The iPad has come to town, and it is a very cool and somewhat useful gadget for those who love to read, keep up on the news and weather, and not have a smartphone that would do all the same things. The Ipad, though, has a much larger screen, and is more like an overgrown Iphone, but without the built-in keyboard or camera. There are some very good and quite useful applications (apps) for the iPad, and there are some apps that just make you shake your head with confusion.
There are some iPad apps that make you wonder why someone would go through all the trouble of writing the code for the app, as well as why it would be available for download. But, as we have seen time and time again, a fool and his money are soon parted.
Some of the worst iPad apps include, but in no way are limited to;
* Mirrors HD. First of all, the iPad does not have a camera, so making the assumption that it will be a reflection of what the iPad sees is a silly mistake, because the iPad just cannot see. What this app does is it takes a downloaded picture of yourself, or other people, and inserts it inside a picture of a mirror, and displayed in high definition, no less. And for only $0.99 you too can have this amazing technology at your fingertips!
* Modern Clock. Even though the iPad has a clock on it’s home screen, and has access to the iPod music collection, this programmer thought there would be a great calling for a huge clock display, in very poor graphics, would be a great hit. You can listen to music while looking at this digital clock that takes up the iPad’s whole screen, or you could just look at the home screen of the iPad, listen to clearer and cleaner music of your choosing, and still see the time.
* Vegetables for iPad. This Japanese written game just might be their attempt to dumb down the American public. You get a series of 24 pictures of different vegetables, all for the reasonable price of $0.99. There is a phrase that a sucker is born every minute, which is accredited to P. T. Barnum, and for anyone buying this iPad app, you are proving him right. Oh, but wait, there is even a “light” version! What, fewer veggies?
* WSJ. The Wall Street Journal, delivered right to your iPad. Now, what could be bad about this? They charge $17.00 for a service that can be had through any web browser for $12. Again about that sucker being born every minute! If enough people were to be suckered into this one, though, at $5 per download, that could be one of the more enterprising worst apps for the iPad, the iPhone, and any other device that uses apps.
* Articles for iPad. You can actually read Wikipedia articles right from your iPad! And, you can even have your iPad deliver an assortment of articles chosen in no particular order, by selecting “Surprise Me!”, the exciting new addition! The thing is, this is Wikipedia we are talking about here, the “Encyclopaedia” that anyone can write to. Any information gleamed from Wikipedia should be taken with a grain of salt, but to pay $4.99 to be able to see what is a free service is quite mind boggling.
So, make up your own list of the most useless iPad apps, and see if any of these make it onto your list. There are, of course, many people who will try to get rich by programming simple apps that have no real purpose, but some people will download them anyways, just to see what they are like. Save your money and use the web access!
Shop safe, shop informed.