10 Great Apps That Prove The TouchPad Has A Chance

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So you just unwrapped your brand new TouchPad but aren’t sure what to put on it?

There aren’t a whole lot of apps available to you just yet (fewer than 300 is the word on the street), but we’ve picked out the best ones for you to get.

They’re all available through the HP App catalogue on your device.

The best of these apps take great advantage of the TouchPad’s software, WebOS 3.0, which includes flexible columns, great widgets, and stackable windows.

Facebook for TouchPad was built by HP itself

Facebook's been lazy enough to sit by and let others build Facebook apps for tablets, among them HP.

HP's new Facebook app for TouchPad is a bit skittish, but it works very well and takes full advantage of the larger screen on the TouchPad.

Price: free

Box.net is amazing for the TouchPad

Box.net is our favourite way to collaborate online, and the Box team has brought it all to the TouchPad.

You get 50GB of free storage for files, great move-able columns (WebOS 3.0 feature), the ability to email files from within the app, and even a menu bar widget.

Price: free

Localscope finds notable places to check out near you

Localscope pulls info from Foursquare, Twitter, Google, and Bing to help you find the coolest coffee shops, restaurants, places to shop, and bars near you.

The interface looks very fresh and ergonomic. It's the best current way to browse the places near you.

Price: $2.99

Angry Birds HD is free

It's your favourite bird-slinging and pig-squashing game, and it's free on TouchPad!

Price: free

Wordpress blogging tools are on TouchPad, too.

Take your WordPress blog on the go with WordPress for TouchPad.

Featuring adjustable columns to help you see just what you need to see, and a useful left navigational bin, it's a great first stab at blogging on the TouchPad.

Price: free

SpazHD is like Tweetdeck for TouchPad

iSpazHD is without a doubt the best Twitter client for the TouchPad.

Adjustable columns spice up an already-slick Twitter interface. Perfect for power users.

Price: free

WeatherBug is the go-to Weather app

WeatherBug is a beautiful TouchPad app that gives you a literal 'window' into the weather, and the city you live in.

Check out forecasts, live camera feeds, radar, traffic, and the signature 'feels like' WeatherBug gauge.

Price: free

USA Today is the best news app for TouchPad

The USA Today app is the coolest way to browse news and sports scores on the TouchPad.

Gorgeous scrollable ribbons contain stories and videos, while sports and weather pop-ups provide other essential information. When you tap an article, it slides in via a WebOS 3.0 column.

The app just looks amazing.

Price: free

Epicurious is for the cook in you

Epicurious is a must-download for foodies and cooking connoisseurs.

It includes recipes, search-by-main-ingredient, social network sharing, and a shopping list to help you gather the ingredients you need for a recipe.

Price: free

TED for TouchPad is inspiring

Watch all the latest TED talks, straight from your TouchPad.

The quality isn't amazing, but the knowledge you'll gain from watching a few of these 20-minute talks is priceless.

Price: free

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