Padvance Report: CineTap, MobileMe, and Puzzle Quest 2

After many months in the marketplace, the iPad has truly proven its worth. Padvance, Slide to Play’s sister site, diligently covers many of the best apps and features the iPad has to offer, showing the device’s wide range of uses. Here’s our look back at some of this week’s highlights.

CineTap for Netflix

You can stream Netflix movies on pretty much every device with a screen, including the iPhone, but it’s a real pleasure to kick back and catch up on TV shows and movies on the iPad. It’s certainly no living room TV, but the iPad is the best portable viewing experience around. CineTap for Netflix works in conjunction with the Netflix app to take your movie browsing to the next level. In fact, if you subscribe to the movie service, this is a Must Have. Read our review

Puzzle Quest 2

You’d be hard pressed to find someone who didn’t get addicted to the original Puzzle Quest, which sadly never received an iPad port. Well, the sequel is finally coming to iOS, and it’s a lot of fun. Although the game’s formula hasn’t changed drastically, we have found plenty to be excited about for the impending release of the sequel. Read our hands-on preview.

Going on Sale, Well, Everywhere

Getting your hands on an iPad hasn’t always been the easiest thing to do. Most will want to try before they buy, and with a limited selection of Apple Stores around the nation, as well as a scattered Best Buy presence, that’s been a challenge.

No more! Wal-Mart, and AT&T and Verizon’s brick-and-mortar stores, have or will soon begin carrying the iPad. You can even nab one of Verizon’s Hotspots to connect over Verizon 3G. Expect sales to climb in the coming months. Check out the news about Wal-Mart and AT&T and Verizon.

MobileMe Gallery

MobileMe is still a niche service, and it may be overpriced, but for those who continue to shell out $99 a year, you’ll be glad to know that you can now view your friends’ and your own photo galleries with ease on the iPad. We weren’t thrilled about the lack of overall features, but it’s still nice to get an official Apple app. Like the Remote app, we expect this one to grow over time. Read our review.

iA Writer

Love to write, but get easily distracted by the overload of features thrown into most word processors? Look no further than iA Writer, a dream come true for iPad lovers who want to use their tablet as the machine to produce their next great work. Distractions are removed, a beautiful typeface is employed, and the focus mode is brilliant. With one update already under its belt, we can’t wait to see what else the developers come up with to simplify the writing process. Read our review.

Read Padvance to keep up on all the exciting things happening in the iPad scene, and follow us on Twitter for game and app code giveaways!

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