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It's a Microsoft Office world, and sometimes you can't escape the need to work with Office documents. This app lets you do so using full Office programs, and free. The latest version has added full PDF support to complement the Word, Excel, and Powerpoint apps included.
CloudOn works seamlessly with DropBox and Box accounts for easy access to documents stored in the cloud. You can also easily share documents with contacts via email in the latest version. There is an amazing amount of utility included in this app, and the price couldn't be better.
Not everyone is a great photographer, and iPhoto for the iPad makes any photos look as good as possible. The image editing features are rich, yet easy to perform by touch. This app isn't going to replace full Photoshop for those who need that capability, but most users will find iPhoto to be all they need.
The iPad is definitely a media consumption device, and this app capitalizes on that like no other. Flipboard scans major news sources and builds a personalized new magazine that is a joy to read on the iPad.
Users can pick and choose the news they most want to see, and Flipboard builds a magazine just for them. The ability to add Twitter and Facebook streams is a real boon, as it is the best way to scroll through friends' updates.