NEW YORK ( MainStreet) -- We don't need to reiterate how the Apple (AAPL) iPad has revolutionized our daily lives -- the device is poised to replace common household products including the laptop, television, DVD player, digital camera and the traditional newspaper, to name a few. Isn't it nice to have nearly every electronic device you own combined into one?To make your iPad even more powerful, though, you're going to need a few apps. It's unusual to pay more than a few dollars for each, but what if an app made life so much easier that it was worth shelling out more? We take a look at some of the most costly apps that are worth buying.
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Die-hard traders will especially find this iPad app useful, since it features detailed news and stock charts for each company. According to its page on the iTunes App Store, the app "runs a complex technical trading strategy to generate daily and weekly 'buy' and 'sell' signals of varying degrees for all U.S. stocks and ETFs." The app goes beyond looking at typical stock charts by providing helpful signals to give investors more insight.
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Cars with a built-in navigation system cost more, and this Garmin (GRMN - Get Report) navigation system costs almost $200 if you were planning to add one to the car you already own. The Navigon USA app turns your iPad into a navigation system, complete with turn-by-turn visualizations and detailed traffic information. You can also take it along and use it in another car when someone else is driving.
Price: $49.99 ProCam Plus HD
If you're going away on a long trip and want to monitor your home from far away, or you own a store and want to see what's going on during your day off, this is the app that will help you do it. If you have webcams set up in your home, you can now view each camera feed on your iPad using the ProCam Plus HD app. The app can support however many cameras you have and is able to save the footage onto your home computer.
Price: $19.99 Ignition
We weren't kidding when we said earlier that the iPad was replacing the laptop. And if you're traveling and don't want to lug a laptop around, you don't have to. The Ignition app lets you control your laptop or desktop from the iPad using LogMeIn software that will let you open files or documents on your computer ... on your iPad. Once you buy the app there are no further fees.