For the Workaholic
Workflowy: Keep track of to-do lists, grand plans, and groceries to pick up in this clever nesting-system of organization.
Mint: Who needs an accountant when this handy app will organize all your bills, bank accounts and even send you budget alerts?
30/30: Keep on top of everything you need to do with this time-management system that allows you to allot time slots for each task.
xCloud: Help remotely control computer and access files, enabling telecommuting, in case of forgetting to take materials in meeting.
For the Socialite
Skype: For those scores of acquaintances scattered across the globe, Skype is the best way to keep in touch and make sure you don’t go too long without seeing them.
Tweetbot: This highly rated tweeting app way outdoes Twitter itself in style and functionality.
Find My Phone: Now that you have the top-of-the-line Apple phone, there’s no going back. Make sure to keep track of your lifeline for those “I think I left it in the back of that cab” moments.
For the Traveler
Google Maps: If you don’t want to get stranded in the Australian outback, make sure to download this directionally attuned map system.
TripIt: Don’t lose your jumble of flight itineraries, hotel reservations and trip notes with this travel organizer.
For the Reader
Flipboard: Not many apps do personalized news aggregation as fluidly and beautifully as Flipboard. While it’s now on the iPhone too, the app was originally made with the larger tablet screen in mind. Fill the virtual magazine pages with news, blogs and social media and start flipping.
Shakespeare’s Sonnets for iPad: With actors such as Patrick Stewart, Stephen Fry, Dominic West, and Kim Cattrell reciting all 154 of William Shakespeare’s sonnets, scholars and poets including Don Paterson and James Shapiro doing commentary and even a facsimile of the 1609 Quarto edition, the Bard’s brambly romanticism springs fully to life in this marvelous multi-media app.
Pulse News: All the news you could ever want in easy-to-see, bite-sized portions perfect for skimming on the go, or delving into when you have time.
For the Do-er
Keynote: The workaholic takes the office on the go, and Keynote on the iPad is perfect for polishing that work presentation.
TaskRabbit: Don’t feel like writing a thank-you note to whoever gifted you this wonderful iPad Mini? For a few bucks someone at TaskRabbit will do that and almost anything else that’s been sitting on your to-do list for too long.
Evernote: WIth a recent makeover, Evernote is better than ever, allowing you to store documents, create lists and folders and organize them to a T.
For the Entertainment Junkie
Netflix/Hulu Plus: The Mini is the perfect on-the-go watching size, and these apps deliver subscribers all the TV shows and movies they can dream of.
The Orchestra: This app brilliantly dissects the components of a symphony orchestra with plenty of text integrated with 3D images, filmed recordings of compositions from Beethoven, Stravinsky, Debussy, and others, each accompanied by the scores as they are played and small cameos by musicians explaining how their instruments work. There is plenty here for novices and buffs alike.