If you just dropped a few hundred dollars on an iPad, you might not have much left in your budget to fill it up with apps. Fortunately, app developers have already stepped up and created a huge collection of completely free iPad apps.
Below you’ll find over 100 free iPad apps to help you get started. Many of them are only free for a limited time as an introductory special so you’d better grab them fast!
If you like this roundup, it’s definitely worth taking a look at our all-new roundup of The Top 100 iPad Apps, in addition to our collections of 100 free iPhone apps, and 100 free Mac apps, both of which contain some brilliant software that doesn’t cost a dime!
Air Video Free – Watch your videos anywhere! – Enjoy your entire video collection everywhere! Get more of your video library on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Air Video is a great solution to watch your AVI, DivX, MKV and other videos.
Alarm Clock with Tunes Free – A state-of-the-art Digital LCD Alarm Clock for your iPad with built-in Alarm Sounds & Buzzer. Advanced features include a Sleep Music Timer.
Big Calculator Free – Big Calculator Free was designed to take full advantage of the iPad screen offering a large display and a paper tape to keep track of your calculations. Need even larger buttons? Rotate to Portrait mode to fill the entire screen with just the calculator.
Choices – Have you ever been in a situation where you can’t make up your mind on something? Do you always have trouble making your own decisions? Well, Choices is here to help. Just press one of the Quick Choice buttons and Choices will make up your mind for you! Choices has a built in coin flipper, random number generators, a day picker and more!
Clinometer HD – bubble level and slope finder – With this tool, the slope can be measured by all edges of the device in every direction. When the device is put flat on the table a bubble view will fade in. The background color and bubble mode color can be set individually (free for a limited time).
CloudApp2 – Using this application, you set a start page through the standard iPhone/iPod/iPad settings menu and configure the full-screen experience the way you want it to look. Status bar visible or not, disable pinch to zoom or not, enable rotation or not, you decide.
Color RGB – Need to figure out what color you need for a project? Color RGB makes it easy to find the RGB values, hue, and the color code of any color.
iPDF Reader Free – iPDF Reader is the world’s slimmest eBook and PDF reader, now available for the iPad and offered for free to celebrate launch day! Search a boundless library of books and pdf’s from all over the world and from every possible subject matter.
Font Displayer – FontViewer is a developer utility used to test fonts in different sizes, layouts and settings. The application allows the user to modify font family, size, background color, alignment and columns in order to see how text in rendered in both portrait and landscape mode.
Free Full Screen Private Browsing for iPhone & iPad – Finally, you can view all your websites privately and in full screen for free! This is the simple, no frills web browser you’ve been waiting for.
KeyGrinder – KeyGrinder uses a simple algorithm to build secure passwords out of easily-remembered information. All you need is a simple word or phrase, and KeyGrinder does the rest.
Peekeez Webcam Viewer – Peekeez enables you to securely view your webcam from anywhere at anytime for free! Used for home, business, or social networking, Peekeez is secure, simple and easy to set up. Just download, select a camera, and begin live viewing!
PrinterShare – print from iPhone to anywhere – With PrinterShare™ you can print directly from your iPhone to anywhere in the world including your own printer. After you install PrinterShare on your phone, either login with your existing account or create new one on-the-fly.
ReadPDF – ReadPDF is a simple, reliable, well-integrated reader and library manager that lets you open PDFs contained as mail attachments, exported by other applications, and synced with ReadPDF via iTunes. It’s designed to let you read your PDF documents as you would books, with simple tap gestures on the left or right side of your screen for page turns. It includes a page scrubber to let you quickly jump to the page you’re interested in, and saves the page you left off at for each document in your library (as well as the document you left off at when you leave ReadPDF).
Real Caliper – Same functionalities as a $100 real caliper for $0.99 !!! Very high precision iPad Caliper From the creators of “Dimensions”, best selling real tool box on the AppStore.
RemotePC Lite – Use RemotePC Lite on iPad to remotely access file(s)/folder(s) available on the remote computer (PC or MAC) on the LAN/Wi-Fi network.
