Some Nice iPad Apps for Indians

Indians have been slow to climb on the bandwagon of the iPad or other tablets, presumably because of the price and the absence of WiFi in most homes in India.

Not surprisingly, Indian developers have been slow to build applications for the iPad or for its successor, the iPad 2.

But in the U.S., the iPad is making strong inroads with consumers and to some extent among corporates as well.

Anecdotal evidence suggests Indians in the U.S. have slowly started hopping on the tablet train.

Since the iPad is by far the largest selling tablet in the U.S., we’ll assume desis are mostly buying the iPad rather than the Samsung Galaxy, HP TouchPad, the Blackberry PlayBook, Acer, Asus or any of the other tablets.

Here are a bunch of apps for the iPad that Indians are likely to find useful:

* Yupp TV – One of the best apps for the iPad.

Yupp TV provides Live TV access to NDTV (English and Hindi), Times Now, ET Now, Raj Music (Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam), Zoom (Hindi), Jaya Max (Tamil) and more. There’s also a separate NDTV iPad app but we prefer the Yupp TV version of NDTV since there’s no buffering and it starts quickly.

And did we tell you Yupp TV is free. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Yupp TV for iPad Offers Live Indian TV Channels

* Times of India – An excellent free application for India’s most read English newspaper. This one is perhaps the only Indian newspaper built specifically for the iPad. We’ve looked a couple of times but couldn’t find any other Indian newspaper app built expressly for the iPad.

Times of India for iPad

Times of India for iPad

* Galatta Cinema – Indian movie fans will love this free app with its strong focus on South Indian cinema. Unfortunately, the Galatta app works only in portrait mode but not in landscape mode.

Galatta for iPad

* Desi Radio – If Indian music be your addiction, then Desi Radio is a must-have app.

With tons of Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Punjabi, Kannada, Malayalam and English radio stations, there’s a cornucopia of music here.

* Netflix – No, Netflix is not just for Hollywood DVDs anymore. There are quite a few Bollywood movies in Netflix’ Instant Play including recent trash like Tees Maar Khan.

Besides our above favorites, there are several Indian language dictionaries and some cricket apps. We skimmed through a bunch of them but didn’t find them alluring enough to download.

7 Responses to "Some Nice iPad Apps for Indians"

  1. shadowfax_arbit   July 21, 2011 at 12:44 am

    Have you seen this?

    Check out the English version – History page. Lot of hidden gems out there. And the flash news part. Responds:

    Just checked the site.

    Couldn’t find any gems but listened to the great song – Avar thaan Kalaingar ๐Ÿ™

    BTW, Alagiri must be pudingifying now after the DMK’s defeat. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Naveen   July 21, 2011 at 2:40 am

      @Shadowfax – Thanks for sharing this treasure! After Sam Anderson we were missing a joker. :))

      Kandravi songs! Kodumai o Kodumai. adadadadadaaa karumandhram pidichavan

      Found this gem of a line in his history – “He hardly works for his D.M.K.Party and also for Madurai People without any expectation from Party.” Responds:

      Oh well, we’ve seen better worse.

      Can any Alagiri, Sorigiri or Vadagiri beat this classic:

      Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.
      George W.Bush, Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004

    • shadowfax_arbit   July 21, 2011 at 3:56 am

      >> Couldnโ€™t find any gems
      This is one of them “He hardly works for his D.M.K.Party and also for Madurai People without any expectation from Party”. ๐Ÿ™‚ Responds:

      Hardly a classic on the lines of:

      Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB-GYNs aren’t able to practice their love with women all across this country. – George W.Bush

  2. vjcool   July 21, 2011 at 6:52 am

    hi SI, you commented somewhere, that Vijay’s films were so bad, they must be original.

    there’s one film, that has copied the romance of ‘Life is Beautiful’. Youth , one bad movie, one sequence is a direct lift of life is beautiful.

    BTW watch it in Italian Responds:

    Just added and moved La Vita e Bella (Life is Beautiful) to the top of our NFLX queue.

    Most likely, we’ll watch it on Saturday.

    But which is the Tamil film?

    • abhi220   July 21, 2011 at 11:56 am

      May be you should add Shindler’s List and Shawshank Redemption to your list.

      Since you like watching Clint Eastwood movies, Unforgiven should be in your list as well.

      If looking for an action movie I would suggest The Boondock Saints.

      Btw did you know that Irrfan Khan is the Goblin in new Spider Man. I have no idea on how he landed that role. Good for him. Responds:

      1. Added Unforgiven & The Boondock Saints. Already seen Schindler’s List and Shawshank Redemption

      2. Good for Irrfan Khan, one of the few good Indian actors.

      Have you seen his Namesake?

      Excerpt from SI’s review of Namesake:

      It was a full house for our 4:50 PM show of The Namesake at the Paris theatre on West 58th Street in New York City on a cold Friday. And fans braved the New York winter chill to stand in a lengthy line for the 7.30 PM show as well.

      Namesakeโ€™s main actors Irfan Khan, Tabu and Kal Penn deliver a sparkling performance. Yes, we loved them all and so did the others at the Paris theatre.

      If pressed, weโ€™d admit that we liked the Bollywood actor Irfan Khan best of all. We enjoyed watching him in the recent Hindi film Killer (a lift of the Tom Cruise-Jamie Foxx starrer Collateral). Under a better director like Mira Nair, Irfan Khan does a far superior job.

      • abhi220   July 21, 2011 at 12:39 pm

        I saw Namesake after you did the review.

        Very nice movie. It was depressing at times though. Who can forget GOGOL.. :D..

        I have seen both Killer and Collateral. Irrfan Khan was indeed good but rest of the movie sucked.

        I can’t stand that ass Emraan Hashmi…

    • shadowfax_arbit   July 22, 2011 at 3:58 am

      And there was a scene in Vettaikaran “inspired” by The Beautiful Mind.

      Jennifer Connelly Vs Vijay ๐Ÿ˜‰ Responds:

      Wow…You nailed these Thevadiya Pasanga!

      Yours must be a Super Beautiful Mind.

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