piano Songbook

Classic Songs Piano Songbook

Perfectly sized scores, lag-free page turns and brilliant value for money makes this a winner, though extra In-App Purchases would have been nice

4
2

£2.99

16
BrainPOP UK Featured Movie

BrainPOP UK Featured Movie

A great educational tool for kids and fun for adults too

4
3

FREE

17
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

18
Dr Who Encyclopedia

Dr Who Encyclopedia

The In-app Purchase content makes this expensive for the completist, but this is a nicely constructed app

3
2

£4.99

19
Back in Time

Back in Time

Educational, but strangely old fashioned. We expect more from iPad apps these days

2
3

£5.49

20
Sky Go

Sky Go

A great app for Sky subscribers, but more channels please

4
2

FREE

21
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

22
zeebox

zeebox

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

5
2

FREE

23
NME Icons: Jack White

NME Icons: Jack White

It’s a big old bit of software, but this is a great app for Jack White fans.

3
3

£3.99

24
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

25
AVPlayer HD

AVPlayer HD

Without question, it’s the best media player for iPad. If you’re a video fanatic, it’s the app to buy.

5
2

£1.99

26
Nighty Night HD

Nighty Night HD

Exquisite graphics and professional narration make for a charming bedtime app for your child.

4
2

£1.49

27
Red Bulletin

Red Bulletin

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

5
2

FREE

28
On The Way To Woodstock

On The Way To Woodstock

A beautiful coffee-table app that will inspire you to revisit, or discover, ’60s classics.

4
2

£5.99

29
GarageBand

GarageBand

Apple’s home song creation tool is more mobile than ever.

5
2

£2.99

30
iMovie

iMovie

£2.99 for a fully-functional, touchscreen video editing suite? Yes please.

4
2

£2.99

31
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

32
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

33
djay

djay

It seems pricey, but djay’s layout, waveform display, split output option and sync feature make it feel pro.

4
2

£11.99

34
BBC iPlayer

BBC iPlayer

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

4
2

FREE

35
Guinness World Records

Guinness World Records

If you want to be a record breaker, dedication’s what you need, and this app might help

4
2

£0.59

36
Twas The Night Before Christmas HD

Twas The Night Before Christmas HD

Reignite the Christmas cheer with this interactive rendition of a timeless classic

3
2

£1.19

37
Virtuoso

Virtuoso

Budding music maestros can tinkle those virtual ivories together

4
2

FREE

38
Gravitarium

Gravitarium

A psychedelic creative and relaxation tool

3
2

FREE

39
Wisdom Quotes HD

Wisdom Quotes HD

An encyclopaedic knowledge of history’s greatest sayings awaits in this insightful app

4
2

£1.79

40
iBooks

iBooks

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

4
2

FREE

41
Wired Magazine

Wired Magazine

The magazine for the digital age, goes digital

4
2

£2.99

42
Maxim Handstand Edition

Maxim Handstand Edition

Men’s mag makes iPad debut with stunning Hot 100 issue. Gallerytastic.

4
2

£1.79

43
NPR

NPR

Setting the standard for online on-demand radio portals

4
2

FREE

44
Guardian Eyewitness

Guardian Eyewitness

The finest photography from the nations most web-savvy newspaper

3
2

FREE

45
IMDb Movies and TV

IMDb Movies and TV

The internet’s favourite database hits the iPad early

5
2

FREE

46
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

47
Korg Electribe

Korg Electribe

The iPad’s future revealed in this wicked music creation app

4
2

£5.99

48
Jam Pad
4
2

FREE

49
Smule Magic Piano

Smule Magic Piano

Broadcast your virtual sounds around the world and check in on the competition

3
3

£0.59

50
Air Guitar HD

Air Guitar HD

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

3
3

FREE

51
Sky Mobile TV

Sky Mobile TV

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

3
2

FREE