Tabulous – What is Tabulous? It’s a simple tool to allow you to view your favorite web sites in a quick and convenient way. Tabulous allows you to organize your web browsing with the creation of tab groups. A tab group is simply a named collection of web sites. Each site in the group will appear in its own independent tab, allowing you to quickly switch between your favorite sites!
Temperature Convert – Temperature Convert is a powerful yet simple tool for converting temperatures from fahrenheit to celsius or celsius to fahrenheit. It also has support for Kelvin so you can convert kelvin to celsius or fahrenheit or vise-versa. Also Included is a decimal and negative point, so you can convert decimal temperatures and negative (below 0) temperatures.
Transport-App – Free during the introductory period! Transport is the easiest way to send files to your iPad or iPhone, using the Transport Desktop companion application on your Mac. No hassling with connecting your iPhone/iPad to your desktop, or even connecting to your local network. Just press the hotkey on the desktop or print to the virtual printer and your document is accessible from your iPad or iPhone immediately.
XE Currency for iPad – Convert 180+ currencies on the go with the XE Currency converter by XE.com – the world’s favorite currency site. The iPhone version of this app is so popular, it’s been downloaded over one million times. This currency calculator is simple, powerful, and best of all, free!
Box.net – The Box.net app lets you easily view, access and share files on your iPhone and iPad with your box.net account
Contact Capture – Contact Capture (CCapture) eliminates the need to type OR cut and paste contact information into your iPhone. It captures contact information from anywhere including email signatures, text messages, web pages and documents. If you can highlight it, Contact Capture can capture it! Universal app supports iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.
Dragon Dictation – Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon NaturallySpeaking that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages. In fact, it’s up to five (5) times faster than typing on the keyboard.
GoToMeeting – GoToMeeting is the easiest and most convenient way to attend online meetings – and now you can take it to go! Download the free app and join a meeting on your iPad in seconds just by tapping the link in your invitation email. View slide presentations, design mockups, spreadsheets, reports – whatever meeting presenters choose to share on-screen.
Grid-In-Hand(tm) Mobile Grid – Use Scanfob barcode scanners with iPad and Grid-In-Hand™ Mobile Grid for fast data collection for inventory counting, ordering, asset tracking, grocery lists, wine lists, parts lists, hobby parts, books, DVDs, product kit building, packing lists, anything list you want to create with a Scanfob barcode scanner.
Job Search XL – LinkUp’s Job Search XL, only for the iPad, brings you the web’s highest quality job search engine. Powered by LinkUp’s search engine, jobs are updated daily and come straight from company websites. As a result, LinkUp’s listings from employers are always current, often unadvertised, and never fake.
QuickVoice Recorder – Now with ringtone recording functionality; make your own ringtones for free! QuickVoice is the most popular, full-featured iPhone voice recorder available. Record ideas, voice memos, voice email, dictation, lists, meetings, classes, or entire lectures!
RezBook – RezBook is Urbanspoon’s revolutionary new table management system. Manage reservations, map your restaurant and plan your seatings, build a customer database and more. RezBook also lets your customers book reservations on the web, with openings promoted on your own site, on urbanspoon.com, and across the web.
Roambi – Roambi is an innovative app that quickly transforms your business reports and data – from many popular business applications – into secure, interactive mobile dashboards, instantly delivered to any iPhone or iPad. It lets you easily view and interact with up-to-the-minute company information – giving you the insight you need for on-the-go analysis, impromptu presentations and smart decision-making. Roambi puts the pulse of your business, in the palm of your hand.
Bloomberg for iPad – More than 280,000 professionals around the world trust Bloomberg to give accurate, timely information about the world’s financial markets. That source is now available to you on your iPad. Bloomberg offers news, stock quotes, company descriptions, market leaders/laggers, price charts, market trends analysis, and more.
CashFlow Free – CashFlow Free is a simple cash management software. You can manage your daily cash income/outgo, and can fix balance with simple operation. You can input description of transaction from history, much less keyboard operation.
E*TRADE Mobile Pro for iPad – Trade anytime, anywhere with E*TRADE Mobile Pro for iPad. E*TRADE Mobile Pro is one of the most powerful mobile trading applications ever.
