Here are my picks for the top 20 must have iPad apps. They are all free and some might have optional in app purchases. The games I chose really showcase the coolness of the iPad, great for showing off to your friends! Of course the news, radio and TV apps I chose pertain to Canadians, in particular for Calgary, so you should search for your local stations/papers in the app store.

News & Weather

CBC News
Calgary Herald
WeatherEye HD

National Post, The Globe and Mail and CTV News also have apps. You may also want to check out CNN, BBC News and The Huffington Post.

Radio, TV & Film

CBC Radio
IMDb Movies & TV
NFB Films for iPad

CTV, CBC and Global all have apps to watch local TV.

Games & Fun

Virtuoso Piano Free 3
CryptoQuip Free
Solitaire Classic
Let’s Create! Pottery HD Lite

Hobbies & Interest

Kobo – 1 million Free Books – Read eBooks!
Google Earth
170,000+ Recipes: BigOven

Social Networking

Skype for iPad
HootSuite for Twitter

Facebook and Twitter have iPad apps. LinkedIn has an iPhone app only. HootSuite accesses all of your accounts.


Free Light
Nightstand Central for iPad Free – Alarm Clock with Weather and Photo Wallpapers
Calculator for iPad – Calc Pro HD Free
Audio Memos Free – The Voice Recorder

20 Must Have Free iPad Apps