App of the Week – Pages

Platform: iPad Price: £5.99 Apple gushes that Pages as 'the most beautiful word processor' ever, and for once Jobs's hype machine is bang on the mon

Platform: iPad

Price: £5.99

Apple gushes that Pages as 'the most beautiful word processor' ever, and for once Jobs's hype machine is bang on the money. This gorgeous piece of software (currently the best-selling paid iPad app) turns creating boring letters and dull proposals into a flurry of swooping images, crisp charts and perfectly smooth typefaces.

File sharing has its quirks, too. On the plus side, you get a free gig of space on Apple's cloud iWork service where contacts can annotate files and download documents as Pages, Word or PDF files. But you can't see those notes on your iPad or upload files the same way. I also couldn't get Pages to recognise Word documents imported via email.

Ultimately, the world's most beautiful word processor makes about as much sense as the world's best-smelling laptop or its tastiest lawnmower. What you want in a word processor is ease of layout, ease of typing and ease of sharing, and sadly Pages only really delivers one out of three.