Expensify – Expensify does expense reports that don’t suck! We do this by importing your credit card’s purchase history, (95% of U.S. banks supported, and you automatically get IRS ready eReceipts for expenses under $75) and then creating and submitting full, beautiful, expense reports to any email address, all from your iPhone! Then sign in to our website for for instant online reimbursement, for free!
EZTip Calculator – EZTip Calculator allows you to quickly, easily, and interactively calculate a tip or a split of a tip. Not like others, EZTip Calculator calculates the moment you tap on the calculate button after entering in your bill, percentage of your generous tip amount, and the split. It also has a very nicely suited design applied so that you can impress others.
Jumsoft Money – Jumsoft Money is an easy-to-use but effective tool for finance management on the iPhone OS 3.0 and iPad platforms. It has everything you need to keep track of your financial transactions as well as create and maintain budgets. On top of that, it is free of charge!
Mortgage Payment Calculator Free – Mortgage Payment Calculator Free is a fast and really easy way to determine your monthly payment. Perfect for potential home owners, brokers and realtors to run though different loan scenarios. Monthly expenses like HOA and Property Tax are also taken into account.
Pageonce Personal Finance – Pageonce Personal Finance is the largest mobile Personal Finance Service in the US. iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users, obtain financial piece of mind by managing all of your online accounts, anytime, anywhere. Monitor and review credit card transactions, bank accounts, investment portfolios and more!
Reuters Insider iPad Edition – It’s exclusive programming for financial professionals from Reuters and 150+ trusted partners, delivered via an innovative new app that lets you personalize what you watch and focus directly on what’s important to you, from your desktop or mobile device. (Reuters account required)
Amazon Mobile – The Amazon Mobile app allows iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners to very quickly search, shop, compare prices, read reviews, and make purchases on Amazon.com using a simple, yet elegant, interface. Amazon customers have full access to their existing cart, wish lists, payment and shipping options, order history, 1-Click settings, and Prime membership benefits.
Craigslist – Craigslist has never been this fun to browse, thanks to the amazing iPad hardware and Craigsphone’s new listing pane.
Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List – This app from award-winning food site Epicurious.com includes over 28,000 delicious, professionally tested recipes from renowned magazines such as Bon Appétit and Gourmet, popular cookbooks, top chefs, and leading restaurants. The app works on both the iPhone and iPad, giving you an experience optimized for whichever device you’re currently using.
How To Videos from Howcast.com (for iPad) – Howcast for iPad shows you fun, useful how-to’s wherever you are. Need to check a recipe in the kitchen? Change your oil on the road? Tie a bow tie in a hotel room? Or maybe you just want to be entertained and learn something new? With Howcast for iPad, learning to do just about anything, wherever you are, is easier and more fun than ever before.
iBooks – iBooks is an amazing way to download and read books, designed exclusively for iPad. iBooks includes the iBookstore, where you can download the latest best-selling books or your favorite classics – day or night. Browse your library on a beautiful bookshelf, tap a book to open it, flip through pages with a swipe or a tap, and bookmark your favorite passages.
Speak4it – Speak4it is the original multimodal voice-driven local search app. Just press the “Push to speak” button and say what you’d like to find. You can even point to a spot on the map and ask what’s there. Speak4it knows about most of the businesses in the United States. (Sorry, rest of the world!) It knows where they are, and what they are near. You can even search around national and local landmarks.
SuperSaver for iPad – SuperSaver.com uses your location to find businesses and amazing offers from merchants in your current proximity. This free app allows you to ask, “What deals are available around me right now?” SuperSaver.com then finds and presents to you coupons, promotions, advertisements and announcements from a variety of merchants selling fashion, food, fun, foundation repair, faucets and more all around you at that moment. Location, location, location.
Tellmewhere : my places, my friends – Tellmewhere allows you to stay connected with friends and quickly find the right place near you: restaurants, shopping, nightlife!
TypeSaver – A set of screens that focus on the beautiful typography available to us all in the form of the free open source fonts provided by The League of Movable Type. Using 4 different twitter inspired sources of text you can enjoy the craftsmanship of fine fonts juxtaposed to the cleverly crafted words of John Maeda, Barack Obama, S**t my Dad Says and the witty remarks of tweeteorites.
