Here are my top five picks for the “Best iPad Content Readers for 2010.” I reviewed a ton of iPad apps in 2010 as an evangelist for a social site for mobile apps. I’ve shared “my 20 lists” over on Appolicious this week so go check them out! I’ll be highlight just a few of those lists here.

First off- these are apps I personally downloaded off the App Store to my personal iPad and spent my personal time to review. I tend to pick apps that have not been reviewed before on Appolicious, or may have received only 1 or 2 reviews if any. I don’t particularly read the reviews on the App Store before downloading them. This way I try not to influence my review, since I’m performing a task for Appolicious. And I pick apps randomly across several categories, download them in iTunes, and sync them to my iPad. Many many times I don’t get around to reviewing a particular app that I’ve downloaded until several days later.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. These are “my best picks” of a limited universe of apps in a particular category that I got around to reviewing this past year. I’m sharing it with you as a form of serendipity. Again, you probably have your own opinions on what were the some of the best iPad content reader apps out there in 2010. Again, my focus and modus operandi is to grab apps soon after their release in order to review them in the next week or so.

So of the iPad-based content readers (news, RS, social, etc.) that I reviewed on Appolicious in 2010, these are my personal favorites. Nothing more.

So in reverse order…


#5. YourVersion HD

by YourVersion and FREE

“It’s hard being the best in a category. Everyone is trying to out do each other when it comes to news aggregation or social aggregation, or both. Flipboard is by far the best out there. YourVersion HD does a good job for aggregating news. It takes your five interests, then refines them giving you channels and sub channels for news, blogs, videos and more. Like many apps that work with content, there is a lot of story duplication, which is a pet peeve of mine. Otherwise YourVersion HD would have gotten five bars from me. still, it’s very intriguing to keep around a while.”

YourVersion HD grew on me and I now use it more frequently. It’s not the best but it belongs in the top 5 out there.

best content readers for iPad 2010 YourVersion HD


#4. PDF Reader Pro Edition

by iTech Development Systems Inc., for $3.99

“PDF Reader Pro Edition for iPad is a decent PDF reader app. I would have given it a 5 if it had highlighting or markup capabilities.”

After using PDF Reader Pro Edition and GoodReader back and forth for several months, I settled in with the former as my day to day all-in-one reader app for all things PDF.

best content reader for iPad 2010 PDF Reader Pro Edition


#3. Feeddler RSS Reader for iPad and iPhone

by C. B. Liu and FREE (Pro Edition for $4.99)

“Feedler RSS is the quintessential RSS feed aggregator for the iPad. It pulls all my Google reader channels together in one place and reduces the need to download or buy some of the other content apps if you simply subscribe to their RSS feeds and have them congregate here.”

There is the Pro Edition for $4.99 but I found enough features in the free edition of Feeddler to make it more useful than other readers, on a regular basis.

best content readers iPad 2010 Feeddler RSS iPhone


#2. FLUD

by FLUD for $1.99

“Flud has a nice design, competes with Pulse and Flipboard to some extent. I like it better than Pulse but not as much as Flipboard. Can’t “mark all as read” in Pulse which gets annoying fast, especially if I’ve seen the article elsewhere (in another reader, in my email, on another device. etc. Still, well thought out design, eye pleasing, responsive, and a nice app for the home page of your iPad. ”

FLUD keeps growing on me, and it has a different UI from the other readers, and that’s probably why. For a change of pace, I switch back and forth a couple times a week.

best content readers 2010 iPad iPhone FLUD


#1. Flipboard

by Flipboard, Inc. and FREE

“I’ve been using Flipboard for a few weeks and it’s one of the most amazing iPad apps out there! Set up your Facebook and Twitter accounts into panels and have an instant online magazine of your accounts that become visually pleasing and very interactive. Pick from a growing list of content providers to create more panels. I created one just for my personal Twitter account @randygiusto and our business account @ipsosvantis and automatically generated online magazines for both. Great stuff!”

I’ve settled in nicely with Flipboard over the last month and it just goes to show how creative some of the free iPad apps can get. The Flipboard folks keep adding channels, making the app even more valuable going forward. It’s become the essential reader on my home page and I don’t bury it in a folder, it’s right there front and center!

best content reader apps iPad 2010 Flipboard


– Randy Giusto