Do you use Google apps? If you do, then you might also want to use your Google functionality right on your iPad or your iPad 2. Out of the hundreds of apps you get to connect to Google, we wanted to pick the best ones and highest rated for you to try out.
Best iPad Apps That Work With Google
So you use Google apps and you want to find the best iPad app that will connect with your Google account and let you use your Calendar, Tasks, and your docs. There are literally hundreds of these apps out there but you might want to check out the following ones as they are the top rated and some of the best you can get for your money.
In this article I am am going to cover the following Google Apps:
- Google Calendar
- Google Tasks
- Google Docs
Best Google Calendar iPad Apps
CalenGoo ($6.99). This is an app that you can use to work with your Google calendar and keep in in sync right on your iPad. And best of all, you can even work on your calendar offline so the next time you have a connection all your changes are saved.
One of the nice things with CalenGoo is that the developers made it to look nearly identical to Google Calendar so you will be immediately familiar with the way it works and not have to learn an entirely new interface. With CalenGoo you can do a few really nice things such as:
- Recognize hidden and visible calendars
- You can zoom and pan with gestures
- Recognizes recurring events
- Can invite others to events and see their status online
- Can edit and add tasks
Overall CalenGoo is a great iPad app that will work with your Google Calendar account. It has a 3.5 out of 4 star rating and is updated fairly frequently so this is work the investment if you like the look and features.
CCal ($5.99). Here is a fairly new iPad app that will work with your Google Calendar. It is getting pretty good ratings (3.5) and the way it works is that is stays in constant sync with your Google or Picassa account.
The difference with CCal is that you can use drag and drop functionality which is great feature that saves a ton of time when using a touch interface. Since the iPad has no mouse that you can use, drag and drop is a really good feature to use which more and more apps are starting to integrate.
Rather than look exactly like Google Calendar, this app takes a slightly different approach. It focuses more on features and function but is still a really nice calendar to work with and look at. In fact, take a look at some of these really innovative features:
- Create events (both one time and recurring) using various colors
- Adding photos to your events
- Shake to undo function
- Copy and Paste
- Drag events to the trash to delete them
- Completely customize background colors based on days of week
- Supports regions and timezones
- Shows the weather
Overall this is a great new app to manage your Google Calendar with. So far people really like it a lot and I have to admit that I am excited about the drag and drop functionality the most.
Cloud Calendar ($2.99). If you want to spend a little less and still get a great rated (3.5) iPad app to manage your Google Calendar then look no further than Cloud Calendar. This is a calendar app that you can use as a standalone app or you can choose to sync it with your Google Calendar. It offers multiple views and it also supports super fast searching (great if you have a lot of events, etc.).
The app looks great and it is considered the basic one without a lot of added fluff. It is perfect for anyone wanting to just see if they want to manage their calendar in this way.
Basically, you get the following features:
- Repeating Events with exception handling
- Copy and paste
- Badge counts
- Gesture support
Even though there are not a lot of “extra” features this app looks great and with the nice search feature, it may be perfect for your needs.
Best Google Task iPad Apps
I’m a big believer in lists and task lists are no different. They are what keeps me on track, organized, and getting things done (on time). I use the task list in my Google apps because it’s fast, convenient, and while it may not be very sophisticated, it does work perfect for keeping my lists of things to do. Here are a few iPad apps that work directly with your Google tasks.
GeeTasks Pro ($5.99). Do you want a 4-star rated tasks app that actually works? Then you will want to check this one out. It’s the perfect balance of simple but completely functional.
GeeTasks actually has a ton of great features but here is something you will want to be aware of. There are two versions of GeeTasks. The basic version works with non-business Google apps users and the Pro version (shown here) works with custom domains or “business” accounts.
Using GeeTasks you can interact directly with your Gmail Tasks to create tasks, mark them as complete, edit your descriptions, set due dates, and move tasks around as you need to.
The app also comes with a great offline/online mode, the ability to share with others, set a password and all communication is secured with SSL/HTTP encryption.
GoTasks (Free). Here’s a great way to manage your Google Tasks using your iPad with a free app. And it doesn’t get better than free! This is actually a 4.5 star app that does exactly what you want it to. It connects up to your Google or Google apps account and lets you begin working with your tasks.
The app offers the basic feature set but it will support multiple accounts, search, in-place editing, sorting, offline mode, and secure data encryption. That truly is all you really need in a Google Tasks app and the fact that it is free makes it a really a no brainer.
I have been using this one for a week now and I am going to continue using it as I feel it’s that good. One think to note about apps that connect to Google Tasks is that Google can sometimes change their back end systems and you might experience a disconnection but it should come back shortly.
This is my top pick for using the iPad with your Google tasks. Get your own copy here.
Best Google Task Docs Apps
Do you use Google Docs? If you are one of the millions of people that use Google docs as a replacement for MS Office or you just like to use it because it’s all web based and thus far more accessible, then you will want to check out these couple of best and top rated iPad apps which allow you to work directly with your Google Docs.
Of course, you can navigate directly to your Google docs on the web using your iPad Safari browser and edit them directly but a lot of people prefer an app because they like the offline capability.
GoDocs ($4.99). This is a great and intuitive way to connect to your Google Docs and I’ve used it for several months without a ton of issues. It allows you to connect to your Google Apps account and then it will show you all your documents. To read one, you have to download it with in the app which is fast and crash-free.
Once you connect up to your account you can read documents of the most common formats, listen to audio, watch video, and guess what? You can even edit your documents and spreadsheets.
Wait. There’s more! With GoDocs you can save your documents to read for offline use, share them out, mail them, and it supports multiple accounts for those that share their iPad with others.
GoDocs happens to be the best out there right now for reading and editing your Google Docs so it will be the only one I list just due to the fact that it has the best ratings and user feedback whereas the other ones do not and mostly because they do not allow you to edit.
One other app I want to mention in terms of Google Apps is called Google Apps Browser ($2.99) and this is actually just a nice little app that lets you browse ALL of your Google services such as Picassa, Alerts, etc. It’s not the most robust app but it will let you connect and view all your Google apps inside one single interface.
So there are some of the best iPad apps that will work with your Google Calendar, Tasks and Docs. If you have a favorite other than the ones listed here, please let everyone know in the comments below.