Zillow Real Estate Search – Home shopping is reinvented with Zillow on iPad! View photo galleries of homes on iPad’s large, eye-popping 10-inch touch screen where your fingertips tap, swipe, pinch, and drag to see Zestimate home values, homes for sale, homes for rent, and more.
Health & Fitness
Calorie Counter by FatSecret for iPad – Calorie Counter is the essential app to simply find nutritional info for the food you eat and easily keep track of your meals, exercise and weight.
WebMD for iPad – Check your symptoms, access drug & treatment information, get first aid essentials, and check local health listings on the go or at home, from the most trusted brand in health information.
Women’s Health Magazine – Women’s Health magazine is for the woman who sees being healthy, physically and emotionally, as her edge. From the latest science-based facts to laugh-out-loud features, Women’s Health speaks to women exactly how they speak to each other–with a tone and look that’s smart, positive, energizing, provocative, fashionable, surprising and humorous.
Document Statistics – In lieu of a free word counting app for the iPad at the time of producing this app, Document Statistics provides the basic functions needed for a word counting software: word count, characters with spaces, characters without spaces and paragraph count.
Dropbox – Dropbox is the easiest way to sync and share your files online and across computers. Access your Dropbox on the go, view documents, spreadsheets, presentations, videos, and photos, export files to other iPad apps and more.
EasyTask for iPad – Our personal task manager. Very simple and easy to use User Interface. EasyTask Manager supports the GTD (Getting Things Done) method. You can also run it on Mac or Windows.
e-Task Project for iPad – e-Task is a simple, yet robust online and mobile project management tool with lots of great features including the ability to Track your Leads, Maintain Client information, Manage your Projects, Track your Tasks and Time, Establish and maintain employee Timesheets and More.
Evernote – Evernote turns the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad into an extension of your brain, helping you remember anything and everything that happens in your life. From notes to ideas to snapshots to recordings, put it all into Evernote and watch as it instantly synchronizes from your iPhone to your Mac or Windows desktop.
Feeddler RSS Reader for iPad and iPhone – Feeddler RSS Reader is an ideal Google Reader client. No 3G and no Wi-Fi? You can still read all feeds cached by Feeddler. With Feeddler Pro, you can also sync all of your RSS subscriptions at once whenever you have internet access.
Read It Later Free – When you come across an article or a website you’d like to read but can’t at that time, save it to your Read it Later list. You can then read it whenever you have a moment, on the couch, in your commute, on the plane, train, or practically anywhere. This allows you to eliminate the cluttering of bookmarks and inboxes with links that are merely of a one-time interest. It’s like a staging area for bookmarks.
Idea Sketch – Idea Sketch lets you easily draw a diagram – mind map, concept map, or flow chart – and convert it to a text outline, and vice versa. You can use Idea Sketch for anything, such as brainstorming new ideas, illustrating concepts, making lists and outlines, planning presentations, creating organizational charts, and more!
jabberPad – jabberPad is a collaborative network whiteboard tool that runs over the jabber (XMPP) protocol. jabberPad acts as a shared XML editor of Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) documents. Text messaging is possible between jabberPad users as well as other jabber messaging clients.
Jot! Free – Jot! makes quick sketches and diagrams easy. Take notes in meetings and share them via email or save them as photos. Jot! is all about simplicity so you can get right to sketching without navigating complex drawing menus. We believe in more communication and less tapping.
Memeo Connect Reader – View all your Google Docs files including MS Office, Apple iWorks & PDF documents – even view photos and videos. Automatically syncs with Google Docs to keep your documents up to date.
MindMash – MindMash is a brainstorming & note-taking application for the iPad. It allows users to create an ideas mash-up by combining and manipulating text, images & drawings on the iPad in a visual and free-form manner.
MobileNoter for iPad – MobileNoter is a note taking application that is able to sync with Microsoft OneNote. Although you can use MobileNoter as a standalone application to take and store your notes. Its real power comes into play when you start using it with Microsoft OneNote. Now all your Microsoft OneNote data is available on your iPad device.
OverTheAir – OverTheAir is a simple and easy-to-use solution to view your files in any WebDAV enabled server. Either for business or private use, it gives you freedom to access files in your Mobile Me iDisk or any other WebDAV enabled online file storages.
