Best iPad mini apps: 15 top apps you should download today

We're not really recommending this for its shooting, though - there's no better quick photo editor than Camera+, with its adjustable effects and the superb Clarity filter, which improves just about any photo.

Download Camera+ from iTunes

9. Book Creator for iPad - £2.99

Book Creator for iPad

The iPad mini isn't just good for reading - it's great for making books, too. This excellent app lets you add text, photos and videos together to make ebooks.

The touch-optimised controls make it really easy to create rich, beautiful layouts, and you can export your finished books to iBooks to read - or even save them in a format ready for sending off to Apple to be sold in the iBookstore.

Download Book Creator from iTunes

10. Pyramids 3D - £9.99

Pyramids 3D

There are some great ways to learn more about our world on the App Store, but this is one of the most impressive. Explore the inside of Egyptian tombs with these 3D recreations, including parts closed off to the public in real life.

Check out the wall paintings and inspect the objects that were found within them, including Tutankhamun's famous death mask. It's all narrated and guided by experts, so you're getting the best information out there.

Download Pyramids 3D from iTunes

11. Me Books - Free

Me Books

Give the classics a personal twist with this great story time app. It enables you to buy various books, including Ladybird classic stories and the likes of Peppa Pig, which can be read silently or read out by celebrity narrators.

But better than that is that you can record your own reading of the stories, and even customise what happens when kids tap stuff in the illustrations, such as your own howl when they tap on a wolf.

Download Me Books from iTunes

12. Hero Academy - Free

Hero Academy

This brilliant multiplayer game pits two teams of fantasy characters against each other in a bout of turn-based strategy. Destroy your opponent's crystal or wipe out their entire team to win.

Multiple teams and the random order that units appear means that no two games are the same. It's easy to get into, but there's a huge amount of depth once you start playing.

Download Hero Academy from iTunes

13. Dropbox - Free


Apple's iCloud is a handy online storage services, but Dropbox is the king of giving you access to your files anywhere. You can browse all of your Dropbox folders from the app, and view any files that iOS can natively handle.

Anything else can be opened in a compatible third-party app, if there's one available. You can upload your photos and videos from your iPad to Dropbox, too.

Download Dropbox from iTunes

14. Instapaper - £2.49


Seen something online that you want to read, but don't have time? Send it to Instapaper, which saves the article offline, so you can read it any time you like once you download it - even if you don't have internet access.

It's a lovely app to read in, with a great choice of fonts. Plenty of social apps also integrate Instapaper, so you can can save things your friends have recommended to it.

Download Instapaper from iTunes

15. Where's my Water? - 69p

Where s my Water

This physics puzzler has a cutesy cartoon look, but is no pushover. The idea is to flow enough water to the end of the level for Swampy the Alligator to have a shower, but it quickly throws in obstacles, acid and explosives to make life difficult.

Once you complete the levels you get for the initial purchase, there are hundreds more. It's massively good fun for everyone.

Download Where's my Water? from iTunes