Best HP TouchPad Apps for webOS 3.0
Here's a list of our favorite 15 apps that you can find on the HP TouchPad right now.
With 300 native apps now available for the HP TouchPad, you're probably wondering which ones you should grab to get started, right? Rather than leaving you to explore the vast app catalog on your own (which includes 7000 other apps that have not yet been optimized for the larger TouchPad screen), we wanted to cover you a bit from the start with our own list of favorite apps for the HP TouchPad. From games and productivity apps, to social media clients and educational software, the TouchPad App Cat might still be small, but these apps definitely give it some good ground to expand off of.
After you read through our list, be sure to check out the first edition of webOS Pivot, which shows off another 22 great apps in a neatly-focused magazine, and then read the comments after the break to see what other PreCentral readers are suggesting as the best TouchPad apps in their lives.
1. Angry Birds HD (Free)
The Angry Birds franchise, by Rovio Mobile, has been listed over and over as the most popular game title across all mobile platforms around the world. Unlike most of the world, though, Angry Birds HD for the HP TouchPad is yours to play absolutely free (and ad-free, too)! For both heavy and casual gamers alike, Angry Birds has a special place in the hearts of mobile users everywhere, so why not check what the hype is about, and make this app one of the first you download.
2. Facebook (Free)
With nearly 600 Million users around the world, Facebook is probably on your list of websites you visit every day. But why go to a boring website in the web browser when you can integrate Facebook directly with the TouchPad's operating system using a really cool app? View and comment on photos, wall posts, Places (for checking in), your friend's profiles and update your status. Facebook also syncs your photos and contacts with other apps on your device, and uses both JustType and Notifications to make the experience even better than what you can get on your desktop computer.
3. Taskr (Free)
One of the biggest complaints that came with many reviews of the HP TouchPad (even ours, which you can read here), is that it doesn't even come with a basic Task app! Luckily for us, Taskr is a very simple task management app that is available in the app catalog, and it's absolutely free. With simple features like setting priority (Low, Medium and High), checking off tasks you've completed and deleting old tasks with a swipe to the right, it does exactly what we need it to in a quick way.
4. Epicurious Recipes (Free)
Epicurious is one of those apps that you just love to have on hand when you need to serve up a large family feast for the Holidays, a delicious meal for that potential date, or just a quick meal before you head to the gym. Epicurious comes with thousands of recipes from all around the world, and even allows you to browse for unique meals by on geographical origins, the main ingredient, what size meal or even which course it is, and then gives you a quick shopping list that you can quickly access and check off as you find the ingredients. And since it's free, that makes the deal (and the meals) even sweeter.
5. Need For Speed; Hot Pursuit ($9.99)
If you love racing games, and want to give them a try on the TouchPad, Need For Speed; Hot Pursuit by EA Games is definitely going to be a good pick for you. Unlock up to 20 different racing vehicles and 15 different police cruisers as you drive on both sides of the law: either racing for the thrill or cracking down on speeders as a cop. At $9.99, it may be one of the last apps on your list to buy, but it really is a lot of fun to play, and worth every penny.
6. Glimpse Beta (N/A)
While it's still available through the Beta channels right now, Inglorious Apps has given us a look at an app that is sure to effect how TouchPad users interact with their devices in a big way. Glimpse for webOS brings the concept of widget areas to the TouchPad, allowing you to view content from Twitter, YouTube, your calendar or any website you can think of, or use tools like the stop watch, calculator or RSS feed reader - and Glimpse does it all in one view (in the shot above you see Twitter, Calendar and Web Browser widgets). From what we've seen of this app so far, it's gonna make waves when it finally arrives in the catalog later this year.
7. Interface Lift HD (Free)
Another free app in the catalog, and one of the first that we found out about last month, is Interface Lift. It's an app that makes finding beautiful wallpapers for your TouchPad (that all pivot nicely as you rotate the screen) a really nice experience. Browse by artist, tag or category, or just look at the latest ones that have been updated, and then save each image to your favorites list or download it to use as your TouchPad's wallpaper, right from the app.