Simplenote – Simplenote is the fast, clean, synchronized notes app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. When you download Simplenote, you also get access to our free web app and a growing variety of desktop apps. Your notes will sync securely, wirelessly, and automatically in both directions.
Sundry Notes – Sundry Notes is the first social note taking application. Write, draw, record and research right within the app – and then share your notes with others.
Uploadingit for iPad – You will be given 20 GB of free online storage to host any file you want and have access to it on your iPad from any location in the world at any time. You can upload Pictures, Documents, Videos, Music and so much more to your account. View and share your files with friends and family. Upload files 3 different ways to your account, from your iPad, through a URL transload, or from your computer.
WiFiControl – WiFiControl allows you to send commands and retrieve files from a Macintosh computer using your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.
Beat the Traffic HD – Beat the Traffic is the easiest way to enjoy a hassle-free commute in the USA and Canada. Beat the Traffic quickly provides live traffic maps, showing traffic speeds and incidents on major routes for more than 100 cities.
GPSnote – With GPSnote you can easily add, edit and delete notes on the map. Click the green pin to add a new note in the current location, click the purple pins for the existing notes to delete or edit them.
Route4me – Route4Me makes multi-destination trips quick and easy. Unlike traditional maps or navigation systems, Route4Me gives you the most optimal route when you need to go more than one place. Save time, money, and miles by optimizing your routes.
Transit Maps Free – Transit Maps is an offline viewer for very large images. It can download maps and other large image files in PDF, PNG, JPG, and GIF format from the Internet. It is very fast at displaying complex images and it works when network access is unavailable because it slices and saves the image tiles on the device.
Trapster speed trap alerts (for iPad) – Trapster is a free app that alerts you as you approach speed traps, red light and speed cameras, police check points, and other wallet hazards. Join over 6 million users world wide and submit the location of traps in your area.
Yellow Pages – Sister company to Yellow Pages Directories. #1 downloaded directory in iPhone/iPod/iPad. Simple navigation. Driving directions, websites, additional business information, etc. Use it once and you’ll wonder how you ever got along without it.
AccuWeather.com Free for the iPad – The only weather application you’ll ever need for your iPad! Get detailed current conditions, a 15-day forecast, hourly weather details, radar, AccuWeather’s exclusive lifestyle forecasts, and weather videos. This version is brought to you at no charge with ad support.
The Weather Channel Max for iPad – The Weather Channel Max for iPad is brought to you at no charge, courtesy of Toyota. It delivers in-depth weather, innovative maps, a robust video library, plus so much more.
WeatherBug Elite for iPad – WeatherBug Elite for iPad employs the power of the WeatherBug network – the world’s largest weather network – to provide iPad users with the latest weather information including local current conditions, extended forecast, severe weather alerts, animated Doppler radar, live weather camera images and much more! Available free for a limited time.
Your Weather Network – Watch national, regional, and international video forecasts directly on your iPad or iPhone. You’ll also find customized forecasts covering special events and activities. Your Weather Network brings you high quality forecasts that are a pleasure to watch wherever you go.
AP News – AP News is a breaking-news experience only for the iPad. Like AP Mobile for the iPhone, AP News keeps you up-to-date with what’s happening anywhere, in your hometown and across the globe. Now all the news responds to your fingertips.
Financial Times iPad Edition – Free to download and with free access sponsored by Hublot until the 31st July 2010, The Financial Times Apple Design Award-winning iPad Edition provides instant access to the FT’s award-winning global news, video, comment and analysis, optimised for the iPad.
Fluent News Reader – Fluent News aggregates made-for-mobile versions of top news sources into a single, intelligently organized, fully customizable mobile newspaper. It allows you to create up to 3 of your own custom sections based on keyword searches. You can also control the content by promoting one news source and disabling one news source.
Huffington Post for iPad – Keep up with all the latest news and analysis with the official Huffington Post iPad app. Put up-to-the-minute reports, blogs and analysis at your fingertips, including breaking news from all of the HuffPost sections including tech, business, politics, entertainment, comedy, sports and more.
Mashable! for iPad – The official Mashable iPad application delivers the latest coverage from Mashable.com. Mashable is the world’s largest blog focused exclusively on Web 2.0 and Social Media news.
