We know, it got off to a bad start, but trust us - Google’s social network has come on in leaps and bounds, and on the iPad in particular, looks absolutely stunning. It still hasn't quite gotten the engagement of Twitter or Facebook, but it is well worth loading up - particularly as Google continues to improve it.
The best music service out there, and with an interface that makes it easy to explore every feature from the smaller screen, Spotify also now lets you listen for free on the iPad - hurrah! It's also a great looking app, with an excellent discover section, although its recommendations can be a little hit or miss at times.
Unashamed travel porn, Triptease is one of the best looking iPad apps on the market. It blends together stunning photography with user submitted reviews, and is quickly turning into an excellent resource for the discerning traveller - and a great way to waste time for the armchair traveller.
Astonishingly addictive, this simple little game is about creating an uninterrupted flow of colourful lines. Fiendishly difficult in later levels, it's a superb example of the kind if smart, simple to use apps that shows gaming is all about the mobile device rather than the console for many.
If you’re already a Sky subscriber, then this is a no-brainer. Sky’s TV app has gone from strength to strength, and the breadth of content it now offers is superb, particularly as you can get BBC, Channel 4 and 5 content alongside Sky’s own - making this simply the the best TV app out there.