Say good-bye to lengthy file conversions: the VLC Media Player app for iPad is the ultimate video player for the tablet. You can throw a multitude of popular file formats (AVI, MPG, MKV, MP4) at it. The app will tidily arrange your videos on a virtual glass shelf; simply tap on one, and it plays. To transfer videos into the app, you just sync the iPad with your computer and go to the File Sharing section in iTunes’ Apps tab. The app can theoretically play high-def videos, too, but its lack of access to iPad’s hardware video-decoding chip makes the playback stuttery and basically unwatchable. Nevertheless, VLC for the iPad is a one-of-a-kind app that unleashes the iPad’s video capabilities.