The iPad allows for a higher class of apps, not in terms of production quality but in terms of what they can do — and what can they enable us to do. That's because they paint across a bigger canvas. More isn't always better but when you can see more and do more on a larger screen, it really is better. That's part of the reason the iPad App Store has been so successful, with hundreds of thousands of tablet-optimized apps across every category. Yet that presents iPad owners with a problem — how do you sort through so many and find the one that are the very best for you? If you're new to the iPad, which apps do you need to download right now? If you're working in a specific field or are interested in a certain hobby or simply like a certain genre of game, how can you tell which ones are best in class?

Based on years of experience and countless tests and comparisons, these are the apps and games we consider must-haves and recommend you download first and foremost. In short — these are the best apps for the iPad.