NPR for iPad – NPR for iPad: Experience NPR in magazine style with a focus on News, Arts & Life, and Music content that’s broad, deep, and timely. It’s NPR like you’ve never seen us before. The app also replicates popular features of the NPR News iPhone app, including playlist, hourly newscasts,station finder, and sharing.
NYT Editors’ Choice – Enjoy the award-winning journalism of The New York Times with the unique functionality and navigation of the iPad. The Editors’ Choice application offers a selection of latest news, opinion and features that are automatically updated to your device. More features & functionality to come later this year.
ReceSS – RSS & OPML Client – Built specifically for the iPad, ReceSS is an RSS aggregator that gives you instant access to your favorite OPML lists. It also allows you to: Share Content – Integrated with most of today’s popular social networking sites, as well as your email, ReceSS allows you to share blog posts with just one touch. Create & Organize Your Favorites – If 100 blogs seems like too much information to process every time, you can easily add blogs and blog posts to your favorites section. Once added, you can even reorganize the order in which they are displayed however you want.
StickyBeak – RSS Feed Reader and Twitter Client with Google Reader support.
USA TODAY for iPad – The latest news stories, scores, weather and photos you’ve come to expect from USA TODAY are now available in a beautiful new way, on your iPad. Staying informed has never been this quick, easy, or enjoyable.
AIM for iPad – AIM is redefining social networking – add a location to your status, post to your favorite social networks or chat directly with your Facebook friends. Get updates from Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, YouTube, Foursquare and more – all in one big Lifestream.
CraigsFish – Browse and search craigslist with speed and simplicity. This is how craigslist should work on your iPhone, iPod or iPad.
Gowalla for iPad – Gowalla is a remarkable way to share and discover eateries, coffeehouses, nightlife hotspots, hipster hangouts, retail meccas, famous landmarks, notable architecture, parks, museums and more. Everywhere you go.
textPlus – Free, unlimited messaging, one to one or groups, to anyone, on any iPhone, touch or iPad, anywhere in the world. And it’s the ONLY app with Mobile Social Communities.
TweetDeck for iPad – TweetDeck is the best way to stay in touch with what’s happening now on Twitter for your iPad. TweetDeck’s iPad optimized interface shows you everything you want to see at once, so you can stay organized and up to date wherever you are.
Twitterrific for iPad – Twitterrific is the friendly, award-winning Twitter client that’s beautiful to look at, easy to use and full of elegant features. Effortlessly read and compose tweets, search Twitter.com, filter message types and much more!
WordPress – It’s easy to manage your WordPress blog from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. With WordPress for iPhone OS, you can moderate comments and create or edit posts and pages. All you need is a WordPress.com blog or a self-hosted blog running WordPress 2.9.2 or higher.
Air Guitar HD Premium – Play and strum actual chords with Air Guitar ™ HD from EpicTilt! (free for a limited time)
iShareTunes – iShareTunes is a great looking, easy-to-use app that allows you to share any song currently playing on your iPod or iPhone with friends or family. You can also find new music with our “Now Playing” section to hear songs that other people are sharing.
Pandora Radio – Pandora Radio is your own free personalized radio now available to stream music on your iPhone or iPad. Just start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs or classical composers and Pandora will create a “station” that plays their music and more music like it.
Setlist HD – Setlist HD is an essential application for performing musicians. Use Setlist to manage your live show. Keep track of your live sets, songs, lyrics, song lengths, and even email the set to the rest of your band! Use Setlist HD to plan your next killer show.
Shazam for iPad Lovin’ that tune? Shazam gives you instant satisfaction when you want to know what song is playing. Just point your iPad towards the music source to identify and buy the track, or share your discovery with friends and family.
SoundHound – SoundHound is instant music search & discovery. This free version gives you unlimited voice and text searches, unlimited lyrics, and 5 free super-fast music recognition searches every month.
What Did We Miss?
The one hundred free apps above represent our picks for the best available in the App Store, leave a comment below to tell us about your favorite free iPad apps. We’d love to hear what you have to contribute, and look forward to trying out a few new apps.
Thanks for reading!