Front Page iPad apps: Real Racing, GarageBand, iMovie, CNN and 60 Minutes

Front Page iPad apps: Real Racing, GarageBand, iMovie, CNN and 60 Minutes

Summary: The iPad 2 has totally re-invigorated my interest in the iPad. It's what the iPad 1 should have been. Here are the first five apps that I installed on my newest toy.

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After dutifully ordering my iPad 2 on March 11 at 12:59am -- one minute early -- I'm finally in possession of an iPad 2. But not the one that I ordered from Apple 11 days ago, it still hasn't arrived.

My ticket got punched when I received a text yesterday morning that a friend was in line at a local Apple store and only buying one iPad. "Would you like to get one too?" You bet I would. Boom, I've now got a black iPad 2, with 64GB, and 3G via AT&T. (It's funny how much more $887 is than the psychologically-safe $499 starting price that Apple advertises.)

The iPad 2 has totally re-invigorated my interest in the iPad. It's what the iPad 1 should have (could have?) been. More on that soon... Rather than restore a backup from my iPad 1, I chose to set the iPad 2 up as a "new device."

Here's a list of the first apps that I installed on my newest toy:

Real Racing 2 HD ($9.99) - The best iPad racing game gets better in the sequel. This is a must-have game on the iPad 2 that features full-screen anti-aliasing, amazing reflections, surfaces and full gyroscope support for even tighter steering.
GarageBand ($4.99) - Ridiculously fun instrument app that allows you to play guitars, drums and pianos (with dozens of variations) allowing you to pick up the iPad and play decent-sounding music without too much effort.

iMovie ($4.99) - Another standout effort, this version of Apple's popular video editing software adds a multitouch precision editor and multitrack audio editing with 8 soundtracks and 50+ sound effects. (CNet review).

CNN app for iPad (free) - With so much world news happening right now (Japan, Libya) I turn to the big dog in mainstream media for my daily update of what's happening outside of the U.S. It's got a sleek UI that includes an awesome slideshow mode (just stills though) that is excellent for wall-mounted applications. There's also a live video feed if you're away from a TV. (Runners up: BBC News, NPR)

60 Minutes ($4.99) - Speaking of news, I also love the 60 Minutes iPad app. It allows me to catch up on the weekly news institution from the comfort of, wherever. It includes high-quality video of all of the week's segments plus extra video from 60 Minutes Overtime. It's worth it alone to watch the Julian Assange interview.

Of course, there are some other must-have iPad apps, including Flipboard (free), Pulse News Reader (free), djay ($20), The Elements ($14), Star Walk ($5) and Reeder for iPad ($5) but I've covered them before.

What are your must-have iPad apps?

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  • RE: Front Page iPad apps: Real Racing, GarageBand, iMovie, CNN and 60 Minutes

    As much as I hate to admit it, Angry Birds HD ("Seasonal" and now "Rio" as well!) are must haves. Such mindless time killing. Such simple game play. Such fun!
    tmhale13
    • RE: Front Page iPad apps: Real Racing, GarageBand, iMovie, CNN and 60 Minutes

      @tmhale13
      Yes they are and they are so good on android
      Fletchguy
      • Android? Sorry, this is an iPad review

        @Fletchguy Garageband on Android ..... really????
        Be serious!
        peripo
      • RE: Front Page iPad apps: Real Racing, GarageBand, iMovie, CNN and 60 Minutes

        @peripo No not Garageband on Android, Angry Birds. Can you read?
        njb311
  • RE: Front Page iPad apps: Real Racing, GarageBand, iMovie, CNN and 60 Minutes

    Jason
    Could please review enterprise apps apps for iPads in your column. You would love to read about them.
    Thanks
    Ram U
  • "Dutiful" as in "duty"?

    It was your "duty" to buy not one iPad but two?

    Lemming.
    cornpie
    • RE: Front Page iPad apps: Real Racing, GarageBand, iMovie, CNN and 60 Minutes

      @cornpie I think you should improve your comprehension skills before exposing yourself to the world. He dutifully ordered an iPad2. He's a tech writer specialising in mobile technology. He was then offered a shortcut to getting one via a friend in a retail store. Is it not just possible that he then cancelled the order for the first one?
      njb311
  • RE: Front Page iPad apps: Real Racing, GarageBand, iMovie, CNN and 60 Minutes

    Oh so you're admitting the weak ass upgrade belong in last years technology? Weak Cameras, 3G, 512 Megs of RAM, Lack of SD Card or built in HDMI or USB.

    Good Call Admitting that even if you beat around the bush stating this is what the iPad should have been!
    slickjim
    • Really?

      @Peter Perry What a troll.
      athynz
    • RE: Front Page iPad apps: Real Racing, GarageBand, iMovie, CNN and 60 Minutes

      @Peter Perry Yet the iPad 2 with it's "weak ass" upgrade will continue to blow away the competition in sales for at least a while.
      non-biased
  • RE: Front Page iPad apps: Real Racing, GarageBand, iMovie, CNN and 60 Minutes

    Wow you paid $800 plus for an ipad your either rich or an idiot maybe both lol...It lacks so much compared to other tablets and slates that are much cheaper and the fact the ipad is the so uncool device makes it a waste... I saw Garageband in the title and though maybe myspace returned the website and got rid of the iLike crap.. so disappointed would love garageband.com to be back was great.
    Fletchguy
    • To the moron who hates the iPad but reads articles about it...

      @Fletchguy
      So does the fact that you think $800 is a lot of money and you read articles about devices you obviously despise make you poor or an idiot? Maybe both...
      Breynolds415
      • RE: Front Page iPad apps: Real Racing, GarageBand, iMovie, CNN and 60 Minutes

        @Breynolds415
        I would say; both! Lol
        markgarnett
      • RE: Front Page iPad apps: Real Racing, GarageBand, iMovie, CNN and 60 Minutes

        @Breynolds415 Not sure about poor but it's pretty obvious to everyone that he is an idiot.
        non-biased
  • RE: Front Page iPad apps: Real Racing, GarageBand, iMovie, CNN and 60 Minutes

    Log Me In & Pageonce
    plainnpretty@...
  • @Fletchguy

    PLEASE, for the sake of us readers that are entertained by your ignorance, learn to write ENGLISH. Having to re-read your drivel just to get a chuckle has become tiring!
    Gr8Music
  • RE: Front Page iPad apps: Real Racing, GarageBand, iMovie, CNN and 60 Minutes

    GoToMyPC, GoToMeeting, Scrabble,CNN & Realtor.com
    janelle.raney
    • RE: Front Page iPad apps: Real Racing, GarageBand, iMovie, CNN and 60 Minutes

      @janelle.raney Haven't tried realtor.com but Zillow is pretty good, at least on the iPad 1.
      non-biased
  • RE: Front Page iPad apps: Real Racing, GarageBand, iMovie, CNN and 60 Minutes

    I currently have the iPad 1 and it's great I am looking to get the iPad 2 myself. now this is going to be awesome. I use the iPad with my Sling Media so this is going to even be better once I get this one set up. I first used this at my job DISH Network and I had to get one so I have a portable TV. I recommend this for all.
    Joe1DISH
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