With 2010 coming to an end, it's best to reflect on the year in gadgets that was defined by the iPad. As discussed previously, the iPad was largely successful because of the "gold rush" that came with apps flooding the App Store as developers worked hard to be the next "must have app". Of course, unless you go the ad supported route, profits only come when there's income generated. So unlike those featured in my Best Free Apple iPad Apps roundup, here are ten apps I've used extensively throughout the year, but only after I shelled out anywhere from $0.99 to $29.99. What's worth your hard earned iTunes funds? See below for the best of 2010.
Web Albums ($1.99) - I don't connect my iPad to my computer enough. In fact, I try to stay in sync wirelessly as much as possible. Email, Calendar, and even documents are all managed in the cloud. However, for photos, I was stuck with a sync between iPhoto and the iPad. With Web Albums, users can connect to their Picasa account and view any photo stored in their folders. Once viewed once, photos are stored in the cache so even without a connection (crucial for my WiFi iPad), the app behaves just like the native Photos application. From Web Albums, you can also delete, email, and save the photo directly to your iPad.
Splashtop ($0.99) - As a gadget addict (portable ones being my biggest downfall), I am always on the lookout for newer and cooler devices. Although I do most of my work online and in the cloud, I still rely on actual software at times, including several programs that are only PC compatible. I looked into other Tablet devices since the iPad can only do so much, but not surprisingly, the pickings were slim and often overpriced. However, for a mere $0.99, I was able to control nearly any computer in my house directly from my iPad (port forwarding is available for outside your network). That also opens the door to any website (think: Hulu online) that can now run on the iPad's screen and includes sound as well. Setup is easy, navigation is smooth, and the overall experience is remarkable. There's even a free version if you just want to try it out (5 minute connection limit), though I can almost guarantee that you'll spend the dollar after you experience a full computer experience on your iPad.