8. Khan Acadamy (Free)
For teachers, Khan Academy is a service that you must tell your students about as soon as possible. Using the app on the TouchPad, you'll have access to 2300+ educational tutorials from a wide variety of subjects, and that list is growing all of the time. As the first mobile application that Khan Academy has built, we're glad that they chose the TouchPad, cause we know you guys will put it to good use.
9. MightyMeeting Web Conferencing (Free w/ Service Fees)
Here's an app that we know you business-minded people will enjoy: Mighty Meeting is a service that is making a name for itself in the business world as one of the best and most affordable solutions for mobile web conferencing among teams. Using the app on the HP TouchPad will allow you to host a conference with presentation slides, a live chat room and even conference phone calls that everyone, no matter what communication device they have handy, can connect to. The service does have some fees associated with it for people who want to host a conference, but for anyone who wants to join a conference, the app is 100% free.
10. QVC for the TouchPad (Free)
It's a shopper's paradise out there in the world of QVC, a leading television shopping network that spotlights hundreds of different products throughout the day. The app that they've launched for the TouchPad (which goes along with their special bundle deal on the tablet device) is one of the best we've seen from e-Shopping options that are currently available. Browse the latest items to be listed, search for your own favorites, create a wishlist, make purchases and even watch QVC TV Live right from the app. We'll say the app is free, but no doubt you'll find some good deals through it to spend some money on. Don't say we didn't warn you!
11. Wordpress for webOS (Free)
If you are a blogger, this is definitely an app you'll want to look into. Wordpress for webOS brings all of the best features of your Wordpress blog (either self-hosted or through their community of websites), like am advanced post editor, comment management, statistics, multi-blog access, notifications and a bit more. With Wordpress hosting hundreds of millions of blogs around the world, we know that this app will be a popular one, and we're glad it's built to be even better than the iOS and Android versions (even Wordpress admitted that!)
12. Spaz HD for Twitter and Identica (Free)
It's the first app that's been made available for two entirely different social network worlds, Twitter and Identica, but Spaz HD doesn't let up on that slack when it comes to being a great webOS application. With Multi-account support for both social networks, three-column view for glancing at all of the streams that are most important at that moment, URL-shrinker, image-uploader and plenty more, Spaz HD will probably remain as one of the best for webOS for a long time to come (at least until the competition arrives). Seeing as how it's free as well, it shouldn't be too hard to decide whether or not you'll be getting this one.
13. WhitePages HD (Free)
WhitePages, built by amazing app developer James Harris, is exactly the app you'll need when it's time to find contact information for that business you need to set an appointment with, or for looking up phone numbers of important people in your life. It's integrated closely with Bing Maps (which powers the Maps app on the TouchPad) to give you directions and business listings, JustType for doing quick searches from anywhere on your device, and the ability to save contact information right on the spot. This is the type of app you never know when you'll need it, either, so just go ahead and grab it now while it's on your mind. Trust us, you will use this app some day, and luckily, it's a great one.
14. Pix ($1.99)
Whenever we need to find an image to share with a friend on Facebook, or even just to add to a post in one of our Forum threads, Pix comes to our aid in finding the best ones from Google, Bing, Flickr, Picasa and PhotoBucket with no effort at all. Simply launch the app, type in your search terms (or use JustType from the launcher) and select the service you want to look through. Then BOOM! you've got every image you could ever desire right at your fingertips to use and share.
15. Box.net with 50GB of Cloud Storage (Free)
There's a reason we've mentioned this app several times in our other articles around this website. Box.net is an excellent Cloud Storage service for the TouchPad, giving you access to all of your files and folders from your home or office computer without having to do any work at all, and even share those files across email or other communication channels. The thing that really makes this app awesome for TouchPad owners, though, is the 50GB of free cloud storage that Box.net is giving its new users. That is a really BIG deal.
Now it's your turn:
Go on ahead to the comments, they're just below, and tell us what you think about the different apps available in the TouchPad app catalog. We're listening, and we can guarantee that our other readers are listening too!