Top iPad mini Apps

How to Cook Everything

The App Store just turned five years old and the How to Cook Everything app is free for a limited time. Download it immediately.

Even if you’re not that interested in cooking, it’s always nice to have the option. The How to Cook Everything app is a wonderful way to well, cook everything. It gives you recipes, easy-to-follow guides and nice pictures. It covers a wide variety of dishes, so it has entres, desserts and more.

The How to Cook Everything app has more than 2,000 recipes and 400 how-to illustrations. Go get it!

HBO Go

The HBO Go app turns your iPad mini into an entertainment powerhouse…if you already subscribe to HBO.

With the HBO Go app, you can stream your favorite HBO shows and movies on demand. This includes new episodes of series like Game of Thrones, as well as older classics like The Sopranos. You also get access to a wide variety of new and classic movies.

The one downside of this app is that you have to already be subscribing to HBO and log in with your cable account. Some providers don’t play nice with HBO Go, either.

Kindle

Sure, the iPad mini can easily get iBooks, but for my money, I prefer the Kindle app for reading my e-books.

The Kindle app gives you a large library of e-books and its interface looks great on the iPad mini’s screen. You get some nice syncing with your digital library or the ability to highlight pages or texts.

One pain is that you can’t directly buy books from the app due to a squabble between Amazon and Apple over in-app purchases, but you can buy them from the Safari browser or on a computer and have it sync up wirelessly.

Clash of Clans

Clash of Clans is the one of the best free-to-play games around and it looks great on the iPad mini.

Clash of Clans is essentially a resource, strategy game in the vein of Warcraft because you have to build up your clan’s structures, defenses and armies and attack other clans. It’s perfectly suited for the iPad mini because it looks great on the screen and it’s just deep enough to keep you drawn in but not too deep where you’ll be losing too much time to it…unless you really want to.

The Clash of Clans game is free and you can get really far without spending a dollar. As you get further down the road, you’ll have to pay for gems or else you have to wait a long time. I think it’s still very, very fun without spending a single dollar.

Yelp

By now, you probably know what Yelp is but you may not know that the Yelp app for the iPad mini is a gorgeous app that will make your mouth water.

Yelp lets you find customer-generated reviews of restaurants, venues and nearly any business around you. It’s a great way to check out how good or bad a restaurant may be that you want to go to.

The iPad mini version has a cool, visually pleasing interface that will show you high-quality pictures of the place you’re looking up. Seriously, some of these photos are drool-worthy but more importantly, it gives you a better understanding of what to expect from the place you’re researching.

Stitcher

Best iPad mini apps
Best iPad mini apps

Stitcher is my favorite way to get access to podcasts and live radios on the iPad mini.

Stitcher lets you stream your favorite podcasts directly on your Apple tablet and this free app does a great job of bubbling up interesting news and new shows. You can set your favorites lists and playlists with a few taps.

The iPhone version recently added the ability to download and play podcasts offline and we wouldn’t be surprised to see that come to the iPad in the not-too-distant future.

The Room for iPad mini

This is, hands down, the most interesting (and horrifying) game I’ve played thus far on Apple’s iPad. And unless you’re some kind of crazy genius detective, it’s just the right amount of challenging. What I really love about this is the eye-popping graphics and the unique gestures required for each next clue. Do yourself a favor and follow through with the quick tutorial in the beginning; after that you’re on your own. However, if you get totally stumped, refer to the question mark in the upper left corner (you get about three hints for each chapter).

Angry Birds Star Wars for iPad mini

If “The Room” is a touch too dark for your tastes, or you just need to shake off the eery images afterward, this quirky game is just the fix. I’m gonna go ahead and guess that you’ve at least heard of Angry Birds at this point, because seriously, that sh*t is everywhere. And if you’ve ever played any games from the series, you’ll be well-versed in this one, too. The Star Wars spinoff takes a fun twist here with rebel birds, imperial pigs and something about the force being with you.

Kindle for iPad mini

Apple can prompt me 10 bagillion times to download iBooks and I’ll still continue brushing it off, because as far as e-books go, Amazon’s still got my back with its Kindle app. It’s not even that I’m insanely crazy about the app itself, it’s just that I can typically find whatever I’m looking for in Amazon’s selection and the prices are tough to beat (it’s probably safe to say that they’re consistently the cheapest). Books downloaded via Kindle automatically sync across all your devices, which is especially convenient when you need to divide your time between two different operating systems.

Instapaper for iPad mini

Not enough time to take in all of the latest Onion articles during work? Can’t be bothered to make your way through the 10-freaking page New York Times feature your friend just force-posted to your Facebook Timeline? Stop and take a deep breath before you have a complete content overload breakdown. And there’s simply no need to stress out when apps like Instapaper can handle all that for you. With a simple click it saves your desired reading material for later and strips it down in a newspaper-like format so that all you’re left with is a clean, distraction-free page.

Houzz for iPad mini

If you’ve ever been sucked in by the likes of HGTV, Style Network, or any program at all that has anything to do with interiors, you’ll fall hard for Houzz. Think of it as the Pinterest of home design, but with better resolution and more privacy options. You can browse through different categories (kitchen, bath, exterior…the list goes on) and save your favorites. Houzz lets you make different folders, so you can keep all of your upcoming rehab projects separate.

Flipboard for iPad mini

Flipboard has long been a favorite of ours and now that the 2.0 version has launched, it’s even more useful. Essentially, Flipboard helps you read your social media links in a beautiful way — think of it as a next-generation magazine. It’s a compelling and beautiful way to consume news. The 2.0 update also lets you create more specific magazines based on your own interests. Trust us, it’s great.

Ridiculous Fishing for iPad mini

This one costs a few bucks but I think it’s totally worth it. The premise of this game is kind of, well, ridiculous: You’re a fisherman trying to catch as many fish as you can and once you reel them up to the surface, you blast them with weapons for money. It’s silly, but oh-so-addictive, as the animation style, tilt controls and even the soundtrack are stellar. The tilt controls work especially well on the smaller-screened iPad mini.

Pocket for iPad mini

Pocket, formerly Read it Later, allows you to save an article, video or Web page that you find in you ‘pocket’ to view it later. As soon as you’ve synched it with Pocket, it will be synched across your phone, tablet and computer so you can view it anytime, anywhere, on any device whether you have an internet connection or not.