Best free iPad apps 2021: the top titles we’ve tried | TechRadar

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Taking notes with Notability

If we had to recommend just one iPad note-taking app, it would be Notability. The app offers a delightful writing experience, yet it also makes it easy to embed images, annotate PDFs, and even record voice memos.

Sketching and drawing in Notability is easy and downright delightful. Being able to doodle and quickly sketch out illustrations is one of our favorite things about taking notes on paper. Notability does an excellent job of emulating this experience, while also allowing you to do things you can’t do on paper such as resizing and moving your drawings.

In addition, Notability includes a variety of flexible layout options. This allows you to, for instance, have a slide or reference material open on one side of the page while you take notes on the other.

And beyond the layout of individual pages, you can also organize your notes using digital “Dividers” (which is perfect if you’re used to taking notes in a physical binder).

Finally, Notability gives you plenty of options for exporting and sharing your notes, including Google Drive, Dropbox, and AirDrop.

Price: $8.99

Check out the video below to see Notability in action:

. Portal ($34.99/year)

(Image credit: Portal Labs)

Although there are many great interactive apps for iPad, this passive entry is an essential install when your tablet would otherwise be idle. It provides portals to peaceful and awe-inspiring landscapes — windows into tiny worlds that can help you relax, focus or sleep. Imagine those noise apps that play in the background, but with visuals too.

For free, you get access to six portals, and many more are available if you subscribe. The videos look superb on the iPad’s large display, and can be viewed in a zero-distraction manner. And for those who want additional features, Portal bundles a clock, focus timers, alarms, breathing exercises and even Philips Hue lighting integration.

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Crackle, Sony’s streaming video network, lets users stream free, ad-supported Hollywood television shows and uncut movies, as well as original content, from Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems, Sony Pictures Classic, and TriStar Pictures. There’s a nice variety of classic and contemporary content here, making it a solid iPad app for anyone who would like to kick back with their tablet and watch a program without needing to open their wallet.

TuneIn Radio Pro continues to evolve. Most recently, the live radio streaming service has added an optional $7.99 per month subscription service, TuneIn Radio Premium, that boasts ad-free music, live sports, and other audio content. Amid all the changes, however, TuneIn Radio Pro also maintains its core functionality. TuneIn Radio Pro still lets you fire up more than 100,000 global AM and FM stations, rewind live radio, and record programming to your iPad’s storage.

YouTube, the home of bootleg music, conspiracy theorists, Lets Players, ASMR whispering, and cat videos, brings its extensive catalog to the iPad in the form of a free app. Signing up for the YouTube Premium service lets you enjoy ad-free video streaming, original YouTube video series, and ad-free YouTube Music tunes.


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‎epub reader — reader for epub format

The BEST application for reading epub books. Format 100% supported by the application, including the styles, chapters, tables, links, footnotes etc.
The visualization system takes into account the specific character of the format functioning on mobile devices (memory capacity, the number of general processor units etc.),
Providing a maximum productivity and comfort when working with large documents.
Elegant design, extended functionality, high speed and stability of work will make reading of your favorite literature a pleasurable experience.
You can contact technical support and leave a comment without quitting the application.

EPUB Reader’s special features:
■ Compatible with all popular archive formats (rar, zip, 7z, gz, tar …)
■ Speech synthesizer
■ Large set of page turning animations (Slide, Fade, Curl, Flip, Cube, Ripple, Rotate)
■ Night mode
■ Integration with popular cloud services(Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, Yandex.Disk)
■ Integration with popular network services(SMB, FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, DLNA)
■ Open books directly from cloud services and network services
■ Hight application stability
■ Automatic recovery bad and non standard files
■ Search and highlight text options
■ Table of contents
■ Highlight and copy text options
■ Font, Font color, Background, font size, margins, line spacing, hyphenation, hyphenation language, skip author style options
■ Brightness control
■ Rotation lock
■ Bookmarks
■ Double page view
■ Opening documents from external applications
■ Last open document list
■ Online book catalogs(OPDS)
■ Web Browser and download manager
■ Wi-Fi transfer
■ FTP transfer

File Manager Features:
■ Intuitive interface
■ iTunes integration
■ File sorting(by name, by extension, by size, by date, by author, by progress)
■ Searching files in subfolders
■ Create, move, copy, rename, pack/unpack, delete file/folder options
■ File/folder search
■ Preview book cover

