Solving the case of the missing iPad apps: The best clock, voice recording, weather, calculator, and stock apps alternatives

Apple chose not to include clock, voice recording, weather, calculator, and stock apps, but luckily the App Store has great alternatives for each one!

When Steve Jobs introduced the very first iPad, one of his big statements was that the 75 million iPhone users in the world already knew how to use it. Well, many of those users were suprised to discover that four of the built-in apps that they had grown to love on their iPhone were missing on their iPad. Namely, Clock, Voice Memos, Weather, Calculator and Stocks. Rumor has it Apple didn't think those apps would scale to look good on the bigger iPad screen. Fortunately, many great developers have filled that void and proven that, not only can these apps look good on the iPad. They can look great.

In fact, there are so many great apps in these categories that it can be overwhelming. That's where we come in. We took all the top Clock, Voice Memos, Weather, Calculator, scrutinized them, and tested them some more and named a single app in each category as the best of its kind. So without further adieu, here they are!

Best clock app -- Night Stand for iPad

Night Stand for is a gorgeous clock app for the iPad the supports the new iPad's Retina Display. In the background of your flip-style clock, you can have a slideshow of included movies/animations or photos, or you can have it play through your own photos.

As for the alarm clock, you can add as many alarms as you need with custom interval times and wake up to your own music or one of the included sounds. There is also a large range of intervals for that precious snooze button.

But that's not all, Night Stand includes widgets for Twitter, Facebook, RSS, and weather, so that you don't even need to leave the app after it wakes you up to check up on all the social networks and news -- something you normally do before rolling out of bed anyway.

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Best voice recording app -- Audio Memos

If you're looking for a Voice Recorder for your iPad that offer great quality and professional features, look no further than Audio Memos. It in three different versions: a free one that does only the basics, a $0.99 version that does a little bit more with optional extensions available as in-app purchases, and a Pro version that includes all the extensions available in the $0.99 version. So whether you're looking for something basic, middle of the road, or full-featured, Audio Memos has got you covered.

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Best weather app - Living Earth

Living Earth for iPad review: The best weather app for the iPad

Living Earth is a gorgeous way to check the weather. It features an interactive earth in the background that can be rotated and zoomed in and out of with your fingers. You can also tap a button that keep the earth slowly rotated on its axis, and as it spins, you see which part of the earth is currently being hit by the sun.

Regarding weather, Living earth will give you 10 day forecasts that are broken down into 2-hour intervals as well as show you sunrise/sunset times. There is also an option to have the current cloud formations overlaid on the earth, so that you can get an idea of any clouds that might be heading your way.

In addition to weather, Living Earth also include an alarm clock that allows you to wake up to your own music and set custom repeat intervals. It only supports one alarm setting at a time, however.

Living Earth may not be as fully-featured as some other weather apps, but it provides the information that most people want -- and does it beautifully.

$1.99 - Download Now

Best calculator app - Calcbot

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Calcbot is a great scientific calculator for the iPhone and iPad. It features nice, large keys and a SwipePad that switches between the basic operations (including numbers) and scientific functions. It also keep track of all your calculations on a tape where you can copy and paste into a new calculation. Another nice feature is that it keeps a live history of what you type, so that you never get lost with where you are in your calculation.

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Best stock app - Bloomberg for iPad

Bloomberg for iPad best app to casually browse and view stocks

Whether you need to casually monitor stocks on your iPad or just find the urge to check out financial news, Bloomberg provides the best of both worlds combined with an easy to use interface. I've found that some of the applications in the App Store are quite hard to navigate and may be confusing for many users to figure out. Sometimes too many charts and graphs can be overwhelming. Bloomberg gives you what you want to know right up front.

If you're more interested in world and financial news than you are stocks, Bloomberg doubles up as a great resource for such information. It ties news and the stock market together in a fluid way that users will appreciate.

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Leanna Lofte

Former app and photography editor at iMore, Leanna has since moved on to other endeavors. Mother, wife, mathamagician, even though she no longer writes for iMore you can still follow her on Twitter @llofte.

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Solving the case of the missing iPad apps: The best clock, voice recording, weather, calculator, and stock apps alternatives


Living Earth is not a good weather app. It doesn't have radar. The "cloud rendering" is cool, but only updates every 3 hours. As far a real weather alerts and functionality, you can't rely on that. The best is still is The Weather Channel app imo.

I wouldn't consider Living Earth a true weather app. I guess it's a high-def equivalent of the weather app that's stock on the iPhone, but why pay another $1.99 for that functionality. One of my most preferred weather apps, and I have a few, is Weatherbug. It's got live radar, plus forecast reports.
I guess if you just want a pretty app to look at while you've got your iPad in the charging dock, then Living Earth is fine, but for much more, I would not suggest it.

I just wish there was a weather app that would work in notifications. Most will push alerts, but would be nice to dee daily weather like the iPhone.

Or you can download "Belfry" from cydia and it brings back all the missing iPhone & iPod touch apps to your jailbroken iPad :)

I really love Living Earth HD - if you need a bunch of info crammed into ugly interfaces then it's not for you but really it gives me the basics of what I need in an amazing interface.

Best calculator is m48.
Emulated HP48 with quick-switchable low-complexity/full button layout.
Great on the iPhone, too.

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