15 BEST Apps Just For Your HP Touchpad

Friday, August 26th 2011. | Gadget News

AccuWeather for HP TouchPad. You can’t have a tablet without a good weather app and the AccuWeather app is pretty good. The app gives you localized weather information and you can add other cities to your list of locations to watch. You get forecasts, bulletins and maps in an attractive format for the TouchPad. Free.

Aftermath XHD. Even a dead device needs a good zombie game and this one is perfectly adapted for play on the TouchPad. The graphics and audio are gorgeous and set the atmosphere for this game that sends more zombies at you than you can shake a stick at. You’d better be shaking more than a stick if you want to last long. $5.99 special promotion.

Box. New TouchPad owners may not be aware that HP made an arrangement with the box.net folks to provide all TouchPad buyers a free 50GB cloud storage account for life. This free account is still being offered at this time and the Box app, required to sign up for the free account, makes working with all of that free cloud storage a breeze. A 50GB account at box.net is normally $20/ month so your cheap TouchPad just got paid for many times over. Free.

LCARS-Clock. Star Trek fans will appreciate this app that provides a themed Exhibition mode screen. The clock and alarms are easily accessible and function as expected. The app comes with a number of alarms that sound very Star Trek appropriate. While LCARS is meant to run in Exhibition mode while in the Touchstone charging stand, it can be run as any other app for the Star Trek atmosphere. Free.

NomNomNom. This Google Reader app has to be included on the clever name alone. It is a fully touch-optimized RSS feed reader that syncs with Google Reader. Articles are presented in a pleasant fashion providing easy swiping across the river of news. NomNomNom can be configured to automatically mark items read when swiping through them. $2.99.

PodCatcher Deluxe. The TouchPad makes a good podcast device given its good multi-tasking, and this app is a great way to handle them. Podcast feeds are easily added for automatic streaming or downloading. The internal player is simple but works well, and remembers the current location for leaving and coming back when time permits. $2.00.

Rev3. Tablets are good for watching video on the go and Rev3 is a good interface for the Revision3 online network. This network hosts lots of popular video podcasts such as Diggnation and Tekzilla. The Rev3 has an internal player for simple viewing of your favorite Revision3 show. Free.

Spaz HD. This twitter app handles multiple columns for easily following your friends, mentions and direct messages. It recently gained the ability to work with lists and the columns can be dragged and dropped in the desired order. This is one of the few twitter apps I have used on any platform that works just as well in portrait and landscape orientations. Spaz HD is a great twitter app and is open source and produced by volunteers. Free.

TouchFeeds. Google Reader users that have a lot of RSS feed subscriptions may want the fastest app for keeping up with them. While NomNomNom is a great attractive app, TouchFeeds is optimized for processing a lot of feeds and articles as quickly as possible. This is the app I go to first for processing my Google Reader feeds. $2.99.

TWITHD. TWiT is the best online video network bar none, and this app makes keeping up with the great shows a breeze. It is similar to the Rev3 app mentioned above, and like that one turns watching TWiT video into a thing of beauty. Free.

TouchFeeds. This Google Reader app is one of the most heavily used apps on my TouchPad. It syncs all of my hundreds of RSS fees with the Google mothership, and is as fast as greased lightning. It is not uncommon for me to have over a thousand articles in my inbox, and TouchFeeds makes it a breeze to sail through them in short order. $2.99.

Video Flood HD. The Touchpad is perfect for watching video, and this app is a great way to do that. It provides access to online video shows, network TV shows, podcasts and movies. The interface is simple and makes the large amount of available video shows very accessible. It is a great way to spend some unexpected free time with your tablet. $1.99.

webOS News. TouchPad owners new to the webOS platform will likely want to keep up with the latest news about the OS. This app aggregates all of the primary (and best) sources of information about webOS in an attractive interface tailor-made for skimming lots of articles. Just tap on any news that interests you and read it all right in the app. Like any good news app this one also aggregates top items about competing mobile platforms to give a rounded picture of the space. Free.

Mosaic. Those who prefer a visual presentation for RSS news should look no further than Mosaic. This app syncs with Google Reader and brings unread news items into a distinctive grid that lets news of interest stand out from the crowd. I find it can be overwhelming for the hundreds of RSS feeds I follow, but those with fewer to keep track of will like it just fine. Free.

Glimpse. The multitasking of the TouchPad is good, and the card metaphor used to represent running apps is innovative. There are times when it is nice to run multiple tasks in a single app, and Glimpse steps up to handle this in style. The app can have as many as 5 panes open at once, each running a different task to show the most information on a screen possible. Glimpse includes a number of widgets to run in these panes that handle common tasks, like Twitter, Google Reader, regular RSS feeds and even a web browser. Users can configure as many panes as desired from the full palette available. I was impressed with Glimpse and wrote a full review of it here. It has gained even more functionality since that review was written. $5.00.

There are a lot of other good apps available in the App Catalog but these ten apps are a good place to start for new TouchPad owners. The quality of all of these apps is superb, and they make a good library for the TouchPad.

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