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Top 300 apps: 8 beautiful tablet apps

Google Earth

iPad, Android; free

It is still amazing to see Google Earth zoom in from space to the driveway outside the house you are standing in. The application now incorporates Street View, too, a good way of researching other cities.

1,000 Places To See Before You Die

iPad, €3.60

The best-selling book looks even better on an iPad, with stunning photography and detailed descriptions of where to go and what to do. You’ll need lots of space as it’s a huge app, at 354MB.


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iPad; €6

For times when there is no online access, this is the gold standard for tablet-based maps. It is a huge download (620 megabytes), but gives a lot more detail than other maps.

The Sonnets

iPad; €13

This stunning audio-visual app features famous actors such as Fiona Shaw, Patrick Stewart and Dominic West reading all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets on camera. Superb.

50 Greatest Photographs Of National Geographic

iPad; €4.50

Most of us recognise some of the iconic photographs from ‘National Geographic’ over the years. This gorgeous app tells the story of each one with biographies, extra photos and locations.

Guardian Eyewitness for iPad

iOS, Android; free

This superb service from ‘The Guardian’ features new photography every day from around the world. A great visual medium.

The Room

iOS, Android; €1.80

This is a really well-crafted puzzle game set in a horror context. One of the best of its kind.

Need For Speed Most Wanted

iOS, Android; price varies

If you want to see what a tablet can crank out in gaming, this is a good indicator. EA has packed as much graphical muscle as it could into this escapade, based on the best-selling console game.