Which iPad apps are worth having? What Apple's staff thinks

Four days after the iPad made its debut, the Fifth Avenue Apple store is still flooded with shoppers looking to buy or test out the new gadget-of-the-moment, or rather, year. But now that the iPad has finally made its debut, can you expect to find your favorite apps on it? With more than 1,000 iPad apps currently available -- and most of them being sold at a premium to their iPhone cousins -- it may be tough to decide which apps are truly worth it. (To really save money, see WalletPop's picks for 10 best free apps).

To help you decide, Apple features 'Staff Picks" on its iTunes store and highlights certain apps in its stores.

Here are some of the staff picks listed on iTunes:

Netflix: Watching a YouTube video on your iPhone was so last year. Now, iPad owners can stream movies from the Netflix's Watch Instantly catalog. The app isn't available yet, but Netflix says it's in the works.

Skype: It's only a matter of time before the iPad will be able to replace the iPhone, sort of. Skype for the iPad allows you to call and instant message other users on Skype for free. Though an official app for iPad is in the works, the iPhone version has been tested and works on iPad.

GymGoal: Need a comprehensive way to track your workouts and fitness goals? This highly-rated app (for $3.99) is available now and not only offers a way to track the calories you burn and miles you run, but also offers exercise tips and full-color images of the human body to show you which muscle group you'll use.

CB Jobs: The CareerBuilder app lets you search for jobs based on location, industry, employer and more. It also allows you to apply for them. Even better for out-of-work job seekers, this app is free and available now.

MapQuest: Get turn-by-turn directions while driving or walking using this navigation app that has been enhanced with voice-guidance. From Aol., the parent company of WalletPop, this app is also free.

Wine Ratings Guide: For $3.99, be your own wine expert. This app offers wine ratings, descriptions and price ranges. It also allows you to create a wine-lover wish list.

These apps were among some that were being highlighted in Apple's flagship Fifth Avenue store:

: This is essentially the iPad version of Micorosft Office suite of word-processing, spreadsheet and presentation software. To get the whole package, iPad users will need to download three apps at $9.99 each: Keynote (think of this as the PowerPoint application for presentations), Pages (for word processing) and Numbers (the Excel of the iPad world).

iBooks: Of course, Apple would suggest you download their e-reading app rather than, say, Amazon's Kindle e-reader. Tens of thousands of books are available for download, many of which are free. Unlike the matte-gray face of the Kindle, the iBook "pages" closely resemble those of an actual book and readers can switch to portrait mode so they can view two pages at once.

Google Earth: Scroll around the world with the remarkable images of Google Earth, done justice by the iPad's beautiful display screen.

The New York Times:
Editors at the esteemed newspaper will hand-pick eight to 10 of their business and technology stories and columns for iPad with this free app. A paid version is in the works.
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