Wi-Fi Transfer Features:
■ Intuitive interface
■ Create, move, rename, delete file/folder options
■ Downloading/uploading few media files with one click
■ Display upload progress

Online catalog(OPDS) Features:
■ Maximal support OPDS standards
■ User friendly navigation
■ Global searching
■ Full book information preview
■ Adding and editing catalog options
■ Completely popular catalog list

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Feel free to ask questions, report bugs or request new features:

Load your ipad with the best apps in every category, from work to play

The iPad is still the king of tablets — especially the latest, $330 9.7-inch iPad released in April — and there are a number of apps in the App Store that were built specifically for the device. We’ve been curating various best-of lists for years now, but this master list spans apps from a wealth of different categories. Whether you’re looking for great travel apps, games, productivity suites, or drawing software — it’s all here, the best iPad apps in every category. Let us know what you think in the comments section, or suggest something we may have missed.

The PBS app lets you stream almost every show on the public TV channel in the app. Masterpiece hits like Poldark, Downton Abbey, Mr. Selfridge, Wolf Hall, as well as Nature, NOVA, and more are all available. New shows are added daily, and older episodes stick around for a while, so you’ll always have something educational to watch. The app can be customized to have shows from your local station, and it works with Chromecast, so you can stream it on the big screen.


YouTube used to be included in iOS until the Apple-Google breakup, but you should put it right back on your iPad. It’s the best place to watch user-submitted content and a great place to get your fix of cute animal videos.


Screens are half the reason we’re so out of shape, but your iPad can help you get back in shape, too. The apps below will help you work out, eat right, and we have a few tips for you if you’re into sports.

Most of us don’t use our iPad around town (unless you have a LTE enabled version), but that doesn’t mean an iPad isn’t a great tool to help you get around or understand where you are. Here are our favorite travel apps.

Tayasui Sketches looks simple and clean, but it offers a number of different brushes for free and a clutter-free space to draw. You get a pencil, rotring, watercolor brush, felt pen, and eraser for free. You can import photos, too, if you want, and it’s really easy to share your sketches on social networks or via email. It’s great for illustration and quick sketches, but if you buy the in-app purchase, it can become a professional drawing app with surface pressure, layers, types of paper, more brushes, and the ability to change brush sizes. The app lets you try the pro features for an hour, so you can decide if it’s worth the $5 price tag.

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Forge is more like a sketch pad for ideas, a brainstorming tool, and an inspirational white board for visual thinkers than a full-on drawing app. Artists and designers can work through ideas and iterations in the app, as well as bring in photos from Dropbox and the default photos app on iOS to help inspire your sketches. There are only six simple brushes to choose from, but you can control color, gradient, and other key aspects of the drawing. Forge also has layers, so you can save each layer to look back on later, change, or delete entirely. You can create multiple portfolios and view your sketches on a wall to get an idea of where you’re going.


Procreate comes equipped a full set of drawing tools, which expertly imitate real creative implements, such as soft pastels, oil pastels, charcoal, graphite pencils of varying hardness, acrylic, oil, watercolors, and more. Whatever the medium, Procreate’s digital tools will give you the full effect and appearance of the real thing. You can even smudge, blur, and manipulate your strokes just as you would on paper or canvas. You can export your artwork as PSD, PNG, JPG, or Procreate files. The app also helps you build a portfolio and share your work if you so desire.


Featuring an accessible user interface, Adobe Illustrator Draw enables you to sketch and create vector-based designs. You can zoom in, sketch with various tips, place and resize multiple images or layers, and it works with Photoshop, Illustrator, and Capture CC. If you already use Adobe products on your laptop or desktop, then this will be a breeze to use. Naturally, there’s support for all the big styli, including the Apple Pencil.


Ready to do a little talking? These are our favorite apps for socializing and blogging (if any of you still do that).

This section is dedicated to helping you get more done. The iPad is for more than just entertainment, and we’ve got the tools you need to actually use the thing for work.

If you have to read, edit, and possibly annotate PDFs, then this is the only app you need. It’s really easy to use and allows you to highlight text, fill in forms, create notes, and sign documents. It also supports a bunch of different file formats, features integration with the major cloud services, and provides a handy review mode that lets you track changes in a similar fashion to Word. It usually costs $10, but at the time of writing, it’s entirely free.


This section will help you secure your tablet (and find it), but also add those little touches you like. Want a good alarm clock or calculator. We’ve got ’em right here.

Whether you’re dining in or want to find something fun to do in your own backyard, here are our favorite apps to help.

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