The iPad singlehandedly revived the tablet form factor last year. Apple's device even scooped the product of the year prize in the inaugural V3.co.uk Tech Awards, showing that it is gaining favour with enterprise users.
The iPad is still going strong nine months after its launch, and there are many tools available for the device that help to boost productivity. Ahead of the annual Macworld show in San Francisco, we've rounded up 10 of the best for business users, ranging from cloud storage to word processing.
UK Train Times (59p)
People who travel by train regularly will find this app invaluable when planning journeys as it gives an overview of travel times and fares. The app is basic, but performs its function very well. The simple interface in particular makes it a breeze to navigate.
Those who regularly travel using overland trains are likely to find the app a blessing, as they will be able to see exactly how long their train has been delayed when checking real-time updates. The option to bookmark frequent routes is also welcome.
At 59p, UK Train Times is definitely worth the investment and is a perfect companion to the free Tube Map app.
Skype is perhaps the definitive VoIP application on the internet. While the iPad may not have a native application, the iPhone version works well on the tablet, providing a cheap and efficient communication tool.
Skype offers VoIP over 3G and Wi-Fi as well as text messaging services on the iPad, but the lack of a camera means that video calling is not available.
It is disappointing that, nine months after the iPad's release, a dedicated Skype application has not been designed. Having to use the iPhone app means that most of the iPad's screen space remains unused.
Display issues aside, the Skype application is stable and, network connectivity permitting, offers cost-effective multi-participant teleconferences with colleagues all over the world.
Other features work well, such as Skype Out, the ability to call landlines and mobile phones, and make the app a must-have for those who travel and want to avoid roaming charges.
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