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Lex is the EVP of Sales and Development for Midroll, the world's best podcast advertising network.

He was previously Macworld's senior writer, and continues to contribute to the publication. He is the cohost of the Not Playing podcast, a cohost of the Turning This Car Around podcast, a cohost of the The Rebound podcast, and the sole host of the Your Daily Lex podcast.

Lex's first book, The Snuggie Sutra, is exactly what it sounds like. His most recent book is a Dr. Seuss parody for adults; it's called The Kid in the Crib.

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The best iPad apps (to date)

A week and a half is plenty of time to judge the quality of launch-day iPad apps, right? Well, since we’re agreed, here’s my take on some of the best iPad apps out there right now:

1. Netflix. The app works like magic, and truly feels like the future. You can watch any of thousands upon thousand of movies, at your fingertips, in seconds.

2. Kindle. I’ve spent a little time with iBooks too, and I like it, but I already own dozens of Kindle books, so my reading’s been focused there. Kindle for iPad is the real deal; I use “sepia” by day and white-on-black by night. And knowing that you can pick up from exactly the same page on your iPhone while you wait in line is simply magical.

3. Instapaper. I’m admittedly a very late Instapaper adopter. But the reading experience on the iPad is so pleasant that I’m now leveraging the browser and NetNewsWire shortcuts a lot. The “Pro” version of the iPad app works just beautifully.

4.  Pages. Pages on the Desktop is fine. Pages on the iPad is really elegant. I enjoy writing longer pieces with it on my iPad (using the Keyboard Dock). It’s a 1.0 release and needs updates like a word count feature and change tracking, but it’s strong as is.

5. Strategery. As Gruber wrote recently, the 3.0 upgrade to make this lovely Risk-esque game iPad-friendly took a major stumble. But a series of subsequent upgrades since iPad launch day have resolved those issues. There’s no game I play on my iPhone more than Strategery, and it’s the second-most played game on my iPad, too. 

6. Flight Control HD is in first place in that contest. Unlike Strategery, Flight Control requires a brand new purchase to go iPad-friendly. But it’s worth the $5 asking price. The game is excellent.

7. New York Times Editor’s Choice. The best of the Times. Free.

8. KidArt. A drawing/stamping app/game for kids. Mine love it. So I do, too.

9. Redacted. It’ll launch later this week, and it’s the most fun I’ve had on my iPad yet. Not a game, though.

It’s worth noting that Apple’s own built-in apps—particularly Mail and Safari—are truly excellent on the iPad, too.

Posted on April 14th, 2010