So, you just picked up your new 3G-enabled iPad from the Apple Store and are trying to figure out which apps can best take advantage of that device's expanded connectivity. Wherever you go, these five iPad apps will shine on your 9.7-inch tablet computer.
As the original iPad arrived to consumers the same weekend as the 2010 Major League Baseball season, it's easy to think of Apple's tablet computer and America's Pastime as a great double play combination. While it is nice to have video access to virtually every Major League Baseball game on the iPad, the real utility comes when you take your device outside of a wireless Internet connection.
With this $14.99 application (note, a separate download fee is required if you already own this app on your iPhone), you can tap into games wherever you go. Additionally, the app provides audio feeds from every team's home broadcast as well as an innovative array of stats and video clips.
The only thing this magical application cannot do is turn the Chicago Cubs into a contender. Alas, there is not an app for everything.
During those precious times in life when you are hiking around Colorado's Front Range or looking for the right cove to spot turtles off the coast of Maui, chances are, you won't be near a wireless hot spot. Fear not with this $7.99 application that was seemingly made for the iPad 3G.
Similar to the $7.99 Topo Maps iPhone app, the iPad version provides access to more than 70,000 topographical maps across North America. Maps can be downloaded individually for free with a wireless Internet or 3G connection.
While the iPad is a superior eReading device to the Kindle on so many levels, up until now a wireless Internet connection is required to download new things to read (the Kindle offers quick data connections when downloading new paid content). With a 3G iPad and the free Zinio Newsstand app, you can now tap into thousands of magazine titles wherever you travel.
Rolling Stone, BusinessWeek and the Sporting News are among the iconic magazines that market individual magazines and longer-term subscriptions via Zinio. The app also has a number of niche and special-interest publications.
Until the official Twitter app for the iPhone and iPad becomes available, this free application is the best way to tweet on the tablet. Like the scores of Twitter apps already available on the iPad, Twitterrific is only effective with a network connection. Those 140 characters need to be transmitted through something.
5. Zagat to Go
For more than a decade, this pioneering restaurant guide has reinvented itself on multiple mobile platforms. From primitive Palm devices, to the iPhone and Android platforms and now on the iPhone, Zagat's is an easy an elegant way to find good food near you.
While this $9.99 application offers foodie and travel guides in 45 markets across North America, new listings are updated each weekday. You never want to be in your own neighborhood or halfway across the world and not have access to the latest restaurant information on the fly. Another added bonus is that only one purchase is required for the iPhone and iPad.