No stocks, weather, voice memos, clock, calculator, or compass on iPad? App Store to the rescue!

Unlike the iPhone 3GS, the iPad doesn't have built-in stocks, weather, voice memo, clock, calculator, or compass apps. It does, however, have the brand new iPad App Store, and yeah... there are apps for all that!

Check out our picks after the break!

Bloomberg for iPad [Free - iTunes link] offers not just stocks but news, company info, price charts, trends, analysis and... you get the idea. It could just be information overload on a 9.7" screen, but that's likely just what you stockies want!

Bloomberg for iPad

Weather Channel Max [Free - iTunes link] costs nothing (thanks to Toyota) but packs in the weathery-goodness. Full screen, customizable maps, in-motion radar, local, regional, and national video, and more make it not so much of a replacement as a escalation.

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Voice memos for iPad [Free - iTunes link] is the "I can't believe it's not butter" of replacement apps. It looks similar to Apple's iPhone Voice Memo app, but it's scaled up to iPad size. Unlimited recording, tagging, pause, levels, timer, and email options make it a great fill in option.

Voice memo for iPad

Clock... We haven't found a good replacement for Clock yet. If you know of one that matches the functionality and the grace of the iPhone Clock app, let us know in the comments. And developers -- make a good one, with a great icon. Seriously.

PCalc Lite [Free - iTunes] or PCalc [$9.99 - iTunes link] make the iPhone calculator look anemic by comparison. It includes an optional RPN mode, multiple undo and redo, unit conversions and constants, a couple of themes, and much more in the paid version.

PCalc for iPad

Compass HD + Vector Magnetometer / Gravitometer [Free for now - iTunes link] is an app that, frankly, we may not be smart enough to properly describe. It has absolute mode, north mode, declination mode, and relative modes, and a bunch of different display modes for acceleration visualization. Get it while it's free!

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So there you have it, App Store to the rescue! Did we miss any (other than clocks!)? Are there alternatives your like better? Let us know in the comments!

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Rene Ritchie

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No stocks, weather, voice memos, clock, calculator, or compass on iPad? App Store to the rescue!


I'm still considering getting an iPad. I don't know if i can do it though. I want one just to have it. But I always buy loaded everything. So it's 64GB 3G wifi or nothing. And do I really need it for $800

I can't believe so many people are buying a 3G ipad. Are they all NOT aware of MyWi in the cydia/Rock app store? It's like the easiest and greatest tethering app, ever.
You save yourself On another montly bill for the 3g data that you're already paying for on your iPhone and you save $130 instantly on your ipad purchase. Win. Win. Win.
Can't wait for tomorrow!!!!!!'

I really CAN NOT understand why Apple would remove these, UNLESS 4.0 has a dashboard-esque screen in which all of these apps are visualized. If so, that would also make it reasonable for Apple to remove that Dashboard app. Though, I believe if it wasn't given so much press Apple wouldn't have removed it.. Oh well :(

Tethering makes your iPhone very hot, uses battery very quickly, and if you are caught you will receive extra charges on your bill. Using the built-in 3G iPad is a totally different experience, and will last much longer on a day-to-day basis, not to mention data allowances are not always heft enough for iPad use since it uses a desktop browser engine.

I hotspot my phone all the time and it uses a little more battery but does not get hot. Data is data is data I already pay for data whether it comes to iphone or ipad tethered or even laptop tethered (which I do a lot) makes no difference. Asking me to pay for tethering my iPad is a joke. If I buy one coke and drink it myself or share with 10 friends it is the same one coke, will I be charged more to share it?! Cheers

I'm not into hacking anything. Jailbreaking sucks. Had all 3 iPhones. And it's just garbage for stability. I like everything uniform if I change my theme in my phone it pisses me off when I have a bunch of icons that don't match the rest of them. So I don't do it anymore. JBd my 3G for about 4 hours one time and the half assed inconsistencies pissed me off. Not to mention the freezing screens. Tried it on my 3G[S] with the faster processor. No different. And since the ipad comes unlocked and doesn't require the data plan. I just get the top model for resale value and to have it loaded. I don't necessarily have to have it on 3G. But if I travel somewhere I know I won't have wifi. I have the option to order it up for that billing cycle.

Jailbroke my phone just for miwi. Works great! Can't wait to use it with ipad (only time I can see needing it is on car trips with wife or kids using it...home and hotels have wifi. Other times j have iPhone!)

@ Gregg You need to Jailbreak for longer than 4 hours. There are some superb apps out there if you invest a bit of some time and cash.
The JB community is driving the developments you are all waiting "4".

Hi this is michael, I don’t know if i can do it though. I want one just to have it. But I always buy loaded everything. So it’s 64GB 3G wifi or nothing.

Using iFile (jailbreak required) I transferred via bluetooth from my iPhone 4 to my iPad 1 the Clock app, restarted the iPad and the clock is ready to use. Used RetinaPad to enlarge graphics to the iPhone 4 native resolution, and it is working fine in the iPad: alarms, international clock, timer, sleep timer... Also tried to send from my iPhone 4 the calculator and wheater with same lucky: all are working fine. Voice Notes does not works. Compass I did not tried. iOS: 4.3.3 on iPad, 4.3.1 on iPhone.

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