Best apps for the iPad Mini

Features 12:18, 24 Dec 2012

Here’s our pick of the very best applications and games for Apple’s iPad Mini

Apple's App Store has tens or thousands of iPad-specific applications and games. It's the biggest platform of its kind, surpassing even Google's Play store in this regard. Having lots of choice is great, but it also creates issues: how to you find the best apps in a sea of content like that?

Simple: you come to Know Your Mobile and we tell you. That way you cut out all the crap, potentially save yourself some money, and get 10 solid apps and games up and running on your iPad Mini immediately.

Over the years we've tested hundreds - maybe thousands - of applications and games for Apple's iPad. Below is a selection of our absolute favorites, old and new.

Bike Baron

This game is an absolute classic, having all the elements of a truly great game. And at just £0.69 it's very affordable. We can pretty much guarantee that you'll love this game, hence why it's first on our list.

The concept is simple enough: just ride your bike through a level, try not to crash, and collect as many coins as you can. Gameplay is astounding, the graphics are great, and there's enough variation across the title to keep you interested for months on end.

Spotify

It might not be the biggest or the best, but Spotify, for many, is the only way to listen to music these days. You'll have to pay a £10 monthly subscription to get it working on your iPad Mini but it's a tenner well spent in our opinion.

Spotify for iPad looks great, supports AirPlay, and even lets you save music, playlists, and albums for offline listening. Once you're signed up with a premium account you can use it on your PC and mobile phone too, providing it's iOS or Android-powered that is.

All your offline tracks are automatically synced and there are thousands of new tracks added every day. Even Metallica is on there now. What more could you want?

Comics

If you like comics, you need this application in your life. It's the best we've come across and gives you access to tons of titles from Marvel, DC Comics, Image, IDW, Red 5, and MonkeyBrain Comics to name but a few.
The artwork looks great and the UI offers looks of unique features like the ability to zoom in on cells and flick through them like a storyboard. All in this is a solid all-round performer that seems to delight all who view it.

Twitterrific

We've tried a ton of Twitter clients for iOS but it is this one that's stood the test of time as our go-to Twitter client for iPad.

Beautifully laid out, simple to use and with tons of unique features, Twitterrific is one of the apps for Twitter on the App Store. It does cost £1.99 but it's worth every penny if you're a serial tweeter.

Chrome

Google Chrome doesn't integrate with iOS quite as well as Apple's Safari browser, but it's still a useful tool to have aboard your iPad Mini, even more so if you use it on your desktop PC/laptop.

Chrome for iOS brings many of its core features to Apple's iPad and iPhone, including Incognito Browsing, Bookmark sync, and the highly useful Find in page feature, which searches for key words in the webpage you're on.

iDisplay

With iDisplay you can turn your iPad Mini into a second - or third - monitor for your MacBook or iMac. All that's required is that both devices are connected to the same network.

The only real downside to iDisplay is how much it costs, which at £6.99 is quite pricey.

Dead Trigger

Perhaps one of the best free games available on Android and iOS, Dead Trigger is a straight-up gorefest that involves shooting your way through stages, earning points, and upgrading your weapons as you go.

There's a decent story to keep you interested and the graphics and gameplay aren't too far off being console-like. Couple that with the varying types of mission and awesomeness of the gameplay and what you have here is a modern day classic.

Kindle

iBooks is fine but if you're already invested in Amazon's way of doing things then having a Kindle app on your iPad is definitely a necessity.

You can't purchase Kindle titles in-app anymore, thanks to Apple's frankly annoying business policies, but the app will sync with your account, so once you've purchase a book it will appear within the app once you sync it.

Apart from that, everything else is as it should be.

Epicurious

Whether you're already an avid cook or simply just looking to improve your culinary skills in the New Year then Epicurious is the app for you.

Laid out beautifully and featuring tons of built in functionality as well as decent search options, Epicurious is perhaps the only cooking application you'll ever need.

Locating new recipes and styles of cooking is simple: tap the type of meal you're making, decide the culinary style, and browse hundreds of recipes from all over the world.

Pocket

Ideal for longer articles, Pocket is an offline reader application that presents web articles in a stripped down easy-to-read manner. And because it's cross-platform (i.e. it works on your PC, smartphone, and tablet) maintaining and managing your ever-growing reading list is incredibly simple.

It's worth noting Apple's Reading List feature for Safari here, which is quite similar in its premise to Pocket. It also works very well and is highly useful. The only issue we have with it is that to get the most out of it you have to start using Safari on your PC - and that's something we're not willing to do.

Pocket functionality, on the other hand, can be added to most desktop browsers and also works on Android. In this sense it's a more robust solution for the more technologically agnostic user.

But the thing with Read it Later is that it's tied to Safari, so to get the most out of it you need to use Safari on your PC also, which not that many people do. 

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