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Top 5 iPad Apps of 2011

Steve Jobs once said in an interview with Business Week, “Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.”

While the iPad and iPad2 have brought a high level of quality to users, with sleek designs and intuitive user interfaces, the killer Apps are what make this Apple technology truly stand apart. From Angry Birds to Pages, iPad users have an amazing array of Apps to choose from for all areas of their lives.

Yet, with so many different iPad Apps to choose from, it can be difficult to determine which Apps hit a home run and which ones strike out. To help solve this challenge, we’ve come up with the definitive list of paid iPad Apps from 2011. We’ve selected five Apps – one from each category of use: business, entertainment, games, education, and photo & video. These Apps were selected from lists of the top selling Apps in each category and were judged based on their functionality, value, and ease of use.

Here are the must-have, paid iPad Apps for 2011:

1. Business: Quickoffice Connect
The world’s best selling iPad business App, Quickoffice allows you to meet all your business needs. Whether you’re writing a report in Microsoft Word, developing a financial model in Excel, or reading a PDF file, Quickoffice allows you to easily create, edit, and share your work. This App takes full advantage of the iPad’s keyboard interface allowing you to easily shift between different aspects of editing. Quickoffice also allows you to manage your files on Dropbox and Google Docs, making real time collaboration easy for you and your team.

This essential App can be purchased at: http://www.quickoffice.com/quickoffice_pro_hd_ipad/

2. Education: Star Walk
One of the top selling apps for the iPhone, Star Walk has become just as popular on the iPad by opening up the world of stargazing to iPad users. This incredibly engaging App allows you to point your iPad toward the heavens and identify the stars, constellations, and satellites you are looking at. With a gorgeous design and real time motion tracking, Star Walk allows anyone to learn about astronomy. Best of all, Star Walk even functions in locations without an internet connection, letting you use this amazing App whether you’re on the top floor of a New York city skyscraper or out in a field gazing up at the starry night sky.

Download this App today at: http://vitotechnology.com/star-walk.html

3. Entertainment: Drawing Pad
This fun, mobile art studio continues to be the top selling entertainment App for the iPad. By harnessing the natural functionality of the iPad’s touch screen, Drawing Pad makes art simple and enjoyable. Drawing Pad features a suite of tools, from crayons to colored pencils to paint brushes, allowing users of all ages to create any type of art they desire. Sophisticated functionality, such as color blending, allows for more fine control over your artwork. The beautiful interface and photo-realistic imagery make Drawing Pad an App that you will enjoy using for hours on end as you create your own masterpieces.

Check out this App at: http://drawingpadapp.com/

4. Games: Monopoly
In this age of being tied to our electronic devices 24/7, board games may seem to be a thing of the past. Yet the tremendous success of Monopoly as an iPad App shows that though the format might be different, board games still have a tremendous appeal to all of us. This brilliantly executed iPad game brings the enjoyment of traditional Monopoly to the virtual world while introducing new features such as updated game pieces (including a Toyota Prius). The App even allows players to customize the rules to allow users to choose their favorite way to play.

Get this game at: http://www.ea.com/monopoly-iphone

5. Photo & Video: Snapseed
Taking a photo is one thing. Making it look good is another. Snapseed has become a top selling iPad App by developing a simple to use interface that allows you to modify and improve your photos directly on your iPad. Produced by one of the leaders in digital photography software, Snapseed allows users to tweak an entire photo, or just modify a specific part of a photo. A variety of filters ranging from “Vintage” to “Grunge” allow you to give your photo the desired feel. Once you’re done editing, you can easily share your photo with your friends and family via social networking tools such as Facebook.

Check it out today at: http://www.niksoftware.com/snapseed/usa/index.php?view=intro%2Fmain.shtml

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