According to a ChangeWave survey of new iPad users, the No. 1 most loved new feature on the iPad is the high-resolution retina display. We can see why — literally. The sharper display is not just pleasing to the eye, but a boon to a lot of business apps, from handwriting recognition to video conferencing. Here’s a round-up of seven favorite iPad apps that look particularly good.
- Calling this a text editor really undersells its capabilities. Daedalus Touch is that, but it’s also the ultimate minimalist word processor, with a gesture-based interface that keeps screen clutter to a bare minimum. The latest update adds support for Retina’s razor-sharp text.
- Many BestVendor users are big fans of note manager Evernote. Version 4.1.9 for iPad makes a good thing even better by making notes, note thumbnails, and the entire interface easier to read.
- This videoconferencing app was already pretty impressive, allowing multiple parties to chat via the iPad’s camera. Now, when paired with a new iPad, Fuze Meeting can shoot video in 1080p and leverage 4G LTE. In theory, that means you’ll look like a million bucks regardless of where you join the video call — conference room, airport lounge, or vacation home.
- iPads make great PDF/document viewers, and GoodReader is widely regarded as one of the best viewing apps. Now it’s even better because it supports Retina, meaning your documents will look at least as good as they do in real life. You know, on paper.
- If you’ve longed to leave your laptop behind but still need a way to pipe presentations to a projector or TV, Keynote is the answer. Apple’s slide-deck app lets you create presentations on the run or import them from PowerPoint. It probably goes without saying that the latest update looks positively breathtaking on the new iPad.
- No iPad is complete with a good sketchpad app. Skitch is sort of Visio-like in that it lets you add shapes, arrows, and text to your drawings–or to existing photos. And now that it supports Retina, everything you, er, skitch looks sharper than ever.
- Writing notes by hand (or finger) never worked too well on previous iPads; the low screen resolution made everything look jaggy and angular. Now, however, you’ve got a truly viable replacement for your physical notepad. And WritePad goes a step further by transcribing your handwritten notes into actual text.
Which other work apps look great in the new iPad? Let us